1. Articles in category: Education

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    1. AIC Puts a Unique Focus on First-generation Students

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      AIC Puts a Unique Focus on First-generation Students

      AIC has a strategic plan for growth that is focused on three areas, said Maniaci. “Our first goal is to build the demand curve — we need to give parents and students a better reason to come here, give them a reason to borrow money or pay out of pocket for schooling; education is expensive, and they need to know what the return on their investment will be,” he explained, adding that students and their families need to understand that in addition to the fact that college graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than non-graduates, valuable lessons result from ...

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    2. GCC and Cooley Dickinson collaborate to train licensed practical nurses

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      GCC and Cooley Dickinson collaborate to train licensed practical nurses

      Greenfield Community College and Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton have announced they will work together to train new, entry-level nurses. Starting this year, the college's ten-month Practical Nursing Certificate Program will be housed at 10 Main Street in Florence, a space leased by Cooley Dickinson. The program prepares students for certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), but does not guarantee they will pass the required licensure examination. However, GCC graduates have a good record of passing the exam, according to the college.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Northampton   Greenfield

    3. Springfield, Holyoke, Greenfield get share of $805,000 grant to help homeless students

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      Springfield, Holyoke, Greenfield get share of $805,000 grant to help homeless students

      A total of $805,000 in federal education grants has been awarded to 28 school districts across the commonwealth, including Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield, to help some 12,000 homeless students get to and succeed in school, Commissioner Mitchell D.Chester has announced. Springfield will receive $55,000, Holyoke will receive $40,000 and Greenfield will receive $20,000 under the federal grant program that will provide funding for a variety of activities including tutoring, before-and after-school programs, summer programs and staff training in best practices to support students.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greenfield   Holyoke

    4. College funding workshop

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      College funding workshop

      The workshops will take parents through the intricacies of the College Funding System. Among the topics to be discussed will be, why it's important to file a FAFSA form with accuracy and on time, CSS Profile schools, expected family contribution and the truths and myths about financial aid, why developing a college funding plan is crucial, regardless of your income or savings, the availability of private scholarships and whether it's worth a lot of time searching for them, plus many other topics.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Easthampton

    5. New aviation program at Westfield Technical Academy gets funding boost

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      New aviation program at Westfield Technical Academy gets funding boost

      Westfield Technical Academy has received additional financial grants to help launch its new aviation maintenance program in September. The Smith Avenue high school last week received an additional Perkins education grant and additional funding through the city's Community Preservation Act to assist with hangar preparations at Barnes Regional Airport that students will benefit from.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    6. Phoenix Academy Charter School at repurposed Springfield Armory building nears completion | masslive.com

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      Phoenix Academy Charter School at repurposed Springfield Armory building nears completion | masslive.com

      Some of the factory floorspace where Springfield Armory workers once assembled M1 Garand rifles to win World War II already sports the purple and orange colors of Phoenix Charter Academy Springfield.  'It's hard to believe this used to be the factory floor,' said Paul M. Stelzer, president of Appleton Corp., managers of the Springfield Technology Park. 'And now it looks like classroom space.'

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    7. Western New England University Phamacy College gets accredited | masslive.com

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      Western New England University Phamacy College gets accredited | masslive.com

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy is now fully accredited, according to a news release.  Pharmacy school Dean Evan Robinson announced that the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has granted full accreditation status to the University's College of Pharmacy.  The ACPE is the national agency that sets the standards for professional degrees in the education of pharmacists. This completes the final accreditation step for the College of Pharmacy that graduated its founding class on May 17.  The College of Pharmacy enrolled its first class of Doctor of Pharmacy students in 2011 with enrollment limited to about 75 ...

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    8. Donahue Institute Receives $14M Contract for Head Start Programs

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      The UMass Donahue Institute has been awarded a five-year, $14 million contract to provide training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start programs for all of New England.  The institute will work with local Head Start programs on their educational, health, and family services as well as management systems to strengthen their ability to serve children and their families. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5 in centers, child-care partner locations, and their own homes. Early Head Start also provides services to pregnant women. Head Start ...

