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Students from the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting at Mount Wachusett Community College celebrate after their pinning ceremonies.

Mount Wachusett Community College is expanding its Dental Assisting Certificate program for the coming school year by opening up enrollment for all students to this in-demand field.

“Because of the low supply of dental assistants, job security is good at this time,” said Dr. Michael Meyer, Dental Director for Community Health Connections. “There is constant evolution in the practice of dentistry resulting in ongoing opportunities for advancement in the field of dental assisting.”

The Certified Dental Assistant is an integral member of the dental healthcare team who typically assists the dentist during procedures. In addition, the dental assistant takes dental x-rays and dental impressions and performs various lab procedures.

The decision was made to change the program from a selective enrollment to open enrollment to better serve the community and the high demand for dental assistants. A change in the requirements for dental assistants have created a shortage of qualified dental assistants in Massachusetts, said Dr. Meyer. While previously dentists had been able to train assistants on the job, there are now increased educational and certification requirements a dental assistant must meet before obtaining employment.

“The need for formally trained dental assistants has increased sharply,” said Dr. Meyer. “I would highly recommend a career in dental assisting. The knowledge and skills obtained from the dental assisting program can be applied regardless of geographic location.”

Employment of dental assistants is expected to increase by 6.4 percent over the next four years with the job currently providing a salary between $15.17 and $27.30 an hour.

The Dental Assisting Certificate can be completed in one year and is offered at MWCC’s Fitchburg Campus. More information about the dental programs offered by MWCC is available at mwcc.edu/dental.

Students from numerous communities were named to the Mount Wachusett Community College President’s List and Dean’s List recently.

The following Mount Wachusett Community College students who completed a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average of 4.0 were named to the President’s List for the spring 2017 semester:

President’s List Spring 2017

 

Massachusetts

Athol: Stephanie Buck, Jillian Euvrard, Samantha Farley

Ayer: Brittany Bechtel, Brenton Bourne

Barre: Ann Giaquinto Scott, Sofia McDonald Games

Concord: Matthew St Jean

Fitchburg: Thuy Truong, Travis Vincent, Maria Yanez

Gardner: Cassparina Carlson, Ramsey Clayter, Patrick Conlin, Timothy Landry, Jessica McKay, Nicholas Taylor

Groton: Rebekah Miele

Hardwick: Karin May

Holden: Maricela Diaz-Sotomayor, Faith Kurtz

Hubbardston: Alison Germagian, Gregory Germagian, Eden Shaveet, Lauren Stohler

Leominster: Kahlil Beauregard, Sarah Crete, Galadriel Hahn, Jared Kuczwara

Lunenburg: Anne Allan, Florencia Bouchard, Gail Mercier, Lara White

Marlborough: Lauren Noronha, Evangelia Sunberg

Northborough: Darrege Bruny

Orange: Tammy Goodgion

Shirley: Crystal Hansen

Shrewsbury: Courtney Hurley

Springfield: David Anderson

Sterling: Kelly Devillers

Templeton: Tara Dugan, Paula Rosario

Townsend: Kaitlyn Fales

Westminster: Armand Brown, Lisa Ferrara-Caron, Kaitlyn Gagne

Wilbraham: Christopher Monette

Winchendon: Mary Pietrzak, Nancy Regan, Thomas Sutherland

Worcester: Constance Tazelaar, Jessica Tobar 

 

New Hampshire

Fitzwilliam: Kierstin Springmann

Jaffrey: Margaret Hart-Smith, Tatiana Joaquin, Rebecca Myott, Meghan Rothermel, Katrina Ung, Julia Van Houten

 

Dean’s List Spring 2017

The following Mount Wachusett Community College students who completed a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.99 were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester:

 

Massachusetts

Ashburnham: Kevin Chambers, Rebecca Gardner, Jennifer Guerriero, Katherine Herndon, Keyanna Latour, Connor Leamy, Kelsey March, Justin Streeks, Stephen Streeks, Rachel Vargeletis

Ashby: Chantel Boisvert, Dalton Couture, Eldon Garhart, John Gilbert, Toria Lielasus, Carey Parkhurst

