MWCC e-News

Nov. 25, 2015

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MWCC, FHS, Team Up for MA College Application Celebration
MWCC Launching Saturday Business Certificate Program at Devens Campus
MWCC, Partnering School Districts, Receive Grant for ICE Program
Corporations, Individuals, Contribute $20,000 to Veterans' Computer Drive at MWCC
Hunger Banquet Offers MWCC Students First-Hand Glimpse into World Poverty
Magic of Motown at the Mount Benefit Performance
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MWCC, Fitchburg High, Team Up for MA College Application Celebration
Jesse Derleth, center, MWCC student activity officer for GEAR UP, assists Fitchburg High seniors Carolina Silvera, left, and Whitney Bailey with their college applications during the Massachusetts College Application Celebration coordinated by the college and the high school's guidance department.
A majority of Fitchburg High School seniors will celebrate Thanksgiving with more than a meal under their belts. By the holiday, more than 92 percent of the class will have submitted their college applications for fall 2016.

Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg High partnered to bring the Massachusetts College Application Celebration to the school this week. This is the fourth year Massachusetts has participated in the national initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Education's GEAR UP program and the second year the event has been held at FHS.

"The Massachusetts College Application Celebration has been a great opportunity to motivate and excite our students about a crucial part of the college success process," said High School Principal Jeremy Roche.  "The ultimate goal of having 100% of our seniors apply to college before graduation reinforces the high expectations we have as a school community. This event highlights that college and career readiness is the goal for every FHS student," he said.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is administered by MWCC's Division of Access & Transition in partnership with the high school through a grant  from the U.S. Department of Education. The majority of students in the graduating class of 2016 have received intensive college access and success services since middle school. With so much preparation behind them, students were eager to participate in the application challenge this year, said MWCC GEAR UP Director Andrew Goodwin.

MWCC Launching Saturday Business Certificate Program at Devens Campus
MWCC is launching an accelerated, Saturday program for students interested in graduating with an academic certificate in business administration, small business management, or accounting/bookkeeping. The fast-track program lets students complete eight courses in less than eight months, meeting two Saturdays a month at MWCC's Devens campus. The remainder of the classes will be conducted online.
 
An information session will take place Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Devens campus, located at 27 Jackson Road. Classes begin on January 23. For more information, contact the admissions office at 978-630-9110 or visit mwcc.edu/expertise. 

MWCC, Partnering School Districts, Receive Grant for ICE Program
Mount Wachusett Community College and four public school districts have been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Baker-Polito Administration to plan an Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment program that will enhance academic opportunities for high school students with severe disabilities. The partnership includes the Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster, and Ayer-Shirley school districts and the Central Area Programs and Services (CAPS) Collaborative, a Westminster-based regional educational collaborative.

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 Corporations, Individuals, Contribute $20,000 to Veterans' Computer Drive at MWCC
Through the generosity of corporations and individuals, student veterans at Mount Wachusett Community College have 16 new laptop computers readily available for their use while pursuing their college degrees. Donations to the Laptops for Veterans program have topped $20,350, which has allowed the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success to replace five outdated computers and acquire 16 new ones that veterans and active military personnel can borrow as needed. 

Hunger Banquet Offers MWCC Students First-Hand Glimpse into World Poverty
Students representing the world's poorest shared meager bowls of rice and water, while a much smaller group, representing the world's wealthiest, dined on a full meal during a hunger banquet hosted Nov. 19 by Mount Wachusett Community College's Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement and Green Street Café. The event is incorporated into a national initiative on economic inequality spearheaded by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. MWCC and Keene State College are co-leading more than 30 participating colleges and universities in the three-year initiative.

Magic of Motown at the Mount Performance to Benefit Boys & Girls Club, MWCC Students
A musical journey through the Motown years will take place at Mount Wachusett Community College's newly renovated Theatre at the Mount on Friday, Jan. 22 to benefit the MWCC Foundation scholarship program and the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster. The Magic of Motown at the Mount features performers that recreates the harmonies, dance moves, stylish looks and legendary musicianship of the era. The show includes the hits of Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gayle, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Isley Brothers and others. For ticket information, visit mwcc.edu/foundation/motown.

Upcoming Events
  • Winterfest Fair: Dec. 2 & 3
  • Saturday Business Certificate Program Information Session: Dec. 5
  • Magic of Motown at the Mount: Jan. 22

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