A Message from President Wall Regarding Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

College Community,

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.

Charles Wall
President
Massasoit Community College
 

Massasoit Reaccredited by NEASC

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On Friday, July 14, Massasoit Community College received good news from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). After completing an intensive process that included a comprehensive self-study and a visit from a NEASC team last fall, the college received word that its accreditation has been continued for the next 10 years with a focused report in spring 2020, and a fifth-year interim report for consideration in the fall of 2021. The next comprehensive evaluation will be in fall of 2026.

“We have received strong endorsement of, and support and encouragement for our efforts. My sincere thanks to all of you who contributed to our successful reaccreditation. I am very proud of what we have accomplished and are accomplishing,” said Massasoit President, Dr. Charles Wall.

According to the NEASC website, “NEASC accreditation attests to substantial compliance with established qualitative standards, integrity in statements to the public describing the institution’s program, institutional commitment to improvement, and sufficiency of institutional resources.”

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Networking Specialist Certificate Weekend Academy Beginning This Fall

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New for Fall 2017, students will now be able to complete all courses in two semesters (primarily in 7-week increments) on the weekend to achieve the Networking Specialist Certificate. Courses include IT Essentials, Introduction to Networking, Routing and Switching, Scaling and Networking, and Connection Networks.

Students completing the program will be awarded a Massasoit Community College certificate verifying the successful mastery of program requirements and will then be eligible to sit for the Cisco CCNA certification exam to become certified in CCNA.  This program is part of the Telecommunications associate degree program. If a student wishes to persist upon receiving their networking certificate, they are eligible to become dual certified upon completion of degree requirements.

The Cisco® CCNA® Exploration curriculum is designed for Cisco Networking Academy® students who are seeking entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) skills. CCNA Exploration provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and soft-skills development. On completion of the program, students will have the skills required for IT and networking careers in industries including healthcare, financial services, fashion, and entertainment, and for continued credentialing in Cisco Networking Systems and/or degree programs such as IT, engineering, math, and science.

For more information, visit the Networking Specialist  page on our website or contact Professor Jean Marie Trocher, Telecommunications and Networking Specialist,  via email at jtrocher@massasoit.mass.edu or by phone at 508-588-9100, x2628.

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Massasoit Awarded $20,000 Grant from Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation

 

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Joe Harris, Latch Coordinator, and Maria Monteiro, Latch Counselor

Massasoit Community College has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation for the 2017-2018 academic year. Grant funding will support Massasoit’s Latch Academic Support Program.

“Massasoit’s Latch Program has helped thousands of students succeed. We are very proud of the model which was the idea of some of our faculty nearly 40 years ago. This grant will help us to continue to support our students,” said Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College.

Latch is a one- to two-semester academic support and learning community that serves a diverse population of students who are looking for support as they transition into college and develop their reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills. For 40 years, Latch’s community approach to education has helped students establish successful independent learning strategies and set realistic academic and career goals. The Latch program offers intensive academic and career counseling, peer and professional tutoring, peer mentoring, and civic engagement opportunities that together have been proven to bolster at-risk student success. Latch’s research-based approach has helped students overcome myriad educational disadvantages. The grant will help fund tutoring and mentoring to students.

The Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation was established in 1973, and reflects its founder’s lifelong interest in education. To learn more about the Latch program or to apply for enrollment, please contact the program by phone at 508-588-9100, x1070 for the Brockton Campus, x2000 for the Canton Campus, or visit the Massasoit website.

William A. Mitchell Named Massasoit Community College Interim President

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Massasoit Community College’s Vice President for Administration/Chief Financial Officer, William A. Mitchell, has been named Interim President, effective Friday, September 1, 2017. He was selected by the College’s Board of Trustees at their regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and later approved by Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, Carlos Santiago. Mr. Mitchell brings more than 30 years of experience working within Massachusetts Public Higher Education.

“Bill’s interim appointment will provide continuity and will also provide the Board with adequate time to begin a national search for a new president,” said Dr. Charles Wall, President of Massasoit Community College. “His appointment gives Massasoit a unique opportunity to experience a known campus leader who will continue to guide the College forward in the coming months,” Wall added.

Mr. Mitchell has served as Massasoit’s Vice President for Administration/Chief Financial Officer since 2012. Prior to re-joining Massasoit Community College, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Services at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth from 1994-2012. From 1985-1994, Mr. Mitchell was with Massasoit in a number of capacities including Assistant Comptroller (1992-1994); Budget Analyst (1989-1992); Assistant Director of Student Activities (1987-1989); Adjunct Faculty (1989-1996); and Head Baseball Coach (1985-1989).

“Vice President Mitchell has a strong record of service in public higher education in the Commonwealth.  He is truly committed to our students and dedicated to their success. The students, staff, and faculty of Massasoit can count on his leadership to see us through this period of transition and face any challenges that come before us,” said Pamerson Ifill, Chair, Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees.

