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MWCC Hosts Naturalization Ceremony for 207 New Citizens

Community colleges are often referred to as “the Ellis Island” of American higher education, so it was only fitting that 207 Massachusetts immigrants from 53 different countries officially gained U.S. citizenship during a Naturalization Ceremony held at Mount Wachusett Community College on Feb. 6. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services selected MWCC as the setting […]

MWCC Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mount Wachusett Community College kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration on Jan. 30. The 1960s-style band Shakin’ all Over performed tunes from the decades, while students, faculty and staff posed for 1960s photos. “I think what makes our 50th special, is we have faculty members who were here during the early years, including those who were […]

MWCC Trustee Scott Howard Reappointed to Board

Scott Howard, chief operating officer of Bemis Associates, has been reappointed to the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees by Governor Deval Patrick. Mr. Howard, who initially joined the board in 2009, was sworn in for a new term during a brief ceremony at the college on January 22. In addition to his service […]

MWCC Foundation Appoints Carla DeFosse New Executive Director

Carla DeFosse of Princeton has been appointed executive director of Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Inc., bringing experience in nonprofit management and development, public service, fundraising, strategic planning and renewable energy. A lifelong resident of North Central Massachusetts, DeFosse was unanimously appointed by the foundation’s board of directors and joined the college community on January […]

MART Bus Route Between MWCC and Athol/Orange Region Expanded

Residents who rely on MART transportation from Orange, Athol or Winchendon to Gardner and MWCC will benefit from expanded bus service to the region following a request from Mount Wachusett Community College student leaders and the college administration. The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority has extended G-Link service along Route 2 East and West by adding […]

Mount Wachusett Community College Celebrating 50th Anniversary in 2013

Much has transpired over the past five decades as Mount Wachusett Community College evolved from a fledgling institution to multi-campus college providing academic, workforce development and personal enrichment programs to more than 12,000 credit and noncredit students from throughout North Central Massachusetts. Since its founding, more than 100,000 students have attended “the Mount” under the […]

New Community Projects Launched by United Way Youth Venture of North Central Mass.

Good things can happen in three! The month of December has been quite exciting for the United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts. After presenting their community service ideas to a panel of judges, three teams of area middle and high school students received approval and seed funding to launch their ventures. The students’ […]

7th Grade Talent Search Participants Attend Leadership Conference at MWCC

More than 100 area seventh graders visited MWCC’s Gardner campus for a leadership conference featuring nationally known spoken word poet, performer and educator Michael Reyes. The students participated in two of the Division of Access and Transition’s federally funded TRIO programs, Educational Talent Search in Gardner, Fitchburg and Leominster, and the North Central Massachusetts Talent […]

Survey Shows Area Businesses Cautiously Optimistic for 2013

The outlook for hiring trends in North Central Massachusetts in 2013 was rated as “fair to good” by a majority of employers who participated in a recent business trends survey conducted by four area Chambers of Commerce and Mount Wachusett Community College’s business department.  The online, confidential survey, conducted Nov. 1 through 23, targeted the […]

Economic Development Secretary Tours Collaborative Training Site

Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki and members of his team toured Nypro University on Dec. 11 to learn more about the unique academic and workforce training partnership between the Clinton-based manufacturer, MWCC and Fitchburg State University, as well as other economic initiatives in North Central Massachusetts. Secretary Bialecki, Eric Nakajima, Senior […]