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    1. UMass Online Programs Highly Ranked

      UMass Online Programs Highly Ranked

      Online programs at the University of Massachusetts received high marks again in this year’s Best Online Programs rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Two UMass programs ranked within the top 30 in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs category, with UMass Amherst at No. 23, and UMass Lowell at No. 29. Amherst and Lowell were also the top two online bachelor’s programs in New England for the second consecutive year. In the same category, UMass Dartmouth ranked No. 113, rising ten spots over last year’s rankings, and UMass Boston ranked No. 93.

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    2. Springfield College to Welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland on Jan. 28

      Springfield College to Welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland on Jan. 28

      Springfield College will welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland to the campus on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fuller Arts Center. Nesland’s presentation, titled “Who Says There’s No Traveling in Basketball? Community Development Through Court Building Around the Globe,” will highlight the service-to-humanity mission provided by Courts for Kids, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps build multi-sport courts in economically disadvantaged areas throughout the world. Nesland’s presentation is part of the 2019-20 Humanics Triathlon project led by Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Judy Van Raalte.

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    3. Singer Traciana Graves to Speak at Bay Path for Black History Month Event

      Singer Traciana Graves to Speak at Bay Path for Black History Month Event

      Although she’s known for her vocal work with artists like Celine Dion and Steel Pulse, these days vocalist, strategist, and speaker Traciana Graves is using her voice to deliver an even more powerful message — one of inclusivity. She believes people have the ability to change the world with the power of their voice, and she’ll bring that inspirational message to Bay Path University as the keynote speaker for its Black History Month celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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    4. Veterinary Assistant Training Program - Springfield Technical Community College

      Veterinary Assistant Training Program - Springfield Technical Community College

      The training prepares students to keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices. The veterinary assistant works directly under the supervision of veterinarians and the veterinary technician as they perform procedures, examinations, and treatments.  The veterinary assistant provides basic care for animals, such as feeding and exercising the animals, while learning how to recognize signs of illness and disease, performing laboratory procedures, interacting with clients, and performing general office procedures. Veterinary assistants work in animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos, and animal parks.

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    5. GCC, Double Edge Theatre to Grow Performing Arts in Franklin County

      GCC, Double Edge Theatre to Grow Performing Arts in Franklin County

      This spring, Greenfield Community College (GCC) and Double Edge Theatre will embark on a formal collaboration to grow the role of visual and performing arts within the college and Franklin County. Kicking off with an experimental-performance class taught by Double Edge at GCC next semester, this partnership will evolve into a multi-year endeavor to engage a diverse mix of students and community members in longer productions and spectacles. “We’re in the early stages of planning, but the excitement is obvious for both parties,” said GCC Theater Department Chair Tom Geha, who has been instrumental in getting this partnership off ...

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    6. STCC Acquires New Simulator

      STCC Acquires New Simulator

      The Springfield Technical Community College surgical technology program has acquired a new simulator that gives students hands-on experience addressing emergencies during birthing procedures. Featuring an open abdomen with access to internal organs filled with artificial blood, the C-Celia Emergency Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) Simulator allows training for postpartum and cesarean hysterectomy procedures. Surgical tech students can use the simulator to learn how to control bleeding and make stitches with a suture. “We actually can make this unit bleed, profusely if we want,” said Mary Jayne Rossman, Surgical Technology program director at STCC.

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    7. PeoplesBank Donates $50,000 to HCC Foundation

      PeoplesBank Donates $50,000 to HCC Foundation

      When Holyoke Community College student Christopher Royster needed help repairing his credit after an incident of identity theft, he knew where to turn — the Thrive Student Resource Center at HCC. Thrive@HCC is known mostly for providing support to students experiencing food and housing insecurity. Thrive manages HCC’s Food Pantry and provides free grab-and-go snacks to hungry students as well as financial-management and budget-planning consulations. More than that, though, Thrive staff can assist students as they negotiate the complex bureaucracies associated with myriad issues, such as health insurance, food, housing and utility assistance, and credit repair.

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    8. Davis Educational Foundation Awards $100,000 to CCGS Joint Purchasing Initiative

      Davis Educational Foundation Awards $100,000 to CCGS Joint Purchasing Initiative

      The Davis Educational Foundation has awarded the CCGS Joint Purchasing Initiative a $100,000 grant to be distributed over two years. This is the third grant by the Davis Educational Foundation to underwrite this collaborative project. The Joint Purchasing Initiative (JPI) consists of the five private member institutions of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS), including American International College, Bay Path University, Elms College, Springfield College, and Western New England University.

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    9. People in Business: Elms College Names Deirdre Griffin, SSJ, Director of International Programs

      People in Business: Elms College Names Deirdre Griffin, SSJ, Director of International Programs

      College of Our Lady of the Elms announces the hiring of Deirdre Griffin, SSJ, as director of international programs. Sr. Deirdre will be responsible for supporting the college’s international students, growing traditional and faculty-led study abroad programs, and developing a vibrant community of global learning that celebrates diverse cultures and explores current issues. Sr. Deirdre is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Bowdoin College. She has worked at Jewish Family Service and the Gray House in Springfield, providing a variety of transitional and support services to diverse, global populations.

