FRAMINGHAM, MA (October 3, 2012) – Governor Deval Patrick announced today that Massachusetts Bay Community College (MassBay) will receive $22.1 million as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s $298 million capital investment in Massachusetts community colleges over the next five years.
"MassBay Community College is full of talent and promise and potential,” said Governor Patrick. “These funds will help the students and faculty seize the opportunities before them.”
“We are grateful for these critical funds as we move this institution forward,” said MassBay President John O’Donnell. “MassBay is poised to expand our programs, services and capacity to meet the needs of the vibrant Framingham and MetroWest communities we serve, and we are grateful for the support of our partners in the Administration, Legislature and the MetroWest community.”
“This is an exciting day for Massachusetts Bay Community College and an important step forward for the establishment of a permanent Framingham campus,” said James McKenzie, who chairs the MassBay Foundation Board and is the son of MassBay’s first President, John McKenzie.
“I am thrilled we’ve received these funds from the state,” said Katherine Daley-Tonelli, Chair of the MassBay Alumni Association. “Community colleges like ours are critically important to the economic future of our students, and we need capital investments like this one to grow our programs, modernize our facilities, and make our institutions more appealing to prospective students.”
MassBay awards associate degrees and certificates in over 60 academic programs in a wide range of career-driven subjects ranging from accounting and automotive technology to forensic DNA science and early childhood education. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland offer day, evening and weekend classes to meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse population it serves.