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    1. Western New England University announces business scholarship

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      Western New England University announces business scholarship

      Western New England University announced this week its $2,000 Business Impact Scholarship to students from Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties who are enrolled as new students in the College of Business starting in the fall of 2017. "We think we have an outstanding product and we want to make Western New England university as affordable as we can to people in our region," said Bryan Gross, vice president for enrollment management at Western New England University. "We've gained a lot of positive momentum."

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    2. West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

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      West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

      West Springfield officials are working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to come up with a plan for the overcrowded school, which needs more than just a makeover, according to some Coburn teachers, who support a healthier learning and teaching environment for students and faculty.  West Side may be eligible for a grant from the MSBA, which is why city officials are looking to borrow $850,000 for a feasibility study and schematic designs for a new Coburn. The loan authorization would allow the city treasurer, with approval from Mayor Will Reichelt, to borrow the money.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. 2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals | WalletHub®

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      2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals | WalletHub®

      STEM workers are in fierce demand and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020. That should be welcome news to job seekers with skills in these areas, half of which do not even require a four-year college degree.

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    4. MassMutual Foundation to bring FutureSmart(SM) Challenge to Five Cities in 2017

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      MassMutual Foundation to bring FutureSmart(SM) Challenge to Five Cities in 2017

      The MassMutual Foundation announced today that its FutureSmart Challenge, now in its fourth year, will visit five cities across the country in 2017, including Memphis, TN, Portland, OR, Phoenix, AZ, Oklahoma City, OK and Boston, MA.  The MassMutual Foundation's FutureSmart Challenge is a national program that provides financial education to middle school students and offers them the opportunity to learn skills needed to make sound choices for their personal financial futures. The exciting interactive event is held in collaboration with select NBA teams, followed by Junior Achievement curriculum in participants' classrooms during the school year.

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    5. Christina Royal, HCC's 1st female president, aims to 'co-create our future'

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      Christina Royal, HCC's 1st female president, aims to 'co-create our future'

      History was made at Holyoke Community College on Monday as faculty and staff gathered to welcome the school's first female president. "I think there is such great potential at this institution to build off of the great work that has already existed and to be able to take HCC to the next level," said Christina Royal. Royal said she wants to hit the ground running by supporting students and increasing enrollment. "Student success is paramount at a community college and any institution," she said. "HCC has an excellent reputation for being a transfer institution, and I want us to ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   William F. Messner

    6. Western New England University Unveils New Scholarship

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      Western New England University Unveils New Scholarship

      Western New England University announced a new Business Impact Scholarship to support the recent surge of economic development in the Greater Springfield area. The scholarship is available to Massachusetts residents from Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties who are enrolled in the university’s College of Business starting in the fall of 2017. “For nearly a century, the College of Business at Western New England has educated and prepared local residents to become successful business leaders, and our alumni lead many Springfield area businesses and nonprofit organizations,” said Robert Kleine, dean of the College of Business. “This scholarship is an investment ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    7. HCC set for $43.5M Campus Center renovation project in 2017

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      HCC set for $43.5M Campus Center renovation project in 2017

      Holyoke Community College's Campus Center is set to undergo a $43.5 million renovation project starting in February. About 9,000 square feet will be added to the building's current space of 58,727 square feet, according to school officials. The Campus Center has been suffering from water leaks since it opened in 1980, and previous projects to repair the building were not executed, HCC officials said. "The main impetus for this is to get the building watertight," interim HCC President Bill Fogarty said in a press release. "Then we also wanted to do things that will improve ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    8. Training, networking among challenges facing WMass manufacturers

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      Training, networking among challenges facing WMass manufacturers

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, said manufacturing is particularly important to Western Massachusetts, where a study a couple of years ago found there are an estimated 18,000 open manufacturing jobs in the corridor from Springfield to Hartford, Connecticut. A manufacturing job that pays a wage of around $75,000 could move someone into the middle class in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Robert DeLeo

    9. Boston-area clean tech startup Greentown Labs to open Springfield office

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      Boston-area clean tech startup Greentown Labs to open Springfield office

      Greentown Labs, a Somerville-based incubator for clean technology start-ups, plans to open an office in Springfield to connect businesses in eastern and Western Massachusetts. The Springfield office will help hardware businesses in the Boston area connect with manufacturers and startups in the western part of the state. The goal is to ensure that before a company looks for an out-of-state supplier, it will first look at companies in Massachusetts. The Greentown Labs satellite office will be located at Springfield Technology Park, a business complex across the road from Springfield Technical Community College. Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert said the new ...

