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Massachusetts Community Colleges Presidents & Trustees attend National Legislative Summit

Washington, D.C. - February 12, 2018 - More than 20 community college presidents and trustees from Massachusetts joined their colleagues from across the country in Washington, D.C. this week for the annual Community College National Legislative Summit. Each year, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) co-hosts this event with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) for trustees and presidents from community colleges across the nation. (Read more)

Massachusetts Board of Higher Education extends temporary In-State Tuition Rate to Evacuees from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Boston, MA - December 12, 2017 - Public higher education institutions in Massachusetts can now offer modest relief to students and families recently displaced by the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, thanks to action taken by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Through the spring 2018 semester, an evacuee can attend any one of our 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges at the in-state tuition rate. Students must provide documentation of their displacement and meet all the admission and transfer requirements of the community college to qualify. Students will be required to pay any fees and other education-related expenses but can still save a substantial amount in tuition. Please visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's website for more information:

A Joint Statement in Support of DACA

Boston, MA - September 3, 2017 - The Presidents of the 15 Community Colleges of Massachusetts and the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools release a joint statement in support of DACA. (Read More)

Massachusetts Community Colleges Unite Against Hatred

Boston, MA - August 17, 2017 - The Presidents of the 15 Community Colleges of Massachusetts unite to voice our opposition to the violence, bigotry, racism and hate we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Read More)

Community College Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony

Boston, MA – March 30, 2017 – Today, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) hosted a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House to honor 33 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 best and brightest of the 15-college system. The event is co-sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society... To view photos from the ceremony click here.

Massachusetts Community College Trustees Visit Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC - February 17, 2017 - More than 25 community college trustees from Massachusetts joined their colleagues from across the country in Washington, D.C. this week for the annual Community College National Legislative Summit. (Read More)

Governor Highlights Massasoit Student in State of the Commonwealth Address

Boston, MA - January 24, 2017 - On Tuesday, January 24th, Governor Baker highlighted Massasoit Community College student Jacklyn Bell during the State of the Commonwealth Address. The Governor has made attending a public college more affordable through the Commonwealth Commitment and created a pathway for community college students to secure a bachelor’s degree from UMass or one of the state universities for about half the price. Jacklyn Bell is an accounting student at Massasoit participating in the Commonwealth Commitment and says the program has "changed her family's life." She has plans to be an accountant, and hopes to own her own business someday. Read more about Jacklyn's story here.


Community College Presidents Recognize President Asquino

Gardner, MA - January 20, 2017 - Community College Presidents in Massachusetts recognized the retiring President of Mount Wachusett Community College, Dr. Daniel M. Asquino with an original song. The Presidents wrote the unique and comedic composition and performed it for Dr. Asquino this afternoon in honor of his 27 years of leadership. Dr. Asquino has served as President of Mount Wachusett Community College since August 1987. Under his leadership, Mount Wachusett has grown exponentially in size, stature and academic services. 



Massachusetts Community Colleges Welcome Two New Presidents

Boston, MA - January 17, 2017 - The Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office welcomed two newly appointed presidents to the 15-college system. During a special meeting in Boston on Tuesday, January 17th, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) voted to approve Dr. Laura L. Douglas as the fourth president of Bristol Community College and Dr. James Vander Hooven as the third president of Mount Wachusett Community College. The incoming Presidents will begin work in their new roles later this year. For more information, please visit the corresponding links below.

Dr. Laura L. Douglas Named BCC President

Dr. James Vander Hooven Named MWCC President

Students and Alumni Celebrate Community College Day at Fenway

Boston, MA - September 15, 2016 - On September 14th, more than 650 community college students, presidents, alumni, faculty and staff celebrated Community College Day with the Boston Red Sox at historic Fenway Park. Prior to the Red Sox game versus the division-rival Baltimore Orioles, a pre-game ceremony publicly recognized All-Star students and alumni from each of the 15 community college campuses. In addition, immediately prior to the first pitch, three outstanding community college students performed the National Anthem. To view photos from this event, click here.

Massachusetts Community Colleges Offer Assistance to Displaced ITT Technical Institute Students

Boston, MA – September 7, 2016 – In light of the sudden closing of all 137 campuses of the ITT Technical Institute, including two in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) is working with our 15 campuses to offer support and assistance to all affected students. These abrupt closures are dislodging more than 35,000 students from their programs nationwide, including hundreds here in the Bay State...(read more)

Community College Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony
Boston, MA - May 11, 2016 - Today, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) hosted a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House to honor 31 of the highest academic achievers of the community colleges 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...(Read More) Click here for photos.

