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    What is Go Higher?

    Go Higher! promotes college readiness and raises awareness of the growing number of outstanding programs and opportunities available to students at our community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses.

    Go Higher! is a campaign by the Department of Higher Education, in partnership with Massachusetts' 29 public colleges and universities, to raise awareness of the growing number of outstanding programs and opportunities available to students at our community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses.

  • Nursing students at University of Massachusetts Boston

    UMass Boston offers RN to BSN program at Cape Cod Community College

    The program offers computer assisted and “face to face” instruction aimed at the working nurse’s already demanding schedule.

    WEST BARNSTABLE -- July 22, 2015 - Representatives of the UMass-Boston Bachelor of Science in Nursing at CCCC program will meet with potential enrollees Thursday July 30th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in rooms 101-102 of the Lorusso Applied Technology Building on the West Barnstable campus of Cape Cod Community College. On-site applications will be available, and advisors will be on hand to discuss the admissions process for their unique “RN to BSN” program that is offered on CCCC’s campus.  UMass-Boston’s program is both convenient and flexible, offered through computer assisted and “face to face” instruction aimed at the working nurse’s already demanding schedule.

    Financial Aid is available for those who qualify, and representatives will be ready to talk financing options as well. Those not able to attend are encouraged to speak with Cheryl Brennan at 508-362-2131 x 4850, or by email: cbrennan@capecod.edu; or with Dot Montini at 508-362-2131 x 4344, dmontini@capecod.edu.

    UMass-Boston shapes its program for the day-to-day working Nurse, offering strong individual support and advising from admission through graduation. The program takes place right at the Cape Cod Community College campus, no long commute to Boston. This RN to BSN pathway offers generous transfer and equivalency credits for prior professional nursing study and skills, and the lack of a commute is a major benefit. At the same time, the program is built around the work schedules of today’s healthcare environment. The program’s courses include both “face to face” instruction as well as computer-assisted courses (so called “hybrid” courses) on the West Barnstable campus.

    Graduates of the program have repeatedly praised its welcoming environment, academic quality, and program clearly designed by those who understand the working demands of practicing Nurses. Writing about their program, students have commented:“…The instructors are extremely empathetic and patient with their students, recognizing each as an individual and helping them to expand on their intrinsic strengths… UMass Boston was generous with its transfer credits…”

    Both UMass-Boston, and CCCC’s Nursing Program professionals will welcome questions Thursday July 30th starting at 4 p.m. in rooms 101-102 of the Lorusso Building on the West Barnstable campus. The two higher education institutions just recently signed an agreement that welcomes currently enrolled nursing students at CCCC directly into UMass-Boston’s BSN program, and all future Nursing Program enrollees at CCCC will have the opportunity to move directly into the UMB-BSN program immediately after earning their Associate Degree.

    The RN to BSN Program through Cape Cod Community College and UMass Boston was supported by the Department of Higher Education's Nursing & Allied Health Initiative. For similar programs, go to their website.

    Photo courtesy University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Management students at University of Massachusetts Boston

    UMass Dartmouth expands business school to offer PhD program

    As construction begins on a $15 million expansion of the Charlton College of Business, the school is getting ready to roll out its first PhD program.

    DARMOUTH -- June 24, 2015 - As construction begins on a $15 million expansion of the Charlton College of Business, the school is getting ready to roll out its first PhD program.

     The UMass Board of Trustees approved a new PhD in business administration June 17. This will be the 13th doctoral program at UMass Dartmouth and the first at Charlton. The program will be submitted to the Board of Higher Education for final approval and is expected to start next spring, officials said.

    This is “an important step toward UMass Dartmouth's goals of growing our $25 million research enterprise in both size and impact, and achieving national recognition as a doctoral research university,” Chancellor Divina Grossman said in a news release. “This program is designed to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in our region and beyond.”

    The new program builds on the MBA program which grew from 168 students in fall 2011 to 328 in fall 2014. The only business administration PhD south of Boston, it will also offer a part-time option for working executives, and feature an operations/technology management option, officials said.

