Accelerated Center Opens in MetroWest

Published on Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

On October 2, Becker College formally opened the doors to its MetroWest Center for Accelerated & Professional Studies, with a reception and visit by Congressman James McGovern’s office, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The event featured a ribbon cutting, tours of the new facility, a brief speaking program and a visit from WCRN, which was on hand to interview members of the Becker community, including Joseph Bascuas, interim president (pictured, left, with Peter Blute).

Located at 337 Turnpike Road, Southborough— a half-mile east of I-495 on Route 9 West—the Center puts an accelerated bachelor of science degree in business within easy access of working adults.

Making a college degree more convenient for working adults seeking to balance their professional and personal lives with advancing their education is just one reason why Becker College has opened the MetroWest Center facility, according to Francine Fink, Becker College dean of Accelerated & Professional Studies. “We also see the Center as a partnership with area employers,” she said. “Companies encourage their employees to earn an accelerated degree at Becker College’s MetroWest Center, and in return, they get a staff with the leadership and management skills needed to make their businesses more successful.”

Through this program, the College provides a supportive learning environment and a host of advantages such as five-week courses that meet one night a week, flexible scheduling, a professional faculty with strong roots in the business community, and continuous academic advisement throughout the program.

“Getting my BS was something I wanted to do for myself. Becker College’s accelerated program made it possible,” said Jennifer Day, a local foundation manager.

Practical experience is another program essential, according to Jay Lacke, Ph.D., professor of management and director of online learning. As he put it, “Becker has a long tradition of blending academics with hands-on experience. Just like our online and on-campus programs, courses at our MetroWest Center emphasize building the practical skills that improve actual job performance. We believe that that’s what 21st-century management education must do.” This strategy also allows students to receive credit for life experience.

Michael Sullivan, IT manager at a local bank, said, “Becker College’s accelerated program gave me a solid foundation in business.”