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    1. Report: Massachusetts is the Healthiest State in the Nation

      Report: Massachusetts is the Healthiest State in the Nation

      Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the nation, according to the 28th annual America’s Health Rankings report. Among the state’s strengths are its low percentage of uninsured people, low prevalence of obesity, and high vaccination rates. The 2017 report also ranked Massachusetts first for the health of women and children. “This report highlights the notable progress that our state is making to improve the health and well-being of every individual living in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts is proud to have the lowest number of uninsured residents in the country and robust public-health efforts, and our ...

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    2. UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

      UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

      Students this week voted to pay half the $50 million renovation cost by increasing student activity fees $100 annually. The UMass-Amherst campus has agreed to fund the other half. The Student Union referendum passed 1,246-1,012, with about 10 percent of the study body voting, about average for a student vote, said Student Government President Anthony Vitale.

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    3. UMass Amherst Receives $1.1 Million Grant for Large Battery Project

      UMass Amherst Receives $1.1 Million Grant for Large Battery Project

      UMass Amherst has been awarded a $1.1 million state grant from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) project to work with Tesla Energy to construct a large battery at the Central Heating Plant on the west side of campus. The project involves a 1-megawatt/4-megawatt-hour lithium ion battery storage system that will be designed and constructed by Tesla Energy adjacent to the campus power plant. Working with Tesla and the UMass Clean Energy Extension (CEE), the goal is to reduce peak energy demand on the Amherst campus and related costs. The battery storage system will provide power at times ...

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    4. MGM Springfield, Hcc, Stcc take applications for table games school

      MGM Springfield, Hcc, Stcc take applications for table games school

      More than 30 prospective dealers, croupiers and table games employees filled out their applications Wednesday for the new Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute even as a press conference introducing the school was still going on behind them. Ethan Thomas, 21, of Belchertown, works at golf courses and just took a job on a restaurant waitstaff.  "I'm interested in finding a new career in the casino that is coming to town," Thomas said. "I'm excited."

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    5. Bay Path University nursing program receives accreditation | masslive.com

      Bay Path University nursing program receives accreditation | masslive.com

      The agency that accredits nursing schools has certified a Bay Path University program through the end of 2022.  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education granted accreditation to the RN to BSN Completer program at Bay Path's The American Women's College, a statement from Bay Path said.  'The national challenge for 80% of nurses to be BSN-prepared by 2020 indicated to us a great need for a flexible, affordable solution for registered nurses whose lives are already so full, between caring for others at work and on top of that, having families, hobbies, and other personal responsibilities,' Amanda Gould ...

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    6. How to get financial aid and other tips set for Holyoke workshop on college applications

      How to get financial aid and other tips set for Holyoke workshop on college applications

      Workshops in English and Spanish will be held on the college application process from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St. Representatives of numerous area colleges are scheduled to be available to talk with students, a press release  said. Topics will include strategies to succeed in college, information about financial aid and incentives for attendance, the press release said. Also, high school students can be put in touch with local college students to discuss their experiences, the press release said. The workshop is offered by Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke High School ...

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    7. UMass Engineer Makes Bioinspired Polymers with Electrostatic Force

      UMass Engineer Makes Bioinspired Polymers with Electrostatic Force

      UMass Amherst chemical engineer Sarah Perry, working with a colleague at the University of Illinois, is creating new bioinspired materials using electrostatic charge to direct the self-assembly process of long molecules. The research team, working with a class of polymers called coacervates, found they could be modified by changing the sequence of charges along the polymer chain. Coacervates are commonly used in food products and cosmetics. The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.

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    8. Five Colleges Names Sarah Pfatteicher Executive Director

      Five Colleges Names Sarah Pfatteicher Executive Director

      The board of directors of the Five College Consortium has appointed Sarah Pfatteicher to be its new executive director, succeeding Neal Abraham, who will be retiring after nine years at the helm of the higher-ed collaboration. Pfatteicher is currently associate dean for Academic Affairs and a research professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “The board was impressed with the breadth and depth of experience that Sarah will bring to the position,” said Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College and of the Five College board of directors. “The level of leadership she’s shown at the University of Wisconsin in both ...

