Elizabeth Apiche Receives 29 Who Shine Award from Department of Higher Education


On Friday, May 4, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education honored 29 outstanding students from the Commonwealth’s public colleges and universities, honoring one graduate from each community college, state university, and University of Massachusetts campus. Massasoit Community College’s winner is Elizabeth Apiche of Foxboro.

Born and raised in Kenya, Elizabeth enrolled at Massasoit in the fall of 2016 as a science student on a transfer pathway. She has has excelled in her classes, maintaining a 3.95 GPA while taking five, six, or even seven classes per semester. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and tutors for both the Academic Resource Center in writing and the Latch Academic Support Program in mathematics. She is also a member of the intensive STEM Internship Program. This fall, Elizabeth has been accepted and plans to attend Smith College. Her goal is to ultimately earn a doctorate and work as a chemist.

“Elizabeth is an impressive woman and has truly excelled in her time here at Massasoit,” said William Mitchell, interim president of Massasoit Community College. “We are proud to see Elizabeth honored for her hard work and academic excellence, and wish her well at Smith.”

As part of the ceremony, students are asked to name a faculty or staff mentor who has contributed to their success. Elizabeth chose to honor Maria Monteiro, an academic counselor in the Latch program. “Coming from Kenya, not knowing what to expect was challenging. Maria mentored me in my academic pursuits as well as helping me to become involved on campus,” said Elizabeth. “She saw something in me that I did not see in myself: a gifted student with brains and the ability to serve the campus community.”

Four Massasoit Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony


On April 18, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) hosted a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House to honor 34 of the highest academic achievers of the community college system. Student awardees, surrounded by family, college presidents, elected officials, and mentors, were presented with medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team. Every year, MCCEO hosts this event at the State House in Boston to showcase the bestand brightest of the 15-college system. The event is co-sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

“This event highlights the commitment of community colleges to access, opportunity, and excellence,” said Gretchen Manning, Deputy Executive Officer of MCCEO. “These students have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in programs ranging from healthcare, to public service, to business administration and entrepreneurship, to education and much, much more. Many have already transferred to continue their education and they will all continue to be outstanding leaders in their communities and chosen professions. We’re so proud of them for what they have achieved and what they will continue to accomplish.”

In addition to membership on the All-Massachusetts Academic Team, two students earned additional recognition through scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the All-USA Academic Team. Andrea Merrill from Middlesex Community College was this year’s New Century Workforce Scholar. She will receive a $1,250 scholarship for this honor. Quinsigamond Community College student Kyle Mondino was this year’s New Century Scholar. As the top-scoring community college student in the Commonwealth, he was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation. Finally, Mr. Mondino was also recognized for his academic achievement and service to the campus community as an All-USA Top 20 Scholar. He is one of just twenty students from across the country that is a member of this select group; he will also receive a $5,000 scholarship for this accomplishment.

The 2018 Phi Theta Kappa All-Massachusetts Academic Team members from Massasoit are:

  • Massasoit Community College students Allison Sherman, Veshal Venkat, Michael Courtright, and Cynthia Muthoni

Team members from the other community colleges are as follows:

  • Berkshire Community College students Iolani DeRis and Bridget Wnukowski;
  • Bristol Community College students Shiv Thakur and Paul Vermette II;
  • Bunker Hill Community College students Susan Benitez and Mussie Demisse;
  • Cape Cod Community College students Ethan Anderson and Emma Comp;
  • Greenfield Community College students Alan Fish and Alejo Zacarias;
  • Holyoke Community College students Nicolette Cimino and Dorian Kos;
  • MassBay Community College students Dante Small, Nicoletta Agostino, and Marina Offenstine;
  • Middlesex Community College students Andrea Merrill, Anthony Wathuo, Andrea Miles, and Amy Miller;
  • Mt. Wachusett Community College students Lisa Ferrara-Caron and Jacob VanHillo;
  • North Shore Community College students Robert Cook and Egbert Sayers;
  • Northern Essex Community College students James Kerr and William Rollins;
  • Quinsigamond Community College students Kyle Mondino and Maia Shalev;
  • Roxbury Community College students Gabriel Gbidye and Natalie Grillo-Noyes; and
  • Springfield Technical Community College student Katelyn Holmes.


Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society of two-year colleges. PTK has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 99 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

The Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) works on behalf of presidents and trustees of the fifteen community colleges in Massachusetts, currently representing more than 176,000 students in every region of the Commonwealth.

