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    1. Western New England University Unveils New Scholarship

      Western New England University Unveils New Scholarship

      Western New England University announced a new Business Impact Scholarship to support the recent surge of economic development in the Greater Springfield area. The scholarship is available to Massachusetts residents from Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties who are enrolled in the university’s College of Business starting in the fall of 2017. “For nearly a century, the College of Business at Western New England has educated and prepared local residents to become successful business leaders, and our alumni lead many Springfield area businesses and nonprofit organizations,” said Robert Kleine, dean of the College of Business. “This scholarship is an investment ...

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    2. HCC set for $43.5M Campus Center renovation project in 2017

      HCC set for $43.5M Campus Center renovation project in 2017

      Holyoke Community College's Campus Center is set to undergo a $43.5 million renovation project starting in February. About 9,000 square feet will be added to the building's current space of 58,727 square feet, according to school officials. The Campus Center has been suffering from water leaks since it opened in 1980, and previous projects to repair the building were not executed, HCC officials said. "The main impetus for this is to get the building watertight," interim HCC President Bill Fogarty said in a press release. "Then we also wanted to do things that will improve ...

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    3. Training, networking among challenges facing WMass manufacturers

      Training, networking among challenges facing WMass manufacturers

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, said manufacturing is particularly important to Western Massachusetts, where a study a couple of years ago found there are an estimated 18,000 open manufacturing jobs in the corridor from Springfield to Hartford, Connecticut. A manufacturing job that pays a wage of around $75,000 could move someone into the middle class in Western Massachusetts.

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    4. Boston-area clean tech startup Greentown Labs to open Springfield office

      Boston-area clean tech startup Greentown Labs to open Springfield office

      Greentown Labs, a Somerville-based incubator for clean technology start-ups, plans to open an office in Springfield to connect businesses in eastern and Western Massachusetts. The Springfield office will help hardware businesses in the Boston area connect with manufacturers and startups in the western part of the state. The goal is to ensure that before a company looks for an out-of-state supplier, it will first look at companies in Massachusetts. The Greentown Labs satellite office will be located at Springfield Technology Park, a business complex across the road from Springfield Technical Community College. Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert said the new ...

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    5. STCC to Offer ‘Green’ Major

      STCC to Offer ‘Green’ Major

      Melanie Gagnon, a working student who is in real estate sales, sees a new program at Springfield Technical Community College as a terrific opportunity to take her career to a higher level. “I personally don’t want to devote my life 100% to just selling houses,” said Gagnon, 36, of Springfield. “I don’t want to be residential. I want to be a part of bigger things, and this helps.”  What types of bigger things? That could mean possibly working as a community or regional planner, or taking a job that requires emergency planning such as when a city is ...

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    6. HCC Offers Free Culinary-hospitality Training to the Unemployed

      HCC Offers Free Culinary-hospitality Training to the Unemployed

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is using a $190,000 grant from the state’s Workforce Competitive Trust Fund to train unemployed and underemployed people for new jobs in the culinary and hospitality industry. The program is free to participants, who must commit to attend classes every day for nine weeks, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The course teaches them fundamental culinary skills and exposes them to a wide variety of careers in hospitality, including hotel operations. “It’s a hands-on opportunity to try out a lot of things and find out what their interests ...

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    7. Coding explored by 36 Holyoke Girls Inc. members at high performance computing center (photos)

      Coding explored by 36 Holyoke Girls Inc. members at high performance computing center (photos)

      The computing center is an academic research facility located on Bigelow Street downtown. That's where the 36 high-schoolers from the Girls Inc. of Holyoke Eureka! Program participated in a workshop about codes and cryptography presented by Holyoke Codes on Dec. 10. Eureka! Scholars spend time on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst experiencing laboratory activities in science, technology, engineering and math, the press release said. With the realization that being able to use technology is vital, Holyoke Codes provides opportunities for students to be involved in coding, robotics and technology. Coding is the strings of letters, numbers and ...

