MWCC e-News

Nov. 18, 2014

In This Issue
MWCC Joins Keene State College to Lead AASCU's National Economic Inequality Initiative
MWCC Again Featured in "Best for Vets" List
MWCC Business Plan Competition for Regional Entrepreneurs
MWCC, Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Provide Early College Experience
MWCC Nursing Students Receive Hands-On Training through Disaster Simulation
MWCC to Offer Two-Week Program for Prospective Quality Professionals
Vietnam Veterans Support Scholarships for MWCC Student Veterans
MWCC Represented at College Pathways Panel in Boston
MWCC Humanities Project Lecture on Thoreau and Nonviolence
"One Day at a Time:" MWCC to Promote Suicide Awareness in Safe Environment
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MWCC Joins Keene State College to Lead AASCU's National Economic Inequality Initiative
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is spearheading a national effort to engage students in the topic of economic inequality and its impact on democracy through a three-year initiative. Leading the 31 participating institutions in this effort are Mount Wachusett Community College and Keene State College. All participants are members of AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) or The Democracy Commitment (TDC).

Participating institutions will invite students and community members to confront the complex causes of economic inequality through the development of curriculum that will be applied to many areas of study and hands-on learning opportunities. Specifically, students will study the relationship between public policy, economic inequality, economic opportunity, and social mobility. These strategies, including the introduction of a course in economic inequality for students at two- and four-year schools, will be designed for further adoption by campuses across the country.


MWCC's Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement and The American Democracy Project at Keene State College will spearhead national efforts, which also promote community outreach, civic pathways for student success, and prepare undergraduates for lives of informed civic engagement. Most activities will take place on participating campuses, with the two lead institutions providing support and networking by hosting national conference calls and webinars.


"We are proud to partner with AASCU, Keene State College, and colleges and universities across the country on this timely initiative," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "More than ever before, our students are graduating into a global society that is stratified across lines of economic class and political ideologies as much as they always have been across issues of gender, culture and religion. As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure that our students have the opportunity to think critically and creatively about these issues-and discover their own abilities to initiate change in areas of public policy, economic opportunity and inequality, and social mobility."
 
MWCC Again Featured in "Best for Vets" List
Mount Wachusett Community College, long recognized nationally for its comprehensive veteran services, has again been named to Military Times' Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings.

Released alongside Veterans Day, the independent news project evaluates organizations based on their support systems and campus cultures to provide a reference point for service members, military veterans and their families. MWCC was ranked seventh nationally among two-year schools in a list that includes a total of 140 four-year, two-year, online and nontraditional schools.

 

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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. Business plans from individual applicants or teams will be accepted through an extended deadline of midnight, Wednesday, Dec. 31. 

 

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MWCC, Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Provide Early College Experience
For the third consecutive year, Murdock High School seniors in the Robinson-Broadhurst Career Tech Scholarship program are earning academic certificates at Mount Wachusett Community College while simultaneously finishing their diplomas. Through a generous grant from the Winchendon-based Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation, Amber Dignan and Melanie Cranfill are pursing MWCC certificates in allied health, and Andrew Phelps is working toward a certificate in computer information systems. Participants also earn certificates in automotive technology and accounting.

 

MWCC Nursing Students Receive Hands-On Training through Disaster Simulation
 
After months of preparation, teams of MWCC practical nursing students tended to hospital "patients" further injured as a result of a simulated tornado. The Nov. 7 disaster simulation at MWCC's Devens campus included five lifelike mannequins and two professors with varying afflictions, debris strewn across the floor, and tornado sound effects. 

MWCC to Offer Two-Week Program for Prospective Quality Professionals
Mount Wachusett Community College is offering a two-week Quality Systems Intensive Training Program for adults with prior work experience and/or college credits who wish to join the growing workforce of quality professionals in North Central Massachusetts. To provide accelerated training and expand career possibilities for area job seekers, MWCC will offer the two-week program Dec. 8 through Dec. 18 at its Devens campus, 27 Jackson Rd. The program is ideal for unemployed or underemployed adults and veterans. The program is also ideal for incumbent workers who would like expanded career potential within their current companies.

Vietnam Veterans Support Scholarships for MWCC Student Veterans
Members of Gardner-based Chapter 907 of the Vietnam Veterans of America donated $2,000 to the Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation's Veterans Memorial Scholarship.

President Daniel M. Asquino and Foundation Executive Director Carla Zottoli accepted the generous contribution from chapter President Bryan Wickman, Vice President and Secretary James Benton III, Treasurer C. Dan Ninno and Jay Ringquist.


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MWCC Represented at College Pathways Panel in Boston
Mount Wachusett Community College Vice President of External Affairs, Communications and K-12 Partnerships Lea Ann Scales joined a panel of several higher-education professionals at the 2014 College Access and Success Briefing to discuss pathways for underrepresented students.

Presented by Let's Get Ready and the National Partnership for Educational Access, this year's event continued a series of annual discussions promoting solutions to the barriers associated with college completion. The discussion took place Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

 

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MWCC Humanities Project Lecture on Thoreau and Nonviolence
Mount Wachusett Community College students and faculty welcomed Thoreau Society Executive Director Michael Frederick for a Humanities Project lecture on Thoreau's influence on contemporary nonviolent reformers. While Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience," and guiding philosophies served as inspiration for Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick noted fundamental differences between Thoreau and his more passive contemporaries.

"One Day at a Time:" MWCC to Promote Suicide Awareness in Safe Environment
To promote conscientious discussion on the topic of suicide, Mount Wachusett Community College's Honors Program is inviting the public to a student-led panel discussion that will also feature area leaders in mental health. Titled "One Day at a Time," the free event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café of MWCC's Gardner campus.

Upcoming Events
  • Hunger Banquet: Nov. 20
  • Theatre at the Mount Presents "Annie" Nov. 28 - Dec. 7
  • Winter Fest Fair: Dec. 3 & 4
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