Oct. 10, 2012
In This Issue
Governor Patrick Announces $37.9 Million Investment in MWCC for New Science and Technology Building
Governor Patrick Announces $4 Million for Community Colleges
Tom Clay Joins MWCC Board of Trustees
MWCC Expanding Dual Enrollment Opportunities
MWCC Partners with Public and Private Institutions on New Transfer Agreements
MWCC Partners on Industrial Skills Training and Assessment
MWCC Director Appointed to National Civic Engagement Board
Veterans Success Center Leader Receives Unsung Hero Award
Fitness Center Sponsors First 5K
German Students Visit MWCC as Part of Whirlwind Tour
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President Asquino and Governor Patrick
President Asquino, left, and Governor Patrick following the announcement that MWCC will receive funding for a new science and technology building.

Governor Deval Patrick visited Mount Wachusett Community College on Oct. 3 to announce $37.9 million in capital funds for the college's new science and technology building, furthering the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to building an affordable, world-class system of public higher education in Massachusetts. The college will use the funds to modernize the Haley Academic Center and construct a new science and technology wing.


"Mount Wachusett Community College is full of talent and promise and potential. These funds will help the students and faculty seize the opportunities before them," Governor Patrick said.


"Education is our calling card. The concentration of brain power and a well-educated workforce is what we are first known for all over the world. That's a great advantage. There's a knowledge explosion happening in the global economy and we are only going to keep the edge that we have if we invest in our educational institutions," he said, adding that new capital projects planned for campuses throughout the state are aimed at bolstering science, math, technology and engineering initiatives to bring the Commonwealth's public colleges and universities to the forefront academically.


"This investment will not only allow Mount Wachusett Community College to better equip its students with the skills they need to succeed in the classroom and in the workforce, but will also benefit entire communities in the region," said Secretary of Education Paul Reville.


Secretary Reville praised MWCC for its strength as well as the important role it plays in the community. "We're about education. We're about innovation, and Mount Wachusett has led the way on a number of projects," ranging from wind turbines to the Pathways Early College Innovation School, he said. The governor, with the support of the Legislature, has committed funding for campus improvements across Massachusetts, Secretary Reville said, "to give students and faculty a better place to work that enables them to reach the levels of academic achievement and proficiencies that will enable them to staff and advance a 21st century economy and prosperity in Massachusetts."


The governor and secretary were joined by MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, State Senator Stephen Brewer, chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means Committee, State Senator Jennifer Flanagan, vice chair of the committee, and Student Trustee Christine Eck in announcing the funding to the college community.


"This is historic in the sense of the development of Mount Wachusett Community College and for our students," President Asquino said, thanking the governor and the legislators for their support. "It is a pleasure and privilege to welcome Governor Patrick, Secretary Reville and our legislators back to our campus. When he was elected, the governor had a vision of supporting public higher education in Massachusetts. He demonstrated that not by his words, but by his actions."


"This investment will provide an exciting opportunity for Mount Wachusett Community College to enhance educational opportunities and provide new and innovative educational opportunities for students," Senator Brewer said. "By improving the infrastructure at our higher education institutions, we are investing in our future."


"I am very happy that the Mount will be receiving funds to modernize the science facilities and the Haley building," said Senator Flanagan. "Certainly under the leadership of President Dan Asquino, the Mount remains a leader in innovation. However it is vital that our students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities so as they enter the workforce, they are competing on a level playing field."


Funding to begin the architectural designs for the expansion and renovation was approved in February, and the planning stage is now underway. The project is envisioned as a 39,000-square-foot addition on the Gardner campus for new laboratories, specialized space, and general classrooms, the replacement of the existing greenhouse and critical infrastructure upgrades and accessibility improvements to the Haley building. Following the design and study phase, the $37.9 million construction project will be one of the largest in North Central Massachusetts.


Students enrolled in MWCC's Natural Resources and Energy Management programs, the health sciences and other programs requiring science courses, would be among the beneficiaries of this new state-of-the-art wing.


Community colleges across the state are receiving a total of $298 million over five years through the Patrick-Murray Administration's capital plan.

