Quincy College will begin moving its nursing school in January to a 100,000-square-foot site in Quincy Center, the first stage of a project that will consolidate most of the school’s activities in one downtown location by 2016.
The nursing school’s move follows last week’s approval by the Quincy City Council, but it’s a concept that has been in the works for some time. Last June, college officials sought permission to move the 13,000-square-foot nursing facility on Temple Street to a 29,000-square-foot location somewhere in Quincy Center.
The move was prompted by a steadily growing student body, said Peter Tsaffaras, the college president.
In the last five years alone, the size of the campus has expanded by 24 percent in Quincy, and by 62 percent at the school’s Plymouth location. Overall enrollment has grown to about 4,600 students this year from 4,500 last year at the two-year public community college, which awards a variety of certificates and associate’s degrees.