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The Newsletter of the New England College Council

New England College Council NECC Officers Dr. Daniel M. Asquino, President Mount Wachusett Community College 444 Green Street Gardner, MA 01440 Tel: 978-632-6600 Dr. Ronald Cantor, President Southern Maine Community College 2 Fort Road South Portland, ME 04106 Tel: 207-741-5500 Ray M. Di Pasquale, President Community College of Rhode Island 400 East Avenue Warwick, RI 02886 Tel: 401-825-1000 Dr. Barbara Douglass, President Northwestern Connecticut Community College Park Place East Winsted, CT 06098 Tel: 860-738-6300 Dr. Susan D. Huard, President Manchester Community College 1066 Front Street Manchester, NH 03102 603-206-8000 Dr. Joyce Judy, President Community College of Vermont 660 Elm Street, P.O. Box 489 Montpelier, VT 05601 802-828-2800

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Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office

Massachusetts Community Colleges Awarded Highest Funded TAACCT Grant in the Country A consortia proposal submitted by the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts and led by Massasoit Community College was selected by the U.S. Department of Labor for the final round of federal funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). The $20 million grant is the highest funded of the 66 awarded in the country by U.S. DOL. The project, 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 degrees, resulting in more students entering employment in the Commonwealth and/or transferring to baccalaureate education to add to their credentials.

L to R: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce and Labor Rachel Kaprelian, Quinsigamond Community College President Gail Carberry and Executive Officer of Massachusetts Community Colleges Bill Hart

During the grant period, 24 STEM degree options and 58 certificate programs will be newly created or significantly enhanced in partnership with business/industry, the Commonwealth‘s workforce system, the state universities and UMass. The project will also build capacity on the highly successful Career & College Navigator model the Massachusetts Community Colleges designed and implemented during the Round I TAACCCT Grant Award in 2011. An important part of the Round IV initiative will focus on creating collaborative pipelines for students to seamlessly transfer to baccalaureate programs in order to meet industry demand in certain STEM industry areas. ―Creating key pipeline collaborations in the STEM fields in conjunction with the state universities and UMass will serve as a new model for creating comprehensive higher education and industry partnerships in the Commonwealth,‖ said Bill Hart, Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Community Colleges Council of Presidents. Additionally, $5M of the $20M will be for a specific statewide collaborative (referred to as the Data Bus) to work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the state‘s workforce system (state career centers and Workforce Investment Boards) to create a pilot around technology enabled solutions to integrate systems at the community colleges and the state‘s career centers to aggregate data and inform decisions.

Mount Wachusett Community College

MWCC’s Annual Economic Impact on Region, State, Tops $207 Million Mount Wachusett Community College, its students and alumni add more than $207 million in income each year to North Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth, according to a newly released regional economic impact report. The study, prepared for the college by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., involved a regional economic impact analysis and an investment analysis during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. According to the findings, MWCC promotes economic growth in the 29 cities and towns that comprise its service area in a variety of ways. The college is one of the region‘s largest employers, it is a buyer of goods and services, is a primary source of education to local residents, and supplies local industry with trained workers. MWCC creates a significant positive impact on the local business community and generates a return on investment to its major stakeholder groups – students, society and taxpayers. During the analysis year, income created by MWCC as a result of college operations equaled $37.8 million and income created as the result of student productivity equaled $169.8 million, for a total effect of $207.6 million. ―The role of community colleges as economic engines has long been recognized and this study provides updated data on the positive impact MWCC has in our region and the state,‖ said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. ―We enroll more than 12,000 credit and noncredit students each year, and the majority of our alumni remain in the region and in the state to contribute to the local economy.‖ The return on investment to students, society and taxpayers is significant, the report found. Students paid a total of $16.2 million to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies during the analysis year. In return for their investment, students will receive a present value of $409.5 million in increased earnings over their working lives. This translates to a return of $6.30 in higher future income for every $1 that students invest in their education, for an average annual return for students of 25.4 percent.

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Society as a whole in Massachusetts will receive a present value of $955.3 million in added state income over the course of the students‘ working lives. Society will also benefit from $15.3 million in present value social savings related to reduced crime, lower unemployment and increased health and well-being across the state. For every dollar that society spent on MWCC educations during the analysis year, society will receive a cumulative value of $9.80 in benefits, for as long as MWCC‘s 2012-13 students remain active in the state workforce.

From the taxpayer perspective, state taxpayers invested $16.3 million to support the operations of MWCC. The net present value of added tax revenue stemming from the students' higher lifetime incomes and the increased output of business amounts to $78.6 million in benefits to taxpayers. Savings to the public sector add another $4.5 million in benefits due to the reduced demand for government-funded services in Massachusetts. By dividing benefits to taxpayers by the associated costs, the average annual return on investment for taxpayers is 13.2 percent, or $5.10 in benefits for every $1.

