January 10, 2013
MIDDLEBORO — Enrollment at the Middleboro campus of Massasoit Community College is expected to grow from 185 students to about 500 as a result of an expansion plan approved in December.
The college’s board of trustees approved an agreement with Higher Education Partners LLC for the expansion and long-term occupancy of the Middleboro campus at 49 Union St., which opened in the fall of 2010.
Higher Education Partners, based in New Bedford, is a private firm that provides facility and operations expansion funding to colleges.
Under the partnership, Massasoit will have a new life-sciences lab with preparation space and additional instructional space, according to a press release from the college.
Adding the science lab will enable Massasoit to offer full degrees from the Middleboro campus in liberal arts, criminal justice and child care, according to the press release.
Current enrollment at the Middleboro campus, located at a town-owned former school, is 185 students taking at least one course for credit. Under the new agreement, enrollment is anticipated to grow to about 500 students, the college said.
Working with Massasoit at the so-called “Middleborough Center,” Higher Education Partners will:
Build two, new “smart” classrooms, with “state-of-the art technology.”
Build a new, fully equipped biology lab.
Continue the expansion of classrooms, labs and programming as enrollment grows.
The college’s board of trustees voted Dec. 12 to enter into the agreement with Higher Education Partners.
Kathleen Piatelli, the School Department’s director of business and finance, said last month that Massasoit’s lease on the school building was up in December and Higher Education Partners LLC was proposing to pick up the lease for the next three years.
Massasoit had been leasing the vacant school from the town for $33,653 a year since 2010; the new lease with Higher Education Partners would generate $128,290 annually, Piatelli said in December.
Founded in 1966, Massasoit Community College is a public two-year state college with campuses also in Brockton and Canton.