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    1. United Way of Pioneer Valley Wins Veteran Financial-literacy Grant

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      United Way of Pioneer Valley Wins Veteran Financial-literacy Grant

      Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced that the United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) was one of five recipients of a grant that supports financial education to veterans and military families.  Known as the Operation Money Wise: Financial Education Opportunity Grant and funded through the Office of Economic Empowerment, these grants aim to increase the scope of financial education for military families by providing them with the tools they need to achieve financial stability. Many of these workshops will include strategy sessions on managing money, planning for college, preparing for retirement, and monetary decision making.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    2. 'MassNZ': Mass Net Zero Data Center in Holyoke aims to make Green High Performance Computing Center carbon neutral | masslive.com

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      'MassNZ': Mass Net Zero Data Center in Holyoke aims to make Green High Performance Computing Center carbon neutral | masslive.com

      Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing battery technology at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that could make the hydropowered city even more carbon neutral.  University scientists and Holyoke officials cut the ribbon Friday on the Mass Net Zero Data Center, also called MassNZ. It's an experimental station located at the Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., which aims to make data centers like this one more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    3. State Announces $9.3 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants

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      State Announces $9.3 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced $9.3 million in workforce skills equipment grants to 35 high schools, community colleges, and vocational training providers across the Commonwealth for vocational-technical education and training equipment purchases that connect Massachusetts students and residents to economic opportunities in high-demand industries. “Workforce skills education and training plays an enormous role in economic and personal development by helping residents acquire the skills they need to connect with promising careers,” Baker said. “These vocational-technical education equipment grants will help build stronger communities and a more competitive business environment that ensures more residents have the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   West Springfield   Springfield

    4. Holyoke's high performance computing center to show 'experimental' solar facility | masslive.com

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      Holyoke's high performance computing center to show 'experimental' solar facility | masslive.com

      An experimental, solar-powered 'microdata center' called MassNZ will be unveiled beside the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center at 100 Bigelow St. Friday at 10:15 a.m.  'MassNZ reinforces Holyoke's growing reputation as a leader in green energy, a hotbed of innovation and a magnet for academic and industrial investment,' Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release. 'It will also serve as an educational asset for local high schools and community colleges.'

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    5. Holyoke Community College President William Messner to retire | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Community College President William Messner to retire | masslive.com

      After a dozen years at the helm of Holyoke Community College, William F. Messner announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of July.  Messner, 70, was the institution's third president, succeeding David M. Bartley in 2004, according to a press release from the college. He has served as president of several colleges over the last 30 years.  He made his decision public at the monthly meeting of the college's board of trustees and then issued a statement to the college community.  'I've determined it is time to step aside and get on with the next ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   William F. Messner

    6. Has Springfield's Tech Foundry succeeded in landing jobs for its students? | masslive.com

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      Has Springfield's Tech Foundry succeeded in landing jobs for its students? | masslive.com

      Earlier this month, Sec. of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash toured the headquarters of Tech Foundry, the Main Street nonprofit training local students for careers in information technology. He addressed a room of sharply dressed students learning java, took in the space's Silicon Valley trappings -- airy, open plan meeting rooms, a conspicuous ping pong table -- and said he came away impressed.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Greenfield Community College Medical Assistant Certificate program receives national accreditation | masslive.com

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      Greenfield Community College Medical Assistant Certificate program receives national accreditation | masslive.com

      Greenfield Community College's Medical Assistant Certificate Program has received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs.  Program coordinator Claire Tyminski explained in a news release what this means for GCC students and area employers:  'This accreditation is the gold standard for Medical Assistants. Because the MAC program is accredited, our students are now allowed to take the Certified Medical Assistant national exam from the American Association of Medical Assistants. Most employers now require this certification.'

