Massasoit Collaborating with Norfolk County Agricultural High School for Early College Veterinary Technology Program

The Early College Veterinary Technology program, a collaboration between Norfolk Aggie and Massasoit Community College, allows motivated students at Norfolk Aggie to begin the Massasoit Veterinary Technology program the summer before their junior year.

Students accepted into the ECVTP take dual-enrollment courses during the academic year and during the summer, and are eligible at graduation to take performance assessments to earn credit towards the Veterinary Technology program at Massasoit based on the knowledge they’ve gained at Norfolk Aggie.

Students who successfully complete the dual-enrollment classes and performance assessments will be accepted into the Vet Tech program at Massasoit as second year students, and be eligible to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology with only one additional year of study.


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Massasoit Earns $124,970 Early College STEM Career Pathway Program Grant

Massasoit Community College and Brockton High School will offer qualified high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn free college credits and explore high-demand STEM fields


Massasoit Community College has received a grant of $124,970 from the MA Department of Higher Education to support the Brockton Early-College STEM Pathway Program. The program will provide an opportunity for rising juniors and seniors at Brockton High School to take up to two free college courses in biology and chemistry during the summer and fall of 2017. Students can earn up to eight transferrable college credits, providing them with an accelerated pathway to post-secondary science programs. The funding will cover all student expenses, including tuition and fees, transportation, lunch, college information workshops, and STEM exploration activities.

Some of the STEM majors at Massasoit include Computer Science, Liberal Arts Transfer Science (with concentrations in biology, chemistry, physics, and math), Nurse Education, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Engineering, Diesel, Electronics, and Veterinary Technology.

Annual Women’s History Lunch Features Karen Copenhaver, Chair, Center for Women & Enterprise, as Keynote Speaker

On Wednesday, March 8, Massasoit hosted its annual Women’s History Lunch featuring Karen Copenhaver, Chair of the Center for Women & Enterprise, as its keynote speaker.

Ms. Copenhaver is a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP and director of intellectual property strategy for the Linux Foundation.

The lunch was hosted by the Women’s Resource Center in the College’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Massasoit’s One Book, One College Program to Host Author Steve Pemberton March 30

Local author of A Chance in the World – a soon-to-be major motion picture – will be on campus as part of Massasoit’s One Book, One College program.

9781595552631.jpgThis spring semester, Massasoit Community College offers as its One Book, One College selection, A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton. The final event of the One Book, One College program will be held on March 30 with author-led book discussions at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. followed by a keynote presentation by the author entitled “The Advantage of Disadvantage: How to Transform Adversity Into Action” at 2:30 p.m. All events will be held in the Anna P. Buckley Performing Arts Center on the Massasoit Brockton Campus and are free and open to the public.

Steve Pemberton, born Steve Klakowicz, was born to a black father who was later murdered and an alcoholic white mother. At the age of three, Steve was removed from his home along with four of his surviving brothers and sisters and placed in the foster care system of Massachusetts. He never saw his birth mother again. After suffering from extensive physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his foster parents, he earned a full scholarship to attend Boston College, where he later served as assistant director of undergraduate admissions.

Mr. Pemberton currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens, Inc.; he is the first person in the company’s history to hold this position. He lectures frequently on issues related to diversity, dealing with difficult challenges, and child advocacy. Steve’s autobiography, A Chance in the World, details his childhood abuse, his search for his family, the bittersweet reunions with those he located, and his ongoing struggle to solidify his personal identity.

One Book events throughout the semester included a kick-off event on Monday, January 30 which included an Art Exhibit, “Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multi-Racial Families” and a talk from Professor Aviva Rich-Shea about her work with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which oversees foster care in the state. There was also a student writing contest, several book discussions, and a college-wide children’s book drive.

For more information on One Book, One College, please visit the Massasoit Library website.

Massasoit Partnering for Free Tax Prep through April 10

The City of Brockton, Massasoit Community College and NeighborWorks Southern Mass. are joining forces to provide free income tax preparation assistance to local residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

The VITA program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing assistance for individuals and families who have an annual income of $54,000 or less. Tax preparation assistance will be available on Mondays at the Brockton Public Library from 4 to 7 p.m. through April 10, 2017 and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Massasoit Community College Student Center through April 8, 2017. The sites will be closed on March 18 during Massasoit’s spring break, and may close due to inclement weather.

Assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis and generally takes about one hour. For more information, including a list of documents required for tax preparation, please visit

For more information or to confirm that the site is open in inclement weather, please contact Patty Lynch at Massasoit at 508-588-9100, x1018 or Joe Madaio at NeighborWorks Southern Mass. at 508-587-0950, x45.

About NeighborWorks Southern Mass.: NeighborWorks Southern Mass. (formerly known as Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore) was founded in 1981 as a public-private partnership created to revitalize low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in the City of Quincy. Since that time, NeighborWorks Southern Mass. has expanded to provide services in 25 cities and towns across the South Shore. In addition to building and managing more than 170 units of affordable housing, the agency offers a wide range of affordable housing services, including foreclosure prevention counseling, home rehabilitation loans and grants, and first-time homebuyer workshops. 

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.8 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants; Massasoit Awarded $495,000

Massasoit is one of 32 educational institutions receiving awards for equipment upgrades and expanded career and skill-building programs

On Friday, March 3, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $11.8 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 32 vocational schools, community colleges, and traditional public high schools, which will use the funds to purchase vocational technical equipment and expand skills training programs for careers in growing industries.