Ribbon Cutting for Engineering Lab Features Visit from Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Massasoit Community College welcomed Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito on Friday, April 13 for a ribbon cutting of the college’s new state-of-the art engineering lab on the Canton campus. While on campus, the Lt. Governor also toured the clinical instruction space that supports the school’s veterinary technology degree program. Both instructional sites were funded in part by generous Capital Skills Workforce Grant funds from the Baker-Polito administration. The engineering lab received $496,00 in March of 2017; the vet tech lab received $442,517 in September of 2016.

“I am proud of the work the students and faculty have been doing here at Massasoit Community College,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The Workforce Skills Capital Grant program is an initiative designed to assist educational institutions like Massasoit that are training our workforce and the students who stand to benefit from enhanced skills and career paths.”

The engineering lab, which supports the college’s four transfer tracks in civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering, features five tensile testers, impact and hardness testers, a muffle furnace for heat treatment of materials, polisher and grinder units, and two metrological microscopes. The college is developing a range of articulation agreements at four-year institutions that will allow students to transfer seamlessly to a bachelor’s degree program.

“At Massasoit, we are preparing all of our students for great things. Our engineering and vet tech programs are arming our students with the education and skills necessary to take their next steps and be successful in their careers,” said Massasoit Community College Interim President William Mitchell. “As an institution, we are grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for their support.”

The vet tech facilities at Massasoit include clinical instruction space, a surgical suite, a digital radiology room, and cats and dogs housed on campus, enabling hands-on training of students in all aspects of practical veterinary technician skills, including surgical prep and assistance, imaging, examinations, and animal care. The vet tech program at Massasoit graduated its first class in 2017; 100% of program graduates were employed in their field within six months of graduation.


Phi Theta Kappa Inducts Spring Class


One hundred ten Massasoit Community College students are the newest members of the Alpha Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society of two-year colleges. Students were inducted in a ceremony at the College’s Brockton Canton campus on April 12, 2018.

The purpose of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. PTK has been present at Massasoit since the 1980’s and currently has over 2,000 members, including alumni. Students must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for membership, and must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA throughout their studies at Massasoit to remain a member in good standing. Along with strong academic achievement, PTK students regularly engage in civic, community, and charitable activities both on campus and beyond, as well participate in regional and international academic meetings.

Jada Adams
Ayotunde Alaba
Oluwanifemi Alaba
Kinga Auguste
Megan Babcock
Eric Perez Baez
Ryan Baker
Christopher Bazile
Sophia Berthiaume
Gregory Brillant
Angela Brown
Lisa Buckley
Kristin Castle
Matthew Cheverie
Trey Ciano
Kaoussou Cisse
Joanne Constant
Denise Cora
Katelyn Dahlquist
Irlando DaRose
Erinbridget Daylor
Sean Deehan
Tanner Demaggio
Christina DePina
Emanuel Depina
Juliana DiRamio
Liam Doherty
Paul Doolan
Eugene Ecker
Gardythe Ernest
Hallie Ferguson
Jefferson Francois
Danielle Frost
Nick Gibertson
Elyse Giannelli
Lillian Giathi
Brenden Gillis
Peter Gobel
Dara Gomes
Joanna Gomes
Cindy Gray
Christian Hood
Weihua Huang
Marven Jean Jacques
David Johnson
Erik Johnson
Sheena Jones
Joshua Keady
Laura Keeley
Elizabeth Killea
Tanzilya Kim
Joshua Litterio
Zachary Lorenz
Erin Louis
Rixca Madhere
Tyara Martin
Maria De La Fuente Martinez
Diane Mastrangelo
Katherine Matthews
Sarah McLaughlin
Elizabeth McCluskey
Jessica Medeiros
Chelsea Merritt
Emily Micciantuono
Camilla Miquelina
Julia Molnar
Damien Murray
Keira Murray
Kimberly Nevins
Minhan Nguyen
Hugo Ochoa
Molly O’Donnell
William O’Donnell
Mollie O’Keefe
Thomas Oliviere
Christopher Paine
Ashley Palaza
Gianna Papadopoulos
Natalee Paredes
Kathleen Parker
Paige Parrella
Sophia Paul
Rachel Patten
Nichole Porter
Timothy Powell
Walter Randolph
Shakuntala Rekha
Mary Richmond
Isaac Rosaro
Aaron Schuck
Caitlin Shannon
Courtney Smith
Maranda St. Martin
Shawanda Steed
Charles Swann
Andrew Sylvia
Rosa Tavarez
Krista Thayer
Christopher Thompson
Top Tierney
Wendy Tran
Lynsey Volz
Suchai Vonsvirates
Beatrice Wakahia
Melissa Walsh
Nathan Wheeler
Robert Whittington
Olivia Williams
April Wilson
Amelia Wool

Massasoit Offers Review of Vet Tech Transfer Credits for Mount Ida Students


Students who were studying to earn a degree in Veterinary Technology at Mount Ida College are invited to have their credentials reviewed for admission to the Massasoit Community College Vet Tech program.

