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    1. WNEU To Host New England Regional College Fair

      WNEU To Host New England Regional College Fair

      Western New England University will host a northeast regional college fair sponsored by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), on Sept. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. Representatives from more than 127 colleges and universities will be available to speak with local high school students and their parents, about their respective institutions and the college admission process.

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    2. Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      When city native Kevin White was a kid, he told people he wanted to go to medical school. Now, he is -- and he's doing it here in his hometown, as part of the first class at the new Baystate campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Out of 22 members of this first-ever class of aspiring physicians, four are from Springfield or nearby communities. "It's something close to my heart. I was born in Baystate," said White, 22, referring to Baystate Medical Center. "I learned everything I needed to know in Springfield." And Springfield is where he ...

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    3. Central and Western Massachusetts need a 'few more victories' to lure in big companies, state economic development chief Jay Ash says

      Central and Western Massachusetts need a 'few more victories' to lure in big companies, state economic development chief Jay Ash says

      Big companies looking to relocate to Massachusetts keep zeroing in on the Boston area, a top Bay State economic development official said in an email as insurance company Aetna weighed a move.

      Bruce Stebbins, a member of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, had emailed Jay Ash, Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development chief, after word got out that Aetna was looking to leave Hartford, Connecticut, where it has about 5,000 employees.

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    4. Tour construction at the $6.2 million MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke ahead of the public (photos)

      Tour construction at the $6.2 million MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke ahead of the public (photos)

      HOLYOKE -- Construction of the $6.2 million MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts is on schedule and tours of the downtown site will be offered during the Celebrate Holyoke festival on Aug. 26.

      "This is an exciting program," Jeffrey P. Hayden, vice president for business and community services at Holyoke Community College (HCC), said on Friday.

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    5. Holyoke Chamber, HCC Announce Leadership Holyoke 2017 Series

      Leadership Holyoke is a comprehensive community-leadership and board-development program of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. The series utilizes a combination of classes and practical experiences to help local business people develop their leadership skills, increase their knowledge of the community, and acquire the skills needed to serve as board members and community leaders. The 2017-18 Leadership series begins on Sept. 22, consists of a weekly series of eight seven-hour sessions, and concludes on May 2 with a graduation ceremony at Holyoke Community College (HCC) with a specialty luncheon prepared by the college’s culinary program students. All sessions will ...

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    6. Workshop Offers ‘Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence’

      Workshop Offers ‘Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence’

      Even the greatest content needs a powerful delivery method to reach its target audience. “Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence,” an interactive workshop to be held Thursday, Aug. 24, will introduce participants to the value and power of storytelling as an influence tool. Lisa Lipkin will lead the workshop, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bay Path University’s Philip H. Ryan Center, 1 Denslow Road, East Longmeadow.

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    7. 'Once kids know how to grow something, they will eat it': Education emphasized at healthy food workshop in Holyoke

      'Once kids know how to grow something, they will eat it': Education emphasized at healthy food workshop in Holyoke

      Teaching children how to grow food and providing education to establish new restaurants and chefs are ways to improve Holyoke's access to healthy food, participants in a workshop said Tuesday. "Once kids know how to grow something, they will eat it," said Neftali Duran of Nuestras Raices, at the "Local Food, Local Places Workshop." The workshop drew about 50 people to the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center at 206 Maple St. It is part of a two-day effort led by federal agencies aimed at identifying issues and determining how to strengthen the local food system.

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    8. WNEU School of Law Adjusts to an Altered Landscape

      WNEU School of Law Adjusts to an Altered Landscape

      Enrollment was already declining at law schools nationwide when the Great Recession hit, drying up the legal job market and driving the applicant count even lower. That forced a mass contraction at institutions across the U.S., including Western New England University School of Law. But its dean says the strategies undertaken to provide more return on investment for students has brought stability, and the future looks brighter than it has in years.

