WELLESLEY HILLS (December 17, 2013) – MassBay Community College announced today that for-credit night classes will be offered at two MetroWest high schools this spring semester. The College intends to reach out to working adults who seek to advance in their current careers or start new ones, and to people seeking to complete a college degree they have previously started.
“We are committed to the mission of our institution to deliver an affordable, high quality education to every citizen of MetroWest who wants to earn a degree or certificate,” said MassBay President John O’Donnell. “Whether you are a working adult interested in changing careers, strengthening your career skills, or ready to take the first step toward earning your college degree, this is your opportunity – just a few minutes from home. We are currently the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest, and with the opening of these locations, we intend to be the most convenient as well.”
Beginning January 21st, night classes will be offered in Medway High School, 88 Summer Street and Dedham High School, 140 Whiting Road. MassBay currently offers classes on their Ashland, Framingham and Wellesley Hills campuses. This initiative is intended to take MassBay offerings into the communities it serves, enabling working MassBay students to start or continue their college careers close to home.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our ability to serve people in locations throughout MetroWest,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Francesca Purcell. “We truly believe the residents of Medway and Dedham, and the communities that surround them, will appreciate and take advantage of the opportunity to get a college education right in their backyard.”
According to state officials, it has been estimated that by 2020, 72% of jobs in Massachusetts will require some college education. “Our College prepares people for the jobs they want,” said President O’Donnell. “Our programs are aligned with the current and future needs of business and industry, so our students are ready for the workforce or to transfer to four-year institutions. By giving people the chance to go to College closer to home we are increasing our ability to help more people advance their careers, and that is what community colleges do best.”
MassBay classes will be offered from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for $522. Some additional fees may apply. Courses will be taught by fully credentialed MassBay professors. MassBay credits are widely transferable to bachelor’s degree programs throughout the region. Being offered are: Computers and Technology, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Psychology, and Art Fundamentals. Registration for these courses started today, and seats are limited.