Events

business_tableMount Wachusett Community College’s Summer Business Luncheon Series returns this year with a focus on entrepreneurship and marketing for small businesses, as well as an overview for businesses of all sizes interested in applying for state workforce training grants.

The college’s Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development has bundled several professional lunch & learn workshops geared for entrepreneurs, owners of small businesses, managers and nonprofit organizations. All sessions will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. at MWCC’s Leominster Campus, 100 Erdman Way.

“Leaders and managers with entrepreneurial abilities are vital to the sustainability and growth of the economy in Massachusetts,” said Jeremiah Riordon, Associate Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development. “Businesses with 19 employees or less represent 86 percent of all Massachusetts firms, making this summer’s series a perfect training opportunity to help businesses grow for increased profits.”

The series will kick off on June 5 with an information session geared toward businesses of all sizes that are interested in learning more about the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund grant program.  This session will provide an overview of General Program Training Grants as well as Consortium Grants, Express Program Training Grants & Technical Assistance Grants. MWCC will highlight client successes in fundable areas such as lean, continuous improvement, leadership, and ESL, as well as other technical and non-technical training areas in healthcare, manufacturing, banking, technology and other industries. This overview will cover the features and benefits of each program, the amount of available funding, and how to apply.

On June 12, the session “Establishing Your Business” will help owners of small businesses determine their tax entity classification and whether they should establish their companies as sole proprietorships, corporations or as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Any option can offer a range of advantages for entrepreneurs, however a corporation or LLC protects entrepreneurs’ personal assets.

On June 19, the session “Three Tips for a Better Business Website” will provide participants with the essential ingredients needed to enhance their websites to drive business. This non-technical session will focus on ideas and suggestions for improving business websites. Attendees will leave the workshop with understanding the importance of good web design.

On July 10, the session “Marketing Communications” will help businesses discover an approach to developing brochures using design elements to enhance interest and create impact. This workshop is designed to encourage participants to consider branding and how customer perceptions affect business.

On July 24, the session “Marketing and Sales on a Lean Budget” will help businesses develop an overall online prospecting strategy that facilitates growth of revenue and meets sales objectives. With an emphasis on direct marketing, participants will discover proven, essential campaign strategies for finding and acquiring new customers and generating sales.

On August 7, the session “Legal Dos and Don’ts” will provide the fundamental rules and regulations that ensure your business is a safe and healthy place to work. Participants will learn more about critical compliance requirements, as well as scenarios to avoid from a seasoned attorney specializing in business law.

On August 21, “Small Business Consulting Advice,” a Q&A session, invites small businesses to take advantage of technical assistance support. This session is geared toward micro-enterprises (five employees or less) and will highlight business counseling assistance and resources available.

The cost for each session is $15 and includes a complimentary lunch. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for one or more sessions online at mwcc.edu/noncredit, by phone at 978-630-9575, or email training@mwcc.mass.edu.

 

 

GARDNER – Nurses and those interested in a career in nursing are invited to celebrate National Nurses’ Week on Tuesday, May 12 with the American Nurse Project, hosted by Mount Wachusett Community College’s School of Health Professions, Public Service Programs and Social Sciences. Nurses attending the free event may apply for continuing education credits through nurse.com.

The documentary explores some of the biggest issues facing this country – aging, war, poverty, prisons – through the experiences of five nurses at work. The film premiered to sold-out crowds during National Nurses’ Week in 2014. Screenings will take place at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the MWCC Fine Arts Center theater.

The photographs and narratives aim to inspire audiences to think about nurses in a way that they may never have before, with a newfound appreciation for this indispensable figure on the front lines of health and healthcare today: the American nurse.

Following the 2 and 5:30 p.m. showings, college representatives will be available to answer questions regarding education programs offered at Mount Wachusett. A mini job fair with several healthcare employers will take place theater lobby, and advisors from the health programs will be available to answer questions.

Register online at mwcc.edu/wf/american-nurse or call 978-630-9124.

Gail Steele

Professor Gail Steele

Professor Gail Steele, director of Theatre at the Mount, not only will be recognized with a community service award during the House of Peace and Education’s annual Celebrating Women event, she’ll also share the stage with one of the country’s greatest performers, Rita Moreno.

The Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winning performer will headline the annual event to raise awareness of women’s issues and funding for House of Peace & Education, Inc., a non-profit serving women and children in North Central Massachusetts. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, May 21, at Great Wolf Lodge of New England in Fitchburg.

Under Professor Steele’s supervision TAM has received local, regional, and national acclaim. In her 38-year career, over 2,500 individuals have appeared in TAM productions and over 8,000 have participated in summer drama and choir programs. Many have gone on to pursue their own careers in theatre after literally growing up at Theatre at the Mount. In addition to her work at TAM, Professor Steele has shared her expertise and been active in many organizations throughout the community.

HOPE empowers women and children by providing employment and educational skills, and nurturing self esteem, so they can to transition into independence. Because HOPE is a no-fees organization, it must raise considerable funds each year to continue its many services.

This year’s event begins at 5:30 p.m. and consists of cocktail hour with cash bar, dinner, a performance by Boston’s Divas with a Twist, presentation of awards, and finally Rita Moreno’s inspirational story through spoken word and song. Tickets are available in advance only: online at www.hopegardner.org, by calling 978-632-0400, or stopping in at the HOPEful Boutique at 33 Parker Street in Gardner.

In addition to the HOPE Celebrating Women Award, in April, Professor Steele received the Community Leadership Award from the ARC of Opportunity of North Central Massachusetts for her leadership and creativity in launching a sensory-friendly theatre performance for families who support children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or on the autism spectrum.

Mount Wachusett Community College has scheduled a series of information sessions at its Gardner campus for fall enrollment into two of its popular dual enrollment programs: the Pathways Early College Innovation School and the Gateway to College program.

Dual enrollment students complete requirements for their high school diploma while simultaneously earning college credits or completing an associate degree. School choice funding covers the cost of tuition and fees of both programs, which are offered in partnership with the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District.

One of the first two innovation schools created in Massachusetts, the Pathways Early College Innovation School provides motivated high school juniors and home schooled students the opportunity to accelerate the pace of their academic careers by simultaneously earning an associate degree and their high school diploma.

To be eligible for Pathways, students must live in Massachusetts, possess a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0, be at least 16 years old and entering grade 11 by the start of the fall semester, and be recommended by the sending school.

Students must attend a Pathways information session and have current Accuplacer scores in order to apply. Upcoming information sessions for the Pathways school will take place on May 12 and 14; June 16 and 18; and July 7 and 9. The first day of each session provides the information about the school, and the second day of each session includes the Accuplacer test.

MWCC’s Gateway to College program, established in 2005 as the first Gateway site in New England, provides a second chance for students ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. Students simultaneously earn their high school diploma as well as college credits toward an academic degree or certificate. The majority of the graduates continue their education at MWCC or at another college or university.

Gateway applicants must attend a three-day information session to be considered for the program. Upcoming Gateway information sessions will take place on May 12, 13 and 15; June 2, 3 and 5; June 16, 17 and 19; ; July 7, 8 and 10; Aug 4, 5 and 7; and August 18, 19 and 21.

To register for an upcoming information session in either program, or for more details about the programs, contact MWCC’s Division of Access & Transition at 978-630-9248 or visit mwcc.edu/access.

Get our your dictionaries! The Tony Award winning musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, one of Broadway’s most buzzed about hits, opens on May 1 at Theatre at the Mount.

The musical comedy follows six young people in the throes of puberty, who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, as they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique.

The cast features Liz Vettese (Marcy Park), Chris Casello (Chip Tolentino), Ryann Brown (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), Lynne Dumais (Olive Ostrovsky), Kyle Carlson (Mitch Mahoney), Doug Dame (Leaf Coneybear), Christiaan Stone (Vice-Principal Douglas Panch), Marcus Provost (William Barfee), Kate Sheridan (Rona Lisa Perretti).

Performances are May 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and May 3 at 2 p.m.. Tickets are available by calling the Theatre at the Mount Box Office at 978-630-9388 or online at www.mwcc.edu/tam

 

Academics-New-Building-ExteriorState officials, legislators and business and community leaders with join the MWCC community on Earth Day, April 22, to celebrate the start of construction of the college’s new $41 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) building. The Building Beyond Tomorrow ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Commons Area of the Gardner campus.

