Free Workforce Training Courses Offered by MassBay College

MassBay Community College Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students practice skills in the nursing labs on the MassBay Framingham campus, Framingham, MA, May 2019 (Photo/MassBay Community College). The following announcement was provided by MassBay Community College:

This spring, MassBay Community College is offering free workforce training courses for eligible Massachusetts residents in Automotive Damage Appraisal, Behavioral Health Technician I, Behavioral Health Technician II, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Phlebotomy. These grant funded courses are one-semester and provide students with in-demand skills that will strengthen gaps in the local workforce needs. “We are thrilled to continue to offer community members these classes, free of charge, enabling them to gain skills that qualify them for positions in growing industries that need trained and ready-to-work professionals,” said MassBay Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships, Workforce Development and Community Education Colleen Coffey. “Community members are able to learn a new profession in just a few short months, and in many instances, they are offered jobs at the conclusion of their clinical placements.”

Prospective students interested in learning more can visit MassBay’s Corporate Partnerships & Workforce Development (CPWD) course listing or email or call cpwd@massbay.edu or 781-270-4100.

MassBay College Hosting Open House for Prospective Students

The following announcement was provided by MassBay Community College:

MassBay Community College will hold its annual Fall Open House on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on its Wellesley Hills campus. President David Podell, along with faculty, staff, and students will greet prospective students and their families. The Fall Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to talk with current students, faculty, and staff to learn about the 70 degree and certificate programs offered at MassBay. The Open House will feature a self-guided tour of campus and student and alumni panel discussions. Participants can learn how to pay for college in a financial aid and scholarship session. A presentation will be held on MassReconnect, a new program which funds free community college for Massachusetts residents, age 25 and older, who do not already have a college degree.

MassBay Offers Free Workforce Training Courses this Fall

MassBay Community College Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students practice skills in the nursing labs on the MassBay Framingham campus, Framingham, May 2019 (Courtesy of MassBay Community College)

The following information was provided by MassBay Community College:

This fall, MassBay Community College is offering free workforce training courses for eligible Massachusetts residents in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Behavioral Health Technician, Microsoft Training, Medical Interpreting, and ASE Diesel Test Preparation. These courses are one-semester and paid for through the Massachusetts Education & Training Fund (ETF) initiative and provide students with in-demand skills that will strengthen gaps in workforce needs. “We are thrilled to offer students these classes, free of charge, to gain skills that will make them employable in industries that are growing and need trained professionals,” said MassBay Director of Corporate Partnerships and Workforce Development Phara Boyer. “In just a few short months, students can retool themselves into in-demand fields, and many of our students are offered jobs at the conclusion of their clinical placements.”

Admissions applications for MassBay’s fall 2023 semester are due by Tuesday, August 29; and classes begin Tuesday, September 5. For questions about these classes and how to apply, please contact Therisa McKeon at 508-270-4104 or tmckeon@massbay.edu.

MassBay Holding Info Sessions on Program for Residents 25+ to Get Associate Degrees, Certificates

The following announcement was provided by MassBay Community College:

MassBay Community College is preparing for Governor Healey’s proposed MassReconnect program, which would enable Massachusetts residents who are 25 years of age and older without a college degree to obtain an associate degree or certificate for free at any Massachusetts public community college. If this budget item is passed, the direct costs of tuition, fees, books, and supplies will be covered for eligible students enrolled in an approved certificate or associate degree program who are taking at least six credits per semester. The MassReconnect proposal is currently before the Massachusetts legislature as part of the fiscal year 2024 budget process. If approved, students can begin attending college for free starting in the fall 2023 semester. Applications to MassBay for fall semester are due by Tuesday, August 29, 2023, classes begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

14 Students from Watertown Make MassBay Dean’s List

The following announcement was provided by MassBay Community College:

The following local students have been named to the MassBay Community College Dean’s List. They achieved this outstanding academic honor for the spring 2023 semester. * Alan Siedman of Watertown, who studies Engineering Design

* Evan Raftes of Watertown, who studies Liberal Arts – Psychology /Sociology

* Naomi Zoberg of Watertown, who studies Liberal Arts – Communication

* Jacob Belouin of Watertown, who studies Mechanical Engineering

* Cathy Logakis of Watertown, who studies General Studies

* Astrik Kostanian of Watertown, who studies Liberal Arts

* Kristen Hantout of Watertown, who studies General Studies

* Viviane Soares Da Silva of Watertown, who studies Computer Science

* Benjamin Fandetti of Watertown, who studies General Business – Hospitality Management

* Davit Arzumanyan of Watertown, who studies Computer Science

* Thiago Da Silva of Watertown, who studies Cyber Security

* Catalina Gomez Castellanos of Watertown, who studies General Studies

* Melissa Aguilar of Watertown, who studies Computer Science

* Mason Harris of Watertown, who studies Cyber Security

To be eligible for the MassBay Dean’s List, students must complete at least six credits of college-level courses, be in good standing with the College, and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. To learn more about MassBay, visit massbay.edu. About MassBay Community College

MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online.

MassBay College Providing Free Computer & Technology Education Courses

MassBay Community College Wellesley Hills campus, Wellesley Hills, MA, September 2022 (Photo/MassBay Community College). The following announcement was provided by MassBay Community College:

Students new to MassBay will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Bridge to IT Careers by taking computer and technology courses at MassBay for free. Thanks to a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, MassBay will provide unemployed and underemployed workers with education and training in the area of computers and technology. Students can take the following classes for free: Computers & Technology, which is offered in the spring 2023 semester; CompTIA A+ certification, an entry into information technology offered in fall 2023; and Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the entire Microsoft suite, which will be available every semester through the College’s Corporate Partnerships & Workforce Development Division. These courses provide students with a bridge to a career in computers or technology, and a foundation to pursue a certificate or associate degree in computer science, computer information systems, cybersecurity, and several other programs. 

“We are extremely grateful for this grant and for the support from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development,” said MassBay President David Podell.

No Tuition Increase for Coming Year at MassBay Community College

The following information was provided by MassBay Community College:

MassBay Community College Board of Trustees approved a budget last week that will not require students to pay an increase in fees or tuition for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year. This is the third consecutive year MassBay has avoided charging students more for fees and tuition. “At MassBay we believe the access to higher education is a matter of social justice,” said MassBay President David Podell. “We remain accessible by keeping the cost to attend as low as possible for students, by offering scholarships and financial aid counseling, and by ensuring the investment students make in us pays off in the end with well-paying, rewarding careers. Kudos to our financial management team for enabling us once again to keep tuition and fees at current levels.”

MassBay is the lowest-cost college option in MetroWest.