Governor Patrick Announces $4 Million for Community Colleges
Governor Deval Patrick has announced $4 million in grants to support increased skill training and workforce alignment, improved student learning outcomes and efficiency measures at community colleges across the Commonwealth. These grants deliver on the goals of the Governor's community college initiative to put more people in Massachusetts back to work and to strengthen the connections between community colleges, employers and the workforce.

"A stronger community college system is good for students and employers and today we give campuses more tools to strengthen themselves," the governor said when making the announcement on Sept. 24. "Since the beginning, we have attached our proposals with resources so campuses can expand their efforts to provide students with the training and academic foundation they need. By strengthening the connections between our campuses, our employers and our workforce, we will give each and every one of our students the opportunity to succeed."

The community college grants awarded through the Performance Incentive Fund (PIF) deliver on Governor Patrick's pledge to invest further in our community college system, and will give campuses the additional capacity they need to promote higher completion rates of degrees and certificates, be more responsive to the needs of local economies as well as of the state's fastest growing sectors and adopt a system-wide standard core of course offerings.

Mount Wachusett Community College will receive $272,000 to increase college readiness and ultimate attendance rates, improvement of student success at the College and a new commitment to civic engagement activity.

"As our economic recovery continues we are finding employers in some areas, such as advanced manufacturing, need assistance connecting with available, skilled workers," said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki. "The grants announced by Governor Patrick and other initiatives designed to connect employers with workers are part of our long-term economic planning goal of building and maintaining a workforce that is talented, well-trained and meeting the needs of businesses."

Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland said the awards "reflect an impressive commitment across our community colleges to achieve a central goal of the Vision Project, which is to ensure that maximum numbers of our students achieve their educational goals."

Of the $5 million allocation, $2.9 million is being awarded to fund new initiatives, $500,000 is being awarded as second year grants to projects funded last year under the PIF and $400,000 will be used to implement a system-wide credit transferability infrastructure. Grants to award the remaining $1 million balance will be announced later this year to incentivize credit transferability and efficiency measures among campuses.

Tom Clay Joins MWCC Board of Trustees 
President Asquino and Trustee Tom Clay
President Daniel Asquino welcomes new MWCC Trustee Tom Clay.

Tom Clay, Chief Executive Officer of Marlborough-based Xtalic Corporation and a resident of Westford, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College.

"Mr. Clay brings to the board extensive experience in advanced manufacturing and a passion for higher education. His expertise and dedication will be an asset to the college and to the greater community we serve," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

Mr. Clay has led several high technology companies, which trace their roots back to inventions at MIT and have added hundreds of jobs in Massachusetts. Xtalic develops high performance metal alloys for a wide range of applications and his previous company, Z Corporation, was a pioneer in 3D printing.  Tom was named to Boston Business Journal's "40 under 40" and has been active in a wide range of civic causes.

"One of Massachusetts's great strengths is innovation in technology, and we require a highly trained workforce to thrive. Community colleges have a critical role in training and retraining our workforce to succeed in this exciting and rapidly training environment. I'm very pleased to be selected to help Mount Wachusett Community College build on their great track record of preparing tomorrow's workforce. As a veteran, I am also excited to support MWCC's very successful programs supporting our men and women in uniform."

A former Airborne Ranger, Mr. Clay led reconnaissance teams while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and said he was proud of MWCC's designation as one of 15 colleges in the country to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success with support from the U.S. Department of Education, and to be part of a college community recognized for its commitment to veterans, members of the military, and military families who are transitioning to college.

Mr. Clay earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton University and an MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. 

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MWCC Expanding Dual Enrollment Opportunities
Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Scolars
The first Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Career Tech Scholarship recipients are, front row, from left, Samantha Fournier, Ashley Caley, and Emily Jablonka; back row, from left, CJ Husselbee, Jordan Flores and Vitali Bobrov.
Mount Wachusett Community College has been awarded a prestigious grant from The American Psychology Foundation to support a new dual enrollment program for North Central Massachusetts high school students interested in careers in the field of psychology. In addition, the college received a new grant from the Winchendon-based Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation to provide a one-year, full-time dual enrollment program that will allow up to 20 Winchendon students to simultaneously earn an academic certificate and their high school diploma. 


The goal of the Careers in Psychology project is to provide exposure for underrepresented, gifted high school students to the field of psychology and the range of career options it offers. Building on the college's existing Introduction to Psychology class, MWCC will recruit 60 additional high school students from throughout North Central Massachusetts to a second offering of the course as well as a higher-level course, Human Growth and Development.


