April 24, 2012
In This Issue
MWCC Selected to Participate in National Collaborative Focused on Civic Learning
MWCC Recognizes Douglas A. Starrett with 2012 Service Above Self Award
Renowned Activist Gloria Steinem Visit MWCC for HOPE Benefit
MWCC Hosts Department of Higher Education Conference
Simonds International Focus of MWCC Business Capstone Course
Honors Program Presents "Perspectives on Social Computing"
Garrison Center at MWCC Celebrates Week of the Young Child
MWCC Presents "What's Next" Speaker Series on Global Issues
MWCC Announces Winners of 30th Annual Regional Exhibition of High School Art
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Mount Wachusett Community College is one of 10 community colleges in eight states selected to take the lead in "Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking," a new initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment.

Teams from each of the 10 colleges will participate in the three-year curriculum and faculty development project, which is designed to infuse questions about difference, engaged community, and democratic thinking into transfer courses in the humanities; promote greater adoption of practices that advance important civic learning outcomes; create a series of humanities-enriched professional development opportunities for full-time and adjunct faculty; and expand the project's impact through collaboration with additional community colleges and partnerships with state humanities councils.

Bridging Cultures was developed as part of AAC&U's ongoing initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement and builds on the recommendations issued in the report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future, released in January 2012 at a White House convening. The key recommendation in A Crucible Moment is to make civic learning in college expected rather than optional for all students, including all those in career and technical programs. Building from this recommendation, Bridging Cultures began in February 2012 with a call for proposals to community colleges across the country, leading to the selection of 10 teams composed of humanities faculty and administrators.

"Civic engagement is at the core of our values at Mount Wachusett Community College," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "These are not just words in our mission statement. We live and breathe this work. To be selected as a leader nationally speaks highly of the work that we've been doing to incorporate civic engagement into the academic experience at Mount Wachusett, as well as the local, regional, national and global importance of preparing students with the tools and knowledge they'll need to become engaged citizens and tomorrow's leaders."

In addition to MWCC, selected institutions also include Middlesex Community College in Massachusets; Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona; City University of New York, Kingsborough Community College; County College of Morris in New Jersey; Georgia Perimeter College; Kapi'olani Community College in Hawaii; Miami Dade College in Florida; Lone Star College-Kingwood in Texas; and Santa Fe College in New Mexico.


The Bridging Cultures grant will help set the foundation for the work of MWCC's Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, formerly known as the Center for Democracy and Humanity.

MWCC faculty will participate in an institution-wide effort to define student civic learning outcomes, which will feed directly into the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's standard measures for civic engagement being implemented as part of the Vision Project, said Fagan Forhan, Director of Experiential Learning Opportunities and Civic Engagement.

The Democracy Commitment is a national initiative that provides a platform for the development and expansion of programs and projects aimed at engaging community college students in civic learning and democratic practice. The goal of the partnership is for every graduate of an American community college to have had an education in democracy, whether they aim to transfer to university, achieve an associate degree, or obtain a certificate.

"The community colleges chosen for this project are poised to lead the way in developing curricular and co-curricular practices steeped in the humanities and designed to prepare students to be active and engaged participants in the democratic process," said Brian Murphy, president of De Anza College, one of the founders of The Democracy Commitment, and a co-director of the Bridging Cultures project.  "The entire Democracy Commitment network will benefit greatly from the work these schools will do together over the course of this project."

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MWCC Recognizes Douglas A. Starrett with 2012 Service Above Self Award

Doug StarrettLong-serving community volunteer Douglas A. Starrett, President and CEO of The L.S. Starrett Company in Athol, is the recipient of Mount Wachusett Community College's 2012 Service Above Self Award. The award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions within the 29 cities and towns that make up the college's service area, will be presented during MWCC's 47th Commencement on Thursday, May 17.
For the past 30 years, Mr. Starrett has served on the Board of Directors of the Athol Area YMCA and on the Board of Trustees of Athol Memorial Hospital. He also serves as president of Camp Wiyaka, a traditional summer camp in Richmond, N.H., and is a past president of the Athol Area United Way campaign.
"Douglas A. Starrett has continued the Starrett family legacy of service to others by giving of his own time, talents and resources through personal and corporate acts of generosity," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "We are proud to recognize Mr. Starrett with this year's Service Above Self Award for his abiding commitment to residents of all ages in the region."

