In downtown Manchester, N.H., nestled between the Merrimack River and the railroad tracks, is the Millyard, a number of 150-plus-year-old imposing brick buildings. Years ago they housed the area’s bustling textile mills and had more than 17,000 workers, including children, in their heyday.
Today what remains of the historic Millyard is home to residences and an array of businesses, from tech start-ups to restaurants and hair salons to healthcare offices.
In 2006, SNHU’s College of Online and Continuing Education moved to the Millyard. What started with 21 employees and 12,000 square feet of space will reach more than 800 employees and nearly 150,000 square feet this year. Departments housed here include Advising, Admission, Academics, Marketing and Student Recruitment, One Stop and Information Technology Support.
COCE now sprawls across three floors and uses two shuttles to ferry employees to parking areas around the Millyard district, and soon will have its own cafeteria, the Mill Cafe.
“I believe the character of the mill, the neon signs, the banners and the very open concept throughout the entire space have contributed to a comfortable, informal atmosphere and a culture which encourages collaboration and involvement in our efforts to support our students,” says Associate Vice President of Operations Cynthia Migliori, who has helmed the physical expansion. “Even though we have expanded from our one suite to multiple floors, you can continue to see and feel the electricity of each team’s work throughout the building.”