Congratulations to Adedapo Azeez, a Massasoit class of 2020 student, for receiving Liberty Mutual Insurance’s annual LEADA@Liberty Scholarship. Azeez was among the year’s five 2019-2020 recipients who each received $2,500 per year for each of the four years of their college career.
Launched in 2017 and administered by the United Negro College Fund, the LEADA@Liberty scholarship is available to students of African descent attending community colleges in Massachusetts.
Azeez is also a former recipient of Massasoit’s Honor Garden Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement in the Commonwealth Honors Program at Massasoit.
He moved to the United States from Nigeria and chose to start his pursuit of higher education at Massasoit because it would allow for saving money while thoroughly preparing him to transfer to a four-year college. After completing Massasoit’s Business Administration Transfer program, Adedapo wants to study political science and economics and has the aspiration to become a politician back in Nigeria.
“Since I was a young boy, my dream has been to become a politician and be in a position to drive change,” said Azeez. “I have always strongly believed that economic improvement is the best way to make a difference in my country, Nigeria, which is why I plan to major in economics and political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Through classes and discussions with professors, students, and community leaders, I will have a strong knowledge base from which to make significant economic and political decisions.”
Developed by Liberty Mutual’s Employees of African Descent and Allies employee resource group, the LEADA@Liberty Scholarship scholarship assists with college tuition for Massachusetts students who are enrolled in a community college through the Massachusetts Commonwealth Commitment and who plan to complete a degree at a state university or University of Massachusetts campus.
The other four recipients of the 2019-2020 LEADA@Liberty Scholarship are Ugochukwu Amadi, North Shore Community College; Jimmy Dorielan, Roxbury Community College; Chelsea Edo, North Shore Community College; and Ifunanya Nwabara, North Shore Community College.
Maya Burgess, a sophomore Liberal Arts Transfer student at Massasoit, was named as a semifinalist for this year’s Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Scholarship supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the top four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
Burgess intends to transfer to complete her bachelor’s degree in political science and then continue on to law school. At Massasoit, she has worked as a peer tutor in the Canton ARC, is the president of the Canton Honors Speakers Bureau Club and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, and is completing the Commonwealth Honors Program.
Semifinalists for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 311 community colleges, and Burgess is one of 11 chosen from Massachusetts.
“Year after year, we are impressed by the incredible talent and resolve of community college students,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are proud to recognize this outstanding group of semifinalists for their academic achievement.”
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Selected scholars will receive financial support for up to three years, comprehensive educational advising, and the chance to connect with fellow Cooke Scholars.
Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled community college students or recent graduates residing in the United States.
