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    1. Springfield early childhood advocates plan Mason Square Child Care Center with new federal grant; Holyoke funded also

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      Springfield early childhood advocates plan Mason Square Child Care Center with new federal grant; Holyoke funded also

      n Springfield, the funds, will enable public and private early childhood educators to develop a program for 350 children – from infants to preschoolers –at the now-vacant Early Childhood Center at 15 Catherine St. in the Mason Square neighborhood, according to Sally Fuller of the private Davis Foundation. The City Council last summer approved the purchase of the property summer for $2.8 million for pre-school school programs and classrooms. Springfield's specific allocation would be $3.56 million in the first year of the funding, giving preschool access to 195 4 year olds.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    2. UMass Board of Trustees approves new five-year rolling capital plan totaling nearly $7 billion

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      UMass Board of Trustees approves new five-year rolling capital plan totaling nearly $7 billion

      The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Wednesday approved its new rolling five-year capital plan for the five-campus system totaling nearly $7 billion. The 2015-2019 plan includes $2.58 billion for the Amherst campus.  Updated every year, the list includes $3.38 billion for 108 projects that have received preliminary or full approval and 66 projects totaling $3.03 billion that campuses can do if resources become available. Of the approved amount, $1.3 billion has been designated for the Amherst campus.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Edward F. Blaguszewski   Amherst

    3. UMass celebrates new $93 million classroom building with ribbon cutting

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      UMass celebrates new $93 million classroom building with ribbon cutting

      The University of Massachusetts celebrated the completion of the 150,000-square-foot Integrative Learning Center with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, three months after the building opened for classes.  The $93 million building offers more than 60 rooms, 2,000 student seats, five high-tech team-learning classrooms and interactive technology throughout, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Kumble Subbaswamy

    4. $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

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      $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

      The upcoming aviation technology program in Westfield got a major boost last week when it was awarded more than $1 million in state funding. The planned program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School is set to start in September 2015 after a flood of support from Westfield, the state and the business community. The program would provide a path for students from middle school up to college in the aviation industry, and will be the first of its kind in the area. Greg Bialecki, Housing and Economic Development Secretary, announced the capital equipment grant Dec. 5. Bialecki visited the school ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    5. Bill Messner, president of Holyoke Community College, says he's proud to open

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      Bill Messner, president of Holyoke Community College, says he's proud to open

      At a press conference Friday afternoon, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced over $2.75 million in grants to support Western Massachusetts development. Of those grants, $1.75 million will go towards Holyoke Community College. With this money, College President Bill Messner said they construct a Center for Hospitality and Culinary Excellence in downtown Holyoke. This will double the capacity of the college's culinary program.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    6. Bay Path Announces Commitment to Expand College Access

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      Bay Path Announces Commitment to Expand College Access

      On Thursday, Bay Path University President Carol Leary joined President Obama, the first lady, and Vice President Biden, along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher-education leaders, to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helped support Obama’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country. “I am honored to participate in this important initiative and to represent the 76.6 million adult women in this country who do not have a baccalaureate degree,” said ...

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      Mentions:   Carol A. Leary

    7. STCC professor, Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, earns Carnegie honor

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      STCC professor, Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, earns Carnegie honor

      The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recently named Springfield Technical Community College professor Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, a city resident, their 2014 Massachusetts Professor of the Year. McGinnis-Cavanaugh was selected from 400 nominated professors in the United States. On Nov. 20, McGinnis-Cavanaugh, along with the 30 other state winners, was honored at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Springfield Technical Community College

    8. National Science Foundation $800,000 grant shows vision, strong priorities: Editorial

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      National Science Foundation $800,000 grant shows vision, strong priorities: Editorial

      An $800,000 grant has been awarded by the National Science Foundation to Holyoke Community College, the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire College to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    9. STCC offers workforce development for Springfield residents in Six Corners, South End neighborhoods

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      STCC offers workforce development for Springfield residents in Six Corners, South End neighborhoods

      In October Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced that the city had been awarded $250,00 in grants to assist residents who were affected by the 2011 tornado. "Providing education and job training to our residents is vital in our efforts in knocking down poverty and crime," Sarno said when the grants were announced. "Whenever we can step up and provide opportunity it is a win-win for us all."

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    10. HCC, UMass, Hampshire College get $810,000 grant for clean energy, sustainable agriculture programs

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      HCC, UMass, Hampshire College get $810,000 grant for clean energy, sustainable agriculture programs

      The National Science Foundation has awarded an $810,000 grant to Holyoke Community College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Hampshire College to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture and to share new resources that will benefit students.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Amherst

    11. Westfield State University signs cost-saving transfer deal with Springfield Technical Community College

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      Westfield State University signs cost-saving transfer deal with Springfield Technical Community College

      Westfield State University and Springfield Technical Community College are taking advantage of a statewide program to streamline transfers and lower costs for students. The MassTransfer agreement between the two schools allows students who have completed associate degrees at STCC to transfer to WSU for their bachelor's degrees, paying a total of less than $30,000 for both degrees.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Westfield State University   Springfield

    12. Gov. Deval Patrick: 'Water innovation the next frontier'; UMass Amherst professor receives $4.1 million EPA grant for drinking water research

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      Gov. Deval Patrick: 'Water innovation the next frontier'; UMass Amherst professor receives $4.1 million EPA grant for drinking water research

      University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher has received a $4.1 million Environmental Protection Agency grant to create a national research center aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. David A. Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, accepted the grant at a ceremony Monday. Under the EPA grant, the UMass Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSS) will develop and test advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control and eliminate various groups of water contaminants in small water treatment systems. Speaking at the university's new $160 million Life Sciences Laboratories on Monday, Gov. Deval Patrick also announced ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Palmer

