September 19, 2017

Inbox [Sept. 20]: News and notes from Worcester Public Schools, WPI, Antiquarian Society, You Inc., MassDOT and New England Beauty Expo

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Artist's rendering of MassDOT's proposed new Worcester facility.

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Patriots, SNHU help upgrade technology at two schools

The New England Patriots Foundation and Southern New Hampshire University joined students at Elm Park Community School and Goddard School of Science & Technology to unveil state-of-the-art technology labs.

The schools each received a $25,000 grant from the Patriots Foundation and SNHU earlier this year to help improve technology resources for schools in need.

The tech labs will include new Chromebooks, charging carts, a Smart TV and a Chromecast. In addition, the Foundation and SNHU have completely renovated the labs, purchased new furniture, and added Patriots-themed décor and wall decals.

Registration open for WPI Tech Girls program

WPI is accepting enrollment in the 2017-2018 Tech Girls program.

Tech Girls is an after-school WPI outreach program that encourages girls in grades 5 and 6 to pursue study and a career in the STEM fields by exposing them to many different fields of science and engineering along with a wealth of positive female role models.

The program meets 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays every three weeks until April 11. Cost is $180, but financial assistance is available.

More information about the program is available on the WPI website

Antiquarian Society announces staff promotions

The American Antiquarian Society recently announced the promotion of three staff members.

James David Moran has been promoted to vice president for programs and outreach; Molly O’Hagan Hardy has been promoted to the position of director of digital humanities and book history initiatives; and Nan Wolverton has been promoted to the position of director of fellowships and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC).

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American Antiquarian Society

AAS President Ellen S. Dunlap said: “This new leadership team will work closely with the society’s library staff and council (board of directors) to assess the strengths of the many programs and services we offer to a broad array of constituents, from senior scholars to K-12 students and teachers to the general public. They will explore innovative ways in which our programs can be kept fresh and relevant to all of our core constituents, both in the academy and beyond.”

The American Antiquarian Society is a research library and learned society dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the printed record of the United States before the twentieth century.

Moran now oversees all of the society’s programs including those that serve the scholarly and academic communities, students and teachers in grades K-12, undergraduate students, the AAS membership and the general public.

Hardy now will lead the society’s signature program in the History of the Book in American Culture and will develop a strategic plan to move this program, first initiated in 1983, into the future. Hardy also oversees a number of digital research and pedagogical projects using AAS materials, both in-house and in the larger scholarly community.

Wolverton is now in charge of all of the fellowships offered by the society. Each year AAS offers approximately 40 fellowships including long-term NEH and Hench post-dissertation fellows and a variety of one-month, short-term fellowships including visual culture and creative and performing artist fellowships.

You Inc. offering free nurse assistant/home health aid training

You Inc. is offering a free 120-hour training course for those wishing to be a nurse assistant or home health aid.

The course, which begins Oct. 2, will provide entry-level skills to safely provide basic nursing assistant care in long-term facilities or healthcare agencies, paid work experience and job placement assistance.

Participants must be between 18-24 and have high school equivalency.

The course is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and provided locally through the Central Mass. Workforce Investment Board.

For more information, contact Program Director Kate Pesa at 508-849-5600, ext. 232, or by email at

CTA Construction chosen to build $35.5M MassDOT building in Worcester

CTA Construction has been elected to manage the construction of a new Mass. Department of Transportation administration building in Worcester. The $35.5 million construction and relocation project is set on a 10.5 acre parcel on Plantation Parkway. Construction is slated to begin this month and should take about 21 months.

“CTA Construction is thrilled to have been chosen for this important new Department of Transportation project,” said Jeff Hazelwood of CTA. “We’re looking forward to getting to work and delivering a state-of-the art, net zero administrative building that meets the needs of employees working there while also incorporating the latest in efficient, green technology.”

The new District 3 Administration Building will replace the existing facility, which was built in 1950. Once complete, it will feature four stories with upper and lower parking lots. Solar panels will produce the required energy to fuel the building, including heating and cooling, lighting and computer equipment. The project also contains additional energy efficient features such as LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, triple pane windows, additional insulation in the walls and roof and premium efficient heating and air conditioning systems.

The new facility will be constructed into an existing hill and will involve extensive blasting, excavation and ledge removal.

Beauty expo Sunday-Monday at DCU Center

The New England Beauty Expo will be held at the DCU Center Sunday and Monday.

The expo, presented by AJW Productions, will bring together New England barbers, hair stylists, cosmetologists, nail technicians, makeup artists and businesses from the beauty industry.

The event creates a venue for business owners and beauty professionals to enhance their careers, gain experience, showcase their talents and purchase products, while elevating the prestige of the barbering and beauty profession.

General admission for both days is $59.99, $39.99 for students.

The schedule of events can be found here.

More information can be found on the New England Beauty Expo website

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