"I am flattered and humbled to be selected for this award," Mr. Starrett said. "This is unexpected and appreciated. There are many others who have been so instrumental in making the community a better place to live for a lot of people. I am just one person of a great many who make a difference in the community in terms of what they give back. To me, it's more about the legacy that the founder of our company set. He set the bar pretty high for the rest of us."

The altruism of the Starrett family in Athol dates back five generations to Laroy S. Starrett - Mr. Starrett's great, great-grandfather - who founded the precision tool and instruments manufacturing company in 1880 and went on to donate land on which the town built its public library, town hall and the Athol Area YMCA. The L.S. Starrett Company manufactures precision measuring tools, gages, saw blades and other products and employs approximately 1,900 employees worldwide including at its headquarters in Athol, four additional facilities in North America, and three international sites, in Scotland, Brazil and China.

For nearly two decades, the Starrett Company has matched employee giving in support of the Athol United Way campaign, which has raised approximately $40,000 to $50,000 each year. In celebration of the Athol Area YMCA's 150th Anniversary fund drive, the company recently contributed $75,000 in recognition of this milestone.  Recently, the company gifted additional land for the Town of Athol's library expansion project that is expected to commence this summer.  In 1999, in support of Athol Memorial Hospital, Mr. Starrett and the company were instrumental in helping to raise in excess of $500,000 by providing a $250,000 match for the "Save Our Hospital" campaign.

A native of Athol, Mr. Starrett is son of former Starrett president and CEO Douglas R. Starrett and Janet (Nichols) Starrett, a native of Gardner. Mr. Starrett and his wife, Claire, are the parents of two daughters, Ellen and Alison, and a son, Charles, named after a great uncle who starred in a number of Hollywood Westerns as "the Durango Kid."

Mr. Starrett graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a degree in Business Administration. From 1992 to 2004, he served on the Board of Directors of the American Supply & Machinery Manufacturers' Association, Inc., and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Renowned Activist Gloria Steinem Visits MWCC for HOPE Benefit

Gloria Steinem"The trick of really making profound change is behaving as if everything we do matters. The words we use with each other, the way we listen to each other, the way we speak to each other - the smallest act may have the greatest leverage and the greatest impact in the future."

That sentiment was one of many words of encouragement and insight offered by renowned feminist, writer and social and political activist Gloria Steinem during a presentation April 19 at Mount Wachusett Community College. Ms. Steinem was the featured speaker at the House of Peace and Education's second annual "Celebrating Women" event, which also recognized two local women - Paula Mulqueen, R.N., co-founder of Forward in Health medical outreach to Haiti and an MWCC alumna, and long-serving Gardner teacher Marcelle Cormier.

Ms. Steinem, a leader in the modern feminist movement, shared personal stories and encouraged the audience to promote equality through their own lives and actions. She lauded the efforts of HOPE, which provides services and support for at-risk women and children, as well as the achievements of the women recognized during the evening event.

"I think one of the great misconceptions is that change starts from the top," Ms. Steinem said. "But in fact, change is like a tree and no tree ever grew from the top. And no major change ever came from the top. It is what each one of us does every day, and if we infuse our actions with what we care about, then we will have those values in the future."

Ms. Steinem, 78, shared stories of growing up in Toledo, Ohio and conforming to society's views of women's roles at the time. It was not until she was in her 30's, that she began to hear other women speaking out on social issues and recognized the importance of making her own voice heard. Ms. Steinem became nationally recognized as a leader of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and political figure, she founded many organizations and projects, including co-founding Ms. magazine, the first magazine in the country written and published by women for women. She continues to be involved in politics and media affairs, and as a writer, lecturer and organizer.