    “For the first time, those entrepreneurs and executives in our region who want to take on the challenge of the highest level of academic achievement will have that opportunity,’’ said Provost Mohammed Karim in the release. “They will be the exemplars who help build a culture of innovation in this region and strengthen the research culture on our campus.”

    “High level skills such as problem framing and data analysis are very valuable in the information-driven economy so this program is designed to provide executives with the skills and knowledge they need to compete,” said Angappa Gunasakaran, dean of the business school, in the release.

    "Expanding business school to add new PhD program at UMD" - Herald News

    Photo courtesy University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Designers Christian Restrepo and Erin Robertson at the 2015 MassArt Senior Fashion Show

    MassArt Gives Boston Fashion Sense

    Columnist Tricia Elam Walker finds cutting edge, trendsetter fashion in MassArt's senior collections.

    BOSTON — June 23, 2015 - Cutting edge, trendsetter fashion? Yes!But in Boston? Don't make me laugh! C'est impossible, right? Wrong.

    When I moved back here three years ago from Washington, DC (not exactly the epicenter of fashion either but several measuring tapes ahead of Bean Town), I bemoaned the lack of intentional fashion, as opposed to the accidental or incidental that is Boston's paradigm. Determined to uncover any latent possibilities, I set out on a style quest that has turned up a few gems.

    Most recently, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)'s formidable fashion design curriculum and senior collections made me a believer. On May 9, 2015, the art school that parallels New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons fashion design programs showcased its 108th student fashion show, entitled "Vision." (A previous commitment kept me from the show itself, but I viewed several of the collections beforehand.) Anna Wintour and Tim Gunn surely would have coveted my first peek at these boutique-ready garments.

    MassArt professor James Mason, himself a 2006 alum who worked in retail as well as designed his own collections before returning to teach, curated this year's show. He, along with other department instructors, help hone the skills and dreams of the young, talented designers. The program doesn't force themes (à la Project Runway)upon students, but rather allows them "to do what they do best," says Mason, adding, "I love what I do."

    "MassArt Gives Boston Fashion Sense" - The Huffington Post

    Photo courtesy StyleBoston

  • Student in Bunker Hill Community College's Learn and Earn program

    Bunker Hill Community College's Learn and Earn Program Wins National Award

    Committee sites the innovative Learn and Earn paid internship program for its exceptional work in advancing student success.

    BOSTON — May 8, 2015 - Bunker Hill Community College's Learn and Earn Internship Program, in partnership with the program's founding sponsor, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), has received a national Award of Excellence in the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership category from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). A committee of the AACC Board of Directors cited the innovative Learn and Earn paid internship program for its exceptional work in advancing student success.

    Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College, accepted the award at the AACC Awards of Excellence gala on April 20 in San Antonio, Texas. The AACC represents nearly 1,200 two-year associate degree-granting institutions and more than 13 million students. The Awards of Excellence program was created by AACC to celebrate the truly extraordinary—often visionary—work being done at community colleges.

    "Together, we are cultivating learning excellence, creating a more competitive workforce, and inspiring social mobility," said President Eddinger.

    Working with MACP, the College launched the Learn and Earn program in 2012 with five leading corporations and 20 students. The program, which has now served 347 students, takes students into 15 of Greater Boston's most prestigious firms, representing every major industry sector in the area. Employers have cited the benefits of working with the College's diverse population of students, and more than 40 percent of Learn and Earn students have been offered continued work following their internships.

    "Innovative programs like Learn and Earn put community colleges at the forefront of providing students with valuable skills for successful careers and providing industry with a competitive 21st century workforce. It has been a pleasure to partner and work withBunker Hill Community College; President Eddinger and her team have been essential in the successful implementation of the program," said MACP Chairman Bill Swanson, who is the Retired Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company. "MACP is excited to continue our partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, and we hope that this collaboration can serve as a model."

    "Bunker Hill Community College's Learn and Earn Program Wins National Award" - PR Newswire

    Photo courtesy Bunker Hill Community College

Building Student Interest in STEM

  • MWCC’s STEM Starter Summer Academy Gives Students Jump Start on College

    Mass. Department of Higher Education grant allows students to receive up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring.

