Wire, Vol. 10, No. 3 - Fall 1996

WPI in Worcester, Westborough and Waltham

WPI formally opened its Waltham, Mass., campus on Aug. 22 with a grand opening and ribbon cutting. The facility, which will be used for WPI's continuing education and graduate education programs, occupies 11/2 stories in an office building situated off Bear Hill Road near the junction of routes 128 and I-95, conveniently located near high-tech industries.

"The Waltham campus extends the WPI tradition of educational innovation to technical professionals and managers working and/or living along Massachusetts' technology highway," says Arlene Lowenstein, director of continuing education, and Lisa Jernberg, director of graduate marketing and enrollment. "It offers professional development and graduate programs to individuals and corporations for whom leading-edge technology and management education are of great importance. The state-of-the-art facility and outstanding faculty provide a comprehensive learning environment."

The new facility, which occupies 15,000 square feet of space and is equipped with the latest in computers, is the second off-campus site opened by the university in recent years. The Technical Education Center in Westborough, established in 1994, serves a high concentration of information system professionals in the Greater Boston and Central Massachusetts areas.

"Our initial offering, a certificate program in UNIX System and C Programming, has been a tremendous success," says President Edward A. Parrish. "That experience underscored the demand for WPI's programs in this region.

"A wide range of graduate and continuing education programs will be offered in Waltham. In our first year we will offer 20 graduate courses in management and computer science," he says. "Students may sign up for individual courses, enroll in a graduate certificate program, or work toward a master's degree. In all, we will have more than 70 hours of instruction per week in our day, evening and weekend programs."

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