August 13, 2017

Inbox [Aug. 13-19] | News and notes from Quinsigamond CC, UMass Medical School, Worcester Economic Club, Center for Living & Working, Elder Services, Kasy Auto Sales and accounting camp

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Quinsigamond CC adds CSET lab in Southbridge

Quinsigamond Community College’s Southbridge campus recently added a Computer Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) lab. This lab will exclusively be dedicated to the college’s growing CSET program, which is being launched in Southbridge this fall.

“We are continuing to offer more opportunities for QCC students to attain their CSET career objectives. Bringing more CSET course offerings to the Southbridge campus is something that we have been working hard to make a reality,” said QCC Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology Kathy Rentsch.

QCC has met the need for developing more skilled technical workers by developing a comprehensive CSET program that offers four CSET associate degrees and nine certificate programs.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Technology occupations as a whole are expected to grow faster on average than all other occupations over the next few years.

“These types of jobs are in high demand and pay two to three times the national average,” said QCC Coordinator of Computer Systems Engineering Technology Program Betty Lauer. “Our programs equip students with core competencies that are needed by today’s businesses.”

More information about the CSET program is available on the Quinsigamond Community College website

UMass Medical School instructor lands $460K Runyon training award

Sakiko Suzuki, MD, an instructor in medicine at UMass Medical School, has been named a 2017 recipient of the highly competitive Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award, according to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Suzuki is one of four recipients and will receive $460,000 over the course of the four-year program.

The awardees were selected through a competitive and rigorous process by a committee comprising leading cancer researchers who are themselves physician-scientists. Only those scientists showing exceptional promise and a passion for finding new cures for cancer receive the award.

“Too often, medical students and recent graduates discover their passion for research when it is too late to join an MD/PhD program or otherwise acquire the experience they need to pursue a research career,” said Lorraine W. Egan, president and CEO of New York City-based Damon Runyon. “Physicians are essential to cancer research, but often lack the opportunity and grant support needed to become researchers. We felt it was important to create that opportunity and hope that other organizations will use this award as a model.”

The goal of the program is to increase the number of physician-scientists by providing physicians who have earned an MD degree and completed clinical specialty fellowship training the opportunity to gain the research skills and experience they need to become leaders in translational and clinical research.

Suzuki, whose mentor is Glen Raffel, MD, PhD, a UMass Medical School associate professor of medicine, is focused on new types of therapies for leukemia that directly target the disease without harming the normal cells of the body.

Read the entire story on the UMass Medical School website

Worcester Economic Club Announces 2017–18 series speakers

The Worcester Economic Club has announced guest speakers for its 2017–18 Speaker Series.

Bruce C. Fenton, managing director and CIO of Atlantic Financial Inc., will speak at the Tuesday, Sept. 12 meeting. William D. Cohan, a former Wall Street mergers-and-acquisitions investment banker, will speak at the Tuesday, Dec. 5 gathering.

Michael P. Daly, CEO of Berkshire Bank and Co., which in May announced the purchase of Worcester-based Commerce Bank, will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Leslie Berlin, project historian at Stanford University, will speak on Thursday, April 12.

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns, Harvard University professor and former federal Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, will speak on Wednesday, May 30.

All events are held at the College of the Holy Cross, except the April 12 meeting, which will be held at the Beechwood Hotel.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Economic Club website

CLW hosts support group for those with spinal cord injuries

The Center for Living & Working Inc. is hosting a one-hour support group the last Tuesday of each month for people with spinal-cord injuries.

The support group meets 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center for Living & Working,
484 Main St., Suite 345. It is designed to share resources, network, and increase independence and community inclusion.

For more information, contact Jose Vasquez at (508) 755-1689 or by email at

Free six-session program trains dementia-patient caregivers

Elder Services of Worcester Area Inc.  and Tri-Valley Inc. will host a free six-week Savvy Caregiver Program for family and friends who are active caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

The training sessions will be held 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, from Sept. 7 to Oct. 12, at  Millbury Public Library, 128 Elm St., Millbury.

For more information or to register, call Deb Dowd-Foley at (508) 756-1545, Ext. 390;
or Laura Black-Silver at (508) 949-6640, Ext. 3079.

Kasy Auto Sales & Repair to offer U-Haul services

Kasy Auto Sales & Repair, 206 Austin St., has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Worcester community, announced U-Haul Company of Massachusetts and Ohio Inc.

Kasy Auto Sales & Repair partners Jacqueline Santiago and Henry Cruz will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes. Hours of operation for the U-Haul rentals are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.

Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (508) 425-4372 or visiting

Ten Worcester-area students attend Careers in Accounting summer camp

Ten students from Worcester and Dudley are among 35 high school juniors and seniors from across the state who were accepted to a specialized summer camp for students interested in accounting and business careers, which was held from July 23-28 at UMass Amherst.

CAMP (Careers in Accounting and Management Professions) is an opportunity for minority high school students to experience a free, weeklong program to learn more about the field of accounting and other business-related professions.

The students were: JungSun R. Batino, Maame E. Conduah, Brian Le, Rose N. Vu, Rebecca E. Williams, and Millicent Oppong of Worcester North High School; Edgar N. Valencia, Andy T. Le and Lisa M. Kioko of Doherty Memorial High; and Ashlyn Kelly of Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley.

The main goal of CAMP, which started in 1998, is to present careers in accounting to students from underrepresented backgrounds, and includes a diverse set of learning experiences, such as classroom lectures, hands on activities and visits to business organizations.

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