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January 24, 2022

North Central chamber, MWCC join nonprofit to increase access for students of color

Photo/Grant Welker Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce will team up with the Leominster nonprofit Spanish American Center and Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner as part of a national grant program aimed at breaking down barriers for and increasing the number of students of color earning short-term industry-related credentials and degrees, according to a Jan. 13 announcement.

The chamber was one of seven similar organizations selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to participate in the 18-month Equitable Credential Attainment Cohort program. Participants were selected by the ACCE Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Over the course of the program, the three North Central Massachusetts groups will work together and attend monthly virtual meetings to learn from experts around the country, receive technical assistance, and create a strategy for longer-term collaboration to continue their projects once the grant ends, according to the announcement.

“By teaming up with Mount Wachusett Community College and the Spanish American Center, we will identify how best to support our region’s adult learners of color by utilizing the knowledge and best practices proven in other areas across the country to ensure success of the program to help us make an impact for those who live in North Central Massachusetts, said Roy Nascimento, president and CEO of the NCMCC, in a statement.

Other participating communities are located in Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Iowa, North Dakota, and Florida. 

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