MWCC e-News

Jan. 21, 2014

In This Issue
A Message from President Asquino
Education and Veterans' Services Secretaries Salute MWCC's Veterans Success Center
Accelerated Training in Advanced Manufacturing
Theatre at the Mount's Survivor the Musical Benefit a Hit
MWCC Alumni Launch Professional Development Series
MWCC Hosts First Statewide Gathering of Gateway to College Professionals
MWCC and Fitchburg High Partner on Student Leadership Program
Access & Transition Alumni Share College Experiences
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A Message from President Asquino
President Daniel M. AsquinoThe start of a new calendar year and a new semester is always an exciting time at MWCC, and this year is no exception.
  
During this spring semester, we will unveil the final design plans for our new $40 million science and technology building, and construction of this much-needed facility on our Gardner campus will begin later this year.
  
The project will include new laboratories, specialized space, and general classrooms, the replacement of the existing greenhouse and critical upgrades and accessibility improvements to the Haley building. Students enrolled in MWCC's science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, including the Natural Resources, Energy Management, health sciences and other programs requiring science courses, will be among the beneficiaries of this new state-of-the-art wing.
  
The timing could not be better. Coinciding with the construction of this science and technology building, MWCC is the recipient of several STEM-related grants.
  
This past fall, the U.S. Department of Higher Education selected Massachusetts to receive a grant from Complete College America to aid in the state's efforts to increase the number of college students who complete degree and certificate programs in the STEM fields. MWCC is among the recipients selected to develop industry field pathways through this grant using the CCA's Guided Pathways to Success in STEM Careers Initiative.
  
In addition, MWCC was recently awarded two multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation to bolster training and the economy in North Central Massachusetts for students pursuing academic degrees and careers in the STEM fields and in the manufacturing industry. One of these grants provides support services and scholarships of up to $3,300 per year to eligible students in the science, technology, engineering and math programs. The goal of this scholarship program is to provide a supportive academic environment that will ensure STEM students graduate within two to three years with an associate degree before transferring on for a bachelor's degree in a STEM field.
  
On the other end of the spectrum, the humanities will also receive a boost in 2014. Last year, MWCC was awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to endow the "MWCC Humanities Initiative." This endeavor will support collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and research in the humanities and engage MWCC students and residents of North Central Massachusetts in 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.
  
MWCC is also launching several new academic programs this year, including an associate degree in Health Information Management and several new certificate programs. In addition, much is underway in the areas of civic engagement and community partnerships, including an upcoming wellness conference in collaboration with the SHINE Initiative in March.
 Education and Veterans' Services Secretaries Salute MWCC's Veterans Success Center
Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone and Secretary of Veterans' Services Coleman Nee paid a recent visit to MWCC to discuss the college's thriving Veterans Success Center and how to replicate it at public colleges and universities throughout the state. "We came out here very purpose-oriented," Secretary Malone said. "We are looking at the Veterans Success Center and talking about key characteristics that must be in place in order to provide these types of services. What we are looking at is replication across the Commonwealth."
  
Accelerated Training in Advanced Manufacturing
MWCC is recruiting adults of all ages, experience and education for training in the growing field of advanced manufacturing. Full scholarships are available for eligible students who enroll in an upcoming six-week day program or a five week evening program. Both programs begin on Jan. 27 at MWCC's Devens campus.
  
Theatre at the Mount's Survivor the Musical Benefit a Hit

Survivor, The Musical, a fundraiser featuring prominent local figures as cast members, raised more than $50,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. Deb Lapointe of HealthAlliance Hospital was named the "sole survivor" after defeating other contestants during the Jan. 17 Theatre at the Mount production. Singing, dancing, acting, puzzles and trivia were all part of the competition.

 

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MWCC Alumni Launch Professional Development Series
The MWCC Alumni Relations office has launched a new Alumni Association Professional Development Series. The inaugural networking event featured Debbie Lefevbre, a certified business life coach for professionals, who presented, "How to Truly Connect with Others to Enhance Your Career."  

 

MWCC Hosts First Statewide Gathering of Gateway to College Professionals
More than 40 representatives of Gateway to College programs across the Commonwealth attended the first statewide convening of Gateway professionals, hosted on January 14 by Mount Wachusett Community College. According to Prentice Davis, Senior Manager of Training and Partner Support for the Gateway to College National Network, Massachusetts is the first state in the U.S. to launch a statewide Gateway effort.
  
MWCC & Fitchburg High School Partner on Student Leadership Program

Fitchburg High School students in grades 9 through 12 recently participated in a Student Leadership Training Program, an all-volunteer organization that is sponsored by the Coalition for the Advancement of Student Activities, Inc., a nonprofit organization. The program was sponsored in partnership between MWCC's Division of Access and Transition and Fitchburg High School. The intensive day included leadership assessment, training and guidance on the methods for making a positive and lasting change in their school and their community.

  

Access & Transition Alumni Share College Experiences
College students who participated in MWCC's access and transition programs returned to their former high schools in January to share their insight into transitioning to college life. Panel discussions took place in several locations, including Fitchburg, Murdock, Gardner and Athol high schools.
 
Upcoming Events
  • Welcome Back Spring Activities Fair & Club Expo, Jan. 30
  • Nuclear Energy Documentary & Discussion, Feb. 5

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