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    1. Bay Path Combines Digital Technologies, Liberal Arts in New Degree Program

      Bay Path Combines Digital Technologies, Liberal Arts in New Degree Program

      After a long push for emerging professionals to be proficient in technical skills upon graduation, employers are now advocating for a slight twist: employees still need soft skills, too. The American Women’s College at Bay Path University, known for its ability to offer degree programs specific to workforce needs, recently announced a degree that combines a liberal-arts education with the technical skills in high demand. The digital information design and society major offers students a curriculum that combines traditional liberal-arts skills in critical thinking, ethics, analysis, communication, and research with technical skills in coding, programming, data science, text mining ...

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    2. STCC Launches New Water-distribution Course

      STCC Launches New Water-distribution Course

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer an online course this fall to prepare students for careers in the drinking-water industry and to help those working in the field enhance their skills. The course, called “Concepts & Practices of Drinking Water Distribution,” is being offered through the Workforce Development Center at STCC in partnership with the Massachusetts Water Works Assoc. and the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission. The training, which runs from Sept. 14 to Dec. 4, is free for students enrolled in any community college in Massachusetts. Individuals not enrolled at a community college, as well as employees at water utilities ...

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    3. Elms College Receives $240,000 Grant to Fund Experiential Learning

      Elms College Receives $240,000 Grant to Fund Experiential Learning

      Elms College announced it has been awarded a $240,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation (DEF) in support of its Experiential Learning Mastering Success (ELMS) – Real World Ready! learning initiative. The grant will be dispersed over the next three years. “Experiential Learning, through the ELMS – Real World Ready! learning initiative, will provide all of our students with the framework to be career-ready, community-minded graduates,” said Joyce Hampton, associate vice president of Academic Affairs, Strategic & Global Initiatives. The overall goal of the ELMS – Real World Ready! learning initiative is to provide at least one high-impact experiential learning opportunity to every ...

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    4. UMass to expand online educational opportunities for adults through strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University

      UMass to expand online educational opportunities for adults through strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University

      The University of Massachusetts and Chapman University System today announced their intent to form an exclusive strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University to expand educational opportunities for adult learners in Massachusetts and across the nation. This partnership, expected to be finalized later this year, will be launched as millions of adults in Massachusetts and across the United States need flexible, high-quality and affordable online education alternatives now and as they recover from the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color.

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    5. HCC to Begin Virtual Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on July 29

      HCC to Begin Virtual Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on July 29

      Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal and Amanda Sbriscia, HCC’s vice president of Institutional Advancement, will kick off a reimagined monthly Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on Wednesday, July 29. The 2020 Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series, postponed from spring due to COVID-19, will now take place virtually over Zoom on the last Wednesdays of July, August, September, and October from noon to 1 p.m. The series is sponsored by HCC and Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a collaboration between HCC and Springfield Technical Community College.

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    6. UMass Freezes In-state Tuition for 2020-21 Academic Year

      UMass Freezes In-state Tuition for 2020-21 Academic Year

      Responding to the financial hardships many Massachusetts families are facing, the University of Massachusetts board of trustees voted to freeze tuition rates for in-state undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020-21 academic year. Across the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses, tuition will average $14,722 for the nearly 48,000 in-state undergraduate students before financial aid is provided. This keeps UMass mandatory charges nearly $1,000 lower than the average for New England public research universities.

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    7. Greenfield Center School gets $7.9M bond from MassDevelopment to finance new building

      Greenfield Center School gets $7.9M bond from MassDevelopment to finance new building

      The Greenfield Center School plans to relocate to a brand new building next year with help from a $7.94 million tax-exempt bond announced Friday by MassDevelopment. The independent day school serving students in preschool through eighth grade plans to buy 30 acres of land at 741-743 Bernardston Road (Routes 5 and 10), not far from Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a private school for girls in grades seven through 12.

