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Feb, 24, 2016

In This Issue
President Asquino Announces January 2017 Retirement
President Asquino Receives 2016 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity
Free STEM Awareness Day at MWCC to Showcase Careers, Scholarships & Transfer Paths
MWCC Offering Free Workshops for Adult Learners
UWYV Community Expo
UBMS Students Attend New England TRIO Conference, Make the News
Nursing Students Take on the CPR Community Challenge
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President Asquino Announces January 2017 Retirement

Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino has announced his intention to retire in January 2017.

Dr. Asquino has served as President of Mount Wachusett Community College since August 1987 and is currently the longest-serving public higher education president in Massachusetts. Under his leadership, Mount Wachusett has grown exponentially in size, stature and academic services.

Enrollment has grown to over 12,000 credit and non-credit students, satellite campuses have been established in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens, and the number of academic programs has expanded to over 75 associate degree and certificate options. During his tenure at MWCC, President Asquino has established the college as a state and national leader in the areas of workforce development and economic development; dual enrollment and K-12 partnerships; civic engagement and service learning; veteran services; and renewable energy and sustainability.

"It has been an honor and a privilege," President Asquino said. "I can say without reservation that is has been a joy to come to work each and every day. For that, I thank the hard-working students, faculty, staff and alumni of Mount Wachusett Community College and our many community partners for their inspiration and support."

"President Asquino has transformed Mount Wachusett Community College during his time at the helm of this great institution," said Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees Chair Tina Sbrega. "What was a one-campus college with fewer than 1500 students when he arrived thirty years ago, is today a thriving four-campus college deeply connected to the communities we serve."

President Asquino Receives 2016 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity
President Daniel M. Asquino is being recognized with the 2016 Giving Back Award from 
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award honors presidents and chancellors of colleges and universities who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and "give back" to their campuses and communities. President Asquino will be featured, along with 26 other recipients, in the April 2016 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Free STEM Awareness Day at MWCC to Showcase Careers, Scholarships & Transfer Paths
Aspiring scientists, engineers and mathematicians interested in high tech careers are invited to attend MWCC's third annual STEM Awareness Day on Friday, March 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include an experiment capturing DNA, a hard hat tour of MWCC's new STEM building and presentations on fire science technology and healthcare careers. A free lunch is provided. The half-day program showcases Mount Wachusett's STEM Starter Academy, which is offered through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. MWCC is recruiting 30 students for the summer academy, which provides two free college courses, textbooks, up to $1,200 in stipends, academic support and tutoring.

MWCC Offering Free Workshops for Adult Learners
MWCC is offering free workshops this spring for adult learners interested in earning a college degree. The Adult College Experience (ACE) program features four, hands-on workshops designed to guide adult learners through the steps of applying for college and financial aid, selecting courses, managing coursework and balancing school with work and family life. Participants attending all four workshops will be eligible to win a free, three-credit course.

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United Way Youth Venture Community Expo to Showcase Projects of Social Entrepreneurs
Curious about what millennials are doing to resolve some of society's toughest issues? Then come to the United Way Youth Venture Community Expo, taking place Wednesday, March 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg. Teams of young social entrepreneurs will be on hand to showcase how they are leveraging their passion and skills to generate unique solutions to school and community challenges. In addition to networking and one-on-one presentations from the youth Venture teams, the drop-in expo will also feature live and silent auctions, appetizers and cocktails.

UBMS Students Attend New England TRIO Conference, Make the News
Four MWCC Upward Bound Math and Science students took part in a New England regional TRIO conference focused on helping students access college and reach their academic goals. The students attended a series of workshops on planning and preparing for college, toured of area colleges, participated in a variety of activities, had the opportunity to meet Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, and made the local news. MWCC's UBMS program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO program, is offered to students at Gardner High School, Athol High School and Murdock Midd­le/ Senior High School in Winchendon.

Nursing Students Take on the CPR Community Challenge
MWCC nursing majors trained more than 150 students, staff and faculty members to administer the life-saving skills of Hands-Only CPR during a community-wide challenge that engaged college students from throughout Worcester County. MWCC's chapter of the Student Nurses Association sponsored the event February 22 and 23 in partnership with the American Heart Association's Central Massachusetts division, HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster, UMass Memorial Medical Center and Medstar Ambulance.

Upcoming Events
  • Men of Color Panel Presentation / Tea Time Speaker Series: Feb. 29
  • STEM Awareness Day: March 4
  • MWCC Humanities Project Monster Movie Marathon: March 5
  • Culture Fest: March 9

For information about upcoming events, click here.

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