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    9. Elms College, University of Kochi Extend 20-year Exchange Program

      Elms College, University of Kochi Extend 20-year Exchange Program

      Elms College signed an agreement on Nov. 29 continuing its international exchange program with the University of Kochi in Japan. The exchange relationship is celebrating its 20th year. Harry Dumay, president of Elms College, and Takahiro Ioroi, academic vice president of the University of Kochi — one of the original faculty members involved in starting the exchange program — signed the agreement in Dumay’s office at Elms. Every year, visiting students from Kochi spend nearly two weeks exploring life at Elms. The Kochi students stay in residence halls at Elms, study English, attend classes related to their majors, and take in ...

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    10. Much work remains but improvements emerging at Holyoke's Dean Technical High School...

      Much work remains but improvements emerging at Holyoke's Dean Technical High School...

      The sign at Dean Technical High School facing Main Street read, "97 percent attendance keep coming." The public display about the rise in attendance from last year's 87 percent along with a drop in suspensions, upticks in the graduation rate and passing grades for all of the current seniors in all of their courses have educators in a Dean-boasting mode, kind of. "I think it's important that we get the word out about how things are going so well at Dean Tech," Principal Jeffrey Peterson said Monday.

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    11. Hcc, Stcc to Launch Gaming School

      Anyone interested in working as a professional card dealer or croupier at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield will have their first opportunity to sign up for training classes on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at a downtown event launching the new MCCTI Gaming School. The event will be held on the first floor of the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., in the exhibit hall pre-function space, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College, through TWO, their Training and Workforce Options collaborative, and MCCTI, the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, will operate the gaming school on the ...

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    12. Cambridge College Announces Partnership with ILI

      Cambridge College Announces Partnership with ILI

      Cambridge College and the International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) recently announced a partnership through the University Pathways Program. Through this partnership, international students in the University Pathways track receive the academic support and counseling they need to help them transition successfully to Cambridge College. ILI carefully selects its partner colleges and universities. Cambridge College was selected because of its program offerings and commitment to the adult-learning model.

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    13. Springfield Technical Community College's biotech program aiming to offer path into...

      Springfield Technical Community College's biotech program aiming to offer path into...

      At a time when biotechnology jobs are hitting an all-time high in Massachusetts, Springfield Technical Community College has begun offering one of the few degree-granting programs in Western Massachusetts that can train students for careers in the booming industry. To raise awareness about the program, STCC on Monday hosted a Biotechnology Career Exploration Luncheon for students and a tour of STCC's biotech labs. The career exploration event featured insights about the STCC program and biotech industry from current students, alumni, and employer and four-year college representatives.

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    14. Blue Star Equiculture of Palmer and Springfield Sci-Tech's Fresh Start program team up to...

      Blue Star Equiculture of Palmer and Springfield Sci-Tech's Fresh Start program team up to...

      Arroyo and Williams were among the students at Sci-Tech who had the opportunity to get up close, to see, to touch and, yes, to smell draft horses on the front lawn of the State Street school. As part of a collaboration with the Sci-Tech Fresh Start Program, Blue Star Equiculture of Palmer brought three horses, Mario and Punch, two adults weighing 2,000 pounds each, and Blue the baby, to the school for a kind of meet-and-greet.

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    15. STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29

      STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29

      On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Springfield Technical Community College will offer Health Careers Exploration Night, an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a healthcare professional to learn more about STCC’s programs. Open to the public, the free event will take place from 4 and 6 p.m. While no registration is required, visitors should check in with organizers in the first-floor lobby of Building 20, on the Pearl Street side of the campus.

