March 27, 2012
In This Issue
MWCC to Welcome NEASC Team
State Officials and Legislators Convene Roundtable on Veterans in Higher Education
MWCC & Fitchburg State Receive Lumina Grant
At One-Year Anniversary, Turbines Producing 100% of MWCC's Electricity
"Catch the Wind at MWCC" Communication Project Wins Top National Award
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas Visits MWCC
MWCC Employees Reach Historic Level in Giving for COMECC and United Way
MWCC Named to National President's Honor Roll
MWCC Participates in 5th Annual Alternative Spring Break
Women's History Month Continues
'Enough is Enough' Week
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TopMWCC to Welcome NEASC Team

MWCC sealNext week, Mount Wachusett Community College will welcome a team from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) for its 10-year accreditation review.


From April 1 to 4, a team representing NEASC's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education will visit the college for evaluation. The visit follows an extensive, college-wide self-study process addressing the commission's Standards of Accreditation. To view the self-study, click here.

The evaluation team will visit the college to gather information to determine that the self-study is complete and accurate. The team will then make recommends to the commission, which makes the final decision following a review process. 


On Monday, April 2, the NEASC team will hold open forums with students, faculty, and staff on the Gardner campus. The student forum will take place in the North Café at 12:30 p.m. The forum for faculty will take place at 3:15 p.m. in the North Café and the forum for staff will be held at 3:15 p.m. in room 128.


MWCC has been accredited by NEASC since 1968 and was last reviewed in 2002. NEASC is a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.


Accreditation of an institution by NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. For more information, go to

State Officials and Legislators Convene Roundtable on Veterans in Higher Education
Secretary Coleman Nee and Lt. Governor Timothy Murray
Secretary of Veterans' Services Coleman Nee and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, at the March 19 roundtable at MWCC.
Legislators and state officials convened a roundtable on "Veterans in Higher Education" on March 19 to hear first-hand from veteran students and others in the community about the transition from military service to the classroom. The discussion provided an opportunity for participants to raise concerns, ask questions, and air their views regarding statewide veteran services and programs.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Secretary of Veterans' Services Coleman Nee, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland, MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, and other state and college officials joined members of the Joint Committee on Higher Education and the Joint Committee on Veteran and Federal Affairs for the roundtable discussion. Senator Jennifer Flanagan, Representative Richard Bastien and Representative Stephen DiNatale were among the local legislators who heard from veteran students about the obstacles they face, as well as the services that have helped them.

"Massachusetts is proud to support veterans of all eras, including our servicemen and women transitioning home from service," said Lieutenant Governor Murray, who chairs the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services. "Our administration continues to raise awareness of available services and benefits, including resources for veterans to pursue higher education degrees. In doing so, we hope to expand opportunities that will help returning veterans further prepare for jobs here in Massachusetts."

"The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services is committed to improving the programs and services offered to veterans," Secretary Nee said. "Hearing directly from veterans about how to improve education policies and procedures will be extremely valuable as the department continues to improve and revamp access, outreach and services to veterans across the Commonwealth."

Several students, including Business Administration major and Army veteran Jason Catalano, a husband and father of two, spoke of the hardships they have encountered since changes were made last August to the Post 9/11 G.I. bill. One change has resulted in a reduction of financial benefits, making it difficult for student veterans to anticipate their monthly allocation.

As the federal Veterans Administration works to resolve these issues, the support and involvement of Massachusetts officials is important as more veterans return from service and enroll in college. Support systems, such as the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, established at MWCC in January 2011 through a U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant, are tremendous assets to student veterans, said Navy veteran Brian Laprise, a Criminal Justice major.

More than 210 veterans are currently on campus, and it is anticipated that number will grow to 350 by next year, said Kristine Larkin, assistant project director for MWCC's veterans' success center. More information can be found online at

- Hannah Adams
MWCC & Fitchburg State University Receive Lumina Grant

Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College have been selected by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to examine the transfer pathway between the two institutions as part of a national and statewide initiative to achieve greater student success and degree completion at the college level.

The two institutions jointly received an $80,000 grant sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education as a Quality Collaborative Dyad. The partnership is one of two dyad proposals funded in Massachusetts and is part of a larger, $2.2 million national project funded in nine states. Middlesex Community College and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, were selected as the state's second Quality Collaborative dyad.

Transfer from a two-year institution to a four-year institution represents an important pathway to a baccalaureate degree for many students, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups. The purpose of the Quality Collaboratives Project is to test the effectiveness of the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), developed by Lumina, as a way to establish shared learning outcomes across institutions, and to provide recommendations for assessing student learning, fostering faculty leadership, and using student learning outcomes to set transfer policies and practices.