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    8. Springfield announces new $21 million, state-of-the-art food service center for public schools | masslive.com

      Springfield announces new $21 million, state-of-the-art food service center for public schools | masslive.com

      City officials Tuesday announced plans for a new, $21 million culinary and nutrition center in East Springfield that promises to 'change the face' of the breakfast-lunch program in the public schools by providing a much larger, state-of-the-ar facility. Representatives of the city and the School Department, and Sodexo, the school system's food service provider, gathered at the new 62,000 square foot building at 75 Cadwell St., set to become the new food service center.  The $21 million project includes the city's purchase of the property in recent months for $2.35 million, along with the cost of ...

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    9. American International College Awarded Multi-Year Grant from the Davis Educational Foundation

      American International College Awarded Multi-Year Grant from the Davis Educational Foundation

      American International College has been awarded $186,400 over three years in support of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation, established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, according to a news release . In an effort to strengthen and bring together student support services in one accessible location on campus, AIC created the Center for Academic Success in 2008 with support from Davis Educational Foundation and others. The Center for Academic Success (CAS) offers a number of student support ...

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    10. The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial - Innovation in Nonprofits- Webinar

      The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial - Innovation in Nonprofits- Webinar

      Women who think like entrepreneurs will be more successful in leading tomorrow’s non-profits. Many non-profits are launching entrepreneurial ventures in order to increase earned revenue, rather than relying only on philanthropic gifts. These leaders find ways to look and act like a for-profit entity, by using entrepreneurial techniques to generate mission-driven revenue that inspires community and individual action, engagement and financial support. This webinar will bring together innovative women who understand how non-profit leaders need to think and act differently. They will share what works and what is not a fit for non-profits to explore.

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    11. HCC Campus Center to Launch $43.5 Million Renovation

      HCC Campus Center to Launch $43.5 Million Renovation

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is about to embark on a two-year, $43.5 million renovation project that will transform the look, feel, and organization of the campus. The HCC Campus Center is scheduled to close Feb. 3, 2017, and construction will begin soon after. When it reopens in 2019, college officials say, the building will be a place that truly lives up to its name. Originally known as G Building, the sloping, three-story concrete structure sits in the middle of the campus between an intermittent stream choked with invasive plants and the HCC Courtyard. Since it opened in 1980, the ...

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    12. Negotiating Your Way to Success: Free Webinar

      Negotiating Your Way to Success: Free Webinar

      One of the biggest challenges people face in negotiation is how to strategically approach the process and how to follow a sequential progression that will guide them through ebbs and flows. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to negotiation methods they can apply to real workplace scenarios. Session led by Dr. Joshua Weiss, Program Director, MS Leadership and Negotiation, Bay Path University

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    13. Elms College President Talks Leadership with Young Professionals

      Elms College President Talks Leadership with Young Professionals

      Elms College hosted a leadership luncheon for the Young Professional Society (YPS) of Greater Springfield on Dec. 7. The keynote speaker at the event was the college’s president, Mary Reap. In her lecture, Reap discussed the importance of recognizing opportunities, even unexpected or perhaps at-first unwelcome ones, and taking advantage of them to further one’s career goals. She also talked about developing diplomacy and perseverance, banishing self-doubt, and learning from mistakes.

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    14. 'Pathways to Success' initiative will educate, train unemployed Springfield residents

      'Pathways to Success' initiative will educate, train unemployed Springfield residents

      The New England Farmworkers' Council has decided to "go back to basics" by offering education and training through its new "Pathways to Success" initiative. "The vision for (this) initiative is to serve the whole person," said Vanessa Otero, deputy director of Partners for Community, in a prepared statement. "As one of the more seasoned workforce development organizations in the area, the New England Farmworkers' Council took a hard look at its core strengths and decided that going back to basics -- education and training -- would better allow us to direct resources to maximize the impact we have on the people that ...

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    15. Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      The development and evolution of breath-analysis technology has long been the focus of medical research as a less invasive way to detect chemical compounds at certain levels that could indicate the presence of specific diseases. Researchers, including two in the Pioneer Valley, have been developing an analyzer for diabetics to use their exhaled breath to determine blood sugar/glucose levels through the detection of acetone. This is seen as a less invasive check than the traditional portable meter that utilizes a prick of blood for its test strip.

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    16. Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

      Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

      Baystate Health has already offered admission to four prospective students for the new medical school program it's starting in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts, including students from Springfield interested in continuing their education in their hometown. One of the missions of the medical school -- called the PURCH for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health -- will be to train physicians who will be more likely to build their careers in Western Massachusetts and fill the region's chronic need for more primary care doctors.