"It is clear that we can exactly predict the degree of violence in a society by the degree of violence in the home," she remarked." It is very clear that we can exactly predict the degree of the absence of democracy in society by the absence of democracy at home. If at home we learn deeply that it is OK for one group to cook and the other to eat, that it's OK for one group to clean and for the other to not, that it's OK for boys to get more education than girls, or it's OK for boys to have more freedom than girls in the outside world, those are the things that normalize the idea of differences based on birth and cause us later on in life to accept class, and race and caste."

Her words resonated with women - and men - of all ages who attended the event.

"She has been the face and voice of feminism for over 40 years. I think people have this idea of what they assume she is, whether it's militant or whatever, and when you hear her speak or are fortunate enough to meet her, everything she does comes from love and compassion  - and a sense of justice, of course," said Shelley Errington Nicholson, assistant director of the AmeriCorps Job Ready Program at MWCC and co-editor of the book, "Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Theory, Research Narratives and Practice from Feminist Perspectives."

MWCC student Linda Patterson & Gloria Steinem"I love the way she reminds people that the work isn't done and the idea that feminism and gender equality is applicable to all sorts of social injustices throughout the world," Errington Nicholson said. "She broadens people's views on what feminism means, but at the same time, she breaks it down and makes it real simple."

In addition to the two honorees, the audience also heard from MWCC student Linda Patterson, a HOPE graduate who now serves on the nonprofit organization's board of directors and is majoring in Natural Resources.

"Thanks to HOPE, I see greater opportunity and I see a future I never dreamed of. I see greater opportunities for my children. The seeds that HOPE plants doesn't just affect me," Patterson said. "It affects you and it affects future generations."

MWCC was a premier sponsor of the event, which raised approximately $35,000 for HOPE. On Friday, Ms. Steinem shared additional thoughts with the event's organizers and other guests, fielding a variety of questions during a breakfast at the Colonial Hotel.

When asked her opinion on how to support young women today, Ms. Steinem replied: "Listen to them. If you listen, that's the only way they will know they have something to say."

Pictured: Above, Gloria Steinem presenting at the Fine Arts Center theatre; below, MWCC Natural Resources student Linda Patterson, a graduate of HOPE's programs for women, and now a member of the nonprofit organization's board of directors, with Ms. Steinem following the event.


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MWCC Hosts Department of Higher Education Conference
MWCC Hosts Department of Higher Education Conference 
More than 100 educators from Massachusetts' public colleges and universities attended the state Department of Higher Education's Accelerated Developmental Education conference, hosted April 13 at Mount Wachusett Community College.

The conference was the second in a series of three taking place this academic year as part of the department's Vision Project Graduation and Student Success initiative. The presentations and workshops provided an opportunity for educators to hear about the latest research and best practices, as well as speak with one another about the opportunities and challenges associated with accelerating developmental education in order to help students achieve academic success.

Keynote speakers at Friday's event included Katie Hern and Myra Snell, who lead the California Acceleration Project, which supports faculty from the state's 112 community colleges to redesign English and Math curricula to increase student completion. Their work has been showcased by the national reform organizations Complete College America, Getting Past Go, and the Developmental Education Initiative.
Francesca Purcell, Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 Policy, MWCC Executive Vice President Ann McDonald, and Dr. Melissa Fama, Vice President of Academic Affairs at MWCC, also addressed the group.

Pictured: Participants in the Accelerated Developmental Education Conference Friday, April 13 at MWCC included Dr. Melissa Fama, Vice President of Academic Affairs, California educators and guest speakers Myra Snell and Katie Hern, and Francesca Purcell, Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Simonds International Focus of MWCC Business Capstone Course
Simonds International of Fitchburg opened its doors to Mount Wachusett Community College Business Administration students for the spring semester Strategic Management capstone courseSimonds International of Fitchburg opened its doors as a "learning laboratory" for Mount Wachusett Community College Business Administration students this semester. Ray Martino, President of Simonds International and a member of the MWCC Foundation board of directors, invited Dr. Michael T. Greenwood's Strategic Management business capstone students to base the class's final case study analysis on the firm.

