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Interest grows in manufacturing-targeted workforce programs (Worcester Business Journal, April 27, 2015)

By Sam Bonacci In the last two years, successful workforce development programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Mount Wachusett Community College have been built around one thing: real-world conditions and equipment that create skills that can be directly applied to the workplace. WPI’s Biomanufacturing Education & Training Center (BETC) got its start with a fundamentals […]

A priceless $30K idea (Telegram & Gazette editorial April 26, 2015)

Early in March, the presidents of four local public colleges and universities announced the “$30K Commitment,” an effort to help local students obtain both an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree at a cost not to exceed $30,000. No parent or student who has struggled with college costs or the crushing burdens that college loans can […]

The Gardner News – Loan Survivors: Community colleges looking to increase financial literacy as student debt mounts

GARDNER – With the May 1 deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) fast approaching, student loans are again at the forefront of national discussion as college graduates leave school under an unprecedented burden of debt. Last week, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., continued her Middle […]

Mount Wachusett recognized for efficiency (The Gardner News)

GARDNER — Henry David Thoreau’s 160-year-old directive “Simplify, Simplify” is finding renewed meaning in today’s workplace. At Mount Wachusett Community College, 17 employees recently received Lean Green Belt Certification to help streamline operations college-wide. Lean training teaches participants to examine how they do things with an eye toward identifying ways to achieve greater efficiency, eliminate […]

Pedaling Along for a Cause (The Gardner News)

GARDNER About two dozen volunteers climbed aboard their spin-bikes at 9 a.m. on Sunday and began pedaling, and — with the exception of a short break now and then — they didn’t stop for the next three hours. The event, held at the MWCC Fitness and Wellness Center, was the 7th Annual Pedal to End […]

From Imagination to Truth

January 5, 2015 From Imagination to Truth By Michelle Valois At a recent event at my community college, students shared projects that were the result of an interdisciplinary study of Henry David Thoreau. One first-year student read an essay that compared “The Ponds” from Walden to E.B. White’s “Once More to the Lake.” Eloquent and […]

Mount Wachusett featured in statewide education plan

Source: The Gardner News 10/30/2014 BOSTON — At a time of rising demand for skilled college graduates in the commonwealth, the Department of Higher Education’s third annual Vision Project report shows progress being made to raise graduation rates and close achievement gaps among public college and university students in Massachusetts. But the report also projects […]

MWCC and Heywood Hospital Receive State Rapid Response Funding

GARDNER – Mount Wachusett Community College has been awarded state funding to provide suicide prevention training to more than 730 Heywood Hospital healthcare employees. MWCC is the only one of 10 community colleges in Massachusetts awarded two grants totaling $123,073 in Rapid Response funding, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland announced Tuesday, May 28. With […]

Governor Patrick Hosts Community College Meeting

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 […]