Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies focuses on the economic, academic and professional needs of students, communities, the region and the state to drive the creation of new programs, partnerships and course offerings. This mission of outreach has guided the College of Graduate Studies to its latest venture of opening a graduate site in New Hampshire’s Capital City, where graduate enrollments have been steadily increasing.
With a convenient new location at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord, the College of Graduate Studies will be able to offer its high-quality programs and professional development opportunities to a wider range of graduate students. The Pillsbury Street location will include four classrooms, two offices and a conference space, in order to meet the advising and instructional needs of students from the greater Concord area, while helping to enhance the city’s climate of higher education and professional development.
“Our goal at PSU is to anticipate and respond to the needs of educators and other professionals by collaborating in the development and delivery of flexible, accessible, high-quality programming,” says Dennise Maslakowski, associate vice president for the College of Graduate Studies. “It ties into our mission at PSU, of outreach and meeting the region’s economic and professional needs.”
Concord was a natural choice for this expansion. The College of Graduate Studies has a long tradition of working with Concord area school districts, including Concord, Bow, Hopkinton, Merrimack Valley, Pembroke, Shaker Regional and Franklin, and institutions of higher education, including Franklin Pierce College, Granite State College and New Hampshire Technical Institute. In addition, PSU already offers graduate courses and programs in business and education – including counselor education, educational leadership, special education, reading and writing specialist and health care administration – at several locations in the Concord area.
Graduate courses are currently held at the Capital Area Center for Educational Support in Penacook, the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord and the office of the Manchester Society of Certified Public Accountants.
“PSU’s new Concord site, housed in a shared office building on Pillsbury Street, will provide students with convenient parking, secure facilities, and state-of-the-art classroom technology,” says PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. “We will continue to offer regular weekend and evening classes, as well as professional development workshops and conferences.”
In addition, the New Hampshire Association of School Principals will have an office space adjacent to the College of Graduate Studies. Peggy McAllister, the organization’s executive director, says the partnership will be mutually beneficial for both PSU and NHASP.
“We welcome the opportunity to collaborate in utilizing Plymouth State’s services to assist New Hampshire principals in furthering their expertise though seminars and coursework. Plymouth State University is to be commended for bringing graduate programs to the principals in Concord as well as inviting NHASP to join them,” said McAllister. “We look forward to a long and productive partnership.”
The College of Graduate Studies site at 2 Pillsbury Street will open in October for student advising sessions. Courses will be offered at the site beginning in December 2006. For more information about the College of Graduate Studies, visit www.plymouth.edu/graduate.