1. Articles in category: Education

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    1. Nearly $16 million in federal funds awarded to support new Massachusetts charter schools

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      Nearly $16 million in federal funds awarded to support new Massachusetts charter schools

      Charter schools across Massachusetts will receive a big boost in funding thanks to a federal grant program. The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will receive $15,876,000 over three years. The federal funds are earmarked to support opening new charter schools, strengthening accountability for charter school performance and sharing best practices between charters across the state. Massachusetts is one of eight states across the country to receive such funds.

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    2. Springfield College named Presidential Award winner in community service

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      Springfield College named Presidential Award winner in community service

      Springfield College was honored last week at the sixth annual President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge gathering, where the private institution received the Presidential Award in Education. The event, which took place in Washington, D.C., recognized Springfield College for its dedication to volunteerism and service-learning education. "Community service programs are an integral part of campus life at Springfield College, to prepare students for lives as active citizens and community leaders in service to humanity," Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper said in a press release. "To be named a Presidential Award winner is a tremendous honor, and it ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    3. State workforce development grant provides new equipment for two Westfield Technical...

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      State workforce development grant provides new equipment for two Westfield Technical...

      The School Department will use a $500,000 state grant to enhance training of students enrolled in manufacturing technology and aviation technology at Westfield Technical Academy. Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski said Wednesday the Massachusetts Workforce Training grant announced last week will be equally divided among the two vocational programs. Funding will enhance the training of at least 16 students enrolled in each program.

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    4. Springfield schools on the rise: State test scores show progress overall

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      Springfield schools on the rise: State test scores show progress overall

      In the span of one year, STEM Middle Academy has gone from being labeled a Level 4 "underperforming" school by state education officials to being considered one of the best in the state.  This was one of several pieces of positive news for the city shared by Massachusetts education officials Monday. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released 2016 assessment data regarding the 1,604 schools across the state.

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    5. Westfield State University launches fall Guest Lecture Series | masslive.com

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      Westfield State University launches fall Guest Lecture Series | masslive.com

      Westfield State University will launch its fall Guest Lecture Series Wednesday with 'An Evening of Poetry' with Keith Leonard, class of 2008, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Loughman Living Room at Scanlon Hall.  That will be followed Oct. 5 with a 'Why I Go to the Olympics' lecture by Dr. Amy Bass at 7 p.m. on Dever Stage at the Parenzo Hall.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    6. Springfield College, Berkshire Community College sign transfer agreement

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      Springfield College, Berkshire Community College sign transfer agreement

      Springfield College and Berkshire Community College announced an agreement this week that will allow Berkshire Community College physical fitness graduates to transfer to Springfield College's Applied Exercise Science Program with junior standing.

       

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    7. Mary Walachy of Springfield appointed to state early education board

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      Mary Walachy of Springfield appointed to state early education board

      The head of a Springfield-based education foundation has been reappointed to a state board overseeing early education in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker reappointed Mary Walachy, executive director of the The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation in Springfield, to the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.

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    8. Holyoke Community College gets grant for EMT program

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      Holyoke Community College gets grant for EMT program

      Holyoke Community College has been awarded a $127,741 Workforce Skills Capital Grant to purchase equipment for its EMT Training Program.  The grant, announced this week by the governor's office, will allow HCC to expand the number of students served in its non-credit EMT classes and offer new training equipment and materials at the college's new Center for Health Education, adjacent to the main campus on Jarvis Avenue.  HCC was one of seven community colleges, vocational high schools and educational collaboratives chosen to share in a total funding package worth $2.6 million.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    9. Western New England University to build new dining commons

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      Western New England University to build new dining commons

      Western New England University plans to construct a new 70,000-square-foot, four-story dining commons adjacent to the existing St. Germain Campus Center on its Springfield campus. A ceremonial groundbreaking is set for noon on Sept. 27 on the green between the campus center and Sleith Hall, according to a news release. Western New England University is not yet saying how much the building will cost, said spokesman Brian Zelasko. The private school's board of trustees recently asked designers to make the building bigger and a new cost estimate is not ready for the public, he said.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    10. Springfield job fair aims at helping veterans gain employment in manufacturing,...