Congratulations to all of our students who made the 2019 Fall Dean’s List! Having completed at least nine credits or more, students earn Dean’s List distinction with a 3.40 GPA or higher. Students with incomplete or failed courses are not eligible.
2019 Fall Dean’s List by city/town/neighborhood:
Abington Michael Belton Kayla Cook Jaryd Delehanty Steven Densmore Brian Diver Hannah Duggan Olivia Easton Kerry Flaherty Shane Gaffney Kaitlin Grawzis Nathaniel Hagerty Christopher Hamel Jessica Heefner Erin Jenkins Scott Leines Manuel Lopez Sherrill Maxwell Justin Mello Laura Micele Justin Murphy Brianna Picariello Joelle Puopolo Carissa Rountry Jasmine Strangis Sarah Tornato Ryan Whidden
Acushnet Cody Botelho
Ashland Meghan Wells
Attleboro Makenna Donahue Shaun McInerney Jean Rivera-Ortiz Richard Stanley Moses Thairu
Avon Eric Bournazian Deajshia Howard Skyla Kalfin Cristian Punin Mamallacta
Blackstone Zoe Allard Kara Briggs Joseph Martinelli
Boston William Allen Turita Brangman Christopher Davis Lucie Ortega Sherly Pierre Coriolan Jeanette Reichenbach David Valdes Leah Wilson
Braintree Tiler Contrino Matthew Delaney Demyana Fahmy Javier Herrera Aldana Taylor Little Brendan McGuire Brendan McMullin Ryan Newcomb Isabelle Parsley Christina Pierre-Toussaint Brian Pugsley Dehlia Smith Michael Summers
Brentwood Tyzhea Hawkins
Bridgewater Liam Bell Angela Breese Bryanna Calley Tori Cardoza Philip Collins Catherine Coughlin Matthew Cruz Matthew Curvelo Jaycie DiCarlo Robert Farnsworth Olivia Gimler Tyler Gisbert Megan Harrington Rebecca Kadis Michael Kirlis Madison Law Jordan Leitch Chelsea Levaggi Erin Lewis Christopher Orrick Curtis Quinn Jonathan Whitham
Brockton Jada Adams Mariza Afonso Maryelena Alfonso Samarah Alteon Thomas Alvarenga Alexander Alves Chinelo Anagboso Toddye Anderson Monique Anderson Viola Esmeralda Andrade Jenifer Andrade Kayla Andrade Monica Andrade Sandra Andrade Vianna Andrade Lesly Arzu Jessica Attime Luis Baez Mairson Barbosa Timas Barbosa Wilson Barbosa Esmael Barros Winscher Bazelais Myrveline Beaupin Beor Beliard Jasmine Bellefleur Clerval Marjory Belony Jeannithe Bernard Gayssande Blanchard Emily Brandao-Dowland Alexis Brickhouse Felicia Brinson Paul Brown Brandon Buffalo Alexander Burrell Anthony Cabrera Geaonny Calderon-Hampton Lynda Calland Maryanne Cameron Jemima Canal Alecxia Cardoso Morgane-Alison Dias Carrere Nelta Carter Abigail Castillo Jolee Centeio Kaija Chalmus Winnie-Jo Charles Ryan Chau Emiliano Chery Sarah Chery Jeffrey Chetwynd Theresa Coelho Shardajah Collins Steven Compas Jose Correa Castro Vanda Correia Ma Cecilia Cosman Kiara Cunningham Kristian Cunningham Gil Da Veiga Christopher D’Alessandro Isabella Dasilva Marlynsca Dauphin Susan Dauteuil Debora Patricia De Barros Lima Antonia DeAndrade Jael DeAndrade Victor DeBinion-Vazquez Valerie Dehonnet Aisha DePina Christina DePina Danilo DePina Maguida Depina Stefany DePina Sorahya Desire Brianna Dinicola Ngoc Doan Emma Donnelly Rebecca Samela Dos Anjos Rocha Kyana Dos Santos Tatiana Dos Santos Vamila Dos Santos Veronica Dos Santos Stefania Dossantos Barbara DuBois Maya Dunn Craig Duong Ana Enamorado Yosof Farooqi Naysha Feliz Christina Fernandes Christopher Fernandes Maria Fernandes Miguel Fernandes Nalissa Fernandes Alexander Figueroa Kelli Fitzgerald Catarina Fontes Felicia Fortes Zangar Freeman Denise Furtado Jamila Fuseini Tanya Garcia Vanessa Garcia Alix Gayaud Jessica Geldres Sabrina Georges Joseph Gogan Carla Gomes Francisco Gomes Suely Gomes Ariana Goncalves Selina Goodwin Victor Gordon Sindy Grand-Pierre Jacqueline Guaman Lucero Alessandra Guzman Nina Henderson William Hernandez Christopher Herrera Noah Herrera Gertruna Hilaire Josiane Hilaire Emmanuel Ikpe David Isaac Angelique Jackson Jasmine Jaynes Natanaelle Jean Anneka Tarrah Jean Louis Nimrhod