President Charles Wall Announces Retirement

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College since 2002, made the following announcement to the College community on Monday, January 23 via email. 

College Community,

It is with multiple emotions that I announce my intention to retire from the presidency of Massasoit effective mid-August of this year, 2017. Counting my service as interim president, I have had the honor of serving as your president since July 2001.

Fulfilling our worthy mission by working creatively together with dedication and determination has always been both exhilarating and humbling. Your dedication, strength, and effort to achieve the best for our students, communities, and our own community will always be cherished by me. Together we have accomplished so much!

With every journey there is a beginning and an arrival at a destination. For me, celebrating our 50th year together—and preparing for our 51st year—present an optimum time for the College to search for new leadership.

As the search process commences under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Board of Higher Education and the College community, I commit to you that I will continue to advocate forcefully for Massasoit and be a fully engaged president until the last day I close the door of the president’s office.

We are a strong college and are only getting stronger. Let all of us continue the worthy mission we support!

Charles Wall, Ph.D.


President Wall’s inauguration ceremony, 2002.

LPN to RN Evening Program Holds Pinning Ceremony

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Massasoit Community College held their LPN to RN Evening Nursing class pinning ceremony at the Conference Center at Massasoit.

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, addressed the class of 30 graduates. Susan Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, ACM, Manager of the Department of Care Progression at South Shore Hospital and Massasoit alum, served as the evening’s guest speaker.



Visual Arts Students Win in National Competition

Congratulations to Massasoit students Paola Arzeno and Jay Kundy, visual arts students who took first and third place, respectively, in the Speedball Art Products New Impressions Printmaking Competition (Monotype Category).

The winning students earn product credit for both themselves and Massasoit, and their work will be displayed  in the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC; on the Arnhem 1618 website from March, 2017 – February, 2018; and at the Speedball booth of the 2017 Southern Graphics Conference.

Massasoit was also the winner of the School Spirit award, taking home recognition for the second year in a row for having the most entries by school.


Paola Arzeno, 1st Place, Monotype


Jay Kundy, 3rd Place, Monotype

Classes at Marshfield High to Continue Spring 2017

This spring, Massasoit will continue to partner with Marshfield High School to offer college credit courses at the high school to those eligible for college-level course work, including college transfers and high school students.

Operating out of three classrooms and one technology lab at the high school, the college holds classes twice a week during the fall and spring semesters, and offers both general education courses and marine technology courses to eligible students.

This new development marks the growing role of community colleges to strengthen workforce development throughout the South Shore and to offer young people the opportunity to pursue their education and career development.

This spring, Massasoit will offer the following courses:

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.
MLSL 102: Beginning American Sign Language II
ENGL 102: English Composition II

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.
MATH 131: Introduction to Statistics

“We are pleased to continue to offer evening courses locally through our partnership with Marshfield High School,” said Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College.

“This new partnership offers so much promise to young students who can help fill hundreds upon thousands of job openings in the maritime industry. I also look forward to promoting business growth in the Enterprise Drive area with the building of a maritime center in Marshfield,” said state Rep. James Cantwell, D-Marshfield.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Massasoit and host some of their courses in our state-of-the-art high school facility. It’s been a wonderful asset to our community for the last few months. We’re looking forward to continuing to strengthen this partnership so it can further benefit our citizens and the students of Marshfield Public Schools,” said Sean P. Costello, chairman of the Marshfield School Committee.

Massasoit Earns Military Friendly Schools Designation for 2017

Massasoit Community College has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. 

“We are proud of the great strides Massasoit has made in serving our veteran and dependent students,” said Brian Smith, veterans services coordinator at Massasoit Community College. “The number of veteran students utilizing our specialized support services, and dedicated study and activity spaces has grown exponentially. I’m also proud to see how many of our veteran students are regularly participating in campus activities.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. 

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.” The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly ® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at

For more information about Massasoit’s commitment to supporting military students and their families, please visit


Christopher Blunt, Massasoit Student Trustee, Marine Corps veteran, and active member of the Veteran and Servicemembers Club.


Museum Studies Students Launch “Connect!” Exhibit

The Gallery Exhibition Skills Class at Massasoit, in cooperation with the Milton Art Museum, held an opening reception of their exhibit “Connect!” on Wednesday, November 30 at the Canton Campus. 

The purpose of the exhibit was to spark interest in the Milton Art Museum’s objects. The class members chose various pieces that sparked their memories, and installed this exhibit.Visitors had the opportunity to read student stories and see personal items that relate to those objects from the MAM’s collection.

The exhibit ran through December 14th at Massasoit Community College, Canton Campus, 900 Randolph St. Please call 508-588-9110, x2124 with any questions


Criminal Justice Leadership Conference Held November 1

On Tuesday, November 1, Massasoit held a Criminal Justice Leadership Conference, hosted by the Massasoit Criminal Justice Department and sponsored by Bay Path University. The speaker, Mr. Robert Milton, is a retired Commander of Scotland Yard and a counterterrorism expert. Mr. Milton engaged students, staff, and faculty in an exchange of question and response with purposeful academic inquiry and expression of ideas and values. 