Both courses will be redesigned to include a career component which illustrates the breadth of potential career choices available to those who major in psychology. The courses will incorporate a speakers' series made up of professionals working in counseling, forensic psychology, addiction counseling, executive coaching, sports psychology, elder care human services, management, and other areas, all of whom began with degrees in psychology. The courses will also incorporate field trips to mental health facilities, giving students exposure to the operation and services of the facilities, as well as other career resources that will be integrated into the curriculum.


The Introduction to Psychology course has consistently had a high level of interest, resulting in a larger number of qualified students than available seats. Funding from the APF will allow the college to triple the number of college-level psychology courses to accommodate high school students who want to get an early start on their college studies.


The Careers in Psychology program will be led by Director of Dual Enrollment Veronica Guay. Dr. Ruth Slotnick, Director of Articulation and Learning Assessment, will provide oversight for evaluation of the program outcomes, and instructor Stephen Dubzinski will teach the courses.


In the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Career Tech Scholarship program, six Murdock High School seniors are enrolled at MWCC full-time this year to simultaneously earn their high school diploma and an academic certificate from MWCC. By the time the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Scholars graduate in spring 2013, they will have earned academic credentials to enter the workforce and will have completed the first year toward an associate or bachelor's degree.


Through this generous donation, the students are provided with scholarship funds to begin a trade or technical program in the automotive technology, allied health, information technology support or accounting certificate programs. The foundation awarded $29,600 for the current academic year to the MWCC Foundation to support the new program and cover full tuition and fees. The cost of textbooks is being covered through the MWCC Foundation's David Jacques Memorial Book Fund.

The scholarship program provides the students with an opportunity to learn a trade that will allow them to enter the labor force once they finish high school or soon after and earn a higher wage than they would with only a high school diploma. At the end of the first year, the program will be reviewed for possible grant renewal to support seven additional students in the 2013-2014 academic year, and seven additional students in the 2014-2015 academic year, for a total of 20 seniors over a three-year period.

"We are most grateful to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for their generous support of this new initiative to benefit Murdock High School students," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "Through innovative partnerships such as this, we not only help students achieve their goal of obtaining a college education without accruing tremendous loan debt, but we ultimately support the economic development of the region by preparing young people with skills they can directly apply in the workforce."


The students said they were grateful for the opportunity to get a jump start on their college education. "It is very important for me to start working as soon as possible. Being part of the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Scholarship will allow me to finish my schooling a year early and start my career," said Samantha Fournier, 17, who is majoring in allied health. "It is a change for the better, one that means growing up and taking responsibility. But with that responsibility, I also have many doors opening up for me."


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MWCC Partners with Public and Private Institutions on New Transfer Agreements
2012 Transfer Fair
MWCC students Amanda Sheffield and Mark Deleon Kellam speak with Deborah Smith, associate director of transfer admissions at UMass Lowell, during MWCC's Oct. 4 Transfer Fair. MWCC and UMass Lowell recently established a new transfer agreement.

Mount Wachusett Community College recently established new transfer agreements with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Cambridge College and renewed two agreements with Becker College to expand transfer opportunities for students.


Under the new agreement with UMass Lowell, eligible students completing an associate degree in MWCC's criminal justice program will be admitted as juniors into the criminal justice program at UMass Lowell.


MWCC's transfer agreement with Cambridge College will allow Mount Wachusett graduates in any major to transfer easily into any bachelor's degree program at Cambridge College.
Under the new agreement, Cambridge College will accept for transfer credit the complete associate of arts and associate of science degree from Mount Wachusett graduates, and up to 90 credits overall from MWCC students.


The revised and renewed agreements with Becker College provides a seamless transfer pathway for eligible student who earn an associate degree in the early childhood education transfer program to transfer to Becker for a bachelor's degree in psychology with an early childhood concentration; and for students earning an associate degree in human services to transfer into Becker to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology.


"We are delighted to partner with UMass Lowell, Cambridge College and Becker College to expand academic options for our graduates," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "These new partnership open new opportunities for students to further their education and demonstrates our shared commitment to making quality education accessible and affordable."


Faculty shared the president's enthusiasm for the new transfer options.


