MWCC e-News

Sept. 30, 2013

In This Issue
A Message from President Asquino
MWCC Selected to Oversee $15.9 Million, Multi-state TAACCCT Grant
MWCC Receives Continued Recognition as a Top Military Friendly School
MWCC Student Kathy Matson Appointed to State Board of Higher Education
MWCC's 50th Anniversary Continues with Alumni Art Exhibit and 1960s-themed Theatre Performance
Open House for New Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center
United Way Day of Caring at MWCC
Upcoming Events
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A Message from President Daniel M. Asquino

 Since January, we have had the wonderful opportunity to reflect on Mount Wachusett Community College's 50-year history. We've shared memories of those who founded the college in 1963, served as faculty and staff, or were among the 100,000-plus area residents who have enrolled as students over the decades.


Though the 50th anniversary festivities conclude this fall, there is plenty still to celebrate. Our future.


MWCC's second half century is already off to an exciting start, as the college community sets goals for the years ahead and implements the strategies and actions necessary to bring them to fruition. This coming year, planning continues for the new $38 million science and technology building on the Gardner campus, in anticipation of the groundbreaking next fall.


Through the successful acquisition this summer of multi-year grants totaling $8.4 million, new and existing academic and student support programs will roll out to bolster student success, as well as the state and regional economy.


The U.S. Department of Labor selected MWCC as the lead institution among four community colleges to create the Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium to help job seekers in four states obtain training and credentials in advanced manufacturing. The consortium was awarded $15.9 million. Of that, MWCC was awarded $6.45 million to provide accelerated training and credentialing programs in North Central Massachusetts that build upon manufacturing training initiatives implemented by MWCC through Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) funding received in 2011.


Key local partners in the effort include Nypro, Inc., SMC, Ltd., Celltreat Scientific Products, Operon Resource Management, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board. Leominster Center for Technical Education Innovation and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School also will be involved in the partnership.


In addition, MWCC was awarded two multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation totaling $1.4 million to bolster training and the economy in our region for students pursuing academic degrees and careers in the STEM fields and in the manufacturing industry.


The college was also awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and enhance humanities programs at the college and in the community, as well as a $79,347 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide Mount students with funding for child care to help them remain focused on their academic and career goals.


One of the most rewarding aspects of an MWCC education is the tremendous accomplishments reached by students of all ages and background, not only in academic achievement, but in the areas of leadership and civic engagement as well. Through the guidance of the college's Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, and office of Student Life, our students are now engaged more than ever in their communities. This year is no exception, as our students once again step forward in extraordinary ways.


Kathy Matson, active student leader and mother of four, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for the upcoming academic year, representing thousands of students enrolled in public colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. Teenager Jillian Johnson, a dual enrolled student in the Pathways Early College Innovation School, was appointed this summer as student trustee on MWCC's Board of Trustees. And Bryan Sanderson, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and father of three, was recently named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The prestigious national honor was awarded to Bryan for his work founding the Students Serving Our Students (SOS) office housed in MWCC's Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, as well as for his leadership and mentoring to fellow veterans within the thriving veterans' success center.


I congratulate these students for their dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and initiative. I am especially proud that their accomplishments represent a snapshot of the many volunteer and leadership endeavors that take place every day on this campus by students who so willingly give of their time, energy, knowledge, experience and skills to serve others.

Mount Wachusett Selected to Oversee $15.9 Million, Multi-state TAACCCT Grant
Mount Wachusett Community College will oversee a $15.9 million, multi-state grant to provide accelerated training and credentials to students pursuing careers or job advancement in advanced manufacturing. The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multi-year, $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.
  
MWCC Receives Continued Recognition as a Top Military Friendly School
For the fifth consecutive year, Mount Wachusett Community College has been recognized as a top military friendly school for creating a culture of positive energy and academic support for veterans, active military members and their dependents.
  
MWCC Student Kathy Matson Appointed to State Board of Higher Education

 

MWCC student leader Kathy Matson has been appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for the 2013-2014 academic year. A Business Administration major and president of MWCC's Student Government Association,, Matson is looking forward to the upcoming year representing all Massachusetts public higher education students on the board. The issues of affordability and student success are among her key priorities.

 

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MWCC's 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues with Alumni Art Exhibit and 1960s-themed Theatre Performance

MWCC continues its 50th anniversary celebration in October with an alumni art exhibition and a special performance of Shout: The Mod Musical for alumni, students, the college community and friends of the college. An evening of the arts will take place Thursday, Oct. 10 featuring an alumni reception from 6 to 7 p.m. in the East Wing Gallery and a special performance of Shout at 7 p.m.

 

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Open  House for New Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center

Mount Wachusett Community College will celebrate the opening of its Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center during an open house on Friday, Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Devens campus.

 

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United Way Day of Caring at MWCC
 Mount Wachusett Community College has long participated in the United Way Day of Caring, and this year the college community was delighted to serve as a host site. Through MWCC's Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, more than 100 students, faculty and staff packaged 16,000 packets of rice and beans for families in need as part of the Kylee's Kare Kits for Kids program
  
Upcoming Events
  • Transfer Fair Oct. 3
  • Manufacturing Day event - Open House
  • Health Care Fair Oct. 9
  • Discover MWCC & College Majors Expo

For information about upcoming events, click here.

 
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Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College
978-630-9547