Apply Now to the Theatre Collaborative @ Massasoit!

The Theatre Collaborative @ Massasoit is a 5-week program is designed to invite students from the surrounding communities into a collaborative environment where they can work alongside professional mentors to explore acting  technique, music, and movement. It will also help hone their artistic skills through a series of workshops and  repertory theatre experience.

The purpose of this program is to offer young artists the chance to work with a professional staff and to enhance their skills in a craft they are passionate about. Theatre can serve a catalyst to providing young people with an outlet for expression, a place to meet new people, and also to engage the community.

No experience is necessary! TCM is a non-audition program. Students that are confident and ready to explore a Shakespeare or classical text alongside a Musical are ready for TCM.

Space is limited! 25 candidates will be accepted – 21 actors and 4 stage managers will be accepted into the program based on their essay and reference.

Dates: July 10th – August 13th, 2017

Application deadline is April 24, 2017

Tuition: $1,200

The program will be at the Buckley Performing Arts Center on Massasoit’s Brockton Campus.

Applications should be mailed to:

Corinne Mason
Massasoit Community College
1 Massasoit Blvd.
Brockton, MA 02302

For more information, call 508-588-9100, x1056 or email

To download the application or for more information, please go to

Acceptance notices will be sent by May 1, 2017


Massasoit’s One Book, One College Program Hosts Steve Pemberton, Author of A Chance in the World

A Chance in the World is a soon-to-be major motion picture. The author was on campus March 30 as part of Massasoit’s One Book, One College program.

This spring semester, Massasoit Community College chose A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton for its One Book, One College selection. The final event of the program was held on March 30 with two author-led book discussions and a keynote presentation by the author entitled “The Advantage of Disadvantage: How to Transform Adversity Into Action.”

Steve Pemberton, born Steve Klakowicz, was born to a black father who was later murdered and an alcoholic white mother. At the age of three, Steve was removed from his home along with four of his surviving brothers and sisters and placed in the foster care system of Massachusetts. He never saw his birth mother again. After suffering from extensive physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his foster parents, he earned a full scholarship to attend Boston College, where he later served as assistant director of undergraduate admissions.

Mr. Pemberton currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens, Inc.; he is the first person in the company’s history to hold this position. He lectures frequently on issues related to diversity, dealing with difficult challenges, and child advocacy. Steve’s autobiography, A Chance in the World, details his childhood abuse, his search for his family, the bittersweet reunions with those he located, and his ongoing struggle to solidify his personal identity.

One Book events throughout the semester also included a kick-off event which included the art exhibit, “Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multi-Racial Families,” and a talk from Professor Aviva Rich-Shea about her work with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which oversees foster care in the state. There was also a student writing contest, several book discussions, and a college-wide children’s book drive.

Below, please find photos from the college’s various One Book events.

Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation Donates $2,500 to support Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund

On Monday, March 27, 2017, Peter Dello Russo, Bridgewater Savings Bank president and CEO, presented Nick Palantzas, senior vice president and vice president of the Canton Campus of Massasoit Community College, and Kevin Walsh, president of the Massasoit Foundation, with a check for $2,500 to support the College’s Homeless Student Emergency Fund.


(l-r) Steve Murphy, Director of College Advancement; Peter Dello Russo, Bridgewater Savings Bank president and CEO; Kevin Walsh, president of the Massasoit Foundation; Patty Lynch, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at Massasoit; and Nick Palantzas, Senior Vice President and Vice President of the Canton Campus of Massasoit.

Established in December 2015 through a donation from a faculty member, the Homeless Student Emergency Fund was provides students experiencing homelessness or food insecurity with referrals and resources, both on campus and in their communities.

In keeping with the recommendations of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and in an effort to streamline services for our students, Massasoit has designated a single point of contact.

“We believe in giving back to the community and being able to help students and families that are struggling is very important to us,” said Peter Dello Russo, President and CEO of Bridgewater Savings, an active community partner. “We are proud to service the financial needs of the people in our communities, but to also play a role in offering support to students that are enduring hardships means a lot to all of us here at the Bank.”

