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    1. ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      As pivots go, this one was pretty smooth, Mary Bidwell says.  But that’s fitting for an academic program built on precision.  It was almost a year ago — March 13, to be exact — when Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) sent everyone home, including students in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, which Bidwell serves as interim dean.

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    2. BusinessTalk with Peter Rosskothen, owner of the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House

      BusinessTalk with Peter Rosskothen, owner of the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House

      On this installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Peter Rosskothen, owner of the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, the Delaney House, and other hospitality-related businesses. The two discuss the state’s changing regulations and protocols for such businesses what they mean for this embattled sector of the economy. They also discuss when ‘normal’ might return and what it might look like, and also how the restaurant landscape will likely be altered long term by this pandemic. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    3. Childcare Workers, K-12 Educators, School Staff Eligible for Vaccine Starting March 11

      Childcare Workers, K-12 Educators, School Staff Eligible for Vaccine Starting March 11

      The Baker-Polito administration announced that childcare workers, K-12 educators, and K-12 school staff will be eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting Thursday, March 11. This group of workers will join the currently eligible groups, including age 65+ and individuals with two or more certain medical conditions. Educators may book appointments at all 170 sites currently open to eligible residents in Massachusetts by visiting www.mass.gov/covidvaccinemap.

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    4. Springfield College Office of Multicultural Affairs to Host Award-winning Author Today

      Springfield College Office of Multicultural Affairs to Host Award-winning Author Today

      The Springfield College Office of Multicultural Affairs will host award-winning author, speaker, mentor, and teacher Manoucheka Celeste as part of the Cultural Connections Speaker Series today, March 4, starting at 6 p.m. Her virtual presentation will focus on race, gender, and representation. The Zoom ID for the presentation is 948-6026-5613.

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    5. Healthcare Construction Is Picking Up, but Questions Remain

      Healthcare Construction Is Picking Up, but Questions Remain

      Ryan Pelletier says that, while it was “scary at times,” he believes life has returned to something approaching normal — although ‘normal’ is certainly a relative term — when it comes to construction within the broad and all-important healthcare sector in Western Mass. And he should know. He’s project manager for Houle Construction in Ludlow, a family-run operation (his father, Tim, is president) that does the bulk of its work within the healthcare sector, including projects for most area hospitals and a number of private practices as well.

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    6. Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

      Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

      Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of a number of ever-evolving and prominent trends, according to the Assoc. of Equipment Manufacturers. These trends are poised to have a significant impact in 2021 (and, in many cases, beyond), so it’s critically important for manufacturers to develop a keen understanding of what they are, how they will grow over time, and how they will impact the industry and the customers it serves.

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    7. STCC Faculty, Students Make Investment in Digital-literacy Skills

      STCC Faculty, Students Make Investment in Digital-literacy Skills

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) had a long-term plan to ramp up online and digital learning. But then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced staff working at STCC’s Center for Online and Digital Learning to move faster than they ever imagined. The staff includes instructional designers who assistant faculty in online teaching methods they incorporate into the classroom experience.

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    8. Outdoor-improvement Business Looking Strong for 2021

      Outdoor-improvement Business Looking Strong for 2021

      On a Thursday in February while snow fell on the region, Bob Schwein was answering a steady stream of phone calls at Drewnowski Pools. Sure, some calls were from people who use their spas year-round, but many more inquiries were to schedule swimming-pool openings. “Swimming-pool owners know that if they want to schedule a pool opening for Memorial Day, when thousands of other people want to open their pools, they need to schedule now,” said Schwein, sales manager for Drewnowski.

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    9. Holyoke Looks to Regain Momentum

      Holyoke Looks to Regain Momentum

      When he made up his mind roughly a year ago not to seek re-election to the state House seat he had held for four terms, Aaron Vega had an informal list of things he would like to do next when it came to his career. Working in Holyoke City Hall certainly wasn’t one of them. But … things changed, in many ways, and in a profound way. For starters, the COVID-19 pandemic limited some of the other options he was thinking about professionally, especially those in higher education, economic development, and workforce development. More importantly, though, Marcos Marrero, the long-time ...

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    10. HCC President Christina Royal Featured in ‘HERstory’ Exhibition

      HCC President Christina Royal Featured in ‘HERstory’ Exhibition

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) President Christina Royal is among the Massachusetts women featured in a photo exhibition and story project in the State House unveiled last month by Senate President Karen Spilka. The photo exhibition on display in the Senate president’s office suite celebrates the often-unsung stories of women of color throughout Massachusetts’ history. “HERstory: Volume II” is the second installment of photos in the president’s suite to acknowledge the accomplishments of women with connections to Massachusetts.

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    11. Outdoor Heated Dining Igloos Now Open at the Deck at Union Station

      Outdoor Heated Dining Igloos Now Open at the Deck at Union Station

      The Deck at Union Station has opened 10 outdoor heated dining igloos. These state-of-the-art facilities comfortably have a seating capacity of four to six people. All COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC are stringently followed by all restaurant staff on the premises, and all units are thoroughly sanitized prior to and following every dining reservation.