"I am very impressed with the rigor and discipline demonstrated by this MWCC School of Business strategic management capstone class." Mr. Martino said. "My staff and I have been working with the students these past many weeks as they used impressive, in-depth strategic business analysis and strategic planning methods. Our firm will benefit from having another set of eyes that could confirm or challenge our thinking."

Dr. Greenwood's business capstone class has partnered with an impressive list of local firms since 2009. In addition to Simonds Industries this semester, past participants have included Nypro, Inc. of Clinton in fall 2009, Bemis Industries of Shirley in spring 2010, Workers Credit Union of Fitchburg in fall 2010, MWCC in spring 2011, and SimplexGrinnell of Westminster in fall 2011.

"There has been quite a bit of talk recently about the need for colleges to partner with business and industry. I'm proud that at MWCC, this is our third year and fifth local firm that has invited our business capstone class to learn about strategic entrepreneurial topics through active learning partnerships like this that bring on-the-job learning into the classroom" Dr. Greenwood said.

MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino commented on the capstone's success. "I am proud of MWCC's reputation for quality education. Our business faculty consistently demonstrates exceptional teaching ability. They bring an impressive array of local, national and international business credentials to each classroom experience," he said.

James O. Garrison, Chairman of the MWCC Board of Trustees, said "I have had the pleasure of attending past business capstone presentations. As a graduate of The Wharton School of Business, I am accustomed to seeing this level of rigor and execution in graduate level business classes. Dr. Greenwood's class proves that with high expectations, great things can happen."

"The capstone concept is something that is a cornerstone for all majors, said Dr. Melissa Fama, MWCC Vice President of Academic Affairs. "The skills learned in our capstone classes are essential to our learners as they pursue transfer or careers opportunities."

According to capstone student Joanna Inman, who is also the class lead project manager, the class has dedicated hundreds of hours working with Mr. Martino and his executive team completing the strategic planning recommendations.

The class will present their findings and strategic recommendations to the executives at Simonds on May 11.

Pictured: Simonds International of Fitchburg opened its doors to Mount Wachusett Community College Business Administration students for the spring semester Strategic Management capstone course. Pictured, front row seated at table, from left, Timothy Whalen, Lead Project Manager Joanna Inman, Project Manager Tiffany Cole and Simonds Vice President of Marketing David Miles. Pictured, back row, from left, Sharon Doucette, Aaron Chatigny, Nathan Chatigny, Noelle Ellis, Project Manager Jason Catalano, Simonds President Raymond Martino, and Dr. Mike Greenwood, MWCC Business Professor.
Honors Program Presents "Perspectives on Social Computing"

MWCC Honors ProgramFour teams of Honors Program students participating this year in the Honors Colloquium presented their research regarding perspectives on social computing during the Commonwealth Honors Program spring luncheon on April 19. Professors Candace Shivers and Susan Taylor created this course, and Professor Sheila Murphy serves as the program's coordinator. The students will present their work on April 27 at the 17th annual Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass, Amherst. 
"New Ways to Communicate: For Better or Worse," was presented by Caroline Horvitz, Jonathan Van Dyke, Sarah Adams and Elena Rivera. The students compiled new developments in technology that come with new consequences in how we communicate. The group looked closely at how technology for the handicapped has developed, as well as possible, long-term psychological and physiological impact of some new technologies.
Matthew Fortier, Jessie Czakalski and Rachael Love presented their research on "Social Computing and Commerce." The group emphasized that the Internet has increasingly grown more dominant in 21st century society and increased commerce through social computing impacts businesses, financing, and the security of consumers.
"Relationships and Social Computing: Electronic Friend or Foe?" was the topic presented by Cassandra Hulecki, Emma Brady, Pamela Roper and Phillip Smith. They discussed how the use of social computing has broadened our lives, introduced people to new relationships, and provided people with a tool to connect with others from all across the world. While social interaction has never been easier with this technology, the group presented examples of devastating outcomes as well, such as cases of cyber-bullying.
Michelle Desrosiers, Isaac Matson, Anthony Cesolini and Rosemary Mruk presented "Social Computing's Impact on Current and Future Generations." The group's research revealed that through social networking, future generations are being shaped and evolving through self image, safety, and self expression. 