Over the next two years, faculty team members and assessment experts at MWCC and Fitchburg State, along with leaders in the Massachusetts Department of Public Higher Education, will examine the methods in which learning is measured to ensure students are able to transfer seamlessly from a two-year to four-year college or university.

On March 19, the AAC&U and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education announced that Massachusetts has been selected as the country's eighth state partner in AAC&U's signature national initiative, "Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College." Both the Lumina Foundation grant and the state's partnership in the LEAP initiative are part of the state's ongoing Vision Project. Through the Vision Project, educational leaders across Massachusetts' system of two-year and four-year public colleges and universities are working collaboratively to track progress toward two overarching statewide goals: to produce the best-educated citizenry and workforce in the nation; and achieve national leadership in research that drives economic development.

"We are delighted to partner with Fitchburg State University on this innovative, significant work to ensure that students have the requisite knowledge and applicable skills necessary to successfully navigate a pathway to the baccalaureate degree or a direct route into the workforce," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

By 2014, 48 faculty from MWCC Fitchburg State will be introduced to Lumina's Degree Qualification Profile. Faculty at the two institutions will collaboratively assess student learning outcomes and evaluate Lumina's Degree Qualification Profile, which charts levels of competence that every college student should achieve and integrate in five areas: broad and specialized knowledge, intellectual skills, applied learning, and civic engagement.

Ruth Slotnick, Ph.D., Director of Articulation and Learning Assessment at MWCC, and Christopher Cratsley, Ph.D., Director of Assessment at Fitchburg State, will work with Patricia Crosson, Senior Associate for Academic Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Francesca Purcell, Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 Policy, and a national panel of experts to support this faculty work.

"This project allows MWCC and Fitchburg State to apply an analytical lens to examine the learning outcomes of general education coursework shared through its Mass Transfer pathway," Slotnick explained. One of the challenges of maintaining strong transfer agreements is the constant re-evaluation of course credit through deep level discussions with faculty to determine the transferability of courses. "It's a perennial issue due to the very organic nature of planning curriculum and changing content in various fields. That's why the discussion is always ongoing. The Lumina grant will provide an opportunity for everyone to sit down and openly discuss course content, student preparedness to transfer and ultimately, successful completion of a college degree."

The Quality Collaborative Dyad will make data driven policy recommendations to support Lumina's efforts to increase college access and high-quality degree completion especially for low-income, racial and ethnic minority groups. This work complements the Central Massachusetts Partnership to Assess Written Communication grant received earlier this year by Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State University, Worcester State University and Quinsigamond Community College sponsored by the Davis Foundation as part of the Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment (AMCOA) project.

At One-Year Anniversary, Turbines Producing 100% of MWCC's Electricity
MWCC turbinesIn the year since Mount Wachusett Community College added wind energy to its renewable portfolio, the two 1.65 MW turbines are producing 100 percent of the colleges electricity while also returning energy back to the grid.

The Vestas V82 turbines, activated on March 25, 2011, generated in excess of 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity two days before the anniversary date, slightly exceeding the 4.97 million kWh annual production anticipated prior to construction and taking into account the first month of intermittent operation during a break-in period. Combined with existing renewable technologies, the turbines have enabled the college to generate nearly all of its energy on site and to achieve the distinction of near carbon neutrality for campus operations.


"The wind energy project is the crowning achievement in our portfolio of green energy projects. Combined, these renewable technologies provide an invaluable learning tool for the general public as well as students pursuing green careers in our Natural Resources and Energy Management programs," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "The turbines have become a source of pride and a symbol of progress for the college and for the local community."
The wind energy project, a collaboration between the college and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, the Executive Office of Administration & Finance, the Division of Capital Asset Management, and the Department of Energy Resources, is an integral component in the Massachusetts Leading by Example - Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings executive order to achieve statewide goals. The $9 million project is being funded through $3.2 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants, $2.1 million from a low interest Clean Renewable Energy Bond, and $3.7 million from Massachusetts Clean Energy Investment Bonds.

"Community projects like this one not only create jobs and local sources of energy but stabilize energy costs, which traditionally have relied on volatile fossil fuel markets," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. "We're a proud partner in this project because it sets an example of clean energy leadership for the students, residents and businesses of this community."

During an April 2011 ceremony, the college dedicated the turbines in honor of Congressman John Olver, for his support for funding through the U.S. Department of Energy, and Edward R. Terceiro Jr., MWCC executive vice president emeritus and resident engineer, for his leadership on the project and other campus energy initiatives, and to both for their renewable energy vision.

A charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, MWCC was recognized with environmental awards in 2011 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Second Nature/ACUPCC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its success in renewable energy and conservation.

"Catch the Wind at MWCC" Communications Project Wins Top National Award

"Catch the Wind at MWCC," a multi-faceted communications project developed throughout the construction and activation of the college's wind turbines, has received a top award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

MWCC's Marketing and Communications Division received the coveted gold Paragon Award in the "Communications Success Story" category. The division shares the honor with faculty, staff and students who provided their talent, time and skills on various aspects of the campaign. The award was announced March 13 during the NCMPR national conference in San Francisco.

The construction and dedication of MWCC's two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines from September 2010 to April 2011 provided an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the college's renewable energy initiatives through an in-house, multi-channel communications project incorporating traditional media, social media, video and photography documentation, a special event, and staff and student graphic design contributions in the areas of signage, banners, invitations, event program and t-shirts.

From a communications standpoint, the project showcased MWCC's decade-long commitment to sustainability and the college's leadership role in the national campus climate commitment movement, while enhancing awareness about the benefits associated with renewable energy.

The communications project consisted of ongoing press releases and story proposals to media outlets as the construction ensued and leading up to the April 2011 dedication ceremony; social media, including the launch of the Green on Green Street blog and posts to the college's Facebook and YouTube pages; a turbine construction video and dedication ceremony video created by Broadcasting & Electronic Media Department Chair Joel Anderson, the Media Services Department and students for use in various media outlets; photography capturing virtually all aspects of construction for use in the blog, media releases and other venues; and several graphic design projects, including those done in conjunction with Computer Graphic Design Department Chair Leslie Cullen and CGD students. The department also worked with the President's office, Advancement and External Affairs, Print Services, and other departments to prepare materials for the dedication ceremony.


Independent judges selected to review the entries noted "excellent, sustained media coverage" and "student creativity and participation" as key factors that earned MWCC an A+ in the category. More than 1,800 entries were submitted by over 200 colleges in 44 categories.

Sponsored by the NCMPR, the Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It is the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. NCMPR is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.


Pictured: MWCC's Marketing & Communications staff with the NCMPR Gold Paragon Award, from left: Marketing Director Alexa Poulin; Coordinator of College Graphics Stephanie Pinto; Administrative Assistant Joyce Cormier; Director of New Media Sarah McMaster; Public Relations Director Janice O'Connor; Vice President of Marketing & Communications Robin Duncan; and Web and Digital Asset Specialist Dana Armstrong.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas Visits MWCC
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and President Asquino
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and President Asquino

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas visited MWCC on March 15 to tour the campus, learn about the college's academic and community initiatives, and meet with President Daniel M. Asquino and college administrators.

Congresswoman Tsongas, who currently represents the 5th District, is reaching out to residents and organizations in what will become the reconfigured 3rd Congressional District. The new district will include the municipalities of Gardner, Fitchburg, Lunenburg, Lancaster Westminster, Townsend, Shirley, Ashburnham, Ashby and most of Winchendon.


Population shifts that became evident in the 2010 U.S. Census resulted in the elimination of one of the state's 10 congressional districts. Congressman John Olver, the region's current representative, is not seeking re-election in November.


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MWCC Employees Reach Historic Level in Giving for COMECC and United Way
COMECC 2012As need for support and assistance continues to grow in local communities and in the Commonwealth as a result of the prolonged recession, charitable giving by MWCC employees has gone up 80 percent over the past two years to nearly $66,000.

MWCC employees set a new record through generous contributions to the 2012 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC) and the United Way of North Central Massachusetts. Through voluntary one-time donations and payroll deductions, and various on-campus fundraisers, faculty and staff pledged a total of $65,589 to aid those in need. The sum represents an 80 percent increase in giving since 2010. Last year, college employees raised $52,766 and in 2010, employees raised $36,401. The number of leadership pledges also doubled, from 19 to 40 now pledging $300 or more.

"I am extremely proud of the MWCC community and the generosity demonstrated during this campaign," said college President Daniel M. Asquino. "Collectively, the contributions made by MWCC employees will greatly benefit residents in our region and throughout the Commonwealth. The level of giving this year is historic. But what's more important is what it does to help others. There is great need in the community, and this represents a huge investment in making a difference in the lives of others," he said.

"We greatly appreciate the generosity of the college employees" said Phil Grzewinski, president of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts. "The need has increased at a staggering rate, given our crushing economy. Last year, there was a 38-percent increase in requests for front-line services such as food, shelter and fuel, following a 37-percent increase the prior year," he said. Grzewinski also noted that in addition to financial contributions, MWCC employees also give generously of their time by volunteering in the community. "Many are giving of their time, which helps this community become stronger and more resilient."
The annual campaign at MWCC is coordinated by the college's Human Resources office and is chaired by Connie Helstowski, Director of Payroll & Benefits. This year's goal was $60,000.