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    12. WNEU Plans Interactive Virtual Open House for High-school Students and Parents

      WNEU Plans Interactive Virtual Open House for High-school Students and Parents

      Western New England University will host high-school students and their parents in a virtual open house that will be streamed live on Saturday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The event is free, but advance reservation is required by visiting visit.wne.edu or calling the Admissions Office at (413) 782-1312.

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    13. BusinessTalk with Aaron Vega, director of Planning and Economic Development in the city of Holyoke

      BusinessTalk with Aaron Vega, director of Planning and Economic Development in the city of Holyoke

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Aaron Vega, the former state representative who is now director of Planning and Economic Development in the city of Holyoke. The two discuss the city’s efforts to recover momentum lost to the pandemic, and zero in on efforts to expand a budding cluster of cannabis-related businesses in this former mill town. New operations are opening soon, said Vega, and many more are on the drawing board. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    14. Asnuntuck Community College Earns 2021-22 Military Friendly School Designation

      Asnuntuck Community College Earns 2021-22 Military Friendly School Designation

      Asnuntuck Community College announced that, for the 14th year, the college has earned the 2021-22 Military Friendly School designation. Institutions earning this designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-22 survey, with 747 earning the designation.

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    15. On the Move Forum to Advance Women Slated for March 8 - BusinessWest

      In honor of Women’s History Month in March and International Women’s Day on March 8, Bay Path University, Springfield Museums, and UnityFirst will present the fifth annual On the Move Forum to Advance Women on Monday, March 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  This year’s theme, “Women in Leadership: This Is What Change Looks Like — Past, Present, and Future,” offers virtual attendees an intergenerational, cross-cultural, gender-inclusive, and history-infused conversation focused on women. Now in its fifth year, the event has engaged more than 1,000 women in community conversations and presentations on women’s history ...

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    16. Panel Discussion to Tackle Vaccine Perspectives within African-American, Latino Communities

      Panel Discussion to Tackle Vaccine Perspectives within African-American, Latino Communities

      The Children’s Study Home will host a virtual panel discussion, “The COVID Vaccine: Personal & Professional Perspectives within African-American and Latino Communities,” on Friday, March 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in partnership with the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. Click here to register for the event.

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    17. American International College Named to 2021–22 Military Friendly Schools List

      American International College Named to 2021–22 Military Friendly Schools List

      American International College (AIC) announced it has earned the 2021-22 Military Friendly School designation. Institutions earning this designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-22 survey, with 747 earning the designation. The 2021-22 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

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    18. WNEU Center for Social Justice Receives HNE Mini-grant to Address Racism

      WNEU Center for Social Justice Receives HNE Mini-grant to Address Racism

      The Western New England University (WNEU) School of Law’s Center for Social Justice was awarded a $6,000 DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) mini-grant from Health New England (HNE). The grant provides funding to local nonprofit organizations that are actively addressing racial health equity and disparities, and at least one of the CDC’s social determinants of health (SDOH).

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    19. Community Foundation Supports LifePath’s Work with Food Insecurity, Mental Health

      Community Foundation Supports LifePath’s Work with Food Insecurity, Mental Health

      LifePath received $40,000 from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM). The grant, from the CFWM COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley, will offer continuing support to LifePath in its response to the COVID-19 crisis and in its role assisting residents of the Pioneer Valley with food insecurity and mental-health issues.

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    20. M&T Bank Corp. Announces Agreement to Acquire People’s United Financial Inc.

      M&T Bank Corp. Announces Agreement to Acquire People’s United Financial Inc.

      M&T Bank Corp. and People’s United Financial Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which M&T will acquire People’s United in an all-stock transaction. The combined company will create a diversified banking franchise with approximately $200 billion in assets and a network of more than 1,100 branches and more than 2,000 ATMs spanning 12 states from Maine to Virginia and the District of Columbia. The combined franchise will operate across some of the most populated banking markets in the U.S. As part of the transaction, People’s United’s current ...

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    21. STCC Optics and Photonics Professor Wins Award for Leadership

      STCC Optics and Photonics Professor Wins Award for Leadership

      A Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) professor of Optics and Photonics Technology has joined 16 recipients from institutions worldwide in receiving awards and medals from the Optical Society (OSA). The 2021 OSA prizes include the Esther Hoffman Beller Medal, which went to Nicholas Massa. According to a news release from the OSA, Massa was recognized “for outstanding leadership in photonics technician education, including the development and dissemination of innovative educational materials.”

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    22. Girls Inc. of the Valley Receives Amelia Peabody Grant

      Girls Inc. of the Valley Receives Amelia Peabody Grant

      Girls Inc. of the Valley received a $145,000 grant from the Amelia Peabody Foundation, which will enable the organization to further develop its virtual programming, help prepare for the time when in-person programs may resume, continue its Learning Pod collaboration with Holyoke Public Schools, and ultimately bring staff together in one building, fostering even greater creative and collaborative synergies.

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