March 28, 2011

In This Issue
Author Ben Coes to Speak at MWCC's Commencement
MWCC's Wind Turbines Activated
New Spin on Green: Computer Graphic Design Club Creates School Pride T-Shirt
MWCC Receives North Central Massachusetts College Access Challenge Grant
Division of Access & Transition Sponsors Junior Symposium; Women in Leadership Forum
Nursing Lab Updated with New Simulated "Patients"
MWCC Kicks-Off New Rx Program for Health Science Majors
MWCC's Errington Nicholson Co-edits New Book on Feminist Perspectives in Higher Education
MWCC's Alternative Spring Break Benefits Habitat's New ReStore
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Author Ben Coes to Speak at MWCC's Commencement 

Ben Coes commencement speakerBen Coes, author of the acclaimed suspense novel, Power Down, will be the featured speaker at Mount Wachusett Community College's 46th Commencement on May 19. 


"We are delighted and honored to have Ben Coes as our Commencement speaker this year," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "Ben represents a new generation of thriller authors in the company of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and others. He accomplished this by setting out to fulfill a long-held dream, which makes him an extraordinary role model for our graduates, who are moving forward with their own dreams." 


A graduate of Columbia College, Coes worked at the White House under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush and was a White House-appointed speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Energy James Watkins during the Gulf War. He later wrote speeches for Texas oilman billionaire T. Boone Pickens, a proponent of alternative energy. 


In 2002, Coes served as campaign manager for Mitt Romney's successful run for Governor of Massachusetts and is currently a partner at the Boston-based The Mustang Group, LLC, an alternative investment firm that makes control investments in companies through divisional buy-outs, public company buy-outs, and acquisitions of privately held companies.  


Power Down, released in September 2010 by St. Martin's Press, has been hailed as a gripping, compelling debut thriller about a series of terrorist attacks that shatter America's energy-producing capacity while underscoring the fragility of the country's dependence on oil from the Middle East. Coes second novel, the sequel Coup D'État, will be released in September.
"I'm very excited to come out and speak to the graduating class of Mount Wachusett Community College," said Coes.  "As a Massachusetts resident, I know that Mount Wachusett and other community colleges serve a critical role in our economy and in the future of the state.  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing a few words."
Coes, who served as a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Bennett Cerf Memorial Prize for Fiction during his senior year at Columbia. He resides in Wellesley with his wife, Shannon, and their four children.
MWCC's Commencement will take place at 6 p.m. in the college's Fitness and Wellness Center.

MWCC's Wind Turbines Activated

MWCC turbinesWith optimal weather conditions and a green light from National Grid, Mount Wachusett Community College activated its two wind turbines on March 25.
College officials received confirmation from the utility company, following National Grid's review of data collected during a successful witness test on March 18. Vestas technicians activated the twin turbines in the early afternoon, and northwest winds of 22 miles per hour immediately aided in producing energy for the college. During the break-in period, the turbines will run intermittently.
Together, the Vestas V82 turbines will meet 97-percent of the college's electricity consumption, while also generating revenue for the college by returning approximately 30 percent of the power generated back to the grid.
"This is a major day in the history of Mount Wachusett Community College," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "The wind project caps off a solid decade of renewable energy initiatives that to date have already reduced the college's energy consumption by half at a significant benefit to the environment, as well. With the addition of wind power, we enter a new era of sustainability."
In addition to wind energy, the college's energy initiatives include biomass heating, photovoltaic solar, and solar hot water, as well as a series of conservation measures throughout the 450,000-square-foot campus buildings.
A dedication ceremony is planned for April 27.
The wind energy projects at MWCC and at the North Central Correctional Institution, also in Gardner, are a joint collaboration of the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and the Department of Energy Resources to achieve the renewable energy goals of Gov. Deval Patrick's Leading by Example program.
MWCC's $9 million wind project is being funded through a variety of sources, including $3.2 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants secured by Congressman John Olver; $2.1 million from a low interest Clean Renewal Energy Bond (CREB) made available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act; and $3.7 million from Massachusetts Clean Energy Investment Bonds.
"It's wonderful to see those puppies spinning," instructor and advisor Bob Mayer remarked as he left the building Friday evening. "I think it's great!"

