A Massachusetts-based private college that caters to adult learners formally opened its new regional center in downtown Springfield today (Tuesday).Cambridge College, which was founded in 1971, has been offering undergraduate and graduate programs to so-called non-traditional students for about twenty years at an east Springfield location. College President Deborah Jackson says the new 18,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility inside Tower Square offers many more amenities for its 300 or so students, who are primarily working adults.
“We have technology in all of our classrooms which we did not have in previous locations. Tutoring spaces and advising spaces, we have work space for our faculty which we did not and could not accommodate in our previous location. We have a computer lab, it’s wonderful for our students who want to come in and work while they are here. We also, by virtue of being in Tower Square, we’re surrounded by stores and restaurants and other kinds of services for our students.”
Jackson says the school’s downtown location is more geographically accessible for residents and the more than 3,000 area office workers who may be seeking professional development courses. And it also allows the college to develop partnerships with downtown businesses in creating more internships and employment opportunities for students after they graduate. In addition to its main campus in Cambridge, the Springfield facility is one of seven regional centers the College operates in five states and Puerto Rico.