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    1. 30 computer tablets helping kids read at Holyoke Boys-Girls Club thanks to Holyoke Rotary donation

      30 computer tablets helping kids read at Holyoke Boys-Girls Club thanks to Holyoke Rotary donation

      The Holyoke Boys and Girls Club bought 30 computer tablets, books and other items to help children read thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Holyoke Rotary Club. "Recognizing that technology is a strong motivator with our youth, the tablets will help create a literacy and technology-rich environment at each of our satellite sites," Eileen D. Cavanaugh, executive director of the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, said in a press release issued by the Rotary Club on Tuesday. "We are grateful to the Holyoke Rotary for supporting the club and helping us to make sure that our programs involve ...

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    2. STCC Health Information Technology Graduate Wins Award

      STCC Health Information Technology Graduate Wins Award

      Maria Mitchell, a Springfield Technical Community College graduate of the newly accredited Health Information Technology program, is the first person from STCC to receive the MaHIMA Student Achievement award. The Massachusetts Health Information Management Assoc. (MaHIMA) offers the award to an outstanding student from any accredited health-information technology or health-information management program. STCC’s program received accreditation in December, making a graduate of the program eligible for the first time this year.

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    3. Westfield Education to Business Alliance calls job skills 'survival' skills

      Westfield Education to Business Alliance calls job skills 'survival' skills

      There are five elements to the handshake: eye contact, smile, extend arm, grip, timing. That bit of information might not sound like high school-level work compared to algebra II, English lit and the advanced manufacturing shop. But students need to learn it somewhere, and Westfield's public schools are doing it. "People call them 'soft skills,'" said Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski. "I call them survival skills." Skills, which ones to get and and how to get them is the topic when the Westfield Education to Business Alliance gets together once a month.

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    4. 100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      TURNERS FALLS, MA - On Friday, May 19, fourteen advanced manufacturing trainees will receive certificates of completion and start down the pathway toward precision machining careers in Pioneer Valley manufacturing companies.  The current cohort of students come from across Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Belchertown, Colrain, Easthampton, Greenfield, Montague, Northfield, South Hadley, and Shelburne.  Among these trainees will be the 100th graduate of a successful job training partnership that began four years ago to address a shortage of skilled machinists in the Valley’s precision manufacturing industry.  The event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Franklin County Technical ...

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    5. UMass-Amherst grows: See how $1.8 billion in construction has transformed the campus

      UMass-Amherst grows: See how $1.8 billion in construction has transformed the campus

      In the last decade, the University of Massachusetts has invested $1.8 billion in more than two dozen building projects at the flagship Amherst campus. From research, classroom and office space to dormitories, dining halls, athletic facilities and infrastructure, buildings have sprouted or expanded across the sprawling campus. As the Class of 2017 takes its collective next step at Friday afternoon's commencement, we take a look at the construction that has transformed UMass, including how much each project cost:

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    6. Westfield State University uses historic gift of $1.1 million to gain musical distinction

      Westfield State University uses historic gift of $1.1 million to gain musical distinction

      Westfield State University announced Thursday that it has received a historic gift of $1.1 million -- the largest single contribution in the school's history -- from an anonymous donor, and that the money will be used to purchase 20 Steinway pianos.  This purchase will allow Westfield State to become an All-Steinway School, a special distinction within the musical and educational communities that signifies a commitment to excellence, University President Ramon S. Torrecilha said Thursday.

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    7. At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

      At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

      There will be a career fair this fall for Westfield's middle schools. But it won't be kids learning about what it takes to be a machinist, an engineer or an auto-body technician. It'll be their teachers. The idea isn't that educators are looking for new gigs themselves, said Kate Phelon, executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. The idea is for teachers to learn what employers are looking for -- and what they hope not to see -- in job applicants, so they can impart those skills to their students as early as sixth grade.

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    8. Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Steven G. Richter, founder of MicroTest Laboratories in Agawam, reminded the audience of that fact Friday during the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the $48 million Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center at Westfield State University. He did so because students and researchers in the Stevens Center, working with modern genetic science, have the potential to treat or cure breast cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and a host of other diseases. "This isn't just about bricks and mortar," Richter said. "This is about students' lives. This is about the health care system."