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    8. UMass Announces Major Progress on Campus Renovations

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      UMass Announces Major Progress on Campus Renovations

      The University of Massachusetts now spends three out of four capital dollars on renovation and repair and has significantly reduced its maintenance backlog in recent years, President Marty Meehan said this week. In a letter submitted to state government leaders, Meehan noted that UMass has gone through a building boom over the past 20 years, largely in response to enrollment and faculty-innovation booms, but said the university over the past decade has placed a significant emphasis on maintenance and renovation. One of the fastest-growing universities in the nation, the five-campus UMass system experienced a 44% surge in enrollment in the ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    9. STCC Foundation’s Not Just Business as Usual Event Set for April 14

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      STCC Foundation’s Not Just Business as Usual Event Set for April 14

      The Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Foundation’s Not Just Business as Usual (NJBAU) event, a networking event for business leaders in Western Mass., will be held at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 14.  The event, now in its seventh year, is a celebration of innovative thinking giving participants the opportunity to learn from business experts while raising significant funding for the STCC WORKS scholarship program.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    10. Hampshire Earns Mellon Foundation grant of $1.2 million for college library | masslive.com

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      Hampshire Earns Mellon Foundation grant of $1.2 million for college library | masslive.com

      Hampshire has earned the grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in response to the College's proposal, titled Learning Commons 3.0, for the reinvention of the Harold F. Johnson Library. Hampshire's project team will utilize the funds to develop service models and to modernize and transform the library into an integrated hub of content, tools, and services in support of the College's curriculum, according to a news release.  The plan promises to result in a prototype that benefits libraries throughout the Five Colleges and beyond, creating a model for 21st-century academic and technological requirements. 'Our efforts ...

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    11. Western New England University announces Mini-Law School | masslive.com

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      Western New England University announces Mini-Law School | masslive.com

      Western New England University School of Law will open its doors to the community with a five-week program focusing on Gender, Sexuality, Families, and the Law. The Mini-Law School will be held from April 12 – May 10, 2016 on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:00 p.m. at Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    12. Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash: Holyoke education a top priority | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash: Holyoke education a top priority | masslive.com

      Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development, discussed Holyoke and its school system Thursday during the question-and-answer period following his breakfast speech to the Human Service Forum, a trade group of local nonprofit agencies, their supporters and their contractors.  Though he is not the state education secretary, Ash spoke K-12 education including vocational high schools and community colleges in terms of providing a workforce for economic growth. In answering a question, he spoke not only of the special attention that schools in Holyoke, Lawrence and now Southbridge receive following state takeovers, but also of the limitations of state ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    13. Bay Path University, Six-Point Creative Works, win award for 'Seize the Day' GoPro video | masslive.com

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      Bay Path University, Six-Point Creative Works, win award for 'Seize the Day' GoPro video | masslive.com

      Bay Path University and Six-Point Creative Works in Springfied used a GoPro video camera to capture the excitement of college admissions in a first-person video.  The video, called 'Seize the Day' after the university's Latin motto, won Bay Path University a Excellence Gold Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

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    14. Bay Path Online Learning Platform Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

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      Bay Path Online Learning Platform Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

      Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL) at Bay Path University’s American Women’s College was shortlisted for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education 2015 Awards, a ceremony billed as the ‘Oscars of higher education.’

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    15. State commits up to $17.6 million to Granby for proposed new West Street School | masslive.com

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      State commits up to $17.6 million to Granby for proposed new West Street School | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to grant the town up to up to $17,624,506 to replace the West Street School.  The proposed building project would help pay for an addition and renovation project at East Meadow School in Granby. It would include a new building to replace West Street Elementary School at the East Meadow campus.

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    16. WNEU School of Pharmacy Looks Beyond First Graduating Class

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      WNEU School of Pharmacy Looks Beyond First Graduating Class

      Briana Santaniello can trace her interest in the pharmacy profession to an article in the local press about a local pharmacist working for Baystate Health, which her mother showed to her when she was 16 and contemplating what to study in college.  “She said, ‘you’re strong in math, you’re strong in science, you’re good with people … have you ever considered pharmacy?’ I hadn’t, and at the time, I was looking at college programs, and there weren’t any pharmacy colleges around here — and I really wanted to stay in Massachusetts.”

