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    1. PeoplesBank, Holyoke Craft Beer to Unveil PeoplesStout at Release Party Today

      PeoplesBank, Holyoke Craft Beer to Unveil PeoplesStout at Release Party Today

      PeoplesBank has found a new way to celebrate its founding on St. Patrick’s Day in 1885, its deep Holyoke roots, and its support of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race and Parade: a new local beer called PeoplesStout. The bank partnered with Holyoke Craft Beer to produce PeoplesStout, an Irish stout featuring the traditional warm, roasty character one would expect in a traditional Irish stout, with a subtle twist. It is brewed from mostly local ingredients, including barley from Valley Malt in Hadley.

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    2. Isenberg Ranks First for MBA Online Education in U.S. for Fourth Straight Year

      Isenberg Ranks First for MBA Online Education in U.S. for Fourth Straight Year

      For the fourth year in a row, the online MBA offered by the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst topped the rankings of U.S. programs — and came out number three in the world — in the Financial Times survey. Isenberg has offered an AACSB-accredited MBA degree program entirely online since 2001, making it one of the most well-established and robust online degrees in the country. Currently, more than 1,100 students are enrolled in the program.

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    3. Cornel West to Speak Today at Westfield State on ‘The Power of Deep Education’

      Cornel West to Speak Today at Westfield State on ‘The Power of Deep Education’

      World-renowned political activist, professor, and author Cornel West will speak today, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Westfield State University’s Woodward Center. His talk, “The Power of Deep Education,” is expected to challenge audience members to explore humanity as a point of departure for thinking about the context of race, citizenship, love, and leadership. A professor at Harvard University’s Divinity School who has also taught at Princeton, Yale, and New York universities, West will speak to how “servant leadership” and “deep education” are needed for “self-interrogation and social transformation at the heart of service.” The ...

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    4. American International College Named to Military Friendly Schools List

      American International College Named to Military Friendly Schools List

      American International College (AIC) has again been named a Military Friendly School. VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment and educational and entrepreneurial opportunities, has released the 2020-21 Military Friendly​​ Schools list, providing a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students, and proprietary survey information from participating organizations in order to help them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

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    5. Health New England Announces Third Year of ‘Where Health Matters’ Grants

      Health New England Announces Third Year of ‘Where Health Matters’ Grants

      Health New England is launching its “Where Health Matters” grant program as part of its Community Benefits Program for the third year in a row. The grant application process runs through April 27. The “Where Health Matters” grant program is designed to advance the health and well-being of vulnerable population groups living in Central and Western Mass. Health New England will award five $50,000 grants to community nonprofit organizations, for an annual total of $250,000. The grant program focuses on three areas of health and social factors that influence health: built environment (such as access to healthy foods ...

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    6. As Threats Evolve, Opportunities in Cybersecurity Abound

      As Threats Evolve, Opportunities in Cybersecurity Abound

      Cybersecurity experts say there’s still plenty of misunderstanding when it comes to the reality of data threats. For example, it’s not just big companies being attacked — these days, everyone is a target, and data thieves are becoming more subtle and savvy with their methods. That means companies need to be more vigilant — but it also means career opportunities abound in a field that desperately needs more young talent.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    7. Greater Springfield Becoming a More Attractive Convention Site

      Greater Springfield Becoming a More Attractive Convention Site

      Conventions are good business for a city like Springfield. But they don’t exist in a vacuum. “We’ll ask if they have time for things outside their program,” said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB). “Are they bringing spouses? Will they have time, either pre-event or post-event, to go to Yankee Candle, or Six Flags, or the Seuss museum?” “That’s part of their convention experience as well,” added Alicia Szenda, the GSVCB’s director of Sales. “They might be at the MassMutual Center for three or four days, but they might do ...

