Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is the only polytechnic community college in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in the city of Springfield. Built on the site of the Springfield Armory National Park, which was founded by Henry Knox and George Washington during the Revolutionary War, Springfield Technical Community College now occupies many of the buildings used by the U.S. Armory at Springfield prior to its closure in 1969.
Seal of the College
|Motto||Hodie parando cras paratus es (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"Today we are preparing to act tomorrow"|
|President||John B. Cook, Ph.D.|
|Nickname||STCC (pronounced "stick")|
Originally known as the Springfield Technical Institute and located a few blocks to the west, the school moved, expanded, and adopted its current name upon the Armory's closure in 1969.
While 20 acres (81,000 m2) of the 55-acre (220,000 m2) site remain in the hands of the U.S. National Park Service for historic preservation, 35 acres (140,000 m2) are used by the college. Numerous historic buildings have been repurposed as classrooms in addition to newer facilities built on site.
Springfield Technical Community College offers associate degrees in over 30 programs and dozens of certificate/completion programs. As with all two-year colleges in the United States, graduates of STCC may enroll at four-year colleges or universities to pursue additional education.
STCC is home to the only degree-granting Optics and Photonics Technology program in New England. Established in 1976, in recent years the community college has collaborated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics of Rochester, to bolster its photonics program, providing modern lab facilities. Citing a high demand for such jobs in the region, the college has also been working towards the expansion of this technician-training program, including a proposed "Photonics Education and Practice Factory" emulating a similar facility completed at MIT in 2017.
In 2005, the women's soccer team won the national division 3 NJCAA title. The men's basketball team regularly wins 20 games a season as well and has advanced to Nationals in past seasons.
- National Park Service "Springfield Armory National Historic Site"
- Dr. Nick Massa (28 September 2017). Light Matters Extra: Optics & Photonics Technology Program, STCC - 09.2017. Photonics Media – via Youtube.
- "STCC Develops Proposal for Cutting-Edge Photonics Factory". photonics.com. Photonics Media. Archived from the original on January 2, 2019.
- Glaun, Dan (April 7, 2017). "Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab". MassLive. Archived from the original on January 2, 2019.