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    1. Verizon hands out iPads to 533 Holyoke middle school students

      Verizon hands out iPads to 533 Holyoke middle school students

      Students at the Holyoke STEM Academy and Wm. R. Peck now have access to the latest technologies thanks to the Verizon Innovative Learning Initiative and Digital Promise. Verizon handed out new Apple iPads to 533 students from both schools, which includes free, roaming Wi-Fi and the latest educational apps. The company hosted a rollout celebration at the STEM Academy Oct. 10.

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    2. Westfield State to Host Information Session for Two Graduate Programs on Oct. 21

      Westfield State to Host Information Session for Two Graduate Programs on Oct. 21

      The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) at Westfield State University will host an information session for its master of education and master of arts in English programs on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Ave., Westfield. These graduate programs are designed to accommodate both working teachers seeking professional licensure and new educators seeking initial licensure. The master of education programs include early-childhood education, elementary education, biology, mathematics, history, moderate disabilities, and reading specialist. The non-licensure master of education has concentrations in history and vocational technical.

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    3. Dawn Creighton to Join GCC as New Chief Workforce Development Officer

      Dawn Creighton to Join GCC as New Chief Workforce Development Officer

      Greenfield Community College recently welcomed Dawn Creighton as the college’s new chief Workforce Development officer. She will officially join GCC on Oct. 21, and her office will be located at the Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Greenfield. A 2005 GCC alumna, Creighton began her career as an employment specialist at MassLive before becoming regional director for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) — the state’s largest employers’ resource group — in 2009. During her tenure at AIM, she served thousands of employer members, uniting them around issues ranging from healthcare and employment law to sustainability, budgeting, and hiring.

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    4. Bay Path Receives $5 Million Bequest, Largest in University’s History

      Bay Path Receives $5 Million Bequest, Largest in University’s History

      Allison Gearing-Kalill, vice president for Development and Planned Giving at Bay Path University, announced that an anonymous donor has made a transformational gift of $5 million through planned giving. The bequest is the largest individual contribution to Bay Path in its history, and honors the donor’s unwavering commitment to the education and advancement of women. Under the terms of the bequest, a fund will be established to support scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, science and technology equipment, and development programs.

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    5. How Springfield Technical Community College is training medical professionals to respond to crisis situations with robotic patients - masslive.com

      How Springfield Technical Community College is training medical professionals to respond to crisis situations with robotic patients - masslive.com

      Pediatric patient Katie lays on the bed at the Springfield Technical Community College with tears rolling down her cheeks, with audible signs of distress and in apparent pain but rather than a doctor coming to her aid, Simulation Specialist Dan Taibbi moves to stop the anguish with a touch on his tablet.

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    6. STCC Awarded $500,000 for Health Science, Electrical Engineering Technology Programs

      STCC Awarded $500,000 for Health Science, Electrical Engineering Technology Programs

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will apply $500,000 in state funding to enhance programs in health science and electrical engineering technology and better prepare students who are planning careers in these growing industries. Called the Skills Capital Grant, the funding allows STCC to acquire the newest technologies to educate students and expand career education opportunities. STCC will use the grant to boost the two programs by acquiring:

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    7. Bay Path University Awarded $2.25M Federal Grant to Boost Student Success

      Bay Path University Awarded $2.25M Federal Grant to Boost Student Success

      Bay Path University has been awarded a $2.25 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education through its Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). The grant is designed to help higher-education institutions expand their capacity to serve at-risk students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institutions’ academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

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    8. Springfield High School of Commerce students to earn up to 20 free credits at Springfield Technical Community College with new partnership - masslive.com

      Springfield High School of Commerce students to earn up to 20 free credits at Springfield Technical Community College with new partnership - masslive.com

      Students at the High School of Commerce will soon have a chance to go to college at no cost and long before they earn a high school diploma.  The new Early College partnership between Springfield Technical Community College and the High School of Commerce was announced in a ceremony Tuesday. It was officially signed on Sept. 5.

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    9. HCC Welcomes Adrienne Smith as Interim STEM Dean

      HCC Welcomes Adrienne Smith as Interim STEM Dean

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) recently welcomed Adrienne Smith as interim dean of its division of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Smith brings 13 years of community-college experience to HCC, most recently as the dean of the School of Engineering, Technologies, and Mathematics at Springfield Technical Community College. Prior to that, she served as associate professor and coordinator of Electronics Technology at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. Her professional accomplishments span many areas of academic program development and enhancement, enrollment management and retention, diversity responsiveness, and regional and community partnership coordination.

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    10. UMass Becomes First University System to Join Age-Friendly University Global Network

      UMass Becomes First University System to Join Age-Friendly University Global Network

      In August, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system endorsed the 10 principles of the Age-Friendly University, as defined by Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network at Dublin City University, joining an international effort intended to highlight the role of higher education in responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with an aging population. UMass is the first university system to join the AFU Global Network, earning the designation for its campuses in Amherst, Dartmouth, Lowell, and UMass Medical School in Worcester. UMass Boston endorsed the principles and joined the network in 2017.