Samirah Jeanty Jhessy Joseph Bernard Jules Elijah Kahn-Lhejiere Hannah Karanja Simeo Kayemba Karisa Khang Kimberly Khang-Vasquez Sean Kilroy Ashley King Jeremiah King Djoulicar Laguerre Jahdee Lamarre Mary Lebrun Bradford Leighton Angelica Lewis Daysja Lopes Djeisson Lopes Jandira Lopes Vania Lopes Phylicia Louis Ted Louis Kemberline Louis Charles Kenlove Louis Charles Joseph Lucas Exil Lucienna Marvin Lynch Kimairys Maldonado Marcos Martins Patricia Martins Matsky Mathe Kalihyeta McConnell Takiya McCoy Zachary McDonough Jessie McMullen Jeffrey Medellin Elianne Mendes Marie Metayer Eva Miller Sophia Moliere Christopher Momplaisir Klayton Monteiro Nilza Monteiro Tatiana Monteiro Megane Montes Denise Moreno Rosiana Moreno Cynthia Muthoni Johnelvin Mwangi Sara Napolitano Ailine Neves MaryHilda Nganye Marie Obas Destiny Odia Paul Odongo Nadia Oliveira Robert Orcutt Arianna Ortiz Cortney Otis Felisberta Pacheco Linda Parker Robert Pastena Widmayar Pasteur Emmanuella Paul Brandi Pease Pedro Perdomo Ravelo Helza Pereira Hector Perez Thomas Peterson Jessica Picanzo Rachel Pierre Shanelle Pierre Elsie Pierre Louis Evevanchella Pierre-Louis Mark Pierson Malia Pina Anthony Pinto Ashley Pires Maria Resende Kashly Reyes Andreia Ribeiro Ianike Ribeiro Ludimira Ribeiro Suely Ribeiro Znyjah Rivers Jaymie Roberts Sandra Rodrigues Aryhana Rodriguez Tyisha Rodriguez Valeria Rosario Jasmine Rucker Robert Ruiz Charles Ruiz-Grijalva Rachelle Sainteus Khady Sakho Anna Sarr Nicholas Scannell Samyya Sheers Reinaldo Silva Sofia Silva Latanya Simmons Tristan Sims Tyasia Smith-McCray Carla St Hubert Angelena Starks Christine Stevens Jake Talbot Deqi Tao Daisy Tavares Seny Tavares Isabel Teixeira Ronaldo Teixeira Keana Towne Steven Toy Elexziah Velez Jenee Vernet Jeneah Vicente Kevin Vilaire Isaiah Walker LaDarra Washington Kityara Wilder Imani Williams Kaylan Williams Mary Williams Gabrielle Wisdom Mariah Xavier Analiese Yoon Jualina Zapata Edward Zine
Buzzards Bay Courtney Manson Kandace Slattery
Canton Ifeoluwa Adeniji Merline Agenor Sitarah Clark-Lamothe Ardelle Darko-Nyarko Cameron Delerme Michael DePalma Kaitlin Devine Samantha Donahue Salman Khan Laura McGinley Jason Roderick Jonathan Rodrigues Niel Shah Lubna Shams Amara Smith Susan St George Alexander Szaro Jessica Thompson Marina Vozzella
Carver Colleen Archer Matthew Cotter Jessica Donahue Trevor Drakakis Abigail Eldredge Cheyenne Farr Brooke Frisbie Charles Harris Ivy Harris Rose Harris Mitchell Hermenau Payton Liddell Nicole Nelson
Charlestown Oluwaseun Phifer
Chestnut Hill Katiana Figueroa
Cohasset Kristina Dietrich
Concord Stephen McCabe
Dedham Breyanna Catlett Melissa Kirby Stephanie Lowe Henry Plathe Ronald Pucci
Dorchester Todd Joyce
Duxbury John Arcuri Benjamin Burgoyne Aine Devine Alexandria Sirois
East Bridgewater Sofia Cameron John Cleary Owen Coughlin April Decarvalho Cheryl-Lynn Elliott Michelle Gomes Jacob Harrington Sean Hayes Grace Kerrigan Rachel Macintyre Ryan Maitland Ashley Mendonca Adrianna Salvatore Adrian Silva Nicholas Spyropoulos Shawna Tierney Gavin Whittemore Ariana Williams
East Freetown David Costa
East Walpole Brandon Spitz
East Weymouth Cristine Sullivan
Fairhaven Correna Noonan
Fall River Nicole Almeida Shington Cinelus Mirian Dos Santos Domingues Nathan Levesque Matthew McKoy
Foxboro Jerame Cornell Kevin Decker Michael DeMaesschalck Antonio Moniz Muhammad Naeem Ezequiel Nams Erin O’Neill Makayla Sawdy Shelby Setterlund Kelly Shannon Katharine Torkelson Christopher Ciriello Alexander Juergens Matthew Juergens Brianna Morrissey Emma Pudsey Joseph Spognardi
Framingham Brayan Pasto
Franklin Jonathan Bedoya Julry McCarraher