Athol: Ashley Bacigalupo, Alexander Batutis, Zachary Bergquist, Christina Bruce, Kelly Cacciolfi, Katie DuPont, Elizabeth Gagnon, Marissa Hartford, Amanda Melanson, Alisa Nano, William Sawin

Auburn: Megan York

Ayer: Andrea Inostroza, Elizabeth Jones, Katherine Jordan, Heather Sinofsky

Baldwinville: Benjamin Bresee, Rachel Courtemanche, Tara DeWitte, Jayson Drop, Julie Ehnstrom, Rachel Fortier, Jacqueline Rosario

Barre: Kathryn Hood, Santo Mammone, Gabrielle Walker

Blackstone: Shelby Maiorana

Bolton: Kayleigh Cavanaugh, Joseph Thibault

Boston: Wei He Yiu

Brookfield: Nicole Jacobson

Cherry Valley: Nicholas Mancuso

Clinton: Eliza Barrios, Serena Ferri-Lima, Colleen Hannen, Jennifer Lopez, Erin O’Connell

Dennis: Josef McNamara

Devens: Joseph Dowling

Dracut: David Mungai, Noelle St Martin

Dunstable: Jeremy Ralls

East Templeton: Colleen Moran, Courtney Wentz

Fitchburg: Danielle Acevedo, Kaelan Adams, Nana Adwubi, Jazmin Beauchesne, Megan Burnap, Marvin Calderon, Elizabeth Campbell, Cassandra Croft, Maria Ferreira, Julie Fluet, Rebecca Gilbert, Elida Griffin, Destiny Johnson, Grace Kiigi, Trevor Leger, Victoria Lillie, Katelyn Lingus, Stephenie Mancini, Lucas Millen, Bria Monette-Harris, Kennedy Owino, Nathan Pierce, Juan Ramirez, Nataly Ramos, Jean-Pierre Reyes Caraballo, Eduardo Rodriguez, Desiree Santana, Joshua Surrette, Ashley Thibault, Jaylyn Torres, Henry Vaillancourt, Staci Wolski, Timothy Woods

Framingham: Hanna Gyamfi

Gardner: Leslie Ackers, Brittany Bohn, Tanya Botelho, Matthew Brown, Taylor Butler, Jessica Cahill, Tianna Caisse, Cynthia Cajigas, Chelsea Caron, Dylan Cernoia, Ashley Comley, Brendan Conlin, Briana Cormier, Cynthia Cormier, Timothy Cronin, Tiffany Cunningham, Harli Curtis, Bertha Dancause, Wendy Dobbins, Heather Dobbs, Abigail Elbourn, Summer Fagerstrom, Rachael Gerde, Moses Gomez, Richard Griffin, Karin Heins, Jessica James, Amanda Johnson, Erin Jones, Nicole Joseph, Gertrude Kamau, Lilac Keenan, Lisa Kowalczyk, Elizabeth LaPan, Allyson Landry, Jonathan Marshall, Brianna Martinez, Nicholas McCarthy, Matthew McCullough, Carlee Mills, Patrick Moore, Charles Njaaga, Lora Novakowski, Timothy Nowlan, Janice Perez, Sahil Prajapati, Kari Quinlan, April Rapuano, Trevor Raux, Tressa Rezendes, Marissa Schecker, Julia Scott, Jerrika St John, Jessica St John, Laurie Tucci, Adam Wilbur, Tracy Wirtanen, Calvin Wong, Jeffrey Yates

