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  • 01 Jul 2017 9:37 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Reach Higher MA invites you to attend the upcoming Convening, Reaching Higher in Massachusetts: Exploring Post-Secondary Transition, Persistence, and Retention on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 8 AM – 3:30 PM at Framingham State University.  The program features Massachusetts Secretary of Education, James Peyser, as keynote speaker.  This event is FREE and open to all who are interested in best practices for supporting students, including first generation students, in reaching their education goals.  Presentations to include:  College and University Collaborations, Social Emotional Learning and Post-Secondary Success, Early College High School Initiatives, Student Support Programs, Working with CBO’s and more!


    For more information, contact Christine Luzi at

    Christine Scafidi Luzi, M. Ed., CAGS
    K-12 Director of Guidance, Stoughton Public Schools
    Reach Higher Massachusetts Convening Chair
    Reach Higher Massachusetts Leadership Team

  • 17 May 2017 7:43 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Students are more than a test score -- and now they can win money for telling the world why.

    The National Redefining Ready! Scholarship contest invites students to post a 30-second video to Twitter telling how they are college, career and life ready beyond a standardized test score. 

    AASA (The School Superintendents Association) has partnered with Hobsons to launch the contest nationwide, and Hobsons is offering $30,000 in scholarships to student winners of this competition. The contest is based on the new Redefining Ready! metrics for readiness. (

    This competition is modeled after a similar contest launched by a Chicago suburban high school district last year, which has drawn more than 100 entries of genuine, creative storytelling from students who know they are ready for success.

    The contest closes Monday, May 22, and we are seeking your help spreading the word and encouraging applicants. We would love if you could help reach high school seniors via your website, social media, and communication channels. See our Communications toolkit for sample messaging at 

    More information is available at 

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  • 15 May 2017 9:32 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Tech Nite Open House – Tuesday May 23rd from 3 -7 pm

    Tech Nite is a great opportunity for your students and their families to tour the college campus and talk with professors in the various college majors.  Encourage students and their families to visit between 3-7 pm on Tuesday May 23rd. To learn more about Tech Nite visit:

    Summer Tech Camp

    NE Tech is offering a summer Tech Camp for current high school juniors and undecided seniors encouraging the students to explore technical careers. The 4-day hands-on camp will run from Monday July 10th to Thursday July 13th from 9 am – 2 pm each day. The students will work with college professors for the 4-day period. The cost for the 4 days to include lunch each day is $75.00 total.  Hurry! Class sizes are limited.  To learn more about Tech Camp for your students visit:

    Residence Hall and Student Center

    NE Tech is in the process of completing our first 400 bed residence hall. (happy dance!) We are also adding a 3 story Student Center. Until construction is complete, I wanted to offer a “peek” inside the residence hall.  Residence hall applications are currently being accepted. To learn more about the new 400 bed Residence Hall visit:

    NE Tech College Major List continues to Grow

    I wanted to draw your attention to the ever expanding list of college majors offered by NE Tech. Please share this with students and families who are interested. To learn more about the college majors offered by New England Tech visit:

  • 09 May 2017 9:19 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    2017 City Spotlights Leadership Program
    Teen Support Manager Description

     Boch Center is seeking a Teen Support Manager for the 2017 City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program. The City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program is a youth employment program that employs 60 Boston and Everett resident teens, many with little to no arts access, to train as leaders in their communities through the arts. Teen Leaders use their training to develop and facilitate educational workshops for young people using the arts in community centers, libraries, and camps throughout Boston about social change and empowerment.

    The Teen Support Manager will serve as the health and wellness manager of the teen employees and support the administration of the City Spotlights Leadership Program. This is a temporary/seasonal, full-time position. Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • ·        Support Teen Leaders social and emotional growth as it pertains to their professional and artistic success in the program
    • ·        Manage all issues pertaining to the social/emotional/behavioral health of Teen Leaders during the program, including assessment and triage for any social or emotional crises that arise with teen employees
    • ·        Act as a resource and support for Education and program staff on issues pertaining to the social and emotional health of the Teen Leaders
    • ·        Serve as a liaison to parents and guardians of Teen Leaders
    • ·        Implement training for Education and All Staff as needed in the following areas: conflict resolution, behavior management, high risk assessment & safety planning
    • ·        Manage the Staff Advising Team with Associate Director of Education, including training staff, running meetings, managing disciplinary protocols, managing documentation, etc.
    • ·        Serve as a Staff Advisor to 10-20 Teen Leaders
    • ·        Manage crisis management protocol for program staff and training staff to implement protocol successfully
    • ·        Assist with supervising and managing teen employees while on site along with program staff
    • ·        Assist with the development and facilitation of teen employee training during the first week of the program
    • ·        Assist with program paperwork and administration
    • ·        Facilitate post-program debriefs with program staff with Associate Programs Manager
    • ·        Supporting other areas of program management as needed

