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March 10, 2016

In This Issue
MWCC Wins Boston Foundation's $50K Deval Patrick Award
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas Visits MWCC Veterans Success Center, NVTRC
Presidential Search Committee Appointed
Douglas J. Petersen Named MWCC Foundation's 2016 Harold E. Drake Jr Citizen of the Year
MWCC's Third Annual STEM Awareness Day Showcases Academics & Careers
United Way Youth Venture Community Expo Showcases Social Entrepreneurs
Bestselling Author Robert Putnam to Speak on the American Dream in Crisis
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MWCC Wins Boston Foundation's $50K Deval Patrick Award
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced at a March 8 Boston Foundation forum that MWCC is the recipient of the 2016 innovation prize named for him.

The Boston Foundation created the Deval Patrick Award for Community Colleges in 2014 to recognize progress and excellence in establishing partnerships between employers and community colleges, in the process building effective career pathways for students from one of Massachusetts' 15 Community Colleges.

The annual $50,000 award is given to a community college selected by a volunteer committee of representatives from the higher education, workforce and business communities. MWCC was recognized for its stackable, advanced manufacturing credit and noncredit programs and industry partnerships. 

"I'm particularly happy to award this year's prize to Mount Wachusett Community College," Gov. Patrick said, lauding the college's manufacturing job training programs. "When I proposed changes to the way we think of community colleges, this is the type of outcome I had in mind."

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas Visits MWCC Veterans Success Center, NVTRC
MWCC student veterans, college officials and community leaders had the undivided attention of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who stopped by to visit the college's Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success and our neighboring partner, the Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center, owned and operated by Veteran Homestead. The Congresswoman, who serves on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee and Natural Resources Committee, said she was impressed with MWCC's innovation and leadership in these and other areas.

Presidential Search Committee Appointed
The search for Mount Wachusett Community College's third president in 53 years has officially begun. The Board of Trustees has appointed college and community members to a Presidential Search Committee to find the successor to Daniel M. Asquino. Dr. Asquino announced last month that he will retire in January 2017 after 30 years at the helm of the college and 47 years of service in Massachusetts public higher education.

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Douglas J. Petersen Named MWCC Foundation 2016 Harold E. Drake Jr. Citizen of the Year
The MWCC Foundation will honor Douglas J. Petersen, president and CEO of Workers' Credit Union, as the 2016 Harold E. Drake Jr. Citizen of the Year for his leadership and service in the community. He will be recognized during the foundation's annual celebration on May 25 at the college's Gardner campus. The annual award recognizes community members who exemplify Harold Drake's extraordinary commitment to the North Central Massachusetts region.

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MWCC's Third Annual STEM Awareness Day Showcases Academics & Careers
Aspiring scientists, medical professionals, engineers and mathematicians were among the crowd of area high school students who attended MWCC's third annual STEM Awareness Day promoting academic programs and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Nearly 90 high school seniors attended the March 4 half-day event, which included a hard hat tour of the new STEM building that will open this fall.

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United Way Youth Venture Community Expo Showcases Social Entrepreneurs
Homelessness. Poverty. Hunger. Illness. Mental health. The environment. Finding solutions to these and other social issues are confounding to even the most experienced adults. Fortunately, area teens and adolescents are stepping up to become part of the solution, as demonstrated in the first United Way Youth Venture community expo. The event, held March 9 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, showcased the wide-ranging, inspiring social ventures of North Central Massachusetts youth.

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Bestselling Author Robert D. Putnam to Speak on the American Dream in Crisis
Is the American Dream Real? Political scientist, Harvard University professor and bestselling author Robert D. Putnam will speak about the growing class gap among American young people and the implications for social mobility on Friday, March 25 at MWCC. Putnam's one-hour presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the South Café, followed by a choice of two events, a free, public dialogue with lunch, or a book signing and reception.

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Upcoming Events
  • MWCC Humanities Project - Girls & Their Ghost Stories: March 24
  • Is the American Dream Real with author Robert Putnam: March 25
  • Tea Time Speaker Series - Immigration & the Undocumented Student: March 28
  • Job Fair 2016: March 30

For information about upcoming events, click here.

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