1. Articles in category: Education

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    1. State OKs Up Academy to open in Springfield in fall 2016

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      State OKs Up Academy to open in Springfield in fall 2016

      SPRINGFIELD — The state has approved UP Academy taking over a struggling city middle school starting in fall 2016. The move was approved by a 9-1 vote Tuesday of the Massachusetts Board of Secondary Education and followed a positive recommendation...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. Westfield State University, Springfield public schools form partnership to prime teacher pipeline

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      Westfield State University, Springfield public schools form partnership to prime teacher pipeline

      Westfield State University and the Springfield Public School System are forming a partnership aimed at attracting and helping more minority students to become teachers. The program, titled Reach to Teach, will offer students incentives to pursue a degree in education – including mentorship in high school and tuition assistance at Westfield State. Details of the program will be announced during a press conference on Wednesday morning at Springfield City Hall attended by Westfield State University Elizabeth H. Preston and Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and state Rep. James. Welch.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Holyoke Community College   Westfield State University

    3. Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

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      Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

      The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-1, with one abstention, Monday night to allow the charter school to expand from the current 350 students to 560 students, said Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school will continue to have the same grades six through 12, but will increase the number of students in each grade over a four-year period starting in September, said Harun Celik, director of the school. The school board of directors agreed that by increasing the number of students, Hampden Charter School of Science can offer more ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Springfield's new $27.5 million Brookings school opens, signaling rebirth after 2011 tornado

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      Springfield's new $27.5 million Brookings school opens, signaling rebirth after 2011 tornado

      A new day dawned for Elias Brookings Elementary School on Tuesday as 382 students settled into their seats on the first day of school in the $27.5 million state-of-the-art building. Students reactions? "It's awesome;" It's amazing;" "it's refreshing;" "it's safer." Almost four years since the June 1, 2011 tornado struck the brick building that had been a landmark in the neighborhood for eight decades, the new three-story, 64.000-square-foot school at 433 Walnut St. has risen like a castle on a hill. The tornado damage to the original structure forced students into modular classrooms where ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Getting the Jobs Done

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      Getting the Jobs Done

      “The economic imperative for aligning the workforce needs of Massachusetts with the needs of students attending community colleges is powerful and growing. Massachusetts is at a crossroads in its capacity to compete — and the ability of its residents to fully participate in the current economy and the rewards that employment brings. For the Commonwealth to flourish going forward, a high priority must be placed on training the workforce that is needed by the industries that are driving the Massachusetts economy. That responsibility falls squarely on the Commonwealth’s public higher-education system, most predominately the 15 community colleges.”

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Holyoke Community College   MassMutual

    6. Economic Leaders, Employers, Students Converge for Career Jam

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      Economic Leaders, Employers, Students Converge for Career Jam

      The region’s premier economic luminaries, employers, and Mount Holyoke students will converge at Mount Holyoke College today, not for a career fair, but for a meeting of the minds.  Among the planned attendees at Career Jam are Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce; Dianne Doherty, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Center; Dawn Creighton, Western Massachusetts director of Associated Industries of Massachusetts; and Lora Wondolowski, executive director of Leadership Pioneer Valley. Employers including Bay Path University, Arise for Social Justice, Peoples Bank, and Paragus Strategic IT will also be represented.

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      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Northampton

    7. The Business Journals has ranked UMass 48th out of 484 public colleges

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      The Business Journals has ranked UMass 48th out of 484 public colleges

      A list of 2015 public college rankings published by The Business Journals ranked the University of Massachusetts as the 48th-best public college in the country. The network of publications, covering business issues in a number of cities, ranked 484 public colleges nationwide. A description of the effort reads:

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Westfield State University

    8. Brookings teachers move into $27.5 million replacement for tornado-damaged Springfield elementary school

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      Brookings teachers move into $27.5 million replacement for tornado-damaged Springfield elementary school

