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    1. Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College and Training & Workforce Options, are piloting a Metrology & CNC Foundations training program. This eight-week, 160-hour, advanced-manufacturing training program, which started on Sept. 25, is training 12 laid-off workers in manufacturing skills in quality control utilizing micrometers, calipers, and coordinate measurement machinery. In addition, trainees will receive training in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, ISO 9001 and AS9100 quality systems, and basic CNC setup and operations.

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    2. Laurie Flynn Named President and CEO at Link to Libraries

      Laurie Flynn Named President and CEO at Link to Libraries

      Laurie Flynn says it’s not often that one gets to make their passion their profession. And it was the opportunity to do just that which prompted her to put aside a budding marketing business she co-founded a few years ago and become president and CEO of Link to Libraries (LTL), the decade-old nonprofit that, as the name suggests, puts books on the shelves of school libraries and other agencies and promotes childhood literacy on many levels.

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    3. Elms College to Host Panel Discussion on Healthcare Innovation

      Elms College to Host Panel Discussion on Healthcare Innovation

      Elms College will host a panel discussion on healthcare innovation on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dooley College Center dining room annex. The panel, “Driving Change in the Business of Healthcare,” is presented as a collaboration between the college’s MBA program, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and School of Nursing’s doctor of nursing practice program. The panelists — entrepreneurs and innovators in the business, technology, and clinical sides of healthcare — will share stories of innovating, changing, disrupting, enhancing, advancing, and problem solving in medical and healthcare settings. They will talk about their own paths to ...

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    4. HCC Ramps Up Center for Life Sciences, Campus Center Projects

      HCC Ramps Up Center for Life Sciences, Campus Center Projects

      As construction nears completion on Holyoke Community College’s new Culinary Arts and Hospitality center in downtown Holyoke, two major building projects on the college’s Homestead Avenue campus have just begun. Construction has started on the new HCC Center for Life Sciences, which will occupy about 7,500 square feet on the first floor of the Marieb Building. The $4.5 million project, funded in part by a $3.8 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, involves the creation of two state-of-the-art labs dedicated to biotechnology, genetics, and microbiology, as well as lab-prep areas, storage, and classroom ...

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    5. AIC Bucks Enrollment Trends Through Innovation, Being Nimble

      AIC Bucks Enrollment Trends Through Innovation, Being Nimble

      American International College has again earned placement on the list of the fastest-growing colleges in the country. Overall, the institution has nearly doubled its enrollment over the past decade or so, largely out of necessity. But the methods for achieving such growth — specifically in response to trends within the marketplace and a high-touch approach to student needs — offers lessons to schools of all sizes

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    6. New Women’s Fund Leader Wants to Broaden the Agency’s Impact

      New Women’s Fund Leader Wants to Broaden the Agency’s Impact

      Donna Haghighat has seen a number of titles on her business cards over the years — everything from ‘tax attorney’ to ‘grants manager’ to ‘founder and CEO’ — yes, she’s launched a few businesses of her own. A common denominator with most all those career stops has been a desire to work with women and girls to identify goals and opportunities and remove the barriers to realizing them. Call it a passion — one that has brought her to her latest business card, which reads ‘CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Mass.’

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    7. City of Springfield to Recognize Unify Against Bullying on Oct. 16

      City of Springfield to Recognize Unify Against Bullying on Oct. 16

      Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno and representatives of Unify Against Bullying will hold a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 16 at 2:15 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. Sarno, on behalf of the city, will extend congratulations to Unify Against Bullying in recognition of its participation in National Bullying Prevention Month, and will proclaim Oct. 16 “Unify Against Bullying day”.

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    8. Women’s Fund Slates Young Women’s Initiative Kickoff for Oct. 18

      Women’s Fund Slates Young Women’s Initiative Kickoff for Oct. 18

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) will host its inaugural Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) Kickoff on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the UMass Center at Springfield. Christine Monska, new program officer for Leadership Programs with WFWM, will host the city-wide youth event to highlight some of the key issues girls and young women face in the city of Springfield, and what the organization’s Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) plans to do about it.

