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    1. Westfield, Sturbridge charter schools approved by state education board

      Westfield, Sturbridge charter schools approved by state education board

      The state board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Monday approved three new charter schools, two of which will open in western Massachusetts. The board voted to approve Hampden Charter School of Science in Westfield, and the Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School. Hampden Charter School of Science is scheduled to open in 2018 with an initial enrollment of 252 students from Agawam, Holyoke, Westfield and West Springfield. It will serve grades 6 through 9 at first, then expand to 588 students in grades 6 through 12.

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    2. Families flock to WGBY Love for Learning fair in Springfield for day of education,...

      Families flock to WGBY Love for Learning fair in Springfield for day of education,...

      The WGBY Love for Learning PBS Kids Fan Fair drew families to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday for a day of creativity and the chance to meet the authors and illustrators of some of their favorite books. Kids took photos with Curious George and other beloved PBS Kids characters, looked at ticks under microscopes, banged on bucket drums and found out what it takes to create a children's book. The free event ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "PBS is committed to making people engaged, committed learners throughout their whole lives," said Marie Waechter ...

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    3. WSU receives grant from Baker-Polito administration

      WSU receives grant from Baker-Polito administration

      Westfield State University (WSU) hopes that state funds received recently will lead to a new concentration focused on a burgeoning career field. WSU received $75,000 from Gov. Baker’s office last week, which will go toward the university’s attempt to create a biotechnology concentration in their biology program. The money is expected to help the university develop the concentration, with a tentative limited offering of it happening as soon as the fall of this year.

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    4. Bay Path Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law

      Bay Path University and Western New England University’s School of Law recently signed a 3+3 articulation agreement that allows undergraduate students attending Bay Path to apply for admission to the law school and begin their legal education during their senior year. This could shorten the time for students to earn both their bachelor’s and JD degrees from seven years to six years. “We are so proud to offer this opportunity for our students to pursue JD degrees,” said Bay Path Provost Melissa Morriss-Olson. “The 3+3 program not only enhances the strength of the existing partnership between ...

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    5. AIC Announces 100% Pass Rate for Occupational Therapy Program

      American International College (AIC) announced that its master’s-level occupational therapy pass rate for 2016 is 100%, as designated by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc. (NBCOT). NBCOT is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational-therapy profession, setting a world-class standard for certification of occupational-therapy practitioners. It also works with state regulatory authorities and employers, providing information on credentials and professional conduct. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence for the practice of occupational therapy.

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    6. UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.  University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students. "UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth's flagship, plays a crucial role in the state's innovation economy," Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. "Our research in fields such as applied life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food science, big data and climate science are internationally recognized. The ingenuity and expertise of our faculty and students, as well as our alumni, provide fertile ...

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    7. Chicopee receives $3.2 million in state funding to repair schools

      Chicopee receives $3.2 million in state funding to repair schools

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority agreed to grant $3,253,900 toward the project. The city will have to pick up the remaining $1,628,000 that it will cost for the two projects, state officials said. The approval was part of a $54.3 million allocation granted to school districts across the state to help them make repairs to schools. The money under the accelerated repair program mainly is spend to replace roofs, windows, doors and heating systems, state officials said.

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    8. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Smith College will receive nearly half a million dollars for its life sciences facilities, one of several Massachusetts colleges and high schools to receive state grants focused on science and technology. The $497,000 grant will pay for advanced instrumentation for two research centers, allowing Smith to train life sciences majors with state-of-the-art technology, according to the state. The purchases will also ground Smith's outreach endeavors to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 in practices relevant to the newest discoveries.

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    9. Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      There was a time when a college degree or a high-school diploma was the only ticket a worker needed to enjoy a lifetime of middle-class comfort and security. Those days are long gone, according to Jeremiah Riordan, Springfield Technical Community College's new interim vice president of workforce training, and his colleague Paul Sheehan, director of workforce development. In response, community colleges, including STCC, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges, along with continuing to offer affordable pathways to a bachelor's degree, are redefining and expanding their roles as vehicles for lifelong learning and, in the process, helping to drive the ...

