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    1. Investment in vocational education varies across Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Investment in vocational education varies across Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      Vocational educators and workforce experts across the region agree about the need for increased state investment in preparing students for the high-skilled, high-paying jobs the region needs in the future.  But, while more of the state's resources have been directed toward vocational schools in recent years – notably 90 percent state reimbursement for construction of the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield – workforce training advocates say funding is still inadequate to turn out the workers the regional economy needs.

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    2. Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center opens new machine shop in West Springfield | masslive.com

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      Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center opens new machine shop in West Springfield | masslive.com

      The handful of Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center sophomores who signed up for the school's new machine technology program were learning Thursday how to read a blueprint and turn that knowledge into a finished part.  'It's a fun process,' said 15-year-old Justin Wolcott of Wilbraham, 'I wasn't very interested in the wood shop. I wanted to try something new and this is something new.'

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. Product Innovation And Entrepreneurship Showcase Highlights Student Inventors (Western New England University News)

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      Product Innovation And Entrepreneurship Showcase Highlights Student Inventors (Western New England University News)

      The first Showcase event featured 17 product innovations from the cocurricular course, and six products from a freshman engineering class. Visitors to the event were given play money and asked to invest it in the products they thought had the best chance of being commercialized.  Among the “investors” at the Showcase were University President Anthony S. Caprio and University Board of Trustee members; Rick Sullivan, CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts; Valley Venture Mentors Co-founder Scott Foster; local business owners, and University faculty and students.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Anthony S. Caprio   Valley Venture Mentors

    4. Tech Foundry computer training program in Springfield recruiting community college students | masslive.com

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      Tech Foundry computer training program in Springfield recruiting community college students | masslive.com

      Tech Foundry, the information technology and computer science training program that aims to fill needs felt by local employers, is looking for a new class.  This class, Tech Foundry's third, will be drawn from the student bodies at Springfield Technical Community College and from Holyoke Community College, said Jonathan Edwards, director of strategic partnerships for Tech Foundry. The plan is to recruit about 30 students.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    5. Holyoke Community College Center of Health Education simulates hospital setting for health care students | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Community College Center of Health Education simulates hospital setting for health care students | masslive.com

      Turn from the classrooms at the Holyoke Community College Center of Health Education and head down toward the simulation labs and the building itself looks like a hospital. There are even thigh-high side railings on the hallway walls.  The Center of Health Education was completed this year and opened this fall. It features classrooms with smartboards and other computer-connected audio-video equipment next to an old-fashioned three-dimensional skeleton.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    6. Westfield State receives historic $1 million gift from former professor Catherine Dower | masslive.com

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      Westfield State receives historic $1 million gift from former professor Catherine Dower | masslive.com

      Catherine Dower, 91, taught at Westfield State for 35 years, from 1956 to 1990, receiving local, state and national recognition for her work and community service. Now, the Catherine A. Dower Center for the Performing & Fine Arts will bear her name, once it is completed next year on the site of the former Juniper Park Elementary School.  'Catherine Dower is an inspiration – she has been a pioneer and leader her whole career as an educator and as a musician. She has also been a lifelong champion for racial and gender equality and fierce advocate for public higher education,' Westfield State ...

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Westfield State University   Holyoke

    7. Photos: Umass Amherst gets new $3.2 million MRI machine for its Life Sciences institute

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      Photos: Umass Amherst gets new $3.2 million MRI machine for its Life Sciences institute

      The University of Massachusetts at Amherst received a new, $3.2 million Siemens medical imaging machine at its Institute for Life Sciences on Tuesday. The seven ton MRI machine arrived early Tuesday morning. A 100 ton crane was used to unload the controls and the main three ton magnet, piece by piece. Professors and administrators involved stood by watching every move as the crane picked box after box from the trailer for almost six hours

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    8. Bay Path Awarded $300,300 to Enhance Undergrad STEM Education

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      Bay Path Awarded $300,300 to Enhance Undergrad STEM Education

      Thanks to a recently awarded grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Bay Path University will undertake a three-year project aimed at increasing the academic success, engagement, and retention of undergraduate women enrolled in bachelor’s-degree programs in biology, forensic science, and cybersecurity, particularly those students from underrepresented groups. The grant, totaling $300,300, will be awarded over a three-year span. The funding provides resources and programmatic support for student tutors and mentors, materials and stipends for student research, student travel, and guest speakers. In addition, funding was allocated for upper-level course redesign and faculty professional development around mathematics. “Providing ...

