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Mass. to invest nearly $54 million in North Shore colleges

Visiting the North Shore on Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick used a speech before the North Shore Chamber of Commerce to announce two major capital budget investments at Salem State University and North Shore Community College.

Salem State University. (Metro file photo) Salem State University. (Metro file photo)

Visiting the North Shore on Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick used a speech before the North Shore Chamber of Commerce to announce two major capital budget investments at Salem State University and North Shore Community College.

The governor detailed the state’s plans to invest $32.9 million to modernize and expand Meier Hall for science, technology, engineer and math majors at Salem State. Another $20.7 million will be spent updating the Lynn campus of North Shore Community College to accommodate additional student services and classrooms, according to the administration.

The labs at Salem State University have not been updated in more than 40 years since they were first constructed in the early and late 1960s. The university has 430 students majoring in biology and biotechnology, and 80 chemistry students.

The NSCC project will include an addition to the campus to house academic technology, math re-design, adjunct office spaces, a Center for Academic Success, tutoring, student services, student lounges and classrooms.

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