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    8. Granny’s Baking Table Speaks to a Different, Much Simpler Time

      Granny’s Baking Table Speaks to a Different, Much Simpler Time

      It’s a small business, but it might just be a big part of a significant movement. Granny’s Baking Table, which opened just a few months ago, speaks to a different age in Springfield’s history, when small, locally owned businesses dominated Main Street and the roads around it. And in many ways, it operates in a way consistent with that age — there’s no wi-fi and, instead, a focus on conversation. It’s a blast from the past, but those behind it hope they represent the future.

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    9. Baystate’s Cardiac Surgery Program Honored by Society of Thoracic Surgeons

      Baystate’s Cardiac Surgery Program Honored by Society of Thoracic Surgeons

      Baystate Health’s Cardiac Surgery program received national recognition by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for achieving a high level of clinical excellence on behalf of its patients. Baystate has received the coveted 3 STAR ranking from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the highest possible ranking bestowed by the organization, placing its award-winning Cardiac Surgery program among the top 10% in the categories of coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic valve replacement surgery, and mitral valve repair surgery. The new rankings place Baystate in the top 1% to 2% of more than 1,000 cardiac surgical programs in the U ...

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    10. Elms College School of Nursing Ranks in Top 10 of Massachusetts Nursing Schools

      Elms College School of Nursing Ranks in Top 10 of Massachusetts Nursing Schools

      The School of Nursing at Elms College ranks in the top 10 of “Best Nursing Schools in Massachusetts,” according to a recent ranking by registerednursing.org. “We are very pleased and gratified to be recognized by registerednursing.org as a top nursing program in the state,” said Kathleen Scoble, dean of the School of Nursing. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our nursing faculty and staff to provide a high-quality nursing curriculum for our students. As a result, Elms College nursing students have performed extraordinarily well on the NCLEX-RN [National Council Licensure Examination for Registered ...

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    11. Springfield College Department of Graduate Social Work to Host Open Houses

      Springfield College Department of Graduate Social Work to Host Open Houses

      The Springfield College Department of Graduate Social Work (DGSW) will host an open house for prospective students at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield — and also simultaneously at Saint Vincent Hospital, Conference Room B, 123 Summer St., Worcester — on Thursday, March 5 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a second open house for prospective students at both locations on Saturday, March 7 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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    12. STCC’s Veterinary Assistant Training Program Starts March 2

      STCC’s Veterinary Assistant Training Program Starts March 2

      Registration is open for Springfield Technical Community College’s (STCC) veterinary assistant training program, which begins March 2. The course runs through August, with classes meeting Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Elliot Levy, senior director of the Workforce Development Center at STCC, encourages prospective students not to delay registration since space is limited. The training prepares students to keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices.

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    13. Health New England Named a Finalist in Healthiest Employers of Massachusetts

      Health New England Named a Finalist in Healthiest Employers of Massachusetts

      Health New England has been recognized as one of the 2019 finalists of the Healthiest Employers of Massachusetts, a nationally recognized awards program powered by the Springbuk Health Intelligence Platform. Applicants to the Healthiest Employers awards program were evaluated across six key categories, representing a holistic view of employee well-being: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analytics. All companies that applied to the awards program were ranked according to the proprietary Healthiest Employers Index, a 1-100 rubric for employee well-being programming.

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    14. Bay Path President’s Gala to Celebrate Legacy of Carol Leary

      Bay Path President’s Gala to Celebrate Legacy of Carol Leary

      Bay Path University’s fourth annual President’s Gala will take place on Saturday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. While the event will continue its tradition of raising funds for student scholarships, it will also celebrate the legacy of Carol Leary, who will retire in June after 25 years as Bay Path president. The gala will feature a tribute to Leary and her husband Noel, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing with live entertainment. The evening will also tell the story of the university’s mission — empowering undergraduate women and ...

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    15. Bay Path, Springfield Museums, Springfield Women’s Commission Convene On the Move Forum

      In honor of Women’s History Month in March and International Women’s Day on March 8, Bay Path University, Springfield Museums, and the Springfield Women’s Commission will present the fourth annual On the Move Forum on Wednesday, March 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. This year’s theme, “Generation Equality: Stand Up, Stand Out, RISE,” offers attendees an inter-generational, cross-cultural, gender-inclusive conversation focused on women’s rights, civic engagement, career opportunities, and wealth. Now in its fourth year, the forum explores women’s history and the advancement of ...