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Big Y Foods   Western New England University

    17. Elms College Programs Keep Pace with Community Needs

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      Elms College Programs Keep Pace with Community Needs

      When Sr. Mary Reap took the helm at Elms College in 2009, she arrived with a reputation for identifying needs and building the partnerships necessary to meet them. She has done all that and more at Elms, launching a number of new degree programs, expanding enrollment and employment at the Chicopee institution, and maintaining the service- and community-oriented character that its students have long valued.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Baystate Health   Chicopee

    18. Regional Employment Board, machine tool industry, reach out to Holyoke middle school students | masslive.com

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      Regional Employment Board, machine tool industry, reach out to Holyoke middle school students | masslive.com

      The region's precision machine shops and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County plan to reach out to middle schoolers in Holyoke -- especially girls -- and get them fired up about a potential future in high-tech manufacturing.  'We think there are great opportunities in manufacturing for young women,' said David M. Cruise, president and CEO of the Regional Employment Board.  The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and the Western MA Chapter – National Tooling & Machining Association received a $8,393 grant this past week from MassDevelopment, a quasi-public economic development agency.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Holyoke

    19. State Proposes $83.5 Million for Vocational Technical Education

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      State Proposes $83.5 Million for Vocational Technical Education

      Gov. Charlie Baker, Secretary of Education James Peyser, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker II, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announced a series of new initiatives to support career vocational technical education, including $83.5 million to be proposed between the governor’s FY 2017 budget recommendation and new capital grant funding to be filed in an economic-development bill this week.  “With too many good-paying jobs going unfilled, we are pleased to announce this critical investment in our career and technical schools,” Baker said. “Our proposal will make it possible for more students to ...

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    20. Westfield Technical Academy opens its doors for public inspection of new aviation program | masslive.com

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      Westfield Technical Academy opens its doors for public inspection of new aviation program | masslive.com

      Westfield Technical Academy will show off its new Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Monday during a public open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m..  The School Committee is also scheduled to meet with the school's General Advisory Committee following the open house in Tiger's Pride to review and inspect all programs offered at the technical high school

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    21. Springfield schools get needed good news: Editorial | masslive.com

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      Springfield schools get needed good news: Editorial | masslive.com

      The Springfield schools still face many undeniable challenges, but Thursday's numbers show the system is pointed in the right direction.  Most noteworthy was a 51.8-percent improvement in the dropout rate over a five-year span from the 2009-10 academic year to 2014-15. This encouraging trend follows last month's news that White Street School soared from a Level 4 school to Level 1 - the highest level attainable.  The dropout numbers are significant. Especially in urban systems, the challenge of just keeping kids in school often supersedes the pursuit of desired academic performance.

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    22. Henry M. Thomas III of Springfield named vice chairman of UMass Building Authority | masslive.com

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      Henry M. Thomas III of Springfield named vice chairman of UMass Building Authority | masslive.com

      University of Massachusetts Trustee Henry M. Thomas III has been elected vice chairman of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority.  Thomas, who has been a member, was voted to the position at the UMBA Board meeting on Dec. 15, 2015, according to a press release.  Thomas had been chairman of the Board of Trustees, and resigned last year after Charlie Baker became governor.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    23. U.S. News Ranks Isenberg’s Online MBA Program 12th Nationally

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      U.S. News Ranks Isenberg’s Online MBA Program 12th Nationally

      The Isenberg School of Management’s online MBA program at UMass Amherst ranks among the best online MBA programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online MBA Programs.” The Isenberg MBA is ranked 12th out of 221 institutions ranked by the publication. “We continue to lead the pack in an increasingly competitive online educational landscape,” said Mark Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School. “This confirms what thousands of Isenberg students and alumni have known for over a decade: Isenberg’s online program goes beyond case studies and textbooks to drive students to real success ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    24. Western New England College of Business students partner with White Lion Brewing Co. | masslive.com

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      Western New England College of Business students partner with White Lion Brewing Co. | masslive.com

      Western New England University College of Business students recently collaborated with White Lion Brewing Co. to create an in-depth market research report to help the company expand its reach outside of the Pioneer Valley.  White Lion Brewing, the first craft brewery in the City of Springfield, recently cracked the Valley Beer Hunter's 'Must Try Craft Beers' list, according to a news release from Western New England.  The university students began their research in the spring semester 2015 culminating in their final report in December 2015.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

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