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    1. Bay Path University Named Safest College in Massachusetts

      Bay Path University Named Safest College in Massachusetts

      Campus safety is a top consideration for many individuals and their families when it comes to choosing a college to attend. Niche.com compiled a list of the safest college campuses in America, and Bay Path University ranked third out of nearly 1,500 reviewed. The university ranked first for safety in both Massachusetts and New England.  “We do as much as we can to ensure that the Bay Path University campus is a safe place,” said Michael Giampietro, vice president for Finance & Administrative Services. “Campus safety is a top priority here. Our Longmeadow campus, in particular, is well-lit with ...

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    2. SABIS students in Springfield honored for achievements at Princeton Model Congress in...

      SABIS students in Springfield honored for achievements at Princeton Model Congress in...

      SABIS Springfield students won eight awards in the competition, achieving a third-place victory in the overall competition. It is notable that the first place finisher was The Dalton School, where annual tuition is $48,450. Second place went to New York City's Trinity School where the annual tuition is $52,795.   In addition to the school's overall achievements, SABIS senior Jada Ficarra ran successfully for president of the Princeton Model Congress. Ficarra has worked hard for four years to make this dream a reality, according to organizers. 

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    3. Bay Path Physician Assistant Class Scores 100% Pass Rate on National Exam

      Bay Path Physician Assistant Class Scores 100% Pass Rate on National Exam

      The physician assistant (PA) studies class of 2018 from Bay Path University posted a 100% first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The PANCE must be taken before a PA can be licensed for the first time upon graduation from an accredited program. Bay Path University’s PA program currently holds a three-year average pass rate for first-time exam takers of 97%.

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    4. American International College Awarded Matching Grant from Alden Trust

      American International College Awarded Matching Grant from Alden Trust

      American International College (AIC) has been awarded a $150,000 matching grant from the George I. Alden Trust in Worcester to be applied to the Colaccino Center for Health Sciences building project. George Alden established the George I. Alden Trust in 1912 for the purpose of maintenance of charitable or philanthropic enterprises, with specific interest in the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions. This grant is the largest ever given to AIC by Alden Trust and offers a unique and inspiring challenge: the funds will be realized only if the college’s alumni match the pledge ...

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    5. People in Business: Seven leaders in Business and Industry appointed to Bay Path University Board of Trustees

      People in Business: Seven leaders in Business and Industry appointed to Bay Path University Board of Trustees

      Seven new members have been elected to the Bay Path University Board of Trustees: Kirk Arnold, technology executive; Lamont Clemons, Senior Vice President, Proton Energy and Executive Vice President, S-Cel-O Painting; Laura Grondin, President and CEO of Virginia Industries, Inc.; Andrea Hill-Cataldo, founder and president of Johnson & Hill Staffing; Stefano Martini, Chief Information Officer for MassMutual Financial group; Wayne Webster, Vice President of Commercial Lending for Westfield Bank; and Michelle Wirth, owner, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, will each serve a three-year term.

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    6. Holyoke Community College Opens New Center for Life Sciences

      Holyoke Community College Opens New Center for Life Sciences

      As she walked BusinessWest through one of the brand-new labs in Holyoke Community College’s Center for Life Sciences, Professor Emily Rabinsky said there’s plenty for students to appreciate. “Our old lab space was very outdated and not very conducive to learning,” said Rabinsky, who coordinates the Biotechnology program at HCC. “There were two long bays with a tall shelf in between that made it very difficult for the students to see what the lecturer was referring to, and the equipment was very outdated.” Not so today. “At our recent open house, some students happened to walk by, peeked ...

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    7. Educare Draws Connections Between Home, School, and Economic Opportunities

      Educare Draws Connections Between Home, School, and Economic Opportunities

      The new $14 million Educare Center now under construction in Springfield is focused on education, obviously, but parental involvement and workforce development are key focal points within its broad mission. Mary Walachy calls it “Head Start on steroids.” It’s a term she has called upon often, actually, when speaking to individuals and groups about Educare, an innovative model for high-quality early education that’s coming to Springfield next year — only the 24th such center in the country, in fact.