Groton: Casey Cota

Harvard: Paulina Sarnik

Holden: Samantha Zaines

Hubbardston: Cristen Comptois, Gabrielle Deloge, Brianna Stevens

Hyde Park: Jerica Washington

Jefferson: Dillon Citarella

Lancaster: Nicole Boufford, Gabrielle Depari, Linda Hume

Leicester: Shelby Ayres

Leominster: Joslin Ahola, Meghan Arce, Samantha Aviles, Elizabeth Brown, Marcus Burnett, Jonathan Cabrera, Daniella Caetano, Kevin Canales, Nixtina Collado, Lisa Doherty, Melissa Fahey, Anna Gamaya, Olivia Gianakis, Lisa Hamel, Michael Harris, Emmett Heckman, Hieu Huynh, Loveth Ighodaro, Pywon Inthirath, Alan Knesek, Taisha Lopez, Alphoncina Lyamuya, Leila Mahijibhai, Luke Mann, Andrew Martinez, Luis Martinez, Deliciana Montoya, Priscilla Moreira, Fernanda Munari Joaquim, Brandi Neuberg, Amy Nguyen, Skye Nogler, Victoria Pantoni, Gilbert Revesai, Yecksika Rivera Lopez, Anysmarie Santiago, Teresa Silveira, Shauna Soroka, Alina Tang, Michael Tanis, Nicolas Teixeira, Seth Turner, Danielle Waseleski, Letecia Winters, Hannah Zanni

Littleton: Ryan Gee

Lunenburg: Christina Bernatchez, Amanda Bontempo, Carter Filiau, William Gedenberg, Nicole Ignazi, Bonnie Logan, Kelly McDonough, Kyle Miller, Valerie Poladian, Jean Rosa, Isabel Salvatore, Tricia Sicard, Jillian Smith, Arilyn White

Marlborough: Paola Molina, Jaclyn Musorofiti

Maynard: Andrea Lontine

New Braintree: Collin Bennett, Caitlin Stevens

New Salem: Shawnee Lewis-Phillips

North Brookfield: Kaitlyn Burnham, Jennifer Davie, Emily Routhier

Norwood: Robert Sorenson

Orange: Jennifer Ballou, Katelyn Batutis, Keira Bradshaw, Matthew Crumbley, Meghan Doyle, Julia Griffin, Sheila Hebert, Rachel Lundgren, Brianna Marsh, Anna Morin, Kiersten Samalis, Gregory Suprise, Salvatore Taverna, Nicole Wetherby

Paxton: Kayla Shabo

Pepperell: Samantha Archer, Cameron Clermont, Katy Sullivan

Petersham: Ryan Lawrence, James Moseley

Phillipston: Cole Duguay, Tyler Gearin, Olivia Howes, Tyana Maki, Jillian Manty, David Morris, Summer Moulton, Alexandria Richard, Robert Woodard

Princeton: Ella Walsh

Royalston: Dylan Hall, Loryn Killay, Melissa Persson, Michael Young

Rutland: Nolan Craine, Kyle Deane, Alexis Fischer, Jill Giannotti, Ross Lemoine, Eric Reidy, Luke Schiemann

Shirley: Elizabeth Estrela, Kelly Russell

South Barre: Morgan Blavackas

Spencer: Dawnmarie Jones, Linda Maher, Elizabeth O’Mara, Mary Remillard

Sterling: Christopher Giard, Tomielee Graca, Karen Monchamp, Sarah Urbina

Sturbridge: Jack Korman

Templeton: Daniel Eaton, Timothy Foss, Kristen Gaudet, Paige Starrett, Kyle Vaillancourt, Sarah Young

Townsend: Dan Baboci, Gillian Cormier, Ross Cote, Bailey Fluet, Alexa Nogueira, Kathryn Schatia, Michael Sullivan, Rachel Sullivan, Thomas Sullivan, Cheyenne Whittemore

Turners Falls: Erin Couch

Warwick: Lexis Kitzmiller

Webster: Mackenzie Christensen, Esther Gichuhi

Wendell: Shelby Sawin

West Brookfield: Brandon Molleur

West Groton: Ryan Roy

West Townsend: Kayla Blackwell, Sarah Ulmer

Westford: Erin Auger, Miles Roache, Donna Slattery

Westminster: Marco Giannunzio, Lisa Gifford, Bryanna Hache, Mason Hicks, Travis Martin, Rebecca Schlier, Samantha Shippell Stiles, Hannah Siden, Justina Smith, Joslyn Winter

