I'm happy to say that after months of meeting with President Wall and members of his leadership team at Massasoit Community College (MCC), it looks like Marshfield High School will be hosting MCC courses a few nights a week, starting in the fall of 2016. We are still awaiting a few contractual steps, but Massasoit has seen our space and feels it will be a great match for the programs they hope to run next year.
As it stands now, MCC will be renting out three classrooms to run General Education courses two nights a week for the fall and spring semesters. In addition, they will utilize one of our technical labs for the Maritime Technology courses they will be running. President Wall has expressed his desire to start the Maritime Technology program here in Marshfield because of our natural ties to the ocean and maritime industries.
We will be making a more formal announcement in the weeks to come and students from throughout the area will be able to start enrolling in these courses some time in June. For now, we are just looking at the 2016-17 school year but, as we move forward, we will work with MCC to see how we will be able to grow this collaboration. In addition, the college will continue to work with state and local officials, as they try to secure their own campus space in Marshfield.
I want to thank Tom Miller, our Director of Business and Finance, for working out all of the contractual language with his counterparts at MCC. In addition, I want to thank Representative Jim Cantwell, who has been working with MCC for years, trying to assist them in gaining their own campus space in Marshfield.