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    1. HCC, UMass, Hampshire College get $810,000 grant for clean energy, sustainable agriculture programs

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      HCC, UMass, Hampshire College get $810,000 grant for clean energy, sustainable agriculture programs

      The National Science Foundation has awarded an $810,000 grant to Holyoke Community College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Hampshire College to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture and to share new resources that will benefit students.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Amherst

    2. Westfield State University signs cost-saving transfer deal with Springfield Technical Community College

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      Westfield State University signs cost-saving transfer deal with Springfield Technical Community College

      Westfield State University and Springfield Technical Community College are taking advantage of a statewide program to streamline transfers and lower costs for students. The MassTransfer agreement between the two schools allows students who have completed associate degrees at STCC to transfer to WSU for their bachelor's degrees, paying a total of less than $30,000 for both degrees.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Westfield State University   Springfield

    3. Gov. Deval Patrick: 'Water innovation the next frontier'; UMass Amherst professor receives $4.1 million EPA grant for drinking water research

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      Gov. Deval Patrick: 'Water innovation the next frontier'; UMass Amherst professor receives $4.1 million EPA grant for drinking water research

      University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher has received a $4.1 million Environmental Protection Agency grant to create a national research center aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. David A. Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, accepted the grant at a ceremony Monday. Under the EPA grant, the UMass Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSS) will develop and test advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control and eliminate various groups of water contaminants in small water treatment systems. Speaking at the university's new $160 million Life Sciences Laboratories on Monday, Gov. Deval Patrick also announced ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Palmer

    4. Hampshire College breaking ground Friday on new multifunctional Living Building

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      Hampshire College breaking ground Friday on new multifunctional Living Building

      Hampshire College is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon at 3:30 for the new multifunctional R. W. Kern Center, a building they hope will receive Living Building status. A Living Building is the highest environmental standard surpassing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and there are just a handful of buildings that are so certified in the United States

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst

    5. UMass celebrates $9.9 million renovation of Paige Laboratory for Stockbridge research

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      UMass celebrates $9.9 million renovation of Paige Laboratory for Stockbridge research

      Jay Popko, a research associate with the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, said having the renovated Paige Laboratory means having all of what they need in one building. He said it means "we can be more productive and do better work." About 150 were on hand to celebrate the $9.9 million renovation of the 64-year-old Paige Laboratory building Thursday with speeches and a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by building tours. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy called it "a very happy occasion to celebrate our world-class agricultural success at UMass," which was just ranked 8th best in ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    6. Holyoke Community College honored for skills training | masslive

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      Holyoke Community College honored for skills training | masslive

      Holyoke Community College was honored earlier this month with the Anne Serino Memorial Award for Outstanding ABE and ESOL Program from The Workforce Solutions Group, a statewide coalition that advocates for skills training and employment opportunities for low and moderate income individuals.  Kermit Dunkelberg, assistant vice president of adult basic education, and Workforce Development, accepted the award on behalf of HCC Oct. 15 at the 5th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit in Devens, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield

    7. UMass educators receive nearly $3 million from science foundation to teach science to incarcerated youth

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      UMass educators receive nearly $3 million from science foundation to teach science to incarcerated youth

      Michael P. Krezmien, director of the Center for Youth Engagement in the department of student development, and Martina Nieswandt of the department of teacher education and curriculum studies will work with the Wakefield-based Center for Applied Special Technologies to apply the principles of "Universal Design for Learning," according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    8. Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

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      Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

      The Westfield Athenaeum recently acquired an Early Literacy Station, a comprehensive, turn-key educational solution loaded with over 70 educational software programs for kids between the ages of 2 and 8. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet which is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and engaging.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    9. United Way, Stay in School to Host Community Summit on Nov. 6

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      United Way, Stay in School to Host Community Summit on Nov. 6

      United Way of Pioneer Valley and Stay in School, a community initiative launched by United Way designed to increase student attendance in Springfield schools, will host the Springfield GradNation Community Summit 2014, a conference for youth, parents, and members of the community, on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the Judd Gymnasia at Springfield College, 263 Alden St., Springfield.  The summit’s focus is “middle school success = pathway to graduation.” Educators say better school attendance and engagement in middle school leads to higher high-school graduation rates. Summit leaders will share what they have learned from ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    10. Hampshire College to break ground on new building next month; hopes to meet Living Building Challenge

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      Hampshire College to break ground on new building next month; hopes to meet Living Building Challenge

      Now Hampshire College has announced that it will be breaking ground on a new 15,000 square foot two-story building to meet the sustainability requirements of the Living Building Challenge as well, according to a college press release.  The college will break ground on the multifunctional R. W. Kern Center Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst   Northampton

    11. Springfield to focus on middle-school students to improve 56.6 percent graduation rate

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      Springfield to focus on middle-school students to improve 56.6 percent graduation rate

      Keynoter Smith, former director of the Social Innovation Fund for the Corporation for National & Community Service, and recently appointed special assistant to President Obama and senior director of cabinet affairs for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, will return to his native Springfield for the event.
      The Stay in School campaign was launched in 2013 in partnership with the Springfield Public Schools to increase school attendance. Increased attendance is a key ingredient to academic success and graduation from high school.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    12. Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

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      Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

      Western New England University, a private university in Springfield, Mass, is renowned for their personal attention to students. The University is committed to being a leader regionally and recognized nationally in providing integrated professional and liberal learning. Additionally, the University is characterized by a synergy that results internally from the collaboration of its programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law and externally from the important strategic partnerships and alliances forged with the local and regional business, educational, and civic community.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    13. Eye-Opening Experiences

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      Eye-Opening Experiences

