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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.

  • State Rep. Vargas and the DHE invite you to Go Higher on Sept. 27, 2018

    Going to College? All You Need to Know at “Go Higher!”

    Meet college students, college advisors and financial aid experts on September 27th at 6 pm at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub.

    Did you know that 70% of the jobs in Massachusetts will require a college degree or certificate? For most young people in the Merrimack Valley, a high school diploma won’t be enough to secure a good job that pays enough to support a family.

    That’s why State Representative Andres X. Vargas is teaming up with Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, Carlos Santiago to give families information they need about choosing and affording college.

    Please join us Thursday, September 27th at 6 pm at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub (Harbor Place Building), 2 Merrimack Street in Haverhill for “Go Higher!” a free event to introduce programs and opportunities at Massachusetts public colleges and universities.

    Event Highlights

    • “College Knowledge” Trivia Game (and Prizes!) for Parents & Students
    • Financial Aid Tips & Admissions Strategies: Experts and Fellow Parents Offer Advice on How to Pay for College
    • Student to Student Panel: College Students Take Questions on Campus Life, Choosing a Major & More


    Goecke parking garage is directly across the street from Harbor Place, on Merrimack Street behind Pentucket Bank.

  • Commissioner Santiago talks to students at Monty Tech High School

    Commissioner of Higher Ed Urges Newton Students to Go Higher! at Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities

    April 11th Event at Newton South to Educate Parents, Students About New “Commonwealth Commitment” Program, Opportunities at UMass, State Universities and Community Colleges

    Boston, MA – April 3, 2017 – The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education brings its “Go Higher!” campaign to promote the state’s public colleges and universities to Newton South High School Tuesday night, April 11 at 7 p.m., as Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago urges Newton families to consider new programs and opportunities available through the state’s public higher education system.

    The “Go Higher!” program, to which Newton North and Brookline High School families have also been invited, will feature remarks by Santiago and a panel of students currently attending half a dozen public campuses across the Commonwealth. Admissions officers from many of the public colleges and universities plan to be in attendance.

    The event will also give families a chance to learn more about the Commonwealth Commitment program announced by Governor Baker last spring. Through the program, students transferring from any community college to any state university or UMass campuses are eligible to save up to 49% off the cost of a four-year degree, if they attend full-time and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The program will expand next fall to cover more than 16 majors at all 28 public undergraduate institutions.

    “Families already know that our public colleges and universities are more affordable; now we want to spread the word about the high caliber of our academic programs, the increase in internship and study abroad opportunities, our honors programs and new facilities,” said Commissioner Santiago. “We know that in every community, parents are worrying about college costs but also wanting the very best for their children. Especially for students who see graduate school in their future, we think that making smart decisions about the undergraduate experience is more important than ever. That’s why we’re stepping our efforts to promote the value of public higher education in the Commonwealth.”

    The “Go Higher!” campaign reminds students that by 2020, 72% of the jobs in Massachusetts will require some post-secondary education. In an economy powered by health care and technology-related industries, the greatest need for skilled talent is at the baccalaureate level and higher. At events occurring at high school venues across the state, students from the University of Massachusetts, state universities and community colleges have spoken directly to thousands of high school students, sharing their  advice about choosing a college and a major, adjusting to campus life, and preparing for careers through internships and research opportunities. This year, students are also promoting their experience – and savings earned – by transferring from community colleges to four-year institutions.

    “It was a tremendous launching pad to get where I want to be,” Massachusetts Maritime Academy student Paul Frost told high school students at a recent event, speaking of his experience studying at a community college before he transferred to Mass Maritime. He will graduate this fall with a degree in International Maritime Business, one of the majors available to students at a discount through the Commonwealth Commitment program.

    For more information on the “Go Higher!” campaign, visit

  • Screenshot of Governor Baker's video about the Commonwealth Commitment
  • Mosaic of faces of students who attended Advocacy Day
  • Photo of Boyden Hall at Bridgewater State University

    Bridgewater State University special education program ranks nationally

    The special education program at Bridgewater State University recently earned a top 10 national ranking from

    In its annual Best Colleges in Education Special Education rankings, used graduation rates, size of program, default rates and affordability among its criteria as it analyzed more than 400 colleges and universities across the nation that offer special education degrees.

    Through its College of Education and Allied Studies, Bridgewater State University offers special education degrees at both the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels and, in the ranking, rated number six in the nation.

    “We are thrilled to learn of this prestigious ranking,” said Lisa Battaglino, dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies. “Bridgewater is one of America’s oldest teacher education institutions, and with this strong foundation, we continue as leader in educator preparation.”

    With a graduation rate of 62.16 percent, a percent of program graduates out of all graduates per year score of 31.46 and a tuition affordability score of 40.07, Bridgewater became only one of 20 institutions named to the special education list. also rated top programs in early childhood education, educational leadership, elementary education and master’s in education using Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System survey files.

    “Undergraduates at Bridgewater are encouraged to be passionate about their chosen vocation of special education teachers, as the field is still in need of dedicated individuals ready to teach special populations in a contemporary classroom environment,” according to the listing on

    The Department of Special Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Education in special education, a five-year dual licensure program — Bachelor of Science in elementary education, Master of Education in special education, a minor in special education and Master of Education in special education.

