MWCC e-News

Aug. 25, 2015

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Beam Signing Celebrates STEM Building Milestone
Thomas Berger Appointed to MWCC Board of Trustees
MWCC Student Tapped by Country's Top Engineering Schools
STEM Starter Summer Academy Gives Students Jump Start on College
North Central MA Upward Bound Math and Science Students Recognized
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Beam Signing Celebrates STEM Building Milestone
State officials joined college and community leaders, trustees, foundation board members, students and contractors for a beam signing ceremony marking a milestone in the construction of MWCC's new 44,000-square-foot science and technology center.

The centuries-old tradition of signing the steel beam that "tops off" a building signifies the completion of the structural phase of a construction project. Dozens packed in to MWCC's North Café on August 11 to permanently add their signatures to the 10-foot beam, which became the final and uppermost beam secured to the building frame.

"Thank you all for being here on this historic occasion," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "This is another step forward in the modernization of our campus and a brand new STEM building ready for occupancy a year from now."

State Senator Anne Gobi, representing MWCC's Senate delegation, described the new building as an "investment in education and an investment in the future" of the North Central Massachusetts region. "This community college has been a true building block for scores and scores of students."



Thomas Berger Appointed to MWCC Board of Trustees
Business administration major and Army veteran Thomas Berger has been appointed student trustee on the MWCC's Board of Trustees. The Winchendon resident was elected by his peers to the one-year position during the spring semester and was sworn in on Aug. 6 during a brief ceremony at the college. As student trustee, he serves as a full voting member on the 11-member board.

 
MWCC Student Tapped by Country's Top Engineering Schools
Pre-engineering student Louis Ayisi has been selected to participate in MIT's year-long i-Trek research program and is also transferring this fall to Carnegie Mellon University to pursue a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. While at CMU, Louis will simultaneously complete his MWCC associate degree and plans to return to the Gardner campus in May for Commencement. Louis attributes his academic success to the support he received at MWCC.

 
STEM Starter Summer Academy Gives Students Jump Start on College
Along with traditional summertime activities, 16 incoming freshmen spent the better part of the season getting a jump start on their college degrees by participating in the college's eight-week STEM Starter Summer Academy. Students received up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring. Funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the STEM Starter Summer Academy is open to high school graduates and qualifying MWCC students who are enrolling in one of MWCC's STEM majors in the fall.

 
North Central MA Upward Bound Math and Science Students Recognized
When 2015 Murdock High School graduate Rachel Dickens heads off to Northeastern University this fall, she'll bring everything she needs for her dorm room, along with first-hand experience with college life, solid study skills and a free semester's worth of academic credits that will transfer toward her bachelor's degree. Rachel was one of over 50 students recently recognized for their success in the Upward Bound Math and Science summer residential component. The year-round, federal TRIO program is administered by MWCC for Gardner, Athol and Winchendon students.

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