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    1. MCLA Department of Business Administration Earns ACBSP Accreditation

      MCLA Department of Business Administration Earns ACBSP Accreditation

      MCLA’s Department of Business Administration has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This accreditation covers all the department’s business-degree paths, as well as the college’s MBA program. A global accreditation agency, ACBSP focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the ...

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    2. Frontier Airlines Introduces New, Non-stop Service from Bradley to Cancun, San Juan

      Frontier Airlines Introduces New, Non-stop Service from Bradley to Cancun, San Juan

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of new, non-stop service from Bradley International Airport to Cancun, Mexico and San Juan, Puerto Rico on Frontier Airlines. “We’re thrilled to grow Frontier’s Hartford network with new, non-stop flights to Cancun and San Juan beginning in February 2022,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of Commercial at Frontier Airlines. “Frontier now offers seven non-stop routes from Bradley International Airport, and we look forward to welcoming Hartford-area residents to sunny Mexico and Puerto Rico for unforgettable vacations in winter 2022 and beyond.”

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    3. Springfield College Professor Earns Outstanding Creative Applied Practice Award

      Springfield College Professor Earns Outstanding Creative Applied Practice Award

      Dr. Simone Alter-Muri, Springfield College’s director and professor for Art Therapy/Counseling and Art Education Programs, recently received the American Art Therapy Assoc. (AATA) 2021 Outstanding Creative Applied Practice Award (OCAPA). Alter-Muri received her honor during the AATA’s recent 2021 virtual awards ceremony. “I am honored to be the first recipient of the Outstanding Applied Creative Practice Award by the American Art Therapy Association,” Alter-Muri said. “This award was founded in memory of Dr. Lani Gerrity, an amazing art therapist. Receiving the award would not be possible without the support and inspiration from my colleagues and students. This ...

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    4. United Way Hoping to ‘Fill the Fiat’ with Holiday Gifts for Those in Need

      United Way Hoping to ‘Fill the Fiat’ with Holiday Gifts for Those in Need

      As part of its Hope for the Holidays program, United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) announced Fill the Fiat, a unique opportunity to stuff a very small car full of holiday cheer for those in need. Paul Mancinone, chairman of the board for Mercy Medical Center, has loaned UWPV his vintage Fiat 500 for the event, and it is currently sitting inside the TD Bank building, 1441 Main St., near the UWPV office in downtown Springfield, ready for donations of unwrapped holiday gifts through Dec. 7.

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    5. BusinessTalk with Tracye Whitfield, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessTalk with Tracye Whitfield, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Tracye Whitfield, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021, several of whom have been spotlighted in recent weeks. The two talk about everything that went into this honor, from her passion for service on the Springfield City Council to her recent appointment as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer in West Springfield to her work mentoring young people. It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    6. STEM Scholarships Available for Spring Semester at HCC

      STEM Scholarships Available for Spring Semester at HCC

      Students enrolled full-time in chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, physics, or other STEM fields at Holyoke Community College (HCC) may qualify for a National Science Foundation scholarship of up to $10,000 a year toward tuition and fees. Through HCC, the National Science Foundation Scholarship offers, on average, $6,500 per year to qualified full-time students and prorated amounts for part-time students. New and current HCC students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the spring 2022 semester is Jan. 7, 2022. Students chosen for the NSF scholarship become members of HCC’s STEM Scholars 2.0 program, also known ...

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    7. Comcast Acquires Russell Municipal Cable TV

      Comcast Acquires Russell Municipal Cable TV

      The town of Russell has a new broadband, video, and voice services provider, as Comcast announced it has acquired Russell Municipal Cable TV. Comcast plans to transition residents and businesses to its Xfinity and Comcast Business suite of services through the end of the year. “The acquisition of Russell Municipal Cable TV gives Comcast an opportunity to provide customers in the town of Russell with access to our Xfinity and Comcast Business innovative products and services, including our broadband internet experience, with the fastest broadband speeds available to residents,” said Carolyne Hannan, senior vice president of Comcast’s Western New ...

