Seventy-one Massasoit Community College students are the newest members of the Alpha Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society of two-year colleges. Students were inducted in a ceremony at the College’s Canton campus on November 6, 2017.
The purpose of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. PTK has been present at Massasoit since the 1980’s and currently has over 2,000 members, including alumni. Students must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for membership, and must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA throughout their studies at Massasoit to remain a member in good standing. Along with strong academic achievement, PTK students regularly engage in civic, community, and charitable activities both on campus and beyond, as well participate in regional and international academic meetings.
Below, please find a list of some of this fall’s new members:
On Monday, October 23, Massasoit’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomed Sara Ting to Unity Day, celebrating Massasoit’s diversity and stand against racism.
The inaugural Unity Day event at Massasoit Community College was designed as a way to celebrate the diversity of our college population and promote inclusivity among all who learn and work here. In August 2017, the Presidents of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges released a joint statement where they stated:
We embrace our shared values of global citizenship and prize the richness of cultural wealth in our diverse communities. We respect people from all nations, cultures, background, and experience and welcome them to join our community of scholars and learners, for therein lies the hope and the future strength of our nation and our world.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to promote and support, in various ways, reaching new heights in diversity and inclusive excellence at Massasoit Community College.
“The goal of Unity Day Event was to create a climate of respect for the richness of diversity that we have on our campuses and in the surrounding communities. We were excited to welcome diversity trainer and speaker Sara Ting to discuss the value of engaging in thoughtful discourse and forging connections across communities through empowered listening,” said Yolanda Dennis, Chief Diversity Officer at Massasoit.
Massasoit Community College is pleased to announce that Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Robert W. Harnais, Esq. of Braintree to the College’s Board of Trustees on September 22, 2017 and also designated him as Chairperson of the Board.
Mr. Harnais is a partner at Mahoney & Harnais, a law firm located in Quincy, which specializes in criminal, employment, and discrimination law. Mr. Harnais is also the Contracted General Counsel for the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and his JD from the New England School of Law.
Mr. Harnais a past President of the Masssachusetts Bar Association serving as such in 2015-1016 and is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, serving as its president from 2004-2006. He has been a member of the National Hispanic Bar Association since 2005, serving in a variety of leadership roles including Region One President, Deputy Regional President, Board Member, and Nominating Committee Member. Presently he is the President of the Norfolk County Bar Association. Mr. Harnais has given of his time and experience to a variety of local organizations, including the Braintree and Quincy Planning Boards. He has served as an advisory board member for the criminal justice department for both Quincy College and Roxbury Community College. Mr. Harnais has provided training, mentorship, and presentations to a variety of audiences including high school and college students.
“Mr. Harnais has a long history of civic engagement and leadership in the legal community,” said William Mitchell, interim president of Massasoit Community College. “We look forward to working with him as Chair of the Board to advance opportunities for our students.”
Mr. Harnais was sworn in on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 prior to the Board’s monthly meeting. His appointment fills the vacancy of Trustee David Offutt whose term had expired. Former Trustee Offutt is a Brockton resident who has more than 17 years of experience in the real estate industry. He is also an active and engaged member of the Old Colony YMCA Brockton Branch Board of Governors.
The Massasoit STEM Scholars Associates Project is a program funded through the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Math and Science Program (S-STEM). This 5 year grant provides Massasoit the opportunity to provide full-ride scholarships to up to 20 students per year. The scholarship is available to Pell Grant eligible students and supplements federal aid to cover the cost of a student attending Massasoit full time in a Brockton-based STEM program (LATS, LATC, CISP, or CISS). The grant covers tuition, fees, books and allowable living expenses, so that students can attend Massasoit full time and focus on their education. Students who meet eligibility requirements can renew the scholarship for up to 5 semesters. Students who receive scholarships will participate in academic and career advising, attend STEM workshops and field trips, and be eligible to participate as research interns in Massasoit’s STEM research program. Interested students should complete the online application located on the Massasoit webpage under Scholarships and awards by November 1st, 2017. Current Massasoit students go to https://massasoit.academicworks.com/opportunities/1407. If you have questions, please contact LeeAnn Griggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, August 24, Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, presented a Presidential Medallion to Wayne Perkins in a morning ceremony at the College’s Middleborough Center.
