Massasoit Community College Opens Downtown Brockton Location
BROCKTON, Mass (November 30, 2023) – Massasoit Community College officially opened its Downtown Brockton location on Nov. 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local and state leaders. Located at 230 Main Street in a first-floor, 3,500ft2 section of the C. Gerald Lucey Building, the location offers state-of-the art space for College events, classes, and community programming.
The location includes three classrooms, offices, and communal space with interactive screens and flexible furniture that allows Massasoit to stage a wide range of programs and classes in the heart of City of Champions.
“After many long years, we are excited to celebrate the opening of Massasoit’s Downtown Brockton Location and we look forward to a wide range of opportunities that this new, state-of-the-art space will offer the College, our students, and our community,” said Ray DiPasquale, President of Massasoit Community College. “We are grateful to all of the partners who have made the entire building and our first-floor space possible, including the City of Brockton, our state legislators, the Department of Unemployment Assistance, and DCAMM.”
The building is one of the most sustainable in the Commonwealth’s property portfolio. Its features include timber and steel hybrid construction, daylight-adjusting illumination, and white noise and sound-absorbent baffles. It uses 44% less energy than a comparable building using standard construction and building systems.
The redevelopment of the parcel is one of many projects at play in the City’s years-long effort to revitalize Downtown Brockton, and the inclusion of Massasoit in those plans offers the community access to a vital amenity and resource: higher education opportunities.
“Massasoit has been a proud partner in our work to revitalize Downtown Brockton, and this new space will become a vital community asset for classes, meetings, events, and more,” said Robert Sullivan, Mayor of the City of Brockton. “Brockton’s transit-oriented Downtown is rich with diverse housing, dining, and retail options, government and community services, and higher education and enrichment opportunities. Taken together, we are revitalizing the heart of our city into a welcoming place to live, work, relax, and learn.”
Plans for Massasoit to have classrooms in the building were first announced in May 2019 by the Baker-Polito Administration. The project, spearheaded by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) for the Department of Unemployment Assistance, was designed by Jones Architecture, the same firm tapped to lead Massasoit’s $50 million Brockton Campus renovation.
In attendance for the Nov. 28 ribbon cutting were members of Brockton’s state legislative delegation, city and state officials, and area nonprofit and education leaders. Guests had an opportunity to tour the new space and learn more about how Massasoit’s new Downtown presence will impact the community.
Founded in 1966, Massasoit Community College offers students from southeastern Massachusetts and beyond access to more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs across arts, sciences, applied sciences, healthcare, and technology at locations in Brockton, Canton, Middleborough, and online. More than 8,000 students enroll for credit at Massasoit each year; another 1,500 students annually enroll in non-credit community education or workforce development courses. Typically, more than 800 students graduate from Massasoit with an associate degree or certificate each year. Massasoit students are given access to wraparound services provided on campus to support their success inside and outside the classroom. For more information, visit massasoit.edu.