MWCC e-News

Dec. 3, 2014

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MWCC's Biotech Programs Receive Gold Industry Rating
Massachusetts Community Colleges & Vocational/Technical High Schools Create Transfer Pipelines
MWCC Students Encouraged to Think Past the Stigma of Mental Illness
MWCC, Fitchburg High, Team up for MA College Application Celebration
MWCC, Enterprise Bank, Prepare Nonprofits for Generational Transfer of Leadership
MWCC Research Analyst Completes Association of Institutional Research Academy
Hunger Banquet Offers Students First-Hand Glimpse into World Poverty
Paintings by MWCC Alumnus on Display in East Wing Gallery
Theatre at the Mount to Stage Sensory-Friendly Performance of "Annie"
Theatre at the Mount Announces Full Slate of Plays for 2015 Season
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MWCC's Biotech Programs Receive Gold Industry Rating
Mount Wachusett Community College's Biotechnology/ Biomanufacturing degree and certificate programs have received a gold endorsement from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC).
  
The MLSEC is an initiative convened by MassBio and the MassBioEd Foundation to facilitate partnerships between the life sciences industry and higher education in order to more effectively match graduating students with the jobs companies are seeking to fill.
  

The MLSEC celebrated the success of 17 degree and certificate programs at 10 community colleges and other educational institutions during a Dec. 2 ceremony in Lexington. Guest speakers included David Cedrone, Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development and STEM and Executive Director of the STEM Advisory Council at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; and Matt Sigelman,Chief Executive Officer of Burning Glass Technologies.

 

Dr. Melissa Fama, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean Janice Barney and Professor Lara Dowland, chair of MWCC's biotechnology department, joined educators and stakeholders in the life sciences industry at the event, which recognize the programs' accomplishments and explored how the institutions and industry can continue to work together to cultivate and support the next generation of the life sciences workforce.


 
"These endorsements ensure that community college biotechnology students and biotechnology certificate earners are provided with the information and experience they need to be successful candidates for careers in the life sciences industry," said Lance Hartford, Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation. "Designing educational programs off of the competencies that life sciences companies require from employees ensures that students receive skills relevant and applicable to the research and manufacturing jobs available."

 

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Mass. Community Colleges & Vocational/Technical High Schools Create Transfer Pipelines
Massachusetts Community Colleges and the Commonwealth's Career and Technical High Schools have developed new articulation/transfer agreements aimed at creating seamless pipelines to higher education and reducing the time to completion for vocational high school students entering community colleges.The seven new transfer agreements were recently signed at the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) annual meeting and will assist with transitioning vocational high school students to community college degree and certificate programs in STEM fields, the trades, health care, business and other high-demand middle skills careers.
MWCC Students Encouraged to Think Past the Stigma of Mental Illness
Mount Wachusett Community College Honors Program students Phil Stan and Stevie LaBelle led a poignant panel discussion to promote suicide awareness and discussion and encourage their peers to think past the stigma attached to mental illness.The three-person panel included former State Senator Robert Antonioni; Michael Ellis, project coordinator of the Men's Suicide Prevention Program at Heywood Hospital; and MWCC student Carrie DeCosta. Representing three different perspectives on suicide and mental illness, the panelists shared their individual accounts with approximately 100 MWCC students in the college's North Café.

MWCC, Fitchburg High, Team up for MA College Application Celebration

A majority of Fitchburg High School seniors celebrated Thanksgiving with more than a meal under their belt. By the holiday, more than 86 percent of the class had completed college applications, exceeding a goal set by the high school's administration and guidance staff and MWCC's Division of Access & Transition. MWCC and Fitchburg High partnered to bring the Massachusetts College Application Celebration event to the school for the first time during the week of Nov. 17, with the goal of encouraging 80 percent of the senior class apply to at least one college of their choice by Thanksgiving. 


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MWCC, Enterprise Bank, Prepare Nonprofits for Generational Transfer of Leadership
State Senator Jennifer Flanagan joined Mount Wachusett Community College's Center for Civic Engagement and local nonprofits for a workshop on the ongoing, universal transfer of leadership from baby boomers to Generation X and millennials. The Nov. 19 event in MWCC's North Café was part of Enterprise Bank's Non-Profit Collaborative and added to the 145 organizations previously trained by the Center.

 

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MWCC Research Analyst Completes Association of Institutional Research Academy
Mount Wachusett Community College Research Analyst Shawn LaRoche recently earned a certificate of completion from the Association of Institutional Research's Data and Decisions Academy. MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino nominated LaRoche for the academy's Presidential Scholarship.The online, self-paced program for institutional-research professionals at two-year schools builds practical skills to enhance data-informed decision making in higher education, which in turn supports MWCC's vision of a diverse, adaptive community of lifelong learners.
 
Hunger Banquet Offers MWCC Students First-Hand Glimpse into World Poverty 
A hunger banquet hosted by the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement raised awareness of world poverty and affirmed Mount Wachusett Community College's status as a lead institution in an American Association of State Colleges and Universities initiative. MWCC and Keene State College announced Nov. 18 that they will co-lead 31 participating institutions in a three-year initiative on economic inequality.

Paintings by MWCC Alumnus on Display in East Wing Gallery
The artwork of Mount Wachusett Community College alumnus John Rosis ('77) has been presented in galleries throughout the Northeast. Currently, his paintings are on display in MWCC's East Wing Gallery through Dec. 7, when a reception will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Rosis works with several mediums concurrently, including large-scale paintings on canvas, small-scale reverse paintings on glass, and collages on paper.

Theatre at the Mount to Stage Sensory-Friendly Performance of "Annie"
Theater at the Mount and The Arc of Opportunity will offer a sensory-friendly performance of "Annie" for individuals with sensory-input disorders, autism, developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities, and their families. The customized production continues a weeklong slate of performances and will take place Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at MWCC's theatre, which offers convenient accessibility and seating for those in wheelchairs.

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Theatre at the Mount Announces 2015 Season
Mount Wachusett Community College's Theatre at the Mount will offer four productions during the 2015 season. Based on the popular 1988 film, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" kicks off the 2015 TAM season. Two shameless con men and a hapless American heiress are locked in an uproarious dance of disguise, deception and deceit against the luxurious backdrop of the French Riviera.


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Upcoming Events
  • Winter Fest Fair: Dec. 3 & 4
  • Art Department Student Lecture Series: Dec. 4 & 5
  • Theatre at the Mount Presents "Annie:" Dec. 6 & 7
  • "Shakespeare à la Carte: Dec. 10
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Janice O'Connor
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Mount Wachusett Community College
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