Mr. Perkins was a member of the Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees from 1997-2006, serving as its Chairman from 2000-2001 and 2005-2006. Since leaving the Board of Trustees, Mr. Perkins has served on the Board of the College’s Foundation.
Additionally, Mr. Perkins was significantly involved in the establishment of the Middleborough Center, and has been integral to its success.
“Wayne has been tirelessly committed to Massasoit for more than two decades, and I was very pleased and delighted to have had the opportunity to award him a Presidential Medallion,” said Dr. Wall.
Throughout his career, Mr. Perkins has also served the town of Middleborough as a member of the Board of Selectmen in Middleborough, as the town moderator, a member of the Historical Commission, Council on Aging, and Capital Planning Committee. He was also director of law enforcement for the Bristol and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, and served as director of the State Rating Bureau for the Division of Insurance.
Massasoit Community College and Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) are pleased to announce a new partnership between the two institutions to offer Massasoit students access to CCCC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program.
The Plymouth Municipal Airport, home to the hands-on training component of CCCC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, sits about halfway between the campuses of Massasoit Community College and Cape Cod Community College (CCCC). Now, students at both institutions will be eligible to enroll in this specialized program, one of only six in the country with this model.
Massasoit students who take the required general education courses at Massasoit and meet the requirements are guaranteed admission into the program, Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Along the way, students earn an Academic Certificate in AMT-Airframe, and a second Academic Certificate in AMT-Powerplant.
“This partnership demonstrates the innovative collaboration taking place in public higher education today. Our collective goal is to provide students in our region with an exceptional education, giving them the skills they need to succeed in their goals,” said Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College.
Workforce data predicts hundreds of thousands of job openings in the field today and in the future. This program gives students valuable credentials and hands-on training in a stable industry, with starting salaries ranging in the $40K-$60K range.
Due to the level of specialized training, this is a highly competitive program with a maximum amount of students allowed to enroll in each cohort cycle. Interested students should contact Massasoit’s transfer coordinator Evan Desatnick at 508-588-9100, x1463 or email email@example.com.
Presidents Wall and Cox will signed the articulation agreement in a ceremony on August 18 at the Plymouth Municipal Airport Cape Cod Community College hangar.
On Thursday, August 17, the 15 presidents of the community colleges in Massachusetts issued the following joint letter denouncing the recent acts of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Boston Globe’s article from Friday, August 11 is available here.
Today, as I am in the final weeks of my presidency at Massasoit Community College, I feel an enormous responsibility to reach out to you, our college community, and assure you that at our core, we stand proud of our vibrant and diverse community. I encourage each of you to continue to engage in dialogue around issues that affect our community; remember the past, engage in the today, and work together toward a better future for all of us. As our College’s Statement of Values guides us: “We strive to reflect the diversity of our community in our student body, faculty, staff, and trustees by creating an inclusive environment that ensures equitable treatment for all.”
The recent, very disturbing events in Charlottesville, Virginia—where I spent my graduate school years at the University of Virginia—have once again awakened us to elements of bigotry, hatred, white supremacy and violence within our own American society. With singularly clear voice we reject these. As both former Presidents Bush have just said in a joint statement, “America must always reject bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms.” And, as House Speaker Paul Ryan stated, “there can be no moral ambiguity” when it comes to the actions of groups which trample upon the essential being and self-worth of all Americans by espousing white supremacy and bigotry.
As a community, may our hearts and thoughts go out to the family of the individual who lost her life and to the many who were injured during these acts of violence in Charlottesville. We also express our sadness to the families of the two Virginia State Police officers who lost their lives responding to duty. And, as the Massasoit Community College Community, let us stand together for the rights and dignity of all as stated in our Declaration of Independence.
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