MAPCS News | November 2013
Keeping You Informed

In This Issue
New Instructor Approval Process
New DPL Director
Don Lane Appointed to DPL
MAPCS Conference
Conference Sponsors
Online Training
AG Regulations
DPL Renewal Fees
Meet New Board Members
Graduate Awards
Welcome New Members
Day on the Hill
Contact MAPCS

Division of Professional Licensure Implements 
New Instructor Approval Process


The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) is implementing a new approval process for instructors teaching at licensed occupational schools.  


The new form is two pages (previously it was six pages), and it requires schools to perform the requisite due diligence as to each proposed instructor, in areas such as educational qualifications and work experience, and to maintain an instructor file that includes documents to support the certifications.  


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New DPL Director Appointed


The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) has named Clinton Dick as the new Executive Director for Occupational Schools.


Clinton previously served attorney at DPL.


Clinton Dick

Executive Director, Office of

Private Occupational School Education

Division of Professional Licensure  

1000 Washington Street, Suite  710  

Boston, MA  02118-6100

617.727.5970 (phone)

617.727.9932 (fax) 

Don Lane Appointed to DPL Advisory Council


Don Lane


Charles D. Lane III, Campus Director, New England Tractor Trailer Training School was recently appointed to served as the MAPCS representative on the DPL Advisory Council.


Don is the Campus Director for the New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS).  In this position Don is responsible for the successful start up of a professional Commercial Driving School.


He also manages all day-to-day operations including hiring and firing of all personnel, curriculum development and maintenance, accounts receivable, accounts payable, admissions, job placement assistance, financial assistance, student services, license testing and graduation.


Don has 19 years diverse experience in the field.  Prior to moving to NETTTS Don was the Vice President/Director, D & L Tractor Trailer School LLC. 


Don also worked for many years as the District Manager for Lubrication Management, a quick lube industry company.


Don is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.  He serves on the MAPCS Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the MAPCS Membership Committee.


Other MAPCS members serving on the DPL Advisory Council include 

Sheryl DeWalt from DeWalt Institute and Michelle McCarthy from Lincoln Technical Institute  (Lowell).


Professional Development Conference


November 1, 2013


Click here to view the conference photos.


The Conference featured informative educational workshops, a graduate award recognition program, as well as networking and  interaction with key career school vendors.

The featured speaker was Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, APSCU.  


Presentations included:


Engaged Learning in the Modern Classroom


The Experience Conundrum for New Grads! 


Terms & Significance of the Underemployed Generation in the U.S.


Teaching Strategies To Target Student Engagement   


Using Social Media Effectively


Conference Sponsors


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MAPCS Online Training


CS108 - Supporting Veterans in Becoming Gainfully Employed


The Post-9/11 GI Bill has paid for nearly 1 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to go to school at a cost of about $30 billion since 2009. 


With an influx of over one million more veterans projected to enter higher education in the next several years, institutions should be prepared to serve veteran students.  

Military veterans represent a unique type of non-traditional student who must overcome distinctive challenges to reintegrate into the civilian workforce yet many employees never have special training to serve this population.    


The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Executive Director and Founder, Paul Rieckhoff, has stated "The GI Bill is a promise we made to the veterans of World War II: that those who defend our country should be able to take advantage of America's opportunity." The promise of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, however, isn't fulfilled when a veteran enrolls and completes a degree program; it is fulfilled when they become gainfully employed.


CS108 - Supporting Veterans in Becoming Gainfully Employed is a new online course facilitated by Dr. Garland H. Williams, Associate Regional Vice President, Military Division, for the University of Phoenix and retired U.S. Army Colonel.  


This course helps career services practitioners understand the unique obstacles veterans face in the reintegration process, how to help them translate their military experience into civilian language and provides strategies & tools that can support veterans in becoming gainfully employed.


Learn More about this New Online Course!



 APSCU News     


Department Continues Bad Public Policy Negotiating Rulemaking


Will Displace Millions Of Students Over The Next Decade; Inhibit Employer Needs For Job Ready Workforce 

Washington, D.C., November 20, 2013-Today, the U.S. Department of Education was supposed to conclude its gainful employment negotiated rulemaking session. Instead, it announced additional negotiations for some point in December 2013.

The negotiated rulemaking process is taking place in parallel with a larger conversation on outcomes in higher education. In the last month, leaders in higher education have cautioned the Department to take into consideration an institution's mission and students served before arbitrarily applying policies.


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AG Proposes New For-Profit and Occupational School Regulations: 


Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed proposed amendments to existing regulations to better protect students from potentially unfair or deceptive practices. 