Halifax Jenna Adduci Brianna Doucette Tristan Fruzzetti Matthew Gallagher Amanda Harris Arianna Isabel Justin Masterson Thomas McCarthy Evan Munroe Shawn Piccirilli Ashley Ryan Bryan Smith Joshua Traynor Brandi Young
Hanover Jonathan Foley Rachel Furtado Samantha Lacroix Paul Lyons Vincent Natale Elisa Wong
Hanson Andrea Barker Mackenzie Belleville Brian Buchanan Danielle Canale Cassandra Cantwell David Carreiro Kerry Cook Amanda Crawford Joseph Farmer Cole Fountain Rolandas Lapinskas Adrianna McLane Damon Ware Paige Wilbur
Hingham Jessica Billman Amanda Blake Christopher Sullivan
Holbrook Jesse Cooper Caroline Curtis Casey Dedos Ernest Dedos Brianna DeGiacomo Melissa DePina Dale Forrester Jami Glenn Courtney Gold Jared Koshulsky Cameron Lindsay Casey Ricker Tara Walker
Hull Rachel Carta
Hyannis Travis Rockwell
Hyde Park Elizabeth Healy Ericka Kelleher Alyson Reid
Jamaica Plain Caitlin Corvini
Kingston William Cauchon Erica Cheever Colin Dahlen Jared Dwyer Julie Felts Heston Hall Aileen Holmes Nell Woodworth
Lakeville Jake Berlandi Sarah Casale Candice Huerth Tanya Marsden William Welch
Mansfield Stephen Alaway Michael Buccini Colleen Cooney Jakob Diamond Emma Doherty Elijah Karpf Ashley Onwe Naofel Rahman
Marshfield Christopher Balesh Thomas Blake Rebecca Chandler Ryan Chandler Heather Finneran Yvonne Gorski Rose MacKinnon Thomas Mallios Michael Reilly Jocelyn Schoell Melissa Tranter
Mattapoisett Daniel Goodman
Medfield Garrett Griffin
Medway John Ryder
Middleboro Valeri Azevedo Paul Battistini Camryn Beals Taylor Beliveau Kyra Blumenthal Alexander Cassady Amy Cutting Kevin Denicola Thomas Devine Benjamin Faith Caileigh Giannini Tori Grab Logan Hall Michael Jackson Derrick Kasianowicz Joshua McCray Korie McDonald Jennifer Mealey Cheryl Moneghan Nicholas ORoak Shannon Perry Krista Thayer Rory Thornton Rebecca Trinkaus Jasmine Vasquez Kathleen Walker
Millville Tyler Mullaly
Milton Michaela Bligh Colin Fennessy Victoria Iwuh Allison Kussmann Patrick Sullivan
Needham James Mulhern
New Bedford Amber Boutin Gordon Crawford Alyssa Do Couto Odjeissi Xavier Mendes Kiara Rodriguez Tavares Jarus Samagaio
Norfolk Robert Barss Katie Killion
North Attleboro Daniel Cummings Shane Devlin Tamer Hassen Mariama Jasseh Jesse Maclean
North Easton Julianna Bianchini Nathaniel Carlson Kyle Mathieson Patrick Miller Zuleica Monteiro Tracy O’Leary Thomas Oliviere Michael Schindler Zeina Tabbaa Domenic Worster
Norwood Natasha Dias Rebecca Maturo Gabrielle Rohde Ryan Sinclair Monica Wilson
Pembroke April Amendolare Meaghan Brazer Christopher Casey Aaron Commesso Kate Curran Jeanie Griffin Korey Jones Four Alec Lawrence Molly MacDonnell Sarah Morrissey Owen Paul Maria Carolina Vernalha Sophia Zervos
Plattsburgh Bradley Whitesell
Plymouth Fred Branham Emma Coleman James Darigan Asachai Drake-Rocheteau Samuel Duane Kevin Houston Mackenzie Wyman
Plympton Benjamin Flood Jenna Keene Benjamin Winslow
Randolph Adedapo Azeez Nusirat Azeez Salimatu Bah Alyssa Campbell Paul Castanino-Daly Marie Charles Kyle Clifton Jayda Dash Marie Frederic Chelsie Gilfillan Lee Ann Hong Shanara Lewis Kevin Mallgrave Christina Marotta Chanel McGee Yamelia Medina Duong Nguyen Maria Nsubuga Chinyere Okoroji Oluwafunmilayo Olumuyiwa Ariana Pereyra Lan Pham Thomas Quinlan Aryan Rashid Regine Regis Tiffany Rice Christel Samedi Emmanuel Targete Chloe Tavernier Imani Turnbull-Brown
Raynham Tearra Bates Jessica Harding Kathryn Mercadante Andrew Noviello
Rehoboth Charles Hillier Samuel Smith
Rochester Tyler Steves
Rockland Madison Aldred Shandi Austin Hannah Boben Jeremy Bradley Donna Burke Jessica Cameron Michael Concannon Marina Cunha Lanaya Dutcher Brianna Ferraro Taylor Kelly Jeffrey Lincoln Erica Mayo Cameron McLaughlin Samantha Miller Isabel Pica Edith Saint Eloi Victoria White
