Museum Studies Students Launch “Connect!” Exhibit, on Display through December 14

The Gallery Exhibition Skills Class at Massasoit, in cooperation with the Milton Art Museum, held an opening reception of their exhibit “Connect!” on Wednesday, November 30 at the Canton Campus. 

 The purpose of the exhibit is to spark interest in the Milton Art Museum’s objects. The class members have chosen various pieces that sparked their memories, and installed this exhibit.Visitors can read their stories and see personal items that relate to those objects from the MAM’s collection.

The exhibit runs through December 14th at Massasoit Community College, Canton Campus, 900 Randolph St. Please call 508-588-9110, x2124 with any questions


The Art of Science…The Science of Art On Display in Canton through December 2

The Art of Science…The Science of Art brings together members of two prestigious organizations: the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA), and the Guild of Science Illustrators New England (GNSI).  Stop in before Friday, December 2, and appreciate two very different focuses that share similar creative disciplines.

A reception was held Saturday, November 12. 

For more information, call 508-599-1900, x2124. 

Criminal Justice Leadership Conference Held November 1

On Tuesday, November 1, Massasoit held a Criminal Justice Leadership Conference, hosted by the Massasoit Criminal Justice Department and sponsored by Bay Path University. The speaker, Mr. Robert Milton, is a retired Commander of Scotland Yard and a counterterrorism expert. Mr. Milton engaged students, staff, and faculty in an exchange of question and response with purposeful academic inquiry and expression of ideas and values. 

“In an institution of higher education, it is important to engage students with thought provoking issues and empower them to participate in difficult conversations,” said Pat Faiella, Criminal Justice professor and former Department Chair. “I am proud that Massasoit provides these opportunities to our students.” 

Massasoit Community College, in Partnership with Corcoran Management Company and Home Market Foods, Honored for Supporting English Classes for Employees

English for New Bostonians (ENB) and its English Works Campaign recently held the “Raising Our Voices: Recognizing ESOL Leadership in Business and the Community” breakfast, where they honored nine businesses and labor/management partnerships that have joined with government and non-profit agencies to offer their immigrant workers the chance to learn English at work. Included in the honorees were Corcoran Management Company and Home Market Foods in partnership with Massasoit Community College.

Ronald L. Walker II, MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston, over 180 state officials, business, labor and community leaders, and ESOL students attended the breakfast, which was emceed by Alberto Vasallo, III, President and CEO of El Mundo Boston.

“Small business owners understand the business proposition of helping their workers learn English. It helps their productivity, and improves the companies’ ability to compete,” said Secretary Walker. “We are finding ways to better connect with the small business community to help them get ESOL training for their workers.”

The business leaders honored at the breakfast stressed the tangible impact of English classes on their employees and their business operations. “Clear communication is essential in our work as property managers,” says President of Corcoran Management Co., Richard J. High, “whether it is with co-workers, vendors, or, perhaps most importantly, our residents.” High said, “The significant improvement we see in the abilities and confidence of those who participated in our ESOL training is due to their hard work and dedication and is also a tribute to the well-designed program and skilled staff of Massasoit Community College and support of Commonwealth Corporation and the Workforce Training Fund Program.”

“Home Market Foods continues to invest in sophisticated manufacturing technologies and processes,” said owner Wes Atamian. “As a result, we have found that the ability to communicate effectively in English has become increasingly critical to the success of our operation.” But employees learning English has a larger impact, said Atamian. “Equally important, we believe that these skills significantly enhance the contribution our employees can make to our society beyond Home Market Foods. Offering ESOL classes represents an investment in the company, our people and our communities.”


Corcoran Management Co. team poses with their English Works Certificate of Recognition alongside MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker II (first from left) and English for New Bostonians Executive Director Claudia Green (first from right). Also pictured are Maryellen Brett (second from right), Associate Dean of Corporate Education at Massasoit Community College, the ESOL Partner.


Home Market Foods and partner Massasoit Community College posing with MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker II (first from left) and English for New Bostonians Executive Director Claudia Green (second from right).

