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MassBay Receives Grant Funding - Update Nov. 6 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Grant Awards Report


Massachusetts Bay Community College has recently been awarded the following grants:
BATEC (Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections), University of Massachusetts Boston, National Science Foundation | $56,150
MassBay will participate as an academic partner of BATEC at UMass Boston, which is a National Center of Excellence for Computing and Information Technologies. Through this grant, STEM division faculty will conduct Summer Bridge program, match students with career internships, conduct cross discipline collaborations, and develop new curriculum in areas of big data, web, and networking.

Biotechnology Equipment Grant, VWR Foundation | $10,000
Regional company VWR has provided MassBay with an equipment grant that will support the purchase of an autoinjector/sampler for the college’s high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system within its biotechnology laboratories. The autosampler will enhance research projects conducted by biotechnology, marine biotechnology, and forensic science students and increase their technical readiness for entering the workforce or transferring to 4-year universities.

Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education | $45,000
With the FY16 Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Grant, MassBay will focus on increasing college participation by underrepresented students, especially males of color; expanding the types of early college opportunities that are available; providing support services and college awareness activities to participating students; and strengthening the college’s partnerships with local high schools and community organizations.

Cybersecurity Collaboration Grant, University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education | $195,735
In a partnership with BATEC, UMass Boston, and four community colleges, this grant will support the accelerated development and implementation of a stackable academic pathway in CyberSecurity for community colleges and public universities within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, faculty will attend a summer institute for advancing pedagogical and technical approaches in the field.

Success Boston, The Boston Foundation | $40,000
With support from The Boston Foundation, MassBay has joined with the Boston Public Schools (BPS), the City of Boston, and 36 other area institutions of higher education to work toward doubling the college completion rate of BPS students. To this end, the College is working closely with Bottom Line and the West End House to provide a coaching model that helps BPS students be successful at MassBay.

Financial Education Innovation Fund, Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation | $5,000
In partnership with Framingham High School, MassBay’s Framingham campus will host a Financial Reality Fair for high school and college students on Thursday, November 19th as a result of this grant. Representatives from area organizations will provide students with information and resources related to funding their education and managing their personal finances.

STEM Mentor Program Grant, Genzyme Foundation | $26,500
The STEM Mentor Program encourages underrepresented students—people of color, immigrants, low-income, first generation in college, and women—to consider STEM careers by giving them opportunities to get to know professionals in the science and technology industries. MassBay students are matched one-on-one with a partner company employee who shares their career interest. Last year, 38 Genzyme employees mentored MassBay students providing them with guidance related to their studies, introducing them to their workplaces through job shadowing, and forming bonds with them at networking events and social activities. This grant will help to expand the program to include employees from other regional companies.

Latino Americans Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities | $3,000
Through the Latino Americans initiative Framingham State University, MassBay Community College, and Framingham Public Library will hold a series of film screenings and scholarly talks about the Latino presence in the United States. These humanities programs are presented in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) film series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” In conjunction with local events, on April 11, 2016, MassBay will screen episode 4 of the film, entitled “Peril and Promise,” which focuses on Cuban refugees. The event will be hosted by Professor Marco Mena.

iCREAT: A pathway to middle-skill positions through the Introduction to Coding, Robotics, Electronics, And Technology Grant (iCREAT), National Science Foundation | $899,648 (3 years)
Led by MassBay STEM faculty, iCREAT will recruit, retain, and prepare students from underrepresented groups to enter a STEM career pathway. This project will work with high school students beginning in their junior year and follow their development through obtaining certificates and degrees at MassBay. Students will be engaged in electronics, coding, and engineering design through interdisciplinary, project-based inquiry. Project partners include: Boston College (Lynch School of Education), Education Development Center, Mentornet, Framingham Public Schools, JP Keefe Technical School, and Waltham Public Schools.

Performance Incentive Fund, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education | $57,763 (Individual) and $99,900 (Consortium)
MassBay has received a grant to continue its work focused on Advancing Student Learning Outcomes Assessment. The grant will support student retention and faculty professional development in areas of assessment, including the drafting of institutional, programmatic, and course-level learning outcomes. In addition, the College has received support as a member of the MetroWest Consortium toward the implementation of MetroWest College Planning Center activities.

Perkins Postsecondary Allocation Grant, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education | $172,529
The Perkins Grant program is designed to help students more fully develop the academic and technical skills required by high skill, high wage, and high demand occupations in current and emerging professions. This funding complements MassBay’s mission to train a highly qualified 21st century workforce that contributes to regional economic development.

STEM Mentoring, Verizon Foundation | $10,000
This Verizon Foundation grant will help to expand STEM-related mentoring activities at MassBay. Funds may be used toward recruitment of students, social activities, marketing, professional development and other activities that help students to get to know people working in STEM fields, develop their professional networks, and gain insight and have opportunities to enter STEM careers.

College Planning Center Strategic Planning Grant, Sudbury Foundation | $25,000
The Sudbury Foundation has provided a capacity building grant to the College Planning Center, an initiative of Framingham State University and MassBay Community College, to conduct a strategic planning process. This resulting strategic plan will inform the further development of this resource in the MetroWest region for encouraging college planning, access, and success for members of low-income and underserved groups.

Vision Project Summer Convening Grant, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education | $4,685
Through this grant, Framingham State University, MassBay Community College, and Mt. Wachusett Community College will engage in a MetroWest College Access STEM Summer Summit Series with the intention of 1) including STEM industry voices from the region to inform the higher education institutions about the most current trends for career success in STEM jobs and job placement; 2) sharing existing program awareness and best practices to begin streamlining their efforts in this area; 3) producing a written plan which would enable these institutions to work collaboratively to create a pipeline for the traditional and nontraditional learners of the MetroWest region to access education, jobs, and career success from multiple points of entry through stackable credentials and degrees.


Workforce Incentive Training Grant, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education | $50,000
A grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support a Program Coordinator and related costs that focus on workforce development activities at the state’s community colleges.

21st Century Grant, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education | $420,000 (3 years)
Through a multiyear DESE 21st Century grant received by the Framingham Public Schools, MassBay and FSU students will receive training and guidance from Big Brothers and Big Sisters to serve as paid, afterschool mentors to Framingham middle school students. MassBay students will have the opportunity to develop their civic and leadership skills, while helping younger students increase their college awareness and readiness.