In 1994, The Lion King was released in theaters, Ace of Base and Boyz II Men topped the Billboard charts, and Netscape Navigator was the world’s leading web browser. The Winter Olympic games were held in Lillehammer, Norway that year; Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa; the Channel Tunnel opened between England and France…and Curry College celebrated the opening of its Plymouth Campus.
Located off exit 5 on Route 3, long before the area was developed with retail shops and plazas, Curry’s Plymouth satellite was originally housed in the lower level of a lawyer’s building. It offered one graduate and two undergraduate degree programs and contained three classrooms. Far from today’s standard multitude of laptops and smartphones, one central computer workstation for data entry served the entire campus.
In 2000, to meet the demands of a growing student population, the Plymouth campus was relocated to 20 North Park Avenue where it tripled in size with 10 classrooms. Fast forward to 2019, and more than 2,000 non-traditional Continuing Education and Graduate students have graduated from Curry at Plymouth, earning their degrees from one of the 11 programs now available.
Now in its 25th year, the campus continues to thrive. Responding to market demands for registered nurses on the South Shore and Cape region, Curry expanded the offering of the Accelerated Nursing Program (ACCEL) to the Plymouth campus, where the first cohort was successfully launched in Fall 2019. Partnership relationships with transfer colleges, including Cape Cod Community College, Quincy College, Massasoit Community College and Roxbury Community College, have been strengthened to allow their graduates to enroll at Curry with full acceptance of associated degree credits, helping to bring more students one step closer to their career goals. Hybrid learning models that blend in-classroom lectures with online learning and evening class schedules also contribute to a vibrant community providing exciting educational opportunities leading to successful graduate outcomes.
“25 years from now in 2044, we hope to still be meeting the educational needs of the non-traditional student,” says Anne Berriault, Director of Continuing Education and Graduate Enrollment for the Plymouth Campus. “By continuing to adapt our academic offerings to meet the needs of the workforce and the modality of how students connect with our education, we plan to be in Plymouth supporting the educational and career goals of students.”