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    1. At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

      At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

      There will be a career fair this fall for Westfield's middle schools. But it won't be kids learning about what it takes to be a machinist, an engineer or an auto-body technician. It'll be their teachers. The idea isn't that educators are looking for new gigs themselves, said Kate Phelon, executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. The idea is for teachers to learn what employers are looking for -- and what they hope not to see -- in job applicants, so they can impart those skills to their students as early as sixth grade.

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    2. Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Steven G. Richter, founder of MicroTest Laboratories in Agawam, reminded the audience of that fact Friday during the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the $48 million Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center at Westfield State University. He did so because students and researchers in the Stevens Center, working with modern genetic science, have the potential to treat or cure breast cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and a host of other diseases. "This isn't just about bricks and mortar," Richter said. "This is about students' lives. This is about the health care system."

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    3. YouthBuild Springfield graduate achieves once distant goal - a job

      YouthBuild Springfield graduate achieves once distant goal - a job

      The YouthBuild Springfield program at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts, one of 11 in the state, is aimed at helping at-risk teens and young adults become better skilled at accomplishing goals and improving employment opportunities.Twenty-year-old Springfield resident Joseph LaBelle knew firsthand what it is to be out of options when he became part of the program a year ago. His youthful history included several arrests, educational failures and the "difficult" knowledge of his mother's overdose on heroin and cocaine. "I spent many years going in and out of schools until I finally quit and opened a moving company ...

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    4. STCC Inaugurates John Cook as Sixth College President

      STCC Inaugurates John Cook as Sixth College President

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) entered a new chapter in its 50-year history Thursday with the inauguration of John Cook as its sixth college president. The installation ceremony at STCC’s Scibelli Hall Gymnasium featured a mixture of pageantry, tradition, and celebration. The event opened with a processional led by the STCC Ceremonial Brass Ensemble, followed by the Bearer of the Mace and more grandeur befitting such formal occasions. The audience of STCC students, faculty, staff, and members of the community witnessed the presentation of colors, heard a rendition of the National Anthem, and listened to greetings from a variety ...

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    5. Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      There was a tug-a-war competition, an egg drop challenge, a chance to ask questions about military careers and, to top it off, a tour of the largest plane in the country. Yesterday Westover Air Reserve Base officials invited about 150 students from Springfield, Chicopee and Worcester for its annual youth outreach event. The community event, which has been held for at least 10 years in a row, brings students mainly who are in Junior ROTC program for a day of activities and education. "A lot of the kids want to know what it is like to be in the military ...

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    6. Elms College Adds New MBA Track in Healthcare Innovation - BusinessWest

      Elms College Adds New MBA Track in Healthcare Innovation - BusinessWest

      A new master of business administration track at Elms College aims to help shape the future of healthcare.  Healthcare — a field that will experience 19% job growth between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — is in ever-increasing need of innovation. Today’s healthcare organizations are tasked with lowering costs, improving quality, expanding access, and increasing efficiency.  “Innovation is the key to meeting these challenges, and MBA-prepared administrators are the leaders who will guide the healthcare system into the future,” said Kim Kenney-Rockwal, director of the MBA program at Elms College.

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    7. Bay Path Announces Commencement Speaker

      Bay Path Announces Commencement Speaker

      Bay Path University will stage its 120th Commencement on May 21 at 3 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Kathryn Hayward, class of 1976, founder of International Integrators, will address the Class of 2017.  More than 1,000 Bay Path students earned bachelor’s, master’s, and advanced degrees, with more than 800 students anticipated to be part of the Commencement event.

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    8. Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health and UMass Medical School are hoping to get $3.4 million in state money to build their new medical school in Springfield. "We think this would be a worthy investment in primary care for the region for the next several decades," said Ben Craft, a spokesman for Baystate Health. The new Baystate medical school is expected to open in August with 25 students. Baystate has touted the program as a way to attract more doctors to Western Massachusetts. The school's focus will be on training primary care physicians and teaching population health in both urban and rural ...