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      Mentions:   Robert DeLeo   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    10. STCC to Offer ‘Green’ Major

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      STCC to Offer ‘Green’ Major

      Melanie Gagnon, a working student who is in real estate sales, sees a new program at Springfield Technical Community College as a terrific opportunity to take her career to a higher level. “I personally don’t want to devote my life 100% to just selling houses,” said Gagnon, 36, of Springfield. “I don’t want to be residential. I want to be a part of bigger things, and this helps.”  What types of bigger things? That could mean possibly working as a community or regional planner, or taking a job that requires emergency planning such as when a city is ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield Technical Community College

    11. HCC Offers Free Culinary-hospitality Training to the Unemployed

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      HCC Offers Free Culinary-hospitality Training to the Unemployed

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is using a $190,000 grant from the state’s Workforce Competitive Trust Fund to train unemployed and underemployed people for new jobs in the culinary and hospitality industry. The program is free to participants, who must commit to attend classes every day for nine weeks, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The course teaches them fundamental culinary skills and exposes them to a wide variety of careers in hospitality, including hotel operations. “It’s a hands-on opportunity to try out a lot of things and find out what their interests ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    12. Coding explored by 36 Holyoke Girls Inc. members at high performance computing center (photos)

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      Coding explored by 36 Holyoke Girls Inc. members at high performance computing center (photos)

      The computing center is an academic research facility located on Bigelow Street downtown. That's where the 36 high-schoolers from the Girls Inc. of Holyoke Eureka! Program participated in a workshop about codes and cryptography presented by Holyoke Codes on Dec. 10. Eureka! Scholars spend time on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst experiencing laboratory activities in science, technology, engineering and math, the press release said. With the realization that being able to use technology is vital, Holyoke Codes provides opportunities for students to be involved in coding, robotics and technology. Coding is the strings of letters, numbers and ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    13. Springfield announces new $21 million, state-of-the-art food service center for public schools | masslive.com

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      Springfield announces new $21 million, state-of-the-art food service center for public schools | masslive.com

      City officials Tuesday announced plans for a new, $21 million culinary and nutrition center in East Springfield that promises to 'change the face' of the breakfast-lunch program in the public schools by providing a much larger, state-of-the-ar facility. Representatives of the city and the School Department, and Sodexo, the school system's food service provider, gathered at the new 62,000 square foot building at 75 Cadwell St., set to become the new food service center.  The $21 million project includes the city's purchase of the property in recent months for $2.35 million, along with the cost of ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. American International College Awarded Multi-Year Grant from the Davis Educational Foundation

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      American International College Awarded Multi-Year Grant from the Davis Educational Foundation

      American International College has been awarded $186,400 over three years in support of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation, established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, according to a news release . In an effort to strengthen and bring together student support services in one accessible location on campus, AIC created the Center for Academic Success in 2008 with support from Davis Educational Foundation and others. The Center for Academic Success (CAS) offers a number of student support ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    15. The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial - Innovation in Nonprofits- Webinar

      Explore From the EDC (Dec 12 2016)

      The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial - Innovation in Nonprofits- Webinar

      Women who think like entrepreneurs will be more successful in leading tomorrow’s non-profits. Many non-profits are launching entrepreneurial ventures in order to increase earned revenue, rather than relying only on philanthropic gifts. These leaders find ways to look and act like a for-profit entity, by using entrepreneurial techniques to generate mission-driven revenue that inspires community and individual action, engagement and financial support. This webinar will bring together innovative women who understand how non-profit leaders need to think and act differently. They will share what works and what is not a fit for non-profits to explore.