Other highlights include: 

MWCC employed a total of 1,069 faculty and staff in FY2012-13. Payroll amounted to $32.7 million, much of which was spent in the MWCC service region to purchase groceries, clothing and other household goods and services. The college spent another $14.3 million to support its day-to-day operations. The net impact of college payroll and expenses in the MWCC service region during the analysis year was approximately $37.8 million in added regional income. Overall, the added income created by MWCC and its students supported 3,294 job equivalents in the region. MWCC

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Manchester Community College

NH Community Colleges Partner with University System to Meet the Demand for More Nurses in New Hampshire The Community College System of New Hampshire and the University System of NH signed an agreement in 2014 to help meet the rising demand for more nurses in New Hampshire and throughout the region. Starting in January of 2015, New Hampshire universities and community colleges will work together to streamline the process for nursing students to earn their bachelor‘s degrees. Through online classes, tuition aid and reduced fees, and through an unprecedented cooperation between schools, nursing students will be able to receive the level of training needed to meet the changing professional landscape. The seven community colleges that are part of the Community College System of NH train more than half of the nursing graduates in the Granite State. With this new partnership, a more streamlined program will graduate approximately 600 nurses each year, to meet New Hampshire‘s demand and to meet a similar demand in neighboring states. The program increases bachelors and master‘s degree capacity in nationally accredited programs for both students and existing registered nurses in the workforce. By working together to offer an affordable path toward these degrees, New Hampshire is leveraging the staff, labs, students and administration that are already in place to keep costs down while increasing the number of skilled graduates.

Community College of Rhode Island

CCRI Coordinator Explores New Approach to Student Learning Outcomes Assessment


Rhode Island (represented by CCRI, the University of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Office of Postsecondary Education) has joined partners from Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Utah, the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) to develop a system-level learning outcomes assessment model that does not rely on standardized testing. The resulting Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment has been developing and testing a learning outcomes assessment model that is rooted in campus/system collaboration, authentic student work, and faculty curriculum development and teaching activity. The project builds on the AACU LEAP initiative through which it developed a common set of rubrics—VALUE Rubrics—to assess the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. In its initial phase of examining student work at 68 higher education institutions in nine states, the project is evaluating student achievement of two of the most important outcomes of a college education: written communication and quantitative reasoning. Jeanne Mullaney, assessment coordinator at the Community College of Rhode Island, has been leading faculty engagement efforts on new approaches to Student Learning Outcomes assessment a member of the Multi-State Collaborative. Over the summer, Ms. Mullaney reports, faculty from ten different departments at CCRI worked in a faculty learning community, studying the AACU VALUE rubrics for quantitative literacy and written communication and evaluating the alignment of the rubrics to assignments that they regularly give their students. Working as consultants for each other, the group adapted their assignments to better align to the rubric and they are now training their colleagues on the rubrics and gathering data (in the form of student work) in their courses. At this point, the initiative is engaging 50 faculty members at CCRI. Ms. Mullaney noted that it‘s a bit like quantitative literacy across the curriculum and writing across the curriculum because the faculty members are looking at how these skills are developed and assessed in a wide variety of disciplines.

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Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology


School-Work-Life Balance @ BFIT It‘s 3 o‘clock on a Tuesday afternoon. Sean Tognazzi completes his final class, and heads to Union 302 at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), a room that was formerly a physics classroom. Sean eases into a workstation, boots up his computer, and clicks his mouse. In an instant, he transforms from full-time technical college student to part-time technical support specialist – all while staying on campus ―I jumped on this opportunity to further my career goals,‖ said the 20-year-old sophomore from Salem, Mass. ―I‘m learning skills that will transfer to any job, and I never have to worry about being late for work due to traffic.‖ BFIT, a private non-profit technical college, and PlumChoice, a national leader in technical support solutions, recently formed a partnership to co-fund and co-manage a new on-campus facility dedicated to training BFIT students to become tech support leaders of the future. Today, 25 students enrolled in the college‘s computer technology and health information technology programs, work 10 to 25 hours per week at the renovated customer service center, outfitted with rows of dualmonitor computer stations. Sean Tognazzi, a student in BFIT’s Computer Technology program, works part-time on campus at PlumChoice, providing tech support to customers across the nation.

―It‘s very important to earn a good wage. I have bills to pay,‖ Tognazzi said. ―I was working at a hotel until I found something I truly liked. This job as a tech support specialist is tied to my career and life goals.‖ On campus, BFIT students provide tech support on behalf of major U.S. companies, earning a competitive wage and saving money on transportation costs.

Some high school juniors and seniors in BFIT‘s dual enrollment program are getting hired even before they matriculate at the college. As a result, these students become BFIT freshmen and PlumChoice employees right from the start. This partnership builds on BFIT‘s model of providing both theoretical and practical experience in the classroom and lab. Through skills-based curricula, BFIT encourages students to think beyond the classroom to the problem solving they will do in the work world. ―BFIT works closely with industry leaders to be sure that what we teach is relevant and practical in today‘s competitive marketplace,‖ said Anthony Benoit, president of BFIT. ―Young people are more and more aware that an associate degree in a technical field is a great investment. Partnerships like this one with PlumChoice show that the education we provide is valuable, not only to our students, but to the businesses of the commonwealth.‖

Students provide technical support in the evening to customers from across the nation on behalf of major companies, including Fortune 1000s. They hone their technical skills, but also pick up ―soft skills‖ such as communications, goal-setting and time management. After a few months, they can work from home, bringing schoolwork-life balance to a whole new level.

According to David Temlak, senior vice president for customer service, innovation and delivery at PlumChoice, this partnership helps his company meet the growing demand for technical support specialists and provides good jobs for local technical students who continue to immerse themselves in emerging technologies.

Students are paid during training and start at several dollars an hour above fast-food and retail jobs. They also keep more earnings in their pockets through transportation savings. The higher pay, they say, enables them to focus more on their course-work, and less on making ends meet.