RCC Campus Renovations Groundbreaking
Roxbury, MA - April 7, 2016 - MA Community Colleges Executive Officer Bill Hart joined RCC President Valerie Roberson and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh for the April 7, 2016 RCC Groundbreaking Ceremony.  The ceremony celebrates the official kickoff of substantial and much needed renovations to the RCC campus. The planned renovations are extensive, and will address the major infrastructure updates required for the College's long-term success. The College and its students will benefit from new windows, new elevators, new student common areas, a new academic support center, new nursing and radiology labs and a new testing lab, to name a few. The planned renovations also include the installation of a new solar canopy in Parking Lot 1, to further the College's sustainability efforts.

QCC key partner in MA Textile Manufacturing Institute
Worcester, MA - April 4, 2016 - (via The Worcester Business Journal) Quinsigamond Community College will be a part of a new $317-million advanced manufacturing institute that the Department of Defense is bringing to the state. QCC is one of the key participants that will be involved with the Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute, ...(Read More)

SAVE THE DATE: Call for Proposals Share Your Best Practices
Boston, MA - April 4, 2016 - The Massachusetts Colleges Online conference on eLearning: Sharing Best Practices allows attendees to explore, discuss, and understand how colleges and universities in Massachusetts are exploring online education to improve teaching, learning, interacting, and communicating with our students. The conference... (Read More)

MassBay & Framingham State Partner to Offer Affordable Degrees
Boston, MA - February 10, 2016 - (via The Boston Globe) MassBay Community College in Wellesley and Framingham State University have launched a new program that offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years for $28,000 — an amount that is less than one year at many private institutions. With the average tuition for four years of private higher education around $120,000, and the cost of...(Read More

Community College Officials Join the Gateway Cities Caucus at the State House
Boston, MA - January 6, 2016 - The Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office MCCEO and a group of community college presidents were invited to address members of the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus yesterday. They were invited by the co-chairs of the caucus (Senator Ben Downing of Pittsfield and Representative Antonio Cabral of New Bedford) to come in and address legislators and staff on how the community colleges play an transformative role in Gateway Cities. Also joining...(Read More

Northeastern University to Provide qualified Community College Faculty/Staff with Scholarships
Boston, MA - December 9, 2015 - Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) has partnered with the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) to offer faculty and staff of the 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth with scholarships to pursue continuing educational opportunities in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at CPS, as well as the... (Read More

Community College & UMass Leadership Explore Collaboration
Boston, MA - November 6, 2015 - Community College Presidents and other college officials recently met with UMass President Marty Mehan, UMass Chancellors, and Chief Academic Officers at the new UMass Club. The purpose of last week's meeting was to discuss future possible collaborative initiatives between the two systems to increase transfer rates, purchasing efficiencies, and other best practices. (View Photos

Community College is a Boon to Immigrant Students
Boston, MA - October 27, 2015 - (Via Public Radio International) Tauqeer Hassan should have been starting college in Pakistan this fall, but his life was upended over the summer. His family’s longstanding application for US residency was suddenly approved. His parents wanted to move quickly, so, within a matter of weeks, he found himself living in Amherst, Massachusetts, in need of a new plan. “I had just finished high school and I didn’t...(Read More

Massacusetts Community Colleges Respresented on Financial Literacy Taskforce
Boston, MA - April 16, 2015 - Treasurer Deb Goldberg today announced the Treasurer’s Task Force on Financial Literacy, which will bring together policymakers, educators, banks and advocates to examine the state of financial education in Massachusetts. Former Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Barbara Anthony, currently a Senior Fellow at both the Kennedy School of Government and the Pioneer Institute, will chair the committee. "As we prepare to build a statewide financial...(Read More

Mass. Life Sciences Grants $2.6 Million to Three Colleges
Springfield, MA - March 27, 2015 - (Via MassLiveSpringfield Technical Community College will start two new associates' degree programs, one in biomedical instrumentation and one in biomedical device manufacturing, and will upgrade labs with a $972,850 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced Friday. It's part of  $2.6 million in grants to schools all over Western Massachusetts Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Life Sciences Center made public Friday. Bannister said that jobs in the biomedical field, everything from genetic research to medical-device manufacturing, are up...(Read More)

Downtown College Campus Hailed as New Day for Brockton
Brockton, MA - November 25, 2014 - (Via Enterprise News) City officials have had their sights on a downtown college campus for more than a decade. As the years passed, recessions came and went, potential college partners changed and downtown development proceeded haltingly. But this fall, as nearby projects promise new housing, retail and commercial space, healthy food and expanded medical care, the long-sought college campus has... (Read More)

