Middlesex Receives Grant for Advanced Manufacturing Training

Middlesex Community College, in efforts led by Mount Wachusett Community College, and in partnership with Northern Essex, and North Shore community colleges, recently received a four-year, $4 million federal TechHire grant to provide workforce training in advanced manufacturing in Worcester, Middlesex and Essex counties.

The Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing TechHire Consortium (MassAMTC) is a strategic partnership of training providers, employers and the workforce investment system. As a partner in the TechHire Consortium, Middlesex will work with the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board and the Greater Lowell Technical High School Precision Manufacturing Training Center to offer advanced manufacturing training to 100 young adults, unemployed workers, and under-employed individuals.

“We are thrilled to partner with three other outstanding community colleges, workforce development boards, career centers, and vocational schools to be able to advance the pipeline of manufacturing workers,” said Judy Burke, Dean of Corporate and Community Education and Training. “We have been working hard as a region on behalf of manufacturing employers, and this grant will allow us to help get skilled workers back into the workforce.”

Seventy-eight local residents will receive Quality Technician Training, 12 will participate in an Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp and Machinist Training, and another dozen individuals will receive Electronics Technician training. Once they have successfully completed their programs, these advanced- manufacturing trainees will receive assistance with job placements.

“I’m grateful to the Department of Labor for approving this sizable grant for the Tri-County Consortium,” said Congressman Seth Moulton. “This grant will allow our area community colleges, including Middlesex and North Shore Community Colleges, to better prepare students for tomorrow’s economy through advanced education and training. To be competitive in this global market, we must be willing to invest in our future.”

Graduates of MCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program completed more than 500 hours of training in basic machining or electronics, gaining hands-on experience to begin careers in the high-demand manufacturing industry, including working in aerospace, defense, medical devices, computers and electronics.

For more information about the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program at Middlesex, contact Lisa Tuzzolo, Program Manager at tuzzulol@middlesex.mass.edu.

Register Now for MCC’s College for Kids Summer Programs

Keep your kids learning this summer! Middlesex Community College’s College for Kids Program offers one-, two- and three-week summer programs for children ages 8 to 15 that run July 11 through Aug. 18 on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. It’s not too late to register.

“College for Kids offers fun and engaging summer programs to provide children with unique opportunities to explore careers, learn new skills, and boost self-confidence,” said Marci Barnes, MCC Director of Lifelong Learning.

Most College for Kids programs are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – with some exceptions, including half-day programs. All programs are taught by public-school teachers, or by professionals who are experts in their field and have experience working with children. 

This year, programs explore film production, computer coding, writing, science, improvisation, cartooning, technology, culinary arts, fashion design, art potpourri, digital photography, web design, LegoMindstorms, fitness and more.

For the complete MCC College for Kids schedule and registration information, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College Offers Free Refresher Workshops

Middlesex Community College offers FREE Reading, Writing and Math Refresher Workshops for students who want to brush up their skills before taking the College Placement Test. Workshops are offered all summer on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

“These workshops are a great opportunity for all students to be more successful throughout college,” said Phyllis Gleason, MCC’s Dean of Foundational Studies, First-Year Experience and General Education. “A short two-hour refresher course can help students score higher on the College Placement Test so they can begin classes at their appropriate learning level, preventing them from taking classes they don’t really need – saving time and money.”

MCC’s Reading Refresher Workshop helps students improve their reading skills and testing strategies to improve their score on the Reading Accuplacer Test. Topics covered during this workshop include finding main ideas, locating details, identifying patterns of organization, and making inferences.

The Writing Refresher Workshop helps students improve their writing skills and covers topics such as formulating and supporting strong thesis statements, using appropriate grammar and sentence structure, and developing compelling introductions and conclusions.

MCC’s Math Refresher Workshop reviews basic arithmetic skills, including standard operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. A review of elementary algebra is also included.

For more information about MCC’s free Reading, Writing, and Math Refresher Workshops or to register, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/events.aspx or call 1-800-818-3434.

Lowell General named Top Place to Work

Lowell, Mass. – The Boston Business Journal has once again named Lowell General Hospital as a recipient of its prestigious Best Places to Work list. Lowell General ranked sixth in the extra-large company category, which honored businesses with 1,000 or more employees. This is the seventh consecutive year that Lowell General Hospital has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list.

The Boston Business Journal honored a total of 80 companies and organizations from a diverse range of industries and communities throughout Massachusetts at its annual gala celebration last night at Symphony Hall in Boston. As the only hospital on the list, Lowell General was selected as one of over 300 companies to qualify for consideration based on a two-stage nomination process and the results of employee-satisfaction surveys.