―When these students graduate, they‘re not just leaving with a piece of paper, they leave with real-world experience that gives them a leg up in their professional careers. That opportunity, in turn, enables us to recruit some of the best technical agents in our own backyard – and across the country,‖ Temlak said.

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Capital Community College

Capital Community College Announces New Sustainable Food Service Program at Rocky Hill Vet Center In December a new Sustainable Food Service program will begin at the Veterans Center in Rocky Hill. Developed as the result of a U.S. Department of Labor Northeast Resiliency Consortium grant awarded to Capital Community College, the program specifically targets veterans, displaced workers, unemployed and underemployed individuals, to provide them with opportunities to advance their careers through credit and non-credit programs in Information Technology, Environmental Technology and Healthcare. The Sustainable Food Service program is open to veterans and the public who are interested in pursuing careers in Food Service or Local Farming. ―We look forward to working with Capital Community College and are very happy to provide a venue for students to learn these valuable skills,‖ said Acting Commissioner of the CT Department of Veterans‘ Affairs, Joseph T. Perkins. ―This is only the beginning of what we see as an ongoing, robust program offering veterans at Rocky Hill and statewide the opportunity to further their education and skills.‖ Manny Jimenez, president of the Capital Community College Veterans Club

Organized and taught by Capital Community College, classes for the Sustainable Food Service program will be held at the Veterans Center, where the use of land and a greenhouse have been donated for farming, and kitchen space has been provided for instruction and hands-on learning. The curriculum will include everything from planting herbs and vegetables to setting up an institutional food kitchen and preparing nutritious and delicious meals. Students will also study for and take the ServSafe training exam to prepare for a position in the Food Service industry. ―We are excited to offer veterans and other individuals, innovative programs like this one and help prepare them for their transition to careers,‖ said Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, Capital Community College‘s president. ―Thanks to this grant, our graduates will be provided

Capital Community College student veteran Ayanna Wright

NECC News Brief Thanks to enormous donor support through the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation, no QVCC student has graduated with any Federal debt in the past three years.

with the skills to secure good-paying jobs in high growth fields.‖


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Manchester Community College


MCC Named a Military Friendly® School for 2015 Good news for area veterans, Manchester Community College has been named a Military Friendly® school by Victory Media, Inc., for 2015. The college again earned rights to the coveted Military Friendly® trademarked designation for another year in succession because of its scores on a rigorous survey assessment of some 12,000 schools nationwide. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America‘s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Connecticut is home to 275,000 military veterans, more than 14,000 of whom are women.

From left, MCC Professor Bobbi Fox (U.S. Navy) serves as faculty advisor to the MCC VETS (Veterans Empowering Themselves to Succeed) Club. With her at a recent club meeting are Michelle LaBelle, of East Hartford, CT (U.S. Army), studying business; Edwin Peck, of Windsor Locks, CT (U.S. Navy), studying engineering science; Caitlin Cardello, of East Granby, CT (U.S. Air Force); studying psychology; and Glenn Manning of Bolton, CT (U.S. Army), studying respiratory care.

MCC has repeatedly been recognized for its services to veterans. For example, on Friday, November 7, the college held its first Veteran‘s Professional Development Day dedicated to students who are military veterans and specifically to providing skills and employment opportunities to them. On the agenda were seminars in resume building and interview techniques, an employer and college panel, and time to socialize and network.

has a Veterans OASIS dedicated to providing a supportive space for veterans and military service men and women to network, socialize, study and share, as they integrate into the college experience. MCC students as well as non-students are welcome at the OASIS.

In addition, the Veterans OASIS (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members) provides ongoing support and resources for local veterans. Each public college in Connecticut

The OASIS is also used to host monthly meetings of the MCC VETS (Veterans Empowering Themselves to Succeed) Club. VETS is an on-campus club that assists local veterans and their dependents to network, and it also serves as a liaison for the veterans‘ community outside the college.

Viscogliosi Entrepreneurship Center Dedication Events Help MCC Achieve Launch Goals Manchester Community College, with the support of local residents Anthony G. and Paula Viscogliosi, staged two important events in November that helped reach fundraising goals needed to launch its Viscogliosi Entrepreneurship Center successfully: a VIP reception at the historic Philip Cheney Mansion and a ribbon cutting with guest entrepreneurs Tom and Kate Chappell, who founded Tom‘s of Maine and Ramblers Way Farm. Together these raised more than $109,000 for VEC programs. The funds raised will contribute to educational programs and networking opportunities.

Anthony G. and Paula Viscogliosi cut the ribbon at the dedication of the entrepreneurship center named in their honor at MCC on Main

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―The Viscogliosi Entrepreneurship Center will help provide students and small businesses owners with the support they need to help strengthen our economy and create good-paying jobs with good benefits right here in Connecticut,‖ said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. ―I commend Paula and Anthony Viscogliosi for their gracious donation and encourage the community to take advantage of this invaluable new resource.‖ The VEC is also supported by a gift by the Viscogliosis, whose international experience as accomplished entrepreneurs, visionaries and philanthropists have led them to Manchester, where they work with local organizations in arts, education and entrepreneurship. Page 6

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Roxbury Community College Earns Platinum Endorsement for Life Sciences Programs

