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Framingham State celebrates opening of Community Education Center at historic Maynard building on Friday

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 23, 2012 12:43 PM

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Framingham State University students and faculty will join Framingham officials to celebrate the opening of the university’s new Community Education Center in the historic town-owned Jonathan Maynard Building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m.

“We are thrilled to have this beautiful location to house our community education programs,” said Dr. Scott Greenberg, associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of continuing education. “The ribbon-cutting ceremony will provide us with a chance to thank everyone who helped make the opening of this center possible.”

The Maynard building is located at 14 Vernon St., roughly a five-minute walk from campus across a footbridge over Route 9.

The university received permission from the town in May to enter a three-year lease for the former elementary school's second floor. The building underwent extensive exterior renovations in 2010 that included installing a slate roof, redoing the walls, and repairing the windows.

The Danforth Museum and School of Art also hopes to move into the first-floor space of the building for a more permanent timespan. But the close proximity to Framingham State for the next few years could improve the Danforth art school’s relationship with the academic community there, said Katherine French, museum director.

“We envision being able to provide more services to students, and to work more closely with the music and art department,” French said.

Light refreshments will be served at the ceremony on Friday and people will have an opportunity to tour the recently-renovated second floor of the Maynard Building, where the community education center is housed. The floor consists of four classrooms, two small conference rooms and several offices.

English language programs are the largest component of the university’s community education efforts, according to officials. Intensive daytime courses offer instruction on everything from reading, writing, grammar and speaking to electives such as "American Culture and Cinema." There are also community courses in the evenings and Saturday mornings, as well as specialized tutoring to meet specific needs.

Moving forward, the university is hoping to work with the community to develop new education and professional development options in areas that align with the needs of
the local workforce, according to Rebecca Hawk, director of community education and English language programs.

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