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    1. Governor Appoints Ivonne Vidal to HCC Board of Trustees - BusinessWest

      Governor Appoints Ivonne Vidal to HCC Board of Trustees - BusinessWest

      Ivonne Vidal, a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Springfield, has been appointed to the Holyoke Community College board of trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker.  Vidal holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics from Brown University. As an undergraduate, she spent a year studying international relations and economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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    2. Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College and Training & Workforce Options, are piloting a Metrology & CNC Foundations training program. This eight-week, 160-hour, advanced-manufacturing training program, which started on Sept. 25, is training 12 laid-off workers in manufacturing skills in quality control utilizing micrometers, calipers, and coordinate measurement machinery. In addition, trainees will receive training in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, ISO 9001 and AS9100 quality systems, and basic CNC setup and operations.

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    3. Laurie Flynn Named President and CEO at Link to Libraries

      Laurie Flynn Named President and CEO at Link to Libraries

      Laurie Flynn says it’s not often that one gets to make their passion their profession. And it was the opportunity to do just that which prompted her to put aside a budding marketing business she co-founded a few years ago and become president and CEO of Link to Libraries (LTL), the decade-old nonprofit that, as the name suggests, puts books on the shelves of school libraries and other agencies and promotes childhood literacy on many levels.

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    4. State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito appeared at Franklin County Technical School on Tuesday, where she awarded $1.33 million to eight workforce training organizations through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program. The program focuses on reaching veterans, groups with chronically high unemployment, and other adults historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector, and helps people gain marketable skills. The grants were awarded by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on behalf of the Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet, building on $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital grants awarded earlier this year.

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    5. HCC Ramps Up Center for Life Sciences, Campus Center Projects

      HCC Ramps Up Center for Life Sciences, Campus Center Projects

      As construction nears completion on Holyoke Community College’s new Culinary Arts and Hospitality center in downtown Holyoke, two major building projects on the college’s Homestead Avenue campus have just begun. Construction has started on the new HCC Center for Life Sciences, which will occupy about 7,500 square feet on the first floor of the Marieb Building. The $4.5 million project, funded in part by a $3.8 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, involves the creation of two state-of-the-art labs dedicated to biotechnology, genetics, and microbiology, as well as lab-prep areas, storage, and classroom ...

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    6. Franklin County Technical School wins grant to upgrade welding and metal fabrication program | masslive.com

      Franklin County Technical School wins grant to upgrade welding and metal fabrication program | masslive.com

      Students with metal fabrication and welding skills can often land good jobs straight out of high school, said Rick Martin, superintendent of Franklin County Technical School.  Franklin Tech recently landed a $495,000 state grant to completely refurbish its welding and fabrication shop, and to integrate it with digital design, robotics, and other modern advancements.  'Everything's done with computers these days,' said Martin. 'This will help our students develop 21st-century job skills. Those skills are in demand.'

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    7. AIC Bucks Enrollment Trends Through Innovation, Being Nimble

      AIC Bucks Enrollment Trends Through Innovation, Being Nimble

      American International College has again earned placement on the list of the fastest-growing colleges in the country. Overall, the institution has nearly doubled its enrollment over the past decade or so, largely out of necessity. But the methods for achieving such growth — specifically in response to trends within the marketplace and a high-touch approach to student needs — offers lessons to schools of all sizes

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    8. MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke lands $229K grant from state

      MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke lands $229K grant from state

      The state has granted the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute, now in its final stages of construction at the Cubit Building downtown, $229,500. The center is due to open in November. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funding this week as part of a total of $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants given to 32 community colleges, high schools and educational institutions around the state. He made the announcement at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford.

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    9. AIC Announces Groundbreaking for New Facility

      AIC Announces Groundbreaking for New Facility

      American International College (AIC) announced the groundbreaking ceremony for its new educational facility will take place Wednesday, Oct. 18, starting at 3 p.m. Guests and speakers include U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, AIC President Vincent Maniaci, AIC board of trustees Chair Frank Colaccino; AIC Dean of Health Sciences Cesarina Thompson, and AIC Student Government Assoc. President Dante Raggio. Located at 1020 State St., the building will house the college’s new exercise science programs in addition to expanded occupational therapy and physical therapy offerings. It is a complete remodel of the existing edifice and ...

