With STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) projected to add more than one million jobs by 2020, it is more important than ever to make sure our children are properly prepared for the future job market. Watch and share our PSA to help inspire our kids to stay interested in STEM.
For more information please see the US News page about STEM Solutions: http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions
The Worcester Business Journal’s Matt Pilon recently reported:
Mount Wachusett Community College has recently received a STEM Grant to the tune of $640,000 to provide scholarships and support services to students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The five-year grant, from the National Science Foundation, is the largest MWCC has received from that agency. The grant aims to keep associate’s degree students on track to graduate within two or three years, and also to facilitate transfers to four-year colleges or universities after graduation from MWCC.
The Gardner-based community college will recruit 30 STEM students a year into its biotech, computer information systems, pre-engineering and natural resources majors.
Participating students will be eligible for faculty mentoring, professional and peer tutoring and other services.
The grant comes on the heels of an announcement last fall that the state would provide $37.9 million to MWCC to build a new science and technology building in Gardner. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014.
Help Bring Them Home – Our POW/MIAs Need Your Help
To The President:
Forty years ago, the signing of the Paris Peace Accords ended active U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. However, the uncertainty of the families of now more than 1,600 U.S. personnel still missing and unaccounted for from that war has not yet ended. Today, these families, the veteran’s community and other concerned citizens are looking to you to return America’s missing heroes. You assured us on Memorial Day, 2012, that achieving the fullest possible accounting for US personnel still missing is and will remain a priority for the United States.
Your strong commitment, echoed by the Secretary of Defense, was greeted with enthusiasm, recognizing the importance of signaling our active duty military and world leaders of ournation’s commitment to return those fighting for the cause of freedom – alive or dead – if captured or missing.
We, the undersigned Americans implore you, as President and Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces, to ensure, in this time of budget uncertainty, that funding and personnel necessary to achieve the fullest possible accounting are available to signal the reality of your commitment to the families, veterans, and our active-duty service members. In addition to necessary resources, we ask you to transmit throughout the administration your personal commitment to obtaining the fullest possible accounting for our missing from all our past wars.
On June 3, President Obama signed into effect the Stolen Valor Act. The Act amends the federal criminal code to rewrite provisions relating to fraudulent claims about military service to:
subject to a fine, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, an individual who, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds himself or herself out to be a recipient of one or more of the following decorations:
the Congressional Medal of Honor; Distinguished-service Cross; Navy Cross; Air Force Cross; Silver Star; Purple Heart; Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Combat Action Badge; Combat Medical Badge; Combat Action Ribbon; Combat Action Medal; or any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized by law.
MASSACHUSETTS STAND DOWN August 23 – 24, 2013 IBEW Local 103 256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA
Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides FREE SERVICES to homeless veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the second year, the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester is providing location for the event.
Registration Hours: Friday August 23th 8a-4p and Saturday August 24th 8a-12p
Stand Downs are just one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless Veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as health care, housing, employment, and substance use treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies serving the homeless.