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    10. UMass Center in downtown Springfield fufilling promise as base for academics, community engagement

      UMass Center in downtown Springfield fufilling promise as base for academics, community engagement

      Since opening its doors almost three years ago in 26,000 square feet of mezzanine space in downtown's Tower Square, the UMass Center is solidifying its presence as a hub for academics and scholarly research while continuing to hone its role as a force for economic development and community engagement. Enrollment in the more than 20 courses offered at the center has grown from 250 students in the fall of 2014 when it opened to 850 in the spring of 2016, according to Daniel Montagna, director of operations at the center. Offerings at the center run the gamut - from ...

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    11. David M. Cruise: Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is "partnering for solutions"

      David M. Cruise: Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is "partnering for solutions"

      Talent attraction, development and retention is today's economic imperative. It is the bridge that connects the innovation "push" coming from our research labs and private and public universities across the commonwealth with the technology "pull' coming from our technology centric companies and advanced manufacturing enterprises. It is the differentiator that sets the commonwealth of Massachusetts apart from other states looking to compete in a global economy that continues to evolve and change at geometric proportions. In Hampden County, committed private-sector companies representing all critical business and industry sectors, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, workforce and economic development entities and ...

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    12. HCC receives $75,000 grant to improve career pathways program at Dean Tech

      HCC receives $75,000 grant to improve career pathways program at Dean Tech

      Holyoke Community College has received a $75,000 grant to strengthen the career pathway program at William J. Dean Technical High School. HCC was one of seven school districts and community colleges to receive a Career Technical Education Partnership Implementation Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant program aids local and regional partnerships geared toward boosting or creating CTE programs and initiatives that provided career pathway opportunities to students.

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    13. Agreement between AIC and three regional colleges opens doors for smooth transfers

      Agreement between AIC and three regional colleges opens doors for smooth transfers

      American International College has opened its doors to transfer students from three community colleges after signing articulation agreements with Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and Capital Community College in Hartford, Conn. With the three agreements, students from STCC, HCC, and CCC will have the opportunity to transfer and continue their education in an easier and more cost-efficient way as all three two-year colleges will offer courses and programs that align with AIC. Along with the opportunity to obtain a four-year degree, transferring students will have access to financial assistance as part of AIC's Direct Connect program, which ...

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    14. STCC Offers ‘Fast Track’ Customer-service Training

      STCC Offers ‘Fast Track’ Customer-service Training

      Springfield Technical Community College will offer a 16-week “fast track” customer-service certificate training program this spring that is designed to help students develop a range of skills, from interview techniques to job-hunting strategies. The fast track option allows students to earn 24 college credits over two eight-week sessions that begin March 20. They can apply these credits directly to an associate degree in business administration. Four courses are offered per session, and classes are held Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. An STCC fast-track customer-service certificate allows people to become eligible for jobs in a number of different ...

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    15. Preschool initiative successful in Springfield, Holyoke, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell,...

      Preschool initiative successful in Springfield, Holyoke, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell,...

      The Preschool Expansion Grant program is a multi-year initiative to provide free preschool to children in Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield. Through funding awarded to the state from the U.S. Department of Education, 48 new preschool classrooms were opened in the fall of 2015. About 850 children were enrolled in the participating communities during each year of the program. "The Preschool Expansion Grant program is developing important partnerships between participating school districts and community-based early education and care programs," Baker said in a prepared statement.  "The five participating cities are making significant progress toward supporting out goal of ...

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    16. Education reform leader touts Springfield Empowerment Zone as model program for struggling...

      Education reform leader touts Springfield Empowerment Zone as model program for struggling...

      Gov. Charlie Baker's recent praise of the Springfield Empowerment Zone, in which he called it a model for helping struggling schools during his State of the Commonwealth address, was music to the ears of Chris Gabrieli. Gabrieli, who is chairman of the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, shared his thoughts about the program during a meeting with the Editorial Board of The Republican last week. Gabrieli said the likelihood of success in Springfield will take time to assess, but its chances are enhanced by its embrace from school officials, teachers and others.