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    9. YouthBuild Springfield graduate achieves once distant goal - a job

      YouthBuild Springfield graduate achieves once distant goal - a job

      The YouthBuild Springfield program at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts, one of 11 in the state, is aimed at helping at-risk teens and young adults become better skilled at accomplishing goals and improving employment opportunities.Twenty-year-old Springfield resident Joseph LaBelle knew firsthand what it is to be out of options when he became part of the program a year ago. His youthful history included several arrests, educational failures and the "difficult" knowledge of his mother's overdose on heroin and cocaine. "I spent many years going in and out of schools until I finally quit and opened a moving company ...

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    10. STCC Inaugurates John Cook as Sixth College President

      STCC Inaugurates John Cook as Sixth College President

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) entered a new chapter in its 50-year history Thursday with the inauguration of John Cook as its sixth college president. The installation ceremony at STCC’s Scibelli Hall Gymnasium featured a mixture of pageantry, tradition, and celebration. The event opened with a processional led by the STCC Ceremonial Brass Ensemble, followed by the Bearer of the Mace and more grandeur befitting such formal occasions. The audience of STCC students, faculty, staff, and members of the community witnessed the presentation of colors, heard a rendition of the National Anthem, and listened to greetings from a variety ...

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    11. Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      There was a tug-a-war competition, an egg drop challenge, a chance to ask questions about military careers and, to top it off, a tour of the largest plane in the country. Yesterday Westover Air Reserve Base officials invited about 150 students from Springfield, Chicopee and Worcester for its annual youth outreach event. The community event, which has been held for at least 10 years in a row, brings students mainly who are in Junior ROTC program for a day of activities and education. "A lot of the kids want to know what it is like to be in the military ...

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    12. Elms College Adds New MBA Track in Healthcare Innovation - BusinessWest

      Elms College Adds New MBA Track in Healthcare Innovation - BusinessWest

      A new master of business administration track at Elms College aims to help shape the future of healthcare.  Healthcare — a field that will experience 19% job growth between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — is in ever-increasing need of innovation. Today’s healthcare organizations are tasked with lowering costs, improving quality, expanding access, and increasing efficiency.  “Innovation is the key to meeting these challenges, and MBA-prepared administrators are the leaders who will guide the healthcare system into the future,” said Kim Kenney-Rockwal, director of the MBA program at Elms College.

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    13. Bay Path Announces Commencement Speaker

      Bay Path Announces Commencement Speaker

      Bay Path University will stage its 120th Commencement on May 21 at 3 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Kathryn Hayward, class of 1976, founder of International Integrators, will address the Class of 2017.  More than 1,000 Bay Path students earned bachelor’s, master’s, and advanced degrees, with more than 800 students anticipated to be part of the Commencement event.

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    14. Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health and UMass Medical School are hoping to get $3.4 million in state money to build their new medical school in Springfield. "We think this would be a worthy investment in primary care for the region for the next several decades," said Ben Craft, a spokesman for Baystate Health. The new Baystate medical school is expected to open in August with 25 students. Baystate has touted the program as a way to attract more doctors to Western Massachusetts. The school's focus will be on training primary care physicians and teaching population health in both urban and rural ...

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    15. Center for Data Science to Host Research Symposium

      Center for Data Science to Host Research Symposium

      Andrew K. McCallum, director of the center and professor of computer science, says this year’s symposium will showcase the center’s growing portfolio of industry-sponsored data science research and examine technical trends and future opportunities. “We’re excited to build on the success of last year’s symposium, which reinforced and validated the importance of public-private collaborations. This year, we’ll bring together top data science research talent in industry, academia and government to share successes, identify new research frontiers and launch transformational new partnerships.”

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    16. Businesses invited to Workforce Training Fund Info Session

      Businesses invited to Workforce Training Fund Info Session

      Training & Workforce Options (TWO), the collaboration between Springfield Technical Community CollegeHolyoke Community College, and Commonwealth Corp., invite area businesses to a free information session on April 26 to hear an overview of all of the Workforce Training Fund Programs (WTFP). Registration is required to attend the session, scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m., at Scibelli Hall (Building 2), Café Rooms, at STCC. Seating is limited. To register online, click on this Eventbrite link. Workforce Training Fund, a program of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, is administered by Commonwealth Corp.

