Framingham has a culturally and economically diverse population, with a total population of about 67,000 and an employment base that draws from a regional workforce of 100,000. The MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State University describes the MetroWest workforce as:
“…exceptionally well educated with career experience in those occupations and industries that promise growth in the 21st century. In addition, a combination of high labor-force participation rates, high-wage occupations, and low unemployment results in households with incomes substantially above state and national averages.”
Framingham is located approximately 20 miles from both Boston and Worcester making a wide variety of educational opportunities convenient for those located in this area. Both Framingham State University (FSU) and Mass Bay Community College are active partners with the business community to make sure their programs are proactively meeting the workforce needs of the present and the future.
FSU is in the process of increasing its science and technology offerings to meet the growing biotech demand in MetroWest and is planning to build a new state-of-the-art science addition in the next few years.
Mass Bay offers a wide variety of degree and certificate programs including Liberal Arts and Communication, Health Sciences such as nursing, Science and Engineering including biotech and IT, Social Science such as education, and Automotive Technology.