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    17. Bay Path to Present ‘Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM’

      Bay Path to Present ‘Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM’

      The Center of Excellence for Women in STEM at Bay Path University will welcome Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard to the Women in STEM Speaker Series for a talk and interactive session on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Breck Suite on the university’s Longmeadow campus. Packard is a professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, where she also directs the Weissman Center for Leadership. She will take a closer look at professional mentoring from both the mentor and mentee perspective during her presentation, “Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM.”

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    18. Springfield forum slated to discuss impacts of new Every Student Succeeds Act

      Springfield forum slated to discuss impacts of new Every Student Succeeds Act

      Local and state organizations are inviting the public to take part in a community forum on Thursday at the MassMutual Center to expand dialogue on the impacts of a new federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The forum is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual center, 1277 Main St. The forum is sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) in partnership with the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and Springfield Business Leaders for Education.

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    19. New HCC President Sees Growth Opportunities for Herself and Her Students

      New HCC President Sees Growth Opportunities for Herself and Her Students

      Christina Royal recently took the helm at Holyoke Community College. She brings with her a phrase, or saying, that she contrived and uses often as she talks about higher education and her approach to it: “it takes a village to raise a student.”  Before accepting the position of provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Inver Hills Community College just outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Christina Royal first turned down an offer to become president of a school in Texas.

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    20. Springfield prepares to launch pilot program to give students take-home computers

      Springfield prepares to launch pilot program to give students take-home computers

      The School Department, having already provided laptop computers to all students in grades three through 12 for classroom use, is preparing to launch a pilot program that will allow hundreds of students to take their computers home. Paul Foster, chief information officer for the school system, told the School Committee on Thursday that between three and six schools will be involved in the pilot program that will start Feb. 27 and continue to the end of the school year. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, chairman of the School Committee, said that Springfield is "ahead of the curve and leading the way ...

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    21. UMass researcher says all-natural 'wire' discovery could replace man-made electronic connectors

      UMass researcher says all-natural 'wire' discovery could replace man-made electronic connectors

      Microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts have discovered a new type of natural wire that could replace traditional wires in the sensors in cellphones and other electronics. Instead of man-made electronics, researchers here have found they can develop sustainable "green" conducting materials for the electronics industry. The study by UMass microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues appears this week in mBio, the American Society of Microbiology's premier journal. Lovley said he's really excited by the discovery and sees it as "revolutionary" for the electronics industry. Microbial nanowires are natural, unlike the toxic chemicals used in wires manufactured now that ...

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    22. STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      The No. 1 challenge Massachusetts employers face is their need for skilled employees. On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito met with leaders from local government, education and industry to recruit more of those employers to host high school and college interns in the STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- fields. She also announced that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will now host interns. "Today's discussion is really about talent," said David Cruise, president of the Hampden County Regional Employment Board. "Talent is the differentiator."

       
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    23. Bay Path’s MS in Nonprofit Management Program Earns Accolades

      Bay Path’s MS in Nonprofit Management Program Earns Accolades

      A recent article published by thebestschools.org has named Bay Path University’s master of science program in nonprofit management and philanthropy among a list of the top 10 best in the U.S. The program ranked 10th on the list, and was one of just two New England colleges to make the cut, along with Northeastern University. “We are very pleased to be ranked in the top 10 nationally for graduate programs in nonprofit management for the second year in a row,” said Melissa Morriss-Olson, provost. “This is a competitive field — there are many online graduate nonprofit programs — and ...

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    24. Bay Path Launches Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling

      Bay Path Launches Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling

      The need for genetic counselors keeps growing; there are just 4,000 certified genetic counselors in the country today, or one for every 80,000 Americans. To respond to this need, Bay Path University has launched a new master of science program in genetic counseling, naming Nancy Steinberg Warren program director. “I am excited to help launch Bay Path’s genetic counseling graduate program,” Warren said. “By taking advantage of current instructional technology through hybrid course delivery, students from varied backgrounds will have maximum accessibility and flexibility to become genetic counselors in 21 months. Graduates will be poised to fill ...

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