MWCC e-News

March 24, 2016

In This Issue
MWCC & Northeastern University Create Transfer Path
MWCC Joins MA Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Celebration
New Appointments Announced for Access & Transition Team
UWYV Community Expo Showcases Young Social Entrepreneurs
MWCC's Annual Juniors Symposium Preps Area Teens for College
MWCC Hosts Naturalization Ceremony Welcoming 281 New U.S. Citizens
MWCC Participates in 9th Annual Alternative Spring Break
Second Annual Alumni Quiz Night Raises $4,300 for Scholarships
MWCC Co-hosts Athol High Event on Transitioning to College
Mentors Honored During MWCC's Women's Appreciation Day
Visions & Rx Program Hosts Etiquette Luncheon for Rising Professionals
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MWCC & Northeastern University Create Transfer Path
Mount Wachusett Community College and Northeastern University have established a new transfer agreement that allows eligible MWCC graduates to seamlessly transfer associate degree credits into Northeastern University College of Professional Studies to pursue a bachelor's degree.

Northeastern University College of Professional Studies offers bachelor's degree completion programs in fast-growing fields such as information technology, health management, biotechnology, and management, with robust academic, student, and career support resources to promote student success.

Students will participate in experiential learning activities and projects throughout their studies. Details of specific transfer paths are being developed this spring between the two institutions for fall 2016 enrollment. To be considered for this transfer, MWCC students must complete an associate degree with a strong academic record.

"We are delighted to partner with one of the country's top universities to expand transfer options for our graduates," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "This new partnership will open doors for our students, while demonstrating our shared commitment to making quality education accessible and affordable."


 MWCC Joins Massachusetts Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Celebration
President Daniel M. Asquino and Fagan Forhan, MWCC Assistant Dean of K-12 Partnerships and Civic Engagement, were among the college and university leaders who took part in the Massachusetts Campus Compact 30th Anniversary conference this week. Campus Compact focuses on supporting campuses in their work to advance the health and strength of communities and American democracy by preparing students for lives of engaged citizenship and by building partnerships to advance community and public goals. President Asquino and over 350 Campus Compact member chancellors and presidents have signed the nonprofit organization's 30th Anniversary Action Statement.

New Appointments Announced for Access & Transition Team
MWCC has appointed two staff members to key positions within the college's Access & Transition division. Established by President Daniel M. Asquino nearly two decades ago, the division now serves 4,000 North Central Massachusetts middle and high school students annually through 18 distinct programs in partnership with a dozen area school districts. Fagan Forhan has been appointed assistant dean of K-12 Partnerships & Civic Engagement, and Craig Elkins has been promoted to Senior Director of Dual Enrollment.

UWYV Community Expo Showcases Young 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, held March 9. Business and community leaders turned out to see how teams of young social entrepreneurs are leveraging their passion and skills to generate unique solutions to school and community challenges, including homelessness, autism awareness, support for foster children, environmental conservation, animal welfare and many others.

MWCC's Annual Juniors Symposium Preps Area Teens for College
Nearly 200 area high school juniors were welcomed to MWCC's annual Juniors Symposium to gain insight into applying to colleges and universities, seeking financial aid and scholarships, and related topics to help them succeed. Over 90 juniors from Fitchburg, Athol, Murdock and Gardner high schools attended the half-day symposium on March 15, while another 90 students from Fitchburg, Leominster and Sizer high schools participated on March 17.

MWCC Hosts Naturalization Ceremony Welcoming 281 New U.S. Citizens
Community colleges are often referred to as "the Ellis Island" of American higher education, so it was only fitting that MWCC served as host while 281 immigrants from countries around the world officially gained U.S. citizenship during a Naturalization Ceremony on March 16. This is the fourth consecutive year the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services selected the college as the venue as part of its ongoing initiative to bring ceremonies to local communities. 

MWCC Participates in 9th Annual Alternative Spring Break
A group of MWCC students and staff members spent part of spring break as home builders with Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts to benefit a family in Ayer. The day-long volunteer effort on March 16 marked MWCC's 9th annual Alternative Spring Break, organized by the office of Student Life and the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement.

MWCC 2nd Annual Alumni Quiz Night Raises $4,300 for Scholarships
Trivia buffs made a spectacular showing at the MWCC Alumni Network's second annual "Quiz Night" scholarship fundraiser, held March 16 at the Gardner campus. In a dynamic game of question and answer, 17 teams tested their knowledge related to a variety of topics. The event raised $4,300, with proceeds going toward scholarships administered by the MWCC Foundation.

MWCC Co-hosts Athol High School Event on Transitioning to College
Eight recent graduates of Athol High School visited their alma mater to share advice with juniors and seniors about making the transition to college. The annual Alumni Breakfast forum on March 18 was sponsored by the high school guidance department and MWCC's Division of Access & Transition. Topics included selecting a school and a major, financing an education, study habits, course load, time management, dorm life and adjusting to roommates.

Mentors Honored During MWCC's Women's Appreciation Day
Faculty and staff members who play an instrumental role in the lives of MWCC students were recognized on March 24 during the college's annual Women's Appreciation Day. The celebration capped a month of activities and events in celebration of Women's History Month. For the eighth year, journalism students have crafted feature articles on women who are making a difference in the lives of others. The mentors recognized through the Women's HerStory Project are nominated by MWCC students.

Visions & Rx Programs Host Etiquette Luncheon for Rising Professionals
In today's job market, it is becoming more common for employers to seek ideal candidates through a series of interviews. One of these interviews could be over lunch or dinner with one or more members of the search committee. To provide MWCC students with tips on which fork to use, where to place their bread plate, and reminders to keep their elbows - and their smart phones - off the table, the college's Visions and Rx programs recently hosted an Etiquette Luncheon for Rising Professionals.

Upcoming Events
  • 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