An AVMA-CVTEA accredited program, the Vet Tech program at Massasoit offers Mount Ida students a close-to-home, affordable option for completing their associate degree following the school’s merger with UMass. Massasoit’s program, located on the school’s Canton Campus, is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as veterinary technicians.

The brand new,  fully equipped Vet Tech facilities at Massasoit include clinical instruction space, a surgical suite, a digital radiology room, and  cats and dogs housed on campus, enabling hands-on training of students in all aspects of practical veterinary technician skills, including surgical prep and assistance, imaging, examinations, and animal care.

“We are proud of our Vet Tech program at Massasoit, and we are certain that we are able to meet the needs of Mount Ida students who are in need of a place to complete their associate degree,” said Doug Brown, dean of science and mathematics at Massasoit Community College.

Mount Ida students interested in the Vet Tech program at Massasoit are asked to complete an inquiry form at www.massasoit.edu/vettech.

The Massasoit Community College Veterinary Technology Program aims to prepare students to excel in a career as a veterinary technician in a variety of animal healthcare fields by instilling comprehensive knowledge, technical, and critical thinking skills. Our goal is to provide stimulating and challenging course material along with effective practical experience while inspiring enthusiasm for lifelong learning. We strive to develop compassionate, ethical, and well-rounded professionals.

Massasoit Welcomes Vanessa McNeal in Recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On April 18, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Women’s Resource Center hosted documentary film maker Vanessa McNeal in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 
Filmmaker and sexual assault survivor Vanessa McNeal presented
“Lemons to Lemonade: How do you turn your most difficult moments into
experiences that you are most grateful for?” McNeal is the producer of The Voiceless, a documentary about male victims of sexual assault.
“The purpose of life is to find our gift,” said McNeal, addressing students, faculty, and staff. “The meaning of life is to give that gift to others.”

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Zelayna Rauch Quilt Exhibit on display in Akillian Gallery through April 30


Westwood quilter Zelayna Rauch is featured in a one woman exhibition of twenty spectacular and vibrant quilts. The quilts range in size from 20’ x 20′ to 87” x 58”. Springtime-themed quilts include titles like Alaskan Dragonfly, Eat Your Vegetables, and a Red Sox T-Shirt Quilt. Zelayna is a member of the Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild and is well known for her unique  patterns.

Join us at a reception on Saturday, April 7, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Light refreshments served. This is a free event and the public is welcome. For more information, call 508-588-9100, x2124.


Warrior Men’s Basketball Capture Region 21 Title in Overtime Over Bristol, 77-74, Advance to NJCAA National Tournament

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The Massasoit men’s basketball team captured the Region 21 Championship in thrilling fashion on Sunday afternoon, defeating Bristol 77-74 in overtime to punch its ticket to the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time in program history.

With the victory, Massasoit (20-6) earned its second regional crown in program lore and its first as a NJCAA Division III program. As Region 21 Champions, the Warriors will head to the NJCAA National Tournament, hosted by Sullivan County CC (NY) for the first time in the 50 years of basketball at Massasoit.

Big-shot Bobby Belezos (Holbrook) led the Warriors in scoring, finishing with 19 points, featuring four 3-pointers and went a perfect 7-for-7 at the charity stripe. Mark Georges (Brockton) added 16 points, going 10 for 11 at the line.

Tournament MVP Rael Handy netted 13 points, grabbed nine boards and dished out five assists, while Rollsky Edouard (Holbrook) drained a trio of 3s, one that sent the game to overtime, as he tallied 14 points. Center Mark Munroe (Quincy) added eight points and nine boards and Jared Costa-Haywood (Stoughton) scored seven clutch points off the bench, including a pair of free throws in the game’s final seconds to secure the win.

The Warriors started slowly against the top-seed Bayhawks, playing less than 24 hours after the 82-80 barnburner win against Bunker Hill on Saturday. Bristol jumped out to a 13-5 lead through the first seven minutes of action.

A game that saw plenty of runs, Massasoit climbed back in and a jumper by Rael Handy (Easton) gave the Warriors their first lead of the game 20-19 with 7:35 left in the half.

