Here comes UMass Haverhill
Officials at the University of Massachusetts Lowell hope to open a permanent branch of their campus in downtown Haverhill with a $2.5 million appropriation contained in a supplemental budget lawmakers approved in March.
University officials plan to use the funds to move from current leased space at Northern Essex Community College to a spot in the Gateway City’s downtown, closer to highways and public transportation. About 2,000 students from the Haverhill area attend UMass Lowell.The politics play pretty well, too. Rep. Brian Dempsey, the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which shepherds budget bills through the Legislature, is a UMass Lowell grad and lives in Haverhill.
Overall enrollment at UMass Lowell has increased 45 percent in the past seven years to 17,000 students, and Northern Essex has some of the largest numbers of students transferring into the university annually.