Roxbury Community College (RCC) has been awarded the Platinum Level Endorsement for the College‘s Biotechnology Certificate and Associate Degree Program. This is the highest level of endorsement granted by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC), a partnership of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Dr. Valerie Roberson, President of RCC, said, ―We are extremely grateful to the MLSEC for the vote of confidence that this endorsement represents. It validates the efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff who work with students in the Biotechnology Program and prepare them to enter the life sciences workforce. This is the second time that MLSEC has recognized the contributions that community college programs are making to develop a skilled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workforce across the Commonwealth. This recognition from MLSEC also reflects RCC‘s participation in the College Success Campaign to double the numbers of Massachusetts college graduates from low-income backgrounds and college graduates in the state with STEM degrees. The awards ceremony takes place on December 2 nd in Lexington where awardees and all of the programs that applied for silver, gold and platinum endorsements will gather to celebrate. TCC

Tunxis Community College

Tunxis Helps Its Communities During CT’s Public Service Week Students and faculty of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT engaged in service to the community Oct. 19-25 during “Connecticut Make a Difference Week.” The week-long series of public service activities initiated by Tunxis and the other public colleges and universities around the state highlighted the diverse number of community involvement efforts ongoing throughout the year that promote civic engagement, develop students‘ citizenship skills, forge community partnerships and integrate service learning and volunteering.

Tunxis Community Outreach Club’s Corina Scagliola, Barbara Turner, Chelsea Armistead, Andrew Albert, and Club Advisor Marie Clucas, Ph.D., were among those from the Tunxis community who participated in “Connecticut Make a Difference Week.” The group assembled and donated 25 large bags of toiletries for St. Vincent de Paul Mission Shelter in Bristol.

Activities at Tunxis during the week included a Human Services Club event on campus for young mothers and fathers from New Britain in which they toured Tunxis, learned about Admissions, financial aid and Tunxis Early Childhood Center, and attended a class to experience what it is like to attend college; a Community Outreach Club collection of travelsized toiletry donations, which club members included in bags they assembled and donated to St. Vincent de Paul Mission Shelter in Bristol; a Human Services club donation of proceeds from a bake sale to Kyla’s Kids Fund to benefit the children of a Tunxis student who was slain over the summer by her husband in a murder-suicide; a book drive started by the Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in support of early literacy for the “Read to Grow” program; and a food drive in which an art class drew still lifes in class before donating 123 pounds of non-perishable food to the Plainville Food Pantry. Tunxis contributes service through a diverse range of programs, student club projects and alternative break trips that engage students annually in service to local, state, national and international communities. The diverse range of projects over the years have included providing dental hygiene services for uninsured Connecticut residents, several Native American reservations, and South American populations without access to dental care; enlisting as mentor-tutors in the Bristol Public Schools, volunteering for Hands on Hartford‘s Peter's Retreat program, in which students donated food, cooked, and served meals for 25 homeless men and women living with HIV/AIDS; and volunteering at Imagine Nation Museum and Urban Oaks Organic Farm. Fall 2014 Collegian

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Mount Wachusett Community College

Mount Wachusett Receives MassINC 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation Award for GEAR UP Partnership Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg High School have been recognized with a 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation Award from the MassINC Gateway Innovation Institute for the GEAR UP program, a 15-year-old partnership between the two institutions. Each year, MassINC recognizes organizations and individuals that utilize innovative models to grow the economies of the Commonwealth‘s Gateway Cities. Through GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, MWCC‘s Division of Access and Transition provides academic support and early college-awareness activities to Fitchburg High School students. ―This year‘s awards celebrate leaders who have advanced educational excellence in their communities,‖ said Ben Forman, executive director of the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute. ―They each achieved this by working collaboratively to build new learning models that take advantage of unique Gateway City educational opportunities.‖ In 2010, MWCC‘s Division of Access and Transition received a $3.6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand the college‘s partnership with Fitchburg Public Schools. The grant allowed MWCC to offer college-preparation services to every student entering sixth and seventh grades, lasting until their respective graduations in 2016 and 2017. ―We wish to thank the MassINC Gateways Innovation Institute for identifying GEAR UP as one of five model partnerships,‖ said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. ―Fitchburg is a critically important city in our service area, and we are proud of the bond we have developed with Fitchburg High School. GEAR UP has allowed us to foster increased access to higher education for students, which has long been one of our fundamental goals at MWCC.‖

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―The GEAR Up program with Mount Wachusett Community College is one of the longest-sustained educational partnerships we have had as a school district,‖ said Fitchburg Public Schools Superintendent Andre Ravenelle. ―This collaboration has brought not only an institutional commitment to the Fitchburg Public Schools, but more importantly a one-on-one commitment of MWCC staff to hundreds of FHS students, helping them navigate the challenges in life to eventual academic success.‖ GEAR UP students receive academic counseling, tutoring, homework support, MCAS and PSAT/SAT preparation and college admissions assistance. GEAR UP also offers after-school academic and social activities, workshops on college awareness and financial aid, and access to internships, as well as professionaldevelopment seminars for faculty and staff. The program also exists to provide public school districts sustainable curricula in science, math, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with the goal of improving instruction and knowledge acquisition in these areas. ―These award winners exemplify the creativity and dedication Gateway Cities have shown in attempting to build new learning modules that respond to the needs of students and families in our changing economy,‖ said Forman. ―The time has come to take a hard look at how we change funding models developed two decades ago to better position leaders to bring effective new learning models to scale.‖

NECC News Brief Mount Wachusett Community College has partnered with the AASCU, Keene State College, and 29 other colleges and universities on a national initiative to examine and address economic inequality.