"To be a successful criminal justice practitioner today, a young person is well advised to get as much education in the field as possible," said MWCC Criminal Justice Department Chair Reed Hillman, former commander of the Massachusetts State Police. "This articulation agreement with UMass Lowell will enable students to acquire their baccalaureate with an expanded level of knowledge to enable their success in both the public safety and law enforcement arenas. MWCC is thrilled to have this agreement in place to allow our graduates to realize their full potential as criminal justice professionals," Hillman said.


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MWCC Partners on Industrial Skills Training and Assessment 
Manufacturing Day demonstration
Participants in the Manufacturing Day event at the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce included Jacqueline Belrose, Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development at MWCC, Jeremiah Riordon, the division's Associate Vice President; John Santoro, SMT trainer, and John Harden, Economic Development Specialist with the North Central Massachusetts Development Corp.
Mount Wachusett Community College is collaborating with the North Central Massachusetts Economic Development Council, the North Central Career Center, and area manufacturers to deliver customized industrial skills training designed to solve the industrial skills shortage affecting local industry. The program has been developed in cooperation with Scientific Management Techniques (SMT), Inc., the global leader in performance-based skill assessments for industry. SMT's assessment capabilities, together with their demand-driven skills training programs, are used in manufacturing and education organizations in 31 countries to solve the skills shortage and drive industrial productivity.

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day on October 5 at the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce in Fitchburg, this new partnership and an existing partnership with Nypro were highlighted.
Peter Bachert, Manufacturing Applications Engineer with SMT, Inc. showcased four performance-based assessment machines that identify and measure skills, competencies, and trainability, which will be used by MWCC, Nypro and other area businesses and organizations in assessing and training employees and students.

The second program featured focused on the plastics manufacturing degree offered at Nypro University in Clinton. Angelo Sabatalo, Corporate Director of Organizational Development and Training for Nypro University and a member of the MWCC Foundation board of directors, explained the program that is open to all individuals, and is not limited to Nypro employees. Students receive hands-on training at Nypro, and can receive a college-credit bearing Certificate from Fitchburg State University, an associate degree from MWCC, and then transfer back to Fitchburg State for a bachelor's degree in industrial maintenance. MWCC awards college credit for successful completion of master molders training, given in accordance with RJG, Inc. requirements, as part of its degree.

"Solution driven community colleges, like MWCC, have been collaborating with local industry for years to deliver targeted training that dramatically improves manufacturing workforce skills," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "By providing standardized and customizable training solutions, we will eliminate the manufacturing skills gap in our region and thereby promote economic growth and development."
David McKeehan, President and CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, Jacqueline Belrose, vice president of lifelong learning and Workforce Development at MWCC, Robert Antonucci, President of Fitchburg State University, Angelo Sabatalo, Corporate Director of Organizational Development and Training for Nypro University, and John Harden, Economic Development Specialist for the North Central massachusetts Development Corp. also were among the featured speakers.

MWCC Director Appointed to National Civic Engagement Board
Fagan Forhan
Fagan Forhan
 Fagan Forhan, Director of Experiential Learning Opportunities and Civic Engagement at MWCC, has been appointed to the steering committee of The Democracy Commitment, a new national initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to provide all community college graduates with an education in civic engagement and the democratic practice.
As a member of the steering committee, Forhan will collaborate with leaders in civic engagement from community colleges across the country to support the growth and development at a national level of the integration of democratic practice and civic engagement into the education of every single student who attends a community college.

"Fagan has been an instrumental leader in the area of civic engagement at Mount Wachusett Community College, and we are delighted that she has been invited to bring her expertise and experience to a national level," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "To be selected to serve in this capacity speaks highly of the work she has accomplished with students, faculty and staff members at MWCC, as well as the college's long-standing endeavors to incorporate civic engagement into the academic experience."

"It is truly an honor to be included in this steering committee," Forhan said. "It is incredibly important for our students to understand their role in our community - at a local level and at the global level - as well as how they can influence positive social change to benefit their families and their regions. I believe that it is through this kind of deep integration of knowledge that our students will begin to understand their own capacity to change the trajectories that we are currently on and make this planet a more sustainable and kinder place to live."