    13. Hampshire College breaking ground Friday on new multifunctional Living Building

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      Hampshire College breaking ground Friday on new multifunctional Living Building

      Hampshire College is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon at 3:30 for the new multifunctional R. W. Kern Center, a building they hope will receive Living Building status. A Living Building is the highest environmental standard surpassing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and there are just a handful of buildings that are so certified in the United States

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst

    14. UMass celebrates $9.9 million renovation of Paige Laboratory for Stockbridge research

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      UMass celebrates $9.9 million renovation of Paige Laboratory for Stockbridge research

      Jay Popko, a research associate with the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, said having the renovated Paige Laboratory means having all of what they need in one building. He said it means "we can be more productive and do better work." About 150 were on hand to celebrate the $9.9 million renovation of the 64-year-old Paige Laboratory building Thursday with speeches and a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by building tours. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy called it "a very happy occasion to celebrate our world-class agricultural success at UMass," which was just ranked 8th best in ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    15. Holyoke Community College honored for skills training | masslive

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      Holyoke Community College honored for skills training | masslive

      Holyoke Community College was honored earlier this month with the Anne Serino Memorial Award for Outstanding ABE and ESOL Program from The Workforce Solutions Group, a statewide coalition that advocates for skills training and employment opportunities for low and moderate income individuals.  Kermit Dunkelberg, assistant vice president of adult basic education, and Workforce Development, accepted the award on behalf of HCC Oct. 15 at the 5th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit in Devens, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield

    16. UMass educators receive nearly $3 million from science foundation to teach science to incarcerated youth

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      UMass educators receive nearly $3 million from science foundation to teach science to incarcerated youth

      Michael P. Krezmien, director of the Center for Youth Engagement in the department of student development, and Martina Nieswandt of the department of teacher education and curriculum studies will work with the Wakefield-based Center for Applied Special Technologies to apply the principles of "Universal Design for Learning," according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    17. Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

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      Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

      The Westfield Athenaeum recently acquired an Early Literacy Station, a comprehensive, turn-key educational solution loaded with over 70 educational software programs for kids between the ages of 2 and 8. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet which is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and engaging.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    18. United Way, Stay in School to Host Community Summit on Nov. 6

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      United Way, Stay in School to Host Community Summit on Nov. 6

      United Way of Pioneer Valley and Stay in School, a community initiative launched by United Way designed to increase student attendance in Springfield schools, will host the Springfield GradNation Community Summit 2014, a conference for youth, parents, and members of the community, on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the Judd Gymnasia at Springfield College, 263 Alden St., Springfield.  The summit’s focus is “middle school success = pathway to graduation.” Educators say better school attendance and engagement in middle school leads to higher high-school graduation rates. Summit leaders will share what they have learned from ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    19. Hampshire College to break ground on new building next month; hopes to meet Living Building Challenge

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      Hampshire College to break ground on new building next month; hopes to meet Living Building Challenge

      Now Hampshire College has announced that it will be breaking ground on a new 15,000 square foot two-story building to meet the sustainability requirements of the Living Building Challenge as well, according to a college press release.  The college will break ground on the multifunctional R. W. Kern Center Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst   Northampton

    20. Springfield to focus on middle-school students to improve 56.6 percent graduation rate

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      Springfield to focus on middle-school students to improve 56.6 percent graduation rate

      Keynoter Smith, former director of the Social Innovation Fund for the Corporation for National & Community Service, and recently appointed special assistant to President Obama and senior director of cabinet affairs for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, will return to his native Springfield for the event.
      The Stay in School campaign was launched in 2013 in partnership with the Springfield Public Schools to increase school attendance. Increased attendance is a key ingredient to academic success and graduation from high school.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    21. Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

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      Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

      Western New England University, a private university in Springfield, Mass, is renowned for their personal attention to students. The University is committed to being a leader regionally and recognized nationally in providing integrated professional and liberal learning. Additionally, the University is characterized by a synergy that results internally from the collaboration of its programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law and externally from the important strategic partnerships and alliances forged with the local and regional business, educational, and civic community.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    22. Eye-Opening Experiences

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      Eye-Opening Experiences

      The field trip was part of a program called The World Is Our Classroom Inc. (WIOC), and Executive Director Nora Burke Patton says it was founded on the principle that students learn best when they see classroom lessons reinforced in the real world.
      “It runs from fifth grade through high school, and by partnering with urban school systems, institutions of higher education, and businesses, WIOC not only reinforces classroom lessons, but also opens young minds to employment opportunities,” she said, adding that the program was launched in 2002 through a collaboration of area businesses and school systems, and has exposed ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    23. UMass President Robert Caret, trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas touring state with Springfield, Amherst stops

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      UMass President Robert Caret, trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas touring state with Springfield, Amherst stops

      For the fourth year, University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is on the move– this time a three-day statewide bus tour that began in Boston. Springfield resident Henry M. Thomas III, the chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, joins him. Caret initiated what he termed a listening tour soon after he was named president. On that weeklong tour, he wanted to understand and hear how UMass could better serve the state's residents.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    24. Community Spotlight: Williamstown

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      Community Spotlight: Williamstown

      Andy Hogeland, another selectman, was equally descriptive. “People can go to the farmer’s market for fresh produce and community conversation, then walk to see the Magna Carta exhibit at the Clark Art Institute, or attend the Bluegrass Festival in North Adams,” he said during an interview late last month.  And board Chair Ron Turbin isn’t shy about extolling the town’s virtues either, noting that its elementary school is a state-of-the-art green building, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority recently approved a feasibility study to renovate or rebuild Mount Greylock Regional High School, which serves Williamstown and Lanesborough.

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