Plans are underway for UMW to become more involved in the region’s technological research and training.
Mary Washington is teaming up with George Mason University and Germanna Community College to create a science and technology center in North Stafford, according to Meta Braymer, associate provost in the division of professional development and regional engagement.
The participating groups hope to collaborate on research. Also forward-looking, they would like to supplement graduate and professional education, and even potentially high school studies.
“The parties involved want to explore the possibility of providing services, research and economic development opportunities at locations near the base,” Braymer said. “This could involve a science and technology center in the future.”
Oct. 28 saw the signing of an agreement between the three schools, Stafford County and the MTCSC defense contractors to begin planning.
They will soon delve into the feasibility of business development and academic opportunities.
“Later this month a group representing each of the five partners will meet to begin the discussions,” Braymer said.
As the talks move forward, they will begin to determine a location and logistics for the center’s future. According to a Free Lance-Star article, the organizers are looking to potentially locate the facility at the Quantico Corporate Center off of Route 1.