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    1. WGBY, Springfield schools team up to get kids moving

      WGBY, Springfield schools team up to get kids moving

      Fitness trackers have grown in popularity over the years, with people monitoring everything from their heart rates to their every step. Students at Brightwood, Elias Brookings, Lincoln and Gerena elementary schools in Springfield are also monitoring their steps with a little help from WGBY. The local PBS station has teamed up with the Springfield Public Schools to implement the "Cyberchase" Step It Up program.

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    2. Bay Path Women’s Leadership Conference Slated for March 31

      Bay Path Women’s Leadership Conference Slated for March 31

      Bay Path University will hold its 22nd annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on Friday, March 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. This year’s event will explore empathy, how it empowers people individually and as teams, and how it can help them become better, stronger, and more compassionate leaders. Keynote speakers include Nicholas Sparks, Nely Galan, and Shiza Shahid. In today’s workplace, a successful bottom line is defined by how much an organization values and cultivates human capital. Leaders need to understand not only their business, but ...

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    3. UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      Beginning in August, the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s in nursing program will be taught at the UMass Center at Springfield in Tower Square. The 17-month program, designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in other subjects or people interested in a career change, will enroll 80 students each year. Courses will be taught by UMass Amherst College of Nursing faculty using state-of-the-art teaching technologies in newly renovated and expanded classrooms to allow for the intensive clinical work that nursing education demands.

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    4. Western New England University to Host Business Policy Discussion

      Western New England University to Host Business Policy Discussion

      The Western New England University (WNEU) School of Law continues its series of national policy discussions, “Trump: First 100 Days,” on Thursday, March 23 with a focus on the Trump administration’s business policies and, in particular, how the administration’s policies may impact small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Trump administration has a pro-business reputation, and some of its early policy choices reflect preferences of certain industries over others. ‘Business’ is a broad term, however, and the impact of policies that may benefit one type of business may not have the same effect on other businesses.

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    5. Longmeadow's Willie Ross School for the Deaf recognized by state

      Longmeadow's Willie Ross School for the Deaf recognized by state

      The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- a division of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services -- also presented Willie Ross transition specialist Karen Stackow with their Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award. The school said the state recognized its "50 years of serving the deaf and hard-of-hearing children of Western Massachusetts with outstanding attention to the unique needs of a diverse population." The school was founded in 1967.

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    6. Springfield College event to feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick...

      Springfield College event to feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick...

      Springfield College will host its annual social sciences lecture on March 30, featuring former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland as the keynote speaker. Ireland served as a judge for 37 years, and in 1997, was the first African American to be appointed to the state Supreme Judicial Court, eventually becoming the first African American Chief Justice before he retired in 2014. The Springfield native's address will focus on his career and his experience working in various levels of the judicial system including his time working in Boston's Juvenile Court.

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    7. STCC students build 'solar suitcases' used by doctors in Kenya

      STCC students build 'solar suitcases' used by doctors in Kenya

      Teaching students about the real-world applications of science is one of professor Barbara Washburn's passions. The chairwoman of the physics department at Springfield Technical Community College, who has degrees in electrical and laser engineering, is constantly looking for ways to engage her students. Her most recent idea was to let students in her engineering class work with Gateway to College high school students to build "solar suitcases" that can be used by health workers and schools in third-world countries to provide light and electricity. According to the We Care Solar website, the suitcases that go to schools and community ...

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    8. UMass Center teams up with Springfield schools to give students college experience

      UMass Center teams up with Springfield schools to give students college experience

      Dressed in their Sunday best 5th graders from Rebecca M. Johnson School drew pictures all over the white board in a classroom at the UMass Center in downtown Springfield. "They are drawing pictures to reflect different careers in STEAM, science, technology, engineering, arts and math," said Jamina Scippio-McFadden, director of student services, academic support, marketing and community relations for UMass Springfield. The students were able to tour the satellite campus as part of the University of Massachusetts program called College Matters for U, designed to reach out to Springfield schoolchildren and to demystify the process of getting into and attending ...

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    9. Porchlight Partnership with STCC Yields Advances in Home Care

      Holly Chaffee, president of Porchlight VNA/Home Care, and Sharon Grundel, director of Healthcare Training Development at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), presented to healthcare leaders at the Organization of Nurse Leaders Quarterly Educational Meeting at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. on March 10. The presentation detailed the partnership the two organizations developed in 2015 to bring an innovative approach to in-home, direct-care worker training, including the use of new technology. The training program was made possible with a grant from the Training and Workforce Options (TWO) collaborative between STCC and Holyoke Community College and the Mass. Department of Higher ...

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    10. Women’s Fund, Bay Path Partner to Promote Leadership, Learning

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts and Bay Path University announced a groundbreaking partnership aimed at driving women’s leadership and educational access by providing college credits as part of the Women’s Fund Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) program. Through this partnership, which aims to educate women for leadership roles, the LIPPI program will give participants access to Bay Path’s online classroom tools, including access to virtual sessions with instructors and with their cohort. LIPPI participants will also be able to opt in to receive three undergraduate or graduate credits from Bay Path or ...

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    11. CareerPoint brings job center to Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, plans to go to more schools

      CareerPoint brings job center to Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, plans to go to more schools

      CareerPoint, a Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center located nearby at 850 High St., hosted a grand opening Friday for its office at William J. Dean Technical High School. "It's OK to not know as a high school freshman what you want to do with the rest of your life," said David Gadaire, executive director of CareerPoint. "What's not OK is not wanting to do anything."

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    12. Western Massachusetts colleges host career fair March 29 in Springfield

      Western Massachusetts colleges host career fair March 29 in Springfield

      Nearly 100 companies are expected when the College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts hosts its annual career fair March 29 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the campus of Western New England University. Employers will offer full-time and part-time employment opportunities and internships, according to a news release from Western New England. The College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts is a consortium of eight colleges in Hampden County: American International College, Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Western New England University and Westfield State University.

