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    1. The Vision Project

      The Vision Project
      There are many moving parts to the state Department of Higher Education’s Vision Project, but the bottom line is jobs, or, to be more precise, properly preparing individuals for the jobs that define a new, technology-centered economy. The Vision Project aligns all 29 public colleges and universities behind seven identified goals — from improving graduation rates to getting more people into math and science fields — and adds several layers of accountability.
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    2. Leadership Pioneer Valley

      Leadership Pioneer Valley
      Recognizing the need to identify and cultivate young leaders, area civic and economic development leaders have created an initiative called Leadership Pioneer Valley. As the name suggests, this is a regional program — covering Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties — crafted to take emerging and existing leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, immerse them in a program to build leadership skills and educate them on the Valley, and then provide them with opportunities to put what they’re learned to work. This is a program, said its recently appointed director, that will have benefits for participants and the region as ...
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    3. Richard Freeland's 'Vision Project' aims to get 29 Massachusetts public higher-education campuses moving in same direction

      Richard Freeland's 'Vision Project' aims to get 29 Massachusetts public higher-education campuses moving in same direction
      When Richard Freeland launched the Vision Project a year ago to make public higher education in Massachusetts more competitive, he knew he would have to convince the state’s 29 campuses and other stakeholders that he had a viable plan.
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    4. Qteros and UMass Amherst Bolster Patent Portfolio for Ethanol-Producing ...

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the nation's pre-eminent public research universities. More than 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries attend the university. Home to New England's premier honors college, UMass Amherst has more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master's and 48 doctoral degree programs– many the top programs in the nation and world. The faculty, dedicated teachers and world-renowned, recently received a record breaking $170 million in sponsored research.
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    5. Westfield State University marks upswing after name change

      Westfield State University marks upswing after name change
      “We continue to be the best value in higher education in the state. That has been determined by MassInc.,” president Evan S. Dobelle said in a recent interview. “Higher education must be accessible and affordable, and that is the continued focus at (Westfield State University).”
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    6. Embattled UMass chancellor demands inquiry into leak - The Boston Globe

      In a highly unusual three-page letter to the University of Massachusetts president, Robert Holub uses strong language to denounce the evaluation committee’s failure to keep its work confidential, according to two people who have seen the letter. In the letter, he argues that he has become a victim of a poisonous political atmosphere that plagues the university system.
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    7. 5 Westfield schools will share $7.3 million in Massachusetts energy grants

      5 Westfield schools will share $7.3 million in Massachusetts energy grants
      Included in the pending grant awards is a total $7.3 million for five Westfield schools which includes more than $5.2 million just for Westfield Vocational-Technical High School. Craven said the vocational school project, which includes a new roof, windows and boilers, has been on the list for five years. Other Westfield schools, all scheduled for new boilers, are Highland, Paper Mill and Southampton Road elementary schools and Westfield High School.
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    8. An Exciting New Chapter

      An Exciting New Chapter
      The first, coming up on June 21, will have a hard focus on the broad subject of literacy, and a very aggressive goal: collecting 5,000 books for a variety of child-literacy programs, including the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative (HSLI), which works to bridge the gap in learning that occurs when many area young people leave school for the summer months. Other programs include Link to Libraries and Book It.
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    9. Amherst officials want Chancellor Robert C. Holub to remain in the position

      Amherst officials want Chancellor Robert C. Holub to remain in the position
      In a letter to UMass President Jack M. Wilson, Amherst Area Chamber Executive Director Tony Maroulis wrote: “On behalf of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors representing the Chamber’s 600 businesses in Amherst, Hadley, and 8 surrounding towns, I am writing to urge you to retain Dr. Robert Holub as Chancellor. He wrote that Holub “has been a great friend to the town and the business community,” noting that Holub received the chamber’s “2011 A+ Award, recognizing exceptional community achievements.
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    10. Local high school students participate in State House contest on financial literacy sponsored by Massachusetts Bankers Association

      Local high school students participate in State House contest on financial literacy sponsored by Massachusetts Bankers Association
      The Statehouse event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bankers Association and five banks including PeoplesBank of Holyoke, was also held in support of bills that would mandate the teaching of personal finance within the math curriculum for students from kindergarten to grade 12.
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    11. Editorial: Class of 2011 finds brighter jobs picture

      Editorial: Class of 2011 finds brighter jobs picture
      As they start their job searches, we hope members of the class of 2011 won’t have to look too far beyond the Pioneer Valley to find gainful employment. We hope local employers and college graduates will check one another out. By the time this graduation season is over, Western Massachusetts will have seen 19 commencements at 14 colleges and universities. It would be a shame if the region couldn’t capitalize on that kind of brain power.
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    12. Editorial: Summer jobs provide lifeline for city kids

      Editorial: Summer jobs provide lifeline for city kids
      Just as importantly, a summer job teaches lessons of responsibility and initiative far beyond shoveling burgers or clearing tables. It gets teens used to the idea of going into work - and out of trouble. Which is why it was so heartening to see Gov. Deval L. Patrick announce $6 million in statewide funding for about 3,000 youth summer jobs, targeting at-risk youth, primarily from low-income families, from the ages of 14 to 21. The funds will go to participants in 29 cities and towns to provide 25-hour-a week jobs over six weeks in the corporate, health, social services or ...
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    13. 4 Western Massachusetts students among 29 statewide to be issued 'Who Shine' awards by Board of Higher Education

      4 Western Massachusetts students among 29 statewide to be issued 'Who Shine' awards by Board of Higher Education
      “As a publisher, I know that most of these students are Massachusetts residents who’ve grown up here and plan to stay here,” said George Arwady, publisher and chief executive officer of The Republican. “Many of these college students are members of my community and I’m delighted to be able to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.”
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