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    8. New Bay Path President Says School Will Be a Leader in Time of Crisis

      New Bay Path President Says School Will Be a Leader in Time of Crisis

      Sandra Doran says her family has long been attracted to careers in education and the law. One great-grandfather traveled from New York to Colorado and set up the first one-room schoolhouse in that state, she noted, while her grandfather was superintendent of a school district in New York City, and her mother was a music teacher. And her other great-grandfather was a bankruptcy lawyer, kept especially busy during the Great Depression. So it’s logical she would take one of those career paths. Actually, she took both.

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    9. Bay Path University Launches IngenioUs Podcast

      Bay Path University Launches IngenioUs Podcast

      Bay Path University has unveiled the premiere episodes of its new podcast, IngenioUs. Devoted to exploring relevant, provocative topics in higher education through the lens of innovation, IngenioUs is the brainchild of its host, Melissa Morriss-Olson, provost emerita of Bay Path University, distinguished professor of Higher Ed Leadership, and creator and director of the college’s new Center for Higher Education Leadership and Innovative Practices. She is also the author of the accompanying IngenioUs blog.

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    10. STCC to Hold Online Financial-aid Information Session on July 15

      STCC to Hold Online Financial-aid Information Session on July 15

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will host an online workshop to help current and prospective students understand how to make a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. The workshop, which will be conducted through a Zoom webinar, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 at 3 p.m. The session is free and open to the public, but participants must register in advance by clicking here.

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    11. UMass Amherst Food Science Department Receives USDA Education and Workforce Development Grant

      UMass Amherst Food Science Department Receives USDA Education and Workforce Development Grant

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Food Science has been awarded a five-year, $482,549 grant to fund an experiential learning program for undergraduates, including independent research opportunities with faculty mentors and paid summer internships with industrial partners in the greater Boston area. UMass Amherst’s Food Science Undergraduate Experiential Learning (FUEL) Scholars program received one of 26 grants totaling $11.6 million from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s education and workforce development effort, the yearlong UMass Amherst program is designed to prepare students ...

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    12. Springfield College English Professor Finalist for Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship

      Springfield College English Professor Finalist for Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship

      Springfield College Associate Professor of English Justine Dymond has been selected by the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) Artist Fellowships Program as a finalist in the category of fiction/creative nonfiction on the strength of her lyrical essay titled “Brave of Worms.” “I am so very excited with the news and the peer recognition that comes with the selection as a finalist for the MCC artist fellowship,” said Dymond, who joined the Springfield College humanities faculty in the fall of 2008. “I am thrilled to be in the company of the other finalists and fellows. Since it’s a statewide honor ...

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    13. Bay Path Honors Carol Leary for 25 Years of Service

      Bay Path Honors Carol Leary for 25 Years of Service

      At its recent annual meeting, held virtually, the board of trustees of Bay Path University, on behalf of the entire Bay Path community, surprised retiring President Carol Leary with a celebration in her honor. “Carol Leary led a remarkable transformation of Bay Path during her 25-year tenure. The board was honored to pay tribute to her and express gratitude for the countless ways she and her husband Noel have impacted Bay Path and the Western Massachusetts community,” said Jonathan Besse, board chair.

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    14. Asnuntuck to Offer Information Sessions This Summer

      Asnuntuck to Offer Information Sessions This Summer

      Asnuntuck Community College has scheduled several virtual information sessions with the Admissions and Financial Aid departments during the summer. The sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 30 at 5 p.m.; Monday, July 13 at 5 p.m.; Wednesday, July 22 at 3 p.m.; Tuesday, July 28 at 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. Prospective students need to attend only one of the sessions.

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    15. STCC Announces Program and Budget Decisions Due to COVID-19 Impact

      STCC Announces Program and Budget Decisions Due to COVID-19 Impact

      Responding to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will restructure academic departments and discontinue some programs with low enrollment. Geraldine de Berly, Vice President of Academic Affairs, announced the restructuring plan and listed seven programs to be discontinued in a campus e-mail. The program discontinuations will affect approximately 95 students, but those individuals will be able to complete their degree or certificate at STCC. Across an academic year, about 7,000 students enroll at STCC in about 90 different programs.

