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 Massasoit Honored for ESOL Partnership

Massasoit Honored for ESOL Partnership

Massasoit Community College’s Division of Workforce Development & Community Education were honored on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 for their partnership with Churchill Linen Service for providing ESOL courses to employees. Massasoit’s Associate Director of Corporate Education, Steven Litcoff and Churchill Linen Services CEO, Ken DeDominici accepted the award from MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in a ceremony held in Boston.

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For more information about ESOL programs for your organization, contact Maryellen Brett, Director of Corporate and Professional Training at 508-588-9100 ext. 1302 or email mbrett1@massasoit.mass.edu.

 Massasoit Shares in $20 Million Labor Grant

Massasoit Shares in $20 Million Labor Grant

A consortia proposal submitted collectively by the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts led by Massasoit Community College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the fourth and final round of federal funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). The community colleges are advancing a comprehensive approach to addressing the training and educational needs of workers and employers statewide with a focus on articulated pathways to careers in high-growth STEM sectors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; as well as advanced manufacturing and healthcare). The $20 million grant is the highest funded of the 66 awarded in the country by U.S. DOL. The project, entitled Guided Pathways to Success in STEM (GPSTEM), will use the national Complete College America Guided Pathways to Success model to assist eligible students in obtaining degrees and certificates in STEM fields. The model focuses on reducing the time to completion of certificates and degree programs, resulting in more students entering employment in the Commonwealth and/or transferring into baccalaureate programs to add to their credentials.

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 Downtown Brockton Education Collaborative Unveiled

Downtown Brockton Education Collaborative Unveiled

Governor Deval Patrick announced today in a press conference at Brockton City Hall a $21.5 million commitment for the renovation of 226 Main Street to bring a new higher education campus to downtown Brockton. He was joined by Massasoit Community College President, Charles Wall, Bridgewater State University President Dana Mohler-Faria and Keith Motley Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Boston as well as state and local officials in a brief presentation to a large crowd.

The announcement is the first stage of the Downtown Brockton Education Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Commonwealth, the city of Brockton and the heads of three major learning institutions, and is the first step in bringing the learning center to downtown Brockton which will allow students to participate in programs from the three public higher education institutions under one roof.

 Massasoit Announces Vet Tech Partnership

Massasoit Announces Vet Tech Partnership

Suzanne Green, Superintendent-Director of Norfolk County Agricultural High School (Norfolk Aggie) and Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, are pleased to announce the Board of Higher Education’s approval of its dual enrollment college pathway program that will afford Norfolk Aggie students the opportunity to earn credit toward an associate’s degree in applied science (AAS) in veterinary technician while still in high school.

This new program will be housed in both Walpole, at Norfolk Aggie, and Canton, at Massasoit’s Canton Campus. The program will leverage Norfolk Aggie’s expertise in agricultural education and Massasoit’s proficiency in college math and sciences to create a rigorous, hands-on curriculum that will give students the technical skills to succeed in the field. In addition, a partnership with a local veterinary practice will provide the critical clinical experience students will need to enter the workforce.

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 UMass Dartmouth Offers Tuition Waiver

UMass Dartmouth Offers Tuition Waiver

Eligible Massasoit Community College students will receive free tuition at UMass Dartmouth

Earlier this week, UMass Dartmouth announces community college tuition waiver program.

UMass Dartmouth announced today that it will waive tuition for incoming students who have earned an Associate's degree and maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average at any of the state’s 15 community colleges. The waiver will be good for up to four semesters.

Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year was $1,417. Community college students will remain eligible for additional need- and merit-based financial aid.

“We want to encourage successful community college students to continue their education at UMass Dartmouth and build on their educational momentum,’’ said Chancellor Divina Grossman. “This program, combined with recent increases in the financial aid and freezing of tuition and fees for two years in a row, supports our mission to keep excellent educational opportunities financially accessible.”

