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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. Baystate Medical Center preps to open Springfield school; looks to enroll 25 for fall 2017

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      Baystate Medical Center preps to open Springfield school; looks to enroll 25 for fall 2017

      Doctors of the future won't begin Baystate Health's new medical school until August of 2017. But Baystate's doctors of the present will soon — probably in the next few weeks, and definitely before September — start combing through 600 or more applications, said Dr. Andrew W. Artenstein, regional executive dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate and chief physician executive and chief academic officer for Baystate Health.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    8. GCC Survey Uncovers What Area Employers Value Most in Hires

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      GCC Survey Uncovers What Area Employers Value Most in Hires

      What skills and knowledge do Pioneer Valley employers look for in their recent hires? That was the focus of a spring 2016 survey conducted by Greenfield Community College (GCC). More than 125 businesses, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and schools weighed in on the college-learning outcomes they value the most.  The survey, modeled after a national study conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Assoc. of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), was sent to Pioneer Valley employers on the member lists of the Franklin County, Greater Northampton, and Amherst Area chambers of commerce. It presented 17 distinct skill and knowledge ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Amherst   Northampton

    9. Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Top 50 Nursing Schools in New England

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      Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Top 50 Nursing Schools in New England

      American International College has been named one of the top 50 nursing schools in New England. The research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on more than 3,200 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States with just 10% making the final list. The New England rankings included Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    10. Brightside Books for Kids to distribute 2,000 children's books to Springfield children

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      Brightside Books for Kids to distribute 2,000 children's books to Springfield children

      Brightside for Families and Children, part of the Sisters of Providence Health System, will be distributing up to 2,000 free children's books this summer in a new program named Brightside Books for Kids. The kick-off event was held on Wednesday at Brookings School with representatives of Brightside for Families and Children, Pride Stations and Stores and Reading Success by 4th grade.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System   Robert Bolduc

    11. Western New England clinic looks for small biz owners needing help

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      Western New England clinic looks for small biz owners needing help

      The Western New England University Small Business Legal Clinic is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking legal assistance for the fall 2016 semester, according to a news release. Under faculty supervision, law students assist clients with legal issues including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues relating to trademark applications and copyright. This is a free service available to local businesses that would not otherwise have the resources to obtain these types of services.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    12. New Westfield State Leader Is Focused on Student Success

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      New Westfield State Leader Is Focused on Student Success

      Ramon Torrecilha took the helm at Westfield State University in late January. Well before he arrived, he understood that the school and its many constituencies were poised to move forward and get to the next level. Since arriving, he’s only become more convinced that the institution is ready to make a positive leap. The challenge ahead is taking the ambitious goals that the school has put down on paper and making them reality.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Westfield

    13. United Way Teams Up with Peter Pan, Six Flags to Stuff the Bus

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      United Way Teams Up with Peter Pan, Six Flags to Stuff the Bus

      United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will launch the annual Stuff the Bus campaign with a press-conference event on Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. outside the Target store at the Holyoke Mall. The campaign will collect new school supplies from July 29 through Aug. 16. The supplies will be distributed in new backpacks to children who are homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield, and South Hadley. “Many children in our community facing homelessness don’t have the tools needed to excel in school. We want to make sure that these students begin ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   West Springfield   Six Flags New England

    14. Asnuntuck CC breaks ground for new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center | masslive.com

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      Asnuntuck CC breaks ground for new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center | masslive.com

      Asnuntuck Community College ceremonially broke ground last week for its 27,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center building.  The facility will include smart classrooms, along with computer, 3-D printer, CNC machining and metrology laboratories, according to a news release.  The new building, coupled with the existing space, will result in a total of 50,000 square feet of dedicated space for the Advanced Manufacturing Technology department.

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    15. Plug in to STCC's Electrical Training Program

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      Plug in to STCC's Electrical Training Program

       Springfield Technical Community College will offer an electrical apprenticeship program with four levels of classes beginning Sept. 13. All apprentices who enter the trade must complete 600 hours of classroom instruction. Each of the four courses consists of 168 classroom hours, and completion of the four classes will meet the requirement of the Massachusetts Board of Electrical Examiners, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    16. Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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      Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Isiah Odunlami is an accountant by trade, currently handling audit and tax work for Springfield-based Moriarty & Primack. He enjoys the work, and, like most in this field, finds the ability to help clients grasp issues and solve specific problems quite rewarding. But while he’s obviously an accomplished ‘numbers guy,’ ‘bean counter,’ or whatever else one chooses to call those in this field, he believes he has other talents — as a leader, role model, and motivator. He’s done a few motivational talks, including some before young people in his hometown of Providence, R.I., and recently pieced together a ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Elms College

    17. UMass receives $870,000 grant to train nursing students to screen for drug and alcohol...

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      UMass receives $870,000 grant to train nursing students to screen for drug and alcohol...