    Graduates of the program pursue careers as special education teachers in public and private schools, counselors, consultants and school administrators.

    Bridgewater State University special education program ranks nationally - Wicked Local Bridgewater

  • Massasoit Campus from above

    Grant gives Massasoit region's first vet tech school

    Massasoit's Canton campus received $442,000 from the state to construct a facility for the first vet tech program in Southeastern Massachusetts

    This region is one of the most lucrative places in the country to be a veterinary technician, but it’s also an area with no vet tech school. Massasoit Community College will change that this year, thanks in part to a $442,000 grant from the state.

    On Monday at the State House, Sen. Marc Pacheco (D - Taunton) announced a $442,517 Skills Capital Grant to outfit a vet tech clinical instructional facility on the Massasoit Community College Canton campus. The facility broke ground on construction in June.

    Citing the “utmost importance” of workforce training for Southeastern Massachusetts and the state as a whole, Pacheco said the vet tech program will help students interested in STEM and Animal Science get the practical education they need to succeed in these fields.

    “We must ensure that individuals can develop and improve skills to meet the needs of our Commonwealth’s economy,” Pacheco said. “The success and vibrancy of our communities depend on it.”

    The new vet tech program, which last fall began enrolling its first students, targets high school seniors or recent high school graduates, including students currently enrolled at Norfolk County Agricultural High School with whom the program has a dual enrollment articulation.

    The program is also open to current vet techs who may be displaced without licensure, and un-employed or under-employed adults looking to make a living wage in the animal health care industry.

    According to May 2015 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, vet techs in the Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton area are some of the highest-paid in the country, with an annual median wage of $46,670 compared to the national annual median wage of $33,280.

    “The rapidly expanding animal health care industry has created a distinct need for Veterinary Technicians,” Massasoit President Charles Wall said Monday. “The career opportunities available to graduates of this program are varied and in-demand, and we are excited to provide training that helps address a regional need.”

    There are currently five vet tech schools in Massachusetts, but none in the Southeastern part of the state.

    Mount Ida College, in Newton, houses the closest vet tech program.

    The instructional facility on the Massasoit Canton campus will include a surgical suite and a digital radiology room, and it will house dogs and cats for students to gain hands-on training of surgical prep, imaging, examinations, and animal care.

    The facility will cost $1.4 million in total, according to a Monday press release from Pacheco’s office.

    The grant will help outfit the space with state-of-the-art equipment, and will allow the school to provide additional training opportunities, a spokesperson from Massasoit said.

    The facility will be managed by a certified veterinary technician, who will work closely with our assistant professor of veterinary medicine, who is a licensed veterinarian. Students in the program and part time animal care attendants will help provide coverage at the facility as well.

    Grant gives Massasoit region's first vet tech school - The Enterprise

  • Students work together at a laptop

    UMass Amherst gets $15 million for cybersecurity program

    University of Massachusetts Amherst’s computer science programs are about to enjoy a growth spurt, thanks to a $15 million grant from a foundation established by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.

    University of Massachusetts Amherst’s computer science programs are about to enjoy a growth spurt, thanks to a $15 million grant from a foundation established by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., better known as MassMutual.

    The MassMutual Foundation will donate the money over 10 years, with $12 million going to the university’s Center for Data Science. The center, founded last year, studies methods for analyzing vast amounts of information about complex systems. Insights from data science can be applied to almost any area of knowledge, from retailing to medicine to national security.

    Another $3 million will go to the university’sCybersecurity Institute, which will launch a new security training center in Springfield, where MassMutual is located. The center will offer a certification program in cybersecurity, where students can boost their network security skills without having to complete a four-year degree program.

    “We’re going to be using that money to jumpstart faculty hiring,” said UMass Amherst chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, who said the faculty roster at the two facilities would be boosted to 40 members from its current 20. Subbaswamy said the university has already received the first tranche of funding and “we’re hiring faculty even as we speak.”

    Andrew McCallum, director of the Center for Data Science, said MassMutual may have been swayed to provide the money by its success in hiring UMass data scientists. “MassMutual hired some of our Ph.D students,” said McCallum, “and they were seeing tremendously positive results.”

    Nick Fyntrilakis, president of the MassMutual Foundation, said UMass Amherst is already a nationally recognized leader in data science and cybersecurity. “This gift really helps take us to the next level,” he said. In addition, Fyntrilakis said the grant would benefit the entire Pioneer Valley economy, by providing an ample supply of trained data scientists.

    UMass gets $15m for cybersecurity program - The Boston Globe

  • American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons - photo of building

    Massachusetts Maritime Academy First in Commonwealth System to Achieve LEED® Platinum Certification

    Mass Maritime's American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons is the first of the state's public college and university buildings to be awarded Platinum, the highest level of LEED certification

    This is the first LEED Platinum building in the commonwealth’s college and university system. The ABS Information Commons is home to the Academy’s Academic Resource Center, 360º bridge simulator, library and archives collection, and classroom and meeting space. The project achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable solutions in the following:

    Energy efficiency – heating and cooling generated by a 48-well, closed loop, geothermal heat pump, electricity provided through 103kW, rooftop, solar photovoltaic array and procurement of wind energy renewable energy credits, use of daylighting, motion sensors and LED lamps, and chilled beam HVAC system. The building is designed to run at least 35% more efficient than standard construction.