Massasoit Community College was among the awardees and received a $495,000 grant for an updated engineering lab that supports four engineering degree options: chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical. This is the second Workforce Capital Skills Grant the College has received in the last year; in September, Massasoit accepted a $442,517 grant to support equipment and installation expenses for the new Veterinary Technology Clinical Instruction Facility on the Canton Campus.

Massasoit’s Engineering Transfer program targets soon-to-be and recent high school graduates with an interest in STEM, including students currently enrolled at Brockton High School with whom the program has a dual enrollment arrangement in Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering through the Youth Careers Connect Program. The program also targets the un- and under-employed adult population seeking careers in fields with anticipated vacancies and a higher-than-average living wage. This investment in Massasoit’s engineering lab will enable the College to increase the number of students who can be served by the program and expand the pipeline of area high school students who pursue an engineering career pathway.

“These investments have a major impact for the educational institutions training our workforce and the students who stand to benefit from enhanced skills and career paths,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Strengthening relationships between educational institutions and local industry as this program seeks to do is crucial to the success of our communities and Commonwealth as a whole.”

The Workforce Skills Capital Grants program was created by the Baker-Polito Administration last year to assist educational institutions in demonstrating partnerships with industry and aligning curriculum and credentials with local businesses’ demand, maximizing planning objectives and hiring or internship opportunities regionally.

“Massasoit has made great strides in expanding our programming in the STEM areas, and the launch of our engineering program in the fall of 2015 was a critical component,” said Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College. “We are grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for recognizing the value of updating and modernizing our engineering lab space.”

To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $24 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 63 different institutions, improving programs that impact more than 7,100 students per year. The economic development bill signed by Governor Baker last year includes $45 million for the awards over the next three years to increase the capacity and quality of vocational educational programs.

“The goal of these grants is to update capital equipment, expand capacity, and launch new programs at educational institutions in order to create high-quality career pathways for more people across the Commonwealth,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “These grants give students and adult learners more opportunities to be successful through training, education and experience in fields that are growing and in-demand.”

For more information on our Engineering Transfer options, click here.

Akillian Gallery Celebrates Women’s History Month with a Mother Daughter Exhibit

The Akillian Gallery at Massasoit’s Canton campus is featuring the work of Irina A. Pisarenko and Maria Bablyak in an exhibition titled “Mother Daughter Likenesses” as the College celebrates National Women’s Month.

Russian-born, both women reside in Woburn and maintain a professional and creative life. And, although their styles differ dramatically, a closer look reveals similar responses to their canvases by elements in common like color, balance, and the way their art moves the eye. Twenty works – mainly oil – are on display March 2 – 31.

Please join us for the artists’ reception on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Akillian Gallery, Massasoit Community College, 900 Randolph St., Canton MA. Please call 508-599-1900, x2124 with any questions.


Maria Babylak, “Snow Storm Power”


Irina A. Pisarenko, “My Daughter with Amber Necklace”



“Our”Story Traveling Exhibit Visits Massasoit


As part of Massasoit Community College’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the College partnered with Plymouth 400 to bring the “Our”Story traveling exhibit to the Akillian Gallery at the Canton campus. “Our”Story was on display at Massasoit through February 28.

The interactive traveling exhibit, told in the Native voice, shines a light on pieces of history that had a significant impact on the Wampanoag tribe, its relationship with the Mayflower Pilgrims, and the founding of Plymouth Colony, cornerstone events that shaped America’s earliest beginnings. Each year, a new theme is added to the exhibit; “Our”Story debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614,a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday, Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions and territory. The newest panel, titled “The Great Dying,” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.

“It was so important for us to address this theme, The Great Dying, with particular compassion for the victims,” said Paula Peters, a Mashpee Wampanoag tribe member and the executive producer of the exhibit. “History simply writes off tens of thousands of Wampanoag as a footnote. Just because no one recorded it does not mean that there was not despair and grief.”

The art for “The Great Dying” panel was created by Robert Peters, a Mashpee Wampanoag artist, writer, and activist and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

“Revisiting the historic Great Dying gave me cause to meditate, look into the past and reimagine the scene,” said Robert Peters Sr.  “The balance between historic accuracy, artistic stylization and realism created a scene that we intend for people to take the time to look at and consider how it impacts our lives. It was a privilege to work on, a long process to make it all come together and truly a family grown success. I hope that this work will help people see that Native American People are not just a part of history but have a place in the future too.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with Massasoit Community College to bring Plymouth 400’s Wampanoag exhibit to its Canton campus. The College, named for the Great Sachem Massasoit Usamequin, is commemorating its 50th anniversary, and we believe this is a fitting addition to their celebration,” said Michele Pecoraro, Executive Director of Plymouth 400, Inc. “Most of what we know about this period in history comes from accounts written by Englishmen. We now have the opportunity for the Native story to be highlighted and told in the Native voice. This exhibit is just one of the ways Plymouth 400 is working to create a commemoration that is historically accurate and representative of the cultures involved.”

“Our”Story will continue to travel and engage viewers in these honest and powerful narratives as part of the Signature Events and Programs of Plymouth 400, the organization planning the international 400th anniversary commemoration of the 1620 Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony.

An opening reception was held on February 8 in the Akillian Gallery.