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MARCH 2017




Cambridge College Named a “Best School for Latinos”

Cambridge College has been named among the top 50 best colleges for Latinos in the United States by Latino Leaders magazine.


Some of the criteria that Latino Leaders used in selecting the colleges include:  the percentage of total Latino enrollment and the percentage of Latino faculty, the percentage of students who apply and receive financial aid, academic resources for minority students to acclimate to academic rigors of college life and outreach efforts by schools to add to their overall diversity. They are also said to be institutions that have excelled in their performance, outreach and academic level in their relation with the Latino student population of the nation.


28-percent of Cambridge College’s 4,265 students are Hispanic.  The private, non-profit institution specializes in adult learning, with five satellite locations, including the one located here at Tower Square on street level.

According to Latino Leaders magazine, “Cambridge College is a center of ethnic diversity, with over 65 percent of its students being members of a minority group. Students of different ethnic backgrounds flourish at Cambridge College due to the inclusive culture that produces a positive educational experience. Tuition is less than the cost of the average four-year college and over 60 percent of students receive financial aid.”

Only 15 percent of the nation’s Latinos have a bachelor’s degree or higher according to recent data by the Pew Research Center. There are numerous circumstances as to why the largest minority block in the United States is also one of the most educationally underserved.

Yet there are also numerous reasons why some academic institutions better serve Hispanic students. Congratulations to Cambridge College for being named one of those institutions.  The only other MA college named by the magazine was Amherst College.






MA Attorney General’s Office to Present Car Buying Advice at UMass Center


Consumers want to be smart when making a major purchase.  And buying a car is no exception.  That’s why the UMass Center at Springfield is teaming up with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office for Consumer Affairs to make sure consumers are prepared. 

On Wednesday, March 8th at 12noon, the Center will host the “Buying A Car? Wait...Not so Fast!” workshop.  The guest presenter is Milagros Johnson, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  

The FREE event is being held during National Consumer Protection Awareness Week which is March 7-11.  The workshop is part of UMass Center’s eleven-part series “Resolutions Within Reach.”  

UMass Center at Springfield is located on the second floor of Tower Square.  To find out more about the workshop call 413.788.6277 or visit






JA Named a BusinessWest 2017 Difference Maker!


Jennifer Connolly, JAWM Exec. Director, stands beside the portrait of JA co-founder Horace Moses
 at the agency’s offices in Tower Square.  (Photo courtesy of Business West)

Congratulations to Junior Achievement of Western MA (JAWM) for being selected as one of BusinessWest’s 2017 Difference Makers.


BusinessWest initiated the Difference Maker program in 2009 as a celebration of individuals, groups, organizations, and families that are positively impacting the Pioneer Valley and are, as the name suggests, making a difference in this region.


There are many ways to do this: through work within the community on one or many initiatives to improve quality of life; through success in business, public service, or education; through contributions that inspire others to get involved; through imaginative efforts to help solve one or more societal issues; or through a combination of the above.


“We are honored to be recognized for the work we love to do with the youth in our community,” commented Jennifer Connolly, Executive Director of JAWM.


JAWM is joined by a select group of other local organizations and individuals who are also being singled out as Difference Makers:   The Community Colleges of Western Mass; Friends of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round; Denis Gagnon Sr., President & CEO of Excel Dryer; and Joan Kagan, President & CEO of Square One.


Join BusinessWest on Thursday March 30, 2017 at the Log Cabin, Holyoke as they celebrate the 2017 Difference Makers! To reserve tickets or for more information call (413) 781-8600 or email


Congrats to JAWM and all of the 2017 Difference Makers.  Stop in at the JAWM offices located on the second floor of Tower Square and congratulate them for making a difference!




The Light of Ireland to be Featured at Valley Photo

The publisher of five photography books and international photography award winner, Ron Rosenstock, will be at the Valley Photo Center to meet the public and kick off his photography show at a special Meet the Artist Reception on Monday, March 6 from 6-8pm. 

The show, entitled “The Light of Ireland”, will be on display at the Valley Photo Center through the month of March.  The public is invited to visit the Photo Center and take a one-of-a-kind tour of Ireland through Rosenstock’s photographic lenses.

Born in 1943, Rosenstock earned his MA degree in Photography from Goddard College.  His photographs are in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, MA Institute of Technology, International Center of Photography and the Polaroid Collection. 


Rosenstock has been honored with well over 100 exhibits in the United States as well as several countries in Europe.  He is currently a lecturer and an international photo tour leader in Ireland, Iceland, Morocco, Italy, Peru, Bhutan, Greece, Cuba, Greenland, New Zealand, The Czech Republic and Vinalhaven, Maine.

The reception on March 6th will feature a presentation by Rosenstock as well as refreshments including Irish breakfast tea, soda bread, Irish butter and cheese.  The reception and the exhibit are FREE and open to the public.  The Valley Photo Center’s regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 11am – 2pm. 

The Valley Photo Center is a not for profit corporation run completely by volunteers, whose mission is to educate its members and the public about the art and science of photography to bring about a greater appreciation of photography.  They are located on the second floor of Tower Square across from the food court.  Visit them at



Foster Teens Coming to Tower Square for Fitting for the Future

Local teens in the foster care system will be receiving a wonderful treat this month, as organizers and volunteers from HelpOurKids, Inc., are gearing up for another Fitting for the Future event to be held at Tower Square’s Meeting Room.

On Saturday, April 8, approximately 50 teens, referred by local agencies, will have the chance to select clothing, shoes and accessories to keep for proms, graduation, interviews as well as for employment.  The teens will also receive some pampering from local stylists who are donating their time to do hair and make-up.  The event winds down with glamour shots courtesy of the Springfield Photographic Club, as well as swag bags that each of the teens will receive filled with items.

Fitting for the Future is the brainchild of HelpOurKids, Inc. founder, Noryn Resnick, who works with a team of volunteers year-round collecting new and gently worn donated dress clothes and other goodies to help these teens feel pampered and appreciated.  This is the third year that HelpOurKids, Inc. is holding the event at Tower Square.  For more visit  





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