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      Springfield job fair aims at helping veterans gain employment in manufacturing,...

      SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Partners for Community Action and Harmon Personnel Services are inviting veterans to participate in a job fair on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Springfield Partners office, 721 State St.

      The "Veterans Work First" job fair is from 10 a.m. to noon. The organizers are inviting all veterans and active duty personnel to take part for career placement services.

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    11. $158,000 state grant helps continue Enrollment Initiative Program at Westfield State...

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      $158,000 state grant helps continue Enrollment Initiative Program at Westfield State...

      Westfield State University has received a $157,924 state grant to help fund continuation of its Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative Program. The grant helps finance tuition, books, materials, salary for a coordinator and employment specialist and additional programming needs. The program provides dual enrollment opportunities for students ages 18 - 21 that have intellectual disabilities and are still receiving special educations services through their home school districts. The program was implemented at WSU in the 2013 fall semester by Program Coordinator Lyndsey Nunes with just five students. It has since grown into one of the largest such programs in the state ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   West Springfield   Springfield

    12. UMass Amherst to break ground on $62M Business Innovation Hub

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      UMass Amherst to break ground on $62M Business Innovation Hub

      University of Massachusetts and state officials will host a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday on a $62 million Business Innovation Hub building to be added to the existing buildings of the Isenberg School of Management. Site work for the project has already begun, according to UMass' website. Construction is expected to be complete in September 2018, and the building will be ready for occupancy in January 2019. The project will add 70,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, an expanded career center, advising spaces and a learning commons. There will be more faculty offices as well, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    13. Five College Consortium to celebrate library annex groundbreaking in Hatfield

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      Five College Consortium to celebrate library annex groundbreaking in Hatfield

      Officials from the Five College Consortium will be celebrating the groundbreaking of its library annex building Thursday at 10 a.m. on the site it has purchased here. Work actually began in May and the annex is expected to be finished next May. Five College officials had planned to build the annex needed to store books and library material from the area schools in Hadley. But the Hadley Planning Board last year rejected the proposal to build it on a nearly 46-acre parcel off North Maple Street.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst

    14. Western Massachusetts college top U.S. News & World Report list of Best Liberal Arts...

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      Western Massachusetts college top U.S. News & World Report list of Best Liberal Arts...

      Western Massachusetts has been recognized as the home to some of the most rigorous academic climate across the country. U.S. News & World report released their 2017 Best College List Tuesday. 14 Massachusetts institutions were named among the best national liberal arts colleges in the nation. 16 Massachusetts schools made the list of best national universities.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Amherst College   Springfield

    15. Freedom Credit Union gets workforce grant

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      Freedom Credit Union gets workforce grant

      Freedom Credit Union was awarded a $126,175 state grant to train 133 workers, according to a news release issued this week by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. In total, the state awarded more than $2.4 million in workforce training fund grants to 25 companies to train current or newly hired workers. This round of grant funding will help train 2,162 workers, and is expected to create 263 new jobs.

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    16. Springfield Technical Community College kicks off 50th anniversary celebration by honoring...

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      Springfield Technical Community College kicks off 50th anniversary celebration by honoring...

      The founding of Springfield Technical College in 1967 was the result of what former college president Andrew Scibelli calls "a perfect storm." STCC would not be the thriving institution it is today without the vision, determination and collaboration of four men — Edmond P. Garvey, Joseph J. Deliso Sr., state Rep. Anthony M. Scibelli and Charles V. Ryan — Scibelli said. Scibelli, nephew of lawmaker "Tony" Scibelli, was one of several speakers on Friday afternoon during a convocation and reception held to honor the four founders and to kick off STCC's 50th anniversary year.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory

    17. STCC Project Is Historic on Many Levels

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      STCC Project Is Historic on Many Levels

      As Springfield Technical Community College commences a year-long 50th-anniversary celebration, a landmark historic restoration project is taking shape — with the accent on ‘landmark.’ So-called Building 19, a 700-foot-long warehouse that predates the Civil War, is being converted into a campus center, a project that will enable the past and present to co-exist in a powerful fashion.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    18. Springfield Technical Community College's new president John B. Cook brings youth, fresh set of eyes to urban campus