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    17. Springfield, Holyoke receive preschool expansion grants

      Springfield, Holyoke receive preschool expansion grants

      Massachusetts has received a $15 million federal grant to provide a year of free preschool to low-income children in five cities, including Holyoke and Springfield. This is the third year the state has received the grant. "Over the past year, these Pre-School Expansion Programs have begun to show that they are model programs which can help us continue to build high-quality early education programs across the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser in a statement. "With this third round of funding, we will not only help more children have access to high-quality early education programs but it will advance ...

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    18. Report: Meeting state need for vocational education would cost $27M

      Report: Meeting state need for vocational education would cost $27M

      Massachusetts has around 5,400 students who are unable to get into vocational schools because of waiting lists or because of a lack of schools in their community, according to a report released Friday by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Addressing that gap, the report found, would cost $27 million. "Successful implementation of this type of (career, vocational and technical education) expansion would require careful budget and building plans at the local level, along with the active participation of state partners," the report said.

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    19. Bay Path to Present ‘Work-life Balance for Women in STEM
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      Bay Path to Present ‘Work-life Balance for Women in STEM
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      Dr. Marlene Belfort, distinguished professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, UAlbany, SUNY, will give a free and open-to-the-public presentation describing her STEM research journey over three continents while raising three sons. Work-life Balance for Women in STEM will take place on Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Bay Path University in Mills Theatre at Carr Hall on the Longmeadow campus.


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    20. MassDevelopment bonds $10M for Five Colleges library annex in Hatfield

      MassDevelopment bonds $10M for Five Colleges library annex in Hatfield

      MassDevelopment has issued $10.08 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance the new $12 million Five Colleges Inc. library annex now under construction. The facility, set to open in 2017, is on about 12 acres on North Maple Street. Citizens Funding Corp. purchased the bond, MassDevelopment said Thursday. Five Colleges Inc. will use the bond proceeds to build, furnish and equip the 34,664-square-foot library annex. The facility will house as many as 2.5 million printed materials for which there is no longer space at Five College member schools, according to a news release. The Five Colleges are: Amherst ...

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    21. STCC to expand EMT training program

      STCC to expand EMT training program

      Students at Springfield Technical Community College with interest in pursuing careers as EMTs or in other emergency response fields will be able to gain college credits next year. By fall 2017, STCC will be expanding its basic EMT program from a noncredit certificate program to offer students an opportunity to earn seven general elective credits. The credit-course option for the program will count towards an associate's degree in fire protection or safety technology.

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    22. Federal Grant Will Help STCC Students Achieve STEM Degrees

      Federal Grant Will Help STCC Students Achieve STEM Degrees

      Arlene Rodriguez says people who apply for a grant of any type need to have a compelling story about why the money is important. The vice president of Academic Affairs at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) knows developing the story is something that takes time, energy, dedication, and great attention to detail, which are all elements that were incorporated into a recent grant application the college submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. The year of work that went into its preparation was well worth it, however, as the story met with unparallelled success: STCC was recently awarded one ...

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    23. Bay Path and Its President Take a Lead Role in Homeland Security

      Bay Path and Its President Take a Lead Role in Homeland Security

      At first, Carol Leary thought the e-mail she received in September was spam, and was wondering why it didn’t go into that particular folder. It was from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), she said, and was essentially an inquiry, with the sender alerting Leary, the long-time president of Bay Path University in Longmeadow, that she had been nominated for a position on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, or HSAAC, and asking if she was interested in learning more and possibly serving. This was an acronym that Leary admits she had never heard of — “I didn’t know ...

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    24. MSBDC’s Samalid Hogan Wants to Cement Relationships

      MSBDC’s Samalid Hogan Wants to Cement Relationships

      Samalid Hogan takes the reins at the Mass. Small Business Development Center at a time when entrepreneurial energy is high in the region, fueled by the growth of programs aiming to help fledgling ventures succeed. It’s an energy that excites and inspires her in this latest challenge in an intriguing, wide-ranging career. Whenever someone suggests that Samalid Hogan has big shoes to fill — and that’s a common occurrence, to say the least — she’s ready with a witty response.

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