“In an institution of higher education, it is important to engage students with thought provoking issues and empower them to participate in difficult conversations,” said Pat Faiella, Criminal Justice professor and former Department Chair. “I am proud that Massasoit provides these opportunities to our students.” 

Massasoit Community College, in Partnership with Corcoran Management Company and Home Market Foods, Honored for Supporting English Classes for Employees

English for New Bostonians (ENB) and its English Works Campaign recently held the “Raising Our Voices: Recognizing ESOL Leadership in Business and the Community” breakfast, where they honored nine businesses and labor/management partnerships that have joined with government and non-profit agencies to offer their immigrant workers the chance to learn English at work. Included in the honorees were Corcoran Management Company and Home Market Foods in partnership with Massasoit Community College.

Ronald L. Walker II, MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston, over 180 state officials, business, labor and community leaders, and ESOL students attended the breakfast, which was emceed by Alberto Vasallo, III, President and CEO of El Mundo Boston.

“Small business owners understand the business proposition of helping their workers learn English. It helps their productivity, and improves the companies’ ability to compete,” said Secretary Walker. “We are finding ways to better connect with the small business community to help them get ESOL training for their workers.”

The business leaders honored at the breakfast stressed the tangible impact of English classes on their employees and their business operations. “Clear communication is essential in our work as property managers,” says President of Corcoran Management Co., Richard J. High, “whether it is with co-workers, vendors, or, perhaps most importantly, our residents.” High said, “The significant improvement we see in the abilities and confidence of those who participated in our ESOL training is due to their hard work and dedication and is also a tribute to the well-designed program and skilled staff of Massasoit Community College and support of Commonwealth Corporation and the Workforce Training Fund Program.”

“Home Market Foods continues to invest in sophisticated manufacturing technologies and processes,” said owner Wes Atamian. “As a result, we have found that the ability to communicate effectively in English has become increasingly critical to the success of our operation.” But employees learning English has a larger impact, said Atamian. “Equally important, we believe that these skills significantly enhance the contribution our employees can make to our society beyond Home Market Foods. Offering ESOL classes represents an investment in the company, our people and our communities.”


Corcoran Management Co. team poses with their English Works Certificate of Recognition alongside MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker II (first from left) and English for New Bostonians Executive Director Claudia Green (first from right). Also pictured are Maryellen Brett (second from right), Associate Dean of Corporate Education at Massasoit Community College, the ESOL Partner.


Home Market Foods and partner Massasoit Community College posing with MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker II (first from left) and English for New Bostonians Executive Director Claudia Green (second from right).

Men’s Soccer Tops CCRI For Region 21 Crown

DSC_0696.jpgDeivys D’Almeida (New Bedford) scored two goals and assisted on another as the Massasoit men’s soccer team defeated CCRI 3-1 to claim its ninth Region 21 Championship in the last 11 seasons under head coach Rui Estrela.

Massasoit (10-4-2) will play in the Northeast Districts, hosted by either ASA-New York or Monroe College from Nov. 4-5.

D’Almeida, who had not scored all season, jump started the Warriors offense when he headed home a cross from defender Nathan Estrela (Falmouth) just eight minutes into the contest.

But the game was far from over at that point as the Knights (4-9-1) played extremely well for the first 45 minutes of action. In the 31st minute, Cameron DiMaria scored for the equalizer, shifting the momentum back in favor of the home team.

“We were playing well at the beginning of the game but once we took the lead, I think some of the guys took a step back and took the game for granted,” head coach Rui Estrela said. “Then we gave up that tough goal to (CCRI) and it was 1-1 that kind of took us out of our rhythm.”

With the score still knotted at 1-1, Estrela tapped a short corner pass to midfielder Blake Brailsford (East Bridgewater). The freshman took the pass and booted a cross through the box, where D’Almeida was there again to finish, this time in the 39th minute.

Clinging to the one-goal lead after intermission, the Warriors began to pepper CCRI goalie Christian Ellerbe. After several scoring chances early on in the second half, Sidney Cardoso (Portugal) took a through ball pass from D’Almeida, who seemed to be Johnny on the Spot all day, for a much needed insurance goal in the 55th minute. Massasoit finished with 23 shots, 15 coming in the second half.

“I thought Deivys was our MVP today,” Estrela said. “It was great that he scored those goals for us but more than that he was really helping control the midfield and playing physical. He was winning balls in the air, he was moving balls around the midfield, he was running back defensively. I thought today, he was our MVP with that performance and had a great game.”

D’Almeida who had struggled through injuries all season and managed just three assists and no goals, was involved in all three goals in the Region 21 Championship victory.

Overall, Coach Estrela was pleased with the team’s performance, but stressed that the Warriors will need to play a complete game to be successful in the districts next weekend.

“In the second half we played much better and we played with the type of intensity we need for all 90 minutes, not just a half,” Estrela said. “We were moving the ball much better in the second half. We were moving the ball wide and attacking and putting a lot of pressure on CCRI. I thought we had a couple more chances and need to do a little better with our finishing. But, overall I am really excited for these guys and now we prepare for the districts next weekend.”