New Spin on Green: Computer Graphic Design Club Creates School Pride T-Shirt

T-shirt wind turbineThe Computer Graphic Design Club is putting a new spin on going green, with a T-shirt design celebrating the college's wind turbine project. All proceeds from T-shirt sales will go toward student scholarship funds.  


The design features a silhouette of the college, the two wind turbines and a word cloud. The word cloud contains the phrase "Catch the Wind-Innovation is a Breeze," along with additional words to describe the college's energy initiatives. 


"We knew it was a big opportunity," said Noah Chicoine, who helped create the design along with Doug York and Jon Skinner. Club members worked on the slogan ideas, coming up with Innovation is a Breeze, and will continue to volunteer selling the T-shirts.


The project began in November as a collaborative effort between the CGD Club, Leslie Cullen, chair of the Computer Graphic Design program and club advisor and the Marketing and Communications Department, to build school pride for the wind turbine project. 


"This was the best collaborative effort of the club and the most rewarding," said Cullen, adding that the students acted as junior graphic designers in a real-life design firm. 


T-shirts are available for $15 to $17 and can be ordered in light blue and pear green in women's sizes and light blue and stonewashed green for men's and unisex sizes. Club members will be taking orders through April 1. Members will be available in the cafeterial hallway on March 29 and March 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shirts also can be purchased from Leslie Cullen at


- Kim Anderson


MWCC Receives North Central Massachusetts College Access Challenge Grant

MWCC and seven partner high schools are launching a new college transition program over the next two years that will help prepare 450 North Central Massachusetts high school students, college freshmen and adult learners enroll in college and complete their degrees.  


MWCC was recently awarded $250,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education under the College Access Challenge Grant Program to launch the new regional initiative. The North Central Massachusetts College Access program is designed to give underrepresented high school students, college freshmen and adult learners from the region additional tools and support services to help them persist and succeed in college. 


The partnering schools and educational centers include: Athol High School; Fitchburg High School; Gardner High School; Leominster High School; the Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School in Orange; Murdock Middle/High School in Winchendon; the North Central Charter Essential School in Fitchburg; and the North Central Educational Opportunity Center in Leominster. 


The program, administered by MWCC's Division of Access and Transition, will serve low-income, minority or first-generation college students as they prepare to enter the local college of their choice. Within the total number of students served, 100 will be high school juniors, 100 will be high school seniors, 175 will be college freshmen and 50 will be adult learners. 


"This is a very exciting opportunity for students in our region," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. This new initiative will benefit our communities by helping residents of all ages reach their dream of completing a college degree." 


"Freshman year is a time when many students struggle with the transition from high school to college," said Pati Gregson, vice president of Access and Transition. "This initiative will allow us, through advising, to follow students from senior year right through to the end of their freshmen year. The relationship they develop with these advisors, as well as the support and assistance they'll receive to learn how to take make the most of the many resources available on campus, will be critical factors to their persistence in courses." 


As part of the program, current high school seniors will receive personal counseling and advising from MWCC advisors; participate in academic, career and financial aid and literacy workshops; be exposed to postsecondary education via college visits/fairs, and the Your Plan for College web portal. Students will also receive a first year experience seminar, pre-college summer bridge program, mentoring, and ongoing counseling through the first year of college. Targeted students who attend MWCC and local colleges after high school will continue receiving these benefits. Parents, families and adult learners will learn about college and financial aid in parent academies, attend debt management workshops and meet with counselors.  


"Mount Wachusett Community College and its division of Access & Transition have gone out of their way year-in and year-out to offer opportunities to many of our students who obviously have earned it, but may not necessarily have the experiences within their families to fully know what the expectations and experiences will be in college," said Richard Masciarelli, principal of Fitchburg High School. "The additional support for these students right into their freshmen year will make the transition that much stronger, with the ultimate goal of retaining these students in their college track so they can obtain a degree." 


Brian Beck, principal of Athol High School, said the new access program will benefit many students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to continue with their education after high school. 


