Education

Economic session targets housing, filling jobs

Housing and economic development are inextricably mixed and must be addressed in unison with each other, Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy says. “We need more housing,” said Kennealy Thursday at Springfield Technical Community College, where the second of eight economic engagement sessions across the state took place. “There is a housing crisis throughout the…

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Scholarships Available for STEM Studies at HCC

Students enrolled full-time in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, or other STEM fields at Holyoke Community College (HCC) may qualify for a National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarship of up to $10,000 a year toward tuition and fees.  Recipients of the scholarship become members of HCC’s STEM Scholars program and participate in field trips and benefit from other…

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Greenfield Community College Foundation Awards $190,000 in Scholarships

The Greenfield Community College (GCC) Foundation awarded 127 scholarships to GCC students at its 57th annual GCC Foundation scholarship awards ceremony. The awards totaled over $190,000, with an additional $100,000 to be distributed in the fall, all made possible by donor support of endowed and direct-funded named scholarships. The occasion is a time for members…

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GCC Awarded Grant to Improve Post-incarceration Workforce Outcomes

Greenfield Community College (GCC) has been awarded $17,000 from the Commonwealth Corp. as part of an Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development initiative to improve workforce outcomes among individuals returning to their communities after incarceration. The Program Design Capacity Building Grant is part of the Commonwealth Corp. Re-Entry Workforce Development Demonstration Program. The goal…

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‘Forever missed’: Business and historic preservation activists mourn death of Donald Courtemanche, former leader of Springfield BID and Amherst chamber

Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., joined in praising Courtemanche. “Obviously, he was very committed to local economic development,” Sullivan said. “It was a real passion he had. He really saw the importance of creating jobs and having vibrant local economy, particularly recognizing the importance of small business.”…

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Meri Clark Honored for Teaching Excellence at Western New England University

Meri Clark was named the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at Western New England University (WNEU). Winners of the prestigious award are nominated by students, faculty, and administrators for outstanding contributions as educators and advisors. During the review process, current and former students praised Clark as somebody who possessed a “brilliant teaching manner” and…

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PVPC Releases New Comprehensive Economic-development Strategy

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) recently released its 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress Five-year Update, a blueprint for economic development in the region. The CEDS features a description of regional economic-development conditions and sets forth goals and objectives for the future, as well as a list of…

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American International College Introduces AIConversations Tonight

American International College (AIC) will launch AIConversations, a discussion series highlighting important topics featuring members of the campus community, today, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Stinger Pub on campus. The inaugural event will feature Lina Racicot, AIC’s director of Graduate Psychology, who oversees the forensic psychology and clinical psychology master’s-degree programs as well…

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