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Granite State College expands its presence in Rochester, doubling its space to meet increased enrollments

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Granite State College expands its presence in Rochester, doubling its space to meet increased enrollments

GSC’s Rochester campus boasts the largest enrollments throughout the College

Manchester, NH – Following two years of historic growth, Granite State College (GSC) is pleased to announce plans to double its space in Rochester, with a move into newly-refurbished space at Technology Park on Industrial Way.

GSC has served thousands of students at its 6,000-square-foot location at Merchants Plaza at 1 Old Dover Road in Rochester, but student enrollments have soared over the last two years and are up 18 percent over just last year. With the influx of students continuing and the Rochester center the largest center college-wide, GSC’s move will more than double its space in Rochester to 12,000 square feet, providing additional capacity for students, classrooms and technology.

“We are very enthusiastic about our new Rochester location,” said Dr. Karol A. LaCroix, president of Granite State College. “We have seen huge increases in enrollments institution-wide and Rochester is no exception. We watched those trends closely and knew it was time to increase our capacity to teach, empower and support our students.”

The new location boasts six instructional spaces or classrooms, a student lounge, a resource center and testing center. GSC’s full- and part-time regional staff, about 17 in all, will be well-equipped to serve the increasing student traffic.

GSC’s Rochester location serves students from Rochester, Farmington, Dover, Barrington, Somersworth, Milton, Wakefield and Sanford and Berwick Maine. Granite State College also offers classes in Portsmouth, at its location at the Pease trade port.

Manchester-based Brady Sullivan Properties completed the long-term lease with GSC at 35E Industrial Way, the former Cabletron Systems building. The building currently houses a variety of technology companies, including Anseri Corp, Measured Progress and Smart Assistive Technology. The building contains approximately 210,000 square feet of class A quality office/engineering space, according to Charles Panasis of Brady Sullivan.

“We look forward in having Granite State College and its dynamic education program join the Brady Sullivan portfolio of properties as we continue the Rochester site’s redevelopment,” said Panasis.

That dynamic 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.

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 expand our institution’s ability to serve Rochester and the surrounding towns,” said Dr. LaCroix.

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