Men’s Soccer Tops CCRI For Region 21 Crown

DSC_0696.jpgDeivys D’Almeida (New Bedford) scored two goals and assisted on another as the Massasoit men’s soccer team defeated CCRI 3-1 to claim its ninth Region 21 Championship in the last 11 seasons under head coach Rui Estrela.

Massasoit (10-4-2) will play in the Northeast Districts, hosted by either ASA-New York or Monroe College from Nov. 4-5.

D’Almeida, who had not scored all season, jump started the Warriors offense when he headed home a cross from defender Nathan Estrela (Falmouth) just eight minutes into the contest.

But the game was far from over at that point as the Knights (4-9-1) played extremely well for the first 45 minutes of action. In the 31st minute, Cameron DiMaria scored for the equalizer, shifting the momentum back in favor of the home team.

“We were playing well at the beginning of the game but once we took the lead, I think some of the guys took a step back and took the game for granted,” head coach Rui Estrela said. “Then we gave up that tough goal to (CCRI) and it was 1-1 that kind of took us out of our rhythm.”

With the score still knotted at 1-1, Estrela tapped a short corner pass to midfielder Blake Brailsford (East Bridgewater). The freshman took the pass and booted a cross through the box, where D’Almeida was there again to finish, this time in the 39th minute.

Clinging to the one-goal lead after intermission, the Warriors began to pepper CCRI goalie Christian Ellerbe. After several scoring chances early on in the second half, Sidney Cardoso (Portugal) took a through ball pass from D’Almeida, who seemed to be Johnny on the Spot all day, for a much needed insurance goal in the 55th minute. Massasoit finished with 23 shots, 15 coming in the second half.

“I thought Deivys was our MVP today,” Estrela said. “It was great that he scored those goals for us but more than that he was really helping control the midfield and playing physical. He was winning balls in the air, he was moving balls around the midfield, he was running back defensively. I thought today, he was our MVP with that performance and had a great game.”

D’Almeida who had struggled through injuries all season and managed just three assists and no goals, was involved in all three goals in the Region 21 Championship victory.

Overall, Coach Estrela was pleased with the team’s performance, but stressed that the Warriors will need to play a complete game to be successful in the districts next weekend.

“In the second half we played much better and we played with the type of intensity we need for all 90 minutes, not just a half,” Estrela said. “We were moving the ball much better in the second half. We were moving the ball wide and attacking and putting a lot of pressure on CCRI. I thought we had a couple more chances and need to do a little better with our finishing. But, overall I am really excited for these guys and now we prepare for the districts next weekend.”

Massasoit Celebrates 50th Anniversary Kick-Off

Massasoit Community College marked the start of a year-long celebration to commemorate its “Golden Anniversary” with special kick-off events during the month of September. Faculty, staff, and students gathered at the Brockton, Canton, and Middleborough locations for food, music, and commemorative 50th anniversary photos. Participants at the three locations donated more than $2,500 toward the Massasoit food pantry. 

As part of its 50th anniversary, the college has planned a year filled with extraordinary events. “We are excited to mark this occasion,” said Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College. “Our institution has a five-decade legacy of providing quality educational options to students in their communities, and we take great pride in the ways we have contributed to student and community success over the past fifty years. We look forward to celebrating our rich history over the coming months.”

 Since its start, the college has grown exponentially. In 1966, the college consisted of only 358 students and 22 faculty, and held its first classes at the Charles M. Frolio School in Abington. The college continued to grow, soon offering classes at the Sprague School in Brockton, Miramar in Duxbury, and the Howard School in West Bridgewater. In 1968, the college graduated its first class of 137 students. In 1969, the college broke ground on what is now the main campus in Brockton; the campus officially opened in 1972. Later, in 1985, the college acquired what was then the Blue Hills Technical Institute, which became the Canton campus. The most recent college location is in Middleborough at the former Lincoln D. Lynch School; the educational site which opened in 2010. Today, Massasoit Community College serves nearly 8,000 students each year, and offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs. 