      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the college an $870,000 grant to develop the training. Over 500 students are expected to participate over a three-year period. The project is one of only 12 to be funded nationally by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    18. State awards $1.2 million to Peck School in Holyoke to implement 'school transformation'

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      State awards $1.2 million to Peck School in Holyoke to implement 'school transformation'

      The state awarded Holyoke Public Schools $1.2 million in grant funding to redesign William R. Peck Full Service Community School. The funds may be used over a four-year period, which must include three years of implementation.  Peck was the subject of both criticism and several investigations this year after a report released by the Disability Law Center detailed pages of alleged abuse of students with disabilities.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    19. Westfield State University uses grant to transition to Farm-to-Fork Food Service program

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      Westfield State University uses grant to transition to Farm-to-Fork Food Service program

      Westfield State University will use a $250,000 grant to transition to a self-operated food services program with emphasis on purchasing from local and regional providers. The university has enlisted the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dining to assist the local transition using grant funding from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, WSU president Ramon S. Torrecilha announced in a release Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Amherst

    20. Partnership between MGM Springfield and Holyoke Community College paves way for free tuition for 50 Holyoke residents

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      Partnership between MGM Springfield and Holyoke Community College paves way for free tuition for 50 Holyoke residents

      Fifty Holyoke residents will be admitted at no charge to a new culinary program Holyoke Community College is establishing at the Cubit Building in a three-way agreement among the city, the college and MGM Springfield. Holyoke is getting $500,000 upfront from the $1.28 million in neighboring community impact payments Mayor Alex Morse negotiated to receive from MGM over the course of 15 years. Rory Casey, Morse's chief of staff, said Wednesday that the city has an agreement to turn over the $500,000 to HCC to help fund the culinary arts program so long as 50 Holyoke ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    21. AIC, New England Public Radio Announce Partnership

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      American International College (AIC) and New England Public Radio (NEPR) announced a new partnership intended to benefit students at the college and enhance coverage for NEPR. WAIC 91.9 FM has become the newest station to join the NEPR News Network, providing Hampden County with a 24-hour public-radio news service on the FM dial. New England Public Radio’s programming partners include National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International, among others, presenting programs like Morning Edition, Here & Now, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, On Point, and the BBC World Service.

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    22. Elms College Receives Nearly $300,000 Grant

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      Elms College Receives Nearly $300,000 Grant

      The College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a grant of $263,817 from the Davis Educational Foundation for the college’s new ASPIRE (Academic Success Program Impacting Retention and Engagement) program. Central to Elms College’s mission is a commitment to ensure educational success for all students, including those who are traditionally underserved. The main goal of ASPIRE is to help all students successfully finish their degrees by offering dedicated resources and support throughout their studies at Elms College. “ASPIRE is designed to provide the most critical resources for a comprehensive approach to student success,” said Joyce ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College

    23. Elms College, Western New England University School of Law announce 3+3 program

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      Elms College, Western New England University School of Law announce 3+3 program

       Elms College in Chicopee and the Western New England University School of Law in Springfield are set to announce later this month a "3+3" program that could allow students to complete a bachelor's degree and a law school education in six years instead of the typical seven. "This is trying to be more responsive to what students want," said Eric Gouvin, dean and professor of law at WNE. "This is ideal for the student whose life was interrupted — maybe they are coming back from active duty or they had to leave school — and they really want to get ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Western New England University   Springfield

    24. Robotics, iPads, museum trip funded by $11,000 grant from Friends of Holyoke Public Schools

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      Robotics, iPads, museum trip funded by $11,000 grant from Friends of Holyoke Public Schools

      Robotics, iPads and a trip to a science museum were among ways teachers used $11,000 in grants awarded by the Friends of Holyoke Public Schools. "We received a lot of great proposals this year from dedicated teachers aiming to further enrich the lives of their students," Christian Lachapelle, president of the group's board of directors, said Monday in a press release.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

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