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    9. Colleges Are Generating Energy, Vibrancy Downtown

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      Colleges Are Generating Energy, Vibrancy Downtown

      It all started in 2012, when Cambridge College, looking for a replacement for tired and insufficient facilities for its Springfield Regional Center in an industrial building on Cottage Street, settled on long-vacant retail space on the ground floor of Tower Square. Two years later, Bay Path College, bursting at the seams on its Longmeadow campus and in search of a home for its American Women’s College, chose the spacious seventh floor of 1350 Main St. from several appealing options. And in September of 2014, The University of Massachusetts opened the UMass Center at Springfield, a 26,000-square-foot facility on ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    10. MassDevelopment announces $1 million loan to Springfield Technical Community College Assistance Corp. for charter school | masslive.com

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      MassDevelopment announces $1 million loan to Springfield Technical Community College Assistance Corp. for charter school | masslive.com

      MassDevelopment, the state's economic development financing arm, provided a $1 million loan to Springfield Technical Community College Assistance Corporation. STCCAC developed, leases, and manages the Springfield Technology Park, which is across the street from Springfield Technical Community College, according to a news release.  The project includes parts of what was once Building 104 at the Springfield Armory, the building used to manufacture M1 Garand rifles during World War II.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory

    11. Western New England University Ranks Among ‘Best Value’ Colleges

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      Western New England University Ranks Among ‘Best Value’ Colleges

      Western New England University is ranked in the top 3% of colleges and universities among the top 1,275 public and private institutions reviewed in the U.S. by the Economist. The rankings analyzed which institutions offered the best value for the education received.  This new ranking formula utilizes data from the national College Scorecard released by the U.S. Department of Education in September 2015, and factors in how much college students are projected to earn after graduating versus what they actually earn.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    12. Rep. Richard Neal to announce $2M federal grant for Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield

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      Rep. Richard Neal to announce $2M federal grant for Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield

      Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, will be heading for the Berkshires on Monday to announce a $2 million federal grant for Berkshire Community College. The congressman will be joined by BCC President Ellen Kennedy and others at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the college, which is located at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield. The announcement will be made in the school's Susan B. Anthony Center-General Bartlett Room.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    13. Springfield collaboration among teachers 'a model for the nation,' says education leader

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      Springfield collaboration among teachers 'a model for the nation,' says education leader

      Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, told a gathering of Springfield school officials, teachers and community partners on Wednesday that the collaboration she witnessed in Springfield schools offers a "model for the nation." Garcia was one of the keynote speakers during a luncheon at the MassMutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame held to celebrate the city's implementation of a $1.25 million, five-year grant from the NEA Foundation that focuses on home-school connections and the whole-childhood development.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    14. Hampshire College hopes to begin building solar system this spring

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      Hampshire College hopes to begin building solar system this spring

      Hampshire College has begun an impact study with Eversource to evaluate the college plan to install a solar power system that would generate all of the college's electricity. The impact study will look at how the arrays will function in the electrical distribution systems in Amherst and Hadley, and if any upgrades are needed for safe, stable, and reliable operation, Todd R. Holland, the property and operations manager, explained in an email. The studies typically take between 55 and 70 days. He said the college hopes to begin work on the system in the spring.

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst

    15. Westfield State trustees expected to recommend presidential candidate on Wednesday

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      Westfield State trustees expected to recommend presidential candidate on Wednesday

      Westfield State University's Board of Trustees is expected to recommend a presidential candidate for appointment on Wednesday, capping a months-long search that saw 400 applicants narrowed down to three finalists in recent weeks. California State University Dominguez Hills sociology professor Ramon Torrecilha, Framingham State university Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Vaden-Goad and head of the New York's Ethical Culture Fieldston School Damian Fernandez were selected by the university's presidential search committee as finalists and held open campus forums in recent weeks. The board is expected to choose one of them for recommendation to the state's ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Dr. Evan S. Dobelle

    16. WNEU Receives Funding to Advance Skills in Computing Education

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      WNEU Receives Funding to Advance Skills in Computing Education

      Dr. Heidi Ellis and Dr. Stoney Jackson of the Computer Science and Technology Department at Western New England University recently received a grant of $389,569 from the National Science Foundation program titled OpenPath — Improving Student Pathways to Computing Professions via Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software. This funding is part of a nearly $1 million collaborative grant initiative with Nassau Community College in New York and Drexel University in Pennsylvania.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    17. Springfield College 'thinking big' in expansion to downtown

