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Annual UMass bus tour with President Robert Caret rolls into Springfield, Hadley before heading east
University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is again embarking on a mobile listening tour to hear from community leaders while simultaneously trumpeting what he believes is the vital statewide role played by the five-campus public school system. Caret and Henry M. Thomas III, chairman of the university's board of trustees, will be joined by other UMass administrators during what has become an annual cross-state bus tour, which begins Tuesday with stops in Springfield and Hadley. The taking-it-to-the-streets tactic was launched two years ago by Caret, who uses the face-to-face meetings with mayors and community and business leaders to ...(Read Full Article)
We believe that there are greater things to come as Danny Warwick begins his second full year on the job. His leadership and willingness to try new approaches in an effort to raise the bar for Springfield students is the breath of fresh air the city schools need.(Read Full Article)
- She told BusinessWest she was comfortable with the institution long before she actually toured it, and even well before her first two interviews for the position, the first via Skype and the second at a hotel at Bradley International Airport — although those sessions and her subsequent visit certainly reinforced her opinion.
She liked the feel and the fit so much that she quickly terminated a quest for another college president’s position to focus all her energies on this one.
The primary reason why is the culture that pervades the school, one summed up by its motto (“Spirit Mind Body ... (Read Full Article)
Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College signed an articulation agreement recently which will benefit students transferring from Holyoke’s medical billing certificate program to Springfield’s medical coding and billing specialist associate degree program.(Read Full Article)
Under this agreement, credits completed in Holyoke’s medical billing certificate program will transfer to the Springfield program, allowing students who may have initially decided to complete the certificate program to transfer seamlessly to a degree program.
Springfield Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick touts students' gains in academics, attendance, behavior
Superintendent of Schools Daniel J. Warwick unveiled his annual report on the state of the public school system on Thursday, saying the statistics show significant improvements in academic achievement, attendance and behavior. “We feel the data proves we are moving in the right direction in every area,” Warwick said. “I think it speaks to the forward momentum of the school system. We are working very hard to execute our strategic plan and we will continue to move the school system forward.”(Read Full Article)
The old manufacturing technology center at Franklin County Technical School looked like the kind of workshop that would have laid off the grandfather of today's high school students 30 years ago. It was manual, hand-adjusted technology with oil and dirt, said Valley Steel Stamp owner Steve Capshaw, who spearheaded the $717,000 renovation, updating and re-equipping the program in an effort to help his industry grow by providing more qualified workers for his business and others in the valley.(Read Full Article)
Gov. Deval Patrick praises Zanetti School in Springfield for rising from underperforming status to top academic level
Gov. Deval L. Patrick visited the Alfred G. Zanetti Montessori School on Friday, praising the “extraordinary” effort by the students, staff and administrators in rising from an underperforming school to the top level of the academic scale. “That is a testament to the extraordinary hard work of the young people, the engagement of their families, the tremendous leadership from the principal and the superintendent, and all of the members of the faculty,” Patrick said following a school tour and meeting with students and staff. “I am fired up as a result of it, and confident of even greater things to ...(Read Full Article)
Revisions in Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School contract sought by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Greenfield School Superintendent Susan Hollins, who serves as superintendent for the virtual academy, could not be immediately reached for comment, nor could Edward Berlin, chairman of the virtual academy’s board of directors. Berlin previously said the board has been hard-pressed to comply with all the new rules and standards established by the state.(Read Full Article)
Students from Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts are at Springfield’s Central High School today to promote science, technology, engineering and math -- the "STEM" fields -- to students from three of the city’s high schools. The new effort to promote STEM majors and career training opportunities is part of the statewide “Go Public!” campaign to highlight academic excellence at the state’s 29 public campuses. Six student speakers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Westfield State University as well as Springfield Tech, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges are speaking this ...(Read Full Article)
University of Massachusetts professor Lisa E. Chasan-Taber has received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases to use individual coaching and support to help Hispanic women avoid obesity during pregnancy and to develop a healthy, active lifestyle. This is the fourth multimillion-dollar grant the epidemiology professor has received from these agencies to work with Hispanic women, totaling more than $10 million.(Read Full Article)
Springfield Technical Community College wins grant to boost performance of Latino students; colleges in Holyoke, Greenfield and Pittsfield receive funds also
Springfield Technical Community College has received $122,099 state grant to develop strategies for improving the academic performance of Hispanic students, while community colleges in Greenfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield will share in $239,334 grant to improve learning in science, technology and math. The money for the two-year Springfield college was among $7.5 million in competitive grants awarded by the state Department of Higher Education on Monday to encourage innovation and improve graduation rates and other aspects of student performance at the state's 29 community college, state university and University of Massachusetts campuses.(Read Full Article)
This connection between Springfield College and the AHL goes back to 2006, when Andrews was invited to speak to a marketing conference on campus.(Read Full Article)
“After my presentation, Dr. Matthew Pantera (chair of SC’s sport management and recreation department) asked if I would be interested in standing in for a professor who was going on sabbatical. One thing led to another, and I’ve been teaching at the college for seven years now,” Andrews said.