According to the AG's news release issued on November 21st, the new regulations would require all for-profit and occupational schools in Massachusetts to provide accurate information to the public, prohibit misleading advertising practices, and address unfair lending practices. 


The proposed changes to regulations promulgated pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A include:

  • Scope: Regulations are broader in scope than existing regulations, and would apply to all for-profit schools and occupational schools. If a school advertises to or enrolls students in Massachusetts, it would be covered by the regulations.
  • Disclosures: Schools would be required to disclose, in their advertisements and recruitment literature, accurate and readily comparable information about tuition and fees, placement statistics, graduation rates, and program completion time.
  • Prohibited practices: Schools would be prohibited from using high pressure sales tactics, including repeated solicitations through phone calls and text messages, and misrepresenting the role of recruitment personnel by referring them to "counselors" or "advisors."

Before the regulations are officially promulgated, the AG's Office will hold two public hearings on the proposed regulations. The first will be in Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Leverett Saltonstall Building, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Room C.  


A second hearing will take place in Springfield on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Santander Bank Building, 1350 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Room A. 


Click here to review the proposed regulation amendments.


Division of Professional Licensure 

Changes to the Renewal Fee Schedule for Private Occupational Schools Effective November 8, 2013


The new renewal fee schedule will place all licensed schools, regardless of their size, on equal footing by establishing a uniform multiplier of 0.49% that will be applied against the Annual Adjusted Gross Revenue (AAGR) for the last completed fiscal year for each school. 


To calculate this fee, schools should utilize the "Renewal Fee Calculation Worksheet" available on DPL's website.  


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Meet the New MAPCS Board Members


During the November 1st Professional Development Conference MAPCS held its Annual Meeting during which several new board members were elected.  The new Board members are introduced below.


Jim Bologa | Porter & Chester 


Jim Bologa is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Porter and Chester Institute (PCI), a post secondary private sector school which operates four campuses in throughout Massachusetts. In this position, Jim works to ensure that PCI stays true to its Mission: To train our students in the technical and professional skills essential for their chosen career.

Previous to this appointment Jim held the leadership role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at PCI.. As COO, Jim was vital to successfully developing the current solid foundation within the organization that has allowed PCI to be ideally positioned for significant future growth. Jim also serves as a school commissioner and board member of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), which is PCI's national institutional accreditation organization.

Prior to his tenure at PCI, Jim worked for publicly traded, as well as private equity sponsored, companies in the automotive, truck, aerospace, telecommunications, business services and healthcare industries. Jim is a graduate of Elmira College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He has been certified public accountant since 1990.


Jim also serves as the MAPCS Vice President and as a member of the MAPCS Government Affairs Committee.




Andrew Kelley | Effective Student Marketing


Andrew is a graduate of the Boston College Carroll School of Management ('83) and has worked in higher education for over 25 years, specializing in marketing and admissions for private sector schools.  

A direct marketing mechanic by trade, he has a strong marketing financial analysis background and a passion for technology. Add those three things together - marketing, technology and finance - and you end up with someone you'd want on your side if you are looking to dramatically grow your business. 

Before founding Effective Student Marketing, Inc. in 2004, Kelley managed the marketing and admissions departments of Boston University's Corporate Education Center, helping to grow the award -winning vocational training division within a traditional higher education environment. 

Now as president of Effective Student Marketing, Kelley and his team have helped private, proprietary schools across the country reach their admissions and retention goals by building lifelong relationships with prospective students, enrolled students, and graduates through pay-per-click advertising, social media and reputation management, content creation and distribution, and search engine optimization. 




Neil Trotta Neil Trotta | Fisher College


Dr. Trotta has been with Fisher College since 2004. He began as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies, then Campus Director, and now is the Dean, Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies and School of Health Professions. 


Prior to moving to Fisher College Dr. Trotta worked for 10 years in the corporate world in the areas of sales and marketing management. 


His research interests include strategic planning, organizational efficiency, and marketing as it applies to consumer behavior. 


In July of 2012, Dr. Trotta presented at the SCUP National Conference on utilizing for-profit leadership techniques in non-profit institutions. He has also been a reviewer of two textbooks and recently peer reviewed a case study for Harvard Education Publishing.


Teaching Philosophy Dr. Trotta's aspiration to share his knowledge came while he was working in the corporate world. He had an opportunity to look back at his education and decided he could provide a hands-on and practitioner's approach to teaching. 