    Innovation and design – the building utilizes a sloped roof specifically designed for solar photovoltaics.nThe sloped roof also allows for maximum wind flow over the building that improves performance of thenAcademy’s wind turbine. A rotund column inside the building effectively provides space for the Academy’s bridge simulator that trains cadets on the operation and handling of vessels, while other spaces in the column are used for academic resources. Water conservation – restrooms are equipped with low flow fixtures. The sloped roof allows for flow of rainwater to a bio-swale that provides habitat for flora and fauna; no irrigation is provided.

    Construction materials selection – framework constructed of 100% recycled steel, concrete comprised of 20% recycled content, insulation made from 40% recycled materials, and use of rapidly renewable wood.

    Sustainable site selection – the building was placed on a former parking area and did not replace existing or open green space. The building is elevated above flood levels as measure of resiliency.

    Vice President of Operations, Paul O’Keefe, stated, “The Academy takes pride in being the first Massachusetts state college/university to achieve LEED Platinum. This accomplishment is one of many the Academy has taken to be a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship. We are looking forward to continuing this process and providing a learn-do- learn environment for our cadets.”

    The ABS Information Commons is the third LEED certified building on campus and joins the LEED Gold 1st and 2nd Company Dormitory Expansion completed in 2008 and the LEED Silver 4th Company Expansion completed in 2014.

    The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

    Leading LEEDS - Mass Maritime News

  • Photo of MCLA Campus

    MCLA joins with Western New England University to offer law degree path

    Accelerated 3+3 program will save students a year's worth of time and tuition

    After a new agreement with Western New England University announced on Tuesday, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has positioned itself as a launch pad for students interested in a law degree.

    In what is termed a "three plus three" agreement between the two schools, a qualified undergraduate student can leave MCLA after three years of coursework to attend Western New England University, where he or she will be on-track to receive a Juris Doctor Degree.

    Typically, a student would receive a Juris Doctor after seven years of college education — four as an undergraduate and three in law school.

    "We are pleased to sign this agreement with the Western New England University School of Law," MCLA President James Birge said. "This 3+3 arrangement will attract qualified and ambitious undergraduate students who seek a career in law. An accelerated course of study, this program will save them one year's worth of time and tuition as it maintains high academic standards and provides a challenging and comprehensive curriculum."

    MCLA joins with Western New England University to offer law degree path - The Berkshire Eagle

  • BHCC Men's Basketball point guard Elijah Rogers, right, battles down the court in the MCCAA statewide championship game last weekend.

    Bunker Hill Community College Men's Basketball Team Wins State Championship

    For the first time in 11 years, the Bunker Hill Community College Men's Basketball team has won the Massachusetts Community College Athletic Association statewide championship.

    During the season the Bulldogs sustained a ten-game winning streak, secured wins against the New England powerhouse Community College of Rhode Island for the first time in the College's history, and rose to 8th position in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings.

    BHCC Men's Basketball players David Stewart and Elijah Rogers made the all-region team, as did Fredens Deneus, whose impressive credentials made him a candidate for the NJCAA All-American team as well. Deneus ranks second in the U.S. in field goals and seventh in rebounds.

    "This year's win is the first post-season title for the Bulldogs since 2005," said an ecstatic Nkrumah Jones, an alumnus of both BHCC and the Men's Basketball team, who is now in his fifth year as Men's Basketball coach at the College. "We were in first place the whole season, and remain confident in our ability to continue our dominance," Jones said. 

    Winning the title will draw more recruits to BHCC, Jones added.  He pointed out that, in a season of firsts, the MCCAC title was the first basketball championship to be won in the College's own gym. The gym is part of the College's newest structure, a LEED-Gold building that went up just six years ago.

    Bunker Hill Community College Men's Basketball Team Wins State Championship - Yahoo News

    PHOTO: BHCC Men's Basketball point guard Elijah Rogers, right, battles down the court in the MCCAA statewide championship game last weekend.

  • The Capital Building in Washington, DC

    UMass Lowell named Public Institution of the Year

    UMass Lowell has been honored by a Washington, D.C., organization that prepares young people for leadership roles in public service, private industry and nonprofit endeavors

    UMass Lowell's excellence in providing hands-on, professional experience to students as part of their education has been honored by a Washington, D.C., organization that prepares young people for leadership roles in public service, private industry and nonprofit endeavors.

    UMass Lowell students participate in once-in-a-lifetime educational experiences through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, which has named the university its Public Institution of the Year. The award recognizes UMass Lowell for leading the way in providing experiential education.

    Through the nonprofit organization, students from colleges and universities around the world participate in career-building internships in the nation's capital, along with classroom programs with elected leaders, policy experts and media professionals.