Pictured: Honors Program student Rachel Love will be among the presenters during the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference on April 27 at UMass, Amherst.

Garrison Center at MWCC Celebrates Week of the Young Child

The Garrison Center for Early Childhood Education at MWCC held its 6th annual Children's Art Show and open house on April 10 in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. The event for community members, families and friends was a collaborative effort that included members of the college's Early Childhood Education Club, Early Childhood Education Department, teachers and more than 30 children enrolled at the Garrison Center; service learning students from the Early Childhood Education and Liberal Arts Elementary Education programs; the Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.; and MWCC Computer Graphic Design student Maegan Beauchamp.

This year's theme "Art is..." incorporated children's creations with classroom learning. Erica Barnes, an Elementary Education major, explained that lessons on literacy, science, and group work were incorporated into the artwork. Having children work everything together "keeps their sense of creativity up," she said. Ana Santos, a student teacher doing her practicum at the Garrison Center, said the children enjoy creating and displaying their artwork each year.

"They love showing off their work! They are really proud and excited that their families come and visit," Santos said. "We give them a project to do, but they are really the ones running the activities."

The connection the art show brings to the community every year is noteworthy for MWCC. Early Childhood Education major Heidi Lupien mentioned that the show builds a stronger community by getting to know the children and their families, and by bringing in art from neighboring centers and working with other teachers.

"Showcasing the children's artwork makes it meaningful for them," added Early Childhood Education major Stephanie Herman.

While the community benefits and children at the center created the art, student teachers expressed that not just the young artists get a lot out of the event. MWCC students help facilitate the projects throughout the year, hung the pieces, and hosted the art show for the day.

"Being a part of this gives [future teachers] ideas for lessons and art projects in our own classrooms someday and gives us legitimate planning skills, activity ideas, and practice with time management," Early Childhood Education major Jerica Alliy said. "I also feel really accomplished when seeing the finished product. Having so many community members from our field come and see what we've done helps us build relationships and network for the future," she said.

"We feel encouraged about our future teachers when we see how professionally they plan and complete an event," said MWCC Professor Maureen Provost.

- Hannah Adams

Pictured: James Garrison, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College, with Early Childhood Education students Rebecca Burgess, Chaselyn Croteau, Heidi Lupien, Erica Barnes, Ana Santos and Stephanie Herman, April 10 at the the Week of the Young Child Art Exhibit. 

MWCC Presents "What's Next" Speaker Series on Global Issues

what's next speaker seriesThe Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement at MWCC, in partnership with The Trustees of Reservations, will present the What's Next Speaker Series on "Global Issues: Promise or Peril in the 21st Century?" on Friday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Doyle Community Park and Center in Leominster.

The event will feature discussions on eye-opening trends and course-corrections with local leaders and innovators regarding seven global challenges that will shape the world over the next 30 years. Identified by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies as the "Seven Revolutions," these challenges are in the areas of population, resource management, technology, information and knowledge, economics, security and governance.

Panelists will discuss these issues on global and local levels. Lisa Vernegaard, vice president for sustainability for The Trustees of Reservations will focus on natural resources. Glenn Eaton, executive director of the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission will present information on these issues on the local level, including the areas of transportation, open space planning and economic development. Fagan Forhan, director of Experiential Learning Opportunities and Civic Engagement at MWCC, and Maureen Provost, an associate professor at MWCC, will present an overview of the Seven Revolutions and how MWCC is incorporating this information into curriculum; and Dr. John Chetro-Szivos, a professor at Fitchburg State University, will present information on the Cosmopolis 2050 project and address security needs.

This event is free and lunch is included. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve a seat, go to: or call 978-630-9435. 

