Millions in funding announced for UMass Springfield center

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Deval Patrick was in downtown Springfield Thursday morning, to announce some $5.2 million in funding to complete the construction of the University of Massachusetts Satellite Center at Tower Square.

Patrick was joined by Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city officials for the announcement.

The Springfield satellite center will be the first such facility in the UMass system. It will offer classes and programs that local residents can take right in downtown Springfield.

“This new Center will provide vital education and skills training resources in downtown Springfield, and open up new educational and job opportunities for the residents of Springfield and beyond,” Patrick said.

Governor Patrick told 22News that investment into education is critical to expanding employment throughout the state, and here in western Massachusetts.

“Brainpower is as important to our economy as oil is to Texas, or corn is to Iowa. We have to cultivate it,” he said.

The 2,600-square foot center will have 10 classrooms, where 40 classes will be offered to start. The governor said that the funding announced Thursday will ensure that the entire center can be open in time for the Fall 2014 semester. A welcome center for students was already opened this winter.

You can learn more about the UMass Springfield Center by visiting umasscenteratspringfield.org, or calling (413) 78U-MASS.

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