MWCC e-News

Sept. 9, 2015

In This Issue
A Message from President Asquino
New Academic Year Underway
MWCC Awarded $50,000 State Grant for Dual Enrollment
MWCC Foundation Continues Support for Innovation in the Classroom
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Highlights Year Two of the MWCC Humanities Project
Leaders Take on Expanded Role This Year
MWCC Professor Returns From Teaching Opportunity in Italy
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A Message From President Asquino
The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time at MWCC, and this year is no exception.
Over the summer, we broke ground on our new science, technology, engineering and math building and began much-needed renovations to the Gardner campus.
The end result - modern facilities that will benefit all students, a renovated theatre, enhanced accessibility, and new office and meeting space - will make the temporary inconveniences during construction wholly worthwhile.

When completed in 2016, the new STEM building will include new laboratories, specialized space, and general classrooms, the replacement of the existing greenhouse and critical upgrades and accessibility improvements to the Haley building.
As the year unfolds, we'll also witness more than physical changes to our college. Several new academic programs, new student support services, new faculty and staff, new transfer agreements, and new civic engagement initiatives will enhance our existing resources to help students build up their academic and career skills in preparation for the workforce or a bachelor's degree.
In addition, MWCC continues its outreach into the community, through our students and alumni, as well as our many partnerships with K-12 school districts, business and industry, nonprofit organizations and individuals.

New Academic Year Underway
More than 1,000 new Mount Wachusett Community College students earned accolades for deciding to invest in their future through higher education, during a series of orientation sessions hosted by the college. Sessions were offered for day and evening students, veterans, dual enrollment students and students enrolled in specific healthcare programs.

MWCC Awarded $50,000 State Grant for Dual Enrollment
As nearly 300,000 students return to Massachusetts' community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses this week, the Department of Higher Education (DHE) awarded competitive grants to increase access to college by students across the Commonwealth.
Twenty-five campuses, including Mount Wachusett, were awarded grants through the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP). MWCC received $50,000 for its CDEP program, one of several dual enrollment programs offered at the college.

MWCC Foundation Continues Support for Innovation in the Classroom
With the start of the new academic year, the Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Inc. has provided funds totaling $32,000 for five innovative projects conceived by college faculty and staff. Innovation Fund grants were awarded to expand the college's Math Modeling Initiative in area high schools; equip student veterans with computerized health assistance from the VA; expand the colleges Emergency Medical Technician program; support the MWCC Humanities Project; and implement an international service project for students.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Highlights Year Two of MWCC Humanities Project
This month, the MWCC Humanities Project begins its second year with "Myths, Monsters, and Modern Science: Frankenstein's Legacy," an in-depth look at Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein, and its relevance in today's world. Throughout the year, free events will take place at the college's Gardner campus and in the community at public libraries and other venues.

Leaders Take On Expanded Role This Year (The Gardner News)
A new program at Mount Wachusett Community College will push a select group of students into a leadership role encouraging others to volunteer in the local community. The SLiCE program, which stands for Student Leaders in Civic Engagement, has created four paid student positions to serve as liaisons between the community college and partner charities, such as the Leominster Boys and Girls Club and United Way, as well as internal efforts including the Serving our Students office and Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement.

MWCC Professor Returns from Teaching Opportunity in Italy
MWCC Physical Therapist Assistant students began classes this semester with an international instructor. Professor Jackie Shakar, chair of MWCC's PTA program, spent a portion of her summer break teaching the Graston Technique to colleagues in Italy. She has been a Graston Technique instructor for over 10 years, typically teaching one seminar a month throughout the U.S. This was the first time she had the opportunity to teach in another country.

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