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    16. HCC Campus Center to Launch $43.5 Million Renovation

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      HCC Campus Center to Launch $43.5 Million Renovation

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is about to embark on a two-year, $43.5 million renovation project that will transform the look, feel, and organization of the campus. The HCC Campus Center is scheduled to close Feb. 3, 2017, and construction will begin soon after. When it reopens in 2019, college officials say, the building will be a place that truly lives up to its name. Originally known as G Building, the sloping, three-story concrete structure sits in the middle of the campus between an intermittent stream choked with invasive plants and the HCC Courtyard. Since it opened in 1980, the ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    17. Negotiating Your Way to Success: Free Webinar

      Explore From the EDC (Dec 9 2016)

      Negotiating Your Way to Success: Free Webinar

      One of the biggest challenges people face in negotiation is how to strategically approach the process and how to follow a sequential progression that will guide them through ebbs and flows. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to negotiation methods they can apply to real workplace scenarios. Session led by Dr. Joshua Weiss, Program Director, MS Leadership and Negotiation, Bay Path University

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    18. Elms College President Talks Leadership with Young Professionals

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      Elms College President Talks Leadership with Young Professionals

      Elms College hosted a leadership luncheon for the Young Professional Society (YPS) of Greater Springfield on Dec. 7. The keynote speaker at the event was the college’s president, Mary Reap. In her lecture, Reap discussed the importance of recognizing opportunities, even unexpected or perhaps at-first unwelcome ones, and taking advantage of them to further one’s career goals. She also talked about developing diplomacy and perseverance, banishing self-doubt, and learning from mistakes.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Elms College

    19. 'Pathways to Success' initiative will educate, train unemployed Springfield residents

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      'Pathways to Success' initiative will educate, train unemployed Springfield residents

      The New England Farmworkers' Council has decided to "go back to basics" by offering education and training through its new "Pathways to Success" initiative. "The vision for (this) initiative is to serve the whole person," said Vanessa Otero, deputy director of Partners for Community, in a prepared statement. "As one of the more seasoned workforce development organizations in the area, the New England Farmworkers' Council took a hard look at its core strengths and decided that going back to basics -- education and training -- would better allow us to direct resources to maximize the impact we have on the people that ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

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      Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      The development and evolution of breath-analysis technology has long been the focus of medical research as a less invasive way to detect chemical compounds at certain levels that could indicate the presence of specific diseases. Researchers, including two in the Pioneer Valley, have been developing an analyzer for diabetics to use their exhaled breath to determine blood sugar/glucose levels through the detection of acetone. This is seen as a less invasive check than the traditional portable meter that utilizes a prick of blood for its test strip.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    21. Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

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      Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

      Baystate Health has already offered admission to four prospective students for the new medical school program it's starting in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts, including students from Springfield interested in continuing their education in their hometown. One of the missions of the medical school -- called the PURCH for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health -- will be to train physicians who will be more likely to build their careers in Western Massachusetts and fill the region's chronic need for more primary care doctors.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    22. Springfield, Holyoke receive preschool expansion grants

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      Springfield, Holyoke receive preschool expansion grants

      Massachusetts has received a $15 million federal grant to provide a year of free preschool to low-income children in five cities, including Holyoke and Springfield. This is the third year the state has received the grant. "Over the past year, these Pre-School Expansion Programs have begun to show that they are model programs which can help us continue to build high-quality early education programs across the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser in a statement. "With this third round of funding, we will not only help more children have access to high-quality early education programs but it will advance ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    23. Report: Meeting state need for vocational education would cost $27M

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      Report: Meeting state need for vocational education would cost $27M

      Massachusetts has around 5,400 students who are unable to get into vocational schools because of waiting lists or because of a lack of schools in their community, according to a report released Friday by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Addressing that gap, the report found, would cost $27 million. "Successful implementation of this type of (career, vocational and technical education) expansion would require careful budget and building plans at the local level, along with the active participation of state partners," the report said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    24. Bay Path to Present ‘Work-life Balance for Women in STEM
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      Bay Path to Present ‘Work-life Balance for Women in STEM
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      Dr. Marlene Belfort, distinguished professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, UAlbany, SUNY, will give a free and open-to-the-public presentation describing her STEM research journey over three continents while raising three sons. Work-life Balance for Women in STEM will take place on Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Bay Path University in Mills Theatre at Carr Hall on the Longmeadow campus.


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