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York County Community College

Victoria Kent Receives YCCC Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award


York County Community College (YCCC) is pleased to announce that Victoria Kent of Warm Fuzzies took home the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 10 th Annual Entrepreneur Awards Dinner, which was held on November 13th at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunk, Maine. Each nominee in this category must be a YCCC student, have achieved something significant, and succeeded against the odds. Kent‘s story and the success of Warm Fuzzies proved to the awards committee that she was more than worthy of this year‘s honor. Handcrafted from the heart, Warm Fuzzies produces custom children‘s sweaters with one-of-a kind designs featuring varieties of animals. ―I don't come from a background of recognition or praise,‖ said Kent ―When I learned I was nominated, I was stunned, overwhelmed and humbled. Now that I am on the other side of it, mostly what I feel is an immense gratitude and appreciation to be included with such an amazing group of people on such a special occasion.‖ Kent openly talks about her troubled childhood as the fifth child in a family of ten. She was the only one of her siblings to graduate from high school and the first in her family to earn a college degree. Kent began knitting at the age of 13 after a relative showed her how to do it because they thought she was 'too stupid‘ to learn anything else. Those words were harsh on the 13 yearold Kent; however, they made her incredibly determined to succeed. For over a decade she honed her craft, and she began selling her sweaters after her 5 year-old son came home from his first day of school with orders from four teachers who loved her work. Being recently divorced with little means, Kent discovered that knitting provided her and her family with more than warm, fashionable clothes; her work brought in much-needed funds for Christmas gifts and for winter fuel.

(left to right): Victoria Kent receiving her YCCC Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Entrepreneur Committee Member Dave Moravick

Over the years, Kent has used her skills to teach other people the joy of knitting and creating handmade goods. She regularly donates her beautiful children‘s sweaters to non-profits that help children of domestic violence. Although most of Warm Fuzzies‘ sales are through word of mouth and local craft fairs, Kent is in the process of establishing an Etsy account and learning about ecommerce. Kent holds an AA in Liberal Studies from YCCC and will graduate from YCCC with her second AA in Behavioral Health this December. ―I'm sad that my time at YCCC is coming to a close, but I know that YCCC has prepared me for my adventure ahead,‖ said Kent. ―It has changed my past and given me a future. I am YCCC‘s biggest cheerleader and I'm proud to be an alumna.‖

―My daughter says that handmade sweaters are 'hugs you can wear'.‖ said Kent ―She is also the one to give my little company its name, Warm Fuzzies.‖

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Tunxis Community College

Tunxis and EDAC Technologies Partner to Deliver Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Certificate Tunxis Community College has partnered with EDAC

After the initial six months of training, EDAC will offer

Technologies of Cheshire to offer an Advanced

six-month paid internships to selected students,

Manufacturing Machine Technology Certificate which provides machine operator training and

followed by two-year company sponsored apprenticeships. During this period students can choose

responds to Connecticut manufacturer demand for a workforce with advanced skills.

from a number of specialty areas and work at EDAC‘s Farmington, Cheshire or Newington sites. All graduates

The accelerated program is the first of its type in

of the program will be qualified for entry-level manufacturing positions, with starting salaries around

Connecticut, and the only credit college program in

$40,000 a year.

Connecticut that conducts all of its course work and training onsite at a corporate facility.

Credits from the certificate can be applied to an

―Tunxis is very pleased and excited to team with

associate degree in Technology Studies: Machine Technology. Those who successfully complete the

EDAC in addressing a critical workforce need,‖ said David England, Ed.D., Tunxis dean of institutional

associate degree will be guaranteed admission to

outreach and effectiveness. ―As we all know, the

Central Connecticut State University‘s School of Technology or Charter Oak State College, where

manufacturing industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers, and this program is designed to help address

students can earn a bachelor‘s degree in engineering technology, industrial technology or technology

that demand and be a catalyst for economic development in the state.‖

education. EDAC Technologies is a world leader in the

―The Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Program has strategic importance to EDAC,‖ said

manufacture and repair of metallic and composite aircraft engine components. EDAC‘s additional

Mark McDonald, president and CEO of EDAC. ―Our forecasted business growth, driven by strong customer

services include machine tool support, electron beam

demand, requires the continued development of manufacturing resources and skillsets. This program

welding and the design and manufacture of highprecision molds, fixtures, gauges, and dies for a wide

will provide the vehicle to address that demand as

range of applications. EDAC operates 10 facilities, with locations in the United States and Mexico, and locally

well as supporting economic growth in Connecticut.‖

in Farmington, Cheshire and Newington, CT.

The Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program will start in January and includes classroom instruction and hands-on shop floor training at EDAC. Instruction will provide skills in Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining, tool making, programming inspection, and other areas, and will be delivered at an accelerated pace which enables students to complete the program‘s one-year curriculum in about six months. TCC

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Community College of Rhode Island


Open House Shines Light on CCRI's Advanced Manufacturing Lab, Programs The Engineering and Technology Department at the Community College of Rhode Island celebrated National Manufacturing Day in October with an open house in its manufacturing lab, which recently underwent substantial upgrades. The college received a $378,965 Champlin Foundations grant to replace four vertical milling machines, four 14-inch lathes, four surface grinders and one drill press. Institutional funding and monies provided by the RIDE Perkins Grant also were used for the upgrades, said Dean of Business, Science and Technology Peter Woodberry. More than 50 guests assembled in the lab during the three-hour open house, where they toured the facility, networking and learning about CCRI's new Introduction to CNC Manufacturing and CNC Manufacturing and 3-D Modeling certificate programs along the way. Guests included CCRI faculty, staff and students and prospective students as well as representatives from the state manufacturing industry. Two of those on hand were Bruce Gileau and Larry Fox from Porter Machining in West Greenwich. As the two men looked over course materials, they spoke about what drew them to the open house. "We're looking to train employees and get employees," said Gileau, who said that Porter Machining recently joined the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and heard about the event. He added that training programs were crucial for creating the type of skilled machinists Porter needs. "These courses will help them get their feet wet," he said.

Student Dan Chappell of Warwick said he came to the event to network with representatives from local industry. Chappell said he is underemployed in the industry and registered for the CNC certificate program courses to upgrade his skills and become more wellrounded. "The classes have been a lot of fun so far," he said. Chappell's enthusiasm was matched by Assistant Professor Ray Ankrom, who teaches in the department. Ankrom said that the recent upgrades to the college's lab brought CCRI into the 21st century. "Some of the equipment in here was made in February and March. We're building up our student base, and events like this allow us to talk to companies and see what they're looking for in our students. It's an exciting time; we're just imagining the possibilities," he said. Those possibilities were certainly on the mind of Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gregory Lamontagne as he surveyed the lab, saying that the curriculum the upgrades makes possible is "able to give students more opportunities to become highly skilled," adding that new students could benefit just as much as lifelong learners looking to add to their credentials or transfer on to other institutions. President Ray Di Pasquale briefly addressed the assembled crowd, congratulating the Engineering and Technology Department and industry partners alike with moving CCRI's manufacturing programs forward. "We can all stand here very proud of the fact that the college has done this, and that we can be a part of making our state stronger," he said.

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Champlain College

CC’s David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (AI): The First Academic Center Exclusively Dedicated to Advancing the Theory & Practice of AI through a transformational $10 million gift received in 2012 from Bob and Christine Stiller to support programs in AI and positive organizational development at Champlain College.

The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College, dedicated on November 8th, is the only academic center in the world focused entirely on Appreciative Inquiry. AI, as it's known by practitioners across the globe, emphasizes a strengthsbased approach to organizational development and management. Co-created by Dr. David L. Cooperrider, Appreciative Inquiry is embraced by a broad spectrum of business and social sector leaders and executives. The stated purpose of the Center is to educate leaders to be the best in the world at seeing the best for the world, in order to discover and design positive institutions - organizations and communities that elevate, magnify, and bring our highest human strengths to the practice of positive organizational development and change. Dr. Cooperrider, a global thought leader in AI and positive organizational development, will serve as honorary chair of the Center, act as strategic consultant for the Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College, and participate in executive workshops at the College's Burlington, Vermont campus and in other locations. The internationally-renowned academic leader, business consultant, motivational speaker, and author of 15 books has a long affiliation with Vermont through Bob Stiller, the founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Stiller embraced Appreciative Inquiry to build the socially responsible and successful publicly-traded company in its early days. The Cooperrider Center is made possible

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"The Stiller School of Business at Champlain College welcomes Dr. Cooperrider to an institution that is fast becoming the finest professionally and globallyfocused small college in the U.S.," said Donald Laackman, president of Champlain College. "Teaming with Dr. Cooperrider, our growing network of scholars, executives and certified Appreciative Inquiry practitioners will demonstrate and teach how strengths-based organizations can and do succeed." Ranging from the U.S. Navy to the sand and oil-andgas exploration company Fairmount Santrol (NYSE: FMSA), organizations are embracing Appreciative Inquiry to create healthy systems that vault the companies or nonprofits to where they want to be instead of focusing on what's wrong and needs to be fixed.

"It's a great skill to be able to reframe budding problems into opportunities, and to seize the positive potential in every situation," said Wes Balda, dean of the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College. "These are the talents that our Appreciative Inquiry team will be honing with management students and business and nonprofit leaders from around the world." CC

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Kennebec Valley Community College

KVCC Expands, Launches New Programs Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has dramatically expanded opportunities for students this fall with the soft opening of a second campus and the launch of new academic programs in culinary arts and computer systems integration. The Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley opened August 25 for the fall semester, with more than 500 students taking some or all of their classes at the new location. While still in development, the new campus is already having an enormous impact on the College. The 600-acre campus is located six miles north of KVCC‘s main campus in Fairfield, and is now the hub for academic programs in sustainable agriculture, culinary arts, business, liberal studies, mental health, and early childhood education. The transformation of the property has been dramatic, as KVCC began a major overhaul of what was once the central campus of the Good Will-Hinckley School, originally founded in 1889. Extensive improvements to buildings, parking, and infrastructure began in 2013. More than 20 full-time staff and faculty are now based there as well as adjunct faculty. Most student support services available at KVCC‘s Fairfield campus are being duplicated at the Alfond Campus. Most striking on the new campus is the new Sustainable Agriculture building, a modern 16,500 square foot classroom and laboratory structure merging the study of agriculture, food technology, culinary arts and food entrepreneurship a modern academic facility.

