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GCC finds home for practical nursing program

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its LPN practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space in the Veterans Administration hospital in Leeds. GCC President Bob Pura said the program has been in the Northampton area for years. … 0

Technical School to hold barbecue fundraiser

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Chicken, music and the opportunity to catch up with friends from the Franklin County Technical School’s 39-year history will raise money for current students heading out into the world. The Franklin County Technical School Alumni Association holds its seventh annual gathering Aug. 15 at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club, advance tickets available at the 210 Turners Falls Road … 0

GCC gets $632,000 for scholarships

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The National Science Foundation has awarded Greenfield Community College $632,000 for five years of scholarships of up to $10,000 for students in four science disciplines. The NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, S-STEM, seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students pursuing degrees in the STEM disciplines. At GCC, a new scholarship program will be open … 0

Tuition retention part of UMass 2015-16 budget

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July … 0

School, officials hope to revise Mohawk District agreement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a way, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement is a lot like Mark Twain’s quote about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.” The unwieldy agreement has been a huge topic of conversation for years among the nine towns … 0

UMass expands bathroom policy to protect transgender students

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender students’ rights to use bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff “should … 0

UMass chancellor praises tuition retention; Says budget move would help Amherst campus

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts tuition may be about to increase more than six-fold, and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy says that is a good thing. The cost of attending UMass will not undergo a substantial change, but the way of accounting for it could. The … 0

UMass Amherst scientist to investigate estrogen-like chemicals’ cancer link

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — Much attention has been paid to genetics in breast cancer as disease rates rise, but most women have no family history of the disease, suggesting that there is an environmental risk we don’t yet understand, says environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg in the School of Public … 0

Greenfield School Committee at a loss after member Comenitz dies

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has lost one of seven members. Jeffrey Comenitz died July 2, having served exactly a year on the committee responsible for policy and the hiring of administrators in the Greenfield schools. The School Committee on July 2, 2014 unanimously appointed Comenitz from … 0

Gill Elementary School principal resigns

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GILL — Principal Kathleen Bailer has resigned from her position at the Gill Elementary School to accept a job as a principal in West Springfield, according to Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. “Kathleen has served the Gill school and community with distinction for four years and … 0

Mahar School shifts to co-principals for coming school year

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ORANGE — Students and families of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School will see a change in leadership for the 2015-16 school year. The departure of Principal Ishmael Tabales as of July 1 has left an opening and Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says an interim plan has been put … 0

Building a sound education

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Maria Scotera takes up the baton of Greenfield High School music director in the fall, she won’t be a new face to many. Scotera is moving up to the high school this year with her … 0

NMH holds college fair Wednesday

Monday, July 6, 2015

GILL — Northfield Mount Hermon will host a college fair on Wednesday open to local high school students and parents. The private college preparatory school is located at 1 Lamplighter Way in Gill. More than 85 colleges and universities will be represented at the summer session fair, according … 0