First part of UMass Springfield center opened

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The University of Massachusetts held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new satellite center in downtown Springfield on Monday morning.

A part of the ceremony at the Tower Square Welcome Center, prospective students were able to register for courses and degree programs before the start of classes Sept. 2.

The satellite center is about 25 miles from the university’s flagship campus in Amherst, which will serve as the “lead campus” for the Springfield facility. The other UMass campuses will also provide academic programs there. Some 40 courses will be offered through the center, in programs including management, information technology, and casino management.

“There’ll be everything from cybersecurity certificates and degree programs, the humanities as well as the STEM-releated courses: science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Henry Thomas, Chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees.

The goal of the center is to offer an affordable public higher education option for residents of the Springfield area.

The Welcome Center at Tower Square is open from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Monday through Friday. You can learn more about the UMass Springfield Center by visiting, or calling (413) 78U-MASS.

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