MWCC e-News

Jan. 29, 2015

In This Issue
A Message From President Asquino
MWCC Selected for Carnegie Foundation's 2015 Community Engagement Classification
MWCC Highlighted by the Rennie Center for Model Dual Enrollment Programs
Nursing Group Joins Forward in Health on Mission Trip in Haiti
MWCC's Auto Tech Programs Receive Continued Accreditation
New Accelerated Training Program in Advanced Manufacturing Begins in February
MWCC Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Dental Education Programs
Access & Transition Alumni Share College Experiences with Peers
MWCC Celebrates Black History Month
Survivor Benefit Raises Fun & Funds for BGCFL
Alumni Association Quiz Night Raises $3,000 for Student Scholarships
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A Message From President Asquino

President Asquino With the start of 2015, we continue a transformational era at Mount Wachusett Community College.

 

Just a few years ago, we reached a pinnacle of our renewable energy portfolio with the construction and activation of two wind turbines that together are meeting all of the electricity demand on our Gardner campus. Wind energy followed on the heels of a biomass heating system, solar-powered hot water and significant conservation measures, and within a decade our college transformed from a costly energy consumer to a nationally and state recognized leader in cost-effective sustainability.

 

This spring, we eagerly anticipate breaking ground on our new $40 million science and technology building, which will allow us to continue growing our science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. Coupled with innovative, new STEM courses, generous scholarship opportunities and seamless degree transfer pathways, students are benefiting from a quality, more affordable academic foundation leading into high-growth career sectors.

 

As exciting as new construction is, there is more than a physical transformation underway at MWCC.

 

With each community service learning project, act of volunteerism, and civic-building activity performed by our students, our positive impact on the cities and towns in North Central Massachusetts, the commonwealth, and our country expands.

 

Our students, faculty and staff who continually seek new and greater ways to meet the real needs of real people and real organizations within our communities and our world, are key to this transformation. In fact, their endeavors, guided by our outstanding Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement team, have placed MWCC on the national map as a leader in this growing movement in higher education.

 

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MWCC Selected for Carnegie Foundation's 2015 Community Engagement Classification
Mount Wachusett Community College has been selected to receive the 2015 Civic Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The prestigious designation continues MWCC's Carnegie recognition for institutional excellence in civic engagement, initially granted in 2008. 
  
MWCC Highlighted by the Rennie Center for Model Dual Enrollment Programs

MWCC's dual enrollment programs are showcased as innovative models in the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy's second annual report, the Condition of Education in the Commonwealth. The report, released January 22 by the Cambridge-based research institute, examines areas of success and areas for continued improvement in student outcomes across the education pipeline, from birth to college and career success.

 

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MWCC Nursing Group Joins Forward in Health on Mission Trip in Haiti 

During the winter recess, a group of MWCC nursing students, alumni and faculty members spent a week in the Caribbean, though swimming, snorkeling and tropical feasts were not on the agenda. Rather, they went to Haiti to provide health care to impoverished children and adults served by the Gardner nonprofit Forward in Health.

 

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MWCC's Auto Tech Programs Receive Continued Accreditation

MWCC's Automotive Technology programs have received continued accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation in the areas of instruction, course of study, facilities and equipment, and has met the standards of quality for the training of automobile technicians.

 

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New Accelerated Training Program in Advanced Manufacturing Begins in February 

Mount Wachusett Community College 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, which begins on Feb. 9 at MWCC's Devens campus.

 

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MWCC Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Dental Education Programs
MWCC administrators, faculty, students and alumni joined representatives from North Central Massachusetts dental and medical community to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the college's dental education programs. The event, held Jan. 22 at the programs' new academic site, the Fitchburg Family Community Health Center, featured a reception, tours of the new facility, student presentations and refreshments.
  
Access & Transition Alumni Share College Experiences with Peers

Recent graduates of Fitchburg, Athol, Ralph C. Mahar and Murdock high schools returned to their alma maters this month to offer tips to current high students on a wide range of topics, including the application process, coursework and study requirements, financial aid and dorm life. The events were sponsored by MWCC's Division of Access and Transition in partnership with the high school guidance departments.

 

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MWCC Celebrates Black History Month
Black History Month is observed as a remembrance of important people and events in the history of African Americans. In recognition, MWCC will host several events in February at its Gardner campus. All events, sponsored by the office of Student Life, are free and open to the public. The events include the award-winning films, "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket," and "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders," and a performance by the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers.
  
Survivor Benefit Raises Fun & Funds for Boys & Girls Club

Theatre at the Mount's January 23 production of Survivor, the Musical raised funds for The Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster with support from many area businesses and individual sponsors.

 

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Alumni Association's Quiz Night  Raises $3,000 for Student Scholarships

"Quizters" and spectators made a spectacular showing at the Mount Wachusett Community College Alumni Association's first annual "Quiz Night" event, raising $3,000 for student scholarships through the MWCC Foundation.

 

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Upcoming Events
  • Black History Month events: Feb. 5, 11, 19
  • NEH Humanities Project Book Discussion, Being Henry David: Feb. 11
  • Mardis Gras Carnival: Feb. 12

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