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    9. AIC to Host Information Session on Doctoral Low Residency Programs

      AIC to Host Information Session on Doctoral Low Residency Programs

      American International College (AIC) will host an information session for doctoral low residency programs on Saturday, Aug. 26 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Dining Commons on the AIC campus located at 1000 State St. in Springfield. Participants will have an opportunity to sit in on AIC’s low residency weekend to see what it is like to be a doctoral candidate in this program. Lunch will be provided. The information session is for working professionals and is designed to give prospective students access to all the information they need while providing an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and ...

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    10. Westfield State University opens doors to high schoolers with pilot program

      Westfield State University opens doors to high schoolers with pilot program

      Nearly 100 students on campus for orientation earlier this week at Westfield State University won't be college freshman in the fall. They will be high school juniors taking college-level English in their high schools in Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield with both a high-school teacher and a Westfield State instructor. If all goes well, those students -- 20 or so from five area high schools -- will spend a good chunk of their senior year on the Westfield State campus taking one or two more courses on their way to a head start on a bachelor's degree quicker and more cheaply ...

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    11. $275,000 approved to study renovating 3 Holyoke schools | masslive.com

      $275,000 approved to study renovating 3 Holyoke schools | masslive.com

      The City Council approved borrowing up to $275,000 in a special meeting Tuesday at City Hall to fund a study of renovations needed at Sullivan, Morgan and Kelly schools.  The city will be reimbursed for 80 percent of that spending from the state, said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver in charge of managing the public schools. That would put the city on the hook for $55,000 if the full $275,000 is borrowed.

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    12. Elms College to Host Information Session on New MBA Programs

      Elms College to Host Information Session on New MBA Programs

      Elms College has continued to grow its MBA program and add new concentrations, with its flexible/hybrid education model allowing students a way to connect and interact with classmates and professors. To explain all this and more, Elms will host an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the MBA Office on the third floor of Berchmans Hall. The session will bring together a panel of Elms College MBA graduates from a mix of concentrations and career paths including healthcare, accounting, and management.

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    13. HCC Gateway to College Program Again Earns National Honors

      HCC Gateway to College Program Again Earns National Honors

      For the second year in a row, the Gateway to College program at Holyoke Community College has received national recognition for exemplary performance. The Gateway to College National Network, based in Portland, Ore., honored HCC with its 2017 Gateway Program Excellence Award at a conference in Providence, R.I. last month. Gateway is a second-chance, dual-enrollment program for students who have either left high school or are at risk for dropping out. Gateway students take college classes and earn college credits while also working toward their high-school diplomas.

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    14. Harry Dumay Takes the Reins at Elms College

      Harry Dumay Takes the Reins at Elms College

      Soon after Harry Dumay reached that point professionally where he determined he was ready and willing to pursue a college presidency, he did what many people in that situation do.  He put together a wish list, or a preferred list, if you will, of the type of institution he eventually wanted to lead. And he did so because, in such situations, as so many eventual college presidents have told BusinessWest over the years, ‘fit’ is all-important — to both the candidate and the school in question.

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    15. Springfield College Athletic Training Program Earns Accreditation

      Springfield College Athletic Training Program Earns Accreditation

      The Springfield College Athletic Training Program has been granted 10 years of continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Springfield College Athletic Training Class of 2017 earned a 100% first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Accreditation by CAATE is focused on student and program outcomes, including board of certification exam first-time passing rates and student placement in graduate-level programs. Accreditation is important because, in order to be eligible to sit for the board of certification exam for athletic training, a student must graduate from an accredited athletic-training education program.

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    16. United Way, Peter Pan Launch Annual Stuff the Bus Program

      United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will launch the annual Stuff the Bus campaign with a press conference event on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. outside the Target store at the Holyoke Mall. The campaign will collect new school supplies from July 28 to Aug. 16. The supplies will be distributed in new backpacks to children who are homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield, and South Hadley. “All children in our community deserve to enter school feeling confident, proud, and equipped to learn. Yet, in our community, hundreds of children are ...