Whitinsville: Michael Pantoja

Winchendon: Marcus Allen, Ashley Arsenault, Brandon Beals, Ivana Bellorado, Amanda Bettencourt, Trevor Bibeau, Cayla Clinkscale, Marygrace Daly, Samuel Davidson, Dmitri Eddy, Marissa Galat, Rachel Haley, Elise Hamblett, Maria Javien, Joseph LeBlanc, Michael LeBlanc, Di Lin, Lvov Mhyana, Justine Michaud, Abner Morales, Timothy Pare, Jay Pereira, Scott Ploskonka, Megan Skinner, Kristina Snay, Morgan St Pierre, Holly Tata, Stephanie Tenney, Ann Vaillancourt, Jacob VanHillo

Worcester: Aaron Aikins, Monica Boafo, Samuel Gabeaud, Carlyn Higgins, Joseph Kum, Eliud Mwangi, Guerda Pierre

 

New Hampshire

Fitzwilliam: Kenneth Roy

Hampstead: Nicole Reynolds

Hooksett: Jason Wright

Jaffrey: Courtney Emond, Sierra Landry

Nashua: Nancy Kaneshiro

New Ipswich: Aimee Matson, Ashley McHugh, Macey Traffie

Peterborough: Christian Piscopo

Richmond: Jennifer Haynes

Rindge: Jade Hill, Kelsey Martin, Jammie Mascitti, Jessie Mascitti, Bridget Murphy, Kacy Sauvola, Sharlene Seppala, Austin Stacy

Stoddard: Lindsay Martinez

Troy: Linda Mclean

Leading into the busy holiday season, about 90 percent of Fitchburg High School seniors will have one less item on their to-do list having already submitted their college applications for fall 2017. The third annual College Application Challenge will be held from 9:00am to 1:30pm on November 15, 2016 at Fitchburg High School.

Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg High are again partnering to bring the Massachusetts College Application Celebration to the school next week. This is the fifth year Massachusetts has participated in the national initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP program and the third year the event has been held at FHS.

“The FHS community has worked very hard to raise our graduation rate to the highest it has ever been. We know that the next step is to work to make sure that every student leaves FHS with many great options for college and career when they graduate. The Massachusetts College Application Celebration highlights our commitment to this goal and adds a great energy around building our school’s college going culture,” said Fitchburg High School Principal Jeremy Roche.

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 2017 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.

Specific services include academic counseling, tutoring, homework support, after school academic and social activities, college awareness and financial aid workshops, MCAS and PSAT/SAT preparation, and college admissions assistance.

To attend this event and speak directly with students about their college plans, please contact Andrew Goodwin, MWCC GEAR UP Director at 978-630-9243 or via email at a_goodwin@mwcc.mass.edu. To learn more about the GEAR UP program, please visit: http://mwcc.edu/access/programs/gearup16/

New lab classrooms in Asquino Science CenterMount Wachusett Community College students, faculty and staff; Massachusetts leaders; and the greater community will dedicate the new Dr. Daniel M. Asquino Science Center in recognition of President Asquino’s 30 years of leadership at Mount Wachusett Community College at a ceremony on Tuesday, November 15 at 2 pm.
The public opening of the new building, a state-of-the-art addition to the Gardner campus, will be commemorated with a speaking program including Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Commissioner Carol Gladstone, as well as a ceremonial ribbon cutting, unveiling of the naming of the building, and tours of the new facilities.

Along with honored guests, college staff, faculty, students, trustees, alumni, and community members will be in attendance.

“This new Science Center offers real opportunity for our students,” said Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees Chair Tina Sbrega. “Opportunity is something President Asquino has relentlessly pursued throughout his 30 years at the helm of this great college. Our students will be better prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders. We are all so proud to recognize President Asquino’s commitment to students and our college by naming this building in his honor.”

Following more than a year of construction and extensive renovations, the new science center replaces existing laboratories nearly a half-century old and will enhance the learning environment for all students, particularly those seeking careers in STEM fields.

The Dr. Daniel M. Asquino Science Center includes LEED Gold rated labs, classrooms, and student study space for the college’s continued pursuit of academic excellence.

