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    1. HCC’s Christina Royal Appointed to Regional, National Boards

      HCC’s Christina Royal Appointed to Regional, National Boards

      Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal has been appointed to the board of directors of the United Way of Pioneer Valley and the American Assoc. of Community Colleges’ Commission on College Readiness. Her appointment to the United Way board was unanimously approved at the regional nonprofit’s 95th-anniversary celebration and annual meeting on May 31. She began her three-year term on July 1.

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    2. Elms College Offers New Business-focused Degree-completion Options

      Elms College Offers New Business-focused Degree-completion Options

      Elms College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership announced new bachelor’s degree completion programs that will prepare students for success in the worlds of entrepreneurship, accounting, and management and marketing. Business has long been an exciting career option. Startups were beginning to resurge in the U.S. in 2015, but the need for more entrepreneurs is vital to economic growth and job creation, according to a Kaufman Foundation survey. A 2014 Forbes survey found that 90% of startups fail, and 42% said the reason they fail is a lack of market need for their products. Elms is looking to make business-degree ...

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    3. Springfield students rack up the summer reading minutes, as part of program to increase...

      Springfield students rack up the summer reading minutes, as part of program to increase...

      Molly Goren-Watts of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission recently tested the children of the South End Community Center Summer Program on their math and reading skills. And she learned in the past three weeks, the children had read for a total of 222,000 minutes, so they don't let learning slip during the summer. The total will be updated in another three weeks. About 11,000 students are taking part in the program which was promoted by Sally Fuller, project director of Reading Success by 4th Grade, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Allison Gearing Kalill of Brightside ...

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    4. Bay Path, Girls Inc. of Holyoke Partner for STEM Summer Event

      Bay Path, Girls Inc. of Holyoke Partner for STEM Summer Event

      A group of 15 second-year students from Girls Inc. of Holyoke will participate in “Eureka! Too Fast, Too Furious: the Physics of Car Racing” at Bay Path University today, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by Bay Path faculty and students, participants from Girls Inc. will have the opportunity to perform hands-on scientific activities and take a tour of campus. They will learn about what Bay Path University has to offer and how it differs from other universities they have been exposed to.

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    5. Partnership Connects Incoming STCC Students to Career Pathways

      Partnership Connects Incoming STCC Students to Career Pathways

      They just graduated from high school and will start college this fall, but these five teenagers are not kicking back and taking it easy this summer. They are enrolled in an eight-week nurse’s aide certification program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) that is tied to an internship program through Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP). Thanks to the STCC-BSEP partnership, Springfield residents Rumbila Abdullahi, Julia Hong, Genesis Medina, Anderson Nguyen, and Suraji Omoru are gaining the kind of experience they say will make them stand out as they work toward careers in healthcare.

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    6. STEM Starter Academy students build suspension bridge at Springfield Technical Community...

      STEM Starter Academy students build suspension bridge at Springfield Technical Community...

      STCC is dedicated to investing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) research, education, job and workforce development to meet the critical needs of employers in these fields. The kickoff event invited students to use hands on skills to build a suspension bridge using the skills they've learned so far in the classroom. Joseph Denesha, a 2014 STEM Starter Academy graduate explained the program allows first-year college students a jumpstart for their first semester on campus by taking classes, receiving tutoring and coaching, attending field trips, meeting guest speakers and taking advantage of hands-on experiences through activities like these.

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    7. Springfield Technical Community College honored home health aide graduates

      Springfield Technical Community College honored home health aide graduates

      Eighteen people recently were certified as home health aides at Springfield Technical Community College, the last group to graduate under a state-funded training program. The graduates are highly sought after by employers, according to Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs at STCC. "It is one of the highest-demand occupations not only in the Springfield area, but throughout the commonwealth," Rodriguez said in a statement.

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    8. Springfield Technical Community College announces 4 new transfer programs

      Springfield Technical Community College announces 4 new transfer programs

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) announced four new transfer programs that will be offered at the institution this fall, a move that will help make the transfer process for a bachelor's degree more affordable. The four new programs are Communication and Digital Media Transfer, Criminal Justice Transfer, Early Childhood Education and Human Services/Social Work.

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    9. Harry Dumay Takes Helm as 11th President of Elms College

      Harry Dumay Takes Helm as 11th President of Elms College

      Harry Dumay, who boasts a long and distinguished career in higher education, officially took the helm of Elms College as its 11th president on July 1. “I am excited to start my presidency at Elms College,” Dumay said. “The board of trustees has put together a fantastic transition team, which has been working diligently during the past few months to make it possible for me to hit the ground running. I am eager to partner with the faculty, the staff, and the student body as we advance the work of making an excellent Catholic higher education accessible to a diversity ...

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    10. Stand for Children Massachusetts literacy information sessions aim to improve state's...

      Stand for Children Massachusetts literacy information sessions aim to improve state's...

      In an effort to get students reading at grade level, Stand for Children Massachusetts is hosting literacy information sessions for parents and teachers across the state this summer. "Despite having some of the best schools in the country, too many Massachusetts children can't read at grade level, and this has lifelong consequences," said Ranjini Govender, executive director of Stand for Children Massachusetts, an organization that focuses on education including literacy, family engagement and more.

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    11. East Longmeadow insurance brokerage grants scholarships to central and Western Mass. students

      East Longmeadow insurance brokerage grants scholarships to central and Western Mass. students

      Continuing a 30-year tradition, the East Longmeadow branch of a global insurance brokerage presented scholarships to five graduating high school seniors from central and Western Massachusetts. All five recipients of the scholarships given out by HUB International New England, a division of HUB International Ltd., plan to enter college this year and study business, as per the scholarship guidelines, a statement from HUB International New England says. Students were offered the scholarships based on their schools' recommendation.

