MWCC e-News

Aug. 19, 2014

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MWCC's Annual Economic Impact on Region, State, Tops $207 Million
MWCC Awarded $75,000 Grant to Support Student Scholarships
MWCC Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Memory of Colleague
MWCC Featured in New Video Showcasing Best Practices in Regional Partnerships
UBMS Marks 50th TRIO Anniversary
Summer UP Completes 10th Successful Year
Nursing Program Celebrates Four Decades with Alumni Reunion
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MWCC's Annual Economic Impact on Region, State, Tops $207Million

Mount Wachusett Community College, its students and alumni add more than $207 million in income each year to North Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth, according to a newly released regional economic impact report. The study, prepared for the college by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., involved a regional economic impact analysis and an investment analysis during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.


According to the findings, MWCC promotes economic growth in the 29 cities and towns that comprise its service area in a variety of ways. The college is one of the region's largest employers, it is a buyer of goods and services, is a primary source of education to local residents, and supplies local industry with trained workers. MWCC creates a significant positive impact on the local business community and generates a return on investment to its major stakeholder groups - students, society and taxpayers.


During the analysis year, income created by MWCC as a result of college operations equaled $37.8 million and income created as the result of student productivity equaled $169.8 million, for a total effect of $207.6 million.


"The role of community colleges as economic engines has long been recognized and this study provides updated data on the positive impact MWCC has in our region and the state," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "We enroll more than 12,000 credit and noncredit students each year, and the majority of our alumni remain in the region and in the state to contribute to the local economy."


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MWCC Awarded $75,000 Grant to Support Student Scholarships
MWCC has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts to support student scholarships. This grant comes from the Community Foundation's General Endowment Education Access Fund, and will specifically support MWCC's Career Focused Education Scholarship Program.
MWCC Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Memory of Colleague
Twenty-four MWCC employees, including President Daniel M. Asquino, lined up for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in memory of beloved colleague Glenn Roberts, who died a year ago after a courageous battle with the disease. The effort, organized by Access & Transition Staff Assistant Jessica Connors on behalf of "Glenn's Friends," raised more than $2,600 for the Massachusetts chapter of the ALS Association in honor of Roberts, an advisor and dean at the college for 21 years.
MWCC Featured in New Video Showcasing Best Practices in Regional Partnerships
The long-standing collaboration between MWCC, the North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, and industry is showcased as a model demonstrating best practices for building and sustaining regional partnership in a new video created by the Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy (AMRPA). MWCC, known for its well established partnerships with corporations such as Nypro and Bristol-Myers Squibb and the recipient of a recent $15.9 million, multi-state grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is featured in the video along with the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, the North Central Workforce Investment Board and Nypro, Inc.
Upward Bound Math and Science Marks 50th TRIO Anniversary
Dozens of area high school students from Gardner, Athol and Winchendon were recently recognized for their academic success in Mount Wachusett Community College's Upward Bound Math and Science program, a federal TRIO program celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Sixty-three students participated in the program's summer residential component, which included dual enrollment courses, extracurricular activities, career exploration and field trips and took place at Fitchburg State University.
Summer UP Completes 10th Successful Year

Summer UP, an MWCC Access & Transition program that began a decade ago to provide safe, summertime activities and employment opportunities to area youth, enhanced this year's program with new career and college preparation training opportunities. Among the changes, high school juniors and seniors enrolled in free summer dual enrollment courses, and the Commonwealth Corps' 20-hour Signaling Success employment training program is now incorporated into the counselor training. Now completing its 10th season, Summer UP this year provided 110 area high school and middle school students with jobs as camp counselors at eight park sites in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Gardner. More than 500 area school children of all ages attended the free activities.


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Nursing Program Celebrates Four Decades with Alumni Reunion
Alumni, faculty and staff of the MWCC Nursing Program recently gathered at the Gardner Campus to reconnect and celebrate four decades of nursing education at MWCC. Alumni in attendance were representative of each decade since the program was established.
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Janice O'Connor
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