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Pssst! Pass it on: Quinsig coming to town

Southbridge will host college campus

June 06, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE If you ventured down to Town Common Saturday afternoon for SouthbridgeFEST 2009, you may have walked away with a free Frisbee or backpack and some very good news.

The small, nylon discs and shoulder-strapped packs were being handed out by a representative of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester, who along with the free gifts, was letting folks know that, pending the signing of a lease, a new Quinsigamond campus will be up and running in Southbridge this fall.

As for the location, which is widely believed to be at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center and old AO complex, the representative smiled and said, "It is near where you are standing, in one of the directions you would look."

The conference center and complex is directly across from Town Common and has long been rumored to be the preferred site for a new college campus. Quinsigamond officials have previously indicated that Southbridge was among the finalists, along with another Southern Worcester County town, believed to be either Dudley or Webster. Several other area locations had been considered.

Southbridge was attractive, according to Quinsigamond officials, because of its downtown area and the fact that it featured a facility that had a strong campus feel. According to the representative at SouthbridgeFEST, some classes will be offered this fall, with full sessions starting next year.

Quinsigamond is quite familiar with Southbridge, having offered classes for about 30 years at the high school. It was time, said the representative, for another spot.

College officials, he said, are slated to appear at a June 22 Town Council meeting, after which an official announcement would be made.

Keep your eyes on the pages of the Southbridge Evening News this week for more to this story.

Walter Bird Jr. may be reached at 508-909-4107 or via e-mail at wbird@stonebridgepress.com

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