MWCC e-News

March 10, 2015

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Senator Brewer Named MWCC Foundation's 2015 Citizen of the Year
Central Mass Public Higher Education Institutions Adopt $30K Commitment
STEM Starter Summer Academy: Earn While You Learn
MWCC Fitness Center Raises $5,000 for American Cancer Society
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Senator Brewer Named 2015 Citizen of the Year 

The MWCC Foundation, Inc. will honor long-serving former state Senator Stephen M. Brewer as the 2015 Harold E. Drake, Jr. Citizen of the Year at its annual dinner on April 9 at Mount Wachusett Ski Area in Princeton. Outstanding MWCC students who receive foundation scholarship funds also will be honored.
"Senator Brewer worked tirelessly to serve the needs of his constituents in Central and Western Massachusetts, and has long supported efforts that benefit students of all ages in our region," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "His commitment to serving others epitomizes the virtues of civic engagement that are incorporated into the educational experience at Mount Wachusett Community College and also reflects our values as an academic institution. His leadership and dedication over the years have been monumental, and we are delighted to recognize him as the 2015 Citizen of the Year."
Senator Brewer retired last fall following 26 years in the state Legislature.


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Central Mass Public Higher Education Institutions Adopt $30K Commitment

A new collaboration between Central Massachusetts' four institutions of public higher education - Mount Wachusett Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Fitchburg State University and Worcester State University - will guarantee qualifying students their associate's and bachelor's degrees in high demand programs for $30,000 in four years. Presidents and representatives from the colleges and universities joined Secretary of Education James Peyser, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland, Senator Michael Moore, chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, and other key officials in announcing the new agreement March 9 at the State House.


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STEM Starter Summer Academy: Earn While You Learn
Aspiring scientists, engineers and mathematicians interested in high tech careers discovered a host of options during Mount Wachusett Community College's second annual STEM Awareness Day on March 6. The event featured a variety of hands-on demonstrations ranging from trying out equipment used in 3D printing to creating a necklace containing one's own DNA, as well as information on various academic careers, financial aid and transfer options. It also showcased MWCC's upcoming STEM Starter Academy and STEM SET scholarship program. The college is currently recruiting students for its STEM Starter Summer Academy. Participating students will receive two free college courses, textbooks, up to $1,750 in stipends, academic support, tutoring and more.
MWCC Fitness & Wellness Center Raises $5,000 for American Cancer Society
Members of MWCC's Fitness & Wellness Center took to their spin bikes for the seventh annual Pedal for a Cure fundraiser on March 1, netting approximately $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. To date, the center's members have raised more than $30,000 for the cause.

Upcoming Events
  • Free Reggae concert with the Wicked Hangin' Chads: March 14
  • Free North Central MA Business Resources Forum: March 19
  • NEH Humanities Project book discussion, "American Primitive": March 26
  • Job Fair: April 1

For information about upcoming events, click here.


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