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    1. STCC invests in program helping Black, Latino men succeed

      STCC invests in program helping Black, Latino men succeed

      While he was a high school student, Miguel Maria took dual enrollment courses at Springfield Technical Community College. “I credit STCC for opening the doors of higher education for me,” said Maria, who went on to get his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Westfield State University.

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    2. Western New England University to Host NEACAC Regional College Fair on Oct. 5

      Western New England University to Host NEACAC Regional College Fair on Oct. 5

      Western New England University (WNE) will host a college fair sponsored by the New England Assoc. for College Admission Counseling on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center located at 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities will be available to speak with high-school students and their parents about their respective institutions and the college-admission process. The event is free and open to the public. Masks are currently required.

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    3. Bay Path University Recognized by U.S. News for Innovation, Social Mobility

      Bay Path University Recognized by U.S. News for Innovation, Social Mobility

      U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges ranks Bay Path University as a top-performing school for both social mobility and innovation in the Regional North Universities category. In the report released on Sept. 13, Bay Path is ranked 26th in Social Mobility, increasing its standing by 42 spots from 2021. Social mobility recognizes the university’s strength at helping economically disadvantaged students succeed and graduate. Bay Path also ranks ninth, moving up three spots, on the 2022 Best Colleges list of Most Innovative Universities in the North Region. In both of these categories, Bay Path was selected from ...

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    4. Elms College Ranked in Three Categories of U.S. News & World Report Listings

      Elms College Ranked in Three Categories of U.S. News & World Report Listings

      Elms College improved its ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 list of Best Regional Universities (North). The college moved to number 85 out of 171 other northern regional colleges and universities, up from number 93 in 2021. “I am delighted that Elms College is now ranked on three lists from U.S. News & World Report: Best Regional Universities (North), Undergraduate Nursing Programs, and Top Performers on Social Mobility (North),” Elms College President Harry Dumay said. “This strong showing is a testament to our dedicated faculty and the top-notch education we provide to our students.”

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    5. WNE School of Law Dean Sudha Setty Wins NCCJ Human Relations Award - BusinessWest

      WNE School of Law Dean Sudha Setty Wins NCCJ Human Relations Award - BusinessWest

      Western New England University School of Law Dean Sudha Setty has been named 2021 Human Relations Award winner by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), a human-relations organization whose mission is to champion social justice for all; fight bias, bigotry, and racism in all forms; and work toward building strong and inclusive communities.

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    6. Elms College School of Nursing Dean Kathleen Scoble Retires - BusinessWest

      Elms College School of Nursing Dean Kathleen Scoble Retires - BusinessWest

      Elms College announced the retirement of Kathleen Scoble, dean of the college’s School of Nursing, effective Sept. 10. The college has been conducting a national search for Scoble’s successor since she notified the college of her retirement this past January.  In accepting Scoble’s retirement, Harry Dumay, president of Elms College, said, “on behalf of the entire Elms community — students, faculty, alumni, and staff — I am grateful for everything Kathleen has accomplished in her 18 years at the college and for leading the Elms School of Nursing through nearly two decades of tremendous growth.”

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    7. Grant Aims to Reduce Textbook Costs for HCC students

      Grant Aims to Reduce Textbook Costs for HCC students

      With the help of a federal grant, Holyoke Community College is continuing its efforts to make college more affordable and inclusive by increasing the use of free Open Educational Resources (OER) in place of costly textbooks in its classrooms.  HCC is part of a consortium of six state colleges, along with the state Dept. of Higher Education, sharing a $441,367 grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The three-year grant project aims to boost the number of college courses that make use of Open Educational Resources.

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    8. STCC Obtains Federal Grant to Lower Cost of Textbooks for Students

      STCC Obtains Federal Grant to Lower Cost of Textbooks for Students

      Springfield Technical Community College is one of six colleges that received a federal grant that aims to increase the number of college courses that use free Open Educational Resources rather than costly textbooks.STCC is part of a consortium that received a $440,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a new project to add more access to free Open Educational Resources (OERs). The goal of the grant is to make college more affordable and inclusive.

