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    1. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Smith College will receive nearly half a million dollars for its life sciences facilities, one of several Massachusetts colleges and high schools to receive state grants focused on science and technology. The $497,000 grant will pay for advanced instrumentation for two research centers, allowing Smith to train life sciences majors with state-of-the-art technology, according to the state. The purchases will also ground Smith's outreach endeavors to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 in practices relevant to the newest discoveries.

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    2. Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      There was a time when a college degree or a high-school diploma was the only ticket a worker needed to enjoy a lifetime of middle-class comfort and security. Those days are long gone, according to Jeremiah Riordan, Springfield Technical Community College's new interim vice president of workforce training, and his colleague Paul Sheehan, director of workforce development. In response, community colleges, including STCC, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges, along with continuing to offer affordable pathways to a bachelor's degree, are redefining and expanding their roles as vehicles for lifelong learning and, in the process, helping to drive the ...

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    3. UMass Center in downtown Springfield fufilling promise as base for academics, community engagement

      UMass Center in downtown Springfield fufilling promise as base for academics, community engagement

      Since opening its doors almost three years ago in 26,000 square feet of mezzanine space in downtown's Tower Square, the UMass Center is solidifying its presence as a hub for academics and scholarly research while continuing to hone its role as a force for economic development and community engagement. Enrollment in the more than 20 courses offered at the center has grown from 250 students in the fall of 2014 when it opened to 850 in the spring of 2016, according to Daniel Montagna, director of operations at the center. Offerings at the center run the gamut - from ...

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    4. David M. Cruise: Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is "partnering for solutions"

      David M. Cruise: Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is "partnering for solutions"

      Talent attraction, development and retention is today's economic imperative. It is the bridge that connects the innovation "push" coming from our research labs and private and public universities across the commonwealth with the technology "pull' coming from our technology centric companies and advanced manufacturing enterprises. It is the differentiator that sets the commonwealth of Massachusetts apart from other states looking to compete in a global economy that continues to evolve and change at geometric proportions. In Hampden County, committed private-sector companies representing all critical business and industry sectors, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, workforce and economic development entities and ...

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    5. HCC receives $75,000 grant to improve career pathways program at Dean Tech

      HCC receives $75,000 grant to improve career pathways program at Dean Tech

      Holyoke Community College has received a $75,000 grant to strengthen the career pathway program at William J. Dean Technical High School. HCC was one of seven school districts and community colleges to receive a Career Technical Education Partnership Implementation Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant program aids local and regional partnerships geared toward boosting or creating CTE programs and initiatives that provided career pathway opportunities to students.

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    6. Agreement between AIC and three regional colleges opens doors for smooth transfers

      Agreement between AIC and three regional colleges opens doors for smooth transfers

      American International College has opened its doors to transfer students from three community colleges after signing articulation agreements with Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and Capital Community College in Hartford, Conn. With the three agreements, students from STCC, HCC, and CCC will have the opportunity to transfer and continue their education in an easier and more cost-efficient way as all three two-year colleges will offer courses and programs that align with AIC. Along with the opportunity to obtain a four-year degree, transferring students will have access to financial assistance as part of AIC's Direct Connect program, which ...

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    7. STCC Offers ‘Fast Track’ Customer-service Training

      STCC Offers ‘Fast Track’ Customer-service Training

      Springfield Technical Community College will offer a 16-week “fast track” customer-service certificate training program this spring that is designed to help students develop a range of skills, from interview techniques to job-hunting strategies. The fast track option allows students to earn 24 college credits over two eight-week sessions that begin March 20. They can apply these credits directly to an associate degree in business administration. Four courses are offered per session, and classes are held Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. An STCC fast-track customer-service certificate allows people to become eligible for jobs in a number of different ...

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    8. Preschool initiative successful in Springfield, Holyoke, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell,...

      Preschool initiative successful in Springfield, Holyoke, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell,...

      The Preschool Expansion Grant program is a multi-year initiative to provide free preschool to children in Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield. Through funding awarded to the state from the U.S. Department of Education, 48 new preschool classrooms were opened in the fall of 2015. About 850 children were enrolled in the participating communities during each year of the program. "The Preschool Expansion Grant program is developing important partnerships between participating school districts and community-based early education and care programs," Baker said in a prepared statement.  "The five participating cities are making significant progress toward supporting out goal of ...

