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.”

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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.



Massachusetts Community Colleges offer assistance to Displaced ITT Technical Institute Students

In light of the sudden closing of all 137 campuses of the ITT Technical Institute, including two in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) is working with the 15 community college campuses to offer support and assistance to all affected students. These abrupt closures are dislodging more than 35,000 students from their programs nationwide, including hundreds in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Community Colleges, including Massasoit, are ready and prepared to partner with the U.S. Department of Education, the Massachusetts Department of Education, and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to assist these former ITT students. All displaced ITT students in Massachusetts are urged to contact their local community college to be advised on your educational transition options.

For information on your options at Massasoit Community College, contact Michelle Hughes, director of admissions, at For general inquiries and help with federal student loans, please reach out to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office at 1-888-830-6277.

The Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) works on behalf of the presidents and trustees of the fifteen Community Colleges in Massachusetts – currently representing more than 184,000 students across every region of the Commonwealth.

Baker-Polito Administration Launches State-of-the-Art College Pathways Portal

Web Toolkit Highlights Transfer Options, Degree Savings up to 49% through New Commonwealth Commitment Program


Starting today, Massachusetts students and families have access to a new, full-service web portal that will allow them to explore a wide range of academic offerings at the state’s public colleges and universities and chart a course to an affordable bachelor’s degree through transfer from a community college to a state university or University of Massachusetts campus, the Baker-Polito Administration announced today.

The new MassTransfer web portal will, for the first time, allow the Commonwealth’s high school and college students to identify and compare a wide range of degree programs, transfer options, and college costs at all twenty-eight public undergraduate campuses. They will be able to see what is required to transfer seamlessly between campuses, including course-by course “degree maps” available for some majors. They will also be able to use a savings calculator to find the typical savings associated with earning an “A2B” – associate to bachelor’s – degree. The portal’s features also include a detailed description of the three different transfer options available to students, a course-to-course equivalency database to allow them to see exactly how various course credits will transfer, and an additional tool to view cost savings associated with an A2B degree earned through the Commonwealth Commitment program, announced in April by Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, and the leaders within public higher education. 

“This new online tool will save students valuable time and money while completing their degrees, and I hope that many students take advantage of the Commonwealth Commitment as early as this fall,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our colleges and universities are critical partners in ensuring a strong workforce pipeline and through this new program, it will be even easier for students to take the classes and earn the degrees they need to succeed.” 

 “The national research is clear that even a few hundred dollars can make a powerful difference in whether students stay on the path toward college completion or leave school because they cannot afford to continue,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are thrilled to offer the students in our Commonwealth substantial savings off an already great deal on college credentials.”

“I am grateful to the leadership of all three segments of public higher education and the Department of Higher Education for stepping forward and collectively creating the Commonwealth Commitment to ensure we make college as affordable and transfers as seamless as possible for all students.” Education Secretary Jim Peyser said. “What’s incredible is that the savings a student will see in this new online tool could be even greater than what’s listed, with the addition of scholarships and other financial aid awards, which can lower the cost of an associate and bachelor’s degree even further.” 

“With college costs identified as a chief barrier to college completion, we knew we needed a more seamless, efficient system to allow students to transfer from one campus to another and graduate in a more timely and cost-effective manner,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education. “The new MassTransfer portal provides all the information students need to complete their academic journey without delay and added debt. I think many students will be pleasantly surprised by the academic excellence, diversity of degree programs and affordability available at each of our public campuses.”

Through the Commonwealth Commitment program, students who enroll full-time at one of the state’s 15 community colleges will be able to transfer to a state university or UMass campus and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in one of a number of select programs. They must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and graduate in no more than four and a half years. Students in the program will realize substantial savings off the “total sticker price” of a traditional bachelor’s degree, qualifying for a freeze in tuition and mandatory fees, 10% per-semester rebates, and a full tuition credit in their last two years of school worth an average of $1200..

For example:

  • A student starting classes at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston who completes an A2B degree map and transfers to the University of Massachusetts Amherst would save 49% in total tuition and mandatory fees, based on Fall 2013 to Spring 2017 charges (not including living expenses).  The actual tuition and fees for the student, based on rates set this spring and frozen until the student graduates, would reduce the total cost of the student’s bachelor’s degree from $34,166 to $28,618, a savings of just over $7,000.
  •  A student starting classes at Bristol Community College in Fall River who transfers to Bridgewater State University would save 36% in total tuition and mandatory fees, based on Fall 2013 to Spring 2017 charges (not including living expenses).  The actual tuition and fees for the student, based on rates set this spring and frozen until the student graduates, would reduce the total cost of the student’s bachelor degree from $30, 564 to $25,870, a savings of just over $6,000.

During the student’s enrollment, he or she would receive part of the savings in the form of per-semester rebates, which could be used for textbooks, transportation costs, child care or other expenses that can often derail a student’s college aspirations. A student wishing to live in a dorm could also apply the savings to defray the cost of on-campus housing.

The list of degree programs offered through the Commonwealth Commitment program includes liberal arts and sciences programs such as Biology, Psychology and Economics, as well as degrees leading to careers in fields such as Printmaking, Facilities Management and International Maritime Business.  The full list of programs offered in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 is available here.


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.