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    9. HCC to Resume Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on Aug. 24

      HCC to Resume Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on Aug. 24

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) will resume its Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on Wednesday, Aug. 25 with business coach and strategist Lynn Turner leading the first of a three-part class on “Vision Boards.” What is a vision board? “A tangible representation of your dreams,” Turner said. The second and third parts of Turner’s class will be held on Sept. 1 and Sept. 8. Those and the rest of the fall 2021 HCC Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series sessions will take place on Wednesdays over Zoom from noon to 1:15 p.m.

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    10. SERVPRO of Hampshire County Celebrates 25 Years in Community

      SERVPRO of Hampshire County Celebrates 25 Years in Community

      BELCHERTOWN — SERVPRO of Hampshire County, a cleanup and restoration company, is recognizing its 25th anniversary in the local business community.

      “It’s exciting to be a part of the local community and celebrate this milestone with them. We take pride in being able to offer customers professional cleanup and restoration services,” said Kevin Fall, owner of SERVPRO of Hampshire County. “We look forward to continuing our service throughout Western Massachusetts.”

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    11. Healthcare Career Open House to Be Held at Asnuntuck on Aug. 18

      Healthcare Career Open House to Be Held at Asnuntuck on Aug. 18

      Are you looking for a career in the healthcare field? Asnuntuck Community College will hold a virtual Healthcare Career Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will showcase a number of in-demand careers, various short-term certification programs, and expert instructors. Participants can learn about healthcare-career certificates and potential SNAP scholarships. Fifteen different non-credit career programs are available at Asnuntuck, including medical billing and coding, certified inpatient coder, certified pharmacy technician, CNA/certified patient care technician, emergency medical technician, electrocardiogram technician, dental assistant, sterile processing technician, ophthalmic assistant, veterinary assistant, esthetician, nail ...

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    12. MCLA to Receive $1.9 Million in ARP Funding to Distribute to Students

      MCLA to Receive $1.9 Million in ARP Funding to Distribute to Students

      MCLA will receive $1.9 million to distribute directly to enrolled students from Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) that are part of the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP). One of the largest investments ever made in American higher education, ARP allocates $40 billion to colleges in order to mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A third round of pandemic relief for higher-education institutions, the ARP funds are more than double the first two COVID recovery packages combined. HEERF funding, which exists under the umbrella of ARP, is meant specifically for students.

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    13. Holyoke Community College Expands Class Sizes for September

      Holyoke Community College Expands Class Sizes for September

      Given the positive indicators related to COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Holyoke Community College (HCC) will increase the number of students it allows in classrooms for face-to-face instruction in September. Based on the recommendation of the college’s Return to Campus task force (RTC), HCC will raise the cap from 10 to 15 students per classroom for fall enrollment in all subjects, with the exception of health sciences. For classes in health sciences, such as nursing, radiologic technology, and veterinary science, the classroom caps will be removed entirely because of the high vaccination rates among students in those fields and stringent adherence ...

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    14. Asnuntuck to Host Virtual Information Sessions

      Asnuntuck to Host Virtual Information Sessions

      Asnuntuck Community College will hold two more Admissions & Financial Aid virtual information sessions this summer, on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. Potential students need to attend only one of the sessions. Participants will receive information about the admissions and financial-aid process, as well as learn about the many resources and course offerings available at Asnuntuck. The 60-minute session will also include time for questions and answers. Click here to register for a session. Classes begin on Aug. 26 for the fall semester.

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    15. Aviation STEM Program Available to Holyoke Students

      Aviation STEM Program Available to Holyoke Students

      Vet Air, Northampton Airport Wright Flight, Holyoke Public Schools, and the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club have partnered to bring the world of aviation to Holyoke Public Schools students. The Northampton Airport Wright Flight (Holyoke) program is currently accepting applications from Holyoke students in grades 7 and 8 to participate in the fall Wright Flight Program. Wright Flight introduces students to the world of aviation through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Program organizers believe that exposing students to the world of aviation will greatly impact their future and expose them to career opportunities not typically discussed in their everyday lives.