Obama Administration Officials Visit STCC to Discuss Workforce Development
Springfield, MA - October 8,2014 - (Via MassLive) Two members of President Barack Obama's cabinet toured Springfield Technical Community College Wednesday to tout a $20 million work force development grant the state's 15 community colleges received three years ago. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also celebrated $20 million in new funding for those 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges announced just... (Read More)

Massachusetts Community Colleges Awarded $20 Million U.S-DOL Grant (Updated)
Boston, MA - September 29, 2014 - A consortia proposal submitted collectively by the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts led by Massasoit Community College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor for the final round of federal funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). The community colleges are advancing a comprehensive approach to addressing the training and educational needs of workers and employers statewide with a focus on articulated pathways to careers in high-growth STEM sectors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; as well as advanced manufacturing and healthcare). The $20 million grant is the highest funded... (Read More

As Spring Arrives, Community College Students Graduate Across the Commonwealth
Boston, MA – May, 2014 - Throughout the commonwealth, thousands of community college students are taking the next step in their educational and professional journeys as they receive their diplomas and certificates.  The ceremonies take place over the course of several weeks and feature many renowned special guests and speakers. Please continue to check back regularly over the next few weeks as this page will be updated with coverage of each community college’s graduation ceremony. (Click Here)

Siemens Awards $660 Million in Grants to Mass. Schools
Worcester, MA - April 17, 2014 - (Via Worcester Business Journal) Siemens AG, the German conglomerate that makes steel mills in Worcester, announced $660 million in software grants Wednesday to support manufacturing programs at Massachusetts vocational schools and colleges.The in-kind grants serve an industry need for skilled manufacturing workers, as identified through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), based in Worcester. The grants were also mentioned this morning during a conference at the Hanover Theatre that focused on the future of...(Read More)

$1 Million Donation Supports New Health Center
Holyoke MA - March 25, 2014 - (Via WAMC Northeast Public Radio) A western Massachusetts community college has announced a major contribution from a former professor to help launch a state of the art health education center.  The new facility will help meet the demand for skilled workers in the region’s growing health care industry. Holyoke Community College at a meeting of the school’s board of trustees Tuesday morning announced a $1 million contribution to... (Read More)


Suffolk Partners with Community Colleges
Boston, MA - March 11, 2014 - Suffolk University and the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) are collaborating on a number of initiatives such as community college transfer (including tuition discounts); joint grant opportunities; professional development opportunities for faculty/staff regarding Science education; the utilization of laboratory and research facilities; and collaborations relating to student research in the area of STEM fields.  “Although Suffolk has...(Read More)

Partnership with a Focus on Efficiencies
Boston, MA - March 4, 2014 - Presidents William Messner (Holyoke Community College) and Dana Mohler-Faria (Framingham State) were joined by Executive Director of the Partnership to Advance Collaboration & Efficiencies (PACE) Judith Silvia at the Statehouse on Tuesday to testify before the Joint-Committee on Higher Education. Together, they outlined a number of initiatives that the 15 community colleges and nine state universities are working collaboratively on to... (Read More)

Greenfield Community College Recieves $1 Million Gift
GREENFIELD, MA - June 26, 2013 - (Via The Recorder) Unnamed donors have given Greenfield Community College a $1 million gift that will allow the school to increase support for its nursing students through an endowed faculty chair. This is the first time there has ever been an endowed faculty position at a Massachusetts community college. The fund will permanently pay for a faculty position — the Jean Simmons Endowed Chair in Nurse Education, named after a longtime GCC nurse educator. Because the chair position will always be paid for, the school will be able to...(Read More)

Community College Offers Training for Homeless
Boston, MA - June 21, 2013 - (Via Enterprise News) Paul Key knows the demand for home health care workers is growing as the nation’s baby boomer generation ages. This is why Key, the workforce development director at Father Bill’s & MainSpring, recommends a new home aide certificate program to formerly homeless people who are in transition to supporting themselves and living independently. The Father Bill’s & MainSpring agency provides shelter and transitional services to homeless people in the...(Read more)

Federal Spending that Works
Boston, MA - May 14, 2013 (Via Inside Higher Ed) Most community colleges could easily put federal grant money to good use plugging up budget holes after years of slashing by states. But the U.S. Department of Labor’s $2 billion in workforce development funding for the sector was designed to encourage two-year colleges to make lasting, ambitious changes instead of just back-filling budgets. And that approach seems to be working. The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, for example...(Read More)