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    10. TWO Offers ‘Team Building Through Culinary’ Program

      TWO Offers ‘Team Building Through Culinary’ Program

      Eighteen employees from four different area hotels competed last month in a friendly, Chopped-style culinary competition at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute designed to enhance their professional development. The participants, all management-level employees from the BK Investment Hotel Group, took part in a new one-day, four-hour program called “Team Building Through Culinary,” offered by Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a collaboration between Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.

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    11. Asphalt Academy at STCC Paves the Way to Construction Careers

      Asphalt Academy at STCC Paves the Way to Construction Careers

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) plans to open a mobile lab on campus to meet a demand in the construction industry for trained asphalt technicians and inspectors. Students will train in the mobile lab as they pursue certification as hot-mix asphalt plant technicians and hot-mix asphalt paving inspectors. The jet-black lab, which resembles a boxcar without wheels, is located next to a civil engineering technology classroom on the STCC campus. The college plans to offer courses in 2020. The program is designed for students without prior asphalt training

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    12. Project Management Exam Prep Workshop to Be Held at Bay Path

      Project Management Exam Prep Workshop to Be Held at Bay Path

      Are you ready to become a certified project-management professional (PMP)? Forbes.com lists a PMP certificate as the second-highest-paying IT certification for 2019, and the Project Management Institute (PMI) states that, through 2020, 1.57 million new project-management jobs will be created each year. To help prepare community members to begin the certification process, Bay Path University’s Strategic Alliances division is hosting a three-day workshop on Jan. 6-8 that will prepare participants to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.

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    13. Deirdre Griffin named Elms College director of international programs

      Deirdre Griffin named Elms College director of international programs

      The College of Our Lady of the Elms has hired Sister Deirdre Griffin, SSJ, as its director of International Programs. Griffin will be responsible for supporting the college’s international students, growing traditional and faculty-led study abroad programs, and developing a community of global learning that celebrates diverse cultures and explores current issues.

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    14. ‘This is my family’: Filmmaker Ken Burns kicks off $60M fundraising campaign for Hampshire College

      ‘This is my family’: Filmmaker Ken Burns kicks off $60M fundraising campaign for Hampshire College

      Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker who tells America about its past, came to his alma mater Tuesday to talk about what he sees as a bright future for Hampshire College. “Even though I am a historian, I am a futurist in this role,” said Burns, who graduated in 1975 and whose thesis was a documentary about Old Sturbridge Village. “I’m optimistic.”

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    15. Westfield State University to Host Information Sessions for Three Graduate Programs

      Westfield State University to Host Information Sessions for Three Graduate Programs

      The College of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University (WSU) will host information sessions for master’s-degree programs in counseling, applied behavior analysis, and social work in early December. An information session for the university’s master’s degrees in both counseling and applied behavior analysis will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Ave., Westfield. The session welcomes individuals interested in careers as behavior analysts, clinicians, family and marriage counselors, and guidance or adjustment counselors.

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    16. James Garvey Earns Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University

      James Garvey Earns Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University

      Garvey Communication Associates Inc. (GCAi) announced that James Garvey, a digital marketing analyst with the company, has recently earned a digital marketing certificate from Cornell University’s online certification program. “I viewed it as a retreat of sorts where I could isolate the tactical and focus on overall strategy development,” Garvey said. “In turn, our emphasis has now become working with our clients to identify the key performance indicators (KPIs) prior to planning the tactical considerations. It sounds simple, but tactical is always the shiny object. Which platform to use and what creative often takes precedent over what the actual ...

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    17. STCC Dedicates Tuohey Family Welcome Center at Campaign Launch

      STCC Dedicates Tuohey Family Welcome Center at Campaign Launch

      At the launch of the college’s first major-gifts campaign in more than a decade, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) President John Cook announced the naming of the Tuohey Family Welcome Center at the Student Learning Commons. Brian Tuohey, a generous supporter of STCC, beamed with delight after hearing the news. His family, including his five children and 12 grandchildren, made a surprise appearance at the kickoff event on Oct. 22.

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    18. Colleges, Organizations Strive to Advance Women in STEM - BusinessWest

      Colleges, Organizations Strive to Advance Women in STEM - BusinessWest

      Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs have historically been labeled careers for men. Those stereotypes, along with unfair treatment of women in STEM, have dissuaded many from beginning or furthering such careers. Luckily, women in STEM are becoming less of an exception, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of many colleges and organizations, women now have more resources than ever to follow their STEM dreams.

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    19. Springfield’s Educare Facility Is State-of-the-art in Every Respect

      Springfield’s Educare Facility Is State-of-the-art in Every Respect

      Nikki Burnett says Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood and those surrounding it certainly need the gleaming new $14 million Educare facility constructed next door to the Elias Brookings Elementary School on Walnut Street. More to the point, though, she told BusinessWest, they deserve this facility, which can only be described with that phrase state-of-the-art when it comes to everything from its programs to its play areas to its bathrooms.

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    20. Way Finders Awards Two Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships

      Way Finders Awards Two Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships

      NeighborWorks America, through its affiliate Way Finders, has awarded Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships to two individuals — Melissa Fales, program manager for Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp., and Kerry Homstead, community facilitator for the Treehouse Foundation — to attend the NeighborWorks America Training Institute (NTI). The scholarships provide travel, lodging, and tuition to a catalogue of more than 100 topic- and skill-focused courses. NTI creates an opportunity to network with other community-development organizations from across the country to share ideas and learn best practices in their field. Two scholarships are awarded annually to NTI attendees.

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