    "This program gives our students the opportunity to really understand what professional life will be like after graduation," said Frank Talty, UMass Lowell's liaison to the Washington Center and assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. "It takes them out of their comfort zone and puts them in the middle of a very vibrant and important city, and introduces them to all kinds of new opportunities."

    UMass Lowell named Public Institution of the Year - Lowell Sun

  • STCC Campus

    STCC offers 'fast track' customer service training program

    A customer service certificate training program that will help students with everything from developing interview skills to job hunting

    A customer service certificate training program that will help students with everything from developing interview skills to job hunting will be offered at Springfield Technical Community College this spring.

    The college is once offering a "Fast Track" option of the new certificate program in Customer Service Essentials. In 16 weeks students will earn 24 college credits that can transfer into an associate degree in business administration.

    "STCC's Fast Track Customer Service Essentials Certificate option provides an educational career pathway to employment in advanced customer service representative roles that are in high demand by local employers," said STCC Vice President of Foundation and Workforce Training Robert LePage in a written statement. "Students will work together in a structured group to support learning and team work."

    According to the school customer service representatives are in demand in a variety of fields including financial services, call centers, manufacturing services, retail organizations, inside sales, and small business services.

    The program will place emphasis on essential workforce readiness skills to support graduates as they transition to employment. There will also be guest speakers, company tours and speed networking (interview) sessions. Job placement assistance will be provided, school officials said.

    STCC offers 'fast track' customer service training program -

    Photo courtesy Springfield Technical Community College

  • Student working with animation software on a computer / Photo Courtesy NECC

    Want to study game design? Try Fitchburg State

    Fitchburg State University two years ago became the first public institution in New England to offer a bachelor’s degree in game design.

    Amanda LeBlanc knew she wanted to study game design in college, so when it came time to make a decision about where to go, Fitchburg State University stood out.

    Two years ago, Fitchburg State became the first public institution in New England to offer a bachelor’s degree in game design as part of its communications media department. Today it is one of the fastest-growing programs at the college.

    “What I liked most about Fitchburg is that they connected to me on a personal level,’’ said the 20-year-old freshman from Lynn. “I met all the professors, and they were guiding me toward what I needed to do. We’re a close-knit community, and I love that. Everyone helps everyone.’’

    A projected decline in the high school population is forcing Massachusetts’ public colleges to work even harder to attract students and help educate the state’s future work force. Schools are trying to stand out by offering unique programs, new facilities — or, perhaps, a beautiful campus away from the hustle and bustle of Eastern Massachusetts.

    A recent report from the state Board of Higher Education shows that overall undergraduate enrollment is down by 1.8 percent at the state’s public colleges and universities since the fall of 2014. Enrollment dipped at the community colleges and state universities but continued to rise in the UMass system.

    Massachusetts is one of 15 states located in the Northeast and upper Midwest whose populations of high school students are projected to shrink by more than 5 percent within the next eight years, according to the report.

    “Finding some niche programs is important, but it’s not just about the programs — the campus has to be different,’’ said Sean Ganas, director of admissions at Fitchburg State. “We have renovated our entire campus, so it really has the feel of a private liberal arts college at a public university price. That is how we are differentiating ourselves from other campuses.’’

    "Want to study game design? Try Fitchburg State" - The Boston Globe

    Photo courtesy Fitchburg State University

  • Students walk on UMass Dartmouth campus

    UMass Dartmouth earns national research university status

    UMD received the designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

    Earning a status it has long coveted, UMass Dartmouth is now officially a doctoral research university.

    The designation is an “an extremely impressive achievement for the university's faculty and students,” said UMass President Marty Meehan in a news release Monday afternoon.

    It’s “an important mile marker” that demonstrates the excellence of the faculty and the university’s dedication to driving innovation, said Provost Mohammad Karim. “It makes us more attractive and the national reputation gets us beyond state boundaries,” he said Monday night.

    The Dartmouth school is the last of UMass’ five campuses to receive the national status despite long being a local leader in research and innovation, officials said.

    “From marine science that supports our historic fishing industry and protects our fragile coastline to the study of our economy and global cultures, UMass Dartmouth faculty members are creating and sharing new knowledge that strengthens society and adds tremendous value to the education students receive,” Meehan said in a statement.

    UMass Dartmouth’s research enterprise has grown from $21.2 million to $28.2 million since 2005, with most of the sponsored research in the marine science and engineering fields, officials said. It offers 12 doctoral programs and annual PhD’s awarded have grown from three to 26 since 2010. University researchers have also emerged as national and statewide experts on the economy, social networking, global terrorism, community health, the Portuguese-American experience, the law, and marine research, they said.

    UMass Dartmouth earns national research university status" - Taunton Gazette

  • Middlesex Community College's Lowell Campus

    Middlesex Community College's Online Criminal Justice Program Ranks 14th in Nation

    Students complete the same high-quality coursework as those who take courses on campus and earn the same course credits – which are transferrable to bachelor’s degree programs.

