WPI Expands to New Campus in Southborough

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Worcester, Mass. -- Responding to a high-tech marketplace hungry for professionals with updated technical skill sets, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is expanding its metrowest presence with the opening of a new campus in Southborough on January 4. Replacing a smaller campus in Westborough, WPI's new MetroWest Campus, located at 225 Turnpike Road (Route 9 west), will offer 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms.

"WPI is committed to providing graduate education, state-of-the-art information technology training, and other professional development programs for the growing number of professionals who want to fill the region's shortage of technically trained workers," states WPI President Edward Alton Parrish. "Through the continued expansion and technical development of our branch campuses, we can accommodate more working professionals who seek to advance their careers in today's burgeoning economy."

According to Arlene R. Lowenstein, WPI dean of continuing studies, technical or technically-oriented professionals living or working in the booming metrowest area will now have opportunities to enroll in WPI's popular information technology programs, including Client/Server Technology and UNIX System/C/C++. These programs will be available on a full- or part-time basis in Southborough and also at WPI's recently renovated Waltham Campus in the Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex. In addition, the MetroWest Campus will host many of WPI's professional development seminars and corporate training programs.

Evening graduate programs in computer science and in electrical and computer engineering will also be available at the new campus. "Among the most in- demand programs in this region are WPI's graduate certificate programs in Computers and Communications Networks and in Software Engineering and Interface Design," says Dianne Horgan, WPI's director of graduate admissions. "WPI is committed to working with local and regional companies to provide a highly educated workforce in this region." WPI also offers these and other part-time graduate engineering, science, and management programs at the main campus in Worcester and at the Waltham Campus.

Three state-of-the-art computer labs and an additional lab for student study will be on-site in Southborough, increasing the number of student work stations to more than 100. The new labs will provide "equipment at the latest levels in technology," says Bob Tropea, WPI's senior program manager for information technology programs. "We have also updated our Client/Server Certificate Program to include Visual Basic 6.0, one of the hottest new internet development software tools. And we've upgraded our internet lines to T1 capability, which will speed internet access and response," he explains.

The opening of the MetroWest Campus marks the fourth expansion of WPI's branch campuses for adult learners since the Westborough campus opened in 1994. WPI's past expansions include a move to larger facilities in Westborough, the addition of the Waltham campus in 1996, and the addition of a new computer lab at the Waltham campus in the fall of 1998. WPI's MetroWest Campus, located two miles east of Route 495 or three miles west of the Sheraton Tara, will be open 70 hours a week for classes; the student lab will be open seven days a week to allow maximum scheduling options for both students and faculty.

The teaching staff at the MetroWest Campus includes members of WPI's distinguished full-time faculty as well as industry practitioners with hands- on experience in information technology. "Well over 70,000 working professionals have participated in WPI's continuing education and evening graduate programs during the past 20 years. In just the past four years, nearly 2,000 men and women have graduated from our information technology programs with a job placement rate of more than 95 percent," states Lowenstein.

Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is the third oldest private university of engineering, science, and management in the United States. WPI maintains its leadership position in technological education by continually upgrading programs and technical equipment to meet current industry standards. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717 or visit WPI's website at www.wpi.edu.

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