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Women In Action Symposium tomorrow night
Women In Action, Inc., will host its fourth annual Women In Action Symposium at 5:30 tomorrow night [Sept. 22] in the Eager Auditorium on the campus of Worcester State University.
State Rep. Kate Campanale will be the keynote speaker. There will be workshops on Mentoring Fundamentals, Networking with Intention, The Art of Negotiations and Professional Leaders.
Prints and the Potter exhibit Sept. 23-Oct. 29
The Prints and the Potter Gallery, 142 Highland St., presents Paint The Town! 2016, its fifth exhibit of paintings of Worcester by local artists.
The exhibit runs Sept. 23-Oct. 29. An opening reception will take place 5-8 p.m. Friday. Enjoy live music by Charles Ketter. Refreshments will be provided, and the artists will be present to discuss their work.
Featured artists include: Emilie Astell, Sharon Jordan Bahosh, Gerard Blouin, Deanna Degon, Raquel Derry, Tom Grady, Michael Graves, Robert Graves, Laureen Hylka Wondolowski, Mary Hollingsworth, Karen Jarosz, Carrie Nixon, Norman H. Ringdahl, Michael Rogan, Tom Saupe, Linda Sinacola, Mark Waitkus and Aaron White.
More information is available on the Prints and the Potter’s Facebook event page
Mass. Symphony Orchestra’s 10th annual Duo Piano Gala Oct. 22
The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra’s 10th annual Duo Piano Gala Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tuckerman Hall.
The Duo Piano Gala features seven extraordinary local and international pianists, including Malcolm Halliday, Kallin Johnson, Sima Kustanovich, Dick Odgren, Olga Rogach, Myron Romanul and Ian Watson.
“For the last nine years, this concert has been a runaway success” the symphony’s executive director, Paul Levenson, said. “We have developed a fiercely devoted audience for this performance, with sold-out houses every year since it began in 2007. … The program this year is a retrospective of some of the best pieces presented during the last decade featuring a great array of compositions by superb composers and including both popular and eclectic titles that are sure to delight an expected capacity audience.”
Tickets are $25 for reserved balcony or floor seating in advance (by placing an order with the symphony, P.O. Box 20070, Worcester, MA 01602) or $30 for reserved seating if purchased at the door on the evening of the performance.
Clark’s new School of Professional Studies offers education designed for career advancement
Clark University recently announced the launch of the School of Professional Studies (SPS), which is offering new and innovative graduate courses in topics such as cyber security, social media and interpersonal neurobiology.
The new school seeks to build upon the practical, effective education that was available from the College of Professional and Continuing Education (COPACE), which it has replaced, according to Associate Dean John Chetro-Szivos, who added the school’s emphasis will be on “innovation, leadership and effective practice.”
The formation of SPS was driven by the growing demand for education in the workplace, according to Chetro-Szivos. He cited a new study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce showing that employees with a master’s degree or higher experienced no decline in jobs during the Great Recession and those with graduate degrees have gained 3.8 million jobs since January 2010.
“We live in a knowledge-based society where technological development is eliminating low-skill jobs, but creating new, more rewarding positions that also require more education,” Chetro-Szivos said. “Data on the return on investment in education and advanced training show a clear earnings differential between an educated workforce over those with less education and fewer skills.”
SPS’s programs are designed for mid-career professionals and international students, Chetro-Szivos said. He added that the blending of students from the U.S. with students from other countries is intentional, as it helps to prepare students for today’s diverse, global workplace.
SPS offers graduate programs in public administration, professional communication and information technology. Its master of science in information technology degree–which is STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) designated–includes a concentration in cyber security. A certificate of advanced graduate study enables professionals to develop expertise beyond their master’s degree without seeking a doctoral degree.
International students who earn degrees from STEM-designated programs may stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT) for up to three years after graduation if they hold a job relevant to their degree.