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      Springfield Technical Community College's new president John B. Cook brings youth, fresh set of eyes to urban campus

      John B. Cook, who moved into the president's office at Springfield Technical Community College on Aug. 1, aims to build on STCC's legacy while edging it gently into the digital future. At 40, Cook, former dean of academic affairs at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire, is the sixth and youngest president of STCC — and one of the youngest community college presidents in the nation. He replaces Ira Rubenzahl, who retired in June after 12 years at the helm of STCC

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    19. Federal Aviation Administration presents formal certification of Westfield Technical...

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      Federal Aviation Administration presents formal certification of Westfield Technical...

      The Federal Aviation Administration Thursday presented its formal certification of Westfield Technical Academy's new aviation technology program. And, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which operates a maintenance repair facility at Barnes Regional Airport, provided an additional $100,000 to its already committed $200,000 to help finance the program. John Feliciano, manager of the FAA office at Bradley International Airport, along with several other FAA representatives presented program certification to Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski and teacher Galen B. Wilson during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at Westfield Technical Academy

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Westfield

    20. Photos: United Way teams with Peter Pan Bus Lines to deliver 1500 backpacks full of school...

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      Photos: United Way teams with Peter Pan Bus Lines to deliver 1500 backpacks full of school...

      The United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines teamed up on Wednesday to deliver backpacks filled with donated school supplies to six separate school districts in Western Massachusetts on Wednesday. School supplies were collected all summer at various locations throughout the Pioneer Valley. Students from the Westover Job Corps in Chicopee offered to stuff all 1,500 backpacks.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   West Springfield   Six Flags New England

    21. Western New England University Named a College of Distinction

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      Western New England University Named a College of Distinction

      Western New England University (WNEU) is featured in the 2016-17 edition of the Colleges of Distinction guidebook. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, and admissions professionals, the guidebook honors colleges that excel in key areas of educational quality and appeal to students’ unique and varied interests. “We place high value on innovation and excellence in order to provide the best possible experience for our students. We challenge students to dream big, take risks, and surprise themselves with all they can accomplish,” said Bryan Gross, vice president for Enrollment. “This recognition affirms that our distinctive best practices are effective ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    22. Bridging community and health: Holyoke Community College offers new public health program

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      Bridging community and health: Holyoke Community College offers new public health program

      A new program at Holyoke Community College seeks to better connect communities to medical services outside of a doctor's office.  HCC has created a Community Health Worker certificate this year, the first institution in the area to offer such a program.  Community health covers a spectrum of needs, from providing direct services - such as informal counseling and health screenings - to offering culturally appropriate health information to people in their homes, schools or other community spaces. Position titles in the field vary from harm reduction counselors working with drug addicts to public health nurses employed by municipalities.  

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Baystate Health   Springfield

    23. UMass gets $5M from state for cybersecurity

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      UMass gets $5M from state for cybersecurity

      The state has awarded the University of Massachusetts $5 million for computer equipment to power its data science and cybersecurity initiatives in Springfield and Amherst, which are already supported by MassMutual. Think of computer programs that teach themselves to work better by studying examples of their own calculations, said Andrew Kachites McCallum, UMass professor and director of the Center for Data Science. These new graphic processing units, which will be installed at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, learn lessons in days that it took earlier technologies months to learn.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Springfield

    24. Holyoke Wins ‘Landmarks’ Grant

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      Holyoke Wins ‘Landmarks’ Grant

      The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced that the city of Holyoke, along with 20 other entities across the country, has been awarded a Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers grant, which funds one-week workshops for K-12 educators that address themes and topics in American history, government, literature, art history, and other humanities fields related to historic landmarks. Wistariahurst, on behalf of the City of Holyoke, has been awarded $123,768 to implement two, week-long intensive history summer teaching institutes to be held in August, 2017. The institutes, titled Women Making Change: Activism and Progressivism ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Alex Morse

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