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A student at Mount Wachusett Community College examines a sample during a class.

Mount Wachusett Community College has launched a new Veterinary Technician program that will allow graduates to fill a growing need in the job market at a heavily reduced cost compared to other area programs.

“The Veterinary Technician truly is the registered nurse of the veterinary sciences,” said Veronica Guay Assistant Dean of the School of Business, Science, Technology and Math. “It is very much a hands-on position and they are trained to work on multiple types of animals.”

The two year Associate’s Degree program will allow students to gain all the knowledge they need to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam test. Students passing that test will be able to fill the important role of Veterinary Technician that is is integral in running a modern veterinary clinic, according to Guay.

Not only does the program launch students into an in-demand career, with conservative growth estimated at 19 percent per year, but the college’s tuition and fees are far less than area four-year colleges and universities, according to Guay. At just over $8,700 a year, the program can be completed for nearly $60,000 less than the two-year Veterinary Technician program at a Worcester four-year college. This will allow students to get out and work with less debt hanging over their head but the same certification, according to Guay.

“The pricing is highly competitive,” she said, explaining that ultimately what employers care about is whether a student passes the certification test. “The leveling factor of the Veterinary Technician position is the certification exam.”

The Veterinary Technician program was made possible by a $340,781 grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet. The money is being used to outfit labs and fund a synthetic canine. The SynDaver canine will allow students to learn the intricacies of surgery and other procedures without the potential of harming a live animal, according to Guay. Students will then be able to put what they learn into practice through externship placements with area veterinarians where they will work with live animals.

The Veterinary Technician program is currently accepting applicants for its first semester, which begins in February. Those interested should apply now for the program, according to Guay, in order to streamline the process and ensure they meet math and other requirements.

“It’s very competitive and you have to be ready,” she said of the selective program.

Mount Wachusett Community College student Julia Van Houten is pictured with one of her drawings at the opening of a juried art show at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA.

Mount Wachusett Community College student Julia Van Houten is currently displaying three of her drawings in a juried show featuring 11 artists at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester.

The selective art show is a first for the 19 year-old Van Houten, who is from Jaffrey, NH. She had been looking at different competitive art shows to submit to when she found the Rocky Neck Art Colony show and was then accepted.

“I’m trying to see if the art world is ready to let me in,” she said, explaining that she hopes to eventually curate work in an art gallery. “I’m hoping to get my bachelors at an art school and finish out my last two years there before finding a career in the field.”

One of the accepted pieces was completed as part of Van Houten’s Drawing 1 final at MWCC. She said that she never would have completed if not for being in that class last semester.

“The art department is very proud of Julia. It is quite an accomplishment to begin exhibiting while still in college, especially in her first year,” said MWCC Professor Thomas Matsuda who was one of Van Houten’s professors. “I was very impressed with the drawings she did in my Drawing 1 class. I am glad that one of the drawings was recognized and will be viewed by a wider audience.”

Van Houten said the education she has received in her first semester at MWCC has allowed her to explore many different facets of art. It has also been a chance for her to apply herself academically, she said. Van Houten earned a 4.0 in her first semester at MWCC.

“In high school, I didn’t try as hard as I should have. So when I got here I was able to focus and work really hard and so far it has been paying off,” she said.

Mount Wachusett Community College student Julia Van Houten’s sketch is currently on display in a juried art show at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA.

The education she is receiving will be a stepping stone to further art education, said Van Houten. During her time at MWCC, she has already taken classes in art history, drawing, 2D design as well as general education courses.

“It’s giving me a background of everything I need. It is setting me up with everything before I go to a different school or a different career. It’s very expansive knowledge,” she said.

The show is being held at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. It will run until August 6.

(Written by Yamileyka Rojas) Mount Wachusett Community College student volunteers recently completed the school’s second annual civic engagement and volunteerism trip to Costa Rica. The trip included numerous service-oriented projects but students said it was they who benefited from the trip.

“I was able to take everything I did in Costa Rica with me. It changed me as a person and made my outlook on life completely different from how it was before,” said MWCC Student Volunteer Morgann Kirker.

The week-long trip with host organization True Nature Education took place in the second week of May. It consisted of side-by-side service with local people, exploring Costa Rican culture, and numerous service learning projects. Student volunteer work included service at an animal sanctuary, participating in a beach restoration project, and serving at local schools.

MWCC students Thomas Berger Jr., Cristen Comptois, Morgann Kirker, Stevie LaBelle, Jana Murphy, Mary Remillard, Eden Shaveet, and Rachel Vargeletis made the trip. LaBelle, of Hubbardston, said that it was an opportunity for her to expand her experiences.

“I knew this trip would consist of conquering my fears and I was ready to make every bit of it count. Our host organization made sure that we were partaking in meaningful experiences and assisted us every step of the way,” she said.

