NEEDED: NEW LOCATION FOR NSCC’S WORKFORCE PROGRAMS

After a three year search, North Shore Community College thought it had found a desirable site in the City of Lynn to relocate its Culinary Arts and Cosmetology programs.  Those programs have to be moved from their current location at Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, since that facility will close at the end of this academic year.  Interim President Jan Forsstrom said, “We entered into a unique and promising public/private partnership with Higher Education Partners (HEP) for the relocation of the programs to 270 Union Street, but to everyone’s disappointment, that move will not be realized.”  As a result, HEP and North Shore Community College have agreed to vacate their working agreement and the College will seek alternative space on its own.

The College has sought and continues to seek an alternate site but has not yet been successful in finding an appropriate one.  “We must resume our search for a new location and will work with the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to locate a suitable building by June 2015,” Forsstrom noted. “A Lynn location is still highly desirable, but the setting will be dictated by finding appropriate, cost effective space.”

Both programs are scheduled to complete the academic year in their current spaces at the Essex Agricultural High School in Danvers. The relocation of the programs is necessitated by the construction of the new Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School.

NSCC’s Cosmetology Program is a clock hour program and is regulated by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetologists.   The College’s license to operate the program is site specific and will expire in June 2014 with the closing of the Essex Agricultural Campus location.  Current students in the program are expected to complete their studies before the College license expires and thus will not be impacted.  As the College does not anticipate having a license to operate the program beyond June 2014, the College cannot admit new students to the program.

It is anticipated that the College will not be able to offer hands-on Culinary Arts classes during the 2014-2015 academic year due to lack of a facility. The College does not plan to admit new students into the Culinary Arts Program until all options are reviewed and a more definite transition plan developed.  The College will be working with current students to assist them in taking courses this spring that may not be available in 2014-2015.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Union Street location is not going to work at this time as we were very much looking forward to what we thought could be built there and to bringing these important workforce development programs to the city of Lynn,” said Jan Forsstrom, NSCC Interim President. “We continue to explore all our options and hope to be able to identify a new solution in the near future.”

The search for a new location for the programs has spanned nearly three years, with many sites and options examined. Finding an appropriate site is particularly challenging due to the significant space and equipment demands and associated costs. NSCC incorporated the programs from Essex Aggie in 1998, when county government was abolished in Massachusetts.

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