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    10. Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

      Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

      Within five to seven years a piece of clothing -- a watch band, a bandage -- might be able not only to monitor the wearer's heart rate but also perform more sophisticated diagnostic tasks, even harvesting sweat to instantly get a handle on body chemistry and hydration. And research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is helping to make that happen, now with the help of $500,000 from the state. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funding Friday with a visit to the campus' Institute for Applied Life Sciences and its Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.

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    11. UMass Chemical Engineers Develop Non-toxic Nanofiber Fabrics

      Chemical engineers Jessica Schiffman and Sarah Perry at UMass Amherst have developed nanofiber fabrics that are green and non-toxic that can be used in medical, environmental, personal-care and food-packaging applications. The research is supported by a three-year, $338,180 grant from the National Science Foundation. Schiffman and Perry say the key to their research is thinking differently about polymers. While traditional methods of making polymer-based fibers require the use of toxic organic solvents, this new approach uses polymers that assemble to form fibers from a solution of water and salt. The resultant fibers are highly stable even if exposed to ...

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    12. Healthcare Employers Tour SIMS Medical Center at STCC

      Healthcare Employers Tour SIMS Medical Center at STCC

      Springfield-area healthcare employers recently received an eye-opening tour of the SIMS Medical Center, the nationally recognized patient-simulation facility at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). Training and Workforce Options (TWO), the workforce-development collaborative of STCC and Holyoke Community College, arranged the tour with 11 employers representing eight different companies, said Sharon Grundel, director of Healthcare Training Development for TWO. The visit provided a unique opportunity for healthcare employers to get a close-up look at the training process. The SIMS Medical Center provides a state-of-the-art educational environment where students and healthcare professionals obtain new skills and enhance existing ones. The facility’s ...

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    13. AIC Named Among Fastest Growing Colleges

      AIC Named Among Fastest Growing Colleges

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has named American International College (AIC) one of the fastest growing colleges in the United States for the sixth time. Among private, nonprofit doctoral institutions, AIC placed fourth among the top 20 colleges and universities in the country with a 95% growth rate. AIC nearly doubled its enrollment over a 10-year span, 2005-2015. In a categorical comparison to other colleges and universities in Massachusetts, AIC surpassed ninth-rated Worcester Polytechnic Institute as the only other college or university in the Commonwealth that placed in the private, nonprofit doctoral category.

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    14. Additions, redesign of Smith College library and gym approved

      Additions, redesign of Smith College library and gym approved

      A site plan for extensive additions and renovations to Smith College's Neilson Library and adjacent Alumnae gymnasium were approved at the Northampton Planning Board meeting Thursday night.  The proposal foresees a 137,000 square feet of renovated spaces in the library, as well as 21,000 square feet of renovated spaces in the gym, according to planning documents.   Neilson is the school's main campus library.  The spaces will be used to house "collections, seating, staff functions, teaching, learning and technology programs, a cafe, special collections and archives exhibit area, event and gathering spaces," the documents say. 

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    15. Lawmakers collaborate with education and business communities on workforce development

      Lawmakers collaborate with education and business communities on workforce development

      Lawmakers plan to develop partnerships with the education and business communities to help students find jobs when the get out of school. Dozens of representatives from vocational schools, community colleges and businesses gathered at the State House Wednesday for the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development’s Education Pathways to Success event. Lawmakers hope the event will help forge new partnerships between government, education and business. “We kind of need everyone at the table for long term job security so that businesses are getting what they want so employees are getting the best jobs they can get,” State Rep. Paul ...

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    16. ‘Negotiating Your Way to Success’ Workshop Slated for Oct. 5-6

      ‘Negotiating Your Way to Success’ Workshop Slated for Oct. 5-6

      Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University will host “Negotiating Your Way to Success” with Dr. Joshua Weiss on Thursday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center, One Denslow Road, East Longmeadow. In this workshop, participants will be challenged to rethink what they know about negotiation, understand why negotiation is a critical work and life skill, learn how to approach negotiation from a cooperative perspective, and be provided with practical tools and tips to put them on a road to negotiation boldness. Weiss will touch upon ...