    The ideal candidate should possess the following attributes and experience:

    • ·        Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling or a related field. School Counseling degree preferred. (Candidates currently enrolled in a master’s-level program will also be considered.)
    • ·        Experience triaging risk assessment, as well as safety planning, crisis management, conflict resolution, de-escalation, and behavior management & modification is required. Familiarity with Motivational Interviewing and Solutions Focused Therapy preferred.
    • ·        Knowledge of mental health resources and community services and supports
    • ·        Able to implement protocols, training and services on topics such as substance abuse, suicide prevention/ intervention, social/emotional skills, & behavior modification
    • ·        Able to create and execute behavior protocols that facilitate Teen Leader’s professional and personal growth and success
    • ·        Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
    • ·        Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
    • ·        Professional experience in a not-for-profit environment preferred
    • ·        Experience or affinity for the performing arts a plus
    • ·        Proven reputation as a self-starting, motivated professional
    • ·        Ability to work with youth from diverse backgrounds
    • ·        Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • ·        Impeccable interpersonal skills
    • ·        Proven reliability & dependability
    • ·        Technical proficiency with computer programs, including: Word, Excel, Publisher, and Outlook
    • ·        Common sense and a good sense of humor are a must


    Temporary/Seasonal, full-time

    Mid-June through late August


    For more information, please contact Kelly Prestel, Associate Director of Education at

    How to Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume and references to Please list the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

    Deadline: May 12 or until filled

  • 02 May 2017 8:34 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)


    I would like to invite your high school students to our free virtual college fair for the Northeast Region of the United States!  This fair is scheduled for this week, May 1st - 6th.  The students can log on any time during this week and get information from many colleges.  There is a question and answer section for the students to get answer directly from college reps.  If you would like to offer your students extra credit for participating in this free college fair I can provide you a list of students from your school that registered and participated in the virtual fair, just e-mail me at and let me know if you would like a list.  The students must go to to the students tab to register.  This service is completely free and we would love to have your school and students join.   Please have your students register as soon as possible if they would like to participate.  If you would like to hand out flyers you can download them at the bottom of the student page on our website.  Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to inform students about the virtual college fair on your website and/or social media sites, just have them go to

    Tamara Pendleton
    Owner, College Fairs Online

  • 26 Apr 2017 11:01 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Counselor’s Preview Day at #NACAC17 in Boston 

    WHEN:               Sept. 15

    WHERE:            The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center - Seaport District

    The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s 73rd Annual National Conference is coming to Boston, MA Sept. 14-16, and we invite you to join us on Friday, Sept. 15 for Counselors’ Preview Day. NACAC offers nonmember counselors local to the conference a reduced registration of $50 for the Friday conference events. In addition, New England Association for College Admission Counseling has offered to reimburse the $50 fee for a limited number of NEACAC members after attending the events on Friday, Sept. 15. [ SIGN UP NOW!] Space will be limited so please register early to reserve your spot.  For more info, please click here.

  • 26 Apr 2017 10:57 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    The Office for College, Career, and Technical Education (OCCTE) is sponsoring a statewide conference on May 3rd at the Best Western in Marlborough titled, “Building Student Success through College, Career and Technical Education”.  This convening will spotlight some of the many initiatives in Massachusetts designed to make sure our high school students stay on track and graduate on time, ready for both college and career. The conference will address key strategies and practices, from Individual Learning Plans (Career Plans), to use of Labor Market Information, to the Commonwealth’s High Quality Career Pathways initiative.  Please register to join us for this conference.  If you have any questions, please contact Larry DeSalvatore at or Shailah Stewart at To view the Conference Brochure, click here.

  • 24 Apr 2017 7:43 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Welcome to the spring edition of the College, Career and Technical Education e-Newsletter, which is published seasonally to inform you of major updates and activities within the Office for College, Career, and Technical Education (OCCTE) at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The mission of the OCCTE  is to help all students become college and career ready by giving them the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to successfully navigate to completion an economically viable career pathway and to participate as an active and responsible citizen. This issue is dedicated to expanding access and opportunity to better prepare all students for success after high school.  Every student needs to be prepared to succeed in postsecondary education and training opportunities and acquire the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the workplace and life.  All the best…

    Keith Westrich
    Associate Commissioner
    Office for College, Career, and Technical Education
    MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street, Malden MA 02148
    Phone: 781-338-3902
    Fax: 781-338-3090

  • 19 Apr 2017 7:31 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    AG Healey Announces Financial Aid Education Campaign for Students Considering College

    AG’s Office Partners with uAspire to Help Students Understand Financial Aid Award Letters

    BOSTON – As colleges and universities begin sending financial aid award letters to prospective students throughout Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey has launched a campaign to help educate families about their higher education options and understand how to pay for them. 

