Tying College to STEM Careers: MA Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda

Room: Blue Level, Suite 20

The Massachusetts Community Colleges, along with state and industry partners, are working to simplify college access for adult learners, accelerate learning, and create stronger ties between the colleges’ programs and jobs in the local labor market. This session will provide an overview of program strategies and systemic changes occurring statewide, supported by $20 million from the Department of Labor TAACCCT Program. Panelists will illustrate current community college strategies to accelerate STEM-related training through educational innovations such as stackable credentials, contextualized curriculum, modified program delivery (accelerated, hybrid, online) and more. Three programs of the Transformation Agenda will be used to illustrate how these strategies are applied to accelerate student progress to certificates and degrees in STEM fields. The programs include Clinical Lab Technician at Middlesex Community College, Applied Manufacturing at Berkshire Community College, and Health Information Technology at Bunker Hill.

  • Jennifer Freeman, M.P.A.  -  Project Manager, MA Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda

  • Kathleen Sweeney, M.S.  -  Dean, Health & STEM, Middlesex Community College
  • William Mulholland, M.B.A.  -  Director of Economic Development, Berkshire Community College
  • Donna Akerley-Procopio, M.Ed.  -  Professor, Computer Information Technology Department, Bunker Hill Community College