LaBelle’s first service experience in Costa Rica began when she volunteered to make compost out of twigs and leaves with a wood chipper and was challenged to overcome her phobia of spiders. But the trip was not just about personal growth, but learning from the people she was interacting with.

Kirker, of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, said the trip balanced service work and fun activities. She took part in a number of different service projects. They included beach cleanup, cleaning and building cages at a monkey sanctuary, planting trees, and painting a house for a family in need. The group also participated in activities such as zip lining and horseback riding.

“This trip opened my eyes to the many opportunities that are out there to give back to any community, no matter what the circumstances are,” Kirker said.

MWCC’s Associate Dean of Students Gregory Clement and Director of MWCC’s Senator Stephen M. Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement Shelley Errington Nicholson accompanied the students and saw first-hand their hard work. According to Errington Nicholson, Costa Rica is recognized as a country in need of service and economic revitalization with poverty and deforestation being two of the major issues faced by the country and is therefore a prime location for service learning.

“The most meaningful aspect of these trips is witnessing the impact a group of people can make on global issues through local service,” she said. “Each of our students pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and filled the need that was at hand.”

The trip supplements the service learning that takes place in student’s classes, she said, building on that service and through volunteerism that is encouraged on and off campus.

“Every student who attended the trip has contributed to the community on a local level before the trip and will continue to be involved on the local level,” said Errington Nicholson.

The MWCC Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement plans to continue these global service learning trips annually and is in the workings for a trip to Peru in 2018.

MWCC’s Otaku United club members Rebekah Cohen, Jonathan Cohen, Andrea Bartlett, and Cassandra Cohen stand with preschool, kindergarten and first grade students at the Waterford Street School with Principal Dan Hill after handing out books.

For the third year, hundreds of kindergarten and first grade students in Gardner will end the school year with fun summertime reading to take home, thanks to a donation of over 1,300 books from a group of Mount Wachusett Community College students.

Otaku United, a club that celebrates Asian culture, donated over 1,300 books to Waterford Street School, Coleman Street School, Elm Street School, and the Garrison Center. The books were purchased with nearly $2,000 that was raised in April through a silent auction of a wide range of gift cards and items donated to the club to support the cause.

The age-appropriate books were purchased through the Scholastic Reading Club. Each kindergarten and first grade student at Waterford received two books to take home.

This is an incredibly important time to encourage reading, said Waterford Street School Principal Dan Hill, explaining that it’s important to maintain reading momentum through the summer. The donated books will augment the district’s summer reading challenge program, Hill said.

“Reading is very important,” said Hill. “The kids are very excited. We are very much pushing early literacy.”

MWCC Early Childhood Education major Andrea Bartlett who was also the auction coordinator, said the club appreciated the support it received from MWCC faculty, staff and students during the auction that took place on campus.

“It’s very important for children to have access to books and have them in the home,” said Bartlett, adding that she had high hopes for next year’s book drive.

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.

The mural being painted by current and former MWCC students is set to be complete later this summer.

(This story was written by Andrew Mansfield and appeared in The Gardner News) People will soon be able to take a trip across the whole city simply by walking along the West Street Parking Lot.

Past and present Mount Wachusett Community College students have been working on a mural on the rear wall of the parking lot for the past month or so.
Along the wall, the mural transitions from paintings of several different city scenes, such as the downtown skyline, Dunn Pond and City Hall.

Several local artists, led by Ben Mikels, went back to work for another session of painting on Friday.

“Every time I come and see more stuff done, I get excited,” he said. “The Mount loves getting involved with the city.”

The West Street Parking Lot is located across the street from the Gardner Ale House on Parker Street. Joining Mikels to work on the project Friday were artists Camilo Almarales, Kayla Rameau and Corinne Goodrich.

They have all been art students at the college. Mikels, Goodrich and Rameau have graduated and Almarales is still attending.

Other past or present students have been working on the project when they can as well. Mikels indicated work on the mural has taken place for about a month now.
The project also includes painting the electric boxes that service traffic lights at intersections throughout the city.

The weather and availability of the painters are factors in the timeline for when the overall work will conclude, but it is slated to wrap up over the summer.

The city and Mount Wachu­sett Community College have partnered on public art projects over the last several years. One recent example is the mural at Jackson Playground.

Community Development and Planning Assistant Director Joshua Cormier has been coordinating the projects on the city side.

“The reasons we’re doing this is we have all these blank canvases, so to speak, just sitting there,” he said. “It’s to give visitors and residents an uplifting view.”
With the West Street Parking Lot mural, he said the idea is that each image of the city is like a large-scale postcard.

Residents or visitors can take photos standing in front of the mural.

Cormier said the mural will also include some symbols of local businesses. In addition to the creative look and beautification the mural provides, it helps market what the city has to offer.