    “The online Criminal Justice Program at Middlesex offers flexibility to students who are looking to complete a degree online or complete a degree with a combination of in-class and online courses,” said Lynda J. Pintrich, chair of MCC’s Criminal Justice program. “It is a rigorous program, taught predominantly by full-time criminal justice faculty, who take a great deal of pride in their work, both online and in the classroom.”

    With a focus on emerging trends and developments in online education, has been informing prospective students on leading programs since 2009. MCC’s online Criminal Justice – Administration of Justice option degree program is designed for students interested in working in areas such as probation, parole, corrections, victim/witness advocacy and related occupations. Students are able to develop a strong foundation in criminal justice and also study topics such as victimology, juvenile justice and corrections.

    "Middlesex Online Criminal Justice Program Ranks 14th in Nation" -

    Photo Courtesy Middlesex Community College

  • Students work at MassBay’s nationally recognized Automotive Technology Center

    MassBay's Automotive technology program listed first in BestRide's '10 Colleges Not to Miss'

    The degree-based, hands-on automotive technology program prepares students for jobs in automotive service departments or transfer to a four-year university

    November 3, 2015 - One in 22 jobs in the United States is related in some way to the automotive industry. Yet, it’s hard to think of a single college program that’s devoted to training people in those jobs. For high school juniors and seniors considering college who also have an interest in the automotive industry, BestRide has selected 10 colleges that provide training for just about every facet of the automotive industry, from auto technicians all the way up to auto designers.

    MassBay Community College is far from alone in providing students with a degree-based, hands-on automotive technology program supported by OEMs. Like community colleges across the country, MassBay Community College not only provides students with the automotive technology background they need to be placed in jobs in automotive service departments, but it also requires students to take two years’ worth of 100- and 200-level college courses to earn an Associate’s Degree.

    As a bonus, the credit students earn toward their Associate’s Degree is generally fully transferable to four-year public and private colleges for students who decide to take their education even further.

    The program at MassBay Community College is supported by Toyota, BMW, Chrysler and General Motors, with tracks for students to specialized in service for those brands. Students can also take advantage of co-operative training that allows them to work in the field and earn a paycheck for college credit.

    "Careers in the auto industry: 10 colleges not to miss" -

    Photo: MassBay’s nationally recognized Automotive Technology Center houses the latest BMWs, GM vehicles, Jeeps, Toyotas, Lexuses,Chrysler and Dodge Ram models, along with world-class diagnostic equipment.

  • 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:; or with Dot Montini at 508-362-2131 x 4344,

    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

  • stock photo of army uniform and US flag

    Community Colleges, State Universities and UMass Campuses Celebrate Veteran's Day

    Campuses honor student veterans with events across the state

    Our community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses serve over 5,000 student veterans. In honor of Veteran's Day and to celebrate those who have served our country, check out the events below. You can find out about more events and ceremonies across the Commonwealth by following the hashtag #VetsGoHigherMA on Twitter.

    Hike for Suicide Awareness at Cape Cod Community College

    Hike 22K from Cape Cod Community College to Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, November 7 at 9:00 AM for veterans' suicide awareness. More Info

    The Morenci Marines at Salem State University

    Come to the showing of The Morenci Marines: A tale of small town America and the Vietnam War followed by a conversation with Dr. Kyle Longley on Monday, November 9 at 3:00 PM. More Info

    Sebastien Junger Visits Bunker Hill Community College

    Award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and best-selling author Sebasitan Junger will be at Bunker Hill Community College on Thursday, November 12 at 1:00 PM. More Info

    UMass Lowell Veterans' Services Legacy Ball

    The Office of Veterans Services will hold its Fifth Annual Legacy Ball, "Lighting the Way for Tomorrow's Leaders," on Thursday, November 12 at 6 PM. More Info

  • 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

  • UMass Dartmouth mascot welcomes Roosevelt Middle School students upon arriving for a tour of campus as part of the CONNECT partnership with gateway cities.

    New Bedford students learn and play during campus visit to UMass Dartmouth

    UMass Dartmouth welcomes 900+ New Bedford 7th graders to campus through the CONNECT Partnership College Immersion Program

    DARTMOUTH — Twelve-year-old Tyrin Gauthier said he did not expect to encounter music and dance during his first visit to a college campus as he enjoyed the rhythm of a live African drumming session at UMass Dartmouth.

    Gauthier, who is interested in going to college to study music and art, was among more than 300 Grade 7 students from Roosevelt Middle School in New Bedford who visited to get a first-hand idea of college through the CONNECT college immersion program.

    The students were welcomed at 9:15 a.m., and college mascot Arnie ran across the auditorium stage in his pirate gear, eliciting cheers.

    Deirdre Healy from the Leduc Center spoke to the students about the importance of civic engagement on campus, and Romayne Grace, academic adviser, talked to them about how college is a real possibility.

    “For students that don’t think college is a chance for them, let’s get that out of your heads right now. College is a chance for everybody,” said Grace, a New Bedford native raised by a single mother who encouraged her five children to seek higher education.

    Walking across the quad to explore different departments, Jeny Quinilla, 13, said, “I think this place is pretty amazing.”

