Work started to renovate Metro Center building as Salve’s West Bay site


The carpet has been pulled up leaving a tacky cement floor, as renovations have started on the conversion of office space at 144 Metro Center Blvd. into the future classrooms of Salve Regina University’s West Bay facility. The 12,000-square foot site will offer graduate and continuing education courses beginning this fall.

According to the university website, Warwick was selected to replace the existing West Bay site in Pawtucket because of its central location and easy access.

The new site will provide classrooms, student lounge area, collaborative learning spaces for student group meetings, expanded computer lab facilities, and expanded services, including enrollment counseling, program advising and registration assistance.

Salve Regina’s continuing education programs are designed to meet the needs of adult learners, many of whom are already in the workforce, by offering flexibility in both time and location. Courses at the West Bay site will be offered year-round in both the traditional classroom and hybrid formats, including semester-long courses and seven-week condensed courses.

Most of the courses will be offered during the evening hours, which bodes well for NEBCO that shares the single story building owned by Frank Paolino.

“Most of us will have left by the time their students start arriving,” said Arlene Shelton of NEBCO. She noted that that means there will be more than adequate parking for both tenants. Beyond that, Shelton thought having the university so close may also help its employees to pursue their educations.

Mayor Scott Avedisian called the satellite campus “wonderful” for Warwick.

“They are one of the region's most well respected colleges and their presence here in the city is welcomed. I have worked with Salve on issues of truancy courts and juvenile justice in the past, and look forward to having more of their expertise to draw from in the future,” he said yesterday.

The university will offer bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, accounting and marketing, as well as a liberal studies degree for students bringing in 60 or more credits from other regionally accredited institutions.

Salve Regina’s business studies department is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), an outcomes-based professional accrediting organization. The IACBE accreditation puts Salve Regina in a unique position among Rhode Island’s colleges and universities to offer continuing education programs in business studies.

Salve Regina’s existing RN-BS program will also be administered at the West Bay site. The RN-BS program is designed for applicants who are currently working in the field of nursing and who have an RN license. The program encompasses both an accredited nursing program and a liberal arts core curriculum addressing the values of Salve Regina’s mission.

“Salve Regina’s West Bay site represents a significant investment in the instructional facilities and program offerings that will provide greater benefit for our current and potential students in graduate studies and continuing education,” Traci Warrington, dean of professional studies, said in a statement. “The opening of the new site is the culmination of over two years of research, analysis, discussion and planning by the administration, but it also marks the beginning of an exciting new phase of activity.”

Recruitment is underway now for classes starting in September. Financial aid is available. For more information, contact 800-637-0002 or


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