By Damon Markiewicz

Springfield College was recently awarded $180,000 by the George I. Alden Trust towards the construction of its new Health Sciences Center.  

Now under construction, the campus’ newest facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2023. Focusing on the dynamic future of clinical services and business opportunities in healthcare, the state-of-the-art, technology-rich classrooms and immersive learning laboratories will prepare students not only for jobs of today but for those of tomorrow.  In addition to modern simulation suites, patient care rooms, and interdisciplinary rehabilitation and care practice spaces, the Health Sciences Center will include a maker space area for designing and creating new health and wellness technologies.

“Now entering my 10th year at Springfield College, I have had the pleasure of supporting many renovation projects which were inspired by our students and faculty,” said Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper. “We have the most outstanding faculty, we have incredible students, and the new Health Sciences Center will continue to give them the tools that they need moving forward to be successful in their academic journeys. Our students and faculty deserve this facility.”

The new Health Sciences Center allows Springfield College the space and flexibility to expand programs in the School of Health Sciences. Currently, the College has 900 students enrolled in highly selective undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Public Health. In addition, the College offers minors in Public Health, and Communication Sciences and Disorders, in addition to Emergency Medical Technician certification.

The George I. Alden Trust was established in 1912 with an expressed interest in “the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions.” Based in Worcester, Mass., the Alden Trust primarily supports independent colleges and universities in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the six New England states.