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.

MassBay Community College Hosting Virtual STEM Expo

The following announcement was provided by MassBay Community College:

MassBay Community College will hold its biannual Student STEM Expo virtually from May 9 – 13, 2022. This event enables students in engineering, math, computer science, life sciences, and biotechnology programs to showcase their work to the MassBay community, local STEM professionals, and the general public. The Student STEM Expo highlights MassBay students’ creativity and ingenuity through the projects they have completed during the spring semester. Online visitors can watch prerecorded videos from individual students and student teams to learn about the research and processes that went into the creation of their work. The virtual platform allows viewers to leave comments and ask questions.

MassBay College Has New Fund to Assist Single Mothers Getting Their Degrees

MassBay Community College provided the following announcement:

MassBay Community College and Metrowest Women’s Fund are creating a new fund with a $25,000 grant from the Metrowest Women’s Fund to assist MassBay’s single mother students with their emergency financial needs. These funds will provide financial aid for non-tuition-related emergencies these students may encounter while pursuing their degrees including childcare expenses, housing costs, living expenses, and other basic necessities. “Our single mothers have many responsibilities outside the classroom, and we want them to have the peace of mind knowing there is a support system behind them while they earn their degree,” said MassBay President, David Podell. “The support of the Metrowest Women’s Fund will allow our students who are single moms to focus on their education by lifting the crushing burden of fiscal stress. For these remarkable single mothers, the funds will make a tremendous difference in helping them overcome the sizable challenge of managing their life expenses while they pursue the education that can transform their lives and the lives of their children.

Former MassBay Student from Watertown Graduates from Northeastern, Pursuing Engineering PhD

Watertown High and MassBay Community College alum Juan Mesa recently graduated from Northeastern. He is heading to Carnegie Mellon to get his Ph.D.

MassBay Community College provided the following piece:

Juan Mesa, a native of Colombia, was five years old when he moved with his family to Boston and then settled in Watertown, in 2005. After Juan graduated from Watertown High School in 2013, he enrolled in the automotive technology program at MassBay Community College to turn his passion for cars into a career. “I didn’t do that well in high school because, to be honest, I was headed down the wrong path,” said Juan. At MassBay, Juan turned things around and began focusing on his studies and planning his career path. He enjoyed his BMW classes and earned his Associate in Science degree in Automotive Technology in 2015.

MassBay Community College Hosting Virtual Spring Open House

The following information was provided by MassBay Community College:

MassBay Community College will hold its annual Spring Open House virtually on Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 9:00AM – 12:00PM. President Dr. David Podell along with faculty, staff, students, and alumni will greet prospective students and their families, remotely. Prospective students, from the comfort of their homes, can learn about MassBay’s 70 degree and certificate programs, transfer opportunities after MassBay, free resources available at the college, as well as the admissions and financial aid processes. Prospective students will also be able to apply for admission during the Open House. MassBay will have current students, alumni, and staff available, to live chat and answer any questions visitors might have. WHAT: MassBay Community College Virtual Spring Open House

WHERE: Online

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2021

TIME: 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Prospective students must RSVP at or call the Office of Admissions at 781-239-2500.

MassBay College Gets Grant to Help Subsidize Full Cost for 30 Students

The following information was provided by MassBay Community College:

MassBay Community College is pleased to announce it has been awarded $79,990 from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) for the Training Resources and Internship Network (TRAIN) grant program. This grant is designed to support long-term unemployed, under-employed, and new entrant adult workers who seek to enter and reenter the workforce and address regional workforce shortages. MassBay will use these funds to subsidize all costs for 30 students to attend MassBay’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program. “MassBay’s CNA program has been providing students with the training they need to succeed in the growing healthcare industry,” said MassBay Director of Corporate Partnership and Workforce Development, Phara Boyer. “Certified Nursing Assistants are in-demand, with local employers reaching out every week to hire our students when they complete our program because they know our graduates have the know-how and compassion to provide excellent care.

MassBay College Nursing Students Volunteer at Watertown Vaccine Clinic

MassBay Community College nursing students administering vaccines at a recent vaccine clinic in Watertown. The following announcement was provided by MassBay Community College:

MassBay Community College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nursing (PN) students recently volunteered with the Watertown Health Department in administering COVID-19 vaccinations. Fifteen ADN students and 11 PN students assisted with vaccine administration and with the registration process for hundreds of residents who received their COVID-19 vaccine. “Nursing students are needed to administer vaccines and provide vaccine education in our communities,” said MassBay Director of Nursing, Andrea Bresnahan. “Being part of the COVID-19 vaccination effort is a rare opportunity for students to directly learn about population health, participate in public health program, gain clinical experience, and ultimately save lives.”

The Watertown Health Department vaccination clinics that the student’s participated in were held the first and second weeks in February at Perkins School for the Blind for both students and staff and at the Watertown Police Department for people over 75 years of age.