    "New Bedford students learn and play during campus visit to UMass Dartmouth" -

    Romayne Grace, UMass Dartmouth academic advisor and New Bedford native, offered opening remarks to 300+ students from New Bedford's Roosevelt Middle School.

    Photo: UMass Dartmouth mascot welcomes Roosevelt Middle School students upon arriving for a tour of campus as part of the CONNECT partnership with gateway cities. PETER PEREIRA/The Standard-Times/SCMG

  • 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

  • FSU Campus sign - Photo Courtesy Framingham State University

    Framingham State's Degree in Food and Nutrition One of 10 Best in Nation

    Public Health Online ranked the programs across the country

    FRAMINGHAM — April 24, 2015 -Framingham State University’s Master of Science programs in Food and Nutrition are ranked 10th nationally by Public Health Online, an organization dedicated to providing students, parents and general readers with accurate and expert-driven information and resources about public health topics, careers, and the post-secondary educational landscape.

    “This recognition is a testament to the outstanding work of our faculty who oversee the University’s food and nutrition programs,” says Yaser Najjar, Dean of Graduate Studies at Framingham State. “All of Framingham State’s graduate programs offer tremendous value by combining great teaching with affordable tuition costs.”

    Public Health Online reviewed master’s degree programs throughout the country and based their rankings on a number of factors including in-state tuition; number of concentrations and programs available in the subject; academic and career counseling services; job placement services for graduates, and Public Health Online’s Peer-Based Value.

    "Framingham State's Degree in Food and Nutrition One of 10 Best in Nation" - Framingham Patch

    Photo courtesy Framingham State University

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    UMass Lowell has 1st Public Pharmacy College

    Faculty from UMass Medical School will collaborate with those in UMass Lowell's College of Health Sciences, College of Sciences and College of Engineering

    LOWELL — April 20, 2015 - UMass Lowell announced Friday that it's now home to the state's first public School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

    "We have committed ourselves to train pharmacists who will shape the evolving health-care system of the country and the profession of pharmacy," said Mehdi Boroujerdi, who has been named founding dean of the pharmacy school, which is part of UMass Lowell's College of Health Sciences.

    "The presence of strong research and diverse health-sciences programs at UMass Lowell and our collaboration with UMass Medical School will prepare our graduates to be interdisciplinary contributors to the health-care system," Boroujerdi added.

    Faculty from UMass Medical School will collaborate with those in UMass Lowell's College of Health Sciences, College of Sciences and College of Engineering on the curriculum of the degree programs, teaching courses and supporting clinical instruction.

    "UMass Lowell has 1st public pharmacy college" - Sentinel & Enterprise

    Photo courtesy University of Michigan School of Natural Resources

  • Graphic mock up of the future Berkshire Innovation Center

    Berkshire CC Making Plans for New Berkshire Innovation Center

    BCC's $500,00 grant will purchase state-of-the-art engineering equipment and develop advanced learning courses for the soon-to-be constructed Berkshire Innovation Center

    PITTSFIELD — March 30, 2015 - Berkshire Community College has received a $500,000 state grant to launch an educational program that will support the development of the soon-to-be constructed Berkshire Innovation Center.

    The funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center will enable BCC to purchase state-of-the-art reverse engineering equipment and 3-D prototype printers, while developing new courses to help students establish a foundation for advanced learning capabilities.

    The new equipment and courses are designed to help BCC students obtain the skills needed to undertake the types of research and product development that the BIC will provide.

    BCC is one of 19 regional entities who have signed letters of intent to become members of the BIC, which has been proposed as an accelerator facility that will provide local companies that supply products to the life sciences industry access to advanced equipment, and as a job training hub. William Mulholland, BCC's vice president of community education and workforce development, is a member of the BIC's board of directors.

    "Some of this equipment will be replicated at the BIC when it's fully functional, so this will give an early in to develop training," BCC President Ellen Kennedy said.

    "This is the precursor what is happening at the BIC so when their equipment arrives people will actually know how to use it," she said. "We're grateful for Mass Life Science for spreading the wealth across the commonwealth and realizing that things are happening everywhere."

    Construction of the two-story 24,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin later this year and be completed by the summer of 2016. The building will be located at the William Stanley Business Park of the Berkshires in Pittsfield.

    "BCC gets $500,00- grant for program tied to Berkshire Innovation Center" - The Berkshire Eagle

    Photo courtesy William Stanley Business Park

  • Students at Worcester State University

    Fitchburg, Worcester, Mount Wachusett, Quinsigamond launch $30k Commitment

    Earn an associate and bachelor's degree for no more that $30,000

    BOSTON -- March 10, 2015 - With student debt burdening young adults across the state, two central Massachusetts community colleges and two state universities are taking steps to make getting a degree more affordable.

    On Monday, Fitchburg State University, Worcester State University, Mount Wachusett Community College and Quinsigamond Community College launched the $30k Commitment program at the Statehouse.

    The program guarantees that a student can earn both an associate and a bachelor's degree in four years, starting at one of the community colleges and transferring to one of the state universities, for no more than $30,000.

    It includes 10 fields of study that are valuable in the Massachusetts workforce today, including computer science, business administration, elementary education and criminal justice.

    The $30k Commitment will exist at those four schools for the next six years, they have pledged.

    "Fitchburg State, Mount Wachusett CC make '$30k commitment' to students" - Sentinal & Enterprise

    Photo courtesy Worcester State University

  • Biomedical Engineering at Quinsigamond Community College

    Holyoke Community College Awarded Grant to Support Students in STEM Majors

    A National Science Foundation Grant will allow HCC to provide about 20 scholarships each year to students studying in one of the STEM fields

    HOLYOKE -- March 20, 2015 - The National Science Foundation has awarded Holyoke Community College a $625,540 grant that will allow the college to provide about 20 scholarships each year to students studying in one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).

    The five-year NSF "S-STEM" grant will enable HCC to allocate approximately $100,000 annually for 20 scholarships (about $5,000 each), with the remainder of the money going toward related educational expenses, such as field trips, guest speakers and conference fees, according to a news release.

    According to the NSF program description, "The S-STEM program emphasizes the importance of recruiting students to STEM disciplines, mentoring and supporting students through degree completion, and partnering with employers to facilitate student career placement in the STEM workforce."

    Recipients must be enrolled full time in a STEM program, demonstrate academic ability or potential, and demonstrate financial need, according to the guidelines. STEM disciplines include biological sciences, physical sciences, math, computer and information services, geosciences, and engineering.

    The project, called the "Holyoke Community College STEM Scholars Program" is being lead by HCC professor Ileana Vasu, chair of the Engineering Department. The first scholarships are expected to be awarded for the Fall 2015 semester.

    "Holyoke Community College HCC awarded $625,540 grant to support students in STEM majors" -

    Photo courtesy Quinsigamond Community College

  • Professor at UMass Boston

    UMass Boston Rated in Nation’s Top 30 Innovative Public Service Schools has published its 2015 list of the 50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the United States

    BOSTON - February 11, 2015 - Using information from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management as its guide, has published its 2015 list of the 50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the United States. Noting the public service mission of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the list ranks UMass Boston as #29.

    According to author Iris Stone, she looked at several factors before compiling her list. They included U.S. News Public Affairs Graduate Schools and QS World Rankings, student-to-faculty ratio, innovative academic features, the number of degree programs and joint public service degrees offered, as well as the quality of each department’s internship and career services programs.

    Out of a maximum of possible 165 points, UMass Boston earned 73 points, placing it as the top public university in New England (UMass Amherst also appeared on the list as #38) and second in Massachusetts to Harvard University which ranked first with 119 points.

    "UMass Boston Rated in Nation’s Top 30 Innovative Public Service Schools" - UMass Boston

    Photo courtesy University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Police Chiefs, from left, Paul Gallagher, North Andover; James Fitzpatrick, Lawrence; Joe Solomon, Methuen; Alan DiNaro, Haverhill; and Kevin Oullet, Amesbury, will be working with recruits at the new training academy about to open at NECC. At right is George Moriarty, NECC executive director of workforce and corporate relations. Photo / Mike Dean - See more at:

    State Police Recruit Training Academy opens at Northern Essex Community College

    Beginning in February, NECC’s Haverhill Campus will be home to the state’s newest Police Recruit Officer Training Academy, which will provide training for recruits who will be joining local police departments.

    HAVERHILL -- January 16, 2015 - There are currently academies located in other areas of the state, but not in the upper Merrimack Valley, according to George Moriarty, NECC’s director of workforce development and corporate education.

    “Local police chiefs were experiencing enrollment backlogs at the existing academies,” Moriarty said. “And they approached the college about starting an academy in Haverhill.”

    Recruits go through an intensive training program that meets daily Monday through Friday for 25 weeks. Training focuses on constitutional law, prevention and intervention, community policing, domestic violence, elder abuse, victims’ rights, and other topics. All training will take place on the Haverhill Campus except for firearms training and emergency driving techniques, which will be held at off-campus locations.

    "State Police Recruit Training Academy opens on NECC's Haverhill campus" - Newburyport Current

    Photo courtesy Mike Dean, Newburyport Current

  • Acting President Kurt Steinberg with a prospective student and a representative from Berklee College of Music.

    Mass Art and Department of Veterans' Services Host Veterans Admissions Fair

    Massachusetts College of Art and Design welcomed Veterans to their campus to learn about transfer credits and military benefits at area colleges.

    Veterans spoke with representatives from Colleges of the Fenway, Professional Arts Consortium and more.

    Photo: Acting President Kurt Steinberg with a prospective student and a representative from Berklee College of Music. More Photos

  • MCLA, UMass AUMass Amherst and MCLA Campusesmherst Among Best Values in Public Colleges

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and University of Massachusetts Amherst have been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2015
  • Veterans stock photo

    Middlesex Community College Named Top School for Veterans

    The community college has been designated a Top School in the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities

    Thanks to Middlesex Community College's Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Advisory Board and other special veterans services, MCC has been designated a Top School in the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities.

