AROUND THE VALLEY
UML Program Honored as Model for First-Generation College Students
UMass Lowell’s program for first-generation college students is among the country’s best, according to a national organization dedicated to these learners.
The Center for First-generation Student Success has named UMass Lowell a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution, recognizing it as a model for other colleges and universities to emulate.
The honor singles out the UMass Lowell River Hawk Scholars Academy for the breadth of academic and support services it provides to enhance educational, campus and community experiences for first-year students who are the first in their families to pursue a college education.
Forty-one percent of UMass Lowell undergraduates are first-generation college students. Over the last academic year, the River Hawk Scholars Academy served more than 300 participants and more than 300 first-year students are expected to join this fall.
SHED Children’s Campus Open for Business
The staff at SHED Children’s Campus is ready for you. After working hard to ensure that their facility is safe for families, SHED has officially launched their summer program.
Additionally, fall registration is now open, and SHED is currently accepting applications for pre school, kindergarten and their before and after school program. Visit their website to learn more about the facility an to fill out an application.
MCC Adds Nursing Courses to Commonwealth Honors Program
Middlesex Community College (MCC) is adding nursing courses to the college’s Commonwealth Honors Program. MCC’s Honors Program provides advanced-level course options and seminar-style classes for students who have at least a 3.2 GPA upon applying to the program.
The Commonwealth Honors Program offers Middlesex students an increased opportunity for scholarships, guaranteed transfer to any Commonwealth Honors Program or Honors College in Massachusetts, and an enhanced prospect for acceptance to private four-year colleges and universities.
Visit here for more information on MCC’s Commonwealth Honors program.
LEADS Announces New Cohorts of Innovative Executive Leadership
The LEADS Executive Leadership program has announced the participants in its newest cohort, which includes high impact leaders from Lawrence, Haverhill and Lowell.
The roughly 70 diverse, cross sectoral participants (you can see full listing at LeadsMa.org) will engage in a seven month fellowship program that is designed and delivered by Harvard Business School faculty and staff, and is meant to catalyze systems level change at the community and regional level. The program is scheduled to kick off on August 5.
LEADS represents a mechanism for investing in more inclusive leadership pipelines. The new cohort is majority female (52%) and majority people of color (57%), reflecting the communities that are the ultimate beneficiaries of this investment in the capacity, connectivity and commitment of local and regional leaders
Refuge Releases Details for Drive-On Surf Fishing Permit Lottery
Refuge officials are moving forward with a permit lottery system for the drive-on surf fishing season at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
Those interested in applying to the lottery may do so any time between July 29 and August 12. To enter the lottery, send an email note to firstname.lastname@example.org and write “2020 Drive-On Surf Fishing Lottery” on the subject line. The note must include the following information:
• Your name, address, telephone number and email address;
• Your Massachusetts saltwater fishing license number (or license number from a state with reciprocity – e.g., Rhode Island, Connecticut or New Hampshire);
• License plate number and description of the four wheel vehicle that will be listed on the permit (e.g. make, model, year and color)
If you do not have access to email, please type or neatly print the same information on a card and mail to, or drop off at, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA, 01950. Please write “Attn: Drive-On Surf Fishing Lottery” on the envelope.
Permits will be awarded by lottery selection. Selectees will be notified by email or phone by August 24.
For further details about the permit lottery, visit the refuge web site here.