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    9. Center for Data Science to Host Research Symposium

      Center for Data Science to Host Research Symposium

      Andrew K. McCallum, director of the center and professor of computer science, says this year’s symposium will showcase the center’s growing portfolio of industry-sponsored data science research and examine technical trends and future opportunities. “We’re excited to build on the success of last year’s symposium, which reinforced and validated the importance of public-private collaborations. This year, we’ll bring together top data science research talent in industry, academia and government to share successes, identify new research frontiers and launch transformational new partnerships.”

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    10. Businesses invited to Workforce Training Fund Info Session

      Businesses invited to Workforce Training Fund Info Session

      Training & Workforce Options (TWO), the collaboration between Springfield Technical Community CollegeHolyoke Community College, and Commonwealth Corp., invite area businesses to a free information session on April 26 to hear an overview of all of the Workforce Training Fund Programs (WTFP). Registration is required to attend the session, scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m., at Scibelli Hall (Building 2), Café Rooms, at STCC. Seating is limited. To register online, click on this Eventbrite link. Workforce Training Fund, a program of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, is administered by Commonwealth Corp.

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    11. Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

      Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

      Samantha Dodge, Bridget Nee-Walsh and Alyssa Ducharme spend their days on construction sites, welding and working alongside their male co-workers. They are tough, well paid and proving that women can work as laborers. More than 200 female students from trade high schools across the state gathered at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke on Thursday for the Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference, which featured speakers sharing their experiences working in the male-dominated fields of welding, carpentry, construction, electrical engineering and more. "Honestly, the job was easier than I expected it to be at first," said Dodge, who lives in Connecticut ...

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    12. Want a culinary job? Snapchef staffing agency expands to Springfield

      Want a culinary job? Snapchef staffing agency expands to Springfield

      "Downtown Springfield provides Snapchef with a centralized location that will help our company increase its ability to attract talent and serve clientele," Snapchef CEO, Todd Snopkowski said in a statement. "Our close work with the City of Springfield, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and legislative leaders made the expansion into Springfield an easy decision. We appreciate the support that Snapchef has received during this expansion from the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, and Develop Springfield."

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    13. Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      The Elms College School of Nursing has added a third track in health systems innovation and leadership to its Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum. The addition of the third track will allow candidates for the DNP to focus their study on advanced practice nursing or systems and organizational leadership. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Elms are the two schools in Western Massachusetts to offer a DNP program. The UMass program through its College of Nursing is an online program. Existing tracks at the Elms include the DNP in family nurse practitioner and the DNP in adult-gerontology acute care nurse ...

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    14. WNEU student group teams up with MassMutual to offer 'path to citizenship' program to help...

      WNEU student group teams up with MassMutual to offer 'path to citizenship' program to help...

      The Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) at Western New England University has teamed up with MassMutual and the Ascentria Care Alliance to repeat the program they sponsored last year to assist members of the Hampden County community to seek a path to citizenship. The program assists permanent residents with being screened for and in completing the N-400, the final application needed to become a U.S. citizen.  Claudia Quintero, a WNEU law school senior and the president and founder of the LLSA, helped to spearhead the program and describes it as a "citizenship clinic to help people fill out their ...

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    15. Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab

      Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab

      Professor Lionel Kimmerling, representing the AIM Photonics Institute and the MIT Microphotonics Center, said MIT was working with community colleges, industry and state government to help create a skilled workforce for Massachusetts manufacturers. "We're here because Springfield community college is a traditional source of optics technology for the technician-level worker," Kimmerling said. "In order for manufacturing to be supreme in Massachusetts, we need about 50,000 more technical level employees in this industry." Lesser, a proponent of advanced manufacturing projects in Western Mass., praised STCC's program as a boon to job growth and economic development.

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    16. UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

      UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

      Using the University of Massachusetts Design Building as a stage, state officials Wednesday talked about the viability and job potential in creating an industry to make the cross-laminated timber used in the building's construction. The gathering was held to mark the release of a New England Forestry Foundation report detailing how creating the wood would be a boon to forests, the economy and the environment. Dan Sieger, state assistant secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said that only about 2 percent of the state's forest is used for building. Engineering cross-laminated timber would benefit the environment and "support ...

