State awards UMass Center in downtown Springfield $250K

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State Representative Carlos Gonzalez along with the Springfield Legislative Delegation will be announcing $250,000 will go towards the Springfield Downtown UMass Center.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy was in attendance, as well as the new director of the UMass Center in Springfield, Jamina Scippio-McFadden. UMass said they really needed this funding for their Springfield location, which is connecting their students to local jobs.

“The UMass Center at Springfield provides a central location to higher education for the students in the city of Springfield. It creates a viable partnership between the University of Massachusetts and other institutes of public higher education in the city, which gives access to Springfield area residents,” said State Representative Carlos Gonzalez.

The UMass Center at Springfield allows us to bring our world-class faculty to downtown  pringfield to teach and conduct research to benefit the Springfield community and the entire Commonwealth.  This center would not be possible without the steadfast support of Representative Gonzalez and the entire Springfield legislative delegation, and we are thrilled to have earned their support and we look forward to working with our partners to allow the center to reach its full potential.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy

State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, State Senator Jim Welch, and Springfield Mayor Sarno were all there for Monday’s announcement at the UMass Center at Tower Square. They presented the UMass Center with this quarter-million-dollar check, which will be used to fund all of their programs, that are helping provide students jobs in Springfield.

“Everything from leaving the lights on, to providing the computer facilities for the students, the job opportunities we have to create for them, having the staff, is all made possible with this contribution,” said Kumble Subbaswamy, chancellor at UMass Amherst.

Rep. Gonzalez said, “It’ll just help promote more programs and more educational opportunities including the nursing program which is vibrant we have over 80 students taking this class today so we are excited about that and we look forward to pushing for more funding for the city of Springfield.”

Subbaswamy said they are putting more focus on their accelerated nursing, cybersecurity, and information technology programs, fields that have many available high paying jobs. He also emphasized their partnership with the city of Springfield and the convenience of the UMass Center for students in Springfield.

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