      The field trip was part of a program called The World Is Our Classroom Inc. (WIOC), and Executive Director Nora Burke Patton says it was founded on the principle that students learn best when they see classroom lessons reinforced in the real world.
      “It runs from fifth grade through high school, and by partnering with urban school systems, institutions of higher education, and businesses, WIOC not only reinforces classroom lessons, but also opens young minds to employment opportunities,” she said, adding that the program was launched in 2002 through a collaboration of area businesses and school systems, and has exposed ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    14. UMass President Robert Caret, trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas touring state with Springfield, Amherst stops

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      UMass President Robert Caret, trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas touring state with Springfield, Amherst stops

      For the fourth year, University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is on the move– this time a three-day statewide bus tour that began in Boston. Springfield resident Henry M. Thomas III, the chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, joins him. Caret initiated what he termed a listening tour soon after he was named president. On that weeklong tour, he wanted to understand and hear how UMass could better serve the state's residents.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    15. Community Spotlight: Williamstown

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      Community Spotlight: Williamstown

      Andy Hogeland, another selectman, was equally descriptive. “People can go to the farmer’s market for fresh produce and community conversation, then walk to see the Magna Carta exhibit at the Clark Art Institute, or attend the Bluegrass Festival in North Adams,” he said during an interview late last month.  And board Chair Ron Turbin isn’t shy about extolling the town’s virtues either, noting that its elementary school is a state-of-the-art green building, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority recently approved a feasibility study to renovate or rebuild Mount Greylock Regional High School, which serves Williamstown and Lanesborough.

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    16. Officials celebrate groundbreaking for Western Massachusett firefighting training center in Springfield

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      Officials celebrate groundbreaking for Western Massachusett firefighting training center in Springfield

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the new facility represents “a unique collaboration between the state and the City of Springfield. It will make sure our firefighters are trained properly.” Better training for firefighters can only benefit area residents as firefighters will use that training to save buildings and save lives, he said. Conant, the current president of the Western Massachusetts Fire Chief’s Association, praised the work of all those who had a hand in the project dating back to when it was just an idea.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Amherst

    17. GCC Wins Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training

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      GCC Wins Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training

      The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) awards are presented to educational facilities that serve as models in the manufacturing industry when it comes to developing an outstanding learning culture. Schools are selected based on adoption of Tooling U-SME’s online training program and strong utilization rates of online training in a blended learning format. These six schools join 21 other past TUPEC awardees.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    18. Smith & Wesson donates $21,000 to Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for technology fund

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      Smith & Wesson donates $21,000 to Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for technology fund

      Smith & Wesson has a vested interest in students at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy. Putnam students, who are learning advanced manufacturing techniques, represent the future of a company that depends on the pipeline of skilled workers the firearms maker needs to compete in a global economy, according to Mark Smith, vice president of manufacturing and supply management at Smith & Wesson.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    19. UMass rated among top 100 universities in world by international survey

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      UMass rated among top 100 universities in world by international survey

      One of the most prominent higher-education surveys has listed the five-campus University of Massachusetts system as one of the top 100 universities in the world. The 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published by the Times of London, ranks the UMass system 91st, which is tied with the University of Pittsburgh. The ranking represents a jump of 41 places from the 2013 ranking when UMass was listed as the 132nd best university in the world.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Robert Caret

    20. Aviation technology program advances at Westfield Vocational High School

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      Aviation technology program advances at Westfield Vocational High School

      A new education program planned in Westfield could give students a fast track to high-paying jobs in the aviation industry, and in the process fill employment gaps for local companies. At a Wednesday meeting at Westfield Vocational High School, city and school officials explained their plan for an aviation technology education program to visiting Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki. Bialecki toured the school and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton as part of Advanced Manufacturing Week in Massachusetts. The air manufacturing program will give students a path from middle school through college to pursue jobs in ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield

    21. Massachusetts Community Colleges recieve $20 million federal Department of Labor grant | masslive

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      Massachusetts Community Colleges recieve $20 million federal Department of Labor grant | masslive

      The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts led by Massasoit Community College have been given a $20 million grant from U.S. Department of Labor for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant programs. The community colleges, which include Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and Greenfield Community College, are advancing a comprehensive approach to addressing the training and educational needs of workers and employers statewide with a focus on articulated pathways to careers in high-growth STEM sectors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Greenfield Community College

    22. Westfield changes property focus for new $36 million elementary school

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      Westfield changes property focus for new $36 million elementary school

      The city has dropped plans to acquire Main Street farm land to satisfy open space requirements for its planned $36 million elementary school at Ashley and Cross streets. Also, because of delays in beginning construction, Mayor Daniel M. Knapik announced Wednesday the city must seek new competitive bids for building the state model school. Knapik has notified the City Council that no action is required on a previously submitted order of taking or eminent domain for the Wielgus property and a $260,000 appropriation request to pay the appraisal amount of the 33-acre parcel.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    23. Bay Path University to recieve $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

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      Bay Path University to recieve $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

      Bay Path University will receive $3.5 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Education to improve technology and help adult women earn degrees through Bay Path's new online American Women's College. "First and foremost this grant was all about access and attainment for underserved populations and underrepresented populations," Bay Path President Carol A. Leary said Tuesday afternoon. The $3.5 million is part of $75 million in "First in the World" grants being made to colleges and universities across the country and announced Tuesday. It is the largest ever federal grant to Bay Path ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Carol A. Leary   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    24. Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative wins 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation award

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      Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative wins 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation award

      MassINC announced the awards earlier this week, said they're made to organizations and individuals that develop interesting models to grow the economies of gateway cities in Massachusetts. HELI is an effort by Holyoke Public Schools to increase early literacy rates in the city. "We do this by organizing parents, community partners and the schools to focus on attendance, instruction, family engagement and Kindergarten Readiness," the group said in a statement.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Alex Morse

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