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    9. Photos: Baystate Academy Charter Public School unveils new location in Springfield

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      Photos: Baystate Academy Charter Public School unveils new location in Springfield

      Baystate Academy Charter Public School officials on Thursday offered a "sneak peek" tour of the new location, the former site of the U.S. Envelope Company headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue. The school started out on Franklin Street at the former Our Lady of Rosary School building but has outgrown that site. Starting in the fall, the next school year will take place at the new Roosevelt Avenue address with grades 6 through 9, with 320 students enrolled

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    10. Teachers' special: New Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield offer rental discount to educators

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      Teachers' special: New Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield offer rental discount to educators

      As the Springfield school system prepares to welcome newly minted college graduates to teach in the city, one of the first questions out-of-town recruits ask is: "Where's a nice place to live?" The school district and DevelopSpringfield believe they've found the perfect address: the Silverbrick Lofts apartment complex at 15 Taylor St. in downtown Springfield, which has recently undergone a $6 million renovation. If the soaring architecture and light-drenched units of the four-building, pet-friendly complex aren't enough of an incentive to buy-in, there's a 10 to 20 percent rental discount for teachers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. A Matter of Perspective

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      A Matter of Perspective

      Meehan, who said he essentially put himself on a track for either of those pursuits, eventually became chancellor of UMass Lowell, where, by all accounts, he led a stunning resurgence at the school.  And last month, he was chosen to succeed Robert Caret as president of the entire university system, thus becoming the first UMass undergrad (he earned a degree in education and political science at the Lowell campus) and first chancellor within the five campuses to ascend to the president’s office.

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    12. Community Spotlight: Westfield

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      Community Spotlight: Westfield

      New buildings are under construction, while older ones that sat empty for as long as a decade are being transformed and repurposed. Phase I of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail is underway, work is being done in the so-called Gaslight District, and other initiatives are becoming a reality.  “Fourteen years ago, Mayor [Richard] Sullivan showed me his plan for the city, and I saw what the future could be,” said Knapik, adding that this action plan and its prospects for becoming reality led him to seek election to the City Council, where he held a seat from 2001 to 2009 ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    13. Mason Square early childhood center plan moving ahead in Springfield

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      Mason Square early childhood center plan moving ahead in Springfield

      The Early Childhood Center, which will house up to 14 pre-kindergarten classrooms, is one of five programs in Massachusetts sharing a total of $60 million from the preschool development expansion grant initiated by the Obama administration. In December when the grants were announced, Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick said research clearly shows that "students who are exposed to quality early education, enter kindergarten poised for greater success than those who have not had that opportunity."

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. University of Massachusetts Medical School to open Springfield campus

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      University of Massachusetts Medical School to open Springfield campus

      In a move to increase the number of physicians in the state and improve health care here, the University of Massachusetts Medical School is expanding its footprint into Western Massachusetts. The commonwealth's only public medical school, in conjunction with Baystate Health and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will open a regional clinical campus in Springfield. It will focus on training future physicians in the much-needed areas of rural and urban primary care, and be known as UMMS-Baystate Health. Besides its neighborhood clinics and other outpatient facilities, Baystate has four area hospitals with plans to acquire a fifth, Noble in ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    15. State awards $4.48 million to school turnaround efforts in Springfield, Worcester

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      State awards $4.48 million to school turnaround efforts in Springfield, Worcester

      The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded $4.48 million, in total, to three Springfield middle schools and a Worcester school that teaches preschool through grade six. The schools to receive funding are: Elm Park Community School in Worcester, $1,300,000; Duggan Middle School in Springfield, $1,065,000; Springfield's Van Sickle Middle School, $1,060,000; and Forest Park Middle School in Springfield, $1,055,000.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. UMass President Robert Caret announces $1.7 million in grants to UMass faculty

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      UMass President Robert Caret announces $1.7 million in grants to UMass faculty

      University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret announced the awarding of $1.17 million in grants to UMass faculty members at all five campuses. The awards fund work ranging from a project that will see faculty members engage with industry partners in the development of a big data research center in Amherst, to a project aimed at bringing local history to life for Lawrence school children, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    17. Fresh Start program gives struggling Springfield students a chance to succeed, give back

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      Fresh Start program gives struggling Springfield students a chance to succeed, give back