      Elias Brookings Elementary School Principal Terry Powe and dozens of teachers and volunteers were pinching themselves on Wednesday as they began moving books and classroom supplies into the new $27.5 million building that will greet students next week when winter break is over. The three-story, light-filled, state-of-the-art building at 43 Walnut St. is a far cry from the modular classrooms across the street where the students have been housed since the June 1, 2011, tornado damaged the 80-year-old dilapidated brick schoolhouse on Hancock Street in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton

    9. Westfield Vocational-Technical High School records first graduation class with 0 percent drop out rate

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      Westfield Vocational-Technical High School records first graduation class with 0 percent drop out rate

      The State Department of Education announced the dropout rate accomplishment Jan. 27 citing Westfield Vocational-Technical, Smith Academy and Longmeadow High as the only zero percent granduated classes for 2014. "This is a first for our school," Czaporowski said, noting that the dropout rate in 2008 at the school was 7.5 percent. "We will meet with students personally and always emphasize career planning. We help students build on their career plans," he said. The school has a dropout prevention advisory committee consisting of teachers, mentors and administration.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    10. HCC, STCC Offer Manufacturing Production Technician Training Program

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      Holyoke Community College, in collaboration with Springfield Technical Community College, is offering a free manufacturing production technician training program beginning Monday, March 16.  The 10-week, accelerated manufacturing training program is being offered through Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a joint effort between HCC and STCC, with support from Massachusetts Community Colleges and the Workforce Development Transformation Agenda, which is funded through a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    11. STCC offers two-year nursing degree for those balancing a job and family commitments

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      STCC offers two-year nursing degree for those balancing a job and family commitments

      Many students dream of pursuing a nursing career but find going to school full time while balancing a job and family commitments a strain both personally and financially. The answer for many aspiring nurses, like Trina Henderson, a student at Springfield Technical Community College, is to pursue a two-year degree at a community college to obtain an associate degree and enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    12. Five Colleges Consortium buys land in Hadley for new library annex

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      Five Colleges Consortium buys land in Hadley for new library annex

      The Five Colleges Consortium has signed an agreement to purchase 46 acres of land across from Venture Way on North Maple and near Rocky Hill Road as the site for a 2.5-million-volume library annex. Kevin Kennedy
, consortium communications director,
 said in the fall they needed the annex because of space requirements identified in the University of Massachusetts library master plan and projected needs of Smith College libraries during an anticipated major renovation of its Neilson Library in Northampton.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Northampton

    13. Adopt a Square one classroom | masslive

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      Adopt a Square one classroom | masslive

      Kate Kane, managing director of Northwestern Mutual's field office in Springfield, adopted a Square One classroom.  Steve Grande, President of Meridian Industrial Group in Holyoke, adopted a Square One classroom, too  To adopt a classroom, they donated funds that help pay for classroom furnishings and teaching materials to enhance the learning environment for children, according to a news release from Square One.  Why are business leaders like Kane and Grande investing in early education and care at Square One? While each has individual reasons, both of these business leaders recognize the value of early investments in the long-term success ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    14. Suit Up Springfield helps outfit young professionals for working world

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      Suit Up Springfield helps outfit young professionals for working world

      It takes a network to raise a businessman, and 25-year-old Justin Roberts makes it his business to make the process easier for young men who are emerging leaders in the Greater Springfield area. Roberts, of Springfield, is the founder and president of Suit Up Springfield, a brand-new nonprofit which outfits young men for the work world and arms them with resources so they can navigate job searches, manage interviews and network for success. The seed for the organization was planted accidentally last summer, and it didn't just blossom. It exploded. Since early fall, when various online channels for the ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield   Northampton

    15. Machine tech program starts in fall to answer demand for skilled workers in WMass

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      Machine tech program starts in fall to answer demand for skilled workers in WMass

      The Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, reacting to industry demand for skilled workers, is adding a machine technology program starting in fall 2015. "This is something our member school districts have been asking for," said Principal Donald Jarvis. "They see the demand from their students."

