West Chester, Bloomsburg Universities Expand Center City Presence

Mark Abrams
April 19, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Representatives from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Credit: Mark Abrams


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education dedicated a new suite of classrooms and academic facilities in Center City on Thursday.

David Maser, vice chairman of the state system board of governors, says the space in the Lits Building in the 700 block of Market Street offers attractive possibilities for students and programs offered by West Chester and Bloomsburg universities.

"You're probably sitting with a lot of debt, but you don't have your degree, you don't have the benefit of your degree," Maser said. "We're here to provide those last couple classes and a lot of graduate classes for people who are looking to advance their degrees." 

Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney says it's just the beginning.

"We'll continue to grow and meet between what employers need from the region, what our students want to take, and universities will continue to grow with us," Whitney says. "Other universities from the state system -- there's 14 -- will come in here strategically to advance their missions here in Center City."

Rob Wunderling, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, said, "That's just one more ingredient on ensuring that our younger citizens, particularly those 20- and 30-year-olds, those Millennials, remain in our workforce in the Philadelphia region."