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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. WNEU to Host Public Hearing on Clean Energy and Climate Change

      WNEU to Host Public Hearing on Clean Energy and Climate Change

      The Western New England University School of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs will host the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour presented by state Sen. Jim Welch and the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. The event will take place on Monday, June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Blake Law Center, J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room. The event is free and open to the public.

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    11. HCC President Christina Royal Appointed to Mass Tech Collaborative

      HCC President Christina Royal Appointed to Mass Tech Collaborative

      Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal has been appointed to the board of directors of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a nonprofit public agency that seeks to advance economic development through technological innovation, particularly in key industries such as healthcare, life sciences, information technology, nanotechnology, broadband deployment, and marine sciences. “Through its major divisions — the Innovation Institute, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute, and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute —Mass Tech brings together leaders from industry, government, and higher education to advance technology-based solutions that strengthen regional economies, improve the healthcare system, expand broadband access, and stimulate economic growth throughout the Commonwealth,” according to ...

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    12. Internships Help Students Realize Their Potential

      Internships Help Students Realize Their Potential

      Today’s college graduates understand it takes much more than book learning to compete in the job market; employers are looking for real-world experience. Students gain that experience through internships in their field, but they gain more than that. BusinessWest spoke with a few from this year’s graduating class who said their internships gave them confidence, inspiration, connections, and, in one case, a whole new career focus.

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    13. At visit to Ware campus, Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal hears ideas on 'keeping it going'

      At visit to Ware campus, Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal hears ideas on 'keeping it going'

      Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal visited the institution's Ware campus on Wednesday, marking a year since its opening on June 6, 2016. She met with some of the local officials who were instrumental in getting the project started. The Ware campus of Holyoke Community College is located at 79 Main St. The Education to Employment (E2E) Quaboag Region Workforce Training and Community College Center is a collaboration between HCC and the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation.

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    14. STCC to offer new airbrushing workshop for makeup, tanning, nails and body art

      STCC to offer new airbrushing workshop for makeup, tanning, nails and body art

       Springfield Technical Community College is offering what may be the first course of its kind in the region: Industry-Related Airbrushing.  The 20-hour workshop is designed to provide instruction and hands-on experience in the airbrushing application of make-up, nail design, temporary body art and tanning. The workshop, which starts on June 5 at 3 p.m., is 20 hours spread over five Monday afternoons. The cost is $350. 

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    15. New Facility Brings Additional Learning Opportunities to WSU

      New Facility Brings Additional Learning Opportunities to WSU

      John McDonald hit the pause button ever so briefly in his conversation with BusinessWest and went to the window. He then scanned the parking lot for his pick-up truck, found it, and gestured toward it. “There … that was our other lab space — my truck,” said McDonald, an assistant professor in the Environmental Science Department at Westfield State University. “Occasionally, we’d have field labs, such as animal necropsies, and we’d have to do those on the back of the truck, parked next to Route 20. We had zero functional lab space.” The window he pointed from is one of ...

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    16. Five College Consortium to celebrate opening of book annex in Hatfield

      Five College Consortium to celebrate opening of book annex in Hatfield

      The Five College Consortium is celebrating the opening of its $14 million annex in Hatfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and tours of the 35,000-square-foot facility.  The annex provides shelf space for up to 2.5 million items from the Five College Repository Collection and from libraries of the campuses of the consortium --Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. That frees up space on the campuses for new materials and other academic needs.

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    17. 30 computer tablets helping kids read at Holyoke Boys-Girls Club thanks to Holyoke Rotary donation

      30 computer tablets helping kids read at Holyoke Boys-Girls Club thanks to Holyoke Rotary donation

      The Holyoke Boys and Girls Club bought 30 computer tablets, books and other items to help children read thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Holyoke Rotary Club. "Recognizing that technology is a strong motivator with our youth, the tablets will help create a literacy and technology-rich environment at each of our satellite sites," Eileen D. Cavanaugh, executive director of the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, said in a press release issued by the Rotary Club on Tuesday. "We are grateful to the Holyoke Rotary for supporting the club and helping us to make sure that our programs involve ...

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    18. STCC Health Information Technology Graduate Wins Award

      STCC Health Information Technology Graduate Wins Award

      Maria Mitchell, a Springfield Technical Community College graduate of the newly accredited Health Information Technology program, is the first person from STCC to receive the MaHIMA Student Achievement award. The Massachusetts Health Information Management Assoc. (MaHIMA) offers the award to an outstanding student from any accredited health-information technology or health-information management program. STCC’s program received accreditation in December, making a graduate of the program eligible for the first time this year.

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    19. Westfield Education to Business Alliance calls job skills 'survival' skills

      Westfield Education to Business Alliance calls job skills 'survival' skills

      There are five elements to the handshake: eye contact, smile, extend arm, grip, timing. That bit of information might not sound like high school-level work compared to algebra II, English lit and the advanced manufacturing shop. But students need to learn it somewhere, and Westfield's public schools are doing it. "People call them 'soft skills,'" said Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski. "I call them survival skills." Skills, which ones to get and and how to get them is the topic when the Westfield Education to Business Alliance gets together once a month.

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    20. 100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      TURNERS FALLS, MA - On Friday, May 19, fourteen advanced manufacturing trainees will receive certificates of completion and start down the pathway toward precision machining careers in Pioneer Valley manufacturing companies.  The current cohort of students come from across Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Belchertown, Colrain, Easthampton, Greenfield, Montague, Northfield, South Hadley, and Shelburne.  Among these trainees will be the 100th graduate of a successful job training partnership that began four years ago to address a shortage of skilled machinists in the Valley’s precision manufacturing industry.  The event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Franklin County Technical ...

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    21. UMass-Amherst grows: See how $1.8 billion in construction has transformed the campus

      UMass-Amherst grows: See how $1.8 billion in construction has transformed the campus

      In the last decade, the University of Massachusetts has invested $1.8 billion in more than two dozen building projects at the flagship Amherst campus. From research, classroom and office space to dormitories, dining halls, athletic facilities and infrastructure, buildings have sprouted or expanded across the sprawling campus. As the Class of 2017 takes its collective next step at Friday afternoon's commencement, we take a look at the construction that has transformed UMass, including how much each project cost:

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    22. Westfield State University uses historic gift of $1.1 million to gain musical distinction

      Westfield State University uses historic gift of $1.1 million to gain musical distinction

      Westfield State University announced Thursday that it has received a historic gift of $1.1 million -- the largest single contribution in the school's history -- from an anonymous donor, and that the money will be used to purchase 20 Steinway pianos.  This purchase will allow Westfield State to become an All-Steinway School, a special distinction within the musical and educational communities that signifies a commitment to excellence, University President Ramon S. Torrecilha said Thursday.

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    23. At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

      At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

      There will be a career fair this fall for Westfield's middle schools. But it won't be kids learning about what it takes to be a machinist, an engineer or an auto-body technician. It'll be their teachers. The idea isn't that educators are looking for new gigs themselves, said Kate Phelon, executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. The idea is for teachers to learn what employers are looking for -- and what they hope not to see -- in job applicants, so they can impart those skills to their students as early as sixth grade.

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    24. Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Steven G. Richter, founder of MicroTest Laboratories in Agawam, reminded the audience of that fact Friday during the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the $48 million Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center at Westfield State University. He did so because students and researchers in the Stevens Center, working with modern genetic science, have the potential to treat or cure breast cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and a host of other diseases. "This isn't just about bricks and mortar," Richter said. "This is about students' lives. This is about the health care system."

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