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    8. ‘Job Readiness’ Is focus of HCC-led Grant Project

      ‘Job Readiness’ Is focus of HCC-led Grant Project

      Holyoke Community College has been awarded a $247,000 grant to help unemployed and underemployed individuals acquire the job-readiness skills they need to secure — and retain — stable employment.  Through this grant from the Mass. Dept. of Higher Education’s Training Resources and Internship Networks initiative — TRAIN — HCC will work with a long list of regional partners to develop a three-stage program that includes pre-training in job readiness, industry-specific training in culinary arts or manufacturing, followed by some kind of work experience with a local employer. Up to 120 individuals from Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties are expected to participate in ...

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    9. American Women’s College at Bay Path University Recognized

      American Women’s College at Bay Path University Recognized

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare occupations will add more new jobs than any other occupational group in the next decade, projecting overall growth of 18% by 2026. The American Women’s College at Bay Path University prepares graduates to help meet that growing demand with its online bachelor of science in health service administration program, which has just been recognized on a list of the 30 best in the nation by TheBestSchools.org.

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    10. Westfield State's Urban Education Program celebrates 50 years

      Westfield State's Urban Education Program celebrates 50 years

      For the past 50 years, Westfield State University's Urban Education Program has enhanced lives. Its golden anniversary was celebrated Saturday night with a gathering of more than 200 alumnus and supporters at WSU. The Urban Education Program was founded in 1968 by former biology faculty member Gus Chrisanthopoulos to provide collegiate opportunities to first generation students, students of color, and students who were financially struggling. Chrisanthopoulos, a native of Greece, was a first-generation college student himself who said he wanted to make college accessible for others.

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    11. UMass Amherst agricultural school launches student run vineyard

      UMass Amherst agricultural school launches student run vineyard

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched a new vineyard that will allow students to gain first hand experience in growing and maintaining wine and table grapes, according to a statement from the school.  It will be a part of the UMass Stockbridge School program, which is devoted to agricultural education.  Created for the purpose of giving students hands-on viticulture experience, the vineyard will be located at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center on the former Wysocki Farmin Amherst.

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    12. People in Business: Kathleen Kalmbach promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of Didactic Education for Bay Path University's Physician Assistant Program

      People in Business: Kathleen Kalmbach promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of Didactic Education for Bay Path University's Physician Assistant Program

      Kathleen Kalmbach, MS, PA-C, has been promoted to the position of Director of Didactic Education and Assistant Professor for the Physician Assistant Program at Bay Path University. Kalmbach joins the University's Physicians Assistant Program faculty full-time after serving on an adjunct faculty member and associate clinical professor for the past three years. In her new position, Kalmbach will be coordinating the didactic year of physician assistant students' education in the program. She will be giving lectures and assisting with both the skills lab and the patient assessment lab.

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    13. American Women’s College at Bay Path Named Among Best Online Colleges

      American Women’s College at Bay Path Named Among Best Online Colleges

      Women have been completing their bachelor’s degrees at rates significantly higher than the national average since the inception of the American Women’s College at Bay Path University in 2013, thanks to its digitally enhanced learning model, SOUL (Social Online Universal Learning). This innovative approach to education has earned it recognition among the 2019 Best Online Colleges in America, as ranked by Niche.com.  “With the American Women’s College’s fully online, accelerated schedule, credit for prior experiences, and generous transfer policy, many students are able to finally obtain an undergraduate degree that may have been in progress ...

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    14. New Sculpture by Harold Grinspoon Debuts at Bay Path University

      New Sculpture by Harold Grinspoon Debuts at Bay Path University

      A new public sculpture, “LIFE,” has been installed on the Bay Path University campus. The piece, designed and crafted from a fallen branch of a live oak tree, was created by philanthropist Harold Grinspoon, a longtime resident of Longmeadow and friend of the university. A dedication for “LIFE” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. in front of Elliot Hall, and is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. “LIFE” will be on view at Bay Path University for the next two years.

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    15. Boston, Springfield land on top 10 list of best cities for STEM professionals

      Boston, Springfield land on top 10 list of best cities for STEM professionals

      Boston and Springfield were among the "Top 10 best metro areas for STEM professionals" in 2018, according to statistics compiled by WalletHub, a personal finance website. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Boston was ranked second and Springfield eighth on the list. Worcester came in at 18th.  "We made another good list," Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said. "Glad to see our educational and workforce development are starting to pay off - this is all about a good four-letter word - jobs!"

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    16. $1.6 Million Grant to Benefit HCC, Community Health Centers

      $1.6 Million Grant to Benefit HCC, Community Health Centers

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is the lead partner in a project that will bring $1.6 million in federal grant money to the Pioneer Valley to train community health workers in the battle against opioid addiction. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded HCC $400,000 over two years to add as many as 36 seats per year to its existing community health worker program. In addition to core studies in community health, students in the program will receive specific instruction and training in addiction and substance-abuse ...