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    16. Springfield Artist John Moore Wins ADDP’s 2020 Legislative Calendar Cover Contest

      John Moore, a Springfield artist, was recently recognized at the Massachusetts State House as the winner of the Assoc. of Developmental Disabilities Providers’ (ADDP) 2020 Legislative Calendar cover contest. Moore is a member of Pyramid, a day habilitation program at Viability in Springfield.  He was among 31 artists — all of whom have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including autism or brain injuries — who submitted their artwork for entry into the contest. The ADDP calendar is an annual project that features compelling stories from its member provider agencies and legislators’ birthdays. It is distributed to both the House of Representatives and ...

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    17. Florence Bank Tops $1.2 Million in Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program

      Florence Bank Tops $1.2 Million in Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program

      When parents believe their child is headed down the wrong path, they often panic. That’s why it’s essential to have organizations like the CARE Coalition of West Springfield. As a nonprofit focused on the prevention of youth substance abuse, staff there can answer questions, provide recommendations, and tell parents where to get help. For the first time this year, the CARE Coalition will receive a $1,232 grant from Florence Bank through its Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program during the 18th annual event, to be held Tuesday, March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Garden ...

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    18. Bay Path Earns ‘A’ Grade for Early Reading Courses

      Bay Path Earns ‘A’ Grade for Early Reading Courses

      The National Council on Teacher Quality released its scores for the 2020 Teacher Prep Review, ranking Bay Path University’s Early Reading course content in undergraduate, traditional, elementary-education programs with an ‘A’ designation. Reading ability is a key predictor of future educational gains and life success, and more than one-third of American children are not able to read by the fourth grade, with black and Hispanic children being disproportionately affected. Successful reading instruction is essential to achieving educational equity, yet only seven programs in Massachusetts received an ‘A’ ranking.

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    19. 40 Under Forty Pulls in More Than 200 Nominations

      40 Under Forty Pulls in More Than 200 Nominations

      The nomination period for the 40 Under Forty class of 2020 has closed, and now a panel of judges has a challenging task ahead. That’s because BusinessWest received a record haul of more than 200 unique nominations this year — an indication that, in its 14th year, the 40 Under Forty honor remains a coveted mark of distinction for this region’s young individuals who have made a mark both professionally and through community involvement.

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    20. Bank of America Entrusts More Than $22 Million to Community Foundation

      Bank of America Entrusts More Than $22 Million to Community Foundation

      After collaborating with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) for 29 years, the Bank of America in May transferred three trusts totaling more than $22 million to the Valley-wide grant funder. The move brings CFWM’s total earned assets from roughly $153 million to $175 million and bolsters its role as an enduring philanthropic leader in the Pioneer Valley. “That the Bank of America has enough faith in us and what we can do, and in our ability to effectively administer funds, acknowledges that we are truly a leader of philanthropy in the Pioneer Valley,” said Elizabeth Sillin, trustee ...

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    21. Eversource Earns Award for Using Smart Technology to Reduce Peak Energy Usage

      Eversource Earns Award for Using Smart Technology to Reduce Peak Energy Usage

      An Eversource program that pays customers to use less electricity during high-demand periods has received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Residential Program Design & Implementation by the Assoc. of Energy Services Professionals. The award recognizes the company’s ConnectedSolutions demand-response program, which leverages customer-owned devices, such as wireless thermostats, battery storage, and electric-vehicle chargers, to reduce electric use during peak periods, when the cost and greenhouse-gas emissions of electricity in New England are at their highest.

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    22. Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2020

      Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2020

      Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of several evolving trends and cutting-edge technologies. According to the Assoc. of Equipment Managers (AEM), many of these are poised to have a significant impact in 2020 and beyond, so it’s critically important for manufacturers to develop a keen understanding of what they are and how they will grow over time.

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