Mass. Colleges Take Center Stage in Workforce Development
Boston, MA - April 15, 2013 (Via Community College Week) Massachusetts is rightly renowned for its historic system of higher education. Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University are just three of prominent and prestigious institutions calling the Bay State home. Less well-known is the state’s workhorse system of 15 community colleges. They stretch from the Berkshires to Boston and enroll more than 190,000 students in...(Read More)

Massasoit's Annual Credit for Life Fair
Brockton, MA - April 10, 2013 - The13th Annual Credit for Life Fair hosted by Massasoit Community College and organized by the Financial Literacy Committee and Credit for Life Committee of the Brockton Housing Partnership will be held for 250 Brockton High School students, and additional youth from YouthBuild and MYTURN. The event will be held in the Asiaf Field House on the Brockton campus on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Credit for Life Fair is...(Read More)

Community Colleges Receive NEBHE Award 
Boston, MA - March 9, 2013 - Despite a late-winter snowstorm, hundreds of New Englanders braved the snow to attend NEBHE's 11th New England Higher Education Excellence Awards celebration on Friday, March 8, at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel. Each year, NEBHE presents Regional Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity, and State Merit Awards to honor the innovative work of organizations, institutions or individuals in each...(Read More)

MCC Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference 
The Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO), Middlesex Community College and representatives from each of the 15 community colleges are proud to announce the Massachusetts Community College Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference. The Conference will be held on Middlesex’s Lowell campus on April 5th, 2013. The conference is set to focus on the system’s commitment to creating socially responsible learners and leaders. For more in-depth information please... (click here)

Community College Program to Train Workers for Manufacturing Jobs
Boston, MA - January 3, 2013 (Via The Boston Globe) - FINDING THE TOOLS: Spurred on by an expected increase in manufacturing jobs over the next 10 years, Northern Essex Community College has partnered with Greater Lawrence Technical School  to develop a machine tool training program to prepare workers for those jobs. The pilot program is being launched late this month, and will train 10 unemployed or underemployed individuals. Developed with input from local companies, the program will train workers to operate...(Read More)

Asst. Secretary of Labor Touts Career Training Program 
Worcester, MA - October 19, 2012 (Via Worcester Business Journal) - Speaking at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester this afternoon, the U.S. Department of Labor's Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration Jane Oates stressed the importance of the year-old partnership that's putting a focus on community colleges and businesses in the state working together. She told about 50...(Read More)

Mass. college votes for civic engagement
Boston, MA - November 2, 2012 (Via Community College Times) - Effective civic engagement requires a systemic approach, one that empowers students to voice their thoughts and opinions and emerge as leaders within their local communities. Public colleges and universities have a history of fostering civic engagement through service learning opportunities, including internships and policy institutes. Starting next year, Massachusetts will become one of a handful of states to include civic engagement in its system-wide measurement of... (Read More)

Community Colleges Try New Approach to Remedial Math
Boston, MA - October 17, 2012 - North Shore Community College is trying a new approach to meet the needs of incoming students who have struggled with math. The college this semester introduced “math redesign,” an instructional format in which students in remedial or developmental math courses work at their own pace using an interactive online program. During class sessions... (Read More)

Three Community Colleges Receive Clean Energy Grants
Boston, MA –  Tuesday, October 9, 2012 – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced $713,814 in grants to three Massachusetts community colleges to invest in clean energy projects on their respective campuses. The grants were...(Read More)

Piloting Dev-Ed and Industry Programs 
Faculty and staff from across the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges came together for two days in early August to develop career-focused curriculum for developmental education and adult basic education students... (Read More)

Best Practices in Developmental Math Conference 
Recently, The Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) was involved in the planning, coordination and execution of the Developmental Math Conference which was held at Massasoit Community College this past June. MCCEO was a key partner along with the Chief Academic... (Read More)

BCC Opens New Workforce Center in Fall River 
Bristol Community College unveiled the site of the school’s new Workforce Center on Monday at Commonwealth Landing where students and the community can find job training, work readiness and adult education services all under one roof... (Read More)

Reverse Transfer Agreement Signed 
Early this summer, the CONNECT CEOs signed a Memorandum of understanding to implement a Reverse Transfer program. This program will allow students from Bristol, Cape Cod, and Massasoit Community Colleges who transfer to Bridgewater State, Mass Maritime, and UMass Dartmouth to earn... (Read More)