Roslindale Kyle Manning
Scituate Anne Bonner Rilee Gallagher Brooke Hall Alexandra Santos Brady Waters Gregory Yodsnukis
Seekonk George Geha
Sharon Jade Chancholo Dov Ellenbogen Katherine Holzman Alexander VanHelene Matthew Wendel Martin Zang
Shrewsbury Christine Stameris
South Easton Jessica Jenkinson James Peckham Sherral Smith Chelsea Thibeault Samantha Voelker
Spokane Daniel Levesque
Stoughton Emily Barry Amanda Beninati Maya Burgess Michael Chlus Jenivieve D’Andrea Cassandra Dereus Maxwell Frost Steven Germain Brenden Gillis Max Goodman Gail Guidice Jang Kizito Jay Mallen Savannah Morales Christelle Napoleon Kyra O’Neil Michael Padilla Adetia Patel Brian Pitts Rebecca Rowan Christina Santos Eric Semedo Olivia Shannon Jada Sheedy-Remy Lucyara Silva Alexandra Soto Tinh Thai Valkyrie Vernon
Taunton Kristin Abene Jennifer Andrade Megan Arruda Tevin Bell Faith Berube Jacob Bishop Erin Bussey Catherine Chea Raimundo Espinosa Wes Kaplem Joseph Joshua Keady David Knox Lauren Knox Jaquira Llanos-Villanueva Sauvanie Lorrinvil Nagelene Lubin Kenneth Mather Ryan McCarthy Abigail Mitchell Timothy O’Leary Mikhail Pasternak Mc Pierre James Pratt Aniya Rocher Mark Rogers Julia Rose Brynn Russo
West Bridgewater Alycia Canha Hannah Clifford Liberty DeAngelo Madeline Holmes Holly Malafronte Michael Nowacki Jillian Perry Christopher Torres Nico Varano Christine Xayavong
West Roxbury Kathleen Cahill Jordan Lymon Meghan McGonagle Alessandra Ruhoy Ubong Sylvanus
Westwood Fiona Allan Mariam Arif Nikolaos Kontogiannis Alisia Metante Benjamin Ouellette
Weymouth Hilary Bruynell Philip Byrnes Daniel Cashman Katherine Conway Annie Devine Sean Foley John Harris Erika Johnson Jean Kalogeropoulos Jake Kaulbfliesch Grace Keller Robert Levangie Ryan Lynch Neil Maloney Michael McCandless Nisrine Metri Christian Perino Allison Perry Abigail Pineiro Alexandra Raeside Aidan Reichardt Justin Sargent Frank Schultz Amanda Tanck Nicholas Umbro Kevin Whittemore Jamie Wood
Whitman Farelle Augustin Savanah Benbenek Justin Buiel Parker Byron Alyssa Carroll Ryan Concannon Sarah Cyndera James Furtado Sarah Gonzalez Dana Greenwood Courtney Kailher Madison Kaszanek Annie Kelley Agnieszka Kuczynski Mitchell Lauzon Brooke Loring Connor MacRae Joseph Masone Marissa Monteiro Gabrielle Morse Shelby Newcomb Kristen O’Donnell Tara O’Malley Brett Oster Tyler Pare Maya Roselli Kristen Saccone Christopher Silveri Lily Walker
Woonsocket Michael Leonardo Galan
Wrentham Sharon Barrett Paparazzo Jack Doherty Andrew Mead Ethan Neipris Samuel Thompson
Massasoit’s non-credit course catalog for spring 2020 is now available online. Offered through our Corporate & Community Education division, the catalog details training for a new career, courses to take careers to the next level, and opportunities to explore new interests.
Career related non-credit training programs prepare students for work in healthcare, business, technology, legal and other fields, and personal enrichment courses include art, languages, recreation, fitness, crafts, cuisine, and photography.
Non-credit courses are offered in the evening, on weekends, and online to accommodate students’ busy schedules. Adult Basic Education programs like Transitioning to Community College, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and programs for students 55 and older also fall under Corporate & Community Education and are included in the catalog.
Community Education’s instructors are well respected professionals in their fields and often provide a network of local connections and opportunities. Our Corporate team can also design customized training solutions and deliver technical courses such as Lean Manufacturing and ServSafe.
