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    1. Vocational high schools in Western Massachusetts could offer associate degree programs in the future

      Vocational high schools in Western Massachusetts could offer associate degree programs in the future
      Vocational schools have done a good job responding to the needs of the community, but Cruise says he questions if they should take on the work of community colleges, which already do a good job offering associate degrees and one-year certificate programs.
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    2. BELL receives $600K from Target

      The initiative, which will support programming in Boston, Springfield and in five other states, is designed to help students strengthen their literacy skills in BELL after-school and summer programs, based in urban areas nationwide, according to a news release from BELL. The money will help BELL hire and train certified teachers, college student tutors, and others to lead the Early Readers program in participating public schools.
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    3. Stable Condition

      Stable Condition
      In many respects, the phrase ‘jobless recovery’ still applies to the landscape in Western Mass. But one key sector where that term doesn’t fit, or at least to the same degree, is health care. Indeed, shortages exist in many specialities, and hiring remains steady across the field. This situation presents opportunities for job seekers and career changers, but many positions require degress and completion of challenging programs.
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    4. West Springfield awards Fontaine Brothers Inc. $70 million contract to build new high school

      West Springfield awards Fontaine Brothers Inc. $70 million contract to build new high school
      Mayor Edward J. Gibsonhailed the awarding of the contract as a milestone in the project, which is expected to cost a total of $107,109,319. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is expected to reimburse the city $68,808,290, leaving taxpayers to pick up the remaining $38,301,029.
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    5. State education officials release 5-point improvement plan for Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield schools

      State education officials release 5-point improvement plan for Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield schools
      Test data shows the state continues to be the academic leader nationwide, but the 24 so-called mid-sized Gateway cities, which include Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee and Westfield in Western Massachusetts, are still having difficulty ensuring all children achieve. Those who are poor, have learning disabilities, are racial minorities and do not speak English well continue to score lower, said S. Paul Reville, the state secretary of education.
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    6. Talk/Read/Succeed! program boosts both kids' literacy and families' lives

      Talk/Read/Succeed! program boosts both kids' literacy and families' lives
      The program’s basic goal is to make children successful readers starting from the earliest ages and extending through third grade. To accomplish this ambitious goal, Talk/Read/Succeed! provides programming and services to adults and children of all ages, under the philosophy that children succeed best when their families learn good child-rearing skills and receive support at every turn.
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    7. Holyoke to benefit from $250,000 grant for middle school science students thanks to computing center

      Holyoke to benefit from $250,000 grant for middle school science students thanks to computing center
      The pending presence of a high performance computing center downtown has led to a $250,000 grant that will help middle-school science students, officials said. Having the $168 million technology hub under construction helped get the grant from the National Science Foundation, officials said last week. Two middle school classes here and two in Springfield will work with college professors in using online interactive textbooks that offer simulations of things like changing weather patterns to help students learn, officials said. Rick Adrion, a computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, and Christopher Hill, a geoscientist at the ...
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    8. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick unveils education goals

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick unveils education goals
      According to a list provided by the administration, the gateway cities in Massachusetts are Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield and Worcester.
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    9. Westfield State University's Nitza Hidalgo among Latino educators honored by Massachusetts for Hispanic Heritage Month

      Westfield State University's Nitza Hidalgo among Latino educators honored by Massachusetts for Hispanic Heritage Month
      Hidalgo’s journey to success wasn’t always so clear. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hidalgo dropped out of high school at age 15, eventually returning to complete her diploma through night school. After receiving her high-school diploma, she took many years off, which included working as a paraprofessional, before finally enrolling at Hunter College of the City University of New York.
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    10. Hampshire College's new Creativity Center: Preparing students for the real world of work

      This fall, with the help of a $500,000 lead gift from clothing designer and businesswoman Eileen Fisher, Hampshire College have launched the Creativity Center, whose purpose is to encourage imaginative thinking and collaboration. According to Professor Gerber Fried, “The Creativity Center will be dedicated to encouraging creativity across the college in order to prepare our students to be visionaries and problem-solvers of the future.”
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