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    1. STCC Receives $662,000 in State Grants for COVID-19 Relief

      STCC Receives $662,000 in State Grants for COVID-19 Relief

      The state awarded Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) two grants totaling nearly $662,000 for COVID-19 relief, STCC President John Cook announced. The money will be used to help keep the campus safe during the pandemic, compensate faculty for their work developing online courses, and boost student aid, Cook said at a news conference at STCC. He spoke from Building 20, where check-in stations are set up to screen students, staff, and faculty who arrive on the campus.

       

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    2. American International College to Host Mural Honoring Mason Square Resident

      American International College to Host Mural Honoring Mason Square Resident

      American International College (AIC) will honor a Springfield individual known to residents in Mason Square as Preacherman with a mural on the college’s maintenance building located at the corner of State and Reed streets. Born Randolph Lester, he was a well-known community member who was given the Preacherman moniker as he was often seen walking around the Mason Square area carrying a Bible.

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    3. STCC Announces Events for Massachusetts STEM Week

      STCC Announces Events for Massachusetts STEM Week

      To celebrate Massachusetts STEM Week, Oct. 19-23, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) announced a week-long series of events. STEM Week 2020 is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s nine regional STEM networks. It is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness, and ability for all learners to envision themselves in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and employment opportunities. The theme for the third annual statewide STEM Week is “See Yourself in STEM,” with a particular focus on the power of mentoring.

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    4. Smith College receives $50M gift; largest individual donation in its history

      Smith College receives $50M gift; largest individual donation in its history

      Smith College has received a $50 million endowment gift — the largest individual donation in the school’s 155-year history. The college announced Tuesday that the gift — $40 million designated for student financial aid and $10 million to “re-envision” the school’s career development program — is from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous. It was made through a private foundation.

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    5. HCC to Continue Remote Instruction Through Spring

      HCC to Continue Remote Instruction Through Spring

      Holyoke Community College will continue to offer the majority of its classes remotely through the 2021 spring semester, HCC President Christina Royal announced in a message to students, faculty, and staff. “So much has happened over the course of the last several months,” Royal said. “Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how our world will change from one day to the next. It is difficult to predict what life will look like for HCC months from now. However, we are preparing and planning as best we can for every possible scenario.”

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    6. Westfield State Launches New Public Healthcare Administration Programs

      Westfield State Launches New Public Healthcare Administration Programs

      Westfield State University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) launched a new graduate degree concentration and certificate program that focuses on public healthcare administration. The master of public administration (MPA) in public healthcare administration concentration and the public healthcare administration certificate were approved recently by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

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    7. Holyoke Community College will be remote in Spring 2021

      Holyoke Community College will be remote in Spring 2021

      Holyoke Community College will continue to operate primarily remotely for the Spring 2021 semester, according to an internal memo sent this week. The College made a public announcement Friday. Holyoke Community College president Christina Royal said administrators expect that no more than 10% of the college’s course offerings will be offered in person.

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    8. AIC Receives High Marks for Teaching and Education Degrees

      AIC Receives High Marks for Teaching and Education Degrees

      American International College (AIC) is ranked 17th among the top 50 colleges and universities for teaching and education degrees, as ranked by learn.org for academic year 2020-21. Established in 2003, learn.org provides free resources for students and working professionals to research potential schools and degrees by providing information on career opportunities and institutions of higher education that help individuals reach their goals, including school connections, scholarships, and online college planning for quality and affordable education.

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    9. Digital Forensic Expertise for Growing Industry: 8th Annual Cybersecurity Summit | Bay Path University

      Digital Forensic Expertise for Growing Industry: 8th Annual Cybersecurity Summit | Bay Path University

      "IT'S ALL ABOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE FIELD," states Amber Schroader, the only female CEO in the digital forensic space. At Bay Path University's 8th Annual Cybersecurity Summit (NOW VIRTUAL!), Ms. Schroader will recount her unconventional journey from young computer techie to digital forensic expert to establishing her own company.



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    10. Education Equity Focus of Grant to Holyoke Community College

      Education Equity Focus of Grant to Holyoke Community College

      When Holyoke Community College (HCC) unveiled its four-year strategic plan in 2018, one of its top priorities was increasing success rates of students of color. That aligned with goals established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), which in the same year made equity the top policy and performance objective for the entire state public higher-education system.

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    11. Elms College Climbs U.S. News List of ‘Top Performers on Social Mobility’

      Elms College Climbs U.S. News List of ‘Top Performers on Social Mobility’

      Elms College improved its ranking by 30 spots on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of “Top Performers on Social Mobility” in the northern U.S. region. The list ranks schools for enrolling and graduating large proportions of students who have received federal Pell Grants. Elms College improved its ranking dramatically, moving to seventh among 89 regional universities in the region, up from 37th in 2020. “This tremendous jump in the social-mobility rankings is an exceptional affirmation of our efforts to make a Catholic liberal-arts education accessible to students from all backgrounds,” Elms College President Harry Dumay said ...

