Boston doesn’t need another traditional college with a mission similar to the many colleges already in the city, but it does need and deserve a college committed to the education and training of new Americans and first generation college students.
Beverly, MA (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
Endicott College is pleased to announce today the opening of its Boston academic center, a non-traditional higher-education resource focused on serving immigrant populations and first generation college students. The center, located just off Boston Common at 19 Temple Place, will initially offer associate and bachelor degrees in Business, Liberal Studies, Education, and Hospitality, as well as five levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Future plans include offering many of Endicott’s Master programs at this location.
In making the announcement, Endicott College President Richard Wylie said: “Boston doesn’t need another traditional college with a mission similar to the many colleges already in the city, but it does need and deserve a college committed to the education and training of new Americans and first generation college students. Whether it’s helping to prepare students for college level work, building language skills, or providing a small supportive environment for students to achieve their degree-seeking goals, we are committed to creating new opportunities for students in and around the metro area.”
For over 35 years, Dr. Wylie has worked collaboratively with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and other Boston agencies and institutions, paving the way for this expansion opportunity and allowing Endicott to directly service the needs of the community. Dr. Wylie also served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Urban College for many years.
As preparation for opening the location, Endicott College Boston has conducted extensive outreach and collaboration with community organizations, who in turn have offered support and excitement over what the school will bring to Boston. “Having worked in secondary and higher education in Boston for a long time, I know that there is a sizeable group of people in the city looking to gain access to quality education,” says Marcelo Juica, Director of Endicott College Boston. “Multiple community assets have expressed eagerness to have our highly personalized model of education available to a new group of students who are looking to open paths to new opportunities in life.”
Brian Pellinen, Dean of Endicott College Boston said: “Endicott College Boston will become the center for a number of programs throughout the city. Similar to our programs at other locations, the classes in Boston will be small, convenient, and very personal. The supportive staff and faculty at the Boston site, as well as the classroom setup, will ensure that we know every student’s name.”
A full-time staff will oversee a unique cohort-based Associate Degree program in the mornings; an accelerated, evening Bachelor Degree program (where classes meet one night a week); and ESL classes throughout the day. Although students at Endicott College Boston will not have housing options through the college, the built-in support model will allow students to find the right balance of school, work, and family.
The first cohort of students begin classes the week of January 28.
Endicott College is seeing major growth and activity at all locations and degree levels. Its main campus in Beverly, Massachusetts continues to thrive and is in the process of completing a new multi-level life science and business building. The Beverly campus houses 2,400 undergraduate students and another 700 students at the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The Van Loan School currently runs programs in 39 locations in the United States, three locations abroad, and offers a variety of online options. In addition to the development of the Boston location, Endicott has recently built an academic center in Gloucester, Mass., further bringing convenient, community-focused education options to key locations.
All of the programs offered by Endicott College, graduate and undergraduate, on campus, online, or at any of the off-site locations, are built upon a balance of liberal arts and applied learning. Pieces of the nationally recognized internship program will be brought to the degree programs in Boston. “In a recent survey of 2011 graduates of Endicott College, 41% of graduates get a job offer or a significant lead to employment through their internships. Additionally, 87% of graduates are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation,” said Dean Pellinen.”Knowing how successful these internships have been for our past students, we are really excited to offer them to our new students in Boston.”
Endicott’s Vice President of Graduate and Adult Learning, Dr. Mary Huegel, who supervises all adult learning programs, described the program “as a natural and planned expansion of helping adults advance their education and career opportunities in an environment designed to advance student success.”
For information on the Boston Campus and its offerings please visit http://www.endicott.edu/boston or contact:
Marcelo Juica, Director of Endicott College-Boston
19 Temple Place, 5th Floor, Boston, MA