One of the most exciting developments at the Alfond Campus has been the installation of a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen and cooking studio - unique, stylish facilities placing KVCC’s new degree program in Culinary Arts at the forefront of culinary arts education in Maine. Fall 2014 Collegian


This historic barn is part of a 120-acre farm on the new Harold Alfond Campus which has been revived over the past year, providing students in the Sustainable Agriculture program with hands-on experience with livestock and vegetable production. Barns are being rehabilitated, greenhouses erected, and a welcome center constructed. In its first season the farm has produced more than 30 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in addition to organic eggs.

Classes are scheduled to begin in the new building in January 2015. The building contains classrooms, faculty offices, laboratories, a computer lab, an auditorium, a student lounge, and informal learning space. It is designed to take advantage of the latest advances in renewable energy technology and building efficiency practices. While development of the new campus has dominated the last year at KVCC, advances are also underway at the Fairfield campus, including the launch of a new two-year Business program option in Computer Systems Integration, and expansion of other programs including the Electrical Lineworker Technology program. Both KVCC campuses will benefit from $2.5 million in federal funding over the next three years to advance health care, social work, and construction careers in Maine through new and existing programs of study thanks to a grant awarded through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT) Program in September. The grant is projected to serve more than 140 participants directly and many more after grant funding ends by allowing KVCC to expand and enhance its existing degree and certificate programs in Medical Assisting and Mental Health while creating a new two-year degree program in to Sustainable Design-Build (Timber Frame).

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North Shore Community College


NSCC Launches CommUniverCity at Lynn Over 150 educators, community organization representatives, elected officials and members of the North Shore Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Career Center convened recently to begin North Shore Community College‘s new collaborative innovation – the CommUniverCity at Lynn. The CommUniverCity at Lynn, the brainchild of NSCC President Patricia Gentile, is an urban education-workforce development collaboration involving NSCC, Lynn Public Schools, Salem State University (for bachelor degree completion programs at NSCC Lynn campus), the city of Lynn, Lynn Community Health Center (providing access to comprehensive health services to NSCC students), and the North Shore WIB (bringing career services to the NSCC campus) working in tandem to build seamless pathways in public education from pre-K all the way through to gainful employment. Massachusetts Senator Thomas M. McGee is also a supportive leader of the initiative. Partners will have a presence on the NSCC Lynn Campus under the CommUniverCity at Lynn ―one stop‖ umbrella. It is named the CommUniverCity at Lynn – spelled with a Ci-t-y - to convey the breadth of community collaboration and education sector support needed to drive systemic change. Hallmark values underpinning this student success endeavor are access, affordability and accountability through partnerships, education and career pathways, and…..systemic change. Work on the initiative has been underway for the past six months, and is being spearheaded by Donna Richemond who is serving as its Executive Director, as well as the Chief Officer of the Lynn Campus.

careers from high school to North Shore Community College To the CommUniverCity at Lynn will also aim to link adult basic education and English as a Second Language programs to move worker-learners to acquire a minimum of one year of post-secondary education or career technical training. To aid students in retaining and completing their education and career goals, surmount economic barriers, and move toward economic mobility, the CommUniverCity at Lynn will partner with community based organizations and social service agencies to connect students to state and federal financial resources and local community services on the NSCC Lynn campus. To support sound decision making and ensure that students consider and understand affordable education options, a financial literacy opportunity will be made a mandatory component of the pathway. Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy said, "I love it when people dream big about Lynn. Thank you for bringing your big ideas to our little city President Gentile. The timing is perfect.‖ Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey, President of SSU, noted, "It is wonderful to harness the energy and devotion to Lynn with this strategic initiative." ―The collaborative, I believe, will create efficiencies that will enhance an affordable education pathway – one that doesn‘t burden students with unreasonably high loans that hamper their ability to raise themselves and their families to a better quality of life,‖ said President Gentile.

―This concept goes beyond interagency partnerships to a place of depth and scope that transforms people and systems,‖ explains President Gentile. Through the CommUniverCity at Lynn, NSCC and its partners commit to increasing the number of Lynn residents who attend and complete post-secondary training and education goals and enter into sustaining careers in area industry. This will be accomplished by: expanding Early Childhood education training and opportunities; vertically integrating college readiness in the pre-K through 12 public education system through various initiatives including early college and dual enrollment opportunities; and establishing clear academic pathways to relevant current and future

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CommUniverCity at Lynn charter partners, from left, NSCC President Patricia Gentile, Lynn Mayor Judith Kennedy, SSU President Patricia Maguire Meservey, state Senator Thomas McGee, NS WIB Director Mary Sarris, Lynn Public Schools Supt Cathy Latham and Lynn Community Health Center ED Lori Berry

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Wentworth Institute of Technology


