Commencement season is that time of year when new careers are launched, as thousands of students enter the Massachusetts workforce, degrees in hand, ready to put their years of education and training to work at local companies.
The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) has announced today that Nate Mackinnon is joining the organization as its new Executive Director. Mackinnon is succeeding Tom Sannicandro in the role, who is retiring at the end of April. Mackinnon brings a wealth of knowledge about higher education and a passion for the mission of community colleges.
Not many people can say they’ve worked on every U.S.-led rover mission to Mars. One who can is David C. Gruel, who graduated from Holyoke Community College (HCC) in 1991.
Five years out of HCC, Gruel was part of the Pathfinder mission that landed the Sojourner rover on Mars, the second Mars mission since the Viking became the first-ever U.S. mission to Mars in 1975.
Today the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges announced the hiring of Lisa Huyghe as Director of Workforce Development. Huyghe will serve as a primary point of contact for developing training and partnership opportunities between the community colleges and employers across the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges announced that all the organization’s priority investments were included in the FY2021 state budget finalized by lawmakers in recent weeks. With the Legislature voting to override many higher education-related vetoes, the investments in the state’s community college segment were officially included and will play a major role in supporting the institutions and students across the state.
Today the Presidents from the fifteen Massachusetts Community Colleges announced in a joint statement that their colleges would all be continuing to offer primarily remote, online, and hybrid learning, with limited in-person courses, in the Spring 2021 semester.
After being elected by her peers and officially appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Sept. 2, Judith Roberts, executive director of The Literacy Project, has joined the Greenfield Community College (GCC) board of trustees.
MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that student success rates from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Starter Academy Summer Program, which ran virtually for two weeks in August, prior to the start of fall STEM classes, increased STEM students’ math skills, placement scores, and confidence.
Yves Salomon-Fernández and Christina Royal, the presidents of Greenfield and Holyoke community colleges, respectively, both said Thursday that the colleges have been asking Black students to share stories about their experiences and backgrounds as equity efforts continue.
“Our perception is that we need to bring everyone together. We need to acknowledge everyone’s experiences, approach this work with humility, and understand that we are all striving toward the same goal,” Salomon-Fernández said. “We will make mistakes but we will learn from those mistakes and support one another.”
A federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts has enjoined a Department of Education rule that bars undocumented immigrant students and other noncitizen students not eligible for the federal Title IV financial aid program from accessing emergency grants authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.