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Greenfield Community College shares in grant for STEM training

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of 15 schools statewide to get a slice of $20 million to promote programs and train prospective workers in science, technology, engineering and math. In a consortia, 15 community colleges across the state were selected by the federal Department of Labor for the grant that will fund the project, titled Guided Pathways to Success in STEM. Of the 66 grants awarded, the Massachusetts …

District attorney, UMass at odds over status of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law enforcement agencies to use individuals as confidential informants. Those assertions seemingly contradict previous statements made …

Boston College uses community liaison to patrol neighborhoods where off-campus students live

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When he parks in front of a house in Brighton or Newton or Brookline in his Boston College-maroon Ford Explorer, Stephen Montgomery expects the residents to come out to see him. It’s a residence where BC students live and Montgomery has noticed a party brewing. Montgomery, 52, is the off-campus student community liaison …

University of Massachusetts Amherst again freezes fees, tuition for in-state undergraduates

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — For the second year in a row, there will be no increase in tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts. The school’s board of trustees unanimously approved the freeze on Wednesday, crediting an increase in state support for the …

Senate bond bill includes money for child care center at Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College’s quest to secure an on-campus child care center received legislative backing on Thursday, with a proposed $9.5 million allocation from the state. State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said the Senate’s capital bond bill includes the child care amendment. It will now go …

Number of University of Massachusetts students disciplined for off-campus misbehavior declines in past year

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer incidents in Amherst meant fewer University of Massachusetts students were disciplined because of their off-campus behavior during the recently completed academic year, according to a report compiled by the dean of students office. However, the number of students involved in major incidents remained almost the …

Ex-NY Times editor to teach at Harvard

Thursday, June 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson is joining Harvard University as a visiting lecturer this coming school year, the university announced Thursday. Abramson will teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction in the fall and spring semesters, the school said. Abramson, a 1976 Harvard …

Greenfield Community College to incerease some program fees

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will increase its fees next year, although it is unclear by how much. The board of trustees approved some program fee increases on Wednesday and gave President Robert Pura the authority to raise general fees if state funding comes in lower than officials …

Grants will allow Greenfield Community College to expand sustainable agriculture and green energy programs

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will spend the next two years expanding its sustainable agriculture and green energy programs, thanks to nearly $225,000 in grants. The National Science Foundation has awarded the college $197,000 to pay some staff costs, develop new courses and add physical improvements to the …

Former Westfield State President Dobelle offers to settle wrongful termination suit; university says no

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle is interested in settling with the state and university officials he sued last year, his attorney said in court Wednesday, while the defendants’ lawyer said they will not …

University of Massachusetts trustees committee approves freeze on tuition, mandatory student fees

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts trustees committee Wednesday gave initial approval to a freeze on tuition and mandatory student fees for in-state undergraduates for the second year in a row. That means tuition and mandatory fees for …

Obama acts to ease debt for students

Monday, June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Dubbing it a “no-brainer,” President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday capping monthly student loan payments for 5 million more borrowers at an unknown cost to taxpayers. Obama also threw his support behind legislation that Democrats …

GCC grads ready to ‘jump-start’ futures

Sunday, June 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — In the eyes of student speaker Michael Lewis, a new class of superstars graduated from Greenfield Community College on Saturday. The college’s 51st annual commencement ceremony honored 282 students who earned associate degrees this year and …