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    1. Bay Path Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law

      Explore BusinessWest (13 hours, 37 min ago)

      Bay Path University and Western New England University’s School of Law recently signed a 3+3 articulation agreement that allows undergraduate students attending Bay Path to apply for admission to the law school and begin their legal education during their senior year. This could shorten the time for students to earn both their bachelor’s and JD degrees from seven years to six years. “We are so proud to offer this opportunity for our students to pursue JD degrees,” said Bay Path Provost Melissa Morriss-Olson. “The 3+3 program not only enhances the strength of the existing partnership between ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    2. AIC Announces 100% Pass Rate for Occupational Therapy Program

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      American International College (AIC) announced that its master’s-level occupational therapy pass rate for 2016 is 100%, as designated by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc. (NBCOT). NBCOT is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational-therapy profession, setting a world-class standard for certification of occupational-therapy practitioners. It also works with state regulatory authorities and employers, providing information on credentials and professional conduct. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence for the practice of occupational therapy.

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      Comment Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    3. MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

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      MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

      MassDevelopment is cleaning out and renovating the former Skyplex nightclub at 8-12 Stearns Square as it continues to look for a business, or businesses, to take over the space. "Let's get the building's bones in good shape so as we identify tenants we can begin to work with them on modifications for their use," said Zach Greene, senior vice president of asset management at MassDevelopment. "We have had a number of conversations with a lot of prospective tenants." Greene wouldn't comment specific prospective tenants.

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      Comment Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    4. Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

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      Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

      When it was founded in 2013, Tech Foundry, a program conceived to create a steady pipeline of workers for the IT sector, focused primarily on area high-school students. But research — and experience — revealed that these young people were choosing other destinations (especially area colleges) rather than area technology firms. So today, the classrooms feature a much more diverse group of students.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    5. Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains | masslive.com

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      Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains | masslive.com

      Eversource Energy has gained local approval for a major solar farm on a set of parcels it owns on the Montague Plains.  The Montague Planning Board granted a special permit for the 6-megawatt project on Jan. 24. It will be the largest solar facility in Franklin County. The project includes more than 18,000 solar panels.  An Environmental Notification Form for the project was published by the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office on Feb. 22.

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    6. Texas-based Visionworks to open where Pizza Studio once was in Hadley

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      Texas-based Visionworks to open where Pizza Studio once was in Hadley

      GNC, the vitamin supplement shop, has left the Hampshire Mall and opened across the street to become the new neighbor of Starbucks's at Hadley Corner. An eyeglass-eyecare shop, meanwhile, will open next to the vitamin shop where Pizza Studio once was. Construction workers putting finishing touches on several businesses at Hadley Corner The San Antonio, Texas-based Visionworks will open this spring, said Natick developer Eugene Crowley.  A construction crew was working there Wednesday morning and expected to finish work next month. According to the Visionworks website - the company, formerly Eye Care Centers, has 700 retail shops in 42 states.

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    7. FHREB Announces One-stop Career Center Service Provider

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 22 2017)

      The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) announced that the Franklin Hampshire Employment and Training Consortium (FHETC) in Greenfield has been selected to provide one-stop career-center services to Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin region for the next four years, through June 2022. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires that resources to serve disadvantaged adults, dislocated workers, and youth through public employment centers be put out to bid every four years. Prospective providers must submit a detailed plan for marketing, recruitment, assessment, training, and placement of job seekers, as well demonstrate solid and successful experience working ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Northampton   Greenfield

    8. UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 22 2017)

      UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.  University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students. "UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth's flagship, plays a crucial role in the state's innovation economy," Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. "Our research in fields such as applied life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food science, big data and climate science are internationally recognized. The ingenuity and expertise of our faculty and students, as well as our alumni, provide fertile ...

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    9. Boston Symphony Orchestra announces $30 million Tanglewood building project | masslive.com

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      Boston Symphony Orchestra announces $30 million Tanglewood building project | masslive.com

      The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced a $30 million project for its Berkshires summer home at Tanglewood in Lenox.  The four-building complex is designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's summer music academy.  The new construction will house the planned Tanglewood Learning Institute and includes a multi-use building to accommodate rehearsals and performances with a 200-seat concert hall and a building housing a 150-seat cafe designed to encourage interaction between musicians and audience members that will serve as a hub for visitors.

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    10. Springfield taking applications for HUD loans to lure downtown restaurants

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 21 2017)

      Springfield taking applications for HUD loans to lure downtown restaurants

      The city, as part of an effort to attract experienced restaurant owners to a downtown dining district, has begun accepting applications for federally funded low-interest loans for those new businesses. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the launch of the application process on Tuesday for the Downtown Dining District Fund loan program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be funding up to $1.5 million to support full-service restaurants, with individual loans ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. "This is another piece, building off of the tremendous momentum we are seeing from the nearing completion of ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassDevelopment   Springfield

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