COMECC, established in 1984, gives state employees the opportunity to support private, nonprofit health and human services and environmental organizations. Last year, more than $2 million was raised statewide to assist children, families and communities in Massachusetts, as well as national and global charitable endeavors.
Pictured: Phil Grzewinski, President of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, Mount Wachusett Community College's COMECC chair Connie Helstowski and campaign coordinator Nancy Thibodeau,and MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

MWCC Named to National President's Honor Roll

President's Honor RollMWCC has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its strong institutional commitment to service and campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for North Central Massachusetts.

The Honor Roll, an annual recognition since 2006, is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service admitted a total of 642 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth for service performed throughout the 2010-2011 academic year.

"We are fortunate to have community partners who are eager to work with our students on a variety of meaningful projects, as well as engaged faculty, staff and students who place incredible emphasis on the importance of giving back," said Fagan Forhan, director of Experiential Learning Opportunities & Civic Engagement. "It makes our efforts to create positive community change that much more fruitful."


Hundreds of MWCC students participated in service programs through the office of Student Life, the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement (formerly the Center for Democracy and Humanity), the Division of Academic Affairs, and the Division of Access & Transition.


Programs highlighted for the national recognition include the AmeriCorps Job Ready Program, a grant-funded partnership with Fitchburg State University that has brought together a coalition of high schools, middle schools, higher education and community based organizations to better prepare individuals with job readiness; the annual Leadership Camp: an annual backpack drive that has provided backpacks filled with school supplies to children in foster care; the Future Philanthropists Project, which was administered by students to provide funding to positively impact local nonprofit organizations; and MWCC's new Pathways Early College Innovation School that helps students from the region to simultaneously earn their high school diploma and associate degree.

Additional programs and partnerships noted as examples of institutional commitment to service include United Way Youth Venture, which guides more than 2,000 youth in the region to become social entrepreneurs, and the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, which provides innovative programming and partnerships that foster positive social change and healthier, more vibrant communities. 

- Hannah Adams
MWCC Participates in 5th Annual Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break group outside of GAAMHA Inc. March 2012On March 13, a group of MWCC students participated in the 5th annual Alternative Spring Break. The annual event is organized by the office of Student Life and the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement. This year, students volunteered at the Gardner-Athol Area Mental Health Association (GAAMHA) Inc. in Gardner.

Eleven students, Assistant Dean of Student Services Greg Clement, and Shelley Errington Nicholson, Assistant Director of the AmeriCorps Job Ready Program, spent the day providing one-on-one tutoring and assisting clients of GAAMHA with their assembly work.

GAAMHA is dedicated to providing services to individuals throughout the greater Gardner area and focuses on enabling people to achieve their personal goals.

"This is an amazing opportunity for the students to learn and give back to the local community," said Clement, who initiated MWCC's Alternative Spring Break in 2008.


- Hannah Adams


Women's History Month Continues at MWCC
Women's History Month 2012  
MWCC's celebration of Women's History Month continues with several upcoming events. Earlier this month, the annual Women's HerStory project was unveiled, featuring college faculty and staff who play an important role in the lives of students.

The HerStory project this year recognizes Associate Professor Leslie Cullen, chair of the Computer Graphic Design department; Marylou Curran, Adjunct Faculty/Anthropologist; Stephanie Fielding, Transfer and Academic Counselor; Patrice Lincoln, Assistant Dean of Access Programs and Adjunct Faculty; Elizabeth Mazanec, Adjunct Faculty in Complementary Health Care and Nutrition; Natalie Mercier, Academic Counselor/Resources Specialist, for the Gateway to College program; Wanda Pothier-Hill, Adjunct Faculty in English; and Laura Smith, Assessment Officer. Their photos and stories, written by students in Professor Susan Goldstein's Journalism 1 class, are on display on the South Café wall through March 31.

The honorees will be recognized during a Women's Appreciation Day event on Wednesday, March 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the South Café. During this event, the musical duo "The Billies" will return to provide entertainment.

Women's History Month events continue with a presentation by Mary Holland, a naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist, and author, on Thursday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café. Holland has directed the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, worked as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designed and presented her own Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools, and compiled Vermont's Rare Bird Alert for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Her most recent book, "Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Woods, Fields and Marshes of New England," won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Association award, in the Nature Guidebook category. Her blog can be found at 


MWCC Recognizes "Enough is Enough" Week
MWCC will commemorate national "Enough is Enough" Week April 2 through April 6. This observance is a campaign to stem societal violence before it reaches our nation's campuses. Recognition of this week is sponsored by the Student Life office.