Massasoit Community College wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, in the Louison Board Room located in the Student Center, located at 1 Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, MA. 02302.
Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA. 30326 Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by Tuesday, February 4, 2020
As 2019 comes to an end, we wanted to share a list of the college’s major news announcements over the last year. While we can’t list all of our students, faculty, and staff accomplishments, you can tell from this list that we’ve certainly been busy! From the inauguration of President Dr. Gena Glickman to the first bachelor’s degree offered on our campus, here’s Massasoit’s 2019 year in review:
2019 marked the return of Massasoit Athletics women’s volleyball program after a 33-year hiatus. They had a successful first season, and head coach Patricia Francis-Ryans was recognized as the Region 21 Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year!
Massasoit received a $250,000 Skills Capital grant from the Baker-Polito Administration to support our Diesel Technology program and purchase new equipment. Massasoit has also partnered with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department to pilot a program to train soon-to-be-released inmates to become diesel technicians.
In September, Massasoit dedicated the Coach Tom Frizzell Baseball Complex. Coach Frizzell led the Warrior baseball team for 28 seasons and is a beloved professor at the college. Additionally, we established the Thomas Frizzell Scholarship Fund to provide financial support for students who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and character, as demonstrated by the distinguished career of Coach Frizzell!
We are incredibly grateful for the support we received from local businesses in 2019! Thanks to South Shore Bank, Massasoit students got revamped ID badges. South Shore Bank provided the equipment and software for our three campus locations to produce the student IDs. A grant from Rockland Trust to our One Book, One Community program spurred the donation of 140 sets of the March trilogy to local schools and libraries. The Harold Brooks Foundation granted $30,000 to help strengthen and sustain our Latch Academic Support Program for the next two years; Latch assists first-year students as they transition into college. Williams Energy donated a fuel delivery truck to our Diesel Technology program. And Bridgewater Savings Bank supported our Veteran Services Center through their Community Voting Campaign and provided financial literacy training for our justice-involved veterans program.
We were ecstatic when Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that Massasoit would be the fifth college to join the City of Boston’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan. The Tuition-Free Community College program was launched by Mayor Walsh in 2016 and pays for up to three years of college for Boston’s income-eligible students who have earned their high school credentials.
With a $100,000 anonymous gift last winter, the largest single gift in our history, Massasoit established the Brockton High School Student Scholarship. It’s our first scholarship developed specifically for incoming students.
2019 will be a tough year to beat, but we can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring for all of our students, faculty, staff members, and local communities!
Four Massasoit honors students, Maya Burgess, Yvonne Gorski, Alison Haidul, and Alexander Whitehead, were recently awarded with a $500 Honor Garden Scholarship for their exceptional grades and winning application essays. The Scholarship was established in 2013 to recognize outstanding academic achievement in the Commonwealth Honors Program at Massasoit, and in the years since, more than 30 students have been recipients.
Maya Burgess is a Liberal Arts Transfer major. She moved to the Boston area in summer 2016 when her job relocated her and her two daughters from Edinburgh, Scotland. Maya is a nontraditional student who decided to return to school to get her bachelor’s degree in political science. She decided to enroll in her first honors class in her second semester. Upon graduating in the spring, Maya intends to transfer to a four year university to study politics, and she plans to continue on to law school to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer.
Yvonne Gorski graduated from Marshfield High School in 2015 and utilized her gap years between high school and college to travel and work. At 22, she decided to begin her college career at Massasoit. During her first semester, Yvonne discovered her love for writing and planned to join the Commonwealth Honors Program. Currently, Yvonne is a full-time student, works full-time, and is a writing tutor in the Academic Resource Center. Yvonne is working towards a Business Administration Transfer associate degree, and upon her transfer to Bridgewater State University, she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in management.
Alison Haidul is a second-year student at Massasoit and is in her second semester as a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program. Alison has always had a passion for learning and researching, focusing on historical topics in particular. Upon graduation from Massasoit, she will attend a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in history. From there, she plans to enter graduate school and complete her PhD in the subject of history. Her career goal is to continue her study of the past and someday become a scholar and professor at a university in the field.