Mr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bridgewater State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Framingham State University. He is a member of several professional affiliations, and is currently the Chair of the Massachusetts State Universities and Community Colleges Chief Financial Officers Annual Meeting. Outside of Massasoit, Mr. Mitchell is actively involved in various business and civic organizations, including the Board of Directors for the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce where he chairs the organization’s finance committee.

Mr. Mitchell’s appointment will become effective on Friday, September 1, 2017 in order to ensure a smooth transition to President Charles Wall’s departure which is also slated for September 1, 2017. Mr. Mitchell will serve in the role until a permanent replacement is named; a search is currently underway.

President Wall, who has been President of Massasoit Community College since 2001, announced his plans to retire on January 26, 2017.

Crystal Camp Sworn In as Student Trustee

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(l-r) Thomas Carroll, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Crystal Camp, and Dr. Wall 

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, is pleased to announce that Abington resident Crystal Camp has been elected student representative to the Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees. Crystal was sworn in on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in a small ceremony in the President’s Office on the Brockton campus.

A Business Administration Transfer student, Crystal maintains a 3.93 GPA, has twice been named to the Dean’s list, and is a Student Senator.

“Like so many of our students, Crystal came to Massasoit after already progressing within her chosen career field, and returned to school to advance in that field,” said Dr. Wall. “She’s an active participant on campus, and I am sure she will be an able representative for her fellow students. We’re pleased to welcome her to the Board of Trustees.”

Originally from Abington, Crystal graduated from high school in Montana. After time spent living in Colorado and California, she returned home to be close to family. Her educational interests include international marketing and economics.

As Student Trustee, Crystal will represent the students of Massasoit as a full voting member of the Board of Trustees for one year.

 

Veteran and Servicemember Club Presents Retiring President Wall with American Flag

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(l-r) David Doyle, Veteran Services Coordinator Brian Smith, Dr. Wall, Chris Blunt, Caleb Maclagan

On Monday, July 10, the Massasoit Community College Veterans and Servicemember Club presented retiring president Dr.  Charles Wall with a shadow box American Flag in an informal ceremony in the president’s office. The shadow box is traditionally presented in the military when someone leaves the service or retires. Along with the flag, the servicemembers presented Dr. Wall with custom military challenge coins to recognize him for his contributions and achievements. The coins commemorate service, and represent the significance of his work and affiliation to the Veterans organization.

“This was our [club’s] way of honoring Dr. Wall for his service to Massasoit,”  said Chris Blunt, class of 2017 and outgoing student trustee. “His commitment to the Veterans and Servicemember club has been significant, and we wanted to show our appreciation.”

In addition, the servicemembers demonstrated the ceremonial folding of a United States flag, preserving a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol Building, presented to Dr. Wall from Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

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Akillian Gallery Welcomes Painter Jo Ann Rothschild

Jo Ann Rothschild Exhibition AnnouncementThe Akillian Gallery at Massasoit’s Canton campus is showing work by Boston artist Jo Ann Rothschild in an exhibition titled “Visual Conversations.” The exhibit runs through August 8.

A former student of Leo Garel, Jo Ann earned her BA in Art from Bennington College, and an MFA from Tufts University and Boston Museum School. As teacher, guest lecturer, and visiting artist that includes time spent in Havana, Cuba, her education based venues extended from 1978 to 2013. Jo Ann has also curated numerous projects in Boston and New York, received several prestigious awards, and is a published writer.

Accolades for Jo Ann’s work in oils, mixed media, and ink have appeared in major publications in Boston, Cuba, and Germany.

Please join us for the artist’s reception on July 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m, Akillian Gallery, Massasoit Community College, 900 Randolph St., Canton MA. Normal gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. Call 508-588-1900, x2124.

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Gateway to College Graduates 31

On Thursday, June 29, the Gateway to College program at Massasoit Community College graduated 31 students from 10 different school districts. Students graduated with both their high school diploma and, on average, 28 college credits each.

The following students graduated:

Katie Alix
Jacob Boehner
Garnet Dawbin
Alex Donovan-Ortiz
Calvin Duncan III
David Fasolino, IV
Marco Feeney
Eric Fernandes
Josue Fernandes
Kyrell Fulks
Tayla Giannini
Erica Goncalves
Zachary Honrado
Tristan Hraibe
Benjamin Julius
Gabriel Koubek
Michaela Lee
Joseph Lussier
Kyle MacLennan
Amanda MacNevin
Kaley MacNevin
Collin Matson

Gateway to 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.

Gateway to College students are a diverse group of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 ready and willing to work hard to be successful in the program. Some of our students believe that a traditional high school setting is not the right fit, 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.