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   West Springfield   Springfield

    16. Baystate Begins Registration for Mini-Medical School | BusinessWest

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      Baystate Begins Registration for Mini-Medical School | BusinessWest

      Baystate Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School, which begins its spring session on March 19, will give area residents a reason to come out of hibernation from the long, cold, snowy winter and join others interested in the expanding field of medicine.  Mini-Medical School program is an eight-week health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics, such as surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, pathology, and several others. Many of the ‘students,’ who often range in age from 20 to 70, participate due to a general interest in medicine and ...

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    17. Teach for America recruits college grads to join new corps in Springfield

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      Teach for America recruits college grads to join new corps in Springfield

      Teach for America, founded in 1990 by Wendy Kopp, works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty by recruiting a diverse corps of college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools – with the long-range goal of developing lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequality.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. Holyoke Community College awarded $300,000 for Center for Life Sciences | masslive

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      Holyoke Community College awarded $300,000 for Center for Life Sciences | masslive

      Holyoke Community College has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to purchase biotechnology laboratory equipment and supplies for the college's future Center for Life Sciences. This grant will supplement a $3.8 million grant the college received in 2013 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for renovations to the Marieb Building that will create the Center for Life Sciences

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    19. Western New England University Sports Managment program accredited | masslive

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      Western New England University Sports Managment program accredited | masslive

      The Western New England University Sport Management program was recently accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) for 2014 through 2021. It is one of only two sport management programs in the U.S. accredited by both COSMA and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, according to a news release.  COSMA is a specialized accrediting body whose purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in sport management education worldwide in colleges and universities at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. COSMA reviews sport management programs and evaluates how well the program educates students and prepares them ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Western New England University   Springfield

    20. Springfield officials praise Putnam Vocational Technical Academy students for major house renovation project in Old Hill

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      Springfield officials praise Putnam Vocational Technical Academy students for major house renovation project in Old Hill

      City officials praised students from the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy on Friday, saying their extensive work to renovate a blighted, tax-foreclosed house at 162 Tyler St., in Old Hill, has resulted in its sale and return to the tax rolls. "I think the Putnam kids did a great job and got some valuable experience," City Treasurer-Tax Collector Stephen J. Lonergan said. "The person buying it got a completely remodeled house. The city gets the house owner-occupied, and it helps the neighborhood. It's definitely a win for all sides."

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    21. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy cites progress on campus since his arrival in June 2012

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      UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy cites progress on campus since his arrival in June 2012

      University or Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy provided a kind of state of the state report to the Faculty Senate Thursday, outlining a number of accomplishments and goals ahead. He said he's been chancellor for a about 2 ½ years  - he took over in June 2012 form Robert C. Holub - and wanted "to take stock." He said he is an optimist and sees the glass as half full. He talked for about 10 minutes and would have answered questions but no one asked any.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    22. Foreign Policy

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      Foreign Policy

      Michelle Kowalsky’s business card declares that, among other things, she is the director of International Admissions at Western New England University.  She’s the first person in the 95-year history of the school to take the title, and that fact speaks to a rather large movement within higher education — and education in general.  Indeed, while schools in this region and across the country have always admitted international students, they have not pursued them in anything approaching the aggressive manner that they are now — for several reasons.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University

    23. Springfield resident Victor Woolridge named as new UMass Board of Trustees chairman

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      Springfield resident Victor Woolridge named as new UMass Board of Trustees chairman

      Woolridge, who is vice president of Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, has chaired the UMass Board's Committee on Administration and Finance since 2011. His term on the board expires in 2019. He is a graduate of UMass-Amherst with a bachelor of arts degree in legal studies.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    24. Want to finish college? UMass 'University Without Walls' offers undergraduate degrees, takes life experience into account

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      Want to finish college? UMass 'University Without Walls' offers undergraduate degrees, takes life experience into account

      "The University Without Walls is the bachelor's degree completion program of UMass Amherst. UWW has helped over 3,000 adults earn their degrees since 1971," said Jose Delgado, Pre-admissions Advising and Recruitment Coordinator. "The program is designed for the adult with maybe a career or a family who wouldn't be able to pursue their degree the traditional way."

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

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