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 New Bus Service to Canton Campus this Fall

New Bus Service to Canton Campus this Fall

Members of Massasoit’s Canton campus community looking for alternative transportation to the Canton campus this fall will be able to utilize a newly established bus service.

Massasoit Community College has contracted with Boston Coach to run free bus service to the Canton campus from six locations throughout Canton and the surrounding communities. The first bus run is at 7:15 a.m. and ends with a pickup from the campus at 1:50 p.m.

For a schedule and a full list of locations, visit www.massasoit.edu/canton-bus.

The shuttle service was established this past spring as a pilot. “We know that transportation can be an issue for our students, and currently there are no public transportation lines connecting with the Canton Campus. This free bus service will enable prospective students to have easier access to the Canton campus in their pursuit of furthering their education,” stated Nick Palantzas, Vice President of the Canton Campus and College Advancement. “We anticipate an increased number of students accessing our Canton Campus via this new opportunity.”

 Jean B. Derenoncourt Named Student Trustee

Jean B. Derenoncourt Named Student Trustee

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, is pleased to announce that Brockton resident Jean B. Derenoncourt has been elected student representative to the Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees.

A student in the Liberal Arts Transfer program at Massasoit, Jean serves as the President of the Hearts for Haiti student group and Public Relations Coordinator for the International Touch Club. He was elected by his peers into the Student Senate this past spring, and is a Presidential Student Ambassador. Additionally, he was chosen for the highly selective Governor’s Internship Program this spring, which he served in Governor Deval Patrick’s Office of Constituent Services.

“In his time at Massasoit, Jean has shown himself to be an engaged and committed student who wants to make a true impact on the College. He has demonstrated his ambition and drive to succeed in his studies, and proven through his deep involvement that he truly cares about the Massasoit community,” said Dr. Wall. “We are confident that Jean will bring the student voice and perspective to the Board’s deliberations, and are happy to welcome him to the Board of Trustees.”

Mr. Derenoncourt, a resident of the City of Brockton, moved to the United States in 2010 from Haiti. Upon arrival to this country, he spoke no English, prompting his sister, with whom he had recently reunited, to bring him to the Brockton Public Library to learn the language. In 2012, after obtaining his GED at Massasoit, Jean decided to enroll as a full-time student. “My sister went to Massasoit, and she brought me there and showed me around. I took my GED at Massasoit, and it was because of the people I met that day that [I was] persuaded to attend Massasoit,” said Jean.

As Student Trustee, Jean will represent the students of Massasoit as a full voting member of the Board of Trustees. He was sworn in before the Board of Trustees meeting on August 13, 2014.

 Massasoit Program Awarded Free Ethernet Switches

Massasoit Program Awarded Free Ethernet Switches

Cisco Networking Academy at Massasoit Community College Awarded Free Ethernet Switches

Last month, the Cisco® Networking Academy® at Massasoit Community College was awarded six Ethernet switches, a donation which will enable the Academy® to decrease the number of students assigned to a classroom learning team.

Currently, the classrooms at Massasoit’s Canton Campus are set up with both hands-on switches as well as simulation software for student training. “Even though we use Cisco simulation software Packet Tracer in our classrooms, nothing can replace hands-on training with real switches and routers,” said Jean-Marie Trocher, faculty instructor at the Academy®. “The donation of these switches will make a big difference to our students.”

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 Massasoit has New Veterans Services Coordinator

Massasoit has New Veterans Services Coordinator

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, is pleased to announce that Brian J. Smith, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has joined the College as the new Veteran Services Coordinator and Counselor.

While on active duty with the Air Force, Brian spent six years as a security policeman in North Dakota, South Korea, Turkey, the Azores, and Afghanistan. After completing his military service and while earning his bachelor’s degree, Brian served as the Student Coordinator of Veteran Success at the University of New Haven, where he developed programs and events for military veteran students. Following graduation, he taught at Elm City College Preparatory School. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Quincy College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in International Justice and Security from the University of New Haven.

“Brian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position, and I am certain that he will be an invaluable resource for our students who have served in the military,” said Dr. Wall. “We are proud to support our military veterans and their families, and I look forward to welcoming Brian to the Massasoit community.”

 Secretary of Education Malone visits Middleborough

Secretary of Education Malone visits Middleborough

Massasoit Community College was pleased to welcome Secretary of Education Matthew Malone to its Middleborough Center on Tuesday, August 5. He was joined by Massasoit President Dr. Charles Wall, Trustee Board Chair Pamerson Ifill, and Middleborough Selectwoman Leilani Dalpe. Also attending were Middleborough Public Schools representatives Kathleen Piatelli, director of business and finance, and Melanie Gates, director of secondary education for STEM, as well as by Massasoit faculty, staff, and students. Secretary Malone toured the recently completed state-of-the-art Emergency Medical Services Educational Suite, which includes labs for the College's new Paramedic Program. The Secretary also made a surprise visit to an anatomy and physiology class in the life sciences lab, interacting with students and faculty as they completed their lab work.

Secretary of Education Matt Malone “We were delighted to host Secretary Malone, our former partner as Superintendent of Schools in Brockton, to our thriving and growing Middleborough Center,” said Dr. Wall.

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