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    17. UMass Amherst Neuroscientist Receives $2.64 Million from NIH for Preschooler Sleep Study | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      UMass Amherst Neuroscientist Receives $2.64 Million from NIH for Preschooler Sleep Study | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      Neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a five-year, $2.64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore, in a series of laboratory and preschool-based studies, whether mid-day napping benefits learning in young children and helps them cope with emotions. Improving early education can enhance child development and school readiness, factors that are known to have lifelong effects on physical and mental health, she notes.

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    18. Around 400 from UMass Amherst to help fix up 21 sites across Western Mass.

      Around 400 from UMass Amherst to help fix up 21 sites across Western Mass.

      About four hundred University of Massachusetts students, faculty and staff members will get up early Saturday morning to prune and mulch, dust and paint at 21 sites in places including Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst and Turners Falls during the 6th annual Mass Impact Day. Projects including farming at Gardening the Community in Springfield, cleaning up Lake Wallace in Belchertown; painting, power washing and other work at the Holyoke Children's Museum; cleaning out two garages at the Fisher House in Amherst, among the myriad of projects.

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    19. STCC to Host Designer of Artificial Limbs for Children

      STCC to Host Designer of Artificial Limbs for Children

      Dr. Albert Manero, president of Limbitless Solutions, a company that makes artificial limbs for children through 3D printing technology, will give a presentation today, Sept. 20, at Springfield Technical Community College as part of the HSI STEM Speaker Series. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the Scibelli Hall (Building 2) auditorium.

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    20. Bay Path University Named Among Nation’s Fastest-growing Colleges

      Bay Path University Named Among Nation’s Fastest-growing Colleges

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Bay Path University in its Almanac of Higher Education 2017 as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S., currently ranked 17th in the category of “private nonprofit master’s institutions” with a 113.4% growth rate over a 10-year period. Bay Path was the only institution of higher education from Massachusetts on the list. “This national recognition represents the commitment of talented faculty and staff who truly understand workforce needs and student interests,” university President Carol Leary said. “Our growth is based on three key factors: the different levels of education ...

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    21. UMass Amherst Neuroscientists Receive $2.36 Million Grant to Improve Brain Research Tools

      UMass Amherst Neuroscientists Receive $2.36 Million Grant to Improve Brain Research Tools

      Cognitive neuroscientists Rosie Cowell and David Huber at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a four-year, $2.36 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new computational tool that will help researchers in interpreting functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) of the brain and improve accuracy in relating fMRI data to neural responses in the brain.

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    22. WNEU Lecture Series to Tackle Health Effects of Chemicals

      WNEU Lecture Series to Tackle Health Effects of Chemicals

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announced its community lecture series, titled Healthy U. With faculty expertise from pharmacy to biomedical engineering, health sciences to business and law, this series is designed to help individuals, and the community as a whole, make better decisions about health and safety. The first lecture in the series, “From Sweeteners to Mercury: Chemicals and Your Health,” will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Ronny Priefer, professor of Medicinal Chemistry at WNEU’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will deliver ...

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    23. Bay Path to Host Emotive Agility Interactive Talk on Sept. 19

      Bay Path to Host Emotive Agility Interactive Talk on Sept. 19

      Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University will host a free, interactive talk led by Berit Elizabeth, the creator of Emotive Agility Training, on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Breck Suite at Wright Hall on the university’s Longmeadow campus. “What Matters More? What You Say or How You Say It?” is Elizabeth’s interactive presentation, aligning theater techniques with emotional-intelligence principles. Participants will learn how to integrate body language with preparation to present themselves with confidence and authenticity in any scenario.

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    24. Nursing Students Begin Class at UMass Center at Springfield

      Nursing Students Begin Class at UMass Center at Springfield

      As the academic year gets underway, 88 new students from the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program will begin class at the UMass Center at Springfield (UMCS). The College of Nursing made the decision to permanently teach the accelerated bachelor’s program in the Tower Square location earlier this year. The 26,000-square-foot space features 10 classrooms and clinical simulation space specifically designed for the needs of the nursing program. State-of-the-art telehealth facilities are being developed and will be ready later this year.

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