MWCC Announces Winners of 30th Annual Regional Exhibition of High School Art
McKenzie West a in the 30th Annual Regional Exhibition of High School ArtStudents from 13 area high schools participated in MWCC's 30th Annual Regional Exhibition of High School Art. Sponsored by the MWCC Art Department, the exhibit and competition awarded cash prizes to 11 students, and numerous students from throughout the regional also received honorable mentions for their work during an awards ceremony on April 12. More than 300 items were on exhibit in the college's East Wing Gallery.

"The Annual Regional Exhibition of High School Art is one of the most popular exhibits and annual events for the college and community," said Professor Joyce Miller, chair of MWCC's Art Department. The exhibit featured work in both two and three dimensions, including drawings, photographs, painting, graphic design, collage, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. The pieces were judged by the art department, which also includes Professor John Pacheco, coordinator of the annual competition; and Associate Professor Thomas Matsuda. The judges looked for artwork that demonstrated originality and artistic technique.

Students receiving cash prizes were: Claire Frechette and Naomi Oka of Wachusett Regional High School; Jade Chauvin and Matt Robillard of Oakmont Regional High School; Rebecca Kasabian and Brett Carrier of The Bromfield School; Trixi Lazarin of Fitchburg High School; Crystal Ngoje of The Winchendon School; Sarah Robinson and Sarah Hautanen of Monadnock Regional Middle/High School in New Hampshire; and McKenzie West of Contoocook Valley Regional High School in New Hampshire. Amanda Lewis from Monadnock Regional Middle/High School was selected to receive the MWCC Art Club Award.

Pictured: McKenzie West, a student at Contoocook Valley Regional High School in New Hampshire, was among the top winners in the 30th Annual Regional Exhibition of High School Art.
Upcoming Events
Students in Professor Sheila Murphy's Abnormal Psychology course are hosting a Mental Health Awareness Day as a service learning project on Thursday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will include a Mental Health fair with representatives from various agencies including LUK, AA, NAMI, and YOU, Inc. A panel presentation will take place at 12:30 p.m., comprised of professionals and consumers who will share information and stories about mental health topics. Students, as well as the public, will have an opportunity to learn more about different mental health conditions and treatment options. Students Crystal Beckwith, Amanda Morse, Jessica Jacques, Larissa Rodriguez, Trevor Stacy, Abby Haines, Alyssa Ginter, Chris Camerer, and Kim Stupak, coordinated the event.

The Computer Graphic Design department is sponsoring its annual Spring Exhibition and Open House on Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the CGD gallery, adjacent to the main lobby. Refreshments will be served. An awards presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the South Café. The event is a juried honors exhibition of more than 125 student design projects from both the print and web design programs.

Admitted Students Day will take place Friday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Wing. New students will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and other students, take a campus tour, learn about financial aid, and more. Lunch is included.

The academic achievements of MWCC students will be celebrated Thursday, May 10 during the annual Evening of Excellence. The event will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton, Leominster and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 6 p.m., and an awards ceremony. Students will be honored with merit and scholarship awards during this special ceremony. For more information, contact Jackie Suhoski at 978-630-9142.

MWCC's Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremonywill take place Friday, May 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. Graduates will be pinned and freshmen will recite the Dental Hygiene Oath.
MWCC's 46th Commencement
MWCC's 47th Commencement
will take place Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. State Senator Stephen M. Brewer will deliver the commencement address. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society will conduct the 9th annual "Project Graduation" food drive. All graduates and their guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the rehearsal or ceremony, which will be donated this year to the Gardner Community Action Committee.

MWCC's 39th Annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Students will be welcomed into the profession by having the program's nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a fellow nurse, a family member, a friend, an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member.

MWCC's Financial Aid office is offering FAFSA Filing Workshopsto 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 May 1 and May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.. 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: May 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 204 at the Gardner campus. Practical Nursing certificate: May 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 204 at the Gardner campus. Dental Hygiene: May 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 204 at the Gardner campus. Physical Therapist Assistant: May 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 205 at the Gardner campus. Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical LabTech: May 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Gardner campus, room 214, followed by off-site clinical lab tour. Automotive Technology/GM ASEP: May 4 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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Mount Wachusett Community College