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    1. Global Health Advocate to Speak at Elms College Commencement

      Global Health Advocate to Speak at Elms College Commencement

      Elms College announced that global health leader Dr. Louise Ivers will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the 87th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19. Ivers is a longtime leader in global health, engaging in global policy and advocacy work to improve health equity. She currently serves as the executive director of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and sits on the board of directors of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, which is dedicated to providing essential health services to the people of Southern Haiti, especially the most vulnerable. Her work ...

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    2. Want to become a table dealer for MGM Springfield? These upcoming informational sessions are the first step

      Want to become a table dealer for MGM Springfield? These upcoming informational sessions are the first step

      MGM Springfield, which is constructing a $960 million resort casino, has announced a series of informational sessions in March, April and May for those who are interested in starting a career as a games table dealer. Representatives from MGM Springfield and the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute (MCCTI) will review specifics on registration and enrollment for gaming classes at the new MCCTI Gaming School now open in downtown Springfield. Attendees will hear "what it takes to become a successful dealer, the skills required, opportunities available, and how the Gaming School can help," MGM Springfield said in announcing the sessions. Representatives ...

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    3. HCC Raises Last Beam in $43.5 Million Campus Center Renovation

      HCC Raises Last Beam in $43.5 Million Campus Center Renovation

      For now, it’s still, in the top left corner of the Campus Center roof. But soon, that white steel beam will be hidden behind the building’s new façade. And there it will remain as long as the building stands, covered with the names of all the Holyoke Community College (HCC) students, faculty, staff, and construction workers who marked it before the beam was raised to its permanent home. “Having the opportunity to sign this beam represents the last piece of the building that we’re erecting, the highest point,” said HCC President Christina Royal, “and while you ...

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    4. New Prosthetic Center Serves Amputees with Innovative Technology

      New Prosthetic Center Serves Amputees with Innovative Technology

      O & P Labs recently opened the doors to the Prosthetic Center at 3500 Main St. in Springfield. The local prosthetic company has been serving Western and Central Mass., Northern Conn., and Southern Vermont for more than 30 years. Co-owners Jim Haas and Blaine Drysdale hosted Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and state Rep. Carlos González, along with team members, patients, medical care providers, friends, and family for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 15. González presented a citation to recognize O & P Labs’ “30 years of healthcare service to the people of Springfield, Mass. and your innovative assistance for patients ...

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    5. Westfield Technical Academy Aviation Program receives Falcon jet donation

      Westfield Technical Academy Aviation Program receives Falcon jet donation

      Students in the Westfield Technical Academy Aviation Program will soon have a fully operational Falcon jet to work on thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Embraer Foundation. The U.S. Coast Guard currently owns the Falcon and is giving it to WTA. The Embraer Foundation grant will help transport the jet to the school's hangar -- Hangar 2 -- at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. Aviation instructor Galen Wilson said the school could not afford to move the jet without the grant.

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    6. Smaller colleges get to plug into power of high performance computing center in Holyoke (video)

      Smaller colleges get to plug into power of high performance computing center in Holyoke (video)

      The Northeast Cyberteam Initiative is a new program that will extend the resources of the high performance computing center here to small colleges, an official said Wednesday. "The end result is more people can potentially gain access to the computers that change the way we do science," center Executive Director John T. Goodhue said.  A three-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help in training college students to be "research computing facilitators," liaisons between computing centers and a biologist, say, at a small college, he said.

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    7. Baystate Academy Charter Public School Receives STEM Grant

      Baystate Academy Charter Public School Receives STEM Grant

      Baystate Academy Charter Public School received a grant to offer high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. More than 10,500 schools across the country offer PLTW programs to millions of students. According to Tim Sneed, executive director of Baystate Academy, “these funds will allow us to expand our biomedical sciences programs as we prepare students to enter the field of healthcare.”