Business leaders tout sites in contest for UMass satellite campus in downtown Springfield | masslive
In a competition for a key project to revive downtown Springfield, business leaders are jockeying for a contract to lease space to the University of Massachusetts for a satellite campus. UMass is considering a three-year lease, with extension options, for space at four different downtown buildings: the Peter Pan Bus terminal , the 10-floor Harrison Place at 1391 Main St., the 17-story One Financial Plaza and the 28-floor Tower Square, owned by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. UMass staff toured the sites last week.(Read Full Article)
A $59 million, suite-style residence hall at Westfield State University was officially dedicated Thursday in a ceremony that heralded the facility as an achievement in determination, foresight and leadership. During the ceremony, WSU alumnus state Rep. Brian M. Ashe, D-Longmeadow, announced the future construction of a $48 million science and technology building on which they plan to break ground next year with a completion date scheduled for 2016.(Read Full Article)
Three underperforming Springfield schools released from Level 4 status after reaching turnaround goals
Three of the 10 schools in Springfield that were ranked by the state as “underperforming,” known as Level 4, have been lifted from that status by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education due to significant improvement. The three schools — Zanetti (K-8), Gerena Elementary, and Homer Elementary – exited Level 4 after meeting their three-year turnaround goals, according to a state education department announcement released on Wednesday.
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Springfield Technical Community College signs agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology to offer bachelor's degree
Springfield Technical Community College and the Wentworth Institute of Technology are now working together through a partnership to give students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in project management on the STCC campus. The accelerated program is geared toward professionals looking to advance their careers. Courses will be offered in Springfield and online, giving students the opportunity to pursue their bachelor’s degree while also working full-time.(Read Full Article)
Amherst College has surpassed its fundraising goal in a five-year campaign by nearly $80 million. The fundraising drive raked in about $502 million. It began in October 2008 as the stock market plunged at the beginning of the worst recession in decades, causing the liberal arts college's endowment to lose about one-fourth of its value.(Read Full Article)
Last week, a board of trustees report outlined a new $3.8 billion five-year capital budget for construction and renovation projects on all five UMass campuses, up from $3.1 billion approved last year. Some $1.4 billion of that funding will be heading to the Amherst campus, including $12.6 million for repairs to Machmer Hall, according to a news release.(Read Full Article)
The Springfield College School of Social Work, which has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1989, has been granted full national reaccreditation from the council for the next eight years with no conditions. The council is the exclusive national accrediting body for social work higher education and verifies that degree programs meet the high standards considered essential to quality social work education. “This is an important accomplishment for our school and represents the standards of quality that characterize graduate social work education at the Springfield College School of Social Work,” said Francine Vecchiolla, dean of ...(Read Full Article)
The Springfield Promise of equity and proficiency for all of our students is a goal that I believe we are closer to reaching than most people realize. This was the message I shared with approximately 4,000 members of the Springfield Public Schools faculty and staff during a convocation ceremony that occurred the Friday before the first day of school. I was pleased to have the opportunity to highlight for our educators the results of their dedication and hard work.(Read Full Article)
The number of colleges and universities used in the ranking system vary by category. U.S. News compiles the rankings to help families concerned with “finding the best academic value for their money.” And it offers myriad information about the particular school including information about tuition and student enrollment.(Read Full Article)
Springfield College awarded state grant to train Springfield Public Schools teachers in mathematics, special education
Springfield College was awarded an $867,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to fund a strategic partnership with Springfield Public Schools to increase the number of teachers who are fully prepared and dedicated to meeting the challenges faced in high-need Level 3 and 4 SPS schools.(Read Full Article)