Massasoit Students Awarded Hagler Scholarships


(l-r) Andrea Malin, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Schona Riley.

The recipients of the Massasoit Community College Marvelous Marvin Hagler Scholarship Awards were announced in a small ceremony on Friday afternoon, August 19, at the Massasoit Conference Center. Marvelous Marvin Hagler presented scholarships to two incoming students, Andrea Malin and Schona Riley. Attendees and speakers included David Offutt, Bonnie Blackler, and Christopher Blunt, members of the Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees; Steve Murphy, director of advancement; Nick Palantzas, senior vice president and vice president of the Canton Campus and College Advancement; and Kevin Walsh, president of the Massasoit Community College Foundation. Other Foundation Board attendees included Charlie Tartaglia, Bob Anzalone, and Joe Moses.

Andrea Malin, an Army veteran and resident of Wareham, is a Liberal Arts Transfer student who hopes to soon enroll in a nursing program. Schona Riley is a Liberal Arts Transfer – Science student from Brockton. Each student will receive two years of full tuition and fees up to $14,000 to complete their educations at Massasoit.

Applicants for the scholarship submitted an application and a 250-word essay about themselves. To be eligible, applicants needed to have a 3.0 GPA from their most recent educational institution and demonstrate financial need. Each awardee must maintain a GPA of 3.0 while enrolled full-time at Massasoit to continue receiving the scholarship.

Massasoit Community College trustee David Offutt addressed Mr. Hagler, saying, “As a former trustee of the College, you know the great impact we can have and that our responsibility is huge. We appreciate you; this is awesome! On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we thank you!”

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, the former middle-weight boxing champion of the world, added, “All I can do is give you a helping hand, then it’s up to you to make this happen. Education opens doors and opportunity is waiting for you. Dreams will come true if you believe in yourself. Never give up!”  


Charlie Tartaglia, former member of the Massachusetts Boxing Commission and current Massasoit Foundation Board Member with Marvelous Marvin Hagler.




Christopher Blunt Named Student Trustee at Massasoit Community College


(l-r) Dr. Charles Wall, Student Trustee Christopher Blunt, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Pamerson Ifill

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, is pleased to announce that Christopher Blunt has been elected as the student representative to the Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees.

A student in the Business Administration Transfer program at Massasoit, Chris is a 2006 graduate of East Bridgewater High School and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Serving four years on active duty and two in the Marine Reserves, Chris served one tour in Afghanistan and one in Bahrain, earning achievement medals for both tours.

At Massasoit, Chris has served as the Vice President of both the Veteran & Servicemember Club and the Honors Association. He is a member of the Alpha Kappa Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and is a recipient of the Green Key Award. Chris is also an engaged member of his community, serving as an active officer in the Brockton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1046 and of the Fellowship Masonic Lodge in Bridgewater, and as a volunteer at the Brockton Veterans Administration Hospital.

“The Board of Trustees and I look forward to working with Chris over the course of the next year,” said Dr. Wall. “He brings an impressive resume and will add a unique perspective to our Board activities. I join with the Trustees in congratulating Chris on his election and appointment and thanking him for his service to our country.”

As Student Trustee, Chris will represent the students of Massasoit as a full voting member of the Board of Trustees. He was sworn in on August 10, 2016.

Gateway to College at Massasoit Holds Commencement Exercises for Local Students

Gateway to College at Massasoit Community College is a comprehensive early college high school program that enables qualified, motivated students to earn a high school diploma while accruing college credits.  Although all activities take place on the college campus, students are dually enrolled in both the school district and the college, receiving a high school diploma from the district in which they live.

This year’s 25 graduates were recognized at a commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 30 at the Massasoit Conference Center. The graduates were:

George Augustin, Brockton High School
Erik J. Best, Champion High School
Shea-Lynn Bowen, Brockton High School
Kadeem Cameron, Champion High School
Devon Campbell, Whitman-Hanson High School
Terin Kasica, Champion High School
Jaylene Coelho, Brockton High School
Anthony Cugno, Brockton High School
Gualter DaGraca, Brockton High School
Amber Dalleva, Middleborough High School
Megan Drier, Whitman-Hanson High School
Samantha Durfee, Brockton High School
Keon Falaise, Brockton High School
Jazzlyn Figueroa, Brockton High School
Morgan Frawley, Whitman-Hanson High School
Larry Gutierrez-Perlera, Everett High School
Jocelyn Hill, Brockton High School
Isaiah Lai-Fook, Brockton High School
Bryce MacNevin, Brockton High School
Joel Nieves, Champion High School
Casey Ouimette, Everett High School
Scott Shamburg, Randolph High School
Shylaa Silva, Brockton High School
Gabrielle Vanderveer, Brockton High School
Elizabeth Whitney, Brockton High School
Alexandra Williams, Brockton High School

Students in the program are a diverse group of young people between the ages of 15 and 21. Some students believe that a traditional high school setting is not the right fit, some left high school before graduating, were on the verge of leaving, or were behind in credits to graduate with their designated class; others are academic achievers getting a head start on a college education.

Groundbreaking Held for New Veterinary Technology Clinical Instruction Facility


(l-r) Nick Palantzas, Suzanne Green, Dr. Wall, Dean Brown, Silvia Coviello (and Cobalt), and Dr. Tammy Quinn

On Wednesday morning, June 22, Massasoit Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Veterinary Technology Clinical Instruction Facility, which is being built at the College’s Canton campus. The facility is scheduled to be completed and ready for student use by the fall of 2016.