Altschuler Computer Center Newest Addition to 'High-Tech Highway' Wentworth Institute of Technology announces the opening of The Altschuler Computer Center— an advanced, highly innovative facility for computer science and networking. On May 15, students, faculty, staff, corporators, and trustees will gather to officially dedicate the center and honor key donors Samuel and Nancy Altschuler, whose generous contribution helped make the space‘s renovation possible. ―I believe I speak for the entire Wentworth family when I say ‗thank you‘ to Samuel and Nancy for their generous gift and commitment to our school. This center will not only advance our students‘ classroom experience, but also offer them the valuable firsthand experience needed to succeed in real world situations,‖ said Wentworth President Zorica Pantić. ―For years, Wentworth graduates have helped design and build much of our city‘s physical infrastructure. Now, thanks to this innovative center, our graduates will help craft the infrastructure of our digital world.‖ The center, which was funded in part by a $1 million donation from Wentworth alumnus Samuel Altschuler, Hon. ‘08, and his wife Nancy Altschuler, features a range of industry-standard equipment for networking and data storage. Wentworth students will gain practical experience related to cyber security, network engineering and maintenance. Students will have access to the latest technology such as 35 Cisco switches, 30 Cisco routers, 20 Dell servers, five Cisco Nexus switches, and one EMC storage array, as well as cables, racks, and power-distribution equipment. ―We‘re very enthusiastic about what will be one of the finest networking centers in the United States,‖ said Samuel Altschuler. ―What inspires me the most about Wentworth is that it is pointing the way to continued growth and enhancement of its facilities and in the education provided for its students.‖ Altschuler, a 50-year veteran of the electronics industry, founded Altron Incorporated in 1970, which became a leading manufacturer of electronics equipment, primarily surface-mount assemblies, custom-designed backplanes, and circuit boards.

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Nancy and Samuel Altschuler

The Altschuler family tradition at Wentworth continues today as Sam and Nancy‘s son, Jeffrey Altschuler, Wentworth ‘84 and founder and CEO of Altronics Manufacturing, is a corporator for the Institute while their grandson, David, is currently enrolled in the Computer Networking program, and will be a part of the first group of students to use the center this summer. ―Amazon, Facebook, and Google all run data centers with hundreds of thousands of servers,‖ said Charlie Wiseman, assistant professor of computer science and computer networking. ―Now our students can build their own data center systems using industry-standard technologies. This new computer center enables us to teach these types of real-world skills to Wentworth undergraduates that are not found in other programs around the country.‖ The opening of The Altschuler Computer Center marks the latest enhancement to the ground floors of Wentworth, Williston, and Dobbs Halls. The highly successful Manufacturing Center opened in 2011, and construction is underway on a complete overhaul of laboratories for the study of strength of materials, materials science, and nanotechnology. Together, these facilities compose a ―High-Tech Highway‖ for learning along one of the Institute‘s primary academic corridors.

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Wentworth Institute of Technology

WIT Officially Dedicates Gelfand Strength of Materials Lab The Gelfand Lab features industry-standard equipment and modern machinery that tests tensile strength, torsion, structural behavior, and more. The lab space is part of the larger Materials Science Center, which also includes the Sweeney Nanotechnology Lab, the Amelia and Eugene Lutrzykowski Collaboration Space, and a new materials science lab. The collaboration space is named for Calabrese‘s parents and is funded by a $250,000 gift by Gelfand and Calabrese. Mark Gelfand, Cynthia Calabrese, and President Zorica Pantic cut the ribbon for the Gelfand Strength of Materials Lab

With family, friends, and colleagues surrounding him, Mark Gelfand stood in front of the new strength of materials lab named in his honor and smiled. ―When you take a photo of yourself, you call it a ‗selfie,‘‖ he said. ―But when I take a look at a place that has a need for a philanthropic opportunity, I call it a ‗Gelfie.‘‖ Thanks in part to a $1 million gift from the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust—led by Gelfand and his partner, Cynthia Calabrese—the Gelfand Strength of Materials Laboratory was officially dedicated on October 19 in Dobbs Hall. Gelfand‘s road to Wentworth was paved thanks to Calabrese, the mother of two sons who attended Wentworth and the sister of a Wentworth alumnus. After meeting Calabrese, Gelfand quickly recognized Wentworth as a school with standout students, but one that could benefit from physical updates. ―These are the types of machines that I grew up using,‖ said Gelfand, a software engineer and entrepreneur whose love of engineering was sparked by his Uncle Len, an engineer at Cleveland-based ERICO Products. ―And I‘m so happy that students at Wentworth will have the opportunities that I did.‖


Pieced with the Manufacturing Lab (2011) and the Altschuler Computer Center (2014), the Materials Science Center adds to the High-Tech Highway at Wentworth. ―We are very thankful to Mark and Cynthia for making sure that we continue to stay competitive and provide a great education for our students,‖ said President Zorica Panti. ―This is a transformative gift.‖ Mike Jackson, Chair of the College of Engineering and Technology, described the looks of awe that students have worn while entering the Gelfand Lab in recent weeks. He also noted the new opportunities the space offers students of all generations. ―This opens the door for future and current students, but it also helps those who have left Wentworth,‖ he said. ―This lab allows us to now offer more master‘s programs (due to specific equipment).‖ One person immediately befitting from the lab is Alex Schwarzkopf, a fifth-year electromechanical engineering student who spoke during the dedication. Schwarzkopf returned from a co-op at Tesla Motors in California this summer and joked that he felt like he was in a different school upon his return. ―The old machines are gone,‖ he said. ―Everything is new and state of the art. It really gives us an edge (as students) and lets us compete in the 21st century.‖ Schwarzkopf also thanked Gelfand and Calabrese. ―Both of you have given every student who will set foot through here a very precious gift,‖ he told the duo. ―There is no loftier present than a dream realized, and for this I thank you.‖ Calabrese and Wentworth Trustee Ryan Hutchins also

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