Mechanics Cooperative Bank commits $100,000 in support of the UMass Dartmouth’s $15 million, 22,000 square foot Charlton College of Business Learning Pavilion. This new building adjoins the existing Charlton College of Business building and provides new technology-enriched classrooms, meeting spaces, a business innovation center, and a 165-seat auditorium for undergraduate and graduate students. The new building was made possible by the generosity of local organizations like Mechanics Cooperative Bank.

“The Charlton College of Business is distinguishing itself across the board,” UMass Chancellor Johnson said. “This pursuit of excellence not only boosts the reputation of the CCB, but also elevates UMass Dartmouth and the entire UMass system. This could not happen without the local support of organizations like Mechanics.”

Total enrollment at the Charlton College of Business has grown from 1,810 to 1,935 over the last 10 years with the Charlton MBA program growing from 143 to 330. The college recently launched new Master of Science programs in Accounting, Health Care Management and Technology Management.

Mechanics Cooperative Bank President & CEO, Joseph T. Baptista Jr. commented “The new business school space will facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship by promoting collaboration among students, faculty, staff and the entire Southcoast community. We could not be more proud to be a strong supporter of this great University”

About the Charlton College of Business:

The Charlton College of Business is fully accredited by AACSB International, a distinction given only to the most prestigious business colleges. Charlton College of Business has been named in The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of its “Best 295 Business Schools.” The College’s undergraduate programs also recently earned a #150 ranking among the U.S. News’ “Best Business Programs.”

About Mechanics Cooperative Bank

With total assets over $545 million, Mechanics Cooperative Bank offers a wide variety of personal and business deposit and loan products. Established in 1877, Mechanics Cooperative Bank is Massachusetts’ second oldest co-operative bank with eight conveniently located branches in Bridgewater, Taunton, North Dighton, Somerset, Swansea, Fall River and Westport. For more information, call 1-888-MECHANICS (632-4264) or visit Member FDIC.  Member SIF.  Equal Housing Lender.

Photo caption: Pictured in the new Charlton College of Business Learning Pavilion to commemorate the $100k gift from Mechanics Cooperative Bank is (from left) is Dr. Kathryn Carter, Dean of the Charlton College of Business, Dr. Robert E. Johnson, Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth and Joseph T. Baptista Jr., President and CEO of Mechanics Cooperative Bank. Mechanics Cooperative Bank committed $100k in support of this new space and the University as a whole