MWCC e-News

April 15, 2014

In This Issue
Author and Advocate Delivers Keynote Address During Mental Health Awareness Conference
MWCC, Greater Gardner Community, Honor Sen. Stephen Brewer
STEM Starter Academy Sampler Kicks Off Summer Program
Robinson Broadhurst Scholars Earning Dual Diplomas
Accelerated Training in Advanced Manufacturing; Scholarships Available
MWCC Shares Best Practices During Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference
Job Fair 2014 Draws 300 Students and Visitors
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Author and Advocate Delivers Keynote Address During Mental Health Awareness Conference
Had someone just smiled and asked if he was okay that September 2000 afternoon in San Francisco, 19-year-old Kevin Hines would not have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. The voices in his head, caused by the brain illness of bipolar disorder prevailed, convincing him that he must die. Mid-air, he prayed he would live. Miraculously, he did.

Hines, one of 33 people to survive a jump off the 220-foot bridge and author of Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, was the keynote speaker during the second annual Mental Health Awareness Conference, sponsored by The SHINE Initiative, Mount Wachusett Community College and Heywood Healthcare.

The half-day conference, held March 27 at the Colonial Hotel, was attended by more than 300 people, including healthcare professionals, educators and students. A panel presentation focused on the stigma associated with mental illness and its impact on seeking diagnosis and treatment; the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, and veterans' post-war health issues. More than 150 MWCC students majoring in nursing and human services participated in the conference and a suicide prevention training session that followed.
  
  
Author and advocate Kevin Hines, seated, with MWCC Nursing and Human Resources students during the second annual Mental Health Awareness Conference sponsored by MWCC, the SHINE Initiative, and Heywood Healthcare.
 
MWCC, Greater Gardner Community, Honor Senator Stephen Brewer
Dozens of local officials, business leaders and community members recently paid tribute to Sen. Stephen Brewer, honoring the long-serving legislator for four decades of service to the region and to the Commonwealth. The March 28 farewell party, sponsored by the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and Mount Wachusett Community College and held at MWCC, honored the long-serving legislator for his service to the region and to the Commonwealth. Senator Brewer announced he will retire from the Legislature this year.
  
STEM Starter Academy Sampler Kicks Off Summer Program
Approximately 250 students from several North Worcester County high schools sampled college life and STEM careers during Mount Wachusett Community College's STEM Starter Academy event on April 4. The event, coordinated by the divisions of Academic Affairs and Access, Transition & Development, featured a variety of science and health sciences demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and information about financial aid and college readiness, and served as a prelude to MWCC's STEM Starter Summer Academy. MWCC is currently recruiting 30 students to participate in its STEM Starter Summer Academy, which will run July 7 through Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gardner campus. Participating students will receive two free college courses, textbooks, a $1,750 stipend, academic support, tutoring, and community service and industry tours.
  
Robinson Broadhurst Scholars Earning Dual Diplomas
This academic year, five Murdock High School seniors are simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an academic certificate from Mount Wachusett Community College through the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation Career Tech Scholarship program. The one-year, full-time dual enrollment program, funded by a generous grant from the foundation, allows students to earn academic credentials to enter the workforce or to apply toward an associate or bachelor's degree. The grant provides full scholarships for participating Winchendon students who are pursuing a trade or technical program in automotive technology, allied health, information technology support or accounting.

 

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Accelerated Training in Advanced Manufacturing; Scholarships Available

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 five-week evening program that will be offered at MWCC's Devens campus. Students who successfully complete either program will earn an MWCC Certificate of Completion, OSHA 10-hour Safety Certification and the National Career Readiness Certificate.

 

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MWCC Shares Best Practices During Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference
Several MWCC faculty and staff shared best practices with colleagues throughout the state during the 2014 Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning & Student Development. The March 28 event, held at Northern Essex Community College, focused on the theme of Social Justice and the Community College.

 

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Job Fair 2014 Draws 300 Students and Visitors
More than 30 companies and organizations participated in Job Fair 2014, held at MWCC's Gardner campus on April 2 and sponsored by the Career Services/Experiential and Service Learning Department. The event provided students with an exciting opportunity to explore career options and learn about job openings in a diverse range of fields. 
  
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Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College
978-630-9547