NoteWorthy – 12/31/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on December 31st, 2017

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L-r: Claudia Green, executive director, English for New Bostonians; Rosalin Acosta, secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development; Terri Pollman, human resource manager, United Electric; Paul Mucciarone, director of production, United Electric; John Pacheco, ESOL participant, United Electric; Louis Catatao, production supervisor, United Electric; Irene Chalek, director of NECC’s Center for Adult Education Programs and Practitioners; Nancy Tariot, NECC’s academic & career planning advisor; and Patrick Liu, Northern Essex ESOL instructor.

NECC Workplace ESL Program Receives Statewide Recognition

A workplace English as a Second Language Program that Northern Essex Community College’s Center for Corporate and Community Education developed for United Electric Controls (UEC) in Watertown has been recognized by New Bostonians (ENB), a nonprofit that helps immigrants learn English and pursue their dreams. The Certificate of Recognition Award was presented by Massachusetts Secretary of Labor Rosalin Acosta at the “Raising Our Voices” breakfast in October.

The program was funded by a $202,000 Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Grant. Northern Essex helped UEC, a manufacturer of safety alarm shutdown devices, apply for the grant. Thirty production workers — one third of UEC’s production workforce — took part in the program, which included a 240-hour ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages); a 40-hour Project Management Certification Preparation program; and mechanical design, ISO 9001 and welding training.

George Moriarty, executive director of NECC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education, nominated UEC for the award, writing, “United Electric has exemplified leadership and commitment to their employees. (As a result), there has been an increase in production employee confidence and an increase in morale and engagement.”


Santa Distributes Donated Gifts to 650 Members of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Santa Claus distributed donated toys and gift cards to more than 650 excited members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence at the organization’s annual holiday party. Groups of longtime volunteers served the holiday dinner, which was donated and prepared by the 99 Restaurants of Andover and North Andover.

In addition to annual holiday dinners, youth members are served supper each night as part of their $40 annual membership fee. However, many Lawrence families rely on scholarships in this city in which nearly one-third of the population lives below the poverty level. Individual and corporate donors bridge the gap between the actual cost of programming, which exceeds $850 per child annually.


Cambridge College Forges Partnership with NECC

Cambridge College and Northern Essex Community College have announced the launch of a new collaboration intended to seamlessly integrate NECC’s associate degree offerings with Cambridge College’s bachelor degree offerings, reinforcing both schools’ commitment to equal access to education and the region’s potential for the future.

“Cambridge College, NECC, and the City of Lawrence share a commitment to the fundamental concept of equal access to education, which is the key that opens the door to a better life,” said Deborah Jackson, president of Cambridge College. “We are so committed to making sure those doors are open for our students. Our new partnership with NECC will prepare our students to enter Lawrence’s workforce and make it easier for them to advance across the career continuum.”

The collaboration focuses on bringing new educational and professional opportunities to the City and area residents. Through a partnership with NECC, Cambridge College will offer flexible and accelerated degree completion programs in early childhood education and care, human services, psychology, management and more. Since Cambridge College opened a campus in Lawrence in 2003, the school has become a magnet for attracting adult learners and busy professionals in the Merrimack Valley.



Jessica Card, of Dracut, has been promoted to director of hospice clinical services for Merrimack Valley Hospice, one of the most respected nonprofit hospices in the region. In this role, Card will oversee the delivery of the highest quality end-of-life care to patients and support services to families and loved ones. In addition, Card is responsible to ensure that all patient care services adhere to laws, regulations, Medicare conditions of participation and organization policies and procedures. Card received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Northeastern University. She has extensive experience in clinical and case management, admissions, staff supervision and finance. Prior to joining Merrimack Valley Hospice, Card worked in acute care hospitals in the Boston area and as head nurse for the Dracut Public Schools.




ArtUp Round II: Filling More Miles of Walls has kicked off at Lowell Community Health Center. Here’s how it works: patrons may visit the online catalog to view pieces, which range in price from $100 to $5,000. They may then opt to purchase artwork to donate to Lowell CHC’s permanent collection, for patients, staff, and visitors to enjoy for years to come. Half of the purchase price goes to pay the artist, and half supports the health center’s annual fundraising. Lowell, Mass.

January 17

UMass Lowell will host Mass Innovation Nights 106 at their Haverhill campus at Harbor Place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Every month, a handful of companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. Haverhill, Mass. |

January 20

Career Resources Corporation will raise money toward their mission of “empowering local residents with disabilities” during their annual Bocce Ball Bash at the Methuen Sons of Italy starting at 5 p.m. In addition to playing the traditional Italian sport, attendees can enjoy raffles and a buffet. Methuen, Mass. |

January 25

Greater Nashua Public Health and the City of Nashua Office of Emergency Management will hold a free “Until Help Arrives” Training from 6 to 9 p.m. The training covers a number of key areas including how to communicate with 9-1-1 operators, stop life-threatening bleeding, position the injured and more. Nashua, N.H. |

January 27

The American Legion Riders, Chapter 273 will hold their 3rd Annual Veterans Chili Cook Off from 1 to 4 p.m. Anyone who thinks they can cook up a “mean” chili is welcome to join the competition! All proceeds will benefit local veterans’ causes. Burlington, Mass. |

WE = NBPT has announced its first-ever Winter Festival will be held inside the heated tent at the The Tannery Marketplace from 1 to 8 p.m. The event will showcase all things that are created by people from Newburyport. Newburyport, Mass. |


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