UMass Dartmouth welcomes many community college transfer students each, predominantly from Bristol, Massasoit and Cape Cod community colleges.

“Community college students have an excellent track record of success at the university, and we look forward to making more of them a part of our community,” said Ian Day, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management.

The University awards more than $100 million in federal, state, and campus-based financial aid each year. Since 2010, the campus-based aid has increased from $14 million to $18 million.

 Massasoit Announces New Career Assessment Tool

Massasoit Announces New Career Assessment Tool

Brockton, MA – The Advisement & Counseling Department is excited to promote FOCUS2, a self-paced, online career and educational planning tool that guides users through various assessments and allows them to match up their career results to majors at Massasoit. The main goal in getting FOCUS2 was to have an updated career assessment tool that students could access from anywhere (campus, home, phone, tablet, etc.). With a good quality career assessment tool, the academic counseling staff can better assist students decide on a major that best suits them, as well as research occupations by name or career cluster. “Advisors will use FOCUS2 with any student who is unsure about a major or is interested in more in depth career exploration. It is a wonderful tool”, says Nicole Precourt, Academic Career Counselor.

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 Transition to Community College Program

Transition to Community College Program

The Transition to Community College Program is held at Massasoit's Brockton Campus and is designed to help prepare Adult Learners for a successful transition to a college degree or certificate program at Massasoit Community College. This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is FREE to all who meet the eligibility requirements. Registrations being accepted for spring semester.

For more information, please contact:

Linda Aspinwall, Director
Adult Basic Education Programs
T: 508-588-9100 x1301
F: 508.427.1248
E: laspinwall@Massasoit.mass.edu

Or

Dianne Blanchard
Educational & Career Advisor
T: 508-588-9100 x1303
F: 508.427.1248
E: dblanchard1@massasoit.mass.edu

 Massasoit has New Veterans Services Coordinator

Massasoit has New Veterans Services Coordinator

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, is pleased to announce that Brian J. Smith, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has joined the College as the new Veteran Services Coordinator and Counselor.

While on active duty with the Air Force, Brian spent six years as a security policeman in North Dakota, South Korea, Turkey, the Azores, and Afghanistan. After completing his military service and while earning his bachelor’s degree, Brian served as the Student Coordinator of Veteran Success at the University of New Haven, where he developed programs and events for military veteran students. Following graduation, he taught at Elm City College Preparatory School. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Quincy College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in International Justice and Security from the University of New Haven.

“Brian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position, and I am certain that he will be an invaluable resource for our students who have served in the military,” said Dr. Wall. “We are proud to support our military veterans and their families, and I look forward to welcoming Brian to the Massasoit community.”

 High School Students may apply for a Free Class!

High School Students may apply for a Free Class!

Massasoit received $28,100.00 for Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP).
 
Massasoit has limited FUNDING for the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) for the Spring 2015 Semester. The CDEP program is a state funded grant program which targets high school students who are first generation college students and/or those interested in pursuing majors in STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students who have not had the opportunity to participate in an early college experience due to financial circumstances are encouraged to apply.  Students may to take one free college class to receive dual credit from the college and the participating high school.  There may be a limited number of students selected from each participating high school. 
 
·         Students should submit Dual Enrollment Applications to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator starting  November 1, 2014 
·         Registration begins on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  
·         Spring 2015 classes begin on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and end on Saturday, May 9, 2015. 
 
In addition to the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) Massasoit offers the Massasoit Dual Enrollment Program, (MDEP), a reduced tuition program for qualified high school students, ($50.00 per credit hour, See Dual Enrollment Opportunities Brochure for complete cost details). The MDEP program offers up to two reduced courses per semester for qualified high school students for courses offered after 4:00pm on Monday through Friday or any time on weekends, including online classes with a minimum of 8 currently enrolled students.
 
 
Please check the website for detailed information regarding admissions criteria, application and registration forms:  http://www.massasoit.mass.edu/admissions/dual_enroll .cfm

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