The $41 million project includes the 44,000 square-foot science center, a new 2,300 square-foot greenhouse and renovations throughout the existing Arthur F. Haley Academic Center. MWCC received $37.9 million in state capital funds for the project, as well as a $500,000 grant from Massachusetts Life Sciences for laboratory equipment.

From an economic standpoint, this is the largest construction project in North Central Massachusetts, which in itself helps boost the region’s economy by providing work for Massachusetts businesses and bringing more traffic to local businesses and service providers. Additionally, the project was completed on-time and on-budget.

Designed by Boston-based Architerra, Inc. to meet LEED Gold certification for efficiency and sustainability, the new building will contain energy-efficient features to tie in with the college’s commitment to sustainability. Construction began in spring 2015. Shawmut Design & Construction, also based in Boston, oversaw the 18-month project as construction manager.

Over the past 15 years, MWCC has been the recipient of top state and national sustainability awards, including the American Association of College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Wildlife Federation.

Amenities in the new building include eight new classrooms and laboratories, four lab prep rooms, 24 new faculty offices, student study space and interior glass walls to highlight STEM student innovation. Renovations to the Haley Academic Center include a new visitor entrance, a multi-purpose room, an academic advising suite, a refurbished student-centered campus commons and increased accessibility to the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center.

Immediately following the dedication, Mount Wachusett Community College is hosting an Open House from 3:30 to 7pm. The public, past MWCC staff and faculty, and all community partners are encouraged and invited to attend. For more information, please contact Lois Cox at 978-630-9101.

Mount Wachusett Community College student and Worcester resident Jasson Alvarado Gomez was a featured speaker to nearly 300 high school seniors from North, Burncoat, and Doherty High Schools in Worcester on Wednesday October 12 at the Department of Higher Education’s GO HIGHER! event, a partnership with Massachusetts’ 29 public colleges and universities to raise awareness of the growing number of outstanding programs and opportunities available to students at our community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses.

Alvarado Gomez, an aspiring filmmaker studying Media Arts & Technology at MWCC, participated in a student-to-student panel discussion about choosing a college and a major, navigating campus life, and the challenges that undocumented students face. Alvarado Gomez impressed upon students that “there are plenty of financial and support services available to all students in the community college system. You just have to ask.”

At MWCC, Alvarado Gomez has served on the Student Government Association, as president of the ALANA Club, and on the Campus Activities Team for Students and SAGA organizations. He has served as a student ambassador and a volunteer for the United Way Day of Caring and the SGA annual food drive, and is a recipient of the Gateway Community Service Award. He is also an appointed member to the college’s Board of Trustees, following a spring election by his peers. Earlier this fall, the Worcester resident was appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education as a full voting member representing all students attending the state’s 29 colleges and universities. Upon graduating from MWCC, Alvarado Gomez plans to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a Bachelor’s degree and begin a career in media arts.

According to Mount Wachusett Community College Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Marcia Rosbury-Henne, the GO HIGHER! events celebrate the academic excellence and affordability of not only MWCC, but all public higher education institutions in the Commonwealth. “The financial advantages of attending a community colleges are often more obvious than the academic and social advantages,” according to Rosbury-Henne. “The GO HIGHER! events offer high school students an opportunity to hear firsthand from community college graduates that have transferred.” Rosbury-Henne continued, “And the student speakers today spoke of how their college experience has been enriched by attending two different institutions, as they experience two student bodies, two campuses, and for some even two different geographic regions in the Commonwealth.”

Immediately following the student panel session, all Worcester high school students in attendance had the opportunity to meet Mount Wachusett Community College faculty and staff at a college fair in the North High gymnasium to learn more about academic program offerings, the admission process and financial aid at the Commonwealth’s community colleges.

"Resurrection" Oil on linen painting by John Pacheco

“Resurrection,” oil on linen painting by John Pacheco is among the works on display in MWCC’s East Wing Gallery through Oct. 4.

An exhibition of recent abstract paintings by Mount Wachusett Community College Professor John Pacheco is on display in the college’s East Wing Gallery through October 4.

