DERRY — Derry may be a college town by January.

If all goes according to plan, the town may welcome the New England Institute for Medical Technology to 6 West Broadway.

Originally, the college was set to be located in the lower level location once home to the Children's Metamorphosis Museum. Now, plans have the school in a first-level spot in the same building, the former Sublime Engineering offices.

The college was granted tax-exempt status last month, according to school founder Jack Roche, who told Derry's Downtown Committee he is happy approval came so quickly.

The medical technical college will offer full- and part-time programs, with day and evening classes available for up to 24 students per class.

Students would then go off site to work in area hospitals and medical facilities as they train to become surgical technicians and for careers in medical settings, helping in the operating room with preparation work and other surgical assistance.

"Their responsibilities involve the preparation of the operating room, instruments, equipment, medication and supplies that will be needed," Roche said.

He said the Derry Economic Development Corporation, owner of the building at 6 West Broadway, is very supportive of the college plan, as are local medical officials and facilities hoping to offer off-site locations for the surgical technicians' training.

Roche said he is soliciting grant proposals and reviewing information for state licensing. If all goes to plan, he anticipates a Jan. 1 start date for classes.

He said he was confident the college would receive accreditation just in time for the first class of students to receive their diplomas.

The college plan is all part of the downtown committee's hopes to make the Broadway area busy and inviting for those living and working here, while offering job, business and learning opportunities.

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