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    12. STCC offers $222,500 to purchase city lots for expanded student parking

      STCC offers $222,500 to purchase city lots for expanded student parking

      Springfield Technical Community Center has offered to buy a string of tax-foreclosed properties on upper Worthington Street from the city for $222,500 under a proposal to convert the site to student parking. The proposal, which was submitted by the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation in response to the city's advertisement for proposals, was the sole proposal received by the city by the June 20 deadline.

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    13. Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 Week Training Program

      Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 Week Training Program

      We are getting ready to start our next Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 week training program and I am again looking for guest speakers to come into the classroom as well as locations that would like to invite us to a site visit.  The last class was very successful with six of the eight already employed and all with our partners that have been participating in these opportunities.  

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    14. Healthy Development Initiative to Host Open House, Family Fun Day

      The Healthy Development Initiative, a community-focused research, education, and outreach program led by UMass Amherst faculty, will host its annual open house on Friday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. and a family fun day for families with infants and young children on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events will be held at the UMass Center at Springfield. The public is invited to attend either or both events and learn more about the initiative, which is aimed at understanding and promoting the psychological and physical health and well-being of children, adolescents ...

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    15. Asnuntuck Community College opens state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Enfield (photos)

      Asnuntuck Community College opens state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Enfield (photos)

      Asnuntuck Community College and the state of Connecticut rolled out a figurative red carpet Monday to students from Connecticut and Massachusetts interested in manufacturing careers and the training it takes to get those jobs. The college, located about nine miles from Springfield at 170 Elm St. in Enfield, hosted Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at its new 27,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

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    16. Online-based program helping Holyoke students with laptops, video, 'gamification,' open house scheduled

      Online-based program helping Holyoke students with laptops, video, 'gamification,' open house scheduled

      An open house will be held this week about an "innovative" online-based school program called P3 or Personalized Pathways Program. The open house will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Peck Full Service Community School, 1916 Northampton St. The program features students using Google Chromebook laptops and other technology with methods that help them learn skills at their own pace, according to a press release and information online. It began in September at Peck. This year, 90 students with four teachers are involved in the program, said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver in charge of ...

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    17. National literacy group recognizes Springfield for education advances

      National literacy group recognizes Springfield for education advances

      For its efforts to improve childhood education standards, Springfield was recognized Friday with an All-America City Award from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at the organization's awards ceremony in Denver. The award is based on a "track record of success that includes reductions in the city's rates of chronic absence and summer learning loss, and an 11 percent increase in 2015-16 in third grade reading proficiency," the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading said in a statement. Springfield was one of 15 communities nationwide recognized with the award.

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    18. Eastern States Exposition hires new director for Storrowton Village Museum

      Eastern States Exposition hires new director for Storrowton Village Museum

      Eastern States Exposition has named Jessica K. Fontaine as the new director of the Storrowton Village Museum. The Chicopee resident is a lifelong supporter and volunteer at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. Fontaine has been an "integral volunteer" at Storrowton for almost 20 years, according to ESE officials, who said her history with the village stretches back to when her grandmother, Betty Kaeding, began volunteering there in the early 1990s. Kaeding would dress the young Fontaine in authentic-looking period costumes and bring her to events at Storrowton.

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    19. HCC Gateway to College Program Graduates Largest Class Ever

      HCC Gateway to College Program Graduates Largest Class Ever

      Holyoke Community College’s (HCC) award-winning Gateway to College program graduated the largest class in its nine-year history June 6, presenting certificates to 33 high-school students who have been taking college courses at HCC. Those students will now collect their diplomas from eight area high schools: Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Palmer, Longmeadow, Agawam, Minnechaug, and Belchertown. Among them, the students also amassed a total of 372 transferable college credits, or enough to fulfill the requirements for more than six associate degrees. “What you achieved is nothing short of miraculous,” said Mark Guglielmo, the Gateway Fine Arts instructor and the keynote speaker ...

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    20. High school student interns in STEM fields offer foundation for economic growth to region...

      High school student interns in STEM fields offer foundation for economic growth to region...

      Despite being a small business, Palmer's Creative Material Technologies is home to a strong high school student internship program. During the past few years, the company has hosted close to a dozen interns that perform high-level work in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. High school student interns at Creative Material Technologies solve challenges for clients, such as determining new ways to generate electricity from waste heat. They also support business development by completing market analyses for product launches and providing mathematical modeling for new projects. At the same time, interns bring immeasurable energy, ideas ...

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    21. Horace Smith Fund Awards $216,000 to Area Students

      Horace Smith Fund Awards $216,000 to Area Students

      On Thursday, June 15, the Horace Smith Fund will hold its 118th corporators’ meeting and scholarship awards ceremony at the Carriage House at Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield for recipients, their parents and school counselors, and corporators. Wayne Webster, chair of the board of trustees, announced that there will be 18 scholarship recipients and three fellowship recipients this year. “Providing that students maintain at least a B average in college, each scholarship provides a total of $10,000 over four years, and each fellowship provides $12,000 over three years. Therefore, the Horace Smith Fund is happy to be able ...

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    22. UMass Awards $735,000 in Science and Technology Grants

      Three UMass Amherst campus research initiatives are among nine projects across the five-campus system that are sharing $735,000 in grants from the President’s Science & Technology (S&T) Initiatives Fund. Announced by UMass President Marty Meehan, the projects showcase a range of cutting-edge faculty research being conducted across the UMass system, from enhancing clean-energy technologies to developing materials that can autonomously release drugs and precisely target tumors.

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