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    8. Regional Philanthropic Opportunities 2021

      Regional Philanthropic Opportunities 2021

      While philanthropy is a year-round activity, the holidays are a time when many of us think about those who are in need, and how, in general, we can help make Western Mass. a better community for all who call this region home. To help individuals, groups, and businesses make effective decisions when it comes to philanthropy, BusinessWest and the Healthcare News present their annual Giving Guide. In this section are profiles of several area nonprofit organizations, a sampling of the region’s thousands of nonprofits.

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    9. Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Ticks Up Slightly in October

      Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Ticks Up Slightly in October

      The state’s October total unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.3%, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts gained 25,000 jobs in October. This follows September’s revised gain of 13,500 jobs. The largest over-the-month private-sector job gains were in professional, scientific, and business services; leisure and hospitality; and educational and health services. Since December 2020, Massachusetts has gained 186,500 jobs.

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    10. Communities Ponder How Best to Spend and Invest Infusions of Federal Money

      Communities Ponder How Best to Spend and Invest Infusions of Federal Money

      With more than $3 billion being directed to area cities and towns through the American Rescue Plan Act, there is no end to speculation about these funds should be put to use. While infrastructure projects and other municipal needs certainly need to be addressed, area economic leaders and developers are urging communities to think big and make investments that will spur additional private-sector development and allow these cities and towns to take full advantage of the changing times and the opportunities they present.

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    11. Ludlow Weighs Options for Rescue Plan Funds

      Ludlow Weighs Options for Rescue Plan Funds

      This fall, two long-anticipated projects in Ludlow opened to the public, and officials say there’s more to come. In September, the Harris Brook Elementary School on Fuller Street opened for full classes for students in grades 2-5. And in early November, the new Ludlow Senior Center officially opened on State Street. Board of Selectmen Chairman William Rosenblum said that, while Ludlow is already a desirable community, the new school and senior center make it even more so.

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    12. Area Chambers Adjust to New Roles, New Ways to Carry Out Mission

      Area Chambers Adjust to New Roles, New Ways to Carry Out Mission

      Area chambers of commerce, like businesses in all sectors, have suffered during the pandemic and faced a number of stern challenges. For the most part, they have come through these tough times — smaller in many cases, with many chambers now one-person shows — having proven their value and relevance after helping their members survive upheaval without precedence. The challenge moving forward is to rebuild their memberships, their financial foundations, and, yes, their staffs, while also creating new and different ways to maintain that relevance they found during the pandemic.

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    13. Springfield Regional Chamber Supports Tax-rate Proposal

      Springfield Regional Chamber Supports Tax-rate Proposal

      The Springfield regional Chamber of Commerce announced that it supports Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s recommendation for the city’s fiscal year 2022 property tax rate, which would reduce the commercial and industrial rate level from fiscal year 2021. “This reduction will support our hardest hit business sectors like our retailers, our restaurants, and our hotels, especially those that saw their property values decrease as a result of the pandemic,” the chamber said in a statement. “We understand the mayor’s need to provide tax relief to the city’s residents during these economically difficult times despite their rising property ...

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    14. BusinessTalk with Jessica Collins, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessTalk with Jessica Collins, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Jessica Collins, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021, several of whom will be spotlighted over the coming weeks. The two talk about everything that went into this honor, from her passion for public health to her remarkable track record for forging collaborative efforts to address some of the most pressing public health issues facing our region. It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    15. HCC Culinary Arts Program Ranked Among Best in U.S.

      HCC Culinary Arts Program Ranked Among Best in U.S.

      The Culinary Arts program at Holyoke Community College (HCC) has been ranked among the best in the U.S., according to Best Choice Schools, an online college resource guide. HCC placed 50th among the Best Culinary Schools in America for 2021, a list that also includes such esteemed institutions as the Culinary Institute of America, which has branches in New York, California, and Texas. HCC’s culinary program ranked third in New England after Johnson & Wales in Providence, R.I., and Southern Maine Community College in Portland.

