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Mount Wachusett Community College Awarded Grant Funding to Expand College Access to Winchendon Residents

Addresses regional job losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic

GARDNER, MA – December 7, 2020 – Mount Wachusett Community College is pleased to announce that it has been granted additional funding from the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation, Inc. to expand its skill-building workshops for Winchendon adults, particularly those who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss or other economic hardship.

The Robinson Broadhurst Foundation, Inc. support will enable MWCC to offer a free, virtual workshop series – the Adult College Experience (ACE) – that is designed to guide adult learners through the steps of applying for college and financial aid, selecting courses, managing coursework and balancing school with work and family life. Participants attending all four workshops will be eligible to win a free, three-credit course provided by the college.

Each year, millions of adult students return to college to expand their career options, change careers, or fulfill a long-held dream of earning a degree. “We developed the ACE program to provide students with a roadmap to follow to make their transition to higher education as seamless as possible,” said Marcia Rosbury-Henne, Dean of Enrollment Management and Admissions.

The ACE sessions are geared toward adults over 25 years old. Participants will attend a number of workshops over the course of the program covering topics including “College for Adults”, “Navigating the ‘Net for Career Success”, and “Foundations for Success.” MWCC anticipates enrolling 30 adults in the program, providing them with the skills and tools they need to successfully enroll and complete a degree or certificate program and find new employment.

“We are continually grateful for the support of the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation and look forward to doing our part to continue their mission to improve the lives of Winchendon residents,” remarked MWCC President James Vander Hooven.

About the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation

Robinson Broadhurst Foundation, Inc. was incorporated on March 24, 1984 and recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation by the IRS on June 10, 1985. Today, with over $55 million in assets, RBFI serves to improve the lives of the residents of Stamford and Worcester, New York and Winchendon, Massachusetts.