For Immediate Release - October 04, 2012

OPENING OF NEW MATH AND SCIENCE CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY

New state-of-the-art facility funded through Patrick-Murray Administration's capital plan to build world-class public higher education system in MA

New Math & Science Center at Bridgewater State
Governor Patrick participates in a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Math and Science Center at Bridgewater State University. (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office) View additional photos.

BRIDGEWATER – Thursday, October 4, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined state education, legislative, business and campus leaders to celebrate the opening of the new Math and Science Center at Bridgewater State University (BSU). This project, funded through the Patrick-Murray Administration’s capital plan, provides new laboratories, classrooms and support space for BSU’s biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, geography, math and computer science departments, and delivers on the Governor’s commitment to building an affordable world-class system of public higher education in Massachusetts.

This new facility includes approximately 30 teaching labs, 19 specialty labs, a rooftop observatory, a botanical garden and greenhouse, and classroom spaces. The project created 160 construction jobs throughout its duration and now that it is complete, will benefit not only BSU students and faculty, but the entire Southeastern Massachusetts region and its employers.

"Providing access to quality, affordable higher education is about giving all of our students the opportunity to succeed,” said Governor Patrick. “Education is Massachusetts’ calling card around the world and central to our competitiveness in the global economy. We invest in education, and in projects like this one, because we believe that it is the single most important investment government can make in our collective future.”

During today’s event, the Governor also commended BSU for its efforts to maximize the reach of this new facility. Recently, BSU President Dana Mohler-Faria established the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Mathematics, which will include BSU faculty and staff members, K-12 teachers, and local/regional leaders from science- and mathematics-based businesses and companies in Southeastern Massachusetts. The dual mission of the Council, anchored around this new Math and Science Center, is to establish internship opportunities for BSU students and serve as a resource for the regional intellectual and business community.

“This new facility, and the investment behind it, represents our confidence in the leadership, faculty and, most importantly, students that make up our public higher education system,” said Education Secretary Paul Reville. “I want to congratulate BSU on this beautiful new building and look forward to all of the good things that will come out of this campus as a result of it.”

This week, Governor Patrick has announced over $900 million in FY13 capital funding for public colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. These investments will advance high-quality instructional and research facility projects throughout the state’s public higher education system so that the Commonwealth can compete and thrive in a 21st Century knowledge-based economy. This funding includes $607 million for the UMass system over five years and nearly $300 million for community colleges over five years to give public campuses the resources they need to provide relevant, affordable educational and career-focused training programs that prepare students of all ages for both the local job market and further academic study.

In addition to capital funding announced this week, Governor Patrick also awarded $2.5 million in Performance Incentive Fund grants (PIF) to the UMass campuses and state universities and $4 million in grants to our community colleges. These grants will help support new and existing programs at campuses to improve college readiness and attendance of high school graduates, as well as college graduation and student success rates. Grants will also be used to expand programs linked to the state's future workforce needs by preparing students for jobs in high-demand fields.  

In 2008, Governor Patrick proposed and the Legislature approved a $2.2 billion higher education bond bill. In FY13, the Commonwealth’s capital investment in higher education will be more than three times the total amount invested in FY07, when Governor Patrick took office.

To learn more about the Patrick-Murray Administration’s investments in education, visit http://www.mass.gov/governor/agenda/education/.

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