October 17, 2017

Inbox [Oct. 18]: News and notes from NAACP and Worcester Youth Center, Assumption, WPI, Quinsig, Workforce Investment Board, Renewable Energy Worcester, SPM

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Candidate forums at Youth Center

The Worcester NAACP is hosting two councilor-at-large candidate forums at the Worcester Youth Center.

The forums are planned for 6 p.m. tonight and Oct. 25 at the center, 326 Chandler St.

Candidates will be asked questions posed by our nonprofit sponsors that deal with issues of diversity, inclusion and labor. Members of the Worcester Youth Center will help facilitate both forums.

Assumption to celebrate opening of Tsotsis Family Academic Center

The community is invited to join Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, the Tsotsis family and the college’s Board of Trustees for a ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the completion of the Tsotsis Family Academic Center.

The event is 4-5:30 p.m. Friday. Following the brief ceremony, tours of the facility will be offered.

The Tsotsis Family Academic Center is a 62,000 square-foot building that features 13 high-tech, flexible classrooms; seminar rooms; common study spaces; a 400-seat performance hall with a rehearsal room; and a multi-function space that can accommodate 400 people. The building also contains faculty offices for the Assumption Core Texts and Enduring Questions Program, the Business Studies Department, the Honors Program and the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence.

Assumption, WPI to host China discussion featuring Susan Rice

Assumption College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute will join 90 venues across the country for the 11th annual CHINA Town Hall event, presented by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. The Assumption event will be in Testa Fuller Auditorium. The WPI event will be held in Olin Hall, room 107.

Former National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice will speak to audiences via webcast regarding China and the complex U.S.-China relationship and its influence on the U.S. economy, policies, and security. Prior to the national webcast, a local expert on the Chinese economy will address an audience at each school. The webcast will begin promptly at 7.

The local speaker who will address the Assumption audience is Amy Celico, a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR). Richard McGregor, former Washington and Beijing bureau chief for The Financial Times, will speak at WPI.

Quinsigamond CC lands Skills Capital Grant

Quinsigamond Community College has received $431,900 as part of the state’s Skills Capital Grant program. Skills Capital Grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with industry and align curriculum to meet businesses’ needs within the state.

QCC will partner with Worcester Technical High School to serve as a site to expand its HVAC certificate program. The expansion is designed to double the enrollment capacity of the HVAC certificate program and enable a second start date for students during the spring semester.

Currently the HVAC program is being offered at QCC at Assabet.

“We are honored to receive this funding, which demonstrates our curriculum’s alignment with businesses’ demands,” QCC President Luis G. Pedraja said. “We are committed to the future both locally and globally, ensuring that our students are afforded the best possible opportunity for success. The partnerships we are making will have lasting effects on our future workforce.”

“Worcester Technical High School is thrilled to be partnering with QCC to provide high-quality competencies in the ever-growing and much-needed field of Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. The current Administration and Legislative body recognize the need to provide highly skilled individuals to meet these workforce demands through the provision of the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Awards,” said Kyle J. Brenner, principal of Worcester Technical High School.

Central Mass. Workforce Investment Board offers free adult mental health first aid training

The Central Mass. Workforce Investment Board will sponsor a free, two-day adult mental health first-aid training class.

The class will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 25-26, at the Central Mass. Workforce Investment Board, 340 Main St., fourth floor.

The course is for adults 18 years or older. Mental health first aid teaches participants a five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis. Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid is the first-aid given until appropriate help is received or until the crisis is resolved. It does not teach people to diagnose or provide treatment, but it increases knowledge and understanding, encourages people helping people, supports people getting help, decreases social distance, and increases mental awareness.

Participants learn risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use problems, information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use, a five-step plan to help someone developing a mental health problem, and available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources.

To register, email your name and contact number to Mary Baker at mbaker02@communityhealthlink.org.

Energy Department taps Renewable Energy Worcester to bring solar to city nonprofits

Renewable Energy Worcester (RENEW) is leading a U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot initiative, “Solar in Your Community,” to bring solar energy to faith-based organizations and other nonprofits in Worcester.

The project team will develop 250 kilowatts of solar capacity on the rooftops of at least 10 properties owned by nonprofits. The project prioritizes faith-based organizations, since they are a ready base of support for social justice principles and have active membership ready to spread the good news of clean energy alternatives. RENEW is also reaching out to other nonprofits that serve low income and immigrant communities.

The project team includes Co-op Power, a regional energy co-operative, and Resonant Energy, a mission-aligned solar design company that has developed solar on faith-based institutions in Boston.

“Christian Community Church is eager to move to solar energy for our electricity,” the Rev. José Encarnacion said. “It will not only benefit the environment, it will save the church money that we can use on programs to benefit our community.”

RENEW will hold events 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Sustainability Hub, 912 Main St.; 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 26, at locations to be determined.

For more information email renewworcester@gmail.com

SPM to hold open house Oct. 28

Saint Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School will welcome prospective students and families to meet current students, parents, faculty, staff and coaches from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28.

SPM President Christopher J. Cummings is excited to showcase the SPM community, “St. Peter-Marian offers an extensive curriculum delivered within a vibrant, personalized learning environment to support the students’ intellectual and spiritual growth. We look forward to sharing our unique approach with prospective families on October 28th.”

Families can pre-register for the open house by calling 508-852-5555, Ext. 114 or online at http://spmguardians.org/wp/pre-register/.

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