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    16. Make-It Springfield Launches Creative Fellowship Opportunity

      Make-It Springfield Launches Creative Fellowship Opportunity

      Make-It Springfield announced the launch of the Make-It Springfield Creative Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to provide a residency opportunity to creative individuals and support for their independent projects in 2022. Make-It fellows may be creatives in any area of art, culture, or technology, including performance, visual arts, video/film, design, music composition, writing, invention, engineering, and computer science. Three individuals, who would find it beneficial to spend 10 months in an artistically vibrant and creative maker space in downtown Springfield, will be selected and will receive a $3,000 stipend.

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    17. United Way of Pioneer Valley Launches Feed-a-Family Fundraiser

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Launches Feed-a-Family Fundraiser

      United Way of Pioneer Valley is looking to the community for support as it launches its Feed-a-Family 2021 fundraiser: Feed-a-Family for Fifty. Every donation of $50 or more will help United Way of Pioneer Valley feed a family of four a full holiday meal, including turkey and all the fixings. Feed-a-Family is United Way of Pioneer Valley’s largest fundraising effort in support of its feeding-the-hungry initiative. Only with generous support from the community can it raise the funds needed to ensure its neighbors and friends in the Pioneer Valley have enough to eat during the holidays and throughout the ...

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    18. HCC Jump Start Program Earns National Recognition

      HCC Jump Start Program Earns National Recognition

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) has been named a finalist for a national Bellwether Award in recognition of Jump Start, the college’s job-training and placement program for people who receive public assistance. HCC was one of 10 U.S. colleges selected as a finalist by the Bellwether College Consortium in its Workforce Development category, which identifies strategic alliances that promote community and economic development. Bellwether finalists represent leading community colleges whose programs and practices are considered outstanding and innovative. The Bellwether Awards are widely regarded as one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious recognition for community colleges.

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    19. Western New England University Offers New MS Program in Pharmacogenomics

      Western New England University Offers New MS Program in Pharmacogenomics

      The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Western New England University (WNE) announced a new master of science degree in pharmacogenomics degree starting in the fall of 2022. Pharmacogenomics is a fast-growing field that helps medical practitioners prescribe personalized treatment plans to patients based on how they may respond to medications due to their DNA sequence. Pharmacogenomics supports personalized or precision medicine, which explores a patient’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle as a way to craft a treatment plan that will best suit the patient. The goal of this modern approach to medication therapy is to limit adverse effects ...

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    20. Springfield Regional Chamber President Nancy Creed to Step Down in 2022

      Springfield Regional Chamber President Nancy Creed to Step Down in 2022

      After more than a decade serving the Springfield Regional Chamber (SRC) and overseeing the region’s economic growth, Nancy Creed is stepping down from her position as chamber president to help care for her elderly mother. Creed served as the president of SRC since 2016, and as vice president of Marketing and Communications for five years prior to her appointment as president. She successfully navigated the chamber through several challenges, the most recent being the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    21. BusinessTalk with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessTalk with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021, several of whom will be spotlighted over the coming weeks. The two talk about everything that went into this honor, from her many responsibilities as Program Engagement Manager at MassMutual, to the many facets her involvement within the community, to her ongoing work as a mentor to a number of young women in the region.

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    22. WNE Center for Social Justice to Present Director of ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project

      WNE Center for Social Justice to Present Director of ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project

      The Western New England University (WNE) School of Law’s Center for Social Justice and Springfield Public Forum will present an interview with Ria Tabacco Mar, director of ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. as part of the Center for Social Justice’s Gervino-Ward LGBTQ+ Speaker Series, which provides a venue for conversations about legal issues significant to the LGBTQ+ community. The virtual event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for this event is required by clicking here.

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    23. Bay Path University to Celebrate 125 Years of Career-focused Learning

      Bay Path University to Celebrate 125 Years of Career-focused Learning

      Bay Path University announced the kickoff of a yearlong celebration, marking its 125th year of providing workforce-aligned, career-focused education. Throughout 2022-23, the university will explore its unique history and share goals for the future through the theme “Reimagine: Possibility,” which will highlight Bay Path’s evolution from a local business institute to an innovative university serving diverse populations of learners across the country.

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