1. Articles in category: Education

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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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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    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

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      UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

      UMass Amherst now ranks among the nation’s top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the 2015 Best Colleges guide released recently by U.S. News & World Report. There are more than 600 public, four-year colleges in the country, and U.S. News ranks the top 122. The Commonwealth’s flagship campus, led by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, earned its highest ranking ever in the prestigious national universities category. Since 2010, when UMass Amherst ranked 52nd among public schools, the university’s standing has steadily improved, reaching 40th last year before advancing to 30th for ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    16. Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

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      Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

      In the thoughts of Gov. Deval Patrick, and many others celebrating the opening of a new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square: mission accomplished. Patrick was among local, state and university officials who gathered at the 26,000-square-foot center on Wednesday to see the new facility, dubbed UMassCenter at Springfield, and celebrate its opening. The student interest in the new center, which opened on Sept. 2, has been higher than expected, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    17. Springfield student-staffed branch of Freedom Credit Union opens at Putnam Academy | masslive.com

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      Springfield student-staffed branch of Freedom Credit Union opens at Putnam Academy | masslive.com

      There was no shortage of credit being given out Tuesday as the Freedom Credit Union opened a new branch at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational and Technical Academy to be staffed by six student tellers.  Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Superintendent Daniel Warwick and others praised the partnership between Putnam and the Freedom Credit Union as a prime example of cooperation between business community and the vocational school.

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    18. Gov. Deval Patrick among officials set to celebrate new University of Massachusetts center in downtown Springfield

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      Gov. Deval Patrick among officials set to celebrate new University of Massachusetts center in downtown Springfield

      Gov. Deval Patrick will be among local and state officials gathering at the new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square on Wednesday, to celebrate its opening and to take part in tours. Tours for the public officials are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a speaking program at 11 a.m., at the site, located on the second floor of Tower Square, 1500 Main St. The UMass Center at Springfield occupies 26,000 square feet of space at Tower Square including classrooms, specialized nursing facilities, conference rooms, a computer lab and a reception area ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    19. Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

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      Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

      hat is one of the queries on a 13-question survey Associated Industries of Massachusetts is taking around the Commonwealth, taking the temperature of employers as it develops an economic development platform called "Blueprint for the Next Century" John Regan, Associated Industries' executive vice president for government affairs, admits the name sounds a bit grandiose. It's a play on the state-wide business lobbying group's 100th anniversary in 2015. Associated Industries was founded in 2015 by manufacturers, including paper mills, mostly based in the western portion of the state who felt they needed a stronger unified voice when speaking to ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    20. Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

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      Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

      State, local and community dignitaries joined Westfield State University officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $33 million science center that will change the landscape of Western Avenue. Interim President Elizabeth H. Preston told those gathered under a tent at the construction site on Thursday afternoon that the 54,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in August 2016, will not only serve as a state-of-the art educational facility, but its design will also enhance the surroundings.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield State University   Westfield

    21. Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

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      Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

      The recent graduate of the High School of Science and Technology is enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College and will use the money to help pay for her books. “My job was to make sure the kids were focused, to show them how to behave in school and help them read,” Sands explained. “I liked it a lot. It taught me a lot of things about working, and helping young people.” Sands was one of 11 teens who found work through a jointly-sponsored effort that included funding from New England Farm Workers Council, and recruitment and oversight by the Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    22. Groundbreaking for Westfield State University's $33 million science center set

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      Groundbreaking for Westfield State University's $33 million science center set

      State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is scheduled to join state and local officials Thursday for groundbreaking of the Westfield State University's $33 million science center. As the first new academic building on campus in three decades, the center will be 54,000-square feet and house state-of-the-art science laboratories, simulation labs for nursing and health science programs, and a technology-rich, interactive classroom that will serve a variety of academic departments.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    23. Five Colleges Consortium planning to build annex to house 2.5 million volumes

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      Five Colleges Consortium planning to build annex to house 2.5 million volumes

      The Five Colleges Consortium will soon be building a library annex to meet the growing space needs at the Five Colleges. The annex will be able to hold 2.5 million volumes. Five College officials are still evaluating sites, said Kevin Kennedy
, communications director,
 in an email but the plan is to build and open it sometime next year. He said that preliminary estimates are between $9 and $12 million depending on the site. Five Colleges, Inc. will finance the cost of the annex through a substantial down payment and borrowing and will repay the financing by leasing space ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst

    24. Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

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      Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

      Keynote speaker Michael Mathis, president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield Development, the breakfast's signature sponsor, highlighted the event's theme, "A New Generation of Philanthropic Leaders," through photos of his two sons, with heads shaven for a St. Baldrick's Foundation fund-raiser for childhood cancers, projected on a screen.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

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