The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has announced that it will be selling its South End campus with the hope of raising the funds that it needs to expand elsewhere. Located at Berkeley and Appleton, the nearly one-acre plot of land currently features three buildings set amid one of the region’s hottest development areas. As such, the school is not likely to have much trouble with finding a buyer, who can join in on the development rush after gaining the necessary city approval.
Putting the Campus on the Market
While the campus is not currently available for purchase, Benjamin Franklin Institute President Anthony Benoit has stated that it will likely be put on the market this spring. The school is waiting to officially put the campus up for sale until after it has determined where it will go with its expansion. Currently, the school hopes to complete the relocation by the fall of 2022.
The History of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology was founded in 1908 in Boston, making it one of New England’s oldest collects of technology. Offering an affordable education to those who wish to pursue a technical career, the non-profit college was started with a bequest from Benjamin Franklin and a matching gift fro Andrew Carnegie.
Prior to the establishment of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Franklin established a 200-year plan for a sum that amounted to $112,000 in 2010 dollars as part of his will. The money, which was given to the city of Boston, was first to be used to serve as principal for loans to young workmen. At the end of a one hundred year period, the funds mangers were to divide the money in order to use three-fourths of it for public works and the rest for maintaining a loan fund. It was at this time that the city decided to establish the technical school with the help of these funds and the gift from Andrew Carnegie. The city itself donated the land.
Programs of Study
The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology offers 14 programs of study offering bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificates. It is the only college in Massachusetts offering degrees in the following:
- Automotive Management (Bachelor of Science)
- Biomedical Engineering Technology (Associate of Science)
- Electrical Technology (Associate of Science)
- Health Information Technology (Bachelor of Science)
- Opticianry (Associate of Science)
Other areas of study offered at the school include: Computer Technology, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering Technology, HVAC&R, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Technology Business & Management.
Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has a college graduation rate that is twice the national average.
In addition to all that the city of Boston and the surrounding area has to offer, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology also offers plenty of opportunities for students to stay active and involved in their school. Available facilities for students to enjoy include the Ben’s Den Recreation Center and the Student Leadership Center. The school also has an active membership in the National Junior College Athletic Association and participates in Region XXI.