Events kick off on Tuesday, April 3, with the film Bullied at 12:30 p.m. in Wetmore 11. Part of the Spring Student Life Film Series, the documentary chronicles one student's ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. The film has potential to become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts.
Meghan McCoyOn Wednesday, April 4, Meghan K. McCoy, M.Ed., program coordinator for the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University, will present the talk, Bullying and Cyber Bulling Prevention at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café. McCoy provides training, research, and consultation about bullying and cyber bullying prevention, recognition, and intervention for students, faculty, administration, and parents. McCoy is also published in the International Journal of Contemporary Sociology.

From April 4 through April 6, Empty Place at the Table, a display created by Battered Women's Resources, Inc. commemorating the lives lost in Massachusetts over the past year due to domestic violence, can be viewed in the Upper Commons.
Upcoming Events

"The Sandwich Generation" a panel presentation on the struggles of those who are balancing raising children, caring for their aging parents and their own work lives, will be explored at free seminars sponsored by the Coalition for Communication and Intercultural Leadership, Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, March 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Commons area at MWCC and on Wednesday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fitchburg State University's Conlon Fine Arts Building. Featured speakers include Mary Ellen Bartlett, RN, parish nurse at St. Michael's Parish in Hudson; Dr. John Chetro-Szivos, professor of communications media at Fitchburg State University; Robin Frkal, FLMI, ALHC, MSPC, assistant vice president at UNUM Corporation; Margaret Jaillet, assistant dean of the School of Health Sciences and Community Service at MWCC; and Dr. Maryann Kane, professor of early childhood education at MWCC. Attendees are asked to RSVP to or call Taryn Holly at 978-665-3675. Certificates and professional development points are available.

Students are invited to attend a free Drop-In Relaxation Workshop on Thursday, March 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 342. This session will introduce a variety of breathing exercises and guided imagery techniques to help you relax and lead you to a higher likelihood of academic success. Nutritious refreshments will be served.

MWCC's Career Planning and Placement office will host Job Fair 2012 on Wednesday, April 4 in the Commons from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to the general public. A number of companies and organizations will be on campus to provide attendees with an opportunity to explore career opportunities in a diverse range of fields.


The AmeriCorps Job Ready Program is sponsoring Free Basic Computer Skills and Microsoft Word "How To" Workshops in conjunction with Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State University. Workshops on basic computer skills including keyboard functions; how to open, save, and find files; how to navigate the internet; and using these skills in the job search process will take place April 6 and April 20 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on both campuses. Sessions on basic Microsoft Word skills and functions such as indenting, formatting, bulleting, saving, and more, will take place April 13 and 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on both campuses. Sessions will take place at MWCC in the computer lab in room 256, and at Fitchburg State in the McKay Campus School Computer Lab, room C165. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged. To register or additional information, contact Taryn Holly at 978-665-3675.


Gloria SteinemAuthor and activist Gloria Steinem will be the featured speaker at an event to benefit the House of Peace and Education (HOPE) on Thursday, April 19 at MWCC's Theatre at the Mount. "Celebrating Women: An Evening with Gloria Steinem," will begin at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds are to benefit HOPE's work serving at-risk women and children. The renowned feminist, journalist, and social and political activist became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and political figure, Ms. Steinem has founded many organizations and projects. She was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. Magazine. In 2005, she worked alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan to co-found the Women's Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. She continues to involve herself in politics and media affairs as a commentator, writer, lecturer, and organizer. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  


MWCC's Financial Aid office is offering FAFSA Filing Workshops to provide one-on-one assistance to students to complete the 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Workshops take place every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon through May 11 in the Advising Center. In addition, workshops will take place on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8. Contact the Financial Aid office at 978-630-9169 to sign up or for more information.

MWCC is offering Information Sessions on a number of academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the following dates: Associate Degree in Nursing: April 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 204 at the Gardner campus. Practical Nursing certificate: April 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 204 at the Gardner campus. Dental Hygiene: April 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. in library at the Fitchburg campus. Physical Therapist Assistant: April 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 205 at the Gardner campus. Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical LabTech: April 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Gardner campus, room 214, followed by off-site clinical lab tour. Energy Management: April 4 from 5 to 6 p.m. in room 107 at the Devens campus. Automotive Technology/GM ASEP: March 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Lab 4 at the Leominster campus. In addition, small group information sessions are offered daily Monday through Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Prospective students interested in attending an information session are asked to call the Admissions Office at 978-630-9110 (TTY 978-632-4916), or send an email to


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