Pacheco’s work is influenced by abstract expressionists and artists that saw spiritualism in the process of painting and the contemplation of color and abstraction.

“Painting abstractly, I can compose using color in ways that my previous attachment to figuration wouldn’t permit. The paintings exist like a piece of music – evocative rather than specific,” Pacheco said about the collection. Titles, such as “Caveman,” “Day at the Beach,” “Resurrection” and “Koi Pond” compensate for the lack of narrative, he said.

Born in Cambridge in 1949, Pacheco earned his MFA in painting from Boston University and a BA from Yale College for studio art. He began his career at MWCC in 1980 and served as Director of the East Wing Gallery from 2004 to 2015. He retired from full-time teaching in 2015, and continues to teach at MWCC as an adjunct instructor.

MWCC’s art department offers art majors and non-majors a comprehensive program that includes painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. Faculty, all of whom are working professional artists, actively assist students with developing transfer portfolios, college applications and scholarships, and teach basic digital tools required for success. Small classes lead to a close-knit, active and inspired community.

The associate degree in art is a cost effective way to begin a college degree and prepares an art major for transfer to four-year programs at colleges and universities, said Department Chair Thomas Matsuda. Graduates have successfully transferred to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, Maine College of Art, Boston University, Pratt Institute, and others.

The associate degree in art includes the core general requirements for state programs giving the flexibility to transfer into other degrees, and by substituting designated courses it will align with MassTransfer. The college also offers a liberal arts degree with an art concentration that allows students to minor in art.

Comprehensive studios include large gas and electric kilns and an outdoor ceramic firing area, bronze casting, and printing presses. Just outside the studios is the East Wing Gallery. which hosts annual student exhibitions, alumni and professional art exhibitions and houses the permanent collection of student work purchased by the college.

A student organized art club raises funds or trips to local galleries, museums and an annual bus trip to New York City. Students gain practical experience in their field through service learning and volunteer opportunities.

MWCC’s art department is an integral part of the college and community, offering free gallery talks, an artist lectures series, open figure drawing sessions, art student lectures, high school art teacher workshops and a summer youth art program. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

mwccIn response to the sudden closing of all 137 campuses of the ITT Technical Institute, including two in Massachusetts, Mount Wachusett Community College is working with the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office and other state and federal agencies to assist affected students with their academic pursuits.

The community colleges are also ready to partner with the U.S. Department of Education, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to assist these former ITT students, the MCCEO has affirmed.

The abrupt closure of the schools has affected more than 35,000 students nationally, including approximately 500 students in Massachusetts at campuses in Wilmington and Norwood. More than 100 of the Massachusetts students are veterans. The vocational institute closed Sept. 7, following an Aug. 25 decision by the U.S. Department of Education the for-profit college chain could no longer enroll students that receive federal financial aid.

“These students have had their hopes and dreams dashed just as the new academic year begins,” said Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino. “MWCC and our sister colleges throughout the Commonwealth are ready to help these students get back on track with their educational goals.”

MWCC welcomes ITT Technical Institute students to enroll in academic programs and courses at our campuses in Gardner, Leominster and Devens, as well our many online academic programs,” said President Daniel M. Asquino. MWCC is recognized as a state and national model for its wrap-around support services for student veterans, available through its Center for Excellence for Veteran Student Success.

Mount Wachusett Community College is encouraging ITT students to submit a Request for Assessment of Prior Learning, as credits may be earned for college-level learning through alternative educational experiences such as ITT.

More information about this process can be found in the admissions office, where representatives are committed to assisting ITT students with the enrollment process at Mount Wachusett Community College.  For more information, contact Admissions at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.mass.edu.

For general inquiries and help with federal student loans, please reach out to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office at 1-888-830-6277. The Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) works on behalf of the presidents and trustees of the fifteen Community Colleges in Massachusetts – currently representing more than 184,000 students across every region of the Commonwealth. For more information on the 15 community colleges across Massachusetts, visit www.masscc.org/ourcampuses or call 617-542-2911.

