MWCC e-News

Aug. 20, 2013

In This Issue
MWCC Awarded $500,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Jillian Johnson Appointed New Student Trustee
MWCC Supports Obama Administration's 8 Keys for Veteran Success
MWCC Offering Accelerated Training in Medical Device Manufacturing
MWCC Foundation Continues STEM Support for Leominster Schools
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MWCC Awarded $500,000 Humanities Grant
Professor Michelle Valois with students Wendy Anderson and Claudia Elbourn
Professor Michelle Valois, MWCC Humanities Initiative Project Coordinator, with Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum Award winners Wendy Anderson and Claudia Elbourn during the college's Evening of Excellence awards ceremony in May 2013.

Mount Wachusett Community College has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant in the amount of $500,000 to endow the "MWCC Humanities Initiative" to deepen and sustain quality humanities programming and curriculum in North Central Massachusetts. The grant will be matched by $1 million raised by the MWCC Foundation, Inc. in a fundraising campaign to endow this project over the next six years.


The purpose of the endowment is to support collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and research in the humanities and to engage MWCC students and residents in the North Central Massachusetts region studies and discussions of enduring themes and ideas from the world's rich cultural and intellectual traditions. The endowment will fund common annual themes to be integrated across campus curricula and woven into campus and community humanities programming.

"Federal support from entities like the National Endowment for the Humanities is playing a critical role in the preservation and promotion of our national identity and civic engagement in America," said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. "Like many of the other great academic institutions here in the Third District, Mount Wachusett isn't just teaching students, but is preparing them to play an active role in the national conversation," she said.

"We are extremely excited with this opportunity to enhance our ability to serve students and the community by instilling an appreciation for the humanities and civic engagement within our curriculum," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "We are looking forward to raising the required match which will endow this initiative into the future."


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Jillian Johnson Appointed New Student Trustee 
Jillian Johnson, a 17-year-old Liberal Arts and Sciences major, has been appointed to Mount Wachusett Community College's Board of Trustees. A dual enrolled student through the Pathways Early College Innovation School, Johnson was sworn in as student trustee on August 8 and attended her first meeting that afternoon. As student trustee, she serves as a full voting member on the 11-member board.
MWCC Implementing Obama Administration's New 8 Keys to Veterans' Success
MWCC is one of approximately 250 community colleges and universities across the country implementing the Obama Administration's new "8 Keys to Success" to help boost academic opportunities and improve employment outcomes for veterans. The "8 Keys to Success" build on the administration's work to provide veterans and military families with a high-quality, affordable education and highlight specific ways that colleges and universities can support veterans as they pursue their education and employment goals.
MWCC Offering Accelerated Training in Medical Device Manufacturing 
MWCC, in partnership with Operon Resource Management, is recruiting adults of all ages, experience and education for training in the field of medical device manufacturing. This five-week training program is designed especially for unemployed or underemployed adults, veterans and recent high school graduates who want to train for careers in medical device manufacturing and related industries.
MWCC Foundation Continues STEM Support for Leominster Schools
The MWCC Foundation recently presented $3,500 to the Leominster Education Foundation to continue the college's strong support of the Leominster Public School's S.T.E.M. Integration Program K-12 and Innovative Mini Grants for Teachers. MWCC's support will help prepare and inspire students to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration and creative problem solving.
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Janice O'Connor
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