By Brian Lee TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
SOUTHBRIDGE — Westfield State College is expanding into Southbridge, moving into the same business park where Quinsigamond Community College developed a satellite campus.
The community college will collaborate with Westfield State's Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs, and in the near future, QCC students will be able to complete a criminal justice degree at the Southbridge location.
The schools announced the arrangement today.
Once Westfield State's move is finalized, students are expected to be able to complete both their associate's and bachelor's degrees solely in Southbridge.
The expansion was made possible by $600,000 in federal money, the third allocation made possible through U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield.
Previous funding was $109,000 in fiscal 2006 and $305,500 in fiscal 2008.
Charles F. Norton, managing director of Franklin Realty Advisors Inc., said Westfield State is going into “a highly visible” building across from the Quinebaug River. The school will take space in the top floor of a 150,000-square-foot building.