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    9. Education reform leader touts Springfield Empowerment Zone as model program for struggling...

      Education reform leader touts Springfield Empowerment Zone as model program for struggling...

      Gov. Charlie Baker's recent praise of the Springfield Empowerment Zone, in which he called it a model for helping struggling schools during his State of the Commonwealth address, was music to the ears of Chris Gabrieli. Gabrieli, who is chairman of the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, shared his thoughts about the program during a meeting with the Editorial Board of The Republican last week. Gabrieli said the likelihood of success in Springfield will take time to assess, but its chances are enhanced by its embrace from school officials, teachers and others.

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    10. Bay Path to Present ‘Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM’

      Bay Path to Present ‘Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM’

      The Center of Excellence for Women in STEM at Bay Path University will welcome Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard to the Women in STEM Speaker Series for a talk and interactive session on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Breck Suite on the university’s Longmeadow campus. Packard is a professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, where she also directs the Weissman Center for Leadership. She will take a closer look at professional mentoring from both the mentor and mentee perspective during her presentation, “Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM.”

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    11. Springfield forum slated to discuss impacts of new Every Student Succeeds Act

      Springfield forum slated to discuss impacts of new Every Student Succeeds Act

      Local and state organizations are inviting the public to take part in a community forum on Thursday at the MassMutual Center to expand dialogue on the impacts of a new federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The forum is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual center, 1277 Main St. The forum is sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) in partnership with the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and Springfield Business Leaders for Education.

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    12. New HCC President Sees Growth Opportunities for Herself and Her Students

      New HCC President Sees Growth Opportunities for Herself and Her Students

      Christina Royal recently took the helm at Holyoke Community College. She brings with her a phrase, or saying, that she contrived and uses often as she talks about higher education and her approach to it: “it takes a village to raise a student.”  Before accepting the position of provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Inver Hills Community College just outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Christina Royal first turned down an offer to become president of a school in Texas.

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    13. Springfield prepares to launch pilot program to give students take-home computers

      Springfield prepares to launch pilot program to give students take-home computers

      The School Department, having already provided laptop computers to all students in grades three through 12 for classroom use, is preparing to launch a pilot program that will allow hundreds of students to take their computers home. Paul Foster, chief information officer for the school system, told the School Committee on Thursday that between three and six schools will be involved in the pilot program that will start Feb. 27 and continue to the end of the school year. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, chairman of the School Committee, said that Springfield is "ahead of the curve and leading the way ...

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    14. UMass researcher says all-natural 'wire' discovery could replace man-made electronic connectors

      UMass researcher says all-natural 'wire' discovery could replace man-made electronic connectors

      Microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts have discovered a new type of natural wire that could replace traditional wires in the sensors in cellphones and other electronics. Instead of man-made electronics, researchers here have found they can develop sustainable "green" conducting materials for the electronics industry. The study by UMass microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues appears this week in mBio, the American Society of Microbiology's premier journal. Lovley said he's really excited by the discovery and sees it as "revolutionary" for the electronics industry. Microbial nanowires are natural, unlike the toxic chemicals used in wires manufactured now that ...

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    15. STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      The No. 1 challenge Massachusetts employers face is their need for skilled employees. On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito met with leaders from local government, education and industry to recruit more of those employers to host high school and college interns in the STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- fields. She also announced that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will now host interns. "Today's discussion is really about talent," said David Cruise, president of the Hampden County Regional Employment Board. "Talent is the differentiator."

       
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    16. Bay Path’s MS in Nonprofit Management Program Earns Accolades

      Bay Path’s MS in Nonprofit Management Program Earns Accolades

      A recent article published by thebestschools.org has named Bay Path University’s master of science program in nonprofit management and philanthropy among a list of the top 10 best in the U.S. The program ranked 10th on the list, and was one of just two New England colleges to make the cut, along with Northeastern University. “We are very pleased to be ranked in the top 10 nationally for graduate programs in nonprofit management for the second year in a row,” said Melissa Morriss-Olson, provost. “This is a competitive field — there are many online graduate nonprofit programs — and ...

