Education

Girls Inc. of Holyoke unveils its new name

Girls Inc. is of Holyoke has been working with young women in Western Massachusetts for many years, so the organization felt it was time to match its name to its reach. From now on Girls Inc. of Holyoke will be known as Girls Inc. of the Valley. “Not everyone realizes that we serve girls from…

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American International College Prepares Graduates for Economic Success

American International College (AIC) is among the state’s top colleges and universities in increasing graduates’ earning potential, according to a recent study. A 2017 Harvard University study revealed that AIC ranks second among private institutions of higher education in Massachusetts in upward income mobility of its graduates. According to the report, “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of…

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Grant Aims to Build Pathways in a Technology-driven Workforce

When people talk about an ‘IT gap,’ Amanda Gould says, the appropriate response might be, ‘which one?’ Indeed, there’s the gap that seems to getting most of the attention these days, the one that involves the huge gender disparity in the IT workforce, with the vast majority of those well-paying jobs going to men, said…

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Holyoke Community College Welcomes Lea Occhialini as Its First Ombudsperson

Holyoke Community College (HCC) recently welcomed Lea Occhialini as its first ombudsperson and chief culture officer. Occhialini is the former faculty and staff ombudsperson at Hampshire College and mediator/trainer in the Smith College Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. Prior to that, she worked as a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court qualified mediator for the Mediation and…

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Westfield Promise program for early college gets $190K from state

Westfield Promise, a program that allows students earn up to 12 college credits while still high school juniors and seniors, has received another $190,000 in state funding. The funding comes as Westfield State begins recruiting another cohort of 125 or so high school sophomores in Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield to form a new class, and…

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Bay Path Receives Grant to Help Fund Student Internship Experiences

Bay Path University has been awarded $5,000 in grant funding support from the Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., trustee, for its project, “Impacting the Community: Fostering Social Justice Through Student Internships.” The foundation’s support will benefit Bay Path undergraduate students who are performing internships at nonprofits in Hampden County, including Square One,…

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