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AROUND THE VALLEY
Lowell Transitional Living Center Celebrates International Women’s Day
Women of the Merrimack Valley area gathered at Lowell Transitional Living Center on March 8 for a day of empowerment to celebrate International Women’s Day. The day was officially named Women Working Wonders Day in honor of the organization’s recent grant to support outreach to women experiencing homelessness and featured an entire day’s worth of workshops designed to restore dignity, strength and hope.
The morning began with Financial Freedom hosted by Budget Buddies, followed by a tea party hosted by the Crose Nest where women made scented sachets to keep in their purses. Lowell Community Health Center made a visit to discuss reproductive health and give women a closed forum to talk frankly and openly. More tea was served at lunchtime, a delicious chai herbal infusion with rose petals. Four more workshops were held after lunch, attendance continued to be strong all throughout the even and guests were full of enthusiasm for their special day.
“It was amazing to have a day designed to have your needs put first,” said Jerricca J., a client living at the shelter. “I’m grateful to be a part of such an amazing experience.”
Jericho Road Project’s “Bridges to Change” Raises Funds for Local Nonprofits
The Jericho Road Project—a non-profit organization dedicated to community strengthening and development through talent-matching partnerships with professional volunteers—celebrated their 11th annual spring fundraising gala “Bridges to Change.”
More than 190 local philanthropists, heads of business and finance, and other notable guests gathered in support of the event at the Nashawtuc Country Club. Gala co-chairs Bonny Rollender and Alicia Gomez were pleased with the enthusiastic turnout, a mingling of Concord and Lowell supporters, for a great cause.
Proceeds of the event will support Jericho Road Project’s work in Lowell and around the country. Since 2003, Jericho Road Project’s volunteer experts—strategic planners, marketers, IT experts, web designers and more—have helped nonprofits deliver stronger services to communities in Massachusetts and across the country. Currently, the Jericho Road Project serves almost 1,000,000 people annually through affiliates in Roxbury, Worcester, Lowell, Texas and California.
MCC Receives Skills Capital Grant to Upgrade STEM Classrooms
Middlesex Community College has been awarded a $489,750 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning environments and academic pathways for its Computer Science, Engineering Technology/CAD programs.
MCC will use the grant to provide updated equipment — including new computers, work stations, projectors, wiring and router updates, new servers, and regular and 3-D printers — in five computer science and four engineering/CAD classrooms on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.
The grant is part of $11.8 million awarded as part of the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, an initiative of Gov. Charlie Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce, and economic development strategies across the state.
NECC Receives Grant to Develop Culinary and Mechatronics Programs
On Friday, March 3, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a $500,000 grant that will benefit Northern Essex Community College students in the new culinary arts certificate program and in a developing mechatronics program. The grant provides funding for new equipment for both programs.
The Workforce Skills Capital Grants program was created by the Baker-Polito Administration last year to assist educational institutions in demonstrating partnerships with industry and aligning curriculum and credentials with local businesses’ demand, maximizing planning objectives and hiring or internship opportunities regionally. Northern Essex has identified culinary arts and mechatronics as two skill sets in the Merrimack Valley that are in high demand among local employers.
Lowell Five Bank Recognizes Ten Employees at All-Employee Meeting
Lowell Five Bank employees celebrated a successful year at the Annual Lowell Five Bank All-Employee Business Meeting at Lenzi’s in Dracut. At the event, ten Lowell Five team members were recognized as outstanding examples of Lowell Five Bank’s Five Pillars of Excellence: People, Service, Expertise, Growth and Finance.
Recognized in the People category were Alexia Daniel, Retail Banking Associate – Dracut and Patricia Platt, Retail Banking Associate – John Street; recognized in the Service category were Linda Firth, AVP/Branch Manager – North Andover and Susan Silva, AVP/Retail Operations, Branch Manager – Stadium Plaza; recognized in the Expertise category were Cecile Swiderski, Information Systems Officer/Operations and Christopher St. Croix, PC Tech
Support/Information Technology; in the Growth category, those recognized were A. Justin McCarthy, III, VP/Construction Lending, and Mark Katimy, VP/Commercial Lending; and in the Finance category, both Mary Lou Kypriotes, VP/Accounting, and Aimee Knight, Assistant Branch Manager – Nashua.