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    17. Bay Path Launches Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling

      Bay Path Launches Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling

      The need for genetic counselors keeps growing; there are just 4,000 certified genetic counselors in the country today, or one for every 80,000 Americans. To respond to this need, Bay Path University has launched a new master of science program in genetic counseling, naming Nancy Steinberg Warren program director. “I am excited to help launch Bay Path’s genetic counseling graduate program,” Warren said. “By taking advantage of current instructional technology through hybrid course delivery, students from varied backgrounds will have maximum accessibility and flexibility to become genetic counselors in 21 months. Graduates will be poised to fill ...

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    18. 'Hidden Figures' movie inspires local women, highlights careers in STEM

      'Hidden Figures' movie inspires local women, highlights careers in STEM

      Inspiration was one of the feelings many women had after seeing "Hidden Figures," a movie detailing the contribution of women, particularly African-American women, to NASA. "During a time when the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields were dominated by white males, Mrs. Dorothy Vaughn, Mrs. Katherine Johnson and Mrs. Mary Jackson, all members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and graduates of historically black colleges and universities, throughout their careers at NASA had significant impact on the success of Americans' travel into space," said Rhonda M. Brace, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Xi Xi Omega Chapter of ...

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    19. Western New England University announces business scholarship

      Western New England University announces business scholarship

      Western New England University announced this week its $2,000 Business Impact Scholarship to students from Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties who are enrolled as new students in the College of Business starting in the fall of 2017. "We think we have an outstanding product and we want to make Western New England university as affordable as we can to people in our region," said Bryan Gross, vice president for enrollment management at Western New England University. "We've gained a lot of positive momentum."

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    20. West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

      West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

      West Springfield officials are working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to come up with a plan for the overcrowded school, which needs more than just a makeover, according to some Coburn teachers, who support a healthier learning and teaching environment for students and faculty.  West Side may be eligible for a grant from the MSBA, which is why city officials are looking to borrow $850,000 for a feasibility study and schematic designs for a new Coburn. The loan authorization would allow the city treasurer, with approval from Mayor Will Reichelt, to borrow the money.

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    21. 2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals | WalletHub®

      2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals | WalletHub®

      STEM workers are in fierce demand and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020. That should be welcome news to job seekers with skills in these areas, half of which do not even require a four-year college degree.

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    22. MassMutual Foundation to bring FutureSmart(SM) Challenge to Five Cities in 2017

      MassMutual Foundation to bring FutureSmart(SM) Challenge to Five Cities in 2017

      The MassMutual Foundation announced today that its FutureSmart Challenge, now in its fourth year, will visit five cities across the country in 2017, including Memphis, TN, Portland, OR, Phoenix, AZ, Oklahoma City, OK and Boston, MA.  The MassMutual Foundation's FutureSmart Challenge is a national program that provides financial education to middle school students and offers them the opportunity to learn skills needed to make sound choices for their personal financial futures. The exciting interactive event is held in collaboration with select NBA teams, followed by Junior Achievement curriculum in participants' classrooms during the school year.

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    23. Christina Royal, HCC's 1st female president, aims to 'co-create our future'

      Christina Royal, HCC's 1st female president, aims to 'co-create our future'

      History was made at Holyoke Community College on Monday as faculty and staff gathered to welcome the school's first female president. "I think there is such great potential at this institution to build off of the great work that has already existed and to be able to take HCC to the next level," said Christina Royal. Royal said she wants to hit the ground running by supporting students and increasing enrollment. "Student success is paramount at a community college and any institution," she said. "HCC has an excellent reputation for being a transfer institution, and I want us to ...

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    24. Western New England University Unveils New Scholarship

      Western New England University Unveils New Scholarship

      Western New England University announced a new Business Impact Scholarship to support the recent surge of economic development in the Greater Springfield area. The scholarship is available to Massachusetts residents from Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties who are enrolled in the university’s College of Business starting in the fall of 2017. “For nearly a century, the College of Business at Western New England has educated and prepared local residents to become successful business leaders, and our alumni lead many Springfield area businesses and nonprofit organizations,” said Robert Kleine, dean of the College of Business. “This scholarship is an investment ...

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