Cormier explained the city provides funding for the supplies needed, indicating this project is costing the city a few thousand dollars.

“We’re investing a little bit of money and they’re investing a lot of time,” he said.
The student artists gave credit to Mount Wachusett Community College Professor Thomas Matsuda, the chairman of the Art Department, for his role in organizing these projects with the city.

“He pretty consistently pushes kids to do stuff in the community,” Rameau said.
The projects have provided students with a chance to have their artwork become a permanent fixture in the local scene, an opportunity the students at West Street Parking Lot on Friday seemed happy to partake in.

Bob Mayer (right) discusses the services available at the Mount Wachusett Community College Veteran Success Center with Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña. Mayer helped organize the upcoming Veteran’s Resource Fair that will help connect veterans with various organizations and services on June 20.

Mount Wachusett Community College will be hosting a free Veteran’s Resource Fair with over 20 organizations on Tuesday, June 20 in an effort to connect veterans and their families with services.

The fair is a gathering of companies, organizations and nonprofits that provide services to local veterans and their families. While it takes place at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Gardner Campus from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 20, it is not limited to veteran educational matters. According to MWCC’s Director of Veterans Services Bob Mayer, whether someone is looking to change careers, overcome a setback or working just to get by, there will likely be a service that can help at this fair.

“This free resource fair only requires a small amount of time,” said Mayer. “The time invested could yield dividends over a lifetime.”

Some of the expected organizations include the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, the North Quabbin Trail Association, Shoulder to Shoulder, Mass One-Stop Career Center, North Central Mass Workforce Investment Board, SAVE of the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services, VA Vet Centers, VA MOVE, and VA VITAL. The organizations will cover topics including family retreats, legal services, housing and homeownership, financial education and assistance, educational benefits and disability claims.

Light refreshments will be served and registration is encouraged at mwcc.edu/vetfair.

Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene graduates celebrate following a dental pinning ceremony in May welcoming them into the dental field.

Mount Wachusett Community College will host a hands-on demonstration of dental technology and techniques during a Dental Showcase on Thursday, June 15.

The event will provide an opportunity for visitors to explore whether a career in the dental field, through a degree in Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene, is right for them. This will take place through a series of hands-on, interactive experience from 3 to 5 p.m. at MWCC’s Fitchburg Campus at 326 Nichols Road in Fitchburg.

Among the hands-on activities will be demonstrations of digital dental impressions and digital radiology. Visitors will also be able to attend an information session at 3:15 p.m., talk to current students and faculty, tour the campus and learn about the admissions process. Also involved in the event are dental companies Henry Schein, Dexis Dental and CrossTex.

This event is designed to give visitors a feel for the latest technology in the high-demand dental field, said MWCC’s Chair of Dental Education Programs Cindy Cadoret, and allow people to explore whether a career as a dental assistant or hygienist could be a good fit for them.

“I get calls every week from dental offices asking me to post a job and let alumni know that there are job opportunities,” said Cadoret.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by registering online at mwcc.edu/dentalshowcase, emailing admissions@mwcc.edu or calling 978-630-9110.

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



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:



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

The student center will open up to a new outdoor space that will feature wifi and seating.

The construction of a $3.5 million student center at MWCC has kicked off with the 4,500 square foot facility set to be completed in only 100 days. The student center is being partially funded by a generous donation of $500,000 from Bemis Associates, Inc through the Bemis Community Investment Fund.

“This project will create an epicenter of student life and activity at the heart of Mount Wachusett Community College’s Gardner campus,” said MWCC’s Dean of Students Jason Zelesky. “Our accelerated timeline creates the least disruption for our students and will have the student center operational for students as they begin their fall classes.”

The new student center will be located at the heart of the campus and fill a vital role for the college’s students. As commuters, said Zelesky, it is vital that students have a space to pass the time between classes, socialize and build a sense of community. This fall, they will have just that in a space that will be directly across from the cafeteria and face out to Green Street.

“The new student center will provide our students with a multipurpose space that they deserve and need,” said Zelesky who explained that the college has had student-dedicated spaces in the past but this will surpass them all and truly be student-centered from the outset. “We are so excited to be able to provide a comfortable social space that will be the center of campus life and student activities.”

The student center will feature versatile space where students can relax, hang out and socialize.

The goal was to create a versatile space where students can relax, hang out and socialize. The student center will feature a lounge and meeting space, group study area, game room and televisions. In addition to indoor space, the center will open out to a green space with outdoor wifi and seating.

Site work for the student center began the day after MWCC’s Commencement with demolition beginning before the Memorial Day weekend.

The center is being built through a partnership with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority. This is the first time that a community college has worked with the MSCBA on a building project and the college is excited about the partnership, said Zelesky.