MWCC e-News

Nov. 5, 2014

In This Issue
A Veterans Day Message from President Asquino
MWCC Prepares for New STEM Building and Haley Center Renovations
MWCC Business Plan Competition for Regional Entrepreneurs
MWCC & FHS Receive MassINC Gateway Cities Innovation Award
MWCC in MA DHE's 2014 Vision Project Report
Visiting High School Math Students Encouraged to Invest in Their Future
United Way Youth Venture Fall Kickoff
MWCC Collects 10 NCMPR Awards for Excellence in Communications
MWCC Humanities Project: Thoreau's Modern Connection to Student Debt
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A Veterans Day Message from President Asquino
President Daniel M. AsquinoAs we prepare to recognize the service of all the men and women who have served our country, I urge all of you to take the opportunity to reflect on the importance of Veterans Day and the contributions and sacrifices made by millions. About 350 veterans are currently attending Mount Wachusett Community College, and I am proud of their accomplishments both in service to their country and in our classrooms. I want to thank each of these students for their service.

The majority of these students served their country in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The history of our college has always been closely tied to our veterans. When members of our local Veterans of Foreign Wars post visit us each year to make a contribution to support student scholarships, past commander and MWCC alumnus Don Progen and others remark that when they returned home from Vietnam, they found Mount Wachusett Community College to be "a haven." 


We strive to continue to be that haven for our veteran students. These students bring great leadership skills to our campus and ultimately to our workforce. They are a tremendous asset to our communities.


MWCC Prepares for New STEM Building & Haley Center Renovations 
Following more than a year of extensive planning and design, Mount Wachusett Community College is preparing for the start of construction on a new $41 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) building. The 44,000-square-foot addition and renovation of the 40-year-old Arthur F. Haley Academic Center will bring MWCC to the forefront of STEM education. "Construction should begin in March," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "If all goes as planned, pre-construction work on the Haley building will begin in December." 

MWCC Announces 2014 Business Plan Competition for Regional Entrepreneurs
Area residents are invited to submit to the Mount Wachusett Community College Center for Entrepreneurship's 2014 Business Plan Competition for an opportunity to win prizes valued at more than $5,000. The competition coincides with National Entrepreneurship Month in November and supports MWCC's mission to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit in North Central Massachusetts.


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MWCC & FHS Receive MassINC 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation Award
Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg High School are being recognized with a 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation Award from the MassINC Gateway Innovation Institute for the GEAR UP program, a 15-year-old partnership between the two institutions. Each year, the MassINC recognizes organizations and individuals that utilize innovative models to grow the economies of the Commonwealth's Gateway Cities.

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MWCC Featured in MA DHE's 2014 Vision Project Report: Degrees of Urgency
At a time of rising demand for skilled college graduates in the Commonwealth, the Department of Higher Education's third annual Vision Project report shows progress being made to raise graduation rates and close achievement gaps among public college and university students in Massachusetts, but also projects a shortage of skilled graduates needed to meet the needs of employers in key industry sectors that fuel economic growth, based on an expected drop in the state's high school population in the coming years. 

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Visiting High School Math Students Encouraged to Invest in Their Future
Mount Wachusett Community College lauded the 350 high school students participating in this year's Math Modeling Initiative and encouraged them to explore the opportunities available through a college education. As part of the Oct. 29 event, students and teachers from partnering institutions Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg High School, Leominster High School and Leominster's Center for Technical Education Innovation witnessed the unveiling of MWCC's new quadcopter drone.


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MWCC Hosts Future Leaders at United Way Youth Venture Fall Kickoff
More than 350 students from 10 area high schools gathered at Mount Wachusett Community College for the United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts Fall Kickoff on Oct. 24. MWCC coordinates the Youth Venture program along with the United Way and Ashoka's Youth Venture. The program exists to empower youth through support for innovative, community-outreach proposals, and its annual event celebrates and further educates these future leaders. 

MWCC Collects 10 NCMPR Awards for Excellence in Communications
The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, District 1, has awarded 10 Medallion Awards for excellence in communications to Mount Wachusett Community College. The awards were announced during the District 1 fall conference on Oct. 13 in National Harbor, MD. MWCC's Marketing and Communications division received three gold Medallion Awards for a series of four animated recruitment videos, cluster brochures detailing all program offerings, and its HIREed Magazine.

MWCC Humanities Project: Thoreau's Modern Connection to Student Debt
One author's unconventional approach to repaying his student loans will be the focus of a Nov. 6 event for the Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. Leominster Public Library will host a book discussion of Ken Ilgunas' "Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom" from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Upcoming Events
  • Humanities Project: Thoreau's Modern Connection to Student Debt
  • Discover Fair for MWCC Certificate and Trade Programs: Nov. 13
  • Humanities Project : Thoreau, Eastern Philosophy & Non-violence: Nov. 18
  • The Generational Transfer of Community Responsibility: Nov. 19
  • Hunger Banquet: Nov. 20
  • Theatre at the Mount Presents "Annie" Nov. 28 - Dec. 7
For information about upcoming events, click here.

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Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College