The Springfield Technical Community College is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1964 as the Springfield Technical Institute, situated a few blocks from the current campus location. In 1968 with the closure of a local Armory National Historic Site, used by the Armed Forces ever since George Washington created it in the late 1700s, the school moved to the site (where it continues to be located) to be able to meet growing demand for higher education; at this point, the name Springfield Technical Community College was applied. The campus comprises more than 30 acres with lots of greenery and open areas, which is a major attraction in and of itself.
The school is a two-year, public institution (part of the Massachusetts state college system) granting degrees up to the associate level.
The academic accreditation of Springfield Technical Community College is conferred by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Various programs at Springfield Technical Community College receive their own accreditation from respected national trade bodies, such as the American Dental Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
The school, which grants degrees up to the associate level, has a strong emphasis on fields such as engineering, computer science and the health fields. At the certificate level there are some twenty programs available and at the associate level there are roughly sixty academic programs available for students to choose, among which are included Sonography, Telecommunications Technology, Energy Systems Technology or even Creative Writing—it’s not all technical at Springfield Technical Community College.
The academic options are fairly diverse and represent a good example of what a community college should be. Options such as dual enrollment for high schoolers and distance learning options for people that can’t necessarily make it to campus on a regular basis make the learning experience more inclusive at Springfield Technical Community College.
Of course, the guarantee of entrance to any Massachusetts state school following the successful completion of a two year, approved program at Springfield Technical Community College is a serious reason to consider studying there, in addition to all that mentioned above.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Given its status as a community college, Springfield Technical Community College implements an open admissions policy in general. Nonetheless, the varying levels of academic rigor and demand between different programs means that the admissions prerequisites vary from one program to the other; in general, programs in technical and medical fields have more stringent prerequisites than other programs.
In addition to filling out the application form itself, which is available online of course, applicants must take Springfield Technical Community College’s placement tests that judge a person’s level in the areas of English, math, keyboarding and reading. The results of this placement test will determine what sort of program an applicant is eligible for and at what level they may begin taking classes.
There is a joint admission policy in place at Springfield Technical Community College, which means that upon successfully completing an approved program with a GPA above 2.5.
There a very many opportunities for financial assistance available to students at Springfield Technical Community College. To be considered for aid at Springfield Technical Community College, a student should file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible, during the application process itself if possible. Federal aid such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans and Work-Study are available for all students at Springfield Technical Community College, while state aid is only available for Massachusetts residents. Limited institutional aid resources may be available as well.
Student Financial Aid Details
Springfield Technical Community College is known for being a very diverse school, one of the most diverse in the Massachusetts state college system. This is somewhat unique for a school that is located in a fairly small city setting. In total, the school campus is some 90 miles from Boston where many students go on weekends and holidays for fun.
The school’s students have many different organizations to turn to and participate in, such as the student government body, and there is even a school television station and a school newspaper being run by the students.
Student Enrollment Demographics
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The Rams are a member of NJCAA.
- Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball
- Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Golf
- Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball
- Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Wrestling