The honor recognizes Lowell General Hospital’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.

“Throughout all of the changes that Lowell General has seen over the past few years, the commitment of our employees to our patients, to each other and to our promise to provide Complete connected care has remained unchanged,” said Norm Deschene, CEO of Wellforce, Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital. “As a member of Wellforce, our team is always focused on the bigger picture – how can we better care for our patients and bring the care they need closer to home. This recognition showcases not only the incredible workplace culture that our team has created, but also how that culture positively impacts those around us. I am so proud of our team and the dedication they have for the important role they play in our community.”

The annual ranking by the business publication is based upon a third-party survey of all employees regarding job satisfaction, teamwork, benefits programs, management quality, work environment and opportunities for growth, among other criteria.

Lowell General Hospital was first named to the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list in 2010.

Middlesex CC Receives $100K Grant from Cummings Foundation

Middlesex Community College is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. Middlesex was chosen from a total of 479 applicants, during a competitive review process.

Patricia Demaras, MCC Assistant Dean of International/Multicultural Student Affairs, and Lisa Doucett, Director of Grand Development, joined approximately 300 other guests at a recent reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $140 million to local nonprofits alone.

“This Cummings Foundation grant will help Middlesex sustain and expand programs that support our diverse student body and help all who come to our college succeed,” said President James Mabry. “Students recruited and trained to be peer advocates and achievement coaches work on many levels to close achievement gaps, and build persistence and success across the college. This grant will be critical in our ability to reach more students and help them to achieve their educational goals.”

The three-year grant will enable Middlesex to build capacity to enhance academic and career opportunities for students, using peer-support staff to improve engagement, leadership and job readiness.

The college will expand its successful student-outreach model of peer liaisons (now well established at the Lowell-campus Multicultural Center), to hire trained student Achievement Liaisons (AL) and a program coordinator to work out of the Bedford Multicultural Center. ALs will reach out to and support Bedford-campus students who are more likely to experience gaps in achievement – such as those who are first-generation to college, ethnic/racial minorities, and/or who are from nontraditional or low-income households.

The Cummings Foundation has also given $5,000 to MCC’s annual Celebrity Forum in past years. Proceeds from Celebrity Forum help raise funds for MCC Foundation student scholarships.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in, but also primarily serve, Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 41 different cities and towns within the commonwealth.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We admire and very much appreciate the important work that nonprofit organizations like Middlesex Community College are doing in the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to support their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including education, homelessness prevention, elder services, healthcare, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org


Lowell High Grad Wins Medical Staff Scholarship

Lowell, Mass. – Local scholars Kajal Patel of Lowell has been awarded Lowell General Hospital’s 2016 Medical Staff Scholarship.

The Medical Staff Scholarship program provides financial support to students who are pursuing higher education in the field of health science. Kajal was recognized for her exceptional accomplishments in areas of academic, cultural and civic efforts during her high school career.

Kajal, daughter of Dipika Patel, Lab Support Technician at Lowell General Hospital, is a graduate of Lowell High School and will attend University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall. She plans to receive her undergraduate degree in biology and to continue her education in medical school for an additional four years followed by a two to three year residency. Kajal hopes to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a pediatrician when she is completed with her education.

The Medical Staff Scholarship Fund is established and maintained by the physicians of the hospital. The fund supports the future of healthcare with a financial award to graduating high school/secondary school seniors who are Lowell General Hospital employees (or children of employees) and who are enrolling in a health science program.

Lowell General Paramedics Honored by AHA

LOWELL, MASS. (JUNE 7, 2016) — Lowell General Hospital’s paramedics team has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don’t receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud Lowell General Hospital Paramedics for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

Greater Lowell Health Alliance to Release $200,000 in Grants

The Greater Lowell Health Alliance of the Community Health Network Area 10 is pleased to offer grants for the Fall of 2016 to support programs and services to improve the overall health of the Greater Lowell community. 

Up to $200,000 will be allocated to address critical health issues, with grants of between $10,000 and $100,000. The grant application can be found online at http://www.greaterlowellhealthalliance.org/grant/2016-community-health-initiatives-grant.

Applications are due June 24, 2016. Grant recipients will be notified by August 24, 2016.

*The Greater Lowell Health Alliance will be offering a Grant Writing Workshop this Friday, June 3rd, 11am-1pm at Lowell General Hospital, Clark Auditorium, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell.  This workshop will be conducted by UMASS Lowell, Robin Toof.  