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    12. Robert Johnson Takes the Helm at WNEU

      Robert Johnson Takes the Helm at WNEU

      At least once, and perhaps twice, Robert Johnson strongly considered removing himself from the mix as a search committee narrowed the field of candidates to succeed Anthony Caprio as president of Western New England University (WNEU) in Springfield. It was early spring, and the COVID-19 pandemic was presenting every institution of higher learning, including UMass-Dartmouth, which he served as chancellor, with a laundry list of stern — and, in some cases, unprecedented — challenges.

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    13. WSU to Host Virtual Information Session for Master of Social Work Program

      WSU to Host Virtual Information Session for Master of Social Work Program

      Westfield State University’s (WSU) College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) will host a virtual information session for the master of social work program on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The program, one of only four located in Western Mass., is also offered at the YWCA at Salem Square in Worcester. The master of social work (MSW) program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and prepares students to become licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) and to work in a variety of positions in the human-services field. The program aims to prepare ...

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    14. STCC Announces Fall Workforce-development Courses

      STCC Announces Fall Workforce-development Courses

      From personal trainers to phlebotomy technicians and plumbers, Springfield Technical Community College’s (STCC) Workforce Development Center offers a number of affordable training options this fall to prepare students for a range of career opportunities. Some of the courses may be free for those who use services provided by the statewide MassHire workforce system. In addition, individuals who receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may be eligible for free certified nursing assistant (CNA) classes.

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    15. Advanced Education Has Benefits for Employees and Employers

      Advanced Education Has Benefits for Employees and Employers

      As access to online education grows, the number of professionals seeking to advance their education also increases. In 2017, one in six students enrolled entirely online, and one in three enrolled in at least one online course. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools around the country shut down their physical locations, and students were forced to move to online learning. Now that most students have taken some form of online classes, it is likely that many will choose to continue this method of learning.

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    16. HCC Receives $40,000 Grant for COVID-19 relief

      HCC Receives $40,000 Grant for COVID-19 relief

      The Holyoke Community College Foundation has received a second grant in as many months to help students facing financial emergencies because of COVID-19. In its latest round of grants, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded $40,000 to HCC from its COVID-19 Relief Fund. In July, the Community Foundation awarded the HCC Foundation $35,000. All $75,000 went into the President’s Student Emergency Fund, which is managed by the HCC Foundation.

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    17. Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts

      Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts

      Business leaders, college presidents, politicians and state economic development leaders joined in an online seminar to discuss better ways the entire state can come together to share resources and produce products. More than 350 people signed on to listen to or participate in the first EastWest Exchange on Wednesday. The event covered ways to localize supply chains and better share business and innovation from the eastern part of the state with that being done in Western Massachusetts.

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    18. HCC Receives $1 Million Grant for STEM Scholars Program

      HCC Receives $1 Million Grant for STEM Scholars Program

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) has been awarded a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will enable students majoring in STEM fields to qualify for scholarships of as much as $6,500 a year toward tuition and fees. The scholarships are open to current and incoming HCC students enrolled full-time or part-time in chemistry, biology, biotechnology, environmental science, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, or other STEM areas of study.

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    19. STCC to Hold ‘Community Conversations’ Virtual Event on Aug. 19

      STCC to Hold ‘Community Conversations’ Virtual Event on Aug. 19

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is connecting with the local community through college alumni, local politicians, civic and nonprofit leaders, and business owners to share insights into how STCC makes an impact on Greater Springfield and Western Mass. The public is invited to attend the first in a series of free virtual events on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. To register in advance and receive a Zoom meeting invitation, visit stcc.edu/conversations. STCC alumni will share how the college shaped their lives and careers in a session titled “The Right Choice.”

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    20. STCC Launches New Social-media Strategy and Design Certificate

      STCC Launches New Social-media Strategy and Design Certificate

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer a new social-media strategy and design certificate this fall in the Department of Technical Arts and Design. The coursework is designed to prepare students for the planning and implementation of a promotional strategy using a variety of social-media platforms, including social networking, microblogging, photo sharing, and video sharing.

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    21. Wsu, Hcc Announce Biotechnology Program Partnership

      Westfield State University (WSU) and Holyoke Community College (HCC) have partnered to create an affordable pathway for students who earn an associate degree in biotechnology from HCC to transfer credits and pursue a bachelor’s degree from WSU. The transfer agreement benefits students by providing an affordable option to enroll at HCC for two years and take high-level science courses that can be applied at Westfield State. With the agreement in place, students will experience a smooth transfer process between the two schools.

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    22. 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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    23. 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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