MAPCS News | September 2013

In This Issue
Agenda | Hill Day
Sponsors | Hill Day
Graduate Awards
Sponsors | Hill Day
Day on the Hill Invite
Annual Conference
Online Training
Contact MAPCS

Day on the Hill Agenda


9:30 am - 10:00 am

Briefing and Breakfast


501 Boylston Street

Boston, MA


11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Legislative Visits

State House

Boston, MA


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Lunch and Wrap Up


501 Boylston Street

Boston, MA

Day on the Hill Sponsors












2013 Outstanding Graduate Awards

Do you have a recent graduate who has excelled in their studies, maximized his/her performance and demonstrated  outstanding potential for post-graduation employment?


If so then you should give them a chance to be honored for their 

accomplishments by submitting a nomination for the MAPCS 2013 Outstanding Graduate Achievement Award.


Graduate honorees will be invited to attend the November 1st Annual Conference lunch with a guest. 


Give your student the recognition they deserve! Submit their nomination form today.


The deadline for nominations is


October 18, 2013


Click here to download a nomination form.


Click here to submit your nomination online.


Current Conference Sponsors




McGraw HIll 7.09







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Join us on October 24th for the 

MAPCS/APSCU Day on the Hill 



Here is your opportunity to educate legislators about the contribution that private career schools make to the Commonwealth's economy and workforce.


The Day on the Hill will begin at 9:30 am for a legislative briefing at Pearson Learning.  After your legislative visits we will conclude the day with a luncheon sponsored by Pearson Learning.


Making contact with policy makers is the best way to spread the positive message that private sector colleges and universities and more importantly, their students and graduates, have to share. It is our goal to have a sizable contingent of administrators, students, faculty and employers on Beacon Hill in Boston to show the strength and diversity of our sector.


Please plan to bring your school employees and your graduates to the MAPCS/APSCU Day on the Hill.  This is a great opportunity to talk to legislators and their staff about how your graduates are fulfilling skilled job requirements for employers and helping improve the economy in their districts.


Legislative visits will be scheduled between 11 am and 1 pm.  You can schedule your own visit or MAPCS and APSCU will make the appointment for you.


Special thanks to Pearson for providing their sponsorship, the meeting room, breakfast and lunch.


With your participation, we're confident that the MAPCS/APSCU Day on the HIll will be productive.


There is no charge to attend the MAPCS | APSCU, but your sponsorship would be appreciated.  See registration form.


Click here to download an invitation and registration form.


Click here to register online.

Mark the Date  
Mark Your Calendar
Annual Professional Development Conference
November 1, 2013
Doubletree Hotel | Westborough, MA  | 8:30 - 3:00


There is something for everyone at the MAPCS Conference. School owners, directors, faculty, admissions, financial aid, career services, compliance personnel and vendors are all encouraged to attend.


The Conference will feature informative educational workshops, a graduate award recognition program, as well as networking

and  interaction with key career school vendors.


The featured speaker will be Steve Gunderson, President and CEO

APSCU.  Presentations will include:

  • Engaged Learning in the Modern Classroom:

    Connecting with our Students 

  • The Experience Conundrum for new grads! What comes first the job or the experience?
  • Terms & Significance of the Underemployed Generation in the U.S.
  • Teaching Strategies Your School Should Utilize to Target Student Engagement
  • Using Social Media Effectively

Click here for the school online registration form


Click here to download a school invitation and registration form. 


Click here for the vendor online registration form.


Click here to download an exhibitor/sponsor invitation and registration form.


MAPCS Online Training

Assisting Students with Disabilities in the Online Environment


In 2010, U.S. News and World Report reported an increase of 832% in online enrollment in higher education from 2001-2009. Many of these online learners are learners with disabilities. While 88% of colleges nationwide report enrolling students with disabilities, these students make up approximately10-12% of the total student population according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  


As with non-disabled learners, online learning can afford students with disabilities the convenience, flexibility and ability to participate in education in order to achieve their goals of independence and career aspirations. Whereas online courses are open to all learners, accessibility of course contents, resources and methods of communication are often inadequate or non-existent for those with disabilities. 


Additionally, many online instructors assume their online learners are using a mouse as the main navigation tool, can see the computer screen, and can navigate online resources with the same visual cues other users can. 


As online enrollments continue to increase in higher education, an increasing number of those learners will have disabilities.  To help these students succeed, instructors must understand the challenges they face as well as tools that can help them.  


The MAPCS Online Training Center has recently launched EL111 - Assistive Technologies for the Online Learner for those who wish to learn more.  

Contact MAPCS


Massachusetts Association of Private Career Schools

11 Robert Toner Blvd.# 234 

North Attleboro, MA  02763

Phone: 508-695-3919

Fax: 508-232-6005


Catherine Flaherty, Executive Director


Victoria Ranko, Program Assistant