    Last year, the AG’s Office and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce created a Student Debt Working Group to develop concrete proposals to help Massachusetts students pursue quality, affordable higher education. This new initiative is the result of a partnership between the AG’s Office and uAspire – a Working Group member and nonprofit organization that provides students with counseling and tools to find an affordable path to and through college. 

    “This is an exciting time of year for students and families who are making important decisions about going to college, but financial aid award letters can be hard to digest,” AG Healey said. “Through our office’s work to address fraud and abuse in student lending, we have seen the impact that student debt is having in Massachusetts and across the country. This initiative is about better understanding financial aid packages offered by colleges and making an informed decision about where to enroll and what it will cost. We are pleased to partner with uAspire to make sure that all of our students can pursue quality, affordable education.”

    AG Healey’s campaign – located at – includes helpful graphics, sample forms, tips, and resources online to help students and families understand and compare financial aid award letters and determine the amount of money they’ll need to pay for college. While acceptance letters are typically straightforward, the financial aid award letters can be confusing, hard to compare, and vary greatly from school to school. Too often, the AG’s Office hears that students did not realize how much they would owe until after finishing school.

    “uAspire is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Attorney General’s Office and the Boston Chamber of Commerce to give Massachusetts families the resources and information they need to effectively analyze award letters, a critical step in making a sound financial decision when choosing a college,” said Gabrielle King Morse, Executive Director of uAspire Massachusetts.

    “We are so proud to have partnered with the Attorney General's Office on the Student Debt Working Group, and we are pleased that, in short time, this partnership has produced a wonderful resource to help students and their families make informed decisions about their higher education and financial aid options,” said James E. Rooney, president & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “Maintaining our state's reputation for the most talented workforce in the world, and improving access to education at all levels, for all Massachusetts residents are top policy priorities for the Greater Boston Chamber and our members. We are thankful to the Attorney General for her commitment to addressing these critical business issues, and look forward to more collaborative and productive work in the coming months.”

    “A point of pride for Massachusetts is that it is home to so many high quality colleges and universities,” said Rob McCarron, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). “Choosing the right college is a major life decision, but also one that brings career and life advantages. Our institutions expect and want students to ask questions, especially when it comes to financial aid opportunities. The financial aid process exists to help students and their families, and college admissions teams are always ready to explore a variety of options in order to create a class that brings diverse talents and interests to their campuses. AICUM is proud to support the Attorney General in ensuring that the financial aid process remains transparent and robust.”

    “This is a critically important issue for families, especially for students who will be the first in their families to attend college or those for whom English is a second language,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education. “While many campuses have made progress in demystifying the language used to describe aid awards, we need to work even harder to ensure that all students understand the financial benefits and implications of their packages. I applaud the Attorney General’s efforts and pledge to work closely with her office to improve the quality and clarity of communications with families.”

    Addressing fraud and abuse in student lending has been a top priority for AG Healey since taking office, whether taking predatory for-profit schools to court, and changing the practices of student loan servicers, to going after unlawful student debt relief companies, updating the U.S. Department of Education’s federal loan discharge regulations and helping thousands of struggling Massachusetts student borrowers secure relief and get out of debt.

    The AG’s first-in-the-nation Student Loan Assistance Unit has helped student borrowers understand their repayment options, resolve defaulted loans, apply for discharges, and mediate billing disputes with loan servicers.  Each year, the Unit receives hundreds of calls from students and parents who are struggling with student loan debt.  Borrowers with student loan problems are encouraged to file a Student Loan Request for Assistance to get help.  Students and parents with questions or concerns about financial aid award letters should call the Student Loan Assistance Unit’s hotline at 1-888-830-6277 or fill out an Award Letter Help Request.

    Students and families can also get individual help by bringing award letters to a seminar  hosted by MEFA. They may also call or visit an American Student Assistance College Planning Center in Boston or Brockton where counselors are available to help, or go to American Student Assistance’s website for helpful resources. Students are also advised to use to learn more about each school, including the costs of attendance, graduation rates, and the average earnings of graduates.

  • 19 Apr 2017 7:09 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for our 17th annual Diversity Challenge Conference. Our theme this year is "Race, Culture, and Criminal Justice throughout the Lifespan." The conference will be held at Boston College on October 13 & 14, 2017.  

    We are now accepting proposals until April 21,2017, please see our website for more information.


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    Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC)Boston College 

    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


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