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    11. Elms College, Springfield-area schools partner on teacher training - masslive.com

      Elms College, Springfield-area schools partner on teacher training - masslive.com

      Urban schools — public, Catholic and charter — will send promising paraprofessionals to the College of Our Lady of the Elms to earn their degrees and get their teacher certifications in a subsidized program announced Tuesday.  Called the Center for Equity in Urban Education, the program will also provide in-service training to working teachers in schools throughout the region, said Anthony L. Klemmer, acting director of the center and founder and president of the Center for Better Schools and the National Academy for Advanced Teacher Education.

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    12. Bay Path University to Hold 7th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path University to Hold 7th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path University’s 7th annual Cybersecurity Summit will be held on Friday, October 4th, in the Blake Student Commons on the Longmeadow campus.  Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m., with presentations starting at 8:00 a.m., followed by a question and answer session.  This event is free and open to the public with handicap accessibility.

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    13. HCC Launches New Round of Culinary Classes for Home Cooks

      HCC Launches New Round of Culinary Classes for Home Cooks

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is launching a new round of cooking and baking classes this fall geared toward home chefs. “Cooking Confidently with Chef Tracy Carter,” a twice-monthly series of Friday-night, non-credit classes, kicks off Sept. 27 with “A Stroll Through the Markets of the Middle East,” during which Carter, a professional chef and HCC Culinary Arts instructor, will teach participants to prepare falafel, tahini, tabouli salad, and crispy phyllo dough with nuts and honey for dessert. Each single-session, hands-on class has a unique culinary theme. Participants will learn how to prepare appetizers, salads, sauces, entrees, and desserts, then dine ...

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    14. ADDFab Offers Hands-on Experience with 3D Printing

      ADDFab Offers Hands-on Experience with 3D Printing

      The Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication Lab (ADDFab) at UMass Amherst will offer two classes providing hands-on 3D-printing experience from CAD design to finished parts. Attendees will use an EOS P110 selective laser sintering machine in a one-day course, or an EOS M290 direct metal laser sintering printer over two and a half days. With a maximum of three students per course, participants will get to do the printing and get all their questions about additive manufacturing answered. Two seats are available in the next polymer course, and one seat is available in the upcoming metal course. ADDFab will work with ...

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    15. History lesson: Massachusetts must not retreat from education reforms that drove student achievement (Guest viewpoint) - masslive.com

      History lesson: Massachusetts must not retreat from education reforms that drove student achievement (Guest viewpoint) - masslive.com

      If there’s one lesson we can take from the current debate about updating the Commonwealth’s public education funding formula, it’s the importance of understanding history. For over a decade, as memories of the success of Massachusetts’ 1993 Education Reform Act have receded, state policy makers have increasingly made decisions that reveal lack of awareness of what made it so successful. We must stem that tide if we are to get state education aid right.

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    16. Gov. Baker Appoints Joanne Marqusee to GCC Board of Trustees

      Gov. Baker Appoints Joanne Marqusee to GCC Board of Trustees

      Greenfield Community College (GCC) recently welcomed Joanne Marqusee, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care (CDHC), to its board of trustees. One of 11 trustees, she was officially appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Aug. 30 and will replace former trustee Elizabeth Sillin. Marqusee has been a respected healthcare leader for over three decades. Before coming to Cooley in 2014, she served as chief operating officer and executive vice president of Hallmark Health, after having spent 15 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as senior vice president. With a master’s degree in public policy from ...

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    17. UMass Amherst Ranks 24th Among Public Universities in U.S. News Rankings

      UMass Amherst Ranks 24th Among Public Universities in U.S. News Rankings

      UMass Amherst has climbed into the top 25 of the nation’s premier public universities, coming in 24th among the approximately 130 public institutions ranked in the “Best Colleges 2020” guide published by U.S. News & World Report. The Commonwealth’s flagship campus moved up two slots this year. With student success, graduation rates, and other key metrics on the rise, the university continued its ascent as one of the fastest-rising, top-tier public-research universities in the country, advancing from 52nd in 2010 to 24th in 2020.

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    18. Ramon S. Torrecilha: Westfield State University focuses on relevant, lifelong learning - masslive.com

      Ramon S. Torrecilha: Westfield State University focuses on relevant, lifelong learning - masslive.com

      Westfield State University’s strongest points of pride — our 42,000 alumni — speak volumes about Westfield State’s impact and relevance as they enrich communities and strengthen the workforce and economy across Massachusetts.  Further underscoring the university’s relevance is its recently approved strategic plan, a move to a lifelong learning model and an institutional commitment to our community, state and region.

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    19. UMass Amherst Researchers Awarded $1.75-million in NSF Funding to Study and Develop New Class of Soft Electronics | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      UMass Amherst Researchers Awarded $1.75-million in NSF Funding to Study and Develop New Class of Soft Electronics | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study and construct soft stretchable electronic devices that can be used in future healthcare, security and communications applications. The scientists plan to use conductive protein nanowires and mechanically soft nanomaterials to create a new nanocomposite that is strong, flexible and highly conductive.

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