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    17. Bay Path Women's Conference at the MassMutual Center floods downtown Springfield; Nicholas...

      Bay Path Women's Conference at the MassMutual Center floods downtown Springfield; Nicholas...

      The 22nd annual Women's Leadership Conference kicks off at the MassMutual Center Friday morning, featuring keynote speaker best-selling romance author Nicholas Sparks, of "The Notebook," and several skill-building workshops. The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Bay Path University President Carol Leary started the conference two decades ago as a way to bring women together to be inspired by national figures, according to the event's website.  In addition to Sparks, speakers include Shiza Shahid, who co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and Nely Galan, a former president ...

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    18. WGBY, Springfield schools team up to get kids moving

      WGBY, Springfield schools team up to get kids moving

      Fitness trackers have grown in popularity over the years, with people monitoring everything from their heart rates to their every step. Students at Brightwood, Elias Brookings, Lincoln and Gerena elementary schools in Springfield are also monitoring their steps with a little help from WGBY. The local PBS station has teamed up with the Springfield Public Schools to implement the "Cyberchase" Step It Up program.

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    19. Bay Path Women’s Leadership Conference Slated for March 31

      Bay Path Women’s Leadership Conference Slated for March 31

      Bay Path University will hold its 22nd annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on Friday, March 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. This year’s event will explore empathy, how it empowers people individually and as teams, and how it can help them become better, stronger, and more compassionate leaders. Keynote speakers include Nicholas Sparks, Nely Galan, and Shiza Shahid. In today’s workplace, a successful bottom line is defined by how much an organization values and cultivates human capital. Leaders need to understand not only their business, but ...

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    20. UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      Beginning in August, the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s in nursing program will be taught at the UMass Center at Springfield in Tower Square. The 17-month program, designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in other subjects or people interested in a career change, will enroll 80 students each year. Courses will be taught by UMass Amherst College of Nursing faculty using state-of-the-art teaching technologies in newly renovated and expanded classrooms to allow for the intensive clinical work that nursing education demands.

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    21. Western New England University to Host Business Policy Discussion

      Western New England University to Host Business Policy Discussion

      The Western New England University (WNEU) School of Law continues its series of national policy discussions, “Trump: First 100 Days,” on Thursday, March 23 with a focus on the Trump administration’s business policies and, in particular, how the administration’s policies may impact small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Trump administration has a pro-business reputation, and some of its early policy choices reflect preferences of certain industries over others. ‘Business’ is a broad term, however, and the impact of policies that may benefit one type of business may not have the same effect on other businesses.

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    22. Longmeadow's Willie Ross School for the Deaf recognized by state

      Longmeadow's Willie Ross School for the Deaf recognized by state

      The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- a division of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services -- also presented Willie Ross transition specialist Karen Stackow with their Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award. The school said the state recognized its "50 years of serving the deaf and hard-of-hearing children of Western Massachusetts with outstanding attention to the unique needs of a diverse population." The school was founded in 1967.

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    23. Springfield College event to feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick...

      Springfield College event to feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick...

      Springfield College will host its annual social sciences lecture on March 30, featuring former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland as the keynote speaker. Ireland served as a judge for 37 years, and in 1997, was the first African American to be appointed to the state Supreme Judicial Court, eventually becoming the first African American Chief Justice before he retired in 2014. The Springfield native's address will focus on his career and his experience working in various levels of the judicial system including his time working in Boston's Juvenile Court.

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    24. STCC students build 'solar suitcases' used by doctors in Kenya

      STCC students build 'solar suitcases' used by doctors in Kenya

      Teaching students about the real-world applications of science is one of professor Barbara Washburn's passions. The chairwoman of the physics department at Springfield Technical Community College, who has degrees in electrical and laser engineering, is constantly looking for ways to engage her students. Her most recent idea was to let students in her engineering class work with Gateway to College high school students to build "solar suitcases" that can be used by health workers and schools in third-world countries to provide light and electricity. According to the We Care Solar website, the suitcases that go to schools and community ...

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