The new facility will expand hands-on learning options for students in Massasoit’s Veterinary Technology program. The program, which was new for fall of 2015 and is the first of its kind in southeastern Massachusetts, prepares students to excel as veterinary technicians in a variety of animal healthcare fields. Additionally, through a unique partnership, rising juniors at Norfolk County Agricultural High school have the option of enrolling in the Vet Tech program and graduate high school with up to a year of coursework completed, leaving them with only one additional year of the program to complete.

Once finished, the facility will include a clinical instruction area, a surgical suite, a digital radiology room, and an outdoor exercise area for dogs.

“This program will allow Massasoit to provide an exceptional level of training, so that our students will be able to enter the workforce and provide the highest quality of compassionate care for animals,” said Doug Brown, dean of science and mathematics at Massasoit.

Also in attendance at the event were Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College; Nick Palantzas, senior vice president and vice president of Massasoit’s Canton campus;  Suzanne Green and Dr. Tammy Quinn, outgoing and incoming Superintendents of Norfolk County Agricultural High School, respectively; Massasoit Board of Trustees members Bonnie Blackler and Anne Sullivan; and Silvia Coviello, Veterinary Technology Program Coordinator.


Marshfield, Massasoit Announce Educational Partnership

On Thursday, June 16, representatives from Massasoit Community College, Marshfield Public Schools, local government, and the marine trades industry came together to announce a partnership to offer a marine technician program at Marshfield High School.

In addition to the Marine Technician Fundamentals course, which is the first of three required modules for the industry-recognized 350-hour Marine Technician Certificate, Massasoit will also run a range of other courses at the high school.

For more on the announcement, please see the following article from the Marshfield Mariner.


Massasoit Graduates 904 Students in 49th Commencement Ceremony, Awards Two Honorary Degrees

On June 3, Massasoit Community College held their 49th commencement ceremony, graduating 904 students.

The graduating class earned 926 awards, including 831 associate degrees, 27 Board certificates, and 68 college certificates. Representing more than 80 cities and towns, the Class of 2016 is the college’s 6th largest class in the school’s history.

Additionally, the College awarded two honorary Associate of Humanities degrees to James W. Blake, president and CEO of HarborOne Bank, and Edward F. Perry, Jr., owner and operator of 95.9 WATD FM.

Please click here to view a list of all our graduates.



Massasoit Community College, Randolph Fire Department Host Distracted Driving Demonstration at Randolph High School

On Tuesday, May 24, Massasoit Community College, in conjunction with the Randolph High School First Responder Program, the Randolph Police Department, and the Randolph Fire Department held Operation Prom Night, a large-scale demonstration of the effects of teenage drinking, driving, and distracted driving.

A mock motor vehicle crash was staged in the parking lot of Randolph High School. The students in the First Responder Program chose their roles in the demonstration – first responders, fire fighters, or police officers. The first responders demonstrated the skills they’ve learned in the program and spoke to students about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the students in the first responder program to practice the skills they’ve learned in a real life setting while teaching their classmates of the dangers of impaired and distracted driving” said Scott Meagher, Director of the Paramedic Program at Massasoit Community College. “We are grateful to the Randolph Fire Department for their continued support, and are proud of the accomplishments of our students.”


Two Massasoit Students Receive Prestigious Jack Kent Cook Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships

Massasoit Community College is proud to announce that students Dalena Nguyen and Nicholas Trent have been awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships, worth up to $40,000 a year, to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Massasoit was one of only 11 community colleges nationwide to have more than one recipient of this scholarship.

Dalena Nguyen of Brockton aims to become an osteo-oncologist conducting research on bone cancer. She also hopes to prove free health care and improve access to safe drinking water in developing countries. While studying at Massasoit Community College, Dalena has taken advantage of every opportunity that is offered for a student studying math and science, including conducting an honors project investigating the antibiotic resistance in native soil bacteria, writing literature reviews, and developing protocols.

Nick Trent, also a resident of Brockton, is a first-generation college student and a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program. He will graduate from the Liberal Arts Transfer program with a 3.80 grade point average. He plans to attend Tufts University in the fall to study linguistics. In the future, he plans to earn a Ph.D. in the hopes of becoming a professor of linguistics while researching artificial intelligence and coding language. While studying at Massasoit Community College, Nick was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Vice President of the Student Senate, President of the Creative Writing Club, and Managing Editor of the Literary Journal “The Lantern.”

Nick and Dalena were chosen from among a competitive nationwide pool of community college students. All of the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have financial need and strong records of academic achievement as proven by their grades, leadership skills, awards, extraordinary service to others, and perseverance in the face of adversity.

“Massasoit Community College is profoundly proud of the achievements of Dalena and Nick,” said Dr. Charles Wall, president of the College. “We are pleased to see them honored for their hard work and academic excellence and look forward to seeing their future successes.”

The Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship in the nation for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year institutions that award bachelor’s degrees.

“The Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have a long record of success at the most selective colleges and graduate schools,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “These extraordinary young people have proven repeatedly and conclusively that top community college students have the ability to thrive in top four-year colleges.”

Cooke Scholarships fund the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, plus academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad, and opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. In addition, after earning a bachelor’s degree, each Cooke Scholar will be eligible for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. It offers the largest scholarships in the U.S., comprehensive counseling and other support services to students from 8th grade to graduate school. Since 2000 it has awarded about $147 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students and $90 million in grants to organizations that serve outstanding low-income students. 


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