ComCom + MassTransfer Logo - Horizontal - RGBMassachusetts students and families now have access to a new, full-service web portal that will allow them to explore a wide range of academic offerings at the state’s public colleges and universities and chart a course to an affordable bachelor’s degree through transfer from a community college to a state university or University of Massachusetts campus, the Baker-Polito Administration announced today.

The new MassTransfer web portal will, for the first time, allow the Commonwealth’s high school and college students to identify and compare a wide range of degree programs, transfer options, and college costs at all undergraduate campuses. They will be able to see what is required to transfer seamlessly between campuses, including course-by course “degree maps” available for some majors.

They will also be able to use a savings calculator to find the typical savings associated with earning an “A2B” – associate to bachelor’s – degree. The portal’s features also include a detailed description of the three different transfer options available to students, a course-to-course equivalency database to allow them to see exactly how various course credits will transfer, and an additional tool to view cost savings associated with an A2B degree earned through the Commonwealth Commitment program, announced in April by Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, and the leaders within public higher education.

“This new online tool will save students valuable time and money while completing their degrees, and I hope that many students take advantage of the Commonwealth Commitment as early as this fall,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our colleges and universities are critical partners in ensuring a strong workforce pipeline and through this new program, it will be even easier for students to take the classes and earn the degrees they need to succeed.”

“The national research is clear that even a few hundred dollars can make a powerful difference in whether students stay on the path toward college completion or leave school because they cannot afford to continue,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are thrilled to offer the students in our Commonwealth substantial savings off an already great deal on college credentials.”

“I am grateful to the leadership of all three segments of public higher education and the Department of Higher Education for stepping forward and collectively creating the Commonwealth Commitment to ensure we make college as affordable and transfers as seamless as possible for all students,” Education Secretary Jim Peyser said. “What’s incredible is that the savings a student will see in this new online tool could be even greater than what’s listed, with the addition of scholarships and other financial aid awards, which can lower the cost of an associate and bachelor’s degree even further.”

“With college costs identified as a chief barrier to college completion, we knew we needed a more seamless, efficient system to allow students to transfer from one campus to another and graduate in a more timely and cost-effective manner,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education. “The new MassTransfer portal provides all the information students need to complete their academic journey without delay and added debt. I think many students will be pleasantly surprised by the academic excellence, diversity of degree programs and affordability available at each of our public campuses.”

Through the Commonwealth Commitment program, students who enroll full-time at one of the state’s 15 community colleges will be able to transfer to a state university or UMass campus and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in one of a number of select programs. They must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and graduate in no more than four and a half years. Students in the program will realize substantial savings off the “total sticker price” of a traditional bachelor’s degree, qualifying for a freeze in tuition and mandatory fees, 10% per-semester rebates, and a full tuition credit in their last two years of school worth an average of $1,200.

During the student’s enrollment, he or she would receive part of the savings in the form of per-semester rebates, which could be used for textbooks, transportation costs, child care or other expenses that can often derail a student’s college aspirations. A student wishing to live in a dorm could also apply the savings to defray the cost of on-campus housing.

The list of degree programs offered through the Commonwealth Commitment program includes liberal arts and sciences programs such as Biology, Psychology and Economics, as well as degrees leading to careers in fields such as Printmaking, Facilities Management and International Maritime Business.  The full list of programs offered in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 is available here.

 

 

The Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse. "New Deal" WPA Art. Built in 1932 and designed by architect James Wetmore. The exterior of the Trenton Federal Building is a well executed design with a "Stipped Neo-Classical" form, both Classical and Art Deco terra cotta detailing. The "New Deal Art" murals are by Charles Wells.

“New Deal” WPA art, Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Trenton, NJ, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith.

Following an inaugural year with Henry David Thoreau and last year’s examination of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project will begin its third year this fall with an artistic focus on “Imagining Work.”

During the upcoming academic year, students, faculty, staff and members of the greater community will delve into the many ways artists, writers and photographers have expressed the changing nature of work over the past 150 years. From farm to factory in the 19th century to our present-day knowledge economy, the effects of automation, globalization, immigration, war, and race on the identity of the American worker will be explored. A variety of events scheduled at the college and in the community are free and open to the public.

