MWCC e-News

Jan. 6, 2016

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State Lawmakers Join MWCC, Community and Industry Leaders to Address Manufacturing Workforce Shortage
MWCC Selected to Join National Public Forum Project: Citizenship Under Siege
Practical Nurse Class of 2015 Recognized During Traditional Pinning Ceremony
Free Accelerated Training Program in Advanced Manufacturing Beginning at MWCC
MWCC, Athol Area YMCA & Athol Library Offering Free College Readiness Workshops
Local Officials Thanked for Mentoring MWCC Criminal Justice Interns
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State Lawmakers Join MWCC, Community and Industry Leaders to Address Manufacturing Workforce Shortage
State lawmakers joined community and business leaders to underscore the value manufacturing brings to the region and brainstorm ways to employ more workers in this prosperous and growing field during the monthly meeting of the North Central Massachusetts Manufacturing Roundtable.

The January 5 meeting was hosted by Mount Wachusett Community College at its Devens campus, and included tours of the college's Manufacturing Workforce Center and equipment demonstrations.

Nearly 40 people joined MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino for the dialogue, including state Senators Jennifer Flanagan, Anne Gobi and Jamie Eldridge; state Representative Jennifer Benson; Thatcher Kezer, MassDevelopment senior vice president, Devens; Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke; Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale; North Central Massachusetts Chamber President and CEO Roy Nascimento; Nashoba Valley Chamber President and CEO Melissa Fetterhoff; Greater Gardner Chamber President and CEO Jim Bellina; and representatives from the North Central Career Center, Workforce Investment Board and offices of Congressman Jim McGovern, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and state Representative Harold Naughton.

Much of the discussion focused on changing public perception about manufacturing by raising awareness about today's clean, modern and safe facilities, diverse, well-paying jobs, employee benefits and opportunities for career growth in the industry. Attendees vowed to remain committed to fighting the stigma associated with manufacturing by enhancing collaboration with area school systems to provide career information to students, parents and educators.

MWCC Selected to Join National Public Forum Project: Citizenship Under Siege
MWCC has been selected to join the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment in "Citizenship Under Siege," a national program of public forums being sponsored this spring through a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. MWCC's program, Citizenship Under Siege: Degrees of Citizenship, will take place throughout the spring semester in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations, police departments and elected officials. Bestselling author and political scientist Robert D. Putnam, author "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" and "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community," will be among the featured speakers at MWCC.

Practical Nurse Class of 2015 Recognized During Traditional Pinning Ceremony
Forty-two Mount Wachusett Community College students were welcomed into the nursing profession during a traditional pinning ceremony on December 21. Each graduate of the Practical Nurse program, dressed in a traditional nurse uniform, was welcomed into the profession by having the college's nursing pin fastened to her or his lapel by a fellow nurse - a family member, friend or faculty member. Professors Kathleen Panagiotes, Kimberly Shea and Collene Thaxton led the ceremony, which took place at the Colonial Hotel while renovations at MWCC's Green Street campus continue.

 
Free Accelerated Training Program in Advanced Manufacturing Beginning at MWCC
MWCC is recruiting adults of all ages, experience and education for training in the growing field of advanced manufacturing. The free, six-week Industry Readiness Training program begins on January 19 at MWCC's Devens campus. The short-term, intensive non-credit training program was developed with industry employers to prepare students for entry to mid-level jobs in the local, diverse advanced manufacturing industry. For more information visit mwcc.edu/advancedmanufacturing.

MWCC, Athol Area YMCA & Athol Library Offering Free College Readiness Workshops
MWCC, the Athol Area YMCA and the Athol Public Library are teaming up to offer "3 for 3 College Readiness," a series of three free workshops on the third Tuesday of the month from January through March. The sessions are geared toward adult learners of all ages. Topics include "College Planning 101: Investing in your Future," on January 19; "Financing Your Education" on February 16;and "Dive into College: Apply Today," on March 15. Registration is not required, although reservations are recommended and can be made online at mwcc.edu/build/ymca.
Local Officials Thanked for Mentoring MWCC Criminal Justice Student Interns
Police and criminal justice officials throughout the region recently provided internship opportunities for a number of Mount Wachusett Community College students majoring in criminal justice. Student interns completed a minimum of 120 hours over a 15-week semester at different sites throughout the region including the Gardner, Clinton, Shirley and Winchendon police departments and the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner.

Upcoming Events
  • New and Transfer Student Orientation: Jan. 14
  • Magic of Motown at the Mount: Jan. 22
  • Spring Semester Welcome Activities Fair: Jan. 28 

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Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College
978-630-9547