    GARDNER - Along with typical summertime activities, Adam Leyenaar of Ayer spent the better part of the season getting a jump start on his college degree.

    A 2015 graduate of the Parker Charter School, Leyenaar was one of 16 area students participating in Mount Wachusett Community College’s eight-week STEM Starter Summer Academy. Students received up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring.

    “I want to be an immunologist, so I need a good background,” said Leyenaar, who plans to earn an associate degree in medical laboratory technology so he can work in the field while pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
    Funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the STEM Starter Sumer Academy is open to high school graduates or qualifying MWCC students who place into college-level English and math courses and are enrolling in one of MWCC’s STEM majors in the fall.

    Qualifying MWCC STEM majors include allied health, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer information systems, fitness leadership and exercise science, medical laboratory technology, natural resources, physics and pre-engineering.

    Courses offered during the summer academy included intermediate algebra, introduction to functions and modeling, life science for allied health, anatomy and physiology I, general chemistry II and introduction to psychology. In addition to the coursework, students helped run experiments at Rapoport Lab at Harvard Medical School, visited AbbVie medical labs in Worcester, and toured the construction site of MWCC’s new STEM building, which will open in 2016. The students also participated in MWCC’s Summer Leadership Academy.

    “Our students have had an outstanding summer and are ready to continue their studies this fall with two courses already under their belt,” said Christine Davis, MWCC’s STEM Starter Academy recruiter. Students from more than 10 area towns enrolled in the rigorous program, and tackled classes in an accelerated format that will prepare them for their careers, she said.

    Many of the academy students are also recipients of STEM SET scholarships. These awards of up to $3,500 per year are available to qualifying STEM majors through a grant the college received from the National Science Foundation.
    Gardner resident Ifra Hassan, enrolled in MWCC’s liberal arts biological studies program with the goal of continuing her studies in medicine and become a doctor. Hassan said she chose the college for its supportive environment.

    “I wanted to start my career where I will receive teachers’ support.”

    Next year, up to 30 students will be accepted into the Stem Starter Summer Academy. For more information, contact MWCC’s admission’s office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.mass.edu.

  • 12th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit is Tuesday, November 10

    Themed "Promising Practices, Proven Results", the day will include panel presentations, plenary speakers, and exhibitors showcasing STEM initiatives

    Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Massachusetts STEM Summit! Join us on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the DCU Center in Worcester!

    Themed "Promising Practices, Proven Results", the day will include panel presentations, plenary speakers, and exhibitors showcasing STEM initiatives; sharing innovative thinking; and highlighting the goals, plans, and progress of STEM policies and programs.

    Sessions will cover a broad range of topics including: early childhood, K-12, and higher education; out-of-school time programs; digital education; research and practice; innovation and entrepreneurship; workforce development and career awareness; state policy and business needs; and more.

    To see session descriptions, visit the Summit schedule.

    Registration opens at 9:00am on Wednesday, September 16. Please visit www.mass-stem-summit.org to register. The registration fee will be $50. Please note: this fee will be waived for all full-time students. Space is limited so please register early!

    The Massachusetts STEM Summit is hosted by:

    Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council
    Massachusetts Business Roundtable
    University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

  • Photo Courtesy Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

    413 STEM Ready Academy

    MCLA program aims to inspire community college students

    NORTH ADAMS — Adrienne Wootters says when she meets community college students who transfer into her department at MCLA, they seem to know where they're going with their studies.

    "They're always really well-prepared and interested," said Wootters, a physics professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

    For the second consecutive summer, the college is hosting an immersion program in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to enrich the STEM experiences of students from three of the region's community colleges.

    The week-long 413 STEM Ready Academy, which concluded on Friday, included 25 students: nine from Berkshire Community College, and eight each from Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges.

    The program is offered at no cost; it is funded through a $239,334 grant awarded in 2013 to MCLA through the state Department of Higher Education's Performance Initiative Fund.

    "By immersing them in STEM coursework, our hope is that this will encourage them to go into a four-year program or beyond in exploring this field," said Mary Nash.

    >> Continues on BerkshireEagle.com

    Photo Courtesy Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts