Students can get to the satellite campus not only by car but also by commuter rail and Amtrak’s Downeaster train, which stops at downtown Haverhill’s train station, he added.
“We think this is a great fit,” Meehan said.
Melinda Barrett, owner of Barrett’s Specialty Foods at 103 Merrimack St., beamed with excitement when she heard about the satellite campus.
“Anything that would bring more people downtown would be a good thing,” she said. “I think having a college campus downtown is a great idea,” Barrett said.
At Sparky’s Wings and Things at 20 Emerson St., just around the corner from busy Washington Square, owners Andrea Puisys and her husband, Jamie Puisys, said they would welcome a college crowd. Before opening in Haverhill, they were considering opening a shop near the UMass Lowell campus, but decided against the commute from their Haverhill home.
“The addition of a college crowd would really help our business,” Andrea Puisys said. “If they opened a campus here, it would probably be within walking distance to us.”
The Haverhill satellite campus will be overseen by UMass Lowell’s Division of Online and Continuing Education. Students will be offered the option of traditional learning and hybrid programs that combine online and in-person instruction for what is known as “blended learning,” officials said.
Students at the Haverhill campus will have access to everything from single courses to full degrees, as well as advising and other academic support services.
The division offers more than 35 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and three dozen graduate certificates. UMass offers 88 degrees in total.
NECC President Lane Glenn described the planned Haverhill satellite campus as “a wonderful benefit for NECC graduates who will no longer need to commute to Lowell to pursue their bachelor’s degrees. The campus, Glenn added, “will allow Northern Essex to grow its already strong relationship with the university.”