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    1. STCC offers 'fast track' customer service training program | masslive.com

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      STCC offers 'fast track' customer service training program | masslive.com

      The college is once offering a 'Fast Track' option of the new certificate program in Customer Service Essentials. In 16 weeks students will earn 24 college credits that can transfer into an associate degree in business administration.  'STCC's Fast Track Customer Service Essentials Certificate option provides an educational career pathway to employment in advanced customer service representative roles that are in high demand by local employers,' said STCC Vice President of Foundation and Workforce Training Robert LePage in a written statement. 'Students will work together in a structured group to support learning and team work.'

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    2. MassMutual, Western New England University welcome 400 high school students to academic achievers conference | masslive.com

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      MassMutual, Western New England University welcome 400 high school students to academic achievers conference | masslive.com

      This is the 14th year MassMutual and Western New England have hosted the conference. This year's theme was 'Build Your Future.'  A big part of everyone's future will depend on learning exactly why and for how long that little rat can be motivated to, or dissuaded from, taping the lever, said Sheralee A. Tershner, chair and professor of neuroscience. She showed the how and why the lever box, once commonly called a Skinner box and now called an 'operant conditioning chamber,' works.  It's not dissimilar to how a slot machine gets players to keep betting money through ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Western New England University

    3. Mount Holyoke College president Lynn Pasquerella to step down; Dean of Faculty Sonya Stephens named interim president | masslive.com

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      Mount Holyoke College president Lynn Pasquerella to step down; Dean of Faculty Sonya Stephens named interim president | masslive.com

      Mount Holyoke College announced today that college president Lynn Pasquerella will step down at the end of the upcoming semester after six years at the helm of the woman's college.  Pasquerella has been named the next president of the Association of American College & Universities, a 1,300 member association that advocates for undergraduate liberal arts education.  She intends to step down as Mount Holyoke president on June 30.  The college announced Sonya Stephens, the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, has been named acting president until the college can find a permanent successor.

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      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Holyoke

    4. UMass Landscape Design Students Bring Attention to Downtown Springfield

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      UMass Landscape Design Students Bring Attention to Downtown Springfield

      Frank Sleegers wants his classroom to extend far beyond the UMass campus.  “For these students, it’s not just the work they do to get grades, but they actually care about what they do; they see their work is important and can make an impact,” said the urban design professor at UMass Amherst.  He was speaking of a recent project by a group of landscape architecture students, who worked with the Springfield Central Cultural District to improve the downtown pedestrian walkway known as Market Place and attract more activity there.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    5. HCC Plans $43.5 Million Renovation of Campus Center

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      HCC Plans $43.5 Million Renovation of Campus Center

      The number outside the door is G-313. But everyone knows it as the ‘digital video studio.’  It’s a well-equipped facility — done over as part of a $2 million renovation of the media center in Holyoke Community College’s campus center in 2008 — and, in most respects, it looks like a modern classroom.  Except for the black tarpaulin positioned just below the ceiling near the middle of the room.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    6. STCC ‘Fast Track’ Customer Service Certificate Classes start Feb. 16

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      Beginning Feb. 16, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will again offer a 16-week (two 8-week sessions) “Fast Track” option of the new certificate program in Customer Service Essentials. Students will earn 24 college credits that can transfer into an associate degree in business administration. Customer service representatives are in demand in a variety of fields including financial services, call centers, manufacturing services, retail organizations, inside sales, and small business services. Working in customer service requires a good foundation of skills in marketing, computer literacy, communication, and business etiquette to support the needs of both the customer and the employer. These ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    7. UMass, Amherst ink new $3.6 million strategic-partnership agreement | masslive.com

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      UMass, Amherst ink new $3.6 million strategic-partnership agreement | masslive.com

      The University of Massachusetts and Amherst officials have a signed a new strategic partnership agreement that will pay the town $3.6 million for fees and services over the life of the agreement that will expire June 30, 2019.  UMass will continue paying the town for fire and ambulance services based on a formula tied to calls for service as well as for water and sewer services.  In fiscal year 2015, the university paid $381,344 for ambulance support from the town.  UMass has also paid the town $80,000 to provide additional ambulance service on the weekends.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    8. 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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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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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    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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