"The partnership is incredibly helpful for our students. These outreach programs give access to a number of students who probably wouldn't go to college if there wasn't someone reaching out to them saying, 'You can do this, you can afford this, we can help.' And many of those students will often transfer to four-year colleges and continue on for their bachelor's degree." 


The new program expands the college access and preparation services already offered through MWCC's Division of Access and Transition. Currently, 3,500 students in the region are served through a variety of existing, federal and state-funded grant programs including GEAR UP, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound Math Science, MCAS Works, and others. In addition, the division also runs the Gateway to College dropout recovery program and the new Pathways Early College Innovation School.  

Division of Access & Transition Sponsors Junior Symposium; Women in Leadership Forum

Women in Leadership 2011MWCC's Division of Access and Transition recently sponsored two of its signature events for high school students in the region. 


On March 16 and 17, 300 area high school students spent the day on campus to learn and experience college life at the 11th annual College Symposium for Juniors. The event, designed to help high school juniors plan for college, drew students from Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster, Athol, Lunenburg, Oakmont, Murdock, Mahar, Monty Tech, Nashoba and North Central Charter Essential schools. 


The students were welcomed by President Daniel M. Asquino and key administrators from the division, then attended three workshops on financial aid, entrance exams and admissions process. 


"The symposium is an opportunity for students to learn in advance about applying to college and college life and expectations," said Rebeccah Sonn, assistant dean of Access and Transition. "If they know the steps, they will have greater success." 


Students learned about the college search process and various tools available in order to select a college compatible to their needs, such as conducting research online and visiting campuses. Students also learned about the required materials for admission, including financial aid forms and college admission essays. 


On March 21, young women who have been recognized for their leadership abilities at Fitchburg High School took part in the fourth annual Women in Leadership forum, also sponsored by the division. 


The event celebrated Women's History Month and featured a panel presentation comprised of female role models in the region. Panelists included: Maria Bonnin, transition to production manager at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems; Rev. Laura Goodwin of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in North Grafton; Meghan Donnelly, Esq.; Pati Gregson, vice president of MWCC's division of Access and Transition; Candace Shivers, associate professor of sociology and human services at MWCC; and Susan McHugh, executive director of IT at MWCC. 


After a quick icebreaker recognizing famous women in history, panelists introduced themselves to the students, describing their careers and the journey that led them to where they are today. They also offered advice on ways to achieve academic and career success and fielded a variety of questions posed by the students on topics ranging from education and work history to the obstacles they overcame.  


Many of the panelists talked about the sacrifices made and the support systems they have in place in order to be successful in their careers. "It takes a village," said McHugh, echoing Hillary Clinton's viewpoint and notable book title derived from an African proverb. "I married a chef." 


Goodwin explained that when she entered ministry at age 47, she had to live apart from her family for two years while attending school in Canada. She said the rewards now outweigh the sacrifice. "If I was going to be working, I wanted to do something I love," she said. 


Participating students were nominated by faculty members for demonstrating leadership or showing potential for leadership in the classroom and in the community. The students wrote essays concerning women in leadership in order to attend. The Women in Leadership program was developed by Melissa Bourque-Silva, academic counselor for MWCC's division of Access and Transition. 

- Kim Anderson 


Pictured: Panelists in the fourth annual Women in Leadership forum included from left, Candace Shivers, associate professor of sociology and human services at MWCC; the Rev. Laura Goodwin of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in North Grafton; Meghan Donnelly, Esq.; and Maria Bonnin of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems.

Nursing Lab Updated with New Simulated "Patients"

Sim Lab

They can bleed, cry and appear to have a contagious disease, but they are not human. Several new, life-like mannequins, also known in medical training terminology as "manikins," are enhancing the training experience for Mount Wachusett Community College nursing students. The manikins were recently acquired through a $271,000 grant the college received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


The manikins acquired, which include SIM Man 3G, SIM Baby, Nursing Anne and Nursing Kid, replace outdated manikins and enhance the level of technology available to students  by adding  new age-specific  "patients"  in the nursing labs at MWCC's Gardner and Devens campuses. The state-of-the-art capabilities of the simulated manikins allow faculty members to remotely create and control authentic clinical scenarios, ranging from a fever to a seizure, while allowing students  to make judgments and deliver care, based on the data provided in the scenario and their assessments in 'real time." This equipment will be used to annually train approximately 245 students enrolled in the college's nursing programs.  


