MassBay secures $2 million grant for new Framingham Health Sciences Building

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FRAMINGHAM — MassBay Community College’s new $58 million learning center being built on Franklin Street has received a federal government boost.

A $2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration will be used to purchase the final equipment for the college’s new simulation center at its Health, Early Childhood and Social Services Center under construction at 490 Franklin St. The grant is part of the Massachusetts award. from the federal government’s US bailout package, designed to support infrastructure and workforce development projects.

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“We need the latest, best and most sophisticated technology for students to train on and the EDA is giving us $2 million to make that happen,” said MassBay President David Podell.

MassBay Community College offers more than 70 programs, both remote and in-person, including associate’s degrees in cybersecurity, automotive technology, and early childhood education, and certificate programs in everything from web design to interior decoration. It also offers pre-college programs for high school students to earn college credits.

MassBay’s main campus is in Wellesley Hills, with the Health and Science Division located on Flagg Drive in Framingham. MassBay also has an Automotive Technology Learning Center on Eliot Street in Ashland.

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“In our proposal, we needed to explain how this would be transformative for the community of Framingham and surrounding areas and, more importantly, the role of this center in meeting workforce needs,” Podell said, adding that receiving the grant would appear to be a vote of confidence in the work done by MassBay.

The facility, which upon completion will total nearly 70,000 square feet, will host diploma programs for training nurses, emergency medical technicians and early childhood educators, among other offerings. .

The new building is expected to open in early 2024, after construction was delayed by the pandemic; the original plan was to open in the fall of 2023. Additionally, the project’s projected cost has increased since workers began last September at the 8.3-acre site previously owned by Perini Corp., from 54.5 million to $58 million.

“I am thrilled with EDA’s investments in the Commonwealth, which will support the training of a new generation of students for well-paying jobs at Massachusetts Bay Community College,” U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren said in a statement. “I am grateful to the local, state and federal partners who fought for these U.S. bailout investments in our communities.”

MassBay Community College Center for Health Sciences, Early Childhood and Human Services under construction in Framingham, August 2, 2022.

Podell said he is grateful for the support of elected officials in the state and beyond to make the new health sciences center possible.

“Community college is truly the economic engine of our community because it comes out of community college leading to great jobs – well-paying, in-demand jobs. And we’re very focused on meeting the state’s labor needs,” he said.

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The federal grant will provide students with the equipment and resources they will use when they enter the workforce, Podell said, adding that MassBay prioritizes closing training access gaps and, by extension, to jobs.

The pandemic has put a strain on the healthcare industry, so the need for more training opportunities is critical. People trained to fill critical positions like orderlies and nurses are in high demand, but rare.

“All of these careers are in demand and pay good salaries,” Podell said. “It will be transformative for the lives of students who pass through the center.”

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