Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
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|Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology|
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The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts is a non-profit private college of engineering and industrial technologies established in 1908 with funds bequeathed in Benjamin Franklin's will.
BFIT owes its existence to the vision of Benjamin Franklin. In a codicil (will) to his will, dated 1789, Franklin established a 200-year plan for a sum totaling £1,000 (about $4,400 at the time, or about $55,000 in 2010 dollars) that he gave to the city of Boston, where he was born. For the first hundred years, the money was to serve as principal for loans to young workmen; at the end of that period, the fund's managers would divide the money, using approximately three-fourths for public works and maintaining the rest as a loan fund.
When the hundred-year interval had passed, Boston decided to use the money to establish a technical school. Aided by an additional gift from industrialist Andrew Carnegie and land donated by the City, BFIT opened its doors in 1908. Today, the Institute continues to serve greater Boston and beyond, local industry, and the regional economy by preparing men and women of diverse backgrounds to become proficient in the technical arts.
According to the Institute website, the school's mission statement is:
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology offers education to students pursuing career-based paths. The College strives to develop technical and professional skills as well as individual values that help to create a foundation for success, civic responsibility, and life-long learning. The College adheres to the principals put forth by our benefactor Benjamin Franklin in his writings about education and citizenship.
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is the only college in Massachusetts to offer Associate of Science degrees in Electrical Technology, Opticianry, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology and Bachelor of Science degrees in Automotive Management and Health Information Technology.
As of the 2013-2014 school year, yearly tuition and fees total $16,950 for Associate degree programs and $18,190 for Bachelor degree programs.
- "2013-2014 Academic Catalog". Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- "Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology History". Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- Mission & Vision Statement. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology official website. Retrieved 1 November 2013.