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A rendering of McGraw-Hill's new office in Seattle.
A rendering of McGraw-Hill’s new office in Seattle.

McGraw-Hill Education has opened a new office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood that will serve as a hub of the company’s digital efforts. McGraw-Hill Education will close down its Bothell facility, moving about 65 people to the new operation in Seattle.

mcgrawhill1It also plans to hire about 30 new staffers in Seattle this year, and another 50 next year. The 24,000 square foot office has room for about 150 people, serving as the company’s sixth R&D center. The company also is expanding in Boston.

“Boston and Seattle will play a pivotal role in our efforts to transform education through the use of collaborative, intuitive and adaptive digital learning technologies,” said Stephen Laster, chief digital officer of McGraw-Hill Education. “In both cities, we are looking for smart people with a passion for improving education using new, creative solutions that serve the U.S. and global markets.”

In Seattle, researchers will work on technologies related to K-12, higher education, assessment and professional markets.

McGraw-Hill joins a growing list of companies that are opening R&D centers in Seattle, tapping the region’s tech talent. Others with growing operations here include eBay, Twitter, Facebook and Staples. GeekWire also just reported this week that HBO is boosting its engineering presence in Seattle, with plans to top more than 100 employees here by the end of this year.

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