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      Springfield College 'thinking big' in expansion to downtown

      Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper and Mayor Domenic Sarno celebrated the opening of the college's new downtown office space with a ribbon-cutting Wednesday morning. The new offices, on the second floor of the MassLive Building at 1350 Main Street will provide a flexible space for future projects and partnerships, Cooper said. The college does not yet have definite plans for the space, but Cooper said she expects administrators to work from the new offices and that students working at downtown internships could use them as a work space. "We're starting here, starting small, but were thinking big," Cooper ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield College

    18. Innovative UMass Design Building 'designed by designers for designers to teach design'

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      Innovative UMass Design Building 'designed by designers for designers to teach design'

      For years, Michael Davidson has been teaching landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts in a building that was a former dorm. He can't wait for the new $52 million Design Building to be finished. He can keep track of the building's progress from the former Hills dorm overlooking the site. "It's very exciting," he said. "This is designed by designers for designers ... to teach design," and will serve as a teaching tool in its own right.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Congressman John W. Olver

    19. Springfield College to open office in downtown building

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      Springfield College to open office in downtown building

      In a signal of its commitment to the city Springfield College is opening an office on Main Street, just around the corner from City Hall. College officials are planning an official ribbon-cutting on Wednesday at the new office and conference room space on the second floor of 1350 Main Street. "By working with the city, its community organizations and their leaders, the college plays an active role in providing support that ensures the growth and development so crucial to the future of the city of Springfield and its neighboring communities," the college said in a press release.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield College   Springfield

    20. Elms College receives $31,700 grant for research on biological diversity

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      Elms College receives $31,700 grant for research on biological diversity

      The College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a research grant of $31,700 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will provide for international and domestic travel, field work and collaboration with colleges across the U.S. The funding will allow Nina Theis, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Elms College to travel to Peru with two undergraduates to study tropical cucumber species in the field, as well as peacock flies (a type of true fruit fly that feeds on these cucumbers) and wasps that feed on the flies. It also will allow Elms students to ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College

    21. UMass President Marty Meehan to celebrate new UMass design building

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      UMass President Marty Meehan to celebrate new UMass design building

      University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan will be attending the ceremonial ground breaking for the new $52 million Design Building that will be home to three colleges when it opens in 2017. Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Katherine Newman, Joseph Naughton, University of Massachusetts Building Authority director of capital projects, and State Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst will be part of the celebration, according to a press release. When completed, the building will be home to Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; the Department of Architecture from the ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    22. Berkshire County college, University of Massachusetts Law School to establish joint program | masslive.com

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      Berkshire County college, University of Massachusetts Law School to establish joint program | masslive.com

      Eligible students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will be able to begin studies toward a law degree in their senior year through an affiliated program that will combine undergraduate and legal studies into six years.  According to a release, the Berkshire County college will sign an articulation agreement with the University of Massachusetts School of Law to establish a joint program leading to a bachelor's degree from MCLA and a juris doctor degree from the law school on Oct. 19.

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    23. Five College Consortium to meet with presidents, UMass chancellor to talk about book annex

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      Five College Consortium to meet with presidents, UMass chancellor to talk about book annex

      The executive director of Five Colleges, Inc. will be meeting with the leaders of the five campuses, which comprise the consortium Oct. 21 to talk about next steps with the proposed book annex. The Hadley Planning Board in a 3 to 2 vote rejected the proposal to build an annex of up to 74,325 square-foot on 46 acres of land off of North Maple Street.   The annex is needed to store books from the five colleges in the consortium particularly the University of Massachusetts and Smith College.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst

    24. Chicopee Academy to team with Westover Job Corps to give students a chance to learn job skills

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      Chicopee Academy to team with Westover Job Corps to give students a chance to learn job skills

      Within a month of moving into a new school, educators at Chicopee Academy are developing a partnership that will allow students to learn a trade at Westover Job Corps. Under the proposal, juniors and seniors in good standing and on target to graduate will be allowed to spend half a day at the Job Corps so they can receive vocational training as well as a high school diploma, Academy Principal John G. Leonard said. The best part is the program will be virtually free to Chicopee Public Schools. The only expense may be a need to provide occasional busing for ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Chicopee   Holyoke

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