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    1. Holyoke Community College STEM Scholarship Deadline Is July 15

      Holyoke Community College STEM Scholarship Deadline Is July 15

      Students enrolled full-time in chemistry, 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. Recipients of the scholarship become members of HCC’s STEM Scholars program and participate in field trips and benefit from other exclusive STEM-related events  and activities each semester. The NSF STEM Scholarship continues each semester students maintain good academic standing. Incoming and current HCC students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the 2018-19 academic year is July 15. Eligibility guidelines for the ...

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    2. UMass Amherst tuition costs held at bay by efficiency, spokeswoman says

      UMass Amherst tuition costs held at bay by efficiency, spokeswoman says

      If the financial projections hold, University of Massachusetts Amherst students will see a $188 tuition-fee increase per semester in fiscal 2019, or a 2.5 percent increase over fiscal 2018 costs. This does not include the $50 increase to the Student Activity Fee, which students approved in December to help support renovations to the Student Union. "Tuition increases are kept at a minimum by an efficiency and effectiveness program throughout the campus," wrote UMass spokeswoman Mary Dettloff.

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    3. 400 students participate in 1st academy signing day as Holyoke redesigns high school...

      400 students participate in 1st academy signing day as Holyoke redesigns high school...

      About 400 students who will be sophomores during the 2018-2019 school year participated in the first academy signing day of the redesigned high school experience. "This is a major milestone for Holyoke High School, our students and their families," Stephen P. Zrike, state-appointed receiver in charge of the Holyoke public schools, said in a press release after the Thursday event. "We are all excited about next year and this new and innovative way to help our students achieve their goals," he said. The event at Holyoke High School at 500 Beech St. entailed students signing letters of intent to attend ...

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    4. Massachusetts gives Holyoke $131,600 grant for early college program for high schoolers

      Massachusetts gives Holyoke $131,600 grant for early college program for high schoolers

      Students can earn up to 12 college credits before they graduate from high school thanks to a $131,600 state grant. The funding is for an early college partnership between the city public schools and Holyoke Community College (HCC). "We are most appreciative of the state's critical investment in the sustainability and growth of early college access linked to our high school academies for more students in Holyoke," said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver managing Holyoke public schools.

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    5. Early education gets another needed boost

      he need for a sustained, targeted improvement of Massachusetts early education programs is captured by some disturbing numbers from 2011. According to research done by the Children's Investment Fund, 20 percent of facilities had one or more classrooms with no windows. A third had inadequate heating and cooling. Two-thirds lacked sufficient technology for teachers. That's why the re-authorization of the Early Education and Out-of-School Time Capital Fund (EEOST Capital Fund) in the state's housing bond bill is such important news.

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    6. Chicopee students receive job training in Westover Job Corps partnership

      Chicopee students receive job training in Westover Job Corps partnership

      In her senior year of high school, Nalaysha Dykes was pondering a career in nursing but she wasn't sure if working in the medical field was something she would like. Meanwhile, Gino Guiel is certain he wants to be a professional chef but wasn't sure how he would go about getting the training he needed. The two each got their answers while attending the Westover Job Corps under a new partnership between Chicopee Academy and the neighboring job training institution. Guiel was the first Chicopee Academy to sign up for the program when it began two years ago ...

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    7. Elms College adds online certificate program in legal nurse consulting

      Elms College adds online certificate program in legal nurse consulting

      Elms College has introduced an online program for candidates to earn a paralegal studies certificate in legal nurse consulting. The 18-credit program may be done in less than one year by completing three, 8-week sessions online. Courses include health law, principles of litigation and tort and personal injury. Candidates must hold an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree as well as a current license to practice as a registered nurse. They must have completed 2,000 hours of clinical practice as a registered nurse. "The best candidates for the legal nurse consulting track are licensed nurses who are ...

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    8. IALS Light Microscopy Facility Designated Nikon Center of Excellence

      IALS Light Microscopy Facility Designated Nikon Center of Excellence

      The Light Microscopy Core Facility, housed in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst, was designated as a Nikon Center of Excellence at a recent grand-opening event. It is one of eight Nikon Centers of Excellence in the U.S. The microscopes that make up the core facility have been purchased by UMass Amherst with funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium and furnished by Nikon at a discount. They will allow the campus and the surrounding region access to cutting-edge technology and foster economic development, according to James Chambers, director of the IALS Light Microscopy ...