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    16. Bay Path Hosts Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path Hosts Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      At the fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit held recently at the Longmeadow campus of Bay Path University, keynote speaker and Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) CEO Timothy Connelly told summit attendees that cybersecurity is a top issue for Gov. Charlie Baker and MassTech. According to Connelly, MassTech is making cybersecurity a priority “because we recognize this is the fastest-growing sector. This is why we established the MassTech Cyber Growth and Development Center. Governor Charlie Baker thinks this is a terrific market that can produce sustainable jobs as long as we develop the needed talent.”

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    17. STCC to Offer Certified Auto-damage Appraisal Course

      STCC to Offer Certified Auto-damage Appraisal Course

      The Workforce Development Center at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer a certified auto-damage appraisal course beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28. The 60-hour course is designed to train insurance-claims professionals and auto-body technicians for the Massachusetts Auto Damage Appraisers License Examination. Twenty sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., through Feb. 8. The fee is $599, which includes the cost of class materials. The idea for the course came from William Johnson, a member of the STCC board of trustees, who owns Pleasant Street Auto Body & Repair in South Hadley and Belchertown.

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    18. Community Collaboration Enhances OT Services for Square One

      Community Collaboration Enhances OT Services for Square One

      In support of the Square One mission to ensure that all children have the foundation they need to be successful in life, Bay Path University and Eversource have formed a partnership to enhance the clinical services provided to Square One children. Eversource recently awarded a $2,500 grant to the university for its Play Matters Therapy program. The funding will be utilized to expand current services and broaden the scope of assessments that will be conducted with children in this program, incorporate nutrition curriculum, and to purchase materials and equipment needed to facilitate movement groups or treatment components. Students and ...

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    19. Bay Path University ranked in top 10 colleges in Massachusetts

      Bay Path University ranked in top 10 colleges in Massachusetts

      Bay Path University has been ranked among the top 10 colleges in Massachusetts by OnlineColleges.com. The website ranked Bay Path at No. 8. Three other Western Massachusetts colleges made the top 10: the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked No. 2, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts ranked No. 5 and Westfield State University ranked No. 7.

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    20. HCC to Inaugurate Christina Royal as President Today

      HCC to Inaugurate Christina Royal as President Today

      Holyoke Community College will mark a new chapter in its history with the inauguration of Christina Royal as its fourth president today, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. in HCC’s Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts building. Royal started working at HCC in January. She is just the fourth president in the 71-year history of HCC and the first woman to hold the position. The inauguration ceremony will include a processional of HCC faculty, staff, and distinguished guests, including the presidents of the other Massachusetts community colleges, as well as the presidents from some of HCC’s ...

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    21. STCC, Northeastern University partner to offer bachelor's degrees in mechanical...

      STCC, Northeastern University partner to offer bachelor's degrees in mechanical...

      Springfield Technical Community College and Northeastern University have partnered to offer students in Greater Springfield an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering technology and advanced manufacturing systems onsite at STCC starting in January. "To be able to partner like this with a premier university is just tremendous," said John B. Cook, president of the community college. "There is an interest in this degree from our students and from employers."

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    22. Bay Path Slates 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path Slates 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      The 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit will be conducted on the Longmeadow campus of Bay Path University on Nov. 9. This free event will start with a networking continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by an open lecture and panel to begin at 8 a.m. Speakers include:

      • Timothy Connelly, executive director and CEO of the Mass. Technology Collaborative including the new Cybersecurity Growth and Development Center;
      • Tim Russell, Supervisory Special Agent in Cybersecurity, FBI / Boston; and
      • Dr. Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University, member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council.
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    23. Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

      Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

      The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor. A ceremony marking the action was held Oct. 27 at the building on North Pleasant Street where UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Massachusetts Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, joined by Congressman Olver, made the announcement. The UMass Board of Trustees recently approved naming the building for the former congressman and longtime supporter and advocate for the Amherst campus. “There is no other project on the UMass Amherst ...

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