1. Articles in category: Education

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    1. Bay Path Online Learning Platform Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

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      Bay Path Online Learning Platform Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

      Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL) at Bay Path University’s American Women’s College was shortlisted for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education 2015 Awards, a ceremony billed as the ‘Oscars of higher education.’

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    2. State commits up to $17.6 million to Granby for proposed new West Street School | masslive.com

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      State commits up to $17.6 million to Granby for proposed new West Street School | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to grant the town up to up to $17,624,506 to replace the West Street School.  The proposed building project would help pay for an addition and renovation project at East Meadow School in Granby. It would include a new building to replace West Street Elementary School at the East Meadow campus.

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    3. WNEU School of Pharmacy Looks Beyond First Graduating Class

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      WNEU School of Pharmacy Looks Beyond First Graduating Class

      Briana Santaniello can trace her interest in the pharmacy profession to an article in the local press about a local pharmacist working for Baystate Health, which her mother showed to her when she was 16 and contemplating what to study in college.  “She said, ‘you’re strong in math, you’re strong in science, you’re good with people … have you ever considered pharmacy?’ I hadn’t, and at the time, I was looking at college programs, and there weren’t any pharmacy colleges around here — and I really wanted to stay in Massachusetts.”

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Big Y Foods   Western New England University

    4. Elms College Programs Keep Pace with Community Needs

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      Elms College Programs Keep Pace with Community Needs

      When Sr. Mary Reap took the helm at Elms College in 2009, she arrived with a reputation for identifying needs and building the partnerships necessary to meet them. She has done all that and more at Elms, launching a number of new degree programs, expanding enrollment and employment at the Chicopee institution, and maintaining the service- and community-oriented character that its students have long valued.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Baystate Health   Chicopee

    5. Regional Employment Board, machine tool industry, reach out to Holyoke middle school students | masslive.com

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      Regional Employment Board, machine tool industry, reach out to Holyoke middle school students | masslive.com

      The region's precision machine shops and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County plan to reach out to middle schoolers in Holyoke -- especially girls -- and get them fired up about a potential future in high-tech manufacturing.  'We think there are great opportunities in manufacturing for young women,' said David M. Cruise, president and CEO of the Regional Employment Board.  The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and the Western MA Chapter – National Tooling & Machining Association received a $8,393 grant this past week from MassDevelopment, a quasi-public economic development agency.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Holyoke

    6. State Proposes $83.5 Million for Vocational Technical Education

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      State Proposes $83.5 Million for Vocational Technical Education

      Gov. Charlie Baker, Secretary of Education James Peyser, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker II, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announced a series of new initiatives to support career vocational technical education, including $83.5 million to be proposed between the governor’s FY 2017 budget recommendation and new capital grant funding to be filed in an economic-development bill this week.  “With too many good-paying jobs going unfilled, we are pleased to announce this critical investment in our career and technical schools,” Baker said. “Our proposal will make it possible for more students to ...

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    7. Westfield Technical Academy opens its doors for public inspection of new aviation program | masslive.com

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      Westfield Technical Academy opens its doors for public inspection of new aviation program | masslive.com

      Westfield Technical Academy will show off its new Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Monday during a public open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m..  The School Committee is also scheduled to meet with the school's General Advisory Committee following the open house in Tiger's Pride to review and inspect all programs offered at the technical high school

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    8. Springfield schools get needed good news: Editorial | masslive.com

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      Springfield schools get needed good news: Editorial | masslive.com

      The Springfield schools still face many undeniable challenges, but Thursday's numbers show the system is pointed in the right direction.  Most noteworthy was a 51.8-percent improvement in the dropout rate over a five-year span from the 2009-10 academic year to 2014-15. This encouraging trend follows last month's news that White Street School soared from a Level 4 school to Level 1 - the highest level attainable.  The dropout numbers are significant. Especially in urban systems, the challenge of just keeping kids in school often supersedes the pursuit of desired academic performance.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. Henry M. Thomas III of Springfield named vice chairman of UMass Building Authority | masslive.com

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      Henry M. Thomas III of Springfield named vice chairman of UMass Building Authority | masslive.com

      University of Massachusetts Trustee Henry M. Thomas III has been elected vice chairman of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority.  Thomas, who has been a member, was voted to the position at the UMBA Board meeting on Dec. 15, 2015, according to a press release.  Thomas had been chairman of the Board of Trustees, and resigned last year after Charlie Baker became governor.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    10. U.S. News Ranks Isenberg’s Online MBA Program 12th Nationally

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      U.S. News Ranks Isenberg’s Online MBA Program 12th Nationally

      The Isenberg School of Management’s online MBA program at UMass Amherst ranks among the best online MBA programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online MBA Programs.” The Isenberg MBA is ranked 12th out of 221 institutions ranked by the publication. “We continue to lead the pack in an increasingly competitive online educational landscape,” said Mark Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School. “This confirms what thousands of Isenberg students and alumni have known for over a decade: Isenberg’s online program goes beyond case studies and textbooks to drive students to real success ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    11. Western New England College of Business students partner with White Lion Brewing Co. | masslive.com

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      Western New England College of Business students partner with White Lion Brewing Co. | masslive.com

      Western New England University College of Business students recently collaborated with White Lion Brewing Co. to create an in-depth market research report to help the company expand its reach outside of the Pioneer Valley.  White Lion Brewing, the first craft brewery in the City of Springfield, recently cracked the Valley Beer Hunter's 'Must Try Craft Beers' list, according to a news release from Western New England.  The university students began their research in the spring semester 2015 culminating in their final report in December 2015.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    12. Partnerships Spur Development in Amherst

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      Partnerships Spur Development in Amherst

      Construction is underway on multi-use buildings, infrastructure work is planned, the town has hired its first economic development director, and officials are involved in collaborations and partnerships aimed at fueling economic development.  “We’re well-poised to move forward, thanks to the vision and work done by Town Manager John Musante,” said David Ziomek, the interim holder of that title, as he spoke about the well-loved and respected official who died last September. “He really focused on building strong relationships between the town, UMass, Amherst College, and Hampshire College, which is important because our futures and success are intertwined; the colleges ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Amherst College

    13. Elms College Announces Accreditations of Business Programs

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      Elms College Announces Accreditations of Business Programs

      The MBA program at Elms College has been accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). This accreditation also includes a reaccreditation for the college’s undergraduate business program.  “This is exciting because IACBE accreditation not only validates the quality of our business education and our commitment to program excellence, but also enhances the employability of our graduates and offers significant value to their employers,” said Kim Kenney-Rockwal, MBA program director at Elms College.  IACBE accreditation of a higher-education institution is mission-driven and outcome-based, and indicates the business program’s effectiveness. The process of accreditation involves a comprehensive ...

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    14. 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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    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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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    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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