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Granite State College moves into Manchester’s MillWest, becoming a proud partner in the vibrant West side business community.
GSC’s move comes as Manchester’s winter term enrollments increase by 42 percent
Manchester, NH – Following two years of historic growth, Granite State College (GSC) is pleased to announce its relocation into downtown Manchester’s MillWest, a bustling Millyard complex on the city’s west side. The new location will be home to GSC’s Manchester students, advisors and staff and will accommodate a 42 percent increase in enrollments over last year’s winter term.
Relocating from the Ammon Center (near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport), Granite State College has leased 4,000 square feet of newly-renovated space in Brady Sullivan’s premier West side building. The space will offer classrooms, a student lounge, an academic resource center, computer work stations, Wi-Fi and spacious offices for student advisors – all with a classic Millyard feel. Exposed brick and beam, ten-foot windows and 16-foot ceilings make for an inviting and appealing environment. Coupled with ample free parking for students, MillWest offers an idyllic academic setting.
“We are very enthusiastic about our new Manchester location,” said Dr. Karol A. LaCroix, president of Granite State College. “We have seen huge increases in enrollments institution-wide and Manchester is no exception. We watched those trends closely and knew it was time to increase our capacity to teach, empower and support our students.”
Granite State College is one of four University System of New Hampshire institutions and a leader in online education. GSC offers associate and bachelor degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and transfer opportunities. With nine academic centers located throughout New Hampshire, Granite State College is committed to delivering affordable and convenient access to higher education through innovative programming.
That innovative programming centers on GSC’s students, many of whom are adult learners juggling families, full-time work and military duty both here and abroad. The flexibility, affordability and real-world experience offered at GSC create a winning proposition for students.
“I’m really excited about the new Manchester space,” said Jeanne Lester, 42, a GSC student majoring in Journalism. “I came here because I could maintain my work-life balance while earning my degree and because I knew I’d get a unique perspective from my professors, who are all working professionals. We don’t just study a topic, we discuss and debate and consider what happens in real life. Now we’ll get to do that in beautiful new space and that’s exciting.”
GSC prides itself on providing real-world experiences and expertise, drawing adjunct faculty from the state’s business and professional communities. Strong relationships with the business community translate to graduates who are well-positioned to grow or re-position their careers.
“We are particularly pleased to bring our institution, which is entirely committed to lifelong learning, to a bustling part of the city of Manchester,” said Dr. LaCroix. “Our neighbors are St. Mary’s Bank, Catholic Medical Center, General Cable and the Moore Center – among many others – and we are thrilled to join the neighborhood and look forward to contributing to the momentum and activity there. There is a lot happening in that West side location and we are enthusiastic about what that immersion in the local community means for our students.”
The Manchester location will also continue to provide a home to The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). OLLI welcomes “students” over the age of 50 to its “classes,” where there isn’t any grading or points systems, but a genuine, widely-held passion for learning. Members plan and execute classes covering topics from Global Warming to The Music of Broadway and offer the series, New England Notables.
There are 110 OLLIs across the United States; the first and only in New Hampshire was created in 2004 at Granite State College. Five years later, OLLI programming exists at four of GSC’s nine locations (Manchester, Concord, Conway and the Seacoast) and there are over 225 members at the Manchester location alone.