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    9. Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts

      Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts

      Please join us for a conversation on the status of education in Western Massachusetts.  The event will put a local focus on findings from the Rennie Center's Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report.  We'll discuss the latest data on the impact of early learning in Western Massachusetts and you'll hear from local educators and leaders about promising programs in the area.

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    10. Elms Offers Online Paralegal, Legal Nurse Consulting Programs

      Elms Offers Online Paralegal, Legal Nurse Consulting Programs

      Students in these certificate tracks will learn about the legal profession and their ethical obligations within it; develop relevant critical thinking skills, including how to form sound and well-based judgments; and build effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. “Elms College is committed to educating paralegals and providing them with a foundational skill set that lets them enter the profession with a quality, foundational skill set for their profession,” said Kurt Ward, director of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at Elms College. “Each certificate program offers courses that apply to a variety of paralegal positions and is tailored for specific ...

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    11. Stcc, Mgm partner to offer free 'English in the Workplace' classes

      Stcc, Mgm partner to offer free 'English in the Workplace' classes

      The 30-hour "English in the Workplace" training program is meant for anyone interested in improving their English language skills, including evacuees displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. "STCC will continue to do all we can to support workforce initiatives, and with MGM, we are placing collaboration right there with the 'technical' and 'community' aspects of our mission," STCC President John B. Cook said in a press release. STCC has reached out to community-based organizations including Future Works, Career Point, New North Citizens Council, New England Farm workers Council and Enlace de Familias to get the word out about the ...

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    12. Springfield residents more optimistic on city's future, less worried about crime, Western...

      Springfield residents more optimistic on city's future, less worried about crime, Western...

      Residents have a more favorable opinion of the city's quality of life, economic outlook and public safety than they did eight years ago, according to new findings from the Western New England University Polling Institute. And the optimism for Springfield's economy was highest among residents who listed themselves as supporters of the MGM Springfield casino project, said Tim Vercellotti, director of the polling institute and a professor of political science at Western New England University.

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    13. UMass Amherst Appoints Isenberg Dean Mark Fuller to New Role

      UMass Amherst Appoints Isenberg Dean Mark Fuller to New Role

      Mark Fuller, current dean and Thomas O’Brien Endowed Chair at Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, has been appointed the new vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. Fuller will succeed Michael Leto, who announced his upcoming retirement last fall. As the university’s chief advancement officer, Fuller will serve on the chancellor’s leadership team and be responsible for short- and long-term plans to improve private support as well as cultivate strong relationships with UMass alumni and supporters. UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, has more than 200,000 living ...

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    14. STCC to Offer Sterile Processing Technician Course This Summer

      STCC to Offer Sterile Processing Technician Course This Summer

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer a 10-week course this summer for students who want to start a career as a sterile processing technician. The Sterile Process Technician credit certification course, which runs June 4 to Aug. 8, will be taught Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. on the STCC campus, Building 20, Room 334. The course teaches students vital infection-control techniques to keep hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as surgical instruments, safe and free from the spread of diseases, said Christopher Scott, dean of the School of Health and Patient Simulation.

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    15. Mount Holyoke College names Sonya Stephens new president

      Mount Holyoke College names Sonya Stephens new president

      The Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees on Monday named Sonya Stephens, acting president of the South Hadley school since June 2016, the 19th president of the college. "We are thrilled to say that we did not have to look further than our own campus to locate the individual who provides both the continuity and the vision to lead the college into the future," Board of Trustees chair Barbara Baumann said. Stephens was appointed acting president when Lynn Pacquerella stepped down. She will officially take the office effective July 1 and will be formally inaugurated in September.