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    17. Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

      Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

      Samantha Dodge, Bridget Nee-Walsh and Alyssa Ducharme spend their days on construction sites, welding and working alongside their male co-workers. They are tough, well paid and proving that women can work as laborers. More than 200 female students from trade high schools across the state gathered at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke on Thursday for the Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference, which featured speakers sharing their experiences working in the male-dominated fields of welding, carpentry, construction, electrical engineering and more. "Honestly, the job was easier than I expected it to be at first," said Dodge, who lives in Connecticut ...

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    18. Want a culinary job? Snapchef staffing agency expands to Springfield

      Want a culinary job? Snapchef staffing agency expands to Springfield

      "Downtown Springfield provides Snapchef with a centralized location that will help our company increase its ability to attract talent and serve clientele," Snapchef CEO, Todd Snopkowski said in a statement. "Our close work with the City of Springfield, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and legislative leaders made the expansion into Springfield an easy decision. We appreciate the support that Snapchef has received during this expansion from the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, and Develop Springfield."

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    19. Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      The Elms College School of Nursing has added a third track in health systems innovation and leadership to its Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum. The addition of the third track will allow candidates for the DNP to focus their study on advanced practice nursing or systems and organizational leadership. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Elms are the two schools in Western Massachusetts to offer a DNP program. The UMass program through its College of Nursing is an online program. Existing tracks at the Elms include the DNP in family nurse practitioner and the DNP in adult-gerontology acute care nurse ...

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    20. WNEU student group teams up with MassMutual to offer 'path to citizenship' program to help...

      WNEU student group teams up with MassMutual to offer 'path to citizenship' program to help...

      The Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) at Western New England University has teamed up with MassMutual and the Ascentria Care Alliance to repeat the program they sponsored last year to assist members of the Hampden County community to seek a path to citizenship. The program assists permanent residents with being screened for and in completing the N-400, the final application needed to become a U.S. citizen.  Claudia Quintero, a WNEU law school senior and the president and founder of the LLSA, helped to spearhead the program and describes it as a "citizenship clinic to help people fill out their ...

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    21. Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab

      Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab

      Professor Lionel Kimmerling, representing the AIM Photonics Institute and the MIT Microphotonics Center, said MIT was working with community colleges, industry and state government to help create a skilled workforce for Massachusetts manufacturers. "We're here because Springfield community college is a traditional source of optics technology for the technician-level worker," Kimmerling said. "In order for manufacturing to be supreme in Massachusetts, we need about 50,000 more technical level employees in this industry." Lesser, a proponent of advanced manufacturing projects in Western Mass., praised STCC's program as a boon to job growth and economic development.

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    22. UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

      UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

      Using the University of Massachusetts Design Building as a stage, state officials Wednesday talked about the viability and job potential in creating an industry to make the cross-laminated timber used in the building's construction. The gathering was held to mark the release of a New England Forestry Foundation report detailing how creating the wood would be a boon to forests, the economy and the environment. Dan Sieger, state assistant secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said that only about 2 percent of the state's forest is used for building. Engineering cross-laminated timber would benefit the environment and "support ...

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    23. Bay Path Women's Conference at the MassMutual Center floods downtown Springfield; Nicholas...

      Bay Path Women's Conference at the MassMutual Center floods downtown Springfield; Nicholas...

      The 22nd annual Women's Leadership Conference kicks off at the MassMutual Center Friday morning, featuring keynote speaker best-selling romance author Nicholas Sparks, of "The Notebook," and several skill-building workshops. The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Bay Path University President Carol Leary started the conference two decades ago as a way to bring women together to be inspired by national figures, according to the event's website.  In addition to Sparks, speakers include Shiza Shahid, who co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and Nely Galan, a former president ...

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    24. WGBY, Springfield schools team up to get kids moving

      WGBY, Springfield schools team up to get kids moving

      Fitness trackers have grown in popularity over the years, with people monitoring everything from their heart rates to their every step. Students at Brightwood, Elias Brookings, Lincoln and Gerena elementary schools in Springfield are also monitoring their steps with a little help from WGBY. The local PBS station has teamed up with the Springfield Public Schools to implement the "Cyberchase" Step It Up program.

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