Carol Gladstone, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, and President Daniel M. Asquino will be among the featured speakers.

“This is another exciting milestone in the history of Mount Wachusett Community College,” said President Asquino. “This project supports trends in teaching and learning and reflects the national and statewide STEM initiatives while providing the best possible education for our students.”

Site preparation work began in March on the 44,000-square-foot addition and renovations to the Arthur F. Haley Academic Center. The Commonwealth is investing $38 million in the project to support the academic needs in North Central Massachusetts. The project will be one of the largest in North Worcester County.

Amenities will 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. New laboratory equipment, including projection microscopes with 60-inch flat screen monitors, will be acquired through a $500,000 grant the college received from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

Designed by Boston-based Architerra, Inc. to meet gold LEED certification for efficiency and sustainability, the new building will contain energy-efficient features related to heating, exhaust, lighting and plumbing to tie in with the college’s sustainability initiatives.

Upgrades to audio/visual equipment and enhanced wireless capabilities in labs and open areas, are also among the features, as well as a new 2,300-square-foot greenhouse for science programs. Improvements to the Haley Academic Center will include a new visitor entrance, a multi-purpose room, an academic advising suite, a refurbished student-centered campus hub and increased accessibility to the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center.

Mount Wachusett Community College will celebrate National Poetry Month on Tuesday, April 28 with a reading from new publications by Professor Michelle Valois and Reference and Instruction Librarian Jess Mynes. The reading will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the East Wing Gallery of the Gardner campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Valois, chair of MWCC’s Liberal Arts & Sciences and General Studies department, recently released her latest chapbook, My Found Vocabulary. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Massachusetts Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Baltimore Review, Anderbo, The Literary Bohemian, and others. She has received writing grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She lives in western Massachusetts with her partner and their three children.

Mynes is the author of several books, including How’s the Cows (Cannot Exist Press) and Sky Brightly Picked (Skysill Press). He will read from his most recently collection, One Anthem, which is expected to be published this summer by Pressed Wafer. His poems have appeared in: The Brooklyn Rail, The Nation, Bright Pink Mosquito, Vlak, Shampoo, Big Bell, and various other publications. He co-curated a reading series, All Small Caps, in Wendell, Mass. for eight years. A resident of Wendell, he is the editor of Fewer & Further Press, where he publishes innovative contemporary poetry.

MWCC is hosting an open house featuring “on the spot” acceptance on Thursday, April 9 from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. at its main campus in Gardner.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to speak with academic advisors, explore academic programs and bachelor’s degree transfer options, learn about financial aid, receive assistance filing for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and receive information about the college’s wide range of student support services.

Registration is recommended and can be made online at mwcc.edu/openhouse or contacting the admissions office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

MWCC offers more than 45 associate degree and academic certificate programs, as well as dual enrollment programs for teenagers, transfer agreements with public and private colleges and universities, workforce development training, adult basic education, and preparation for the HiSET high school equivalency exam. For more information, visit mwcc.edu.

 

The Phi Theta Kappa honor Society is hosting a character breakfast on Saturday, April 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gardner campus. Proceeds will be used to support hunger alleviation programs in North Central Massachusetts.

Participants can enjoy a hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, and beverages with family, friends, and favorite characters. Costumes are encouraged.

Admission is $7 for ages 12 and over, $5 for ages 2 to 11, and free for infants age one and under.

For more information, contact John Day at jday12@mwcc.mass.edu or 978-360-9255.

 

Job Fair 2015

March 24, 2015

MWCC is hosting its annual Job Fair on Wednesday, April 1 at the Gardner campus. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for MWCC students, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the general public.

More than two dozen companies and organizations will be on campus to provide attendees with an opportunity to explore careers in a diverse range of fields. Attendees are encouraged to bring their résumés and dress for success.

Participating companies include Alternatives, Apollo Security, Bemis Associates, Charter Communications, Devereux, Great Wolf Resorts, Health Alliance, LUK, Mass Life Sciences, Operon Resources, Securitas, Seven Hills, TD Bank, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Worker’s Credit Union, and YOU, Inc.

For more information, contact Patricia Brewerton, Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement, at pbrewerton@mwcc.mass.edu.