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    8. Bay Path University and Partners to Present On the Move Forum

      Bay Path University and Partners to Present On the Move Forum

      In honor of Women’s History Month in March and International Women’s Day on March 8, Bay Path University will present the On the Move Forum in partnership with the Professional Women’s Chamber, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA), and Enchanted Circle Theater. The event will be held at CityStage in Springfield on Thursday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    9. Community Music School Receives Grant from MDRT Foundation

      Community Music School Receives Grant from MDRT Foundation

      The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) through its Quality of Life Grant Program in honor of Jeanmarie Deliso, CFP. Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award more than $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 200 charitable organizations worldwide. Representing the MDRT Foundation, Deliso will present this grant to Community Music School of Springfield on March 23 at its board meeting.

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    10. 'A dream come true': Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve...

      'A dream come true': Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve...

      Mary E. Walachy, executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, said that $13.5 million has been raised in private funds for the center and its programs. That amount came from three donors -- two anonymous contributors and the Davis Foundation. The Davis Foundation was the lead partner in pushing for the new center that is tied to the nationwide Educare program.

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    11. Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...

      Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...

      A $3.5 million renovation project at the Central Library on State Street is slated for completion by late summer, designed to preserve and enhance the historic building for generations of visitors. "We are really, really pleased," said Molly Fogarty, city library director. "The Central Library is an information and cultural resource for the entire city and is one of Springfield's most historically significant and heavily used public buildings." The project includes reconstruction of the front marble stairs, a new rear entrance including new granite stairs and handicap accessible ramp, and improvements to the roof and masonry, officials said.

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    12. MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

      MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

       The MassMutual Foundation Inc. will grant $1 million to Springfield Public Schools to expand the City Connects program into eight additional elementary schools throughout the city.  City Connects is a national program executed by the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The program supports students based on their individual needs by addressing out-of-school challenges that affect student success, and leverages existing community resources and support services to optimize students' readiness to learn.

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    13. Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute designed to fit employer need

      Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute designed to fit employer need

      The Holyoke canal walk just outside the windows of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street was covered with fresh snow. But Warren Leigh, chairman of hospitality management and culinary arts programs at Holyoke Community College, imagines it as an outdoor dining room once the weather turns nice. There students will serve food they have prepared in the new institute, which opened for business in late January.

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    14. Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Franklin County Technical School partners with Greenfield Community College to provide evening adult education programs in manufacturing technologies and with businesses to educate a new generation of workers and to retrain adults who are unemployed or underemployed. The ninth cohort of adult learners graduated from the advanced manufacturing CNC (computer numerical control) operator training program in December.

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    15. Elms College, Baystate Health, TechSpring to Offer Workshop

      Elms College, Baystate Health, TechSpring to Offer Workshop

      The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Elms College has joined forces with Baystate Health and TechSpring to offer a hands-on workshop on problem solving and innovation in the field of healthcare. “Passionate Problem Solving Workshop” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TechSpring, located at on the fifth floor of 1350 Main St. in Springfield. Specific challenges arise when leaders work to solve problems, improve systems, and innovate technologies within the complex world of healthcare.

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    16. STCC Biotechnology Program Wins Gold Level Endorsement

      STCC Biotechnology Program Wins Gold Level Endorsement

      Graduates of the biotechnology programs at Springfield Technical Community College are well-prepared for careers in the life sciences, according to a leading science-education organization. The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) endorsed STCC’s biotechnology associate degree and certificate programs at the Gold Level. MassBioEd concluded that graduates of the degree and certificate programs “are ready for the life-sciences workforce.” The STCC program met the core competencies defined by biotechnology industry and academic leaders who worked with MassBioEd, a nonprofit organization with a mission to build a life-sciences workforce in the region through educational programs that inspire students and engage teachers.

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    17. Community Foundation grant to help Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst employ more...

      Community Foundation grant to help Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst employ more...

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded the one-year grant of $133,000 to help schools in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Amherst. The grant, which is being administered by the Five College Consortium, is intended to help the districts employ 20 new teachers of color by 2020.  Amherst Superintendent Michael Morris is hoping to begin by bringing three new teachers of color on board in his district. The grant will "help broaden our approach," to making the workforce more diverse, he said.