The Democracy Commitment is modeled after the American Democracy Project (ADP), a national coalition of public, four-year colleges and universities committed to civic and democratic work, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in partnership with The New York Times. MWCC is an inaugural signatory of The Democracy Commitment.
Forhan has served in a leadership role for MWCC's civic engagement initiatives since joining the college in 2006. She currently serves as director of the college's Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, formerly known as the Center for Democracy and Humanity. In this capacity, she provides strategic direction and oversight of implementation for all programs, including AmeriCorps Job Ready and United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts, as well as providing oversight and program development/structure for internships, service learning and career placement. Forhan assists community-based supervisors in developing meaningful and reciprocal student placements, and works with faculty to integrate service learning and civic engagement projects into curricula that benefit our greater community and provide students with practical experience.

In her capacity as director of the center, Forhan also oversees MWCC's participation in 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, called "Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking." MWCC was one of 10 community colleges in eight states selected earlier this year to take the lead in this initiative.

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 the report is to make civic learning in college expected rather than optional for all students.

Veterans Success Center's Leader Receives Unsung Hero Award  
Kristine Larkin
Kristine Larkin

Kristine Larkin, assistant project director of MWCC's Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, recently received an Unsung Hero Award from Veteran Homestead, Inc., a Fitchburg-based nonprofit organization that built and operates the Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center, located on MWCC's Gardner campus, as well as many other services and programs for veterans.


Larkin was recognized for her support and service to Veteran Homestead. She was presented with the award during an event sponsored by Veteran Homestead on Sept. 30.

"I'm thankful for being recognized," she said. "I share this recognition with my colleagues at Mount Wachusett Community College who have made my transition and success possible, as well as all of our community partners and our veteran students."
The center, established in January 2011, and other services for student veterans have helped MWCC create a culture of positive energy and enthusiasm for its military students. Established through a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the center is among the first 15 in the county selected to serve as national models and has become a staple in the lives of student veterans at MWCC. Support services address the unique academic, financial, social and physical needs to veterans transitioning to college life.

Collaborating with nonprofit community partners and building strong relationships with student veterans are contributing to the center's success in serving students, Larkin said. 

Fitness Center Sponsors First 5K 
Kids Fun RunMWCC's Fitness & Wellness Center sponsored its first 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 6. Sixty-three participants from area towns took part in the event, including 30 children who enjoyed a fun run on the college's track.
The 5K participants made a scenic loop including the bike path along Crystal Lake and through town and then back to the college campus.

Ken Johnson of Gardner won the race with a time of 22:02, and the first female finisher was Christa Pineda of Gardner, with a time of 23:04.
German Students Visit MWCC as Part of Whirlwind Tour 
German students visit MWCC
A group of students and teachers from Kleve, Germany visited MWCC on Oct. 9 as part of their tour of the region. Pictured in the center, MWCC President Daniel Asquino with MWCC alumna Irene Hernandez, aide to Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong.

A group of more than 30 students and three teachers from Kleve, Germany, Fitchburg's sister city, took a moment during their whirlwind tour of the area to stop by MWCC's Gardner campus.


The students, who all participate in a band and have been performing at several area schools, paid a visit on Oct. 9 and received a tour of the campus led by Ryan Forsythe, Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Financial Aid. The students were also greeted by President Daniel Asquino and Vice President of Marketing & Communications Robin Duncan.


David Barber, a guitarist in the band, said the trip to MWCC was incorporated into the activities to help the students gain insight into the public higher education system in the United States.

"Everybody is having a great time. It's really nice for all of us to have a chance to visit America," he said. The group stayed in the region for a week, visited Boston, and will conclude their trip with a visit to New York City.

Upcoming Events

A candidate's debate between state Rep. Richard Bastien, R-Gardner, and Jon Slotnik, Democratic challenger for the Second Worcester District seat in the House of Representatives, will take place Thursday, Oct. 11 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the South Café of MWCC's Gardner campus. The debate is co-sponsored by the college's Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement, The Gardner News and the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce. Questions will be solicited from the public, in addition to the candidates having the opportunity to ask each other questions and respond to moderated questions.The district covers Ashby, Ashburnham, Gardner, Winchendon and Royalston.