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    16. Next Step Saturday Slated for July 10 at Asnuntuck Community College - BusinessWest

      Next Step Saturday Slated for July 10 at Asnuntuck Community College - BusinessWest

      Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) will hold a remote and on-campus Next Step Saturday on July 10. This event will be held both virtually and in person from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will help new and continuing students with answering questions about how to apply, advising to select courses, and addressing questions regarding financial aid and registering.

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    17. Scholarships Available for STEM Students at HCC

      Scholarships Available for STEM Students at HCC

      Students enrolled full-time in chemistry, biology, 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. Through HCC, the National Science Foundation Scholarship offers, on average, $6,500 per year to qualified full-time students and prorated amounts for part-time students. Incoming and current HCC students are encouraged to apply. The STEM scholarship application deadline for the fall 2021 semester is Aug. 1.

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    18. Yves Salomon-Fernández Stepping Down as GCC President

      Yves Salomon-Fernández Stepping Down as GCC President

      After three years as president of Greenfield Community College (GCC), Yves Salomon-Fernández announced plans to step down on Aug. 15 to accept a position as senior vice president at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). In a letter to the college community, Salomon-Fernández wrote that she needed to step back a bit, the Greenfield Recorder reported. “I bring 150% to everything I do, and [GCC president] is a very public role. We’ve gone through a pandemic, social change, and racial issues … All of those things made me reflect on what kind of balance I want in my life ...

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    19. Elms College Plans Full On-campus Experience for Fall Semester

      Elms College Plans Full On-campus Experience for Fall Semester

      Elms College announced it will offer students a full on-campus living and learning experience for the fall 2021 semester. “The college successfully had students living and taking classes safely on campus at the height of the pandemic, and due to our ElmsSafe health protocols, we completed the 2020-21 academic year that way,” Elms College President Harry Dumay said. “With the vaccine readily available and state COVID restrictions easing, I feel confident that we can provide students with an on-campus experience that includes residence halls at pre-pandemic capacities, on-campus classes, competitive sports, and more.”

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    20. UMass President Says University System Set to Drive Post-pandemic Renewal, Recovery

      UMass President Says University System Set to Drive Post-pandemic Renewal, Recovery

      University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan said the university system is emerging from the pandemic period “with its academic, research, and financial strengths fully intact” and positioned to play a major role in driving economic renewal and recovery in the Commonwealth. “Thanks to the leadership of the board of trustees and the sound management of our chancellors and finance teams, the University of Massachusetts is positioned to thrive — not just for the next fiscal year or decade, but for generations,” Meehan said.

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    21. STCC Names Shai Butler Interim VP of Advancement and External Affairs

      STCC Names Shai Butler Interim VP of Advancement and External Affairs

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) named an interim vice president of Advancement and External Affairs, a leadership position that oversees institution-sustaining efforts, engagement writ large, and strategic communication. Shai Butler, who starts June 7, will work closely with STCC President John Cook to support the college’s mission. In this role, Butler will carry a portfolio that includes fundraising, governmental relations, strategic marketing, branding, and communication. The role also ensures deep connections with the STCC Foundation, and Butler carries the dual title of executive director of the STCC Foundation.

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    22. HCC Student Art Show Stays Online for 2021

      HCC Student Art Show Stays Online for 2021

      With the Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College (HCC) still closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the college’s annual Student Art Show is being presented virtually this spring for the second year in a row. “Despite a very challenging year, our amazing students in the HCC Visual Art Department managed to rise above the limitations of online classrooms and create astounding artworks,” gallery Director Amy Johnquest said. “This is evidenced not only by the talent of each student, but also reflects the great instruction and ingenuity they received from their teachers.”

      The 2021 Student Art Show can be ...

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