    "There are approximately 450 veterans currently enrolled at MCC," said Maryanne Mungovan, director of Multicultural and Veterans Affairs. "And that number continues to grow. This award recognizes all the work Middlesex does to create a welcoming environment for our student veterans."

    Now in its eighth year of publishing the guide, MAE evaluated more than 600 institutions nationwide based on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. MAE's ratings enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put them in context with other academic or career considerations.

    "MCC named Top School for veterans" - The Lowell Sun

  • Bridgewater State  University student in a Science Lab

    Bridgewater State Students Receive $15,000 for Biodiesel Research

    The group is  trying to convert waste vegetable oil from the cafeterias on campus into useable biodiesel fuel.

    Students at Bridgewater State University recently received a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for their research into biodiesel.

    The Bridgewater State research team was one of 42 from colleges across the United States to receive funding through the EPA’s Prosperity and the Planet student design competition.

    “They are putting their heads together to solve a sustainability-related problem using chemistry and the good research skills that they have learned here at Bridgewater State University,” said Edward Brush, the coordinator of the university’s Project GreenLab and a chemistry professor, who leads the seven-member team.

    "Bridgewater State students receive $150,000 from EPA for biodiesel research" - The Enterprise

    Science lab photo courtesy Bridgewater State University.

  • Nortrh Shore Community College Aviation student Stephen Clouse

    Cape Cod Community College Establishing Aviation Maintenance Technician Program

    The college is well on the way to developing an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Program, with a target date for the first class of September 2015

    Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, Massachusetts is well on the way to developing an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Program, with a target date for the first class of September 2015.

    “We are tremendously excited to have great federal, state and industry support for the program,” said Mike Wahlers, the AMT program Coordinator.   Wahlers, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and long-time Aircraft Technician, has been working to establish the AMT program for the past year.

    The program will be housed in hangars at the Barnstable Municipal Airport, near Hyannis, Massachusetts.    The schools’ curriculum has been written and is under review by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.  Wahlers is also working with the FAA on approval of the Part 147 certificate.

    The state of Massachusetts has approved $1.95 million to cover start up costs at the school.  In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor recently approved a $2.4 million grant to assist the program.

    "Cape Cod Community College Establishing Aviation Maintenance Technician Program" - Aviation Pros

    Photo courtesy North Shore Community College. To find out more about their aviation program, visit their website.

  • Biotechnology Creative Commons Photo

    MWCC Biotechnology Programs get Gold

    Mount Wachusett Community College's biotechnology/biomanufacturing degree and certificate programs have received a gold endorsement from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC)

    GARDNER -- Mount Wachusett Community College's biotechnology/biomanufacturing degree and certificate programs have received a gold endorsement from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC).

    The MLSEC is an initiative convened by MassBio and the MassBioEd Foundation to facilitate partnerships between the life sciences industry and higher education in order to more effectively match graduating students with the jobs companies are seeking to fill.

    The MLSEC celebrated the successes of 17 degree and certificate programs at 10 community colleges and other educational institutions during a Dec. 2 ceremony in Lexington. Guest speakers included David Cedrone, associate commissioner for economic and workforce development and STEM and executive director of the STEM Advisory Council at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; and Matt Sigelman, chief executive officer of Burning Glass Technologies.

    "MWCC biotechnology programs get gold" - Nashoba Publishing

    Photo courtesy Luigi Guarino.

  • UMass Amherst Commencement Ceremony

    UMass System Jumps 41 Spots in Rankings, Making it Number 91 in the World

    The University of Massachusetts system was named the 91st best university in the world on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings list

    The University of Massachusetts system was named the 91st best university in the world on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings list, marking a 41-spot jump for the University in the past year.

    This year’s improvement shows the reversal of a downward trend in the rankings for the UMass system over recent years. Between 2010 and 2011, UMass was No. 56 in the world, but competition and improvements in higher education across the globe sent the system into a decline.

    According to its website, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings judges the world’s top research-led universities based on the core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook using 13 performance indicators grouped into five categories.

    Teaching, research and citations each take up 30 percent of the overall score, while industry income assumes 2.5 percent and international outlook takes up 7.5 percent. Data is provided and signed off on by the respective institutions. In order to be considered for a ranking, a university must publish at least 200 research articles a year.

    "UMass system jumps 41 spots in rankings, making it number 91 in the world" - The Daily Collegian

    Photo courtesy University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Bunker Hill Community College Food Service Students

    Bunker Hill Community College Lands $150K to Provide Food-Service Training

    The college receieved funding to provide skills training for local food-service workers over the next two years.

    Bunker Hill Community College has received $150,000 from the Commonwealth Corp., a nonprofit that supports and advocates on behalf of labor-training programs in Massachusetts, to provide skills training for local food-service workers over the next two years.

    The money will go to Bunker Hill's workforce development center, which will run the training classes with a focus on workers for whom English is not their primary language. Roughly 60 existing food-service workers will receive training as well as their regular hourly wage when they attend, said a spokeswoman from Bunker Hill.

    "Community college lands $150K to provide food-service training" - Boston Business Journal

    Photo courtesy Bunker Hill Community College.

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