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    1. Hcc, Stcc Announce Small-business Resource Series

      Hcc, Stcc Announce Small-business Resource Series

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will jointly host a series of online workshops in June and July for area employers who want to explore programs, services, and grant-funded workforce-training opportunities to boost their small businesses. Each of the three, 45-minute remote sessions will meet from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and focus on a different government funding source.

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    2. Springfield Preparatory Charter School plans move to new site, expanded grades - masslive.com

      Springfield Preparatory Charter School plans move to new site, expanded grades - masslive.com

      Springfield Preparatory Charter School has found a new permanent home on Roosevelt Avenue in East Springfield that will lead to an expansion of grades and enrollment.  The new school, once renovations are completed, is planned at 2071 Roosevelt Ave., at the corner of Memorial Drive,  “This building project is a huge step for the Springfield Prep community,” said Bill Spirer, founder and executive director of the charter school. “We have been looking for a permanent space for our school community for many years, and we’re thrilled to have found a property that we know will serve us well.”

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    3. Elms College Distributes CARES Act Funds to 425 Students

      Elms College Distributes CARES Act Funds to 425 Students

      Elms College distributed funds to 425 students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) Act, the college announced. “We are pleased that we could ease the financial burden put on many of our students as they adapted to learning remotely during the pandemic,” said Financial Aid Director Richard O’Connor, adding that qualifying expenses included moving off campus and investing in technology to do classwork from home. “These funds have also helped offset childcare costs and preventive measures in addition to the treatment of COVID-19.”

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    4. Bay Path University Launches Certificate in Narrative Medicine

      Bay Path University Launches Certificate in Narrative Medicine

      Bay Path University is joining a growing movement that uses storytelling to strengthen the connection between the clinical and emotional facets of healthcare with the launch of a certificate in Narrative Medicine, offered through its master’s in Creative Nonfiction program. Through reflections on the giving and receiving of treatment; interactions with practitioners, patients, and agencies; and the journey of illness and recovery, the medical community has embraced the sharing of stories as a way to bring a depth of humanity to what’s so often experienced as an impersonal transaction.

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    5. As some Western Massachusetts colleges plan to reopen campus, others hold off

      As some Western Massachusetts colleges plan to reopen campus, others hold off

      College students sometimes list their majors as “undeclared.” That applies to colleges and universities that are eyeing the fall semester with mixtures of hope and caution - and weighing the practicality and risk of reopening campus. Virtually every institution has expressed hope of reopening campus in the fall, but some speak with more confidence that it will. All say any reopening would be accompanied by dramatic changes and new regulations that will affect dormitory life, classroom settings and everyday student movement.

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    6. Bay Path Launches New Master’s Program in Learning, Design, and Technology

      Bay Path Launches New Master’s Program in Learning, Design, and Technology

      As an onslaught of complex challenges, and the urgency to develop innovative solutions to meet them, promise to reshape higher education, Bay Path University announces the launch of a new master’s program in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) this fall. The fully online program will tap into Bay Path’s long-standing position as a leader in the use of emerging technologies, creative curricula, and learning analytics to train professionals looking to shape the ongoing evolution of higher education by applying technology to the development of innovative, accessible, and impactful learning processes.

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    7. STCC Names Darcey Kemp Vice President of Student Affairs

      STCC Names Darcey Kemp Vice President of Student Affairs

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) has named a higher-education administrator from New York as vice president of Student Affairs. Darcey Kemp began her new post on April 27. She had served as the assistant vice president for Student Development, Leadership, and Completion Initiatives at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. since 2015. In her leadership role, Kemp will oversee the division at STCC charged with providing support that extends the classroom experience, including student governance and clubs, athletics, tutoring, advising, and student health and wellness.

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    8. Home City Development Awarded State Funds for Affordable-housing Renovations

      Home City Development Awarded State Funds for Affordable-housing Renovations

      NORTHAMPTON — Home City Development Inc. (HCDI), a Springfield-based affordable-housing development organization, was awarded $2.88 million and seven project-based vouchers by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Funds were awarded for renovations of New South Street Apartments, an 18-unit historic building located at 24-34 New South St. in Northampton. Project-based vouchers and supportive service funds will provide housing for seven homeless families.

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    9. STCC Respiratory Care Program Lends Ventilators to Hospitals

      STCC Respiratory Care Program Lends Ventilators to Hospitals

      Springfield Technical Community College’s respiratory care program is lending its five ventilators to area hospitals preparing for a surge in patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Christopher Scott, dean of the School of Health and Patient Simulation, said STCC is prepared to donate or lend any equipment hospitals need during the coronavirus emergency. The school recently donated all of its personal protective equipment to area hospitals, medical centers, and first responders.

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    10. HCC Running Free Digital-literacy Program Starting May 5

      HCC Running Free Digital-literacy Program Starting May 5

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) will run a free online program starting Tuesday, May 5 for people who want to sharpen their digital-literacy skills to become more effective remote workers and learners. “How to Work & Learn Online,” offered through HCC’s Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development, is a four-part workshop series that will be conducted in a live, interactive, streaming forum on May 5, May 7, May 12, and May 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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    11. New Educational App Shows Promise for Improving Pre-schoolers’ Pre-literacy Skills

      New Educational App Shows Promise for Improving Pre-schoolers’ Pre-literacy Skills

      As millions of families struggle to keep their children learning while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preliminary results of a randomized, controlled study led by psychology researcher David Arnold at the University of Massachusetts Amherst show that 4- and 5-year-olds from low income families who used a Khan Academy Kids App for three months at home achieved “substantial gains in their pre-literacy skills that brought them nearly to the national average.”