"We're excited to have clinical simulation as a way to educate and prepare students for careers in nursing," said Dr. Kimberly Crocker Crowther. "Simulation enables students to practice tasks, develop skills, and learn procedures in life-like settings. Students can also make errors in a controlled setting without fear of causing harm to a patient. This technology is revolutionizing health care education and bringing our program to the next level," she said. 


SIM Man 3G, for example, a wireless, self-contained manikin, can bleed, manifest the rash of communicable diseases such as chickenpox and measles, appear bruised and wounded, secrete from its eyes, nose, ears and mouth, and is vascular accessible. Students can perform procedures such as chest compressions and insertion of a variety of drainage tubes. 


SIM Baby provides realistic infant patient simulation training for all aspects of infant airway management, intravenous therapy, monitoring hypoxic conditions, and defibrillation, allowing students to think critically and adjust care accordingly.  


Nursing Anne and Nursing Kid are pre-programmed, skill-specific training tools that give students the ability to check blood pressure, and practice medication and injection administration. Many of the manikins make vocal sounds, similar to those of real patients, such as calling out, coughing, being short of breath, or stating they are in pain. Faculty can also superimpose their own voices into the manikin so students can gauge the response to their interventions. 


Along with the manikins, the college also received equipment to support them including an intensive care child crib, a patient lift and a bed with mattress. MWCC's department of Media Services set up the control room and installed the remote cameras and laptop computers.


MWCC has a long history of training nurses in the North Central Massachusetts region. The associate degree in nursing program began in 1972 and is accredited by the National League for Nursing. Currently, 100 day and night students are accepted into the program each year to complete the academic training necessary to become registered nurses. The college also offers a LPN bridge to nursing program and a practical nursing program.


- Kim Anderson



Pictured: Donna Tully, associate professor of nursing psychology and maternity, instructs nursing student Calvin Traffie using one of the department's new manikins.

MWCC Kicks-Off New Rx Program for Health Science Majors

Rx Kick OffFor many, the prescription for succeeding in a rigorous health care curriculum can be found in MWCC's new Rx Program. Administrators of the program welcomed the first group of participating students during a reception March 22 in the LaChance Library.
Advisors on hand included Gaurav Khanna, director of MWCC's Student Support Services, Rx Retention Counselor Sandy Tavares, Rx Transfer Counselor Catherine Maddox-Wiley and Lisa Naze, the program's academic counselor for the Devens campus. They  were joined by health program administrators including Eileen Costello, dean of the School of Health Sciences; Anne Malkaisian, director of the college's Dental Hygiene program; and Margaret Jaillet, coordinator of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
The Rx Program is an educational opportunity TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that helps students persist in health science programs through graduation and assists those who wish to transfer to a four-year institution. In accordance with TRIO eligibility requirements, the Rx Program provides support services to students who are first-generation college students; from limited income backgrounds; and/or have a disability.
The Rx Program was launched this semester as part of a $1.95 million, five-year grant the college received from the DOE in the fall, and is similar in its services to the college's Visions program, established more than three decades ago.
"The program provides students with one-on-one and group services," Tavares said. Services include test taking and study skills, tutoring for science courses, individual math tutoring, TEAS and NCLEX preparation, orientation to healthcare professional options, financial assistance for qualified students, summer prep programs and academic and transfer advising. The center also provides seminars and events where students can network and mentor.
Nataly Ramos is a General Studies Allied Health major interested in pursuing a degree in nursing. She has already tapped into the available services, including academic advising and networking with students currently in the nursing program. "It's a good program," she said.
The Rx Program is available to eligible students enrolled in the college's nursing, dental hygiene, complementary health care, general studies allied health, general studies clinical laboratory science, general studies dental hygiene, LPN bridge to nursing, medical assisting and physical therapist assistant associate degree programs; and the allied health, complementary health care and practical nurse certificate programs.
The Rx Program is actively recruiting students. Students can apply for the online at or in room 141.