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    18. Bay Path’s MS in Nonprofit Management Named to Top-10 List

      Bay Path’s MS in Nonprofit Management Named to Top-10 List

      Bay Path University’s master of science (MS) program in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy has been named to the top 10 in the nation, as ranked by thebestschools.org. The university’s program has been recognized among the top online graduate nonprofit-management programs annually since 2014. This year, Bay Path ranked 10th on the list as one of just two New England colleges to make the cut. The program has also been rated as one of the top-10 most affordable online master’s degree programs in nonprofit management in the U.S., according to affordablecolleges.com.

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    19. Report: Holyoke Community College an Economic Powerhouse

      Report: Holyoke Community College an Economic Powerhouse

      Students who graduate from Holyoke Community College (HCC) with an associate degree will see an average increase in annual earnings of about $10,000 a year compared to those with only a high-school diploma, according to a new report that calculates the total economic impact of HCC on the Pioneer Valley at nearly $215 million annually. “By comparison,” the report says, “this contribution that the college provides on its own is almost as large as the entire arts, entertainment, and recreation industry in this area.” The analysis of HCC’s economic value was conducted by Emsi, an economic modeling firm ...

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    20. Springfield's $14.4 million preschool grant saving lives, educators tell Massachusetts'...

      Springfield's $14.4 million preschool grant saving lives, educators tell Massachusetts'...

      The $14.4 million federal Preschool Expansion Grant the city received four years ago is saving children and family's lives, preschool leaders told Massachusetts' top early education official Friday. Doreen Malone, of Headstart, told Ted Weber, commissioner of early education and care, told the story of a preschooler whose violent behavior and vulgar language was making it impossible for teachers to reach him. After securing a spot at the new Early Childhood Education Center on Catharine Street, the preschool team found out that the child's  mother was in an abusive relationship.

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    21. Westfield Technical Academy, city get boost from local businesses

      Westfield Technical Academy, city get boost from local businesses

      Westfield Mayor Brian P. Sullivan, chairman of the School Committee, suspended the rules at Monday night's meeting to acknowledge David Prouty, owner of Proudly Landscaping, and 2017 Westfield Technical Academy graduate Matthew Wilcox, owner of Wilcox Landscaping, and to accept a donation to the school's Ornamental Horticulture Program. Sullivan recounted a call from Prouty, a Westfield resident, following an early December snowstorm. The city was scheduled to collect bagged leaves that week, but snow removal slowed them down. With more snow on the way, Prouty offered to help collect leaves.

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    22. Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute ready for students

      Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute ready for students

      Warren Leigh, chair of hospitality management and culinary arts programs at Holyoke Community College, looked over the student lounge at HCC's new MGM Culinary Arts Institute in the Cubit Building. He put himself in the shoes of a high school student choosing among HCC and bigger-name culinary programs like the Culinary Institute of America or Johnson & Wales University.

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    23. Coming for Holyoke E.N. White School students: STEM middle school

      Coming for Holyoke E.N. White School students: STEM middle school

      Courses in science, technology, engineering and math -- known as STEM -- will be the focus of a new middle school that will begin in the fall at Dean Technical High School, officials said Monday. "A STEM experience will offer our students highly engaging, hands-on learning that promotes strong problem-solving and communication skills," said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver in charge of managing the public schools. "These skills are critical to achieving success through college and in today's dynamic workforce," he said. The new school will be for middle school students from E.N. White School, 1 Jefferson St., because ...

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    24. People in Business: Springfield College names Brooke Hallowell Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies

      People in Business: Springfield College names Brooke Hallowell Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies

      Springfield College announces that Brooke Hallowell, PhD, has been named Dean of the School of Health Sciences and rehabilitation studies, effective Jan. 2.  As dean, Hallowell, will collaborate with leadership of other divisions and units of Springfield College to participate in strategic planning and implementation activities that further the overall mission of the institution. She will oversee academic areas within her school including physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, health science, emergency medical services management, communication disorders and rehabilitation counseling and disability studies. She will be responsible for assurance of quality of programming in line with student needs, institutional mission ...

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