Governor Deval Patrick today announced $4 million in capital funds for Roxbury Community College (RCC), furthering the Administration's commitment to invest in a community college that provides quality, affordable educational and career-focused training programs to prepare students of all ages for both the local job market and further academic study. The funds will be used for major building repairs and other renovations at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
"Under President Roberson's leadership and the RCC Board of Directors, there is a tremendous potential for a bright path ahead for this institution," said Governor Patrick. "Investing in RCC's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center will maintain its status as a world class facility and will help RCC continue its service as a vital resource to the Roxbury community and the Commonwealth."
"Roxbury Community College is working hard to better align their academic programs with the communities workforce needs and better equip students with the skills they need to succeed in the classroom and in the workforce," said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone.
"The Patrick Administration has made investing in public higher education a priority," said Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor. "Financing this capital project at Roxbury Community College will have a positive impact on both the students and the community as a whole."
To date, the Patrick Administration has committed $26 million in capital funds for projects at Roxbury Community College, including $20.7 million for renovations and expansion of the Academic Building and Student Center to house updated labs, a new Allied Health Center, an expanded kitchen and a new student commons. Friday's $4 million commitment for the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center will fund a resurfacing of the track, renovations and upgrades to the HVAC, audio visual, security, and IT systems, a refurbished entrance, and repairs to the facility's interior and exterior.
Last summer, Governor Patrick announced a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston to increase student achievement and prepare students at RCC and Madison Park Vocational Technical High School for success in a 21st century economy. RoxMAPP, the Roxbury Massachusetts Advanced Polytech Pathway, will create clear pathways for students to high-demand careers including health care, information technology and the life sciences in the region and beyond, while also helping increase graduation rates and close access and achievement gaps for students of both institutions. Students in this program are already showing positive results demonstrating improvements in their math and English proficiency and will complete their first college-experience course at RCC this fall.
About the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center
Opened in 1995, the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center has hosted numerous National and World Track & Field Championships for professional, high school and collegiate athletes. In addition, the Center is essential to the Roxbury and Boston communities, hosting events, including: youth and collegiate basketball clinics; cultural events; community meetings; and health fairs. With nearby schools like Madison Park and the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, the Center has become a second home for neighboring high school athletes.