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    12. HCC President Christina Royal Pledges $10,000 to ‘Together HCC’ Campaign

      HCC President Christina Royal Pledges $10,000 to ‘Together HCC’ Campaign

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) President Christina Royal has issued a personal $10,000 challenge gift toward a new HCC campaign that is as much about building moral support in a time of great uncertainty as it is about raising money for students experiencing financial distress. On Monday, the HCC Foundation launched “Together HCC — A Campaign for Caring.” As part of that campaign, students, staff, faculty, alumni, relatives, and friends are being asked to use the hashtag #TogetherHCC to share stories and images on social media that show the strength of the college community in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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    13. STCC Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Area Hospitals

      STCC Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Area Hospitals

      Responding to an urgent call for supplies, Springfield Technical Community College’s (STCC) School of Health and Patient Simulation is donating personal protective equipment to area hospitals and medical centers. The equipment, which includes surgical masks, isolation gowns, and exam gloves, will serve as a first line of defense for healthcare professionals and reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 while treating patients.

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    14. Elms College Reschedules Executive Leadership Breakfast to Sept. 22

      Elms College Reschedules Executive Leadership Breakfast to Sept. 22

      Elms College has rescheduled its third annual Executive Leadership Breakfast to Tuesday, Sept. 22 due to state-mandated caution regarding large crowds and coronavirus. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is still slated to be the keynote speaker for the event, which was originally scheduled for April 9. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, the college will announce more details as necessary.

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    15. HCC Donates Personal Protection Equipment from College Programs

      HCC Donates Personal Protection Equipment from College Programs

      In response to requests from area hospitals experiencing shortages of supplies, Holyoke Community College (HCC) is preparing to donate surgical masks, isolation gowns, exam gloves, and other personal protection equipment from its health-science programs to help front-line medical professionals as they battle conoravirus. HCC’s Emergency Response Team has been coordinating with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on the collection of supplies from the college’s Health Sciences division and its division of Business & Workforce Development.

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    16. WNEU General Counsel Cheryl Smith Honored at ‘Leaders in the Law’ Event

      WNEU General Counsel Cheryl Smith Honored at ‘Leaders in the Law’ Event

      Western New England University (WNEU) General Counsel Cheryl Smith was honored at the 15th annual “Leaders in the Law” event presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The event was held on March 5 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Smith was chosen from a field of nominees across the Commonwealth for the 2020 In-House Leader Award. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Leader Awards recognize general counsel and staff attorneys who are nominated by their colleagues, clients, and other legal professionals for being leaders in the community and forward thinkers.

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    17. Springfield libraries get $90,000 grant to promote, assist residents completing 2020 census - masslive.com

      Springfield libraries get $90,000 grant to promote, assist residents completing 2020 census - masslive.com

      The city library system, aided by a new $90,000 state grant, is preparing to act as a “census service center” here to promote and help residents with filling out the 2020 federal census.  “The whole point is to get as many people to sign on and to get their census done,” said Molly Fogarty, director of the city library system, meeting with the City Council this week. “We know how important it is to count everybody.”

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    18. Isenberg Ranks First for MBA Online Education in U.S. for Fourth Straight Year

      Isenberg Ranks First for MBA Online Education in U.S. for Fourth Straight Year

      For the fourth year in a row, the online MBA offered by the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst topped the rankings of U.S. programs — and came out number three in the world — in the Financial Times survey. Isenberg has offered an AACSB-accredited MBA degree program entirely online since 2001, making it one of the most well-established and robust online degrees in the country. Currently, more than 1,100 students are enrolled in the program.

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    19. Cornel West to Speak Today at Westfield State on ‘The Power of Deep Education’

      Cornel West to Speak Today at Westfield State on ‘The Power of Deep Education’

      World-renowned political activist, professor, and author Cornel West will speak today, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Westfield State University’s Woodward Center. His talk, “The Power of Deep Education,” is expected to challenge audience members to explore humanity as a point of departure for thinking about the context of race, citizenship, love, and leadership. A professor at Harvard University’s Divinity School who has also taught at Princeton, Yale, and New York universities, West will speak to how “servant leadership” and “deep education” are needed for “self-interrogation and social transformation at the heart of service.” The ...

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    20. Gov. Charlie Baker on hand to open $43.5M Holyoke Community College Campus Center

      Gov. Charlie Baker on hand to open $43.5M Holyoke Community College Campus Center

      Gov. Charlie Baker recalled the last time be toured the Campus Center at Holyoke Community College and the way it was before a two-year, $43.5 million rehab he was called on to help celebrate with a ribbon cutting Friday. “This is breathtaking,” Baker said, according to a transcript of the event provided by the college. “The amount of light and open space it has now that it didn’t have before and the areas for collaborative thinking and engaging it didn’t have before is astonishing. It speaks to the way this campus can serve its students as well ...

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    21. Elms College School of Nursing Ranks in Top 10 of Massachusetts Nursing Schools

      Elms College School of Nursing Ranks in Top 10 of Massachusetts Nursing Schools

      The School of Nursing at Elms College ranks in the top 10 of “Best Nursing Schools in Massachusetts,” according to a recent ranking by registerednursing.org. “We are very pleased and gratified to be recognized by registerednursing.org as a top nursing program in the state,” said Kathleen Scoble, dean of the School of Nursing. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our nursing faculty and staff to provide a high-quality nursing curriculum for our students. As a result, Elms College nursing students have performed extraordinarily well on the NCLEX-RN [National Council Licensure Examination for Registered ...

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