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    17. New North Citizens Council finds residents want to work and learn, gets workforce development grant to help them do it

      New North Citizens Council finds residents want to work and learn, gets workforce development grant to help them do it

      The New North Citizens Council has received a $50,000 workforce development grant from the state to launch a pilot program that would get residents in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods back to school or working. Council members recently went door-do-door in the neighborhood and found that many people are looking for opportunities to work or go back to school.

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    18. HCC’s Christina Royal Appointed to Regional, National Boards

      HCC’s Christina Royal Appointed to Regional, National Boards

      Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal has been appointed to the board of directors of the United Way of Pioneer Valley and the American Assoc. of Community Colleges’ Commission on College Readiness. Her appointment to the United Way board was unanimously approved at the regional nonprofit’s 95th-anniversary celebration and annual meeting on May 31. She began her three-year term on July 1.

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    19. Elms College Offers New Business-focused Degree-completion Options

      Elms College Offers New Business-focused Degree-completion Options

      Elms College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership announced new bachelor’s degree completion programs that will prepare students for success in the worlds of entrepreneurship, accounting, and management and marketing. Business has long been an exciting career option. Startups were beginning to resurge in the U.S. in 2015, but the need for more entrepreneurs is vital to economic growth and job creation, according to a Kaufman Foundation survey. A 2014 Forbes survey found that 90% of startups fail, and 42% said the reason they fail is a lack of market need for their products. Elms is looking to make business-degree ...

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    20. Springfield students rack up the summer reading minutes, as part of program to increase...

      Springfield students rack up the summer reading minutes, as part of program to increase...

      Molly Goren-Watts of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission recently tested the children of the South End Community Center Summer Program on their math and reading skills. And she learned in the past three weeks, the children had read for a total of 222,000 minutes, so they don't let learning slip during the summer. The total will be updated in another three weeks. About 11,000 students are taking part in the program which was promoted by Sally Fuller, project director of Reading Success by 4th Grade, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Allison Gearing Kalill of Brightside ...

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    21. Bay Path, Girls Inc. of Holyoke Partner for STEM Summer Event

      Bay Path, Girls Inc. of Holyoke Partner for STEM Summer Event

      A group of 15 second-year students from Girls Inc. of Holyoke will participate in “Eureka! Too Fast, Too Furious: the Physics of Car Racing” at Bay Path University today, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by Bay Path faculty and students, participants from Girls Inc. will have the opportunity to perform hands-on scientific activities and take a tour of campus. They will learn about what Bay Path University has to offer and how it differs from other universities they have been exposed to.

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    22. Partnership Connects Incoming STCC Students to Career Pathways

      Partnership Connects Incoming STCC Students to Career Pathways

      They just graduated from high school and will start college this fall, but these five teenagers are not kicking back and taking it easy this summer. They are enrolled in an eight-week nurse’s aide certification program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) that is tied to an internship program through Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP). Thanks to the STCC-BSEP partnership, Springfield residents Rumbila Abdullahi, Julia Hong, Genesis Medina, Anderson Nguyen, and Suraji Omoru are gaining the kind of experience they say will make them stand out as they work toward careers in healthcare.

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    23. STEM Starter Academy students build suspension bridge at Springfield Technical Community...

      STEM Starter Academy students build suspension bridge at Springfield Technical Community...

      STCC is dedicated to investing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) research, education, job and workforce development to meet the critical needs of employers in these fields. The kickoff event invited students to use hands on skills to build a suspension bridge using the skills they've learned so far in the classroom. Joseph Denesha, a 2014 STEM Starter Academy graduate explained the program allows first-year college students a jumpstart for their first semester on campus by taking classes, receiving tutoring and coaching, attending field trips, meeting guest speakers and taking advantage of hands-on experiences through activities like these.

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