MAPCS News | October 2013

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

2013 Outstanding Graduate Awards


MAPCS Members:  


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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Day on the Hill Sponsors




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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

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.


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.


MAPCS Online Training


3 Key Ideas for Improving Graduate 

Employment Outcomes


Prospective students, parents and policy makers want to know if their investment in higher education will produce a return and they are looking at graduate employment outcomes (placement) for the answer. As institutions consider how to continuously improve graduate employment outcomes, 3 key ideas to keep in mind are shared below:


Rethink Career Services - Rather than thinking of Career Services as a department or the "back-end" of a process for preparing students to enter the workforce, rethink career services as a systemic set of strategically designed interventions woven into the fabric of the institution.  How might "career services" be a more significant part of the admissions process? How are career services designed and supported throughout the entire institution and throughout the entire student life cycle? Where are the opportunities to expand upon what is already being done?


Evaluate Capacity Gaps - Institutions can improve graduate employment outcomes by first ensuring that enrollment management plans consider institutional capacity to serve and employ the students they enroll. Institutions must ask themselves what competitors offer the same programs, what students they will enroll, how many graduates competing schools are sending into the job market, and whether the local market can absorb the number of graduates schools are producing.


Prioritize Professional Development - The 21st century economy is drastically different than previous economies. Employers have changed the way they recruit and have more options in a global talent pool increasing competition in the job market and requiring students to improve the way they market themselves. Career services practitioners need to acquire new knowledge and skills to keep up with the pace of change and to provide the best possible service to the students they help. With the speed at which things change, skills become outdated quickly. 


If you are interested in learning more about improving graduate employment outcomes, CS201 - Institutional Best Practices to Maximize Graduate Employment Outcomes is an online course available in the MAPCS Online Training Center.   

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