      Faith Marrero, 17, has always dreamed of becoming a pediatrician. But over the years, life got challenging and she was left homeless, struggling to maintain relationships with her parents and make it through high school. "I was so behind on credits I never thought I would make it through high school, let alone get into college," said Marrero. On Wednesday night, she will graduate from the Springfield High School of Science and Technology and go on to American International College where she has received a $44,000 scholarship. She will study biology with the hopes of becoming a pediatrician or ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    18. UMass, Jawaharial Nehru University climate change collaboration strengthens both institutions, research

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      UMass, Jawaharial Nehru University climate change collaboration strengthens both institutions, research

      It's not atypical for a University of Massachusetts researcher to collaborate with another university, but what makes the gathering this week between researchers here and from Jawaharlal Nehru University is the scope. "This is a new initiative for us," said Jack Ahearn, vice provost of International Programs. "Historically what we have done is have collaborations between faculty members with international universities one-on-one."

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    19. LightHouse receives $125K donation, signs 10-year lease for downtown Holyoke building

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      LightHouse receives $125K donation, signs 10-year lease for downtown Holyoke building

      LightHouse is an alternative education program that will offer students an individualized learning opportunity during their teenage years. The founders are Catherine Gobron, the current program director of North Star: Self Directed Learning for Teens, and Josiah Litant, an education consultant who formerly worked in the dean of students office at Hampshire College.

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Holyoke

    20. Bay Path University names former Patrick administration adviser Elizabeth Cardona to multi-cultural post

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      Bay Path University names former Patrick administration adviser Elizabeth Cardona to multi-cultural post

      Elizabeth Cardona, of Springfield, is joining Bay Path University as executive director for multicultural affairs, international student life and assistant to provost for diversity and inclusion, the university announced Thursday. Cardona's duties will include outreach, retention, advocacy and support for the needs of first-generation and underrepresented minority students at Bay Path, according to a statement issued by the Longmeadow school. In the role, she will offer academic assistance, mentoring, coaching and leadership programs aimed at promoting multicultural awareness, diversity and inclusion to advance the mission of Bay Path University.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield College   Springfield

    21. Springfield teachers among best and brightest: Guest viewpoint

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      Springfield teachers among best and brightest: Guest viewpoint

      Last week, I had the awesome privilege of attending the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Excellence in Teaching Awards Dinner at the Log Cabin. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. A Springfield school principal remarked to me upon my arrival, "This is the Oscars of the teaching community!" She was exactly right. I was amazed at the talent of the men and women in that room who are leaders and, dare I say, public servants in education. A number of cities and school districts were recognized and honored, including but not limited to Holyoke, Palmer, East Longmeadow ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    22. UMass announces new scholarship program for community college honors students

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      UMass announces new scholarship program for community college honors students

      UMass has participated in transfer programs that encourage students to take advantage of lower cost of community colleges while completing their degrees at the flagship campus but this is the first time it has provided money to help. According to the press release, UMass is making an initial commitment of about $360,000 on an annual basis by 2016. If successful, it would increase those contributions while seeking support from alumni and foundations to increase the number of scholarships available.  "I congratulate UMass Amherst on this visionary program which supports our Commonwealth's distinguished students," said Massachusetts Secretary of Education ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    23. Marketing of Russian robot gets help from Western New England University students | masslive.com

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      Marketing of Russian robot gets help from Western New England University students | masslive.com

      This semester, Manolakis and fellow senior marketing major Matt O'Connor, of Westfield, teamed up to prepare a marketing and launch campaign for XTurion and founder Sergey Kolyubin.  They did so via teleconference, Kolyubin on a screen looking at a Western New England University classroom with Manolakis, O'Connor, marketing professor Harlan E. Spotts as well as John Garvey, president of Garvey Communications Associates Inc., and entrepreneur Dan Koval of HeadsUp Design Co., based in Housatonic.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Westfield

    24. Hitchcock Center celebrates groundbreaking at Hampshire College

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      Hitchcock Center celebrates groundbreaking at Hampshire College

      With the Hitchcock Center groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon at Hampshire College, the center has now launched an overall fundraising campaign to complete funding for the 9,000 square-foot project. The Building For the Future campaign has raised $4.6 million of the $5.8 million project cost. And now the center is asking the community at large to donate. A group of donors will match all donations given or pledged between now and May 31, of up to $100,000

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst

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