In the fall 2016 semester, the fund provided 432 Massasoit cafeteria vouchers worth $10, 31 31-day BAT bus passes, 5 bags of personal grooming supplies, and 11 referrals to support services both within and outside the College. All students who sought assistance were introduced to the Massasoit food pantry; the food pantry has reported 119 visitors since the start of the academic year.

A 2016 Massachusetts Department of Higher Education survey revealed that 45% of Massachusetts public colleges have experienced an increase in student homelessness, and 25 out of 29 campuses reported operating food pantries or mobile food markets for students facing food insecurity. Massasoit is among the 88% of public campuses offering community resource referrals and the more than 50% of campuses offering food vouchers and drives to assist students who face food insecurity.

“Massasoit is grateful, on behalf of our students, for the support of the Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation,” said Senior Vice President Palantzas. “The College community has rallied around our efforts to ensure that our students have the means to succeed at Massasoit, and we’re happy to have Bridgewater Savings as a community partner in that effort.”

About Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation: The Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation was established in 2003. Bridgewater Savings is a full service financial institution offering commercial, consumer and residential loans as well as business and personal banking. Please visit or call 508.884.3300 for additional information. Bridgewater Savings is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a member of the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). Bridgewater Savings is an Equal Housing Lender.

Patty Lynch, Associate Dean of Experiential Learning, has been designated as Massasoit’s Single Point of Contact. She may be reached at, at 508-588-9100, x1018, or in room SC1183 in the Student Center on the Brockton Campus.

Massasoit Collaborating with Norfolk County Agricultural High School for Early College Veterinary Technology Program

The Early College Veterinary Technology program, a collaboration between Norfolk Aggie and Massasoit Community College, allows motivated students at Norfolk Aggie to begin the Massasoit Veterinary Technology program the summer before their junior year.

Students accepted into the ECVTP take dual-enrollment courses during the academic year and during the summer, and are eligible at graduation to take performance assessments to earn credit towards the Veterinary Technology program at Massasoit based on the knowledge they’ve gained at Norfolk Aggie.

Students who successfully complete the dual-enrollment classes and performance assessments will be accepted into the Vet Tech program at Massasoit as second year students, and be eligible to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology with only one additional year of study.


For more information, visit

Massasoit Earns $124,970 Early College STEM Career Pathway Program Grant

Massasoit Community College and Brockton High School will offer qualified high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn free college credits and explore high-demand STEM fields


Massasoit Community College has received a grant of $124,970 from the MA Department of Higher Education to support the Brockton Early-College STEM Pathway Program. The program will provide an opportunity for rising juniors and seniors at Brockton High School to take up to two free college courses in biology and chemistry during the summer and fall of 2017. Students can earn up to eight transferrable college credits, providing them with an accelerated pathway to post-secondary science programs. The funding will cover all student expenses, including tuition and fees, transportation, lunch, college information workshops, and STEM exploration activities.

Some of the STEM majors at Massasoit include Computer Science, Liberal Arts Transfer Science (with concentrations in biology, chemistry, physics, and math), Nurse Education, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Engineering, Diesel, Electronics, and Veterinary Technology.

Annual Women’s History Lunch Features Karen Copenhaver, Chair, Center for Women & Enterprise, as Keynote Speaker

On Wednesday, March 8, Massasoit hosted its annual Women’s History Lunch featuring Karen Copenhaver, Chair of the Center for Women & Enterprise, as its keynote speaker.

Ms. Copenhaver is a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP and director of intellectual property strategy for the Linux Foundation.

The lunch was hosted by the Women’s Resource Center in the College’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Massasoit Partnering for Free Tax Prep through April 10

The City of Brockton, Massasoit Community College and NeighborWorks Southern Mass. are joining forces to provide free income tax preparation assistance to local residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

The VITA program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing assistance for individuals and families who have an annual income of $54,000 or less. Tax preparation assistance will be available on Mondays at the Brockton Public Library from 4 to 7 p.m. through April 10, 2017 and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Massasoit Community College Student Center through April 8, 2017. The sites will be closed on March 18 during Massasoit’s spring break, and may close due to inclement weather.

Assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis and generally takes about one hour. For more information, including a list of documents required for tax preparation, please visit

For more information or to confirm that the site is open in inclement weather, please contact Patty Lynch at Massasoit at 508-588-9100, x1018 or Joe Madaio at NeighborWorks Southern Mass. at 508-587-0950, x45.

About NeighborWorks Southern Mass.: NeighborWorks Southern Mass. (formerly known as Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore) was founded in 1981 as a public-private partnership created to revitalize low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in the City of Quincy. Since that time, NeighborWorks Southern Mass. has expanded to provide services in 25 cities and towns across the South Shore. In addition to building and managing more than 170 units of affordable housing, the agency offers a wide range of affordable housing services, including foreclosure prevention counseling, home rehabilitation loans and grants, and first-time homebuyer workshops. 

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.8 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants; Massasoit Awarded $495,000

Massasoit is one of 32 educational institutions receiving awards for equipment upgrades and expanded career and skill-building programs

On Friday, March 3, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $11.8 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 32 vocational schools, community colleges, and traditional public high schools, which will use the funds to purchase vocational technical equipment and expand skills training programs for careers in growing industries.

Massasoit Community College was among the awardees and received a $495,000 grant for an updated engineering lab that supports four engineering degree options: chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical. This is the second Workforce Capital Skills Grant the College has received in the last year; in September, Massasoit accepted a $442,517 grant to support equipment and installation expenses for the new Veterinary Technology Clinical Instruction Facility on the Canton Campus.

Massasoit’s Engineering Transfer program targets soon-to-be and recent high school graduates with an interest in STEM, including students currently enrolled at Brockton High School with whom the program has a dual enrollment arrangement in Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering through the Youth Careers Connect Program. The program also targets the un- and under-employed adult population seeking careers in fields with anticipated vacancies and a higher-than-average living wage. This investment in Massasoit’s engineering lab will enable the College to increase the number of students who can be served by the program and expand the pipeline of area high school students who pursue an engineering career pathway.

“These investments have a major impact for the educational institutions training our workforce and the students who stand to benefit from enhanced skills and career paths,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Strengthening relationships between educational institutions and local industry as this program seeks to do is crucial to the success of our communities and Commonwealth as a whole.”

The Workforce Skills Capital Grants program was created by the Baker-Polito Administration last year to assist educational institutions in demonstrating partnerships with industry and aligning curriculum and credentials with local businesses’ demand, maximizing planning objectives and hiring or internship opportunities regionally.

“Massasoit has made great strides in expanding our programming in the STEM areas, and the launch of our engineering program in the fall of 2015 was a critical component,” said Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College. “We are grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for recognizing the value of updating and modernizing our engineering lab space.”

To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $24 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 63 different institutions, improving programs that impact more than 7,100 students per year. The economic development bill signed by Governor Baker last year includes $45 million for the awards over the next three years to increase the capacity and quality of vocational educational programs.

“The goal of these grants is to update capital equipment, expand capacity, and launch new programs at educational institutions in order to create high-quality career pathways for more people across the Commonwealth,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “These grants give students and adult learners more opportunities to be successful through training, education and experience in fields that are growing and in-demand.”

For more information on our Engineering Transfer options, click here.

Akillian Gallery Celebrates Women’s History Month with a Mother Daughter Exhibit

The Akillian Gallery at Massasoit’s Canton campus is featuring the work of Irina A. Pisarenko and Maria Bablyak in an exhibition titled “Mother Daughter Likenesses” as the College celebrates National Women’s Month.

Russian-born, both women reside in Woburn and maintain a professional and creative life. And, although their styles differ dramatically, a closer look reveals similar responses to their canvases by elements in common like color, balance, and the way their art moves the eye. Twenty works – mainly oil – are on display March 2 – 31.

Please join us for the artists’ reception on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Akillian Gallery, Massasoit Community College, 900 Randolph St., Canton MA. Please call 508-599-1900, x2124 with any questions.


Maria Babylak, “Snow Storm Power”


Irina A. Pisarenko, “My Daughter with Amber Necklace”