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    1. Former Springfield special education teacher and principal create award for students attending alternative programs

      Former Springfield special education teacher and principal create award for students attending alternative programs

      A former special education teacher and a principal have teamed up to create an award that would benefit students who attend alternative programs in Springfield Public Schools. It’s called the ‘Fresh Start Award,’ and it was created by Dr. Latoya Bosworth and Principal Sharonda Hector, both from the Springfield Public School system. Dr. Bosworth says the award is to honor the memory of Camry Starks, a student of hers in alternative programming who was murdered last year.

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    2. Springfield WORKS awarded $400K for at-risk youth programs

      Springfield WORKS awarded $400K for at-risk youth programs

      The Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) has awarded $400,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant to Springfield WORKS. The funding will help programs that identify and support at-risk children and youth in Springfield, and provide needed social services as well as career and technical education, and substance abuse recovery and prevention services.

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    3. STCC to host back to business career fair

      STCC to host back to business career fair

      Springfield Technical Community College will be hosting a back to business and transfer fair Wednesday for their students, alumni, and friends of the college who are searching for their next career move. There will be opportunities to connect with companies around the area looking for people seeking employment. Attendees will also have a chance to meet with four-year colleges and universities to discuss their transfer options. The event will be held from 10 Wednesday morning to 12:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Student Learning Commons on the S-T-C-C campus. Masks will be required.

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    4. Governor Baker to celebrate Make Ready Program in Holyoke

      Governor Baker to celebrate Make Ready Program in Holyoke

      Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited western Massachusetts Thursday to celebrate the Make Ready Program. The program is working to expand last-mile broadband internet access. Both Baker and Polito attended the event Thursday morning at the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center on 100 Bigelow Street in Holyoke.

       

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    5. Baker-Polito Administration Launches Hiring and Training Grant Program for Employers

      Baker-Polito Administration Launches Hiring and Training Grant Program for Employers

      The Baker-Polito administration launched a new hiring and training grant program for employers. The program, HireNow, will help employers quickly hire and train new workers and get more people back to work. It provides eligible employers with a $4,000-per-employee grant, which can be used to cover training costs or as a signing bonus for new employees. By providing employers with these flexible funds to facilitate quick hiring, the administration is focusing on addressing continued hiring challenges faced by employers and increasing labor-force participation. Employers can learn more about the program and apply at www.mass.gov/hirenow.

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    6. Springfield establishes $12M ARPA Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund

      Springfield establishes $12M ARPA Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund

       The new ARPA Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund will go towards neighborhood improvements and addressing the impacts brought on by the pandemic but Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said this will take communities a step further. “Businesses, institutions, core neighborhood life… and this is not just to have you recover, I want you to thrive,” Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a press conference at Springfield City Hall on Thursday.

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    7. High School Career Fair 2022

      High School Career Fair 2022

      At our annual Career Expo and Job Fair, students in grade 11 from Westfield High School and Westfield Technical Academy have the opportunity for career exploration and are able to broaden their outlook on specific career pathways. Students may also find potential job shadows, internships, cooperative education placements, and other employment opportunities. Representation from a variety of sectors and industries is a priority for WE2BA, so please scan the QR code on our poster or click on the link below to be a part of this exciting event.  There is no cost to participate.

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    8. STCC partners with AMR to offer EMT training

      STCC partners with AMR to offer EMT training

      In partnership with American Medical Response Inc. (AMR), Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer a free EMT training course starting Tuesday. “The workforce right now is hurting for EMTs and paramedics so it benefits AMR not only to sponsor students to become EMTs but then in return, they work for us when they become EMTs to help us with that workforce shortage,” said Emily Chandler, manager of the EMS program.

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    9. Western New England University Debuts Oscar Sort Intuitive Trash Robot

      Western New England University Debuts Oscar Sort Intuitive Trash Robot

      Western New England University (WNE) is the first U.S. institution of higher education to feature Oscar Sort, an AI-driven, intuitive, trash-sorting robot. This intuitive robot educates the campus community at the point of recycling and disposal and helps them to better understand how waste is measured, reduced, and eventually eliminated. Oscar Sort is a signature product of Intuitive AI, a startup company founded by two students at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Oscar uses a display screen and AI camera to identify recycling from trash and instructs users which bin to use when disposing of waste.

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    10. MassDevelopment’s $106.7 Million Bond Catapults Springfield College Projects

      MassDevelopment’s $106.7 Million Bond Catapults Springfield College Projects

      MassDevelopment has issued a $106,675,000 tax-exempt bond on behalf of Springfield College, which will use proceeds to fund several capital projects. The college will use $45,095,000 to build and equip a new environmentally friendly and sustainable, 76,000-square-foot health sciences building; this portion of the financing received the Green Bond designation by Kestrel Verifiers, which are approved verifiers accredited by the Climate Bonds Initiative. The college will use the remaining proceeds to build an academic quad and campus pavilion; renovate classrooms, residence halls, administrative buildings, and the existing health sciences building; improve a steam-plant facility; upgrade ...

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    11. Exciting news from Bay Path University's MS in Cybersecurity program!

      Exciting news from Bay Path University's MS in Cybersecurity program!

      Increasingly we are learning that cyber threats are posing serious challenges to businesses and governments. Today, the need for cybersecurity professionals far outpaces the supply. In response, Bay Path University has added new, career-focused concentrations to its MS in Cybersecurity program! These new concentrations include Cyber Defense, Digital Forensics, and Generalist

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    12. Welcome to HCC Careers

      Welcome to HCC Careers

      You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the 'Apply' link! After viewing the Job Description, click the 'Apply' tab. If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password.

      Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for a position, you must create an on-line application. Your skills, abilities, qualifications, and years of experience will be evaluated using only what is recorded on your application. Please note: attaching a resume does not substitute ...

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    13. Holyoke Community College’s STEM Scholarship Deadline Is Jan. 7

      Holyoke Community College’s STEM Scholarship Deadline Is Jan. 7

      Students enrolled full-time in chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, physics, or other STEM fields at Holyoke Community College (HCC) have until Friday, Jan. 7 to apply for a National Science Foundation scholarship of up to $10,000 per year. 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. New and current HCC students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the spring 2022 semester is the end of the day on Jan. 7.

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    14. Governor Signs $4 Billion Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding Spending Bill

      Governor Signs $4 Billion Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding Spending Bill

      Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $4 billion spending plan on Monday to support continued recovery across key priority areas, making substantial investments in housing and home ownership, healthcare, workforce development, premium pay for essential workers, and infrastructure. The funding, first proposed by the Baker-Polito administration in June, will put to work a portion of the Commonwealth’s direct federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). “The pandemic has had a significant impact on Massachusetts workers, families, communities, and businesses for nearly two years, and today’s signing directs billions of dollars in relief toward those hardest hit across ...

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    15. HCC Culinary Arts Program Ranked Among Best in U.S.

      HCC Culinary Arts Program Ranked Among Best in U.S.

      The Culinary Arts program at Holyoke Community College (HCC) has been ranked among the best in the U.S., according to Best Choice Schools, an online college resource guide. HCC placed 50th among the Best Culinary Schools in America for 2021, a list that also includes such esteemed institutions as the Culinary Institute of America, which has branches in New York, California, and Texas. HCC’s culinary program ranked third in New England after Johnson & Wales in Providence, R.I., and Southern Maine Community College in Portland.

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    16. HCC Jump Start Program Earns National Recognition

      HCC Jump Start Program Earns National Recognition

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) has been named a finalist for a national Bellwether Award in recognition of Jump Start, the college’s job-training and placement program for people who receive public assistance. HCC was one of 10 U.S. colleges selected as a finalist by the Bellwether College Consortium in its Workforce Development category, which identifies strategic alliances that promote community and economic development. Bellwether finalists represent leading community colleges whose programs and practices are considered outstanding and innovative. The Bellwether Awards are widely regarded as one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious recognition for community colleges.

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    17. Western New England University Offers New MS Program in Pharmacogenomics

      Western New England University Offers New MS Program in Pharmacogenomics

      The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Western New England University (WNE) announced a new master of science degree in pharmacogenomics degree starting in the fall of 2022. Pharmacogenomics is a fast-growing field that helps medical practitioners prescribe personalized treatment plans to patients based on how they may respond to medications due to their DNA sequence. Pharmacogenomics supports personalized or precision medicine, which explores a patient’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle as a way to craft a treatment plan that will best suit the patient. The goal of this modern approach to medication therapy is to limit adverse effects ...

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    18. WNE Center for Social Justice to Present Director of ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project

      WNE Center for Social Justice to Present Director of ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project

      The Western New England University (WNE) School of Law’s Center for Social Justice and Springfield Public Forum will present an interview with Ria Tabacco Mar, director of ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. as part of the Center for Social Justice’s Gervino-Ward LGBTQ+ Speaker Series, which provides a venue for conversations about legal issues significant to the LGBTQ+ community. The virtual event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for this event is required by clicking here.

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    19. Bay Path University to Celebrate 125 Years of Career-focused Learning

      Bay Path University to Celebrate 125 Years of Career-focused Learning

      Bay Path University announced the kickoff of a yearlong celebration, marking its 125th year of providing workforce-aligned, career-focused education. Throughout 2022-23, the university will explore its unique history and share goals for the future through the theme “Reimagine: Possibility,” which will highlight Bay Path’s evolution from a local business institute to an innovative university serving diverse populations of learners across the country.

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    20. Teach Western Mass offers programs to diversify the education workforce

      Teach Western Mass offers programs to diversify the education workforce

      Licensed educators in Holyoke and Springfield are being offered a certified program to help develop a culturally relevant curriculum for students in the region’s highest-need schools. Teach Western Mass has launched an official licensure one-year program for aspiring educators and licensed educators to excel at building relationships and connecting with students, by developing curriculum that is culturally relevant. The program also provides support to help teachers find jobs and excel in a classroom setting.

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    21. STCC awarded $130-K workforce development grant

      STCC awarded $130-K workforce development grant

      The state Department of Higher Education has awarded Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) $130,000 a Training Resources and Internships Network (TRAIN) grant. The money will be used to help people who are under- or unemployed train for careers in healthcare services. “This grant will allow STCC to train 50 people through an in-person non-credit program in four skills and critical roles that are in high demand throughout the Pioneer Valley: memory care, home health aide, CPR and certified nursing assistant,” said Gladys Franco, assistant vice president of Workforce Development at STCC.

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    22. Springfield College, UMass Law Launch Accelerated Law Degree Program

      Springfield College, UMass Law Launch Accelerated Law Degree Program

      Springfield College and the University of Massachusetts Law School – Dartmouth have finalized a 3+3 agreement that will create new, accelerated opportunities for Springfield College students to attain a law degree. As part of the agreement, Springfield College pre-law students will spend three years working toward their undergraduate degree before enrolling at UMass Law, where they will begin taking law courses that fulfill their remaining undergraduate requirements while beginning their legal education.

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