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    9. Salons to Participate in Cut-A-Thon to Benefit Unify Against Bullying

      Salons to Participate in Cut-A-Thon to Benefit Unify Against Bullying

      Western Mass. hair salons are helping to make a difference in the fight against bullying, one haircut at a time. On Saturday, Oct. 21, salons across Western Mass. will participate in a one-day Cut-A-Thon to benefit Unify Against Bullying. Salons will donate proceeds from haircuts, blowouts, and styling to the anti-bullying organization. The salons will even offer temporary pink hair color, reflecting the signature color of Unify Against Bullying. In addition, each salon will add its own activities and promotions for the event. “It’s a fun day for a great cause, and everyone leaves the salon feeling and looking ...

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    10. AIC Announces Groundbreaking for New Facility

      AIC Announces Groundbreaking for New Facility

      American International College (AIC) announced the groundbreaking ceremony for its new educational facility will take place Wednesday, Oct. 18, starting at 3 p.m. Guests and speakers include U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, AIC President Vincent Maniaci, AIC board of trustees Chair Frank Colaccino; AIC Dean of Health Sciences Cesarina Thompson, and AIC Student Government Assoc. President Dante Raggio. Located at 1020 State St., the building will house the college’s new exercise science programs in addition to expanded occupational therapy and physical therapy offerings. It is a complete remodel of the existing edifice and ...

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    11. UMass Chemical Engineers Develop Non-toxic Nanofiber Fabrics

      Chemical engineers Jessica Schiffman and Sarah Perry at UMass Amherst have developed nanofiber fabrics that are green and non-toxic that can be used in medical, environmental, personal-care and food-packaging applications. The research is supported by a three-year, $338,180 grant from the National Science Foundation. Schiffman and Perry say the key to their research is thinking differently about polymers. While traditional methods of making polymer-based fibers require the use of toxic organic solvents, this new approach uses polymers that assemble to form fibers from a solution of water and salt. The resultant fibers are highly stable even if exposed to ...

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    12. Dress for Success to Lead Discussion on Breaking Down Barriers

      Dress for Success to Lead Discussion on Breaking Down Barriers

      Area employers and human-resource professionals are invited to join Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts for a panel discussion about breaking down the barriers that stand between the region’s workforce and sustained employment. With sponsorship support from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, United Personnel, Sperion Staffing, Armbrook Village, and Western MA HRMA, the event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

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    13. Girls Inc. of Holyoke to Host Business Leaders Reception Today - BusinessWest

      Girls Inc. of Holyoke to Host Business Leaders Reception Today - BusinessWest

      The Girls Inc. of Holyoke annual Western MA Business Leaders Reception, slated for today, Oct. 4, offers corporate leaders the chance to interact with the girls they support. Girls will display projects that they are working on, engage with supporters, and show what they have learned. Speakers will include Girls Inc. girls, parents, staff, and corporate supporters. The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Mill 1 at Open Square in Holyoke.

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    14. Healthcare Employers Tour SIMS Medical Center at STCC

      Healthcare Employers Tour SIMS Medical Center at STCC

      Springfield-area healthcare employers recently received an eye-opening tour of the SIMS Medical Center, the nationally recognized patient-simulation facility at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). Training and Workforce Options (TWO), the workforce-development collaborative of STCC and Holyoke Community College, arranged the tour with 11 employers representing eight different companies, said Sharon Grundel, director of Healthcare Training Development for TWO. The visit provided a unique opportunity for healthcare employers to get a close-up look at the training process. The SIMS Medical Center provides a state-of-the-art educational environment where students and healthcare professionals obtain new skills and enhance existing ones. The facility’s ...

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    15. Westfield Thrives by Making Solid Connections

      Westfield Thrives by Making Solid Connections

      By the middle of 2018, Dan Howard says, close to 75% of Westfield residents and businesses will have access to high-speed Internet through Whip City Fiber, a division of Westfield Gas + Electric. “The Municipal Light Board is fully behind it, as is the City Council,” said Howard, general manager of WG+E, adding that the city began funding the project back in 2014. “It’s a great collaboration that has really benefited the entire city.” He noted that of the 41 municipal electric utilities in Massachusetts, only four are gas-and-electric entities, and only one of those four, once Westfield’s ...

