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Massachusetts Bay Community College Named as a 2016 STEM Jobs Approved College

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WELLESLEY HILLS (October 28, 2015) — Massachusetts Bay Community College announced today that it has been designated a 2016 STEM Jobs Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in connecting young professionals with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM Jobsmedia and resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The 2016 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges survey rates universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their ability and responsiveness to connecting programs and students with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. The new Top 5 Industry Awards recognize those institutions providing the best training and preparation for graduates to enter STEM fields profiled in STEM Jobs magazine.

Institutions submitting completed STEM Jobs Approved surveys were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions around four key indicators that demonstrate the extent to which a school works to 1) Provide opportunities for students to explore STEM subjects; 2) Promote partnerships that foster STEM literacy and connect classrooms to careers; 3) Ensure coursework and activities have a focus on careers; and 4) Promote STEM programs that actively attract and engage under-represented student populations. The assessment and rights to the STEM Jobs Approved Colleges designation are available to these qualifying schools for free. MassBay Community College will be featured in STEM Jobs magazine and online as part of the entire 2016 list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges.

“At MassBay, we are committed to preparing the most talented Associate degree STEM professionals,” said MassBay Interim President Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “Our contributions to the workforce is recognized locally. This affiliation will enable us to continue to have a strong impact on the regional economy.”

With our STEM Jobs Approved awards, we’re able to help educators evaluate whether they’re meeting the needs of students by employing the kinds of programs that our research shows are most effective in getting students involved in STEM,” said Glen Zollman, Vice President of STEM Jobs. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like MassBay Community College as an institution leading the way in this area.”

“I am thrilled that the College has received this recognition for our programs that are preparing students for careers in areas such as Advanced Manufacturing, Cyber Security, and Life Sciences,” said Chitra Javdekar, MassBay Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. “These programs are helping our regional employers find talent that they so desperately need. It really is a win-win for both our students and industry.”

“In addition to the breadth and rigor of our STEM courses and programs, the college deeply values experiential learning and professional mentorship,” said Valerie Kapilow, MassBay STEM Implementation Coordinator. “All MassBay STEM students have the opportunity to complete an internship with a STEM employer and participate in the STEM Mentor Program, which pairs students in one-on-one relationships with accomplished STEM professionals.”

For more information about MassBay’s commitment to STEM fields of study and careers, visit MassBay’s website at

For additional information about STEM Jobs visit Higher education institutions may request a free survey assessment for future consideration at

About MassBay Community College:
MassBay Community College is a comprehensive, open-access college dedicated to student learning and achievement through academically rigorous courses and programs. MassBay awards associate degrees and certificates in more than 70 academic programs in the liberal arts and in career-driven fields, such as business, health sciences, and automotive technology. On the college’s three campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland, as well as online, MassBay offers day, evening, and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career-minded life-long learners.

About STEM Jobs:
The STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high-demand, high-paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields. Ratings are based on a complimentary and rigorous quantitative assessment that measures schools on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board. A complete description of our methodology, advisory board and services is available at

STEM Jobs media, career tools and curriculum are designed to engage students, along with their parents, teachers and guidance counselors, as they make education and career planning decisions. Using student-written articles, fun graphics and relatable content, STEM JobsSM helps students discover how to “do what they love” in a STEM-inspired career. For more information, visit

About Victory Media:
Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

To arrange interviews, contact:

For MassBay Community College
Liz Cooper,781-239-2636

For Victory Media
BP Media Relations, LLC
Gabrielle Torello, 917-312-2832
Barbara Pflughaupt, 212-707-8181