For over 17 years he has had the pleasure of teaching both traditional students and the adult learners where he uses a real-world and personal experiences to enhance the learning process.




lSteve VillettSteve Villett | Le Cordon Bleu- College of Culinary Arts  


Stephen Villett is the Interim Campus Director for Le Cordon Bleu - College of Culinary Arts in Cambridge.  In his current position Stephen is responsible for ensuring the implementation of all policy and procedures relating to cash collection, cash disbursement, purchasing, agency reporting and accounting at campus level.  He also formulates procedures for systematic retention, protection, retrieval, transfer, and disposal of records and he works to ensure compliance with the stated IPP (in-schools) and EPP (out of school) payment plans.


Stephen also assists the VP of Finance with preparation of campus operation budgets and forecasts and initiates cost reduction programs.  He also coordinates the activities of various departments.


Prior to working for Le Cordon Bleu Stephen was an Account Executive with Lehman Brothers and  Peoples Mortgage Corporation.  Stephen has also worked at Putnam Investments and Salem Five Mortgage Corp.


He has an MBA in Business from Endicott College and a BA from North Adams State College.




Click here for the complete MAPCS Board List.


2013 Outstanding Graduate Awards


MAPCS presented a Certificate of Achievement Awards to six  graduate at its Annual Conference held on November 1, 2013.  The Conference was held at the Doubletree Hilton in Westborough, MA. Graduates were selected for the award based on the contributions that he/she has made to their career field, school or community. 



Emphasis was placed on accomplishments, academic excellence, and how the graduate maximized his/her performance and demonstrated outstanding potential for post-graduation employment. The graduate's extra efforts on behalf of the school, student body or community at large were also considered.


Awards were presented to:


Donald Alcus, Lincoln Technical Institute (Lowell)


Shannon Doherty, New England Hair Academy


Nana Gyasi, Peak Medical Academy (Worcester)


Debra Madden, Health Training Center (Hopedale)


Alma Starcevic, DeWalt Institute (Worcester)


 Derek Sullivan, ITT Technical Institute (Wilmington) 

Welcome New Members


Effective Student Marketing

2 Dundee Park, Suite 302A

Andover, MA 01810

Phone: (978) 475-0880

Fax: (617) 507-6050

Andrew Kelley, President


Porter and Chester Institute (Canton)

5 Campanelli Circle

Canton, MA 02021

Phone: (781) 830-0350

Fax: (781) 830-0389

Henry Przybylowicz, Director


Porter and Chester Institute (Chicopee)

1998 Westover Road

Chicopee, MA 01022

Phone: (413) 593-3339

Fax: (413) 593-6439

Scott Dudley, Director



Porter and Chester Institute (Westborough)

129 Flanders Road

Westborough, MA 01581

Phone: (508) 366-0296

Fax: (508) 360-1303

Glenn Hartland, Director


Porter and Chester Institute (Woburn)

8 Presidental Way

Woburn, MA 01801

Phone: (781) 935-1108

Fax: (781) 935-2803

Karen Solimini, Director

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Why Join MAPCS?


  • MAPCS is the only association in the state that represents and protects the interests of private career schools.  
  • MAPCS membership gives you the chance to join together in a larger community of peers who share a common bond and understand and experience the same challenges you face everyday. 
  • As a member you can attend professional seminars and the annual conference at a discounted price. These high quality programs provide you with a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, keep up with what is new in the sector and provide faculty with professional development hours.
  • As a MAPCS member you will receive regular legislative updates, the e-newsletter and you can take advantage of discounts on our online education service.
  • MAPCS represents you at the legislative and regulatory level.
  • Last year MAPCS was successful in its advocacy efforts when the legislation to move the Massachusetts Office of Proprietary Schools was amended to require that the MAPCS president or a designee serve on the newly created 12-member Advisory Council on Private Occupational Schools. This appointment will ensure that MAPCS member schools have a seat at the table when new regulations and policies are developed.
  • We are currently working to protect your interests relative to draft regulations being proposed by the Office of Private Occupational School Education and the Attorney General's Office.

Click here to join MAPCS online. 


Click here to download a Membership Brochure and Application.


 MAPCS | APSCU Day on the Hill | October 24, 2013       


On October 24, 2013 some 65 MAPCS and APSCU members traveled to Boston to meet with and educate legislators about the contribution that private post secondary career schools make to the Commonwealth's economy and workforce. 


The schools came to Beacon Hill with faculty, employees and graduates.  The program provided a great opportunity to talk to legislators and their staff about how private post-secondary graduates are fulfilling skilled job requirements for employers and helping improve the economy in their districts.


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


Click here to read the Day on the Hill Program Booklet.


Click here to read the Fact Sheet developed on the proposed DPL regulations for discussion during the Day on the Hill visits.


Day on the Hill Sponsors


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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