July 2014
Not a MAPCS Member Yet? 



MAPCS is the only statewide association representing the industry 

which is comprised of private post secondary career schools in Massachusetts.


Click here to join MAPCS online. 


Click here to download a Membership Brochure and Application.

Mark Your Calendar

October 2, 2014
MAPCS Legislative Day on the Hill
Boston, MA
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Plan to attend the MAPCS October 2nd 

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


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. 


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More information coming soon.



October 31, 2014
Professional Development Conference
Mansfield Holiday Inn
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

There is something for everyone at the MAPCS Conference. Owners, directors, faculty, admissions, financial aid, career services and compliance personnel 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 conference flyer and registration materials for school attendees should be available soon. 


Click here for the exhibitor invitation and registration form.

Call For Volunteers


MAPCS is seeking volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors.


The MAPCS Board is responsible for ensuring that the association stays on track in meeting the organization's mission, services, policies and programs.  


Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to review and approve the association's budget and financial strategy.  They approve major policies, serve on committees or task forces, take on special assignments and promote the association to others in the private career school industry.

You can also volunteer for one of the MAPCS committees, which plan educational programs, set legislative strategies, and develop membership recruitment and retention campaigns.
As a committee volunteer you can help the association, make sure your school and/or company's interests are heard and have more opportunities to network with your colleagues.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the MAPCS Board, Membership, Government Affairs or Education Committees please contact Cathy Flaherty.
You can also click here to download and complete the Committee Volunteer Form.
AG Regulations
Massachusetts Attorney General Coakley Issues Final Regulations 

Attorney General Martha Coakley has finalized amendments to existing regulations that will affect the way all private post-secondary schools operate in Massachusetts.  The regulations were promulgated on June 20, 2014.


MAPCS is concerned that the regulations, although amended are still broad reaching and in some cases overly burdensome.  Plus some parts of the new regulations may be in direct contrast to those under development by the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure.


The regulations address a host of issues including advertising, disclosure requirements, recruitment, student loans, placement rates and graduation rates.


MAPCS is currently reviewing the regulations and the impact they will have on a school's ability to operate in Massachusetts. 


MAPCS urges all school to read the regulations carefully and provide feedback on which parts are of greatest concern. We value your input and will take you comments under consideration as we decide on next steps.



Click here to read the news release


MAPCS Membership Survey


The words Give Us Your Feedback on three arrows with Opinions, Comments and Reviews for customer input MAPCS is conducting a survey and your response would be appreciated. Your input will help MAPCS plan educational programs and membership and legislative services that meet your needs.


If you have not yet completed the survey we would appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes to do so now.


Here is a link to the survey:


Thanks for your participation!


Cathy Flaherty

Call For Conference Presentations


Pretty young business woman giving a presentation in a conference meeting setting  shallow DOF  color toned image The MAPCS Education Committee will soon begin planning the 2014 Annual Conference and the 2015 professional development seminar series. This is your invitation to submit a proposal for a MAPCS Seminar. 


The Annual Conference will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014.   The Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA.  During the conference MAPCS will conduct four educational sessions that are generally one and one-half hours in length.  The Conference will also feature a keynote general session presentation and a luncheon presentation.


The conference agenda follows:


Registration and Exhibitor Visits
8:30 am  - 9:30 am
Keynote Presentation 
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Networking Break and Exhibitor Visits
10:30 am - 10:45 am
Seminar  # 1  

10:45 am - 12:00 pm


Seminar # 2  
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch, Keynote and Achievement Awards
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Exhibitor Visits
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Seminar # 3 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Seminar # 4 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


What is the Education Committee Looking For?


The MAPCS Education Committee is looking for presentations that will:

  • Help faculty perform more efficiently in the classroom to benefit students;
  • Help administrators recruit and retain students; 
  • Assist career service professionals stay abreast of the newest techniques to place students; 
  • Provide information on new and innovative technology;
  • Ensure that the Mass private career schools stay on top of the hot industry topics; and 
  • Motivate and encourage key leaders and owners to attend the sessions.

Please note that MAPCS does not typically pay speaker fees, but some consideration will be given to speaker expenses.


This is your chance to take advantage of a unique opportunity to support MAPCS, share your ideas and expertise and increase your visibility within the Massachusetts private career school industry.


Please submit your proposals to:


Cathy Flaherty

MAPCS Executive Director

MAPCS Graduate Achievement Awards


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


If so then you should give them a chance to be honored for their accomplishments by submitting a nomination for the

MAPCS 2014 Outstanding Graduate Achievement Award.


Graduates should be chosen based on the contributions that he/she has made to their career field, school or community.  Emphasis should be placed on:

  • Academic excellence;
  • 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.

Graduate honorees will be invited to attend the October 31st Annual Conference lunch with a guest. 


After the ceremony, MAPCS will write and send a news release with a photo of the awards presentation, to the local newspaper of both the school and the graduate.


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


Click here to download a nomination form.


Click here for the online nomination form.

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


Cathy Flaherty


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