November 5, 2017

The Quad [Nov. 5-11]: Four things to know from Becker, QCC, Anna Maria and New England College of Business

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Becker announces unique esports partnership

Becker College and Gamer Sensei, the top esports coaching platform, has announced a partnership to create a first-of-its-kind program for students this semester. Becker students who are members of the college’s esports club will have access to professional coaches from around the globe who will help them train and play in tournaments for some of the top competitive games, both individually and as a team.

“Offering a college coaching program has been a dream of ours ever since we launched the platform,” said William Collis, co-founder of Gamer Sensei. “With one of the nation’s leading game design programs and a student body that was already plugged in to the competitive gaming scene, Becker was a natural partner for us and we are excited to see how it takes off.”

The Becker esports club holds regular practice twice a week with Gamer Sensei coaches and will be competing in a handful of tournaments this semester. While the Gamer Sensei platform currently offers coaching in 11 competitive games, this semester club members will focus on improving their skills in two of the industry’s top esports games: “League of Legends” and “Overwatch.” The breadth of the Gamer Sensei platform allows members of the club to book sessions with coaches that are the best match for them and work on the skills they most need to improve.

“When Becker launched its esports club last year we saw immediate interest from students excited to sign up and get involved,” said Tim Loew, executive director, Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), the Becker-based center for entrepreneurship, academic cooperation and economic development across the state’s games ecosystem. “This year the college is taking it to the next level, both in formalizing student involvement and management of the club, by implementing the coaching partnership with Gamer Sensei. The vision is for the club to grow into a varsity sports program at Becker.”

Quinsigamond Community College is nominated for two Bellwether Awards

Quinsigamond Community College’s Brothers and Keepers male mentoring program and Drone Certificate program have been nominated for two 2018 Bellwether Awards, which recognize outstanding, innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges.

Brothers and Keepers is an innovative male mentoring initiative designed to increase the retention and educational success of the male students at QCC.

The Drone Certificate program features a series of online and in-person courses designed to teach students everything they need to know about drones and help prepare them to take and pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Pilot Exam.

Finalists will be chosen in November and the winners will receive their awards at a Bellwether Award luncheon on Jan. 30.

Anna Maria announces new outdoor exhibit

The Department of Art & Design at Anna Maria College has announced an outdoor exhibition, “Art in the Park, Worcester,” which features four sculptures on display at 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, until May 13.

The exhibiting artists hail from Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This collaborative effort between Art in the Park of Worcester and Anna Maria introduces public art to the college campus.

Gloria Hall, executive director of Art in the Park, with the Department of Art & Design at Anna Maria College initiated the partnership to provide the campus and community with occasions to interact more intimately with the work, enriching daily life and deepening the beholders’ relationship to the art and surrounding space.

New England College of Business launches two grad certificate programs

Online college New England College of Business has announced two new graduate certificate programs in Financial Management and Financial Planning.

Designed for executives seeking to sharpen their skills and advance their careers in finance without committing to a full degree program, the new six-month certificate programs focus on practical concepts and expertise needed to provide students with a competitive edge for executive-level jobs and promotions.

NECB’s Graduate Certificate in Financial Management utilizes the school’s award-winning, fully online learning platform to provide students with hands-on coursework led by faculty with real-world experience. The program benefits professionals pursuing senior-level positions such as CFO, Director or VP of Finance. It also provides the added benefit of making students better prepared for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification exam.

Founded in 1909 and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, New England College of Business is a leading higher education institution offering quality education and online degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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