Theatre at the MountTheatre at the Mount will present Broadway's greatest farce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, continues next weekend. Considered one of the funniest musicals ever written, the fast-paced, witty, and irreverent show was written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2,000-year-old comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. John Sullivan tackles the role of freedom-seeking Pseudolus, a character made famous by the likes of Zero Mostel and Nathan Lane. Perennial Theatre at the Mount favorite Joey Andrade portrays his anxiety-ridden companion, Hysterium. Veteran TAM performer Sue DiRusso brings authority to the role of Domina and Matt Dombroski is her put-upon husband, Senex. The show also features Alyson Foisy, Kyle Kasabian, Garrett Zecker, Taylor Lawton, Tim Recko, Amanda Carpenito, Jillian Whitney, Valerie Andrade, Johanna Recko, Shani Farrell and Alison Laverdiere. Nicholas Marques, Jacob McDonald and Jason Garceau round out the cast playing the Proteans with exceptional range and energy. Upcoming performances are Oct. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for evening shows and $15 for the matinee. For tickets, call the box office at 978-632-2403 or go online at


Color and Geometry exhibit"Color and Geometry," an exhibit of quilts and collage by Rita Ortolino-Dioguardi and photography by Shaylah O'Connor, will be on exhibit in the East Wing Gallery in the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center through Oct. 19. An artists' reception, which is open to the public, will take place Friday, Oct. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. O'Connor, a resident of Princeton, is a member of the Class of 2014 at the Cushing Academy and served as the photographer for the school's trip to Bhutan in spring 2012. The exhibit includes a number of her photographs depicting the trip. Ortolino-Dioguardi, a resident of Medford, works with paper and cloth to create stunning quilts and wall art. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed Oct. 8 for Columbus Day.


A growing number of colleges and affiliated groups are venturing beyond campus borders to try to bridge the military-civilian gap and so is MWCC's Veterans Group. The Veterans Group, a student club on campus, has organized a raffle for 12 students to have lunch with 12 of MWCC's student veterans. The raffle will take place on October 15 and 17. The winners will be announced on October 17 for a fine dining experience and one-on-one conversation on November 1 in the North Café. Tickets are just $2 each, and proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Veterans Group to support its continued activities and volunteer initiatives. This lunch is an opportunity to educate civilians on military experience to enhance awareness and understanding throughout the MWCC community.


MWCC's Fall Film Festival continues Oct. 15 with Colors of the Mountain, a story of a young boy who dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper, despite living in a dangerous environment. The film will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café of the Gardner campus.


Heywood Hospital is sponsoring a free Diabetes Health Fair at MWCC on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the North and South cafeterias. Living with diabetes, or even caring for a loved one with the chronic disease, can be difficult without proper care. To help educate those affected by the illness staff from Heywood Hospital's Diabetes Center of Excellence will demonstrate tips and tricks to living a healthy lifestyle. Instructors from Heywood Hospital's popular "Diabetes Cooking Class" will demonstrate cooking techniques meant to help prevent or stabilize diabetes. The fair will teach the importance of fitness and relaxation, and how to properly deal with diabetes. Free screenings and healthy refreshments will also be available. For more information, visit or call 978-630-6248.


Discover MWCC and College Majors Expo will take place Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Commons. Learn about certificate and degree programs, explore college services, hear from alumni, meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid and career counseling, talk with professors and tour the campus during this free event. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 978- 630-9110 or email


MWCC's annual Scary Karaoke will take place Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the North Café. Come join in on the "spooky" fun. There will be snacks, $100 cash door prize every hour and cash prizes ($100, $70, $30) for best costumes. The event also features a "Build a Monster" station. Sponsored by CATS and the Student Life office, the event is free for all MWCC students, faculty and staff.


How I Became a PirateTheatre at the Mount will present the children's show How I Became a Pirate, on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in the theatre. Adapted from a book by Melinda Long, with music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, the performance offers some high seas adventures, along with sea chanteys, sword fighting, mutinies, walking the plank and beauteous plunder. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 978-632-2403 or online at


MWCC is offering Information Sessions on several academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the following dates: Associate Degree in Nursing: Oct. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner Campus, room 204; Clinical Laboratory Science: Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Gardner Campus, room 214; Physical Therapist Assistant, Oct. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner Campus, room 205. Prospective students interested in attending an information session are asked to call the Admissions Office at 978-630-9110 (TTY 978-632-4916), or email



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Mount Wachusett Community College