Funded through a multi-year challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MWCC Humanities Project strengthens the college’s humanities curriculum; supports collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and research in the humanities; examines the intersection between the humanities and other academic disciplines; and engages the college and the greater community in the discussion of enduring themes from the world’s many cultures and traditions.

The theme will focus on the Great Depression photographs of Dorothea Lange, the Great Migration paintings by African American artist Jacob Lawrence and the poetry of Diane Gilliam Fisher, author of the award-winning book, Kettle Bottom, which depicts the Virginia mining wars.

“Year three of the Humanities Project is focused on something that MWCC students, faculty, staff and community members know a lot about – work,” said English Professor and Project Coordinator Michelle Valois. “Can the mundane be the subject of great works of art?  Can we find beauty in something we do day in and day out?  Our study will focus on paintings, photographs and poems that have transformed work into more than just a paycheck. These works of art show us the struggles and the joys of the American worker.”

This summer, participating faculty representing multiple disciplines met for a two-day workshop to develop curriculum and activities centered on the theme. Among several presentations, Stephen B. Jareckie, consulting curator of photography for the Fitchburg Art Museum, spoke on early 20th century photography, and artist and MWCC art history instructor Donalyn Schofield discussed the artwork of Jacob Lawrence.

Upcoming fall events include a gallery talk with Tracie Pouliot, founder of the Chair City Community Art Center and Oral History Bookmaking Project; the third annual hike for the humanities fundraiser at Wachusett Mountain; a pizza party and poetry readings from Kettle Bottom; an interactive art project creating replicas of Lawrence’s paintings; and a student poetry and prose slam.

Spring events will include a poetry reading with author Diane Gilliam Fisher; a presentation by University of Massachusetts, Lowell Professor Robert Forrant on female mill workers in Lowell from 1825 to 1860; and film screenings with Fitchburg State University Professor Joe Moser, including “Grab a Hunk of Lightning,” about the life of Dorothea Lange, Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times,” “The Devil and Miss Jones,” and “The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.”

For more information, visit mwcc.edu/humanitiesproject.

 

PN disaster training Nov 7 2014Labouré College and Mount Wachusett Community College are partnering to support the continuing education of local nurses. The colleges have established a transfer agreement providing licensed practical nurses (LPNs) graduating from Mount Wachusett Community College a pathway to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Labouré College and obtain licensure as registered nurses.

Providing working nurses with a flexible, high-quality baccalaureate education has been the goal of Labouré College of Milton since the launch of its RN-BSN program in 2009. Labouré’s RN-BSN is offered in a hybrid format: courses are mostly online with two to three on-campus meetings per semester. Students find that this format provides the flexibility of online learning, while fostering important connections with their RN classmates as well as with their professors.

“A baccalaureate education builds on a strong nursing foundation and emphasizes leadership, critical thinking, and safe patient care. The BSN degree has become an entry level credential in many area hospitals, and we want to make sure our graduates have the chance for success,” said Al DeCiccio, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Labouré and a member of the team that orchestrated the agreement.

MWCC’s Practical Nursing certificate program provides short-term education leading to a rewarding healthcare career and prepares students to continue for a bachelor’s degree.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for graduates of our practical nursing program,” said Eileen Costello, Dean of MWCC’s School of Health Professions, Public Service Programs and Social Sciences. “Mount Wachusett Community College encourages all of its graduates to participate in lifelong learning. By providing LPNs the means of obtaining RN licensure and a BSN degree though this articulation, we are supporting our state-wide initiative of seamless academic progression for nurses at all levels of education.”

The colleges will continue to review this collaboration annually to make sure the agreement benefits students. Both institutions have agreed to share data and to collaborate on new theories and best practices for student success.

To learn more about this agreement, please visit laboure.edu/academic-programs/articulation-agreements or call the Labouré College Office of Admissions at 617-322-3575 or admissions@laboure.edu, or contact the MWCC Office of Admissions at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.mass.edu.