Some of the upcoming events throughout the year include:

50th Anniversary Portraits of Success Gala
October 22, 2016
The Conference Center at Massasoit

Annual Food Bowl Food Drive
The food drive will culminate with a Thanksgiving celebration luncheon in the cafeteria on the Brockton campus
November 14, 2016

Holiday Party Reunion
Open to faculty and staff, past and present
December 14, 2016

In the spring, we will honor our regional heritage with the temporary installation of “Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History,” a traveling exhibit. We will also host the Massasoit Messenger 5k, the annual Foundation Golf Tournament, the return of the classic Radio Classics Live for one last show, and more! 

“These events represent just some of the memorable occasions we have lined up for the year,” Wall added. “The Massasoit community is excited to celebrate this important milestone, and we invite the community to celebrate along with us.”

For updates on anniversary related events and more, visit


Seniors at Braintree High School to receive EMS Certificates through Massasoit Community College


Braintree High School seniors with Massasoit instructors and high school administrators. 

This fall, Massasoit Community College, in partnership with the Braintree School Department, began offering high school seniors an opportunity to participate in a customized Emergency Responder Program, 100 hours of classroom time paired with hands-on training. At the end of the program, students will receive six certifications: American Heart Association CPR Provider; American Heart Association CPR Instructor; American Heart Association First Aid; American Heart Association Blood Borne Pathogens; First Responder Certification; and National Incident Management System 100 and 700 certification.

Students will also receive training for an active shooter situation, management of an opiate overdose with Narcan, and an introduction to emergency services including police and fire.

Massasoit Emergency Medical Services faculty Nastassia Swanson is the lead instructor, assisted by co-instructor Sabrina Meagher, both practicing Paramedics and EMT Instructors. 

The culmination of the knowledge gained in the program will be demonstrated during Operation Prom night, a mock crash emphasizing distracted driving and driving under the influence. The scenario is designed for the whole student body to view prior to prom to talk about the dangers of both drinking and distracted driving. 

Modeled after the College’s partnership with Randolph High School and the Town of Randolph, which was piloted in spring 2016, the program is designed to provide alternative learning for students and is partially funded by Quincy Credit Union. 

“Our staff is excited to bring this innovative program to the students at Braintree High School. It gives students who might be interested in healthcare and emergency medical careers exposure to the field while also providing valuable credentials,” said Scott Meagher, director of Emergency Medical Services at Massasoit Community College.   


NEASC Team to Visit Massasoit Community College

neasc-logoMassasoit Community College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit from November 6-8, 2016 by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. 

Massasoit Community College has been accredited by the Commission since 1971 and was last reviewed in 2006. Its accreditation by the New England Association encompasses the entire institution. The public is invited to comment:

Massasoit Community College Receives Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to Support Development of New Veterinary Technology Program

Massasoit Community College announced Monday afternoon that it has received Skills Capital Grant funding of $442,517 from the Baker-Polito Administration to support the College’s newest associate degree program in Veterinary Technology, which began enrolling students in the fall of 2015.

Massasoit Community College’s associate in applied science degree program in Veterinary Technology targets soon-to-be and recent high school graduates with an interest in STEM or Animal Science, including students currently enrolled at Norfolk County Agricultural High School with whom the program has a dual enrollment articulation. The program will also target current vet techs who may be displaced without licensure, and the un- and under-employed adult population seeking careers in fields with numerous anticipated vacancies and a living wage.

“The rapidly expanding Animal Health Care industry has created a distinct need for Veterinary Technicians,” said Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College. “The career opportunities available to graduates of this program are varied and in-demand, and we are excited to provide training that helps address a regional need.”

The funds provided through the Skills Capital Grant will support Massasoit’s outfitting of a new, state-of-the-art, $1.4 million veterinary technology clinical instruction facility at the Canton Campus, which will include a surgical suite and a digital radiology room. Further, the clinical facility will house colonies of live dogs and cats, enabling hands-on training of students in all aspects of practical veterinary technician skills, including surgical prep and assistance, imaging, examinations, and animal care.