Joana Dos Santos Appointed to MWCC Board of Trustees

Joana Dos Santos, center, executive director of the United Neighbors of Fitchburg/Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, was recently appointed to the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees. College President Daniel M. Asquino and Board Chair Tina Sbrega welcomed the new member at the board’s April meeting.

Joana Dos Santos of Fitchburg, executive director of United Neighbors of Fitchburg/Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College by Governor Deval Patrick.”We are delighted that Ms. Dos Santos has been appointed to our Board of Trustees,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “As an alumna and a community leader, her enthusiasm and perspective on a range of issues affecting students and our region will be an asset to the board and to the college community.”

A native of Uruguay, Dos Santos became familiar with MWCC as a student at Fitchburg High School, where she participated in the GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) administered by college’s Division of Access and Transition.

After earning her high school diploma, she enrolled at MWCC, where she served as president of the Alpha Beta Gamma business honor society, on the Student Government Association and was inducted in to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, all while remaining active in community service.

“I’m very excited to be appointed to the board,” Dos Santos said. “I started 12 years ago as a GEAR UP student, and now it has come full circle. It is a nice opportunity to give back to the college, which has been like a second home, in a very meaningful way.”

Dos Santos graduated from MWCC in 2007 with an associate degree in business administration, and from Fitchburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. A graduate student in Fitchburg State’s applied communications program, she also serves on the Fitchburg Human Rights Commission and the New England Regional Funding Panel for the nonprofit organization Haymarket People’s Fund.

Outgoing Trustees Recognized

December 19, 2012

Outgoing members of the Board of Trustees Raymond LaFond, seated at left, and Francis Couvares, seated at right, were recently recognized by MWCC for their years of service and dedication to the college. Second row, from left: Trustee and immediate past chair Jim Garrison, Chair Tina Sbrega, and long-serving board member Jay Davis Drake.

Dr. Francis Couvares and Raymond LaFond, outgoing members of the Board of Trustees, were recently recognized for their years of service and dedication to Mount Wachusett Community College.

“On behalf of the entire Mount Wachusett Community College faculty, staff and student body, we express our sincere thanks to Trustees LaFond and Couvares for their many years of collective service to the college,” MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino said.

“Their efforts have resulted in countless improvements and changes to Mount Wachusett Community College that have enhanced the learning environment and the vital role that the college plays in the community that is the essence of the Mount.”

Governor Deval Patrick hosted the first meeting of the Commonwealth’s 15 newly appointed community college board chairs on Nov. 29 to discuss the implementation of his community college plan. MWCC board Chair Tina Sbrega was among the participants.

The governor’s community college plan, supported by the Legislature and included in the FY13 budget, focuses on “strengthening the connections between our campuses, our employers, and our workforce so that each and every one of our students has the opportunity to thrive,” said Governor Patrick.  “These 15 board chairs are the lynchpins of that new, coordinated system of community colleges and I am excited about what we can accomplish together.” 

Delivering on the goals of his community college plan, Governor Patrick recently awarded community colleges a total of $4 million in grants to support increased skill training and workforce alignment, improved student learning outcomes and efficiency measures at campuses across the Commonwealth. These grants will give campuses the additional capacity they need to promote higher completion rates of degrees and certificates, be more responsive to the needs of local economies as well as of the state’s fastest growing sectors and adopt a system-wide standard core of course offerings.

The governor also announced nearly $300 million in capital funding to community colleges this fall to advance high-quality instructional and research facility projects throughout the community college system to help students remain competitive in a 21st century global economy. MWCC has been awarded $37.9 million for a new science and technology building.

For more about the governor’s community college plan click here.