Alex Whitehead graduated from King Philip High School in 2015. After high school Alex joined the Navy, but due to an injury, he was not able to finish his service. After he was discharged Alex worked in the restaurant industry, but he left his management position and was convinced to try and enroll in college. In the fall of 2018, Alex enrolled at Massasoit and took to it greatly. This semester Alex is taking Professor Sanati’s Honors Seminar and wrote his paper on the use of the military in foreign affairs. Alex will attend Bridgewater State University next fall and plans to get a degree in education.
In addition to the scholarship winners, dozens of Massasoit Commonwealth Honors students presented their project abstracts and trifolds during the honors seminars.
Brockton Students’ Abstracts
Callie Adams Overconsumption in America: Fast Fashion
Damila Assuncao Reusable Design: From Waste to New Value Products
Geaonny Calderon-Hampton Maternal Mortality
Kevin DeNicola The Ethics of Openness in Computer Information Security
Hannah Gernhardt Aquaculture: When Does it Help and When Does it Hurt?
Yvonne Gorski Heteronormativity: An Invisible Toxin in Society
Cindy N. Mack Transgender College Students Impacted by Mental Illness
Victoria Mansfield The Ethics of Using Puberty Blockers and Cross-Sex Hormones as Treatment for Minors with Gender Dysphoria
Shannon Weir Social Media and the Affect it has on Society
Alexander Whitehead The Ethics of Modern U.S. Militarized Interventions
Kevin DeNicola Self-inflicted Damnation: Depictions of Free Will in Renaissance Tragedies
Canton Students’ Abstracts
Adedapo Azeez The United States Foreign AidPolicy to Africa: Should the U.S.A Stop Giving Aid?
Maya Burgess Reinstating Voting Rights for Ex-Felons
Jonathan DeNoyer Morality of the Second Amendment and Gun Control
Jackie Gay The Ethics of Learning Styles in the U.S. Education System
Alison Haidul Revisiting History and Memories ofNative Americans in the United States
Christopher Knight Student Loans and Debt: A Major Financial Concern Across the United States
Hannah MacDonald Moral Ethics of Comedy
Christina Pierre Toussaint Disparities in Healthcare for Black Women
Nayfa Sarhan Effects of Electronic Devices on Children
Chloe Tavernier Poaching: An Aged Practice
Read the scholarship recipients’ winning essays and the honors students’ abstracts in the programs below.
Nov. 25, 2019 –Brockton – As part of its annual One Book, One Community programming, the Massasoit Community College library is donating 140 sets of the March trilogy to partners including Brockton High School, Blue Hills Regional Technical School, New Heights Charter School, Brockton Public Library, and the Abington Public Library. A $2,500 grant from Rockland Trust to the One Book, One Community program spurred the donation, and the Massasoit library matched the gift with its own funds to ensure that the message of March could extend far beyond Massasoit’s campuses.
“Our One Book, One Community events have always been open to the public, but this year we really wanted to leave something permanent behind that students and people of all ages can continue to learn from,” said Rachel Zyirek, reference & information literacy librarian at Massasoit. “We’re extremely pleased that Rockland Trust shares our views on spreading knowledge by providing new resources like the March series.”
March is a graphic novel about the Civil Rights Movement, told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. The series is written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell; it brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world. March is also a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
“Brockton Public Library is excited to join Massasoit Community College library’s One Book, One Community program this year, and we thank Rockland Trust and Massasoit for the generous book donation,” said Paula Jones, head adult services librarian at Brockton Public Library. “The selection of March was an excellent choice that will encourage civil engagement.”
Some of Massasoit’s One Book, One Community events this year have focused on discussing March, while one featured a presentation by MassVote, which stressed the importance of voting and gave an overview of the U.S. Electoral College. Powell, the illustrator of March, will be visiting Massasoit on April 15 and 16, 2020 to give keynote lectures and sign copies of the book; these will be open to the entire community. Visit the Massasoit Library’s website for a an up-to-date list of One Book, One Community events.
Massasoit library staff, representatives from Rockland Trust, and members of the schools and libraries that are receiving the donated books gathered at the Massasoit Library last week to celebrate and distribute the copies of March.
BOSTON – Nov. 4, 2019 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced Massasoit Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the state, is the fifth college to join the City of Boston’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan. The Tuition-Free Community College program (TFCC) was launched by Mayor Walsh in 2016, and pays for up to three years of college for Boston’s income-eligible students who have earned their high school credential. Massasoit joins Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, MassBay Community College and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology as participants in the program.