Transformed Decatur Way to Open as an Art Space in Lowell

“Decatur Way…Water, Art and You,” a new, outdoor walkway and art space in Lowell’s Acre section, will open to the public during an event featuring Lowell schoolchildren, artists, neighborhood leaders, and UMass Lowell and city of Lowell representatives who helped create the new space.

The walkway, for years an alley mired with overgrown trees and brush, began its transformation in 2009 and the project gained speed after UMass Lowell opened its University Crossing student center adjacent to the site. Working together, the Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood (ACTION), UMass Lowell and the city sought to beautify and make structural improvements to the alley. The result is an L-shaped public space nestled between Salem and Merrimack streets that measures 1,200 feet long by 16 feet wide. The area features murals, poetry installations and other artwork – including drawings in pigment that is only visible when the pavement is wet – and an arbor for climbing vines. Underneath it all is a new stormwater filtration system with porous concrete that absorbs water, allowing it to return to the soil instead of pooling on the pavement where it could accumulate contaminants and harm the environment.

A model that shows how the stormwater cycle works will be on display in the space in the fall. The project is being led by Karla Cuarezma, a UMass Lowell civil engineering major from Everett, and UMass Lowell civil engineering graduate Benjamin Levesque of Swansea. Their idea for the model received a 2020 Challenge Grant, a program launched by UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney to support initiatives that exemplify the goals of the university’s strategic plan, including strengthening the college town experience in Lowell.

Speakers at the event are scheduled to include Moloney, Lowell Mayor Edward Kennedy, City Manager Kevin Murphy and ACTION President David Ouellette. Individuals who created works for Decatur Way include students from 26 local schools, UMass Lowell Art Prof. Stephen Mishol, poet Paul Marion, muralists Donald Maker and Kurt Ledoux of Lowell, and artist Liz LaManche of Boston.

UMass Lowell Receives Donations Totaling More Than $1.6 Million

LOWELL, Mass. – Three donors have made gifts totaling $1.625 million in support of UMass Lowell’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Our Legacy, Our Place.”  

Chancellor Jacquie Moloney announced the gifts as part of UMass Lowell’s Commencement weekend festivities. Two of the donors are alumni who were honored during Commencement ceremonies on May 14: John F. Kennedy, a 1970 graduate of Lowell Technological Institute who received an honorary degree, and L. Donald LaTorre, a 1959 Lowell Tech grad who received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The third donor is Jack M. Wilson, president emeritus of the University of Massachusetts and UMass Lowell distinguished professor of higher education, emerging technologies and innovation. 

“My older brother and I were both first-generation college students and our family could not afford to send us to a private institution,” Kennedy said. “I’m proud to say that all of my higher education has been at public universities and therefore, I really believe in them and support them.”

After earning his degree at what is now UMass Lowell, Kennedy went on to a highly successful, 30-year career in the tech sector, retiring as the president and chief financial officer of Nova Analytics and Nova Technologies in 2007.

Last fall, UMass Lowell recognized Kennedy’s long and generous record of philanthropy by naming its College of Sciences in honor of the Kennedy brothers. His latest gift creates a $1 million endowed fund to provide operational support for the William J. and John F. Kennedy College of Sciences.

LaTorre is the president of L&G Management Consultants and former president and chief operating officer of Engelhard Corp. He and his wife, Gloria, have made a $350,000 gift to endow the LaTorre Family Scholarship Fund, which will expand scholarship support for students in the Kennedy College of Sciences. At the Commencement Eve Celebration, LaTorre urged graduating seniors to use their education, ambition and integrity to “make a contribution in this world, because this world really needs your help.”

Wilson and his wife, Judi, have made a $275,000 gift to underwrite the President Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Wilson Center will be a cornerstone of the Pulichino Tong Business Center, the dynamic new home for the Manning School of Business, which is now under construction and is scheduled to open in 2017. 

“Our Legacy, Our Place” will provide support for student scholarships, faculty recruitment and research, campus improvements and the new Division I athletics program at UMass Lowell. The campaign, which officially launched last month with the goal of raising $125 million by 2020, has already raised more than $82 million, including these latest donations and a $1 million gift from campaign chairman Robert J. Manning in support of the School of Nursing that was announced at the campaign launch event on April 15.

“UMass Lowell is most grateful for the generous support for the ‘Our Legacy, Our Place’ campaign and the commitment these gifts represent to student scholarships as well as the future of our university and the transformational education, life-changing research and positive economic impact it provides,” said Moloney.

More information about the “Our Legacy, Our Place” campaign is available at www.uml.edu/ourlegacy-ourplace.

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