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Gov. Baker to meet with UMass-Lowell Chancellor Meehan to announce financial commitments

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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to meet with University of Massachusetts-Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan to announce two new financial commitments to the university.

They include a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and a gift from UMass-Lowell alumni.

University officials say the additional funding helps highlight the importance of public and private support for public higher education — and show how higher education benefits the economy by fueling research and development and preparing students to enter the workforce.

During the campaign, Baker pledged to try to make higher education more affordable, and better connect students to jobs.

He also said Massachusetts should look at other higher education options like offering three-year degrees.

Baker and Meehan plan to formally announce the grant and gift at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the school.

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