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2016 November 2 - 10:08 am

Around Campus

A summary listing of happenings and events on community college campuses

MassBay Community College (Mass.) is celebrating 13 years as the General Motors Satellite Training Center for the Boston area in the Northeast Region. The design of the technical training program is created by the General Motors Service Technical College to provide area GM technicians with the latest dealership knowledge. These manufacturer specific courses are taught by MassBay instructor Keith McWilliams, a MassBay graduate, at the Ashland Automotive Technology Center. “Having the GM Training Center here on our Ashland campus has been a great partnership for Mass- Bay,” said Mass- Bay Automotive Director George Panagiotou. “By providing the highest quality technical education possible for the local dealerships, we’ve become an invaluable educational asset to our GM ASEP automotive students.

We are proud to be a satellite training center for the Boston area, ensuring GM technicians are qualified on the most up-todate technology, keeping the dealership highest standards.” MassBay’s Auto Technology is a premier automotive training center in the New England region offering programs that are sponsored by four major automotive brands; BMW, Toyota/Lexus, General Motors, and JEEP/Chrysler/Dodge/Ram, pro viding students with in-depth, product-specific automotive technology programs. Students are trained on the newest cars using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. The program has a handson paid co-op component, enabling students to learn in a professional setting while earning money and college credit simultaneously.  MassBay’s automotive program has a 99 percent placement rate of graduates into full-time automotive careers by graduation.


Reynaldo Martinez Jr. of El Paso Community College (Texas) has been selected to travel to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center this fall to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project. Martinez has been selected among other community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS. “This unique opportunity will increase Reynaldo’s research skills as well as exposing him to work on real-life scenarios that NASA is currently working. I know this research experience working at NASA will provide the perfect environment for him to develop his research interests in the Computer Science field once he transfers to UTEP and work in a computational research lab,” said EPCC Professor, Christian Servin. The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Kennedy Space Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach. The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts. NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce.


The Panola College (Texas) rodeo team traveled to Pittsburg, Texas for the 3rd southern region college rodeo hosted by Northeast Texas Community College. The women’s team started the action off right by winning the championship on the ladies side. The ladies are now number three in the region. Their goal is not just to qualify, but to win the region. In the NIRA, the top two teams from each region move on the finals in Casper, Wyo. Abby Phillips and her horse Fame made a great run in the barrel racing stopping the clock in just 15.94 seconds. Abby was at the top of the leader board for the first three performances, with the only run under the 16 second mark. The last and final performance they posted a time of 15.82 seconds pushing Abby into second place. The top three in each event will qualify for the College National Finals. Laramie Johnson, sophomore, had an awesome run in the girls breakaway roping. Laramie was able to rope her calf in 2.6 seconds for a fourth place finish. Laramie started the year on a horse that was being borrowed from another student because her horse had been a little sore, after some time off and special treatment she was back on her personal horse and it proved to be back in great shape. Johnson competes in both the breakaway and team roping; she is a great horseman and dedicated athlete. Laramie will be at the top in the region and is expected to appear in the CNFR. Sophomore bareback rider Ethan Andrepont scratched out a 60-point ride to win 4th in his event. He has been working very hard at perfecting his skill, and improving all the little parts of his profession. The men’s team has held its spot at number 3 in the region.

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