“I launched our Tuition-Free Community College Plan as a tool to help Boston residents afford and complete college,” said Mayor Walsh. “Since then, we have kept pushing toward that goal by growing the program-expanding student choice, academic opportunities and access to institutions committed to student success. Massasoit Community College will be a valuable partner in our work to build career pathways for Boston residents.”
Through the TFCC program, Massasoit will provide participants with more options in both locations and programs of study. Massasoit operates campuses in Middleborough, Brockton and Canton, which is within 10 miles of Hyde Park and Mattapan. The addition of Massasoit also makes new associate degree programs available to TFCC program students in Diesel Technology, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Veterinary Technology and Architectural Technology.
These fields lead to careers that pay well above Boston’s living wage. For example, diesel mechanics and HVAC technicians in the Greater Boston area earn salaries of approximately $60,000 on average, at an average wage of $29/hour, compared to the current living wage of approximately $15/hour. The HVAC degree program at Massasoit creates a post-secondary pathway for students from Roxbury’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School who are enrolled in the school’s new HVAC program.
“Dozens of students from the Boston area choose to study at Massasoit each year, and with the help of Mayor Walsh, his Office of Workforce Development, and the Tuition-Free Community College Plan, we’re delighted to give even more students the opportunity to earn a degree from our institution,” said Massasoit President Dr. Gena Glickman. “Our College is a tight-knit community of learners, faculty, and staff. Students who choose to study here have the opportunity to enroll in unique degree programs, challenge themselves academically through the Commonwealth Honors Program, and get involved through a number of student organizations and activities.”
The number of students who apply and are accepted to the TFCC program has increased every year since 2016. Among the 489 students who have been accepted to the program, the mean household income is less than $25,000 per year. Despite these economic challenges, participating students have achieved a higher college retention rate (78%) from their first year to their second than that of community college students nationwide (63%).
“Thanks to the TFCC program, I didn’t have to stress about paying for school,” said Naweed Hassan, a TFCC participant who graduated from Bunker Hill Community College and has gone on to study at UMass Boston. “As a result, this helped me to stay more focused on my academics and make sure I got the most out of my education.”
Run by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD), TFCC is funded by the Neighborhood Jobs Trust which ensures Boston residents directly benefit from development by collecting linkage fees from large-scale commercial projects in the City. Students enrolling in TFCC must be Boston residents who have graduated from a high school in Boston, graduated from high school as a METCO student or earned their HiSET or GED. The students must also be eligible for a Pell Grant as determined by the U.S. Department of Education and meet U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines for having a low to moderate household income.
TFCC participants can extend their education to a four-year college through Boston Bridge, a collaboration of the TFCC program and the state’s Commonwealth Commitment program. Boston Bridge enables the program’s community college students to transfer to a Massachusetts state university or UMass campus to complete their bachelor’s degree free of tuition or mandatory fees.
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About the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) is an innovative agency within the Boston Redevelopment Authority that seeks to ensure the full participation of all Boston residents in the City’s economic vitality and future. OWD funds and oversees programs that promote workforce development through education, jobs training, apprenticeships, financial coaching, career pathways, literacy initiatives, and the like. Please visit OWD.Boston.Gov to learn more about OWD’s work.
About Massasoit Community College Founded in 1966, Massasoit Community College is one of the largest community colleges in Massachusetts. Massasoit offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs across arts, sciences, and applied sciences. With three locations in Brockton, Canton, and Middleborough, Massasoit serves students from all across the metro south region. More than 900 students graduate with an associate degree or certificate each year from Massasoit, and 2,600 students annually enroll in non-credit community education or workforce development courses. Massasoit offers a wide variety of support services to help students develop academic, emotional, and social skills.
“Massasoit Community College offers personalized invitations for potential and existing students to discover their own opportunities for greatness. This educational journey will be taken alongside experienced faculty, staff and coaches who understand that each student is unique from where they start to where they want to go.” Massasoit Community College Brand Rationale
After several months of work, which included interviews in the community and on campus with faculty, staff, and students, Massasoit Community College is excited to announce our new college brand. The new look and feel of our materials reflect what that research revealed: our students are creative, genuine, and authentic, and our College is student-centered, focused on helping students reach their full potential. At Massasoit, we are in the business of providing guidance, knowledge and opportunities to those who seek something greater.
In the coming weeks, the community can expect to see the new Massasoit logo and colors – navy and goldenrod – and our new open book logo across all our new materials. Our brand refresh comes alongside a new website, which will soon be ready for launch.