As Lincoln College in Southington closes, future of campus unknown

As Lincoln College in Southington closes, future of campus unknown

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SOUTHINGTON – Most Lincoln College of New England students have left for Goodwin College but some will begin the final semester on the Southington campus later this month.

Fewer than 50 dental hygiene students will remain at the Mount Vernon Road campus for the upcoming semester. About half will graduate in May and the rest will finish at Goodwin’s East Hartford campus.

Lincoln announced it was closing at the end of 2018, citing enrollment and financial difficulties. The for-profit college group partnered with Goodwin to transition students to programs where they can finish their studies.

What will become of the campus remains unknown.

Lou Perillo, the town’s economic development coordinator, said the town hopes to keep the 33-acre property as a for-profit college. He sent out more than 150 letters to colleges and universities suggesting expansion into Southington.

“We’ve had a couple of responses,” Perillo said.

He’s forwarding those responses to the property owner. Andrew Filler, the broker who’s listing the property for sale or lease, couldn’t be reached for comment. The property is priced at $14 million.

The Lincoln Group, which has colleges around the country, has a lease on the property until January 2020.

Lincoln College, formerly Briarwood, was unique in offering a mortuary science program. That program along with faculty from Lincoln has been transferred to Goodwin College, according to Danielle Wilken, Goodwin academic affairs dean and transition project manager.

Students in other programs at Lincoln have transferred to similar studies at Goodwin. The East Hartford college also has a dental hygiene program but couldn’t accommodate all the students from Lincoln in addition to its own this semester, Wilken said. Once about half graduate, the remainder will move to Goodwin’s dental hygiene facilities.

For the spring semester, Lincoln’s dental hygiene faculty will remain to teach the course along with some Goodwin administrators.

“For students, it really shouldn’t feel any different,” Wilken said.

Students won’t be living on campus in the upcoming semester.

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