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    1. UMass chosen as lead institution in $75 million federal initiative

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      UMass chosen as lead institution in $75 million federal initiative

      The U.S. Department of Defense has named the University of Massachusetts as the lead institution in New England for its national Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The $75 million federal initiative is aimed at creating a competitive, effective and sustainable research-to-manufacturing collaboration between U.S. industry and academia to solve problems in advanced manufacturing, according to a UMass press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    2. USDA officials impressed with Chinese Charter school program in Hadley

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      USDA officials impressed with Chinese Charter school program in Hadley

      Without a $10.6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School would not be in the position to teach more students or offer the kinds of programs it will begin offering next week in the new classroom building. On Thursday, school officials gave a tour to USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah and state director for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Scott Soares among others to show them what their rural development loan has paid for.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    3. Holyoke, Springfield Technical community colleges to receive $5.5 million from state for building renovations | masslive.com

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      Holyoke, Springfield Technical community colleges to receive $5.5 million from state for building renovations | masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker held a press conference outside of the campus center to announce that two area community colleges will receive $5.5 million for capital projects. HCC will be given $2.5 million and $3 million will go to Springfield Technical Community College.  The funds are apart of the Baker administration capital investment plan.  Baker recently attended a meeting with other governors from across the nation and to discuss issues affecting their states. During discussions, over half the governors - Baker included - said the most important issue currently is a skills gap.

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    4. Developing skilled workers priority of Holyoke manufacturing board advising Mayor Alex Morse | masslive.com

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      Developing skilled workers priority of Holyoke manufacturing board advising Mayor Alex Morse | masslive.com

      Ensuring that a pipeline of skilled workers flows to meet manufacturers' needs is the focus of the new chairman of a board that advises the mayor, he said Tuesday (Aug. 25).  'Just as many manufacturing companies have had to adapt to the changing economy, I think we have to take a close look at how industrialists engage with the city, our schools and other community partners to be more proactive in meeting our workforce development needs,' said Steven Grande, president of Meridian Industrial Group here.

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    5. $3.4 million going to Springfield schools improvements

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      $3.4 million going to Springfield schools improvements

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Monday led a group of city leaders and members of the media on a tour of several city schools to highlight $3.4 million worth of renovations the buildings are undergoing – including, new windows, roofs, doors, boilers and a remodeled auditorium at the John F. Kennedy Middle School. During a press conference and tour at Kennedy, Sarno said the latest improvements continue an aggressive push by the city and School Superintendent Daniel Warwick to tap funds from the Massachusetts School Building Management Authority to upgrade existing schools and build new ones – an effort resulting in ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    6. UMass 'University Without Walls' offers informational session in Springfield

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      UMass 'University Without Walls' offers informational session in Springfield

      Anyone looking to complete their bachelor's degree while managing work and family is encouraged to attend an informational session to learn more about the University of Massachusetts "University Without Walls" program.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    7. Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative featured in report on initiatives that spur economic growth in low-income areas

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      Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative featured in report on initiatives that spur economic growth in low-income areas

      The report heralds Wellspring co-founders and economists Emily Kawano and Frederic Rose for their work over the past two years, particularly their launch of the Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative in Dec. 2013. "Wellspring's progenitors were not philanthropists or anchor executives but dedicated activists who proceeded along a path of research, coalition- and consensus-building, securing foundation support, and developing the businesses," the report reads.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    8. Holyoke to present illuminated 'Arrivals' public art installation

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      Holyoke to present illuminated 'Arrivals' public art installation

      An illuminated work of public art that celebrates the arrivals of city residents will be unveiled Wednesday (Aug. 19) at 4:30 p.m. under the Mosher Street Rail Bridge. "The project consists of a 30-foot-long glowing wall of light that depicts a historic scene of Main Street in Holyoke, punctuated by three vertical light boxes containing excerpts of local stories of arrival to the city," said a press release Monday from the Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    9. Davis Educational Foundation Awards Grant to Bay Path University

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      Bay Path University was awarded a $10,000 presidential grant for a study with the four other private institutions of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield on investigating collaborative purchasing to reduce expenses. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Stanton’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets Inc.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    10. Springfield Cooperative Preschool is Now Enrolling! | Springfield Public Schools

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      Springfield Cooperative Preschool is Now Enrolling! | Springfield Public Schools

      The Springfield Public Schools, Square One, YMCA Early Learning Center and HCS Head Start, Inc. will be hosting a NEW cooperative preschool program. This program is open to children living in Springfield who have not had an opportunity to attend a preschool before, who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and whose family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The program will be offered full days, year-round and is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2015. There is no cost to parents. Transportation is NOT provided.

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    11. Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

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      Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

      Dramatic changes are expected to take place in the field of healthcare and the way it is delivered over the next five years. But graduates from local colleges should be well prepared to fill the needs of regional employers, thanks to the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Mass., an arm of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, or REB.  “Our partners come together to think through strategies to respond to ever-changing workforce needs,” said David Cruise, the REB’s president and CEO. “Part of the challenge is to be forward-thinking, innovative, and able to anticipate and balance supply versus ...

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    12. 4 charter schools proposed for Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer area towns

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      4 charter schools proposed for Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer area towns

      The state has received 10 applications for new charter schools, including three requests from Western Massachusetts to open schools in Springfield, Chicopee and one that would serve residents of towns including Palmer, Brimfield, Brookfield and Sturbridge.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Chicopee

    13. REB Receives Grant from PeoplesBank to Support Talk/Read/Succeed

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      REB Receives Grant from PeoplesBank to Support Talk/Read/Succeed

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB) received a $2,500 grant award from PeoplesBank to support the work of the Talk/Read/ Succeed (TRS) program. Talk/Read/Succeed is a place-based holistic program and currently serves 150 low- to moderate-income families at two Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) developments in Springfield. The goal of TRS is to have all children enter kindergarten ready to learn and go on to read proficiently by fourth grade. The $2,500 grant award is part of PeoplesBank’s Community Care Program and will be used to support parent-education programs at the SHA sites ...

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    14. 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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    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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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