Patrick Announces Funds For State College Building Projects

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Governor Deval Patrick kicked off a week-long round of appearances at state college campuses today and announced hundreds of millions in funding for higher education building projects.

The money, drawn from a four-year-old, $2.2 billion bond initiative, includes $607 million for the University of Massachusetts system and $20.7 million for Roxbury Community College. Patrick visited UMass Boston and RCC today.

“Providing access to quality, affordable higher education is about giving all of our students the opportunity to succeed,” Patrick said in a statement. “Education is Massachusetts’ calling card around the world and central to our competitiveness in the global economy. ... It is the single most important investment government can make in our collective future.”

The governor’s choice of RCC -- where state and federal regulators are investigating a panoply of management issues -- as the starting place for his series of appearances was intentional, said Secretary of Education Paul Reville.

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