Bristol rallied to retake the lead, before the Warriors closed out the first half on a 7-0 run, highlighted by an Edouard four-point play, as Massasoit led 35-31 at the break.

It appeared in the second half that the Warriors had run out of steam as the Bayhawks went on a 22-9 burst out of the gates, spearheaded by Bristol’s Corey Green, to own a 55-46 advantage with just under 14 minutes left to play.

Despite things looking grim for the No. 2 seed Warriors, head coach Jim Stapleton, in his 17th season with Massasoit and winningest coach in program history, stressed how the guys showed resiliency down the stretch.

“I think the seven guys that played a majority of the minutes, somehow, hung together,” Stapleton said. “Jared (Costa-Haywood) gave us a lot of contributions. Bobby (Belezos) was big for us. Midway through the second half we revamped offensively because we were becoming to stagnant.”

A timeout that led to a revamping of the offensive game plan saw the Warriors respond with a 9-0 run to even up the score at 55-all with 6:03 left.

“The other thing is we fell down by nine because we were missing shots,” Stapleton said. “We caught a few breaks, they missed a few shots and (Mark) Munroe made some big plays for us down low to get us back in the game.”

A helter-skelter final five minutes of action saw Bristol lead 64-61 until Edouard splashed a game-tying 3-pointer from the top of the key with 12.1 seconds left as the game went to overtime.

In the overtime period, which saw three Massasoit starters foul out, Belezos drained a pair of 3-pointers and Georges made 3-of-4 free throws as the Warriors led 75-72 with 22.4 seconds left. After a dunk by Bristol’s Joshua Winbush pulled the Bayhawks within one, Costa-Haywood was fouled with 10.8 seconds left. The sophomore calmly stepped to the line and sank both free throws and Bristol’s game-tying attempt was off the mark, giving the Warriors their first-ever trip to Nationals.

“The guys were pressure players today,” Stapleton said. “Rollsky with the big 3 to send it to overtime, Bobby’s big 3s in overtime, Mark Georges making 3-of-4 late free throws and Jared making the biggest two free throws of the season. All of that with three starters fouled out. We survived. So I guess now we get to go to New York.”

The NJCAA Division III Tournament, hosted by Sullivan County CC (Loch Sheldrake, NY), will take place from March 15-17.

All-Tournament Team
Rael Handy, Massasoit (MVP)
Mark Munroe, Massasoit
Rollsky Edouard, Massasoit
Corey Green, Bristol
Zecarre Veiga, Bristol
Jamaurie Coakley, Bunker Hill
Emir Alagox, Northern Essex

16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration February 14 features Keynote Speaker Jean Derenoncourt


Massasoit Community College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted the 16th annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on February 14, 2018.

The event featured keynote speaker City Councilor at Large Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, a 2015 graduate of Massasoit and the first Haitian-American elected to the Brockton City Council, and Samantha Johnson, former America’s Got Talent performer.

Jean was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and spent his childhood on the Haitian island of Gonave. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Brockton. He learned to speak English before enrolling at Massasoit where he earned his associate degree and a certificate in criminal justice. While at Massasoit, he was a Commonwealth Honors Scholar and received the Green Key Award, the school’s highest honor, for his civic engagement and unselfish service both to Massasoit and to the greater community. In 2016, Jean Bradley graduated with distinction from Suffolk University, and in 2017 was elected to the Brockton City Council.

The College’s annual celebration commemorates Dr. King’s legacy by bringing together faculty, staff, students, and the community for discussion and reflection. The celebration kicked off Massasoit’s recognition of Black History Month.


Massasoit, Brockton, Randolph & NeighborWorks Southern Mass. to Provide Free Tax Prep


The Cities of Brockton and Randolph, 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 Mondays at the Brockton Public Library from 4:00 – 7 p.m. February 6 to April 10, 2017, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Massasoit Community College Student Center, and Wednesdays at the Randolph Intergenerational Community Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning February 4 and continuing through April 8, 2017. The sites will be closed February 20 in observance of Presidents Day, on March 18 during Massasoit’s spring break, and may close in inclement weather.

Assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis and generally takes about one hour.

For those seeking tax prep at Massasoit, please register in the cafeteria of the Student Center building.

For more information or to confirm that the site is open in inclement weather, please contact Patty Lynch at Massasoit at 508-588-9100 ext. 1018 or Joe Madaio at NeighborWorks Southern Mass. at 508-587-0950 ext. 45.

Brockton Public Library
304 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Massasoit Community College, Brockton Campus
1 Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, MA 02302

Randolph Intergenerational Community Center
128 Pleasant Street
Randolph, MA 02368