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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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

Paramedic Program Earns National Accreditation

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On January 11, 2018 the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs – the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions – granted the Massasoit Community College Paramedic Certificate program full national accreditation.

Massasoit’s Paramedic program began at the College’s Middleborough Center in the fall of 2014, operating with a CoA Letter of Review indicating that that the program met the appropriate standards and guidelines to operate the program and that our Paramedic program graduates will meet the eligibility requirement of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic certification examination. Massasoit graduated its first class of paramedics in the spring of 2016; since the program’s inception, certified paramedics have seen 100% employment placement.

The Emergency Medical Services Suite houses not only the paramedic certificate program, but also continuing education training at all levels: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), National Core Competencies programs, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Our state-of-the-art education and training facility was designed with National Registry standards in mind. The most recent addition to the training program is the private donation of an ambulance which will be used as a mobile training lab for students, due to come into service this spring.=

“This important program meets a critical workforce need in our region and beyond,” said Scott Meagher, director of the paramedic certificate program. “Earning our accreditation is a critical milestone for the paramedic program, and confirms what we’ve long known: this program will continue to grow and become a leader in Emergency Medical Services education.”

Accreditation was granted upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA EMSP), and is valid through January 31, 2023.

STEM Scholar Associates Awarded $27,000 in Scholarship Funds

On January 9, six Massasoit STEM Scholar Associates were awarded $27,000 in total scholarship funding under the S-STEM grant from the National Science Foundation. The total funds awarded complement existing financial assistance so that each of the recipients will be covered for the cost of attendance to attend Massasoit full time.  Student who continue to meet eligibility requirements may renew their scholarships for up to five semesters. STEM Scholar Associates will participate in a variety of activities and events on campus to enhance their academic success and help them prepare for future careers in STEM.

Awardees were Nicole Dacey, Catherine Murphy, Mollie O’Keefe, Austin Schofield, Mackinley St. Louis, and Vu Ni.

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Massasoit Receives $58,765 Grant from the Baker-Polito Administration to Drive New College Access, Affordability, Digital Learning Initiatives

On December 11, 2017 The Baker-Polito Administration announced $1.2 million in grants to sixteen Massachusetts public colleges and universities to make college more affordable and accessible through enhanced digital learning opportunities.

Performance Incentive Fund (PIF) grants are issued by the Department of Higher Education and seek to incentivize the state’s higher education institutions to produce cost savings for students through collaboration across the campuses. Since 2012, the fund has awarded more than $25 million in grants.

“Performance Incentive grants allow our state colleges and universities to explore new digital innovations in teaching and learning to make higher education more affordable and accessible for students across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Baker. “Massachusetts is poised to be a leader in online learning, and we are pleased these grants will help our public higher education institutions achieve that goal.”

In this round of grants, Massasoit Community College received $58,765 to launch new initiatives to increase use of Open Educational Resources (teaching, learning and/or research materials that are in the public domain) in a bid to reduce the use of costly textbooks. The “Massasoit Millions” Initiative aims to save its students $1 million annually by 2019.

Currently, 51 Massasoit courses use free Open Educational Resources (OER) instead of text books, saving students $136,464 in Fall 2017 alone. We strive to make it clear to students which courses use OER, posting it where students search for their courses. Every semester, Massasoit has dozens of courses that do not require textbooks. For these courses, your professors have eliminated costly textbooks and replaced them with Open Educational Resources (OER) — electronic resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing.

Last month, Governor Baker announced he will establish a new Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning to develop recommendations that will lead to more online learning opportunities for Massachusetts residents to obtain education and skills for in-demand fields.

“New approaches are needed to expand higher education opportunities for all Massachusetts residents, particularly for those who need flexibility and are not able to take traditional classes on a college campus,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “Incentivizing grants like these will help ensure the Commonwealth’s higher education institutions can provide services that meet the demands of today’s students.”

The Department of Higher Education strives to improve college access, affordability and completion of degrees and certificates.

“These grants are part of the Department of Higher Education’s strategic focus on increasing opportunities for students to earn credentials that will position them for good jobs and continued career growth, especially in high-skilled industries that fuel the state’s economic development,” Secretary James Peyser said.

“From the start, the Performance Incentive Fund has encouraged campus leaders to think in new ways about some of the most intractable problems we face in higher education,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education. “We’re now beginning to see the fruits of that effort, as we award grants to campuses that want to build on the gains and successes of prior years’ funding.”

“It’s exciting for me to see our public campuses emerging as leaders in digital learning innovation, which is a key strand running through this year’s grant proposals,” said Chris Gabrieli, Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. “We’re also seeing a lot of energy go into work to improve the remedial coursework which, sadly, is required of thousands of our students who arrive on campus unprepared for college-level work. These efforts will help reduce barriers and accelerate the timetable for students to complete their degrees.”

Further details on the funding history and program highlights of the Performance Incentive Fund Grant Program can be found here.

Massasoit Partnering with B21 to offer Free ESOL Classes

Brockton 21st Century Corporation, Massasoit Community College, and Eastern Bank are partnering to offer free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes as part of the Transformative Workforce Initiative Program.

Courses are open to all adult learners, regardless of their current English proficiency, and preference is given to those who live or work in Brockton.

Students who are interested must complete placement testing, which will be held at the Conference Center at Massasoit, 770 Crescent Street, Brockton on the following days. A testing appointment is necessary.

Wednesday, 12/13/17, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, 1/10/18, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, 1/17/18, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, 1/24/18, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, 1/31/18, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

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Massasoit’s Criminal Justice Department to Present Social Justice Seminar

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Join the Criminal Justice department to hear from Adam Foss:

When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a former prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people’s lives for the better instead of ruining them.