- Kim Anderson


Pictured: Rx Program advisors Gaurav Khanna, director of MWCC's Student Support Services; Gloria Correa, management assistant; Catherine Maddox-Wiley, transfer counselor; Sandy Tavares, retention counselor; Lisa Naze, academic counselor for the Devens campus; and Diane Lemay, professional math tutor.

MWCC's Errington Nicholson Co-edits New Book on Feminist Perspectives in Higher Education

Shelley ErringtonWork-life balance among female graduate students; barriers female faculty member face; stopping the clock for tenure for women in child-bearing years; GLBT issues; what it means to be female and a minority in the workplace. These are just a few of the hefty issues addressed in the newly released book, "Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives and Practice from Feminist Perspectives," co-edited by MWCC's Shelley Errington Nicholson.
The book, released in January by Stylus Publishing, aims to present new information on feminist perspectives within higher education following a drought on the topic, said Errington Nicholson, assistant director of the AmeriCorps Job Ready Program at MWCC.
Errington Nicholson and co-editor Penny A. Pasque, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, have served as directorate members of the American College Personnel Association's Standing Committee for Women. In 2008, they issued a call for articles among the ACPA's membership, then spent the past two years editing the wide range of submissions they received.
"It was a lot of work, but it was amazing to do," Errington Nicholson said. "We all come from different perspectives and have different lenses from which we view the world. We're often aware of our own lenses, but not those of others, and that's part of what this book does. It tries to bring other perspectives out in the open," she said.
"We do a really great job in higher education focusing on ethnic and racial diversity, but I think we need to do a better job focusing on diversity within gender perspectives. Feminism has become a dirty word somewhere between my mother's generation and my generation. We've gotten this really negative perception of what it means to be a feminist, and so with this third wave movement of feminism, I think it's time we had more bodies of work to contribute to the academic study of feminism."
This third wave of feminism, she explained, involves breaking down the final barriers not addressed during the first wave - the suffrage movement of the turn of the 20th century - or the second - the women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
"Being a feminist today is about equality, but it's more about empowerment. We very deliberately chose that word for the title, because even if things appear to be equal, it doesn't mean women feel empowered to advocate on their own behalf or for others."
The Center for Democracy & Humanity is sponsoring a brown bag lunch to discuss the topics raised in this new book. The discussion will take place Monday, April 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Café.

MWCC's Alternative Spring Break Benefits Habitat's New ReStore

2011 Alt. Spring BreakA group of MWCC students participated in the college's fourth annual Alternative Spring Break by helping Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts prepare for the April grand opening of its Habitat ReStore in Leominster. On March 14, students spent the day cleaning, painting and unloading items from trucks that will be available for the public to purchase once the shop opens.
MWCC's Alternative Spring Break is sponsored by the college's office of Student Life. Participating students included: Frank Asare, Prosper Edme, Rebecca Gilbert, Catherine Aldrich, Bernadette Bilodeau, Katie Donovan, Christina Lajoie, Tesha Brennan, Jennifer Brennan, Aaron Chatigny, Shane Cullins, Christine Eck, Rebecca Syas, Felicia Stanikmas, and Cynthia Coxall. Other participants included Greg Clement, assistant dean of students, and Habitat volunteer Michael DeVito.
"It was great for the students to give up a day," said Tracey Spiegel, volunteer and family services manager for Habitat for Humanity NCM. "They were able to make a huge contribution to help us get ready for the grand opening."

Upcoming Events

Jimmy TingleReservations are being accepted for the MWCC Foundation's Annual Dinner and 40th Anniversary Celebration, which will take place Wednesday, April 6 at the Colonial Hotel. Paula and Francis d'Entremonts, key organizers of the highly successful Greater Gardner Relay for Life, will be recognized as the Harold E. Drake, Jr. Citizens of the Year. Entertainment will be provided by stand-up comedian Jimmy Tingle. Student scholarship recipients also will be recognized. The celebration begins with a social hour starting at 5:30. Tickets are $75. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Jessica Connors at 978-630-9387 or

A Women's Appreciation Day featuring Singer Tiff Jimber will take place on Thursday, March 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the South Café. Jimber has sung vocal tracks for movies such as The Grudge, Hide and Seek, and Love Happens. Women featured in the Herstory Project also will be recognized at this event, which is sponsored by the Student Life office. Free flowers will be distributed while supplies last.


