MWCC e-News

July 30, 2015

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MWCC Receives $3 Million in TRIO Grants for Student Support Services
MWCC Offering Free Workshops in August for Adult Learners
MWCC/Murdock High Dual Enrollment Program Lauded in New Rennie Center Report
MWCC Key Partner in New, Federally Funded Workforce Training Programs
More than a Decade of Fun & Opportunity Through MWCC's Summer UP Program
Summer Youth Programs Blend Learning & Adventure
Robin Duncan Honored at Farewell Gathering Following 20 Years at MWCC
Theatre at the Mount Nominated for 20 DASH Awards
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MWCC Receives $3 million in TRIO Grants for Student Support Services

Mount Wachusett Community College has been awarded two five-year grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $2.99 million to continue support programs that help low-income students, first-generation college students and students with disabilities succeed in college.


The grants will be used to continue the college's successful TRIO Student Support Services programs. The goal of each program is to improve student outcomes in the areas of retention, graduation and transfer to four-year institutions to earn a bachelor's degree.


"We are delighted to receive these two, highly competitive TRIO grants to continue programs that provide students with the tools and skills they need to succeed in college and earn a degree," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.


"These awards are a testament to the outstanding work of our dedicated faculty and staff and to the perseverance of our students," he said. "We our most grateful to our federal legislative delegation for their ongoing support of these programs and commitment to our students and the economic health of our region."


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MWCC Offering Free Workshops in August for Adult Learners

Nationally, adults age 25 and over make up the fastest growing demographic of students enrolling in college, according to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. To assist area residents interested in achieving a college degree, Mount Wachusett Community College is offering a free, new program in August at its main campus in Gardner. MWCC's Adult College Experience (ACE) program will feature a variety of workshops designed to guide adult learners through the application, financial aid and course selection processes and provide information about commonly used technology, managing coursework and balancing school with work and family life. All participants attending the first session will receive a free gift, and participants attending all four workshops will be eligible to win a free, three-credit course.


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MWCC/Murdock High  Dual Enrollment Program Lauded in New Rennie Center Report

A career-oriented dual enrollment program that allows high school seniors from Winchendon to simultaneously earn their diploma and an academic certificate while enrolled full time at Mount Wachusett Community College, is among three early college partnerships lauded in a newly released report from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. The Rennie Center policy brief, Early College Designs: Achieving College- and Career-Readiness for all Massachusetts Students, explores successful early college models as part of the center's Roadmap to Expanding Opportunity series. The Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Career Tech Scholarship program, a one-year, full-time dual enrollment program for seniors at Murdock Middle/High School, prepares students for a variety of careers including information technology, allied health, auto technology, cybersecurity, accounting, bookkeeping, analytical laboratory and quality systems, and small business management.


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MWCC Key Partner in New, Federally Funded Workforce Training Programs

Congressman James McGovern and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas visited the North Central Chamber of Commerce on July 21 to announce new federal grants to support workforce training programs in North Central and Central Massachusetts. Mount Wachusett Community College is a key partner in the grant programs as a provider of training programs. "Investing in strong workforce training programs is key to helping our local economy and community thrive," Congressman McGovern said.


More Than a Decade of Fun & Opportunity Through MWCC's Summer UP Program
Over a decade ago, Mount Wachusett Community College's Summer UP program began to provide safe, summertime activities and employment opportunities to area youth. Since then, thousands of children and teenagers in area cities have benefited from the program. Now completing its 11th season, Summer Up is a college/community partnership in Gardner, Fitchburg, and Leominster administrated by MWCC's Division of Access and Transitions.

Science, History, Art, Fun: Summer Youth Programs Blend Learning & Adventure
Nearly 800 teenagers and children throughout the region have participated in MWCC's annual  Adventure Academy, which offered more than 30 classes and sports programs including Mine Craft, Legos, Hogwarts School of Wizardry, Beginning Veterinary Medicine, drama classes, pottery, basketball, soccer, martial arts and tennis. A majority of the classes are taught by area teachers on summer break and incorporate lessons in STEM and STEAM education.

Robin Duncan Honored at Farewell Gathering Following 20 Years at MWCC
Members of the MWCC community gathered to wish long-serving administrator Robin Duncan much success and happiness in her future endeavors. Duncan, who is pursuing a doctorate in leadership from Antioch University, and her husband, David, who served for many years as corporate vice president of facilities and support services at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, are relocating to Providence, RI this fall to pursue new career aspirations.

Theatre at the Mount Nominated for 20 DASH Awards
MWCC's Theatre at the Mount has been nominated for 20 DASH Awards by the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres for productions during the 2014-2015 academic year. Theatre at the Mount received nominations in 20 categories for the following productions: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Schoolhouse Rock, Jr. Award winners will be announced at the DASH Gala on August 29 in Watertown.

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Janice O'Connor
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