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UMUC opening satellite campus in North Stafford
The University of Maryland University College will offer undergraduate and graduate programs in a recently completed three-story building at the Quantico Corporate Center in North Stafford.
UMUC, which has a global presence and is one of the largest providers of online higher education in the U.S., will lease the first floor of the 30,000-square-foot building at 525 Corporate Drive.
As of Monday that building is the corporate headquarters of defense contractor Patricio Enterprises Inc. Patricio moved to the facility off U.S. 1 near Marine Corps Base Quantico from its previous office behind the Stafford Marketplace off Garrisonville Road.
Patricio, which plans a May 11 grand opening, is occupying the entire third floor and half the second floor. The company is talking with corporate users interested in leasing the remaining roughly 5,000 square feet of the second floor.
UMUC plans to build out its new space and be open for classes this fall. UMUC officials said the Maryland-based institution has a large student population in Prince William County, Stafford and throughout the Fredericksburg region, including military families and community college transfers.
“By opening the location in Quantico, UMUC will be able to make face-to-face student services and academic programs more readily accessible to our students who live and work in the region,” said UMUC Vice President for Military Operations James Selbe in an email.
Selbe said UMUC will offer academic programs at the North Stafford center that area students have traditionally shown interest in, as well as workforce training. The programs will include cyber-security, business administration, information technology and criminal justice.
UMUC spokesman Chip Cassano said the institution has entered into an alliance with Germanna Community College in order to help students there transition into four-year degree programs and take the right courses for their field of study.
UMUC’s new satellite campus is just one of many things going on at the fast-growing Quantico Corporate Center, a Silver Cos. development that Stafford officials are working to rebrand as a technology and research park. This fall Stafford will open a small classroom and conference space at a recently completed 140,000-square-foot office building at the QCC, the third of that size at the center.
The county and its academic and business partners — including ManTech International Corp., the University of Mary Washington, Germanna and George Mason University — plan to offer high-tech classes geared toward the many defense and other government contractors near Quantico.
Silver is also working to attract more retail users to the QCC. The Globe & Laurel Restaurant and a Navy Federal Credit Union branch are near the main entrance, and a 96-room Courtyard by Marriott is planned. Cookie’s Barber Shop II, Subway and I Luv Teriyaki II have all signed leases for a planned 8,000-square-foot retail center there.