Visual Arts and Art & Graphic Design Alumni Mixer to be held October 13

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Visual Arts and Art & Graphic Design Alumni Mixer

Friday, October 13, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Akillian Gallery, Canton Campus
Massasoit Community College
900 Randolph St. Canton MA 02021

Reconnect with former classmates and faculty! Share your experience working in the field with current students and alumni. Bring a sample of your work for a pop-up one night exhibition or send a digital file to be included in a group slide show.

RSVP at: ldunn@massasoit.mass.edu by October 1st

Materials designed by Michael Coleman, Massasoit alum
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Presidential Medallion Awarded to Wayne Perkins

 

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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 Students Eligible to Gain Aviation Maintenance Experience Through Partnership Between Massasoit and Cape Cod Community College

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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 edesatnick1@massasoit.mass.edu.

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.

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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.”

 For more information, visit our website.

 

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.