Employers from throughout the area will be on campus Wednesday, April 6, to participate in the 2011 Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commons at the Gardner campus. The job fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with employers and to explore career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to business, human services, retail, computer information systems, computer medical office and criminal justice. Some of our participating employers include LUK, Seven Hills, Mass. Dept of Corrections, Target, Lowes and HealthAlliance Hospital. For more information, contact Patricia Brewerton at 978-630-9254 or email


The Worcester County Clothesline Project is coming to MWCC on Thursday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commons area. The travelling display started in 1992 as a collaborative effort between agencies and women's groups to bring the issues of violence against women into the public domain. Throughout the year, displays are scheduled at various places in and around Worcester County. The display is sponsored by the Student Life office.


The AmeriCorps Job Ready Program will feature a Youth Career Exploration Art Showcase on Thursday, April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fitchburg Art Museum. The showcase, "One Community, Many Dreams" will display various artwork created by the youth of North Central Massachusetts.

The theme for the pieces will focus on representations of "community" as well as the career aspirations and dreams of the participants and their roles within their community. The showcase will also feature: live piano music, a magician, free catered hors d'oeuvres, beverages and tours of the museum. The AmeriCorps Job Ready Program was established last fall in partnership between MWCC and Fitchburg State University through a three-year grant awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. 


The Fitness and Wellness Center is hosting an information session, "Estate Planning, Nursing
Homes and Asset Protection-What Seniors and Their Families Need to Know," on Monday, April 11 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Fitness and Wellness Center. Attorney Anthony V. Feroci will explain the process of long-term planning and will be available to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 978-630-9212.


Theatre at the Mount embarks on an extravagant journey with the children's production of The Wiz, featuring a story line largely faithful to the 1939 movie version of L. Frank Baum's story, updated with funky and memorable tunes like "Ease on Down the Road" and "Everybody Rejoice." Special matinees for school groups, which are also open to the general public, are scheduled for April 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 9:30 a.m. and noon. Additional performances for the general public will take place on April 16 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All tickets are $6 and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 978-632-2403.


"Nail the Interview...Get the Job," a panel presentation featuring human resources professionals from local business and health care organizations, will take place Wednesday, April 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Commons area. Panelist will be available to provide information and answer questions from students who are preparing to enter the workforce in any field. Students interested in attending are asked to pre-register on iConnect. Businesses attending include the Career Center of Central Massachusetts, Heywood Hospital, Simplex-Grinnell/Tyco and Y.O.U., Inc. The event is sponsored by the MAS/MOC/MCC Club. 


Another Opening, Another Show, an exhibit exploring the 35-year history of Theatre at the Mount, is on display through June 10 at the Gardner Museum. Photos, costumes, set pieces, props and more will be on display as part of the museum's exhibit on "Central Massachusetts' Premier Theatre." Museum hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for museum members and $3 for non-members.
MWCC is offering Information Sessions on a number of academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the following dates: Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing: April 11, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Devens campus; Clinical Laboratory Science: April 25, 4 to 5 p.m., HealthAlliance Leominster; Dental Hygiene: April 20, 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, room 204; Physical Therapist Assistant, April 26, 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, room 204; A.S. Nursing: April 4, 5 to 6 p.m., Devens campus, room 124 and April 19, 5 to 6 p.m., Gardner campus, room 204; and Practical Nursing Certificate: April 21, 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, room 204. In addition, small group information sessions are offered daily Monday through Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Prospective students interested in attending a Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing information session are asked to call Tami Morin at (978) 630-9578, TTY (978) 632-4916, or send an email to Prospective students interested in all other programs are asked to call the Enrollment Center at 978-630-9284 (TTY 978-632-4916), or send an email to


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Janice O'Connor
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Mount Wachusett Community College
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