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    13. WNEU to Host Regional Career Fair March 29

      WNEU to Host Regional Career Fair March 29

      The College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts will hold a career fair on Wednesday, March 29 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the campus of Western New England University. Nearly 100 companies will be recruiting college students for paid and unpaid internships, as well as full-time and part-time employment opportunities. This annual event is a unique opportunity for employers and graduate-school representatives to connect with motivated students and alumni who are looking to launch and advance their careers.

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    14. Health Program at STCC Wins Accreditation

      Health Program at STCC Wins Accreditation

      The health information technology program at Springfield Technical Community College was awarded accreditation, a big step forward for an area of study that can help hospital workers like Pamela Rau advance in their careers. Rau, 53, of Southampton, worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield for more than 20 years when she decided to seek an associate degree in health information technology from STCC. She needed the diploma to continue working as a supervisor in health information management. Rau was part of the first graduating class in June.

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    15. President Christina Royal of Holyoke Community College to speak at International Women's...

      President Christina Royal of Holyoke Community College to speak at International Women's...

      Christina Royal, the first female president of Holyoke Community College, will be the keynote speaker as the college celebrates International Women's Day at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the courtyard of the 303 Homestead Ave. campus. Refreshments and group discussions will follow the rally, which is open to all, said a press release from Holyoke Community College (HCC). "International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity," according to internationalwomensday.com

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    16. Dropout rate down more than 50 percent in Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield in five-year...

      Dropout rate down more than 50 percent in Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield in five-year...

      In a span of five years, three Massachusetts school districts saw drastic improvements in lowering their dropout rates.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the dropout rate in Springfield Public Schools was under 5 percent, a 57 percent decrease compared to the 2010-2011 rate, a school year when 791 students dropped out. In that same time frame, Holyoke Public Schools has seen more than a hundred additional students remain in school annually, a 54 percent reduction in dropouts.  Across the state, Lawrence has seen a 51 percent decrease in students dropping out of the city's four high schools.

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    17. WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy will hold its seventh annual Continuing Pharmacy Education and Preceptor Development Conference on Thursday, March 16 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall. The conference is one way the College of Pharmacy supports the educational needs of pharmacists in the region. Hundreds of regional pharmacists from New England participate each year in the full-day training program, which will provide insight into legal issues impacting the pharmacy profession, preceptor development, and updates on clinical therapeutics.

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    18. Career center to help students with options opening at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke

      Career center to help students with options opening at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke

      In keeping with the mission to fine-tune the focus of high school, a career center will open at Dean Technical High School at 1045 Main St. on March 10. "The focus of the center is to provide career and job services to students, to help make connections for students between their academics and their future career options," Judy Taylor, spokeswoman for the Holyoke public schools, said Monday. The opening ceremony will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Dean, and the public is invited, she said. The career center at Dean will be a partnership with CareerPoint, a nonprofit ...

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    19. Westfield, Sturbridge charter schools approved by state education board

      Westfield, Sturbridge charter schools approved by state education board

      The state board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Monday approved three new charter schools, two of which will open in western Massachusetts. The board voted to approve Hampden Charter School of Science in Westfield, and the Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School. Hampden Charter School of Science is scheduled to open in 2018 with an initial enrollment of 252 students from Agawam, Holyoke, Westfield and West Springfield. It will serve grades 6 through 9 at first, then expand to 588 students in grades 6 through 12.

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    20. Families flock to WGBY Love for Learning fair in Springfield for day of education,...

      Families flock to WGBY Love for Learning fair in Springfield for day of education,...

      The WGBY Love for Learning PBS Kids Fan Fair drew families to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday for a day of creativity and the chance to meet the authors and illustrators of some of their favorite books. Kids took photos with Curious George and other beloved PBS Kids characters, looked at ticks under microscopes, banged on bucket drums and found out what it takes to create a children's book. The free event ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "PBS is committed to making people engaged, committed learners throughout their whole lives," said Marie Waechter ...

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    21. WSU receives grant from Baker-Polito administration

      WSU receives grant from Baker-Polito administration

      Westfield State University (WSU) hopes that state funds received recently will lead to a new concentration focused on a burgeoning career field. WSU received $75,000 from Gov. Baker’s office last week, which will go toward the university’s attempt to create a biotechnology concentration in their biology program. The money is expected to help the university develop the concentration, with a tentative limited offering of it happening as soon as the fall of this year.

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    22. Bay Path Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law

      Bay Path University and Western New England University’s School of Law recently signed a 3+3 articulation agreement that allows undergraduate students attending Bay Path to apply for admission to the law school and begin their legal education during their senior year. This could shorten the time for students to earn both their bachelor’s and JD degrees from seven years to six years. “We are so proud to offer this opportunity for our students to pursue JD degrees,” said Bay Path Provost Melissa Morriss-Olson. “The 3+3 program not only enhances the strength of the existing partnership between ...

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    23. AIC Announces 100% Pass Rate for Occupational Therapy Program

      American International College (AIC) announced that its master’s-level occupational therapy pass rate for 2016 is 100%, as designated by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc. (NBCOT). NBCOT is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational-therapy profession, setting a world-class standard for certification of occupational-therapy practitioners. It also works with state regulatory authorities and employers, providing information on credentials and professional conduct. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence for the practice of occupational therapy.

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    24. UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.  University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students. "UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth's flagship, plays a crucial role in the state's innovation economy," Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. "Our research in fields such as applied life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food science, big data and climate science are internationally recognized. The ingenuity and expertise of our faculty and students, as well as our alumni, provide fertile ...

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