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    16. Panel Discussion to Focus on HCC’s Role in Valley’s Future

      Panel Discussion to Focus on HCC’s Role in Valley’s Future

      Holyoke Community College is bringing together an all-star lineup of regional leaders for a panel discussion on April 25, focusing on the future of the Pioneer Valley and HCC’s role in it. That discussion, “Shaping the Future: HCC and the Pioneer Valley,” will be conducted over breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the PeoplesBank Conference Room in the HCC Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development on the main campus, 303 Homestead Ave. The breakfast is open to the public. Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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    17. Westfield State University partners with UMass on law program

      Westfield State University partners with UMass on law program

      Westfield State University and the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth are partnering on a new law program. Under the new initiative, called 3 Plus 3, students who complete the six-year program will obtain both a bachelor's degree and a law degree. The idea for the program was to include diverse majors, such as business, ethics, gender studies and English. This is in addition to criminal justice, political science and other majors related to law.

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    18. Washington company's $722,000 gift brings state-of-the-art equipment to UMass Center at Springfield nursing students

      Washington company's $722,000 gift brings state-of-the-art equipment to UMass Center at Springfield nursing students

      The company behind the equipment that monitored Neil Armstrong's vital signs when he walked on the moon has donated $722,000 in state-of-the-art gear to the nursing lab at the University of Massachusetts Springfield Center in Tower Square. And what Spacelabs Healthcare President Sujit Kumar wanted to talk about during Tuesday's celebration of the gift is the next step in his Washington-based medical equipment company's relationship with UMass.

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    19. Hampshire College names Miriam 'Mim' Nelson as president to succeed Jonathan Lash

      Hampshire College names Miriam 'Mim' Nelson as president to succeed Jonathan Lash

      - Hampshire College has named Miriam E. Nelson, a health and nutrition scholar, scientist, university professor, higher education administrator and government policy adviser, as its seventh president. Nelson, the director of the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire, will replace Jonathan Lash, who announced last year he would retire in June. She starts July 1.

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    20. UMass Amherst University Without Walls Extends Application Deadline; Offers Springfield Information Session

      UMass Amherst University Without Walls Extends Application Deadline; Offers Springfield Information Session

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s University Without Walls (UWW) program will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the UMass Center at Springfield, located in Tower Square, 1500 Main St. in Springfield. The information session is geared toward adults interested in completing their bachelor’s degree, as well as employers interested in obtaining information for their employees. Light refreshments will be provided. UWW has extended its application deadline to May 15.

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    21. 'We are standing in a 21st Century classroom,' HCC president says at opening of MGM Culinary Arts Institute

      'We are standing in a 21st Century classroom,' HCC president says at opening of MGM Culinary Arts Institute

      As Chef Syron Wheeler scooped spoonfuls of duck fat into a saute pan of mushrooms, a camera broadcast the scene on a large screen over his head. "We are working with foods most people don't see every day," said Wheeler, who plans to work as a sous chef at MGM Springfield's South End Market when the $960-million casino opens in September. "We are doing a duck confit in pasta. Other chefs here are doing steak tartar, lobster bisque."

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    22. Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      With the unemployment rate for those ages 16-19 stuck at nearly 26 percent, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is once again calling for people to hire young workers, donate to its summer youth employment programs and provide work sites. Officials fear too many area young people will be out of school this summer with too much time on their hands and no way to pick up the work ethic, job skills and the money a summer job can provide. Not to mention the other ways teens might fill their time if they aren't on the job, said ...

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    23. Grand Opening of Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute Set for April 12

      Grand Opening of Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute Set for April 12

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will be the first featured speaker at a grand-opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Thursday, April 12. The Holyoke Community College event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the institute at 164 Race St. on the corner of Appleton Street. Other special guests and speakers will include Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, HCC President Christina Royal, HCC board of trustees Chair Bob Gilbert, MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis, and HCC Foundation board of directors Chair Paul Boudreau.

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    24. Training and Workforce Options to Host Financial Industry Forum

      Training and Workforce Options to Host Financial Industry Forum

      Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a partnership between Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), will host an employer-engagement forum focused on the financial-services industry on Thursday, May 3 from 8 to 10 a.m. at STCC’s Scibelli Hall, Rooms 701 and 702. The forum will provide financial professionals with information on workforce-development training opportunities and related services offered by experienced trainers from HCC and STCC. TWO representatives also will discuss how regional businesses can secure Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Grants to enhance training efforts for their workers.

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