Inbox [Aug. 28]: Schools’ Pezzella named Columbus Day grand marshal, Assumption rehab program accredited, DCF seeks baby item donations, MassDevelopment joins national manufacturing network

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Pezzella Grand Marshal of Columbus Day Parade



The Worcester Columbus Day Parade Committee announced that Robert F. Pezzella, director of school safety for the Worcester Public Schools, has been named Grand Marshal of this year’s 22nd annual parade.

Pezzella will be honored as “Outstanding Italian” at the Grand Marshal’s Banquet on Sept. 17 at The Manor, 42 West Boylston St, West Boylston. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m, dinner at 7:30. Tickets are $45.

The parade will start at noon, Sunday, Oct. 9, on Shrewsbury Street.

More information about the parade is on the Worcester Columbus Day Parade website

Assumption’s rehabilitation education Master’s program receives full accreditation from national organization

A nationally respected accrediting entity has recognized Assumption College’s rehabilitation counseling Master’s program with full accreditation for eight years, the longest period for which accreditation is available.

“We are very pleased with CORE’s decision to recognize the value of our program and feel it positions us well for continued preparation of excellent rehabilitation professionals across the country,” said Nicholas J. Cioe, Ph.D., CRC, director of the College’s rehabilitation counseling program. “Given the continued demand for well-prepared professionals in this field, Assumption College will continue to provide academic preparation to those who seek a fulfilling career in rehabilitation counseling.”

According to the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), it is the accrediting body for master’s degree programs in Rehabilitation Counselor Education (RCE) in the United States. CORE shares that the accreditation process promotes:

  • The effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities;
  • Continuing review and improvement of Master’s degree-level RCE programs;
  • Program self-improvement based on outcome-oriented data obtained from feedback from graduates, students and employers;
  • Meeting the personnel needs of both public and private rehabilitation agencies;
  • Providing graduates who have the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to provide rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities.

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

Worcester DCF seeks items for Oct. 4  ‘baby shower’

Babies need your help! The Worcester offices of the state Department of Children and Families serves over 3,000 children annually in Worcester and surrounding communities.

Worcester DCF Baby Shower 9-7-15

There is a great need for new baby items for the most vulnerable and innocent members of our community.

The Worcester DCF will hold a baby shower 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at its office at 151 West Boylston Drive, Worcester.

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MassDevelopment to host ‘Dream It. Do It.’ network site

MassDevelopment announced its partnership with The Manufacturing Institute, a national agency that develops and supports world-class manufacturing talent, as the newest member of the Dream It. Do It. network. Through this initiative, MassDevelopment will represent Dream It. Do It. Massachusetts, an initiative that provides local manufacturers, schools and organizations with a national platform to promote manufacturing as a top-tier career choice. With this new membership, Dream It. Do It. has expanded its network to 42 programs in 40 states.


“MassDevelopment is proud to be part of this important initiative aimed at illuminating, promoting and supporting the rewarding careers available in the manufacturing industry,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “Dream It. Do It. builds on the Agency’s efforts, such as AMP it up!, to show students, parents and teachers the vital role of manufacturing jobs in the Commonwealth’s economy. We are excited about this partnership to expand that work.”

Read the entire story on the MassDevelopment website

— Cindy Henderson

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