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    16. United Bank Steps Up Its Presence in Downtown Springfield

      United Bank Steps Up Its Presence in Downtown Springfield

      On paper — and on a map — it’s only a few blocks, really. But United Bank’s relocation of its office in downtown Springfield, from the corner of Main and State streets to the front of Monarch Place, constitutes a major move in all other respects. The new address — formerly home to a Bank of America branch that closed its doors several months ago — is projected to bring everything from much greater visibility to significantly higher foot traffic, to a likely surge in commercial-side market share as business owners based in the center of downtown take advantage of another bank ...

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    17. Mark Fulco Takes the Reins at Mercy Medical Center

      Mark Fulco Takes the Reins at Mercy Medical Center

      Roughly 21 months ago, Mark Fulco left Mercy Medical Center for a position with the hospital’s parent company, Trinity Health, one that would groom him for a leadership role somewhere within the vast Trinity system. As it turned out, somewhere became Mercy Medical Center. Mark Fulco called it the “president track.” Formally, he was carrying out a role within the Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health system, specifically that of ‘vice president, Health Ministries & System Office Communications Interface.’ While doing that, though, he was learning and essentially being groomed for a leadership position in one of the system’s many ...

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    18. AIC Named Among Fastest Growing Colleges

      AIC Named Among Fastest Growing Colleges

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has named American International College (AIC) one of the fastest growing colleges in the United States for the sixth time. Among private, nonprofit doctoral institutions, AIC placed fourth among the top 20 colleges and universities in the country with a 95% growth rate. AIC nearly doubled its enrollment over a 10-year span, 2005-2015. In a categorical comparison to other colleges and universities in Massachusetts, AIC surpassed ninth-rated Worcester Polytechnic Institute as the only other college or university in the Commonwealth that placed in the private, nonprofit doctoral category.

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    19. Giant Monkey Wrench Sculpture to be Delivered Downtown

      The city of Springfield has made its first investment in public art in years by allocating Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds — announced in the summer of 2016, and arriving this September. Two awards were made to local artists, one commissioning a sculpture and one commissioning a mural. The first is being delivered downtown today.

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    20. ‘Negotiating Your Way to Success’ Workshop Slated for Oct. 5-6

      ‘Negotiating Your Way to Success’ Workshop Slated for Oct. 5-6

      Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University will host “Negotiating Your Way to Success” with Dr. Joshua Weiss on Thursday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center, One Denslow Road, East Longmeadow. In this workshop, participants will be challenged to rethink what they know about negotiation, understand why negotiation is a critical work and life skill, learn how to approach negotiation from a cooperative perspective, and be provided with practical tools and tips to put them on a road to negotiation boldness. Weiss will touch upon ...

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    21. Area Businesses, Davis Foundation Contribute $100,000 to VVM

      Area Businesses, Davis Foundation Contribute $100,000 to VVM

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts (EDC) announced that several of its members came together to donate a total of $50,000 to Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) to fulfill a match put forth by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. VVM will now receive $100,000 that will go towards programs providing mentorship, education, and community for entrepreneurs, ultimately fueling economic development in the region.

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    22. Business & Innovation Expo to Feature ‘Ask an Expert Roundtable’

      Business & Innovation Expo to Feature ‘Ask an Expert Roundtable’

      The Business & Innovation Expo of Western Mass., the seventh annual business-to-business show produced by BusinessWest and the Healthcare News, will introduce a new feature this year, called the “Ask an Expert Roundtable.” Ten business professionals in the community will share their expertise with a table of guests for 45 minutes. During that time, they will give a rundown of their professional experience, take questions, and participate in an open, relaxed dialogue with attendees.

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    23. Armbrook Village Helps Seniors Build Independence, Confidence

      Armbrook Village Helps Seniors Build Independence, Confidence

      Helen S. is in her 80s. She’s lived at Armbrook Village Senior Living Residence in the northwest corner of Westfield since June 2016.  A resident of the community’s assisted-living homes, she receives help with many activities of daily living. When Helen moved here, she exhibited many of the cognitive challenges of aging, which can range from basic memory loss to Alzheimer’s disease. She would stay in her room and watch TV. Aides would guide her to and from meals and visit with her, but Helen didn’t socialize or make friends with other residents.  A long-time friend ...

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