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WELLESLEY – MassBay Community College President David Podell announced today, September 16, MassBay will offer its spring 2021 courses exclusively online or remote, except for a handful that involve laboratory work.

This format mirrors how the fall semester courses are currently being delivered to students in fall 2020.

“After carefully considering the current state of affairs regarding the pandemic, and in keeping with our paramount objective of limiting the spread of COVID-19 among the MassBay community, we have decided not to open the College to on-campus classes and activities this spring,” said President Podell. “We have proven our ability to effectively offer our courses online and remotely while continuing to offer our students the robust academic and personal support services that are the hallmark of a MassBay education.”

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All fall semester courses at MassBay are being offered online or remotely except for a few Biotechnology, Health Sciences, and Automotive Technology courses that contain a required hands-on laboratory component. The College has prepared and is following comprehensive access plans for each of its three campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland to accommodate students attending these lab-based courses.

MassBay offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide range of career-based areas of study. The most affordable college in Metrowest, many students choose to begin their pursuit of bachelor’s degrees at MassBay and transfer their earned credits.

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Applications are now being accepted for MassBay’s spring semester, which starts on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. 

To learn more about MassBay, plan to attend the virtual Fall Open House on Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon or visit


MassBay Community College is ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for two-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England, and #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded lifelong learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.

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