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    17. What Does Marketing Yourself Have to Do with Women’s Success?

      What Does Marketing Yourself Have to Do with Women’s Success?

      Bay Path University’s Center of Excellence for Women in STEM is hosting a discussion on personal branding and marketing yourself with expert executive coach Rita Allen on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Breck Suite at Wright Hall located on Bay Path’s Longmeadow campus. Allen wants to know: are you comfortable talking about your own accomplishments, talents, and the value you have to offer to your employers? Most women aren’t — yet, personal branding and marketing are vital ingredients when seeking a new job, promotion, or career change.

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    18. UMass Amherst Launches New Center for Employment Equity

      UMass Amherst Launches New Center for Employment Equity October 29, 2018 DATE: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 TIME: 3-5 p.m. WHERE: UMass Campus Center, Hadley Room, 10th Floor The University of Massachusetts Amherst will launch its new Center for Employment Equity (CEE) at an event featuring guest speakers Jenny Yang, past chair of the U.S.

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    19. Springfield College to Deliver Full Online Programs Starting in January

      Springfield College to Deliver Full Online Programs Starting in January

      The New England Commission on Higher Education has granted Springfield College approval to offer distance-education programming. Springfield College will launch its first fully online programs in January 2019. Fully accredited online programs will be available to students in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with programs including a bachelor of Science in human services, with concentrations in criminal justice, early childhood education, substance-use disorder counseling (addictions), as well as community youth development; and a leadership MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management.

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    20. HCC's readies 21st century workforce with $4.55 Center for Life Sciences

      HCC's readies 21st century workforce with $4.55 Center for Life Sciences

      Holyoke Community College officially opened the $4.55 million Center for Life Science Tuesday. The center features a cleanroom training facility, a first for a Massachusetts Community College. A $3.8 million Massachusetts Life Sciences Center grant and $750,000 from HCC Foundation's Building Healthy Communities Campaign funded the center located in the Marieb Building.

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    21. HCC Center for Life Sciences Hosting Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Today

      HCC Center for Life Sciences Hosting Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Today

      Holyoke Community College is hosting a grand-opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the 13,000-square-foot, $4.55 million Center for Life Sciences today, Oct. 24. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and state Secretary of Education James Peyser will be the featured speakers at the event, which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Life Sciences, located on the lower level of HCC’s Marieb Building. The facility features a suite of biotechnology labs and classrooms and what is believed to be the only ISO-certified cleanroom at any Massachusetts community college and one of very few ...

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    22. Thomas Aquinas College earns state approval to operate branch campus in Massachusetts

      Thomas Aquinas College earns state approval to operate branch campus in Massachusetts

      California-based Thomas Aquinas College has received approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to operate a branch campus here and award a bachelor of arts degree in liberal education. The approval is subject to stipulations, including that the college submit annual status reports during its initial five years of operation. In an Oct. 23 press release announcing the approval, the private, four-year institution founded by Catholic lay people in 1969, said its admissions office "is accepting applications to the New England campus" as the college seeks to extend its accreditation to that campus.

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    23. New Publication Becomes Part of Efforts to Expand the Manufacturing Workforce

      New Publication Becomes Part of Efforts to Expand the Manufacturing Workforce

      John Cook, president of Springfield Technical Community College, says he doesn’t play the card game cribbage. But that doesn’t mean the cribbage board given to him recently gathers dust sitting in a drawer or closet unused. In fact, it now occupies a prominent place on a desk already crowded with items that speak to his personal life and career in higher education. That’s because the elaborate board was crafted by students at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer. It’s fashioned from metal — Cook isn’t sure exactly what the material is, although he suspects ...

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    24. Bay Path University Partners with Google for Applied Computing Series

      Bay Path University Partners with Google for Applied Computing Series

      Bay Path University announced a new collaboration with Google to offer computer science, data science, and machine-learning courses to its undergraduate students. Bay Path is one of only four colleges and universities and the only women’s college selected nationally to collaborate with Google to pilot all three offerings in its new Applied Computing Series.  “Bay Path students from just about every discipline have been engaged in our Google partnership courses during the pilot period,” said Tom Loper, associate provost and Dean for Bay Path University’s School of Science and Management. “They have been learning how to program using ...

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