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    16. Bay Path University launches Risk Management cybersecurity degree and offers scholarship program for women pursuing cybersecurity degrees

      Bay Path University launches Risk Management cybersecurity degree and offers scholarship program for women pursuing cybersecurity degrees

      Bay Path University is expanding its focus in the rapidly growing area of cybersecurity—and helping to bring more women into it—with the introduction of an undergraduate major in risk management. In addition, the University will offer scholarships to women looking to obtain degrees in cybersecurity. Made possible by Strada Education Network, these generous scholarships will help offset the cost of fall 2020 enrollment in cybersecurity programs.

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    17. UMass to Expand Online Educational Opportunities for Adults

      UMass to Expand Online Educational Opportunities for Adults

      The University of Massachusetts and Chapman University System announced their intent to form an exclusive strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University to expand educational opportunities for adult learners in Massachusetts and across the nation. This partnership, expected to be finalized later this year, will be launched as millions of adults in Massachusetts and across the U.S. need flexible, high-quality, and affordable online-education alternatives now and as they recover from the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color.

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    18. UMass Dartmouth chancellor Robert Johnson to take helm at Western New England - masslive.com

      UMass Dartmouth chancellor Robert Johnson to take helm at Western New England - masslive.com

      he chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been tasked to lead Western New England University in the 2020s.  Robert E. Johnson was introduced as the institution’s sixth president, ending a search that trustees said was vigorous and which received widespread national interest despite the obstacles of the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson will succeeds Anthony S. Caprio, whose 24-year tenure was the longest in the institution’s 101-year history.

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    19. STCC virtual summer preschool breaks new ground in education and training - masslive.com

      STCC virtual summer preschool breaks new ground in education and training - masslive.com

      Springfield Technical Community College student-teachers will gain experience this summer by instructing young children through a six-week virtual preschool.  The Pioneer Valley Virtual Preschool was created in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. About 14 STCC education students enrolled in a summer student teaching course will get direct teaching experience - perhaps not as anticipated, but nonetheless valuable.

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    20. Plans for new consolidated school in Mason Square section of Springfield moving forward - masslive.com

      Plans for new consolidated school in Mason Square section of Springfield moving forward - masslive.com

      Progress continues to occur on Springfield’s plans for a new consolidated school in the Mason Square area, including the governor’s recent approval of a needed park land transfer.  Gov. Charlie Baker signed the land transfer bill Friday that is needed for the consolidation of William Deberry School and Homer Street School into a new consolidated school on the Deberry site, said Peter Garvey, the city’s director of capital asset construction.

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    21. Hcc, Stcc Announce Small-business Resource Series

      Hcc, Stcc Announce Small-business Resource Series

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will jointly host a series of online workshops in June and July for area employers who want to explore programs, services, and grant-funded workforce-training opportunities to boost their small businesses. Each of the three, 45-minute remote sessions will meet from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and focus on a different government funding source.

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    22. Springfield Preparatory Charter School plans move to new site, expanded grades - masslive.com

      Springfield Preparatory Charter School plans move to new site, expanded grades - masslive.com

      Springfield Preparatory Charter School has found a new permanent home on Roosevelt Avenue in East Springfield that will lead to an expansion of grades and enrollment.  The new school, once renovations are completed, is planned at 2071 Roosevelt Ave., at the corner of Memorial Drive,  “This building project is a huge step for the Springfield Prep community,” said Bill Spirer, founder and executive director of the charter school. “We have been looking for a permanent space for our school community for many years, and we’re thrilled to have found a property that we know will serve us well.”

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    23. Elms College Distributes CARES Act Funds to 425 Students

      Elms College Distributes CARES Act Funds to 425 Students

      Elms College distributed funds to 425 students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) Act, the college announced. “We are pleased that we could ease the financial burden put on many of our students as they adapted to learning remotely during the pandemic,” said Financial Aid Director Richard O’Connor, adding that qualifying expenses included moving off campus and investing in technology to do classwork from home. “These funds have also helped offset childcare costs and preventive measures in addition to the treatment of COVID-19.”

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