The Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College Celebrates the Arrival of a New Student Research Vessel

The new vessel, dubbed the R/V Goodwin Navigator, will arrive at the CTRA dock at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, for a special ceremony.

The Connecticut River Academy and Goodwin College will celebrate the arrival of a brand new freshwater research vessel when it arrives packed with eager environmental science students at the CTRA dock at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.

New Image3The boat is the only freshwater school research vessel in the region, and will offer the students of the environmentally focused magnet high school unprecedented access to the Connecticut River, with the support of students and faculty of Goodwin’s environmental studies programs.

The 40-foot-long research vessel can carry over 30 students and was built to allow students to reach any part of Goodwin’s more than 2.5 miles of Connecticut River shoreline to conduct research in one of Connecticut’s most diverse natural environments.

During the welcoming celebration, the boat will travel from Glastonbury up the river to the dock at the Connecticut River Academy. There, students and faculty will celebrate the arrival of the new vessel, and welcome its first student-sailors back to the school.

This event is open to the media and tours will be available afterwards. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. For more information, contact Alex Henschel, Magnet School Specialist, at 860-913-2181 or

East Hartford Town Council Honors Goodwin College

During their meeting on October 7, the East Hartford Town Council celebrated Goodwin College as one of four organizations in town to be named one of the Hartford Courant/FoxCT Top Workplaces for 2014. “We’re very proud that there were four employers in East Hartford that were recognized as top workplaces,” Council Chair Rich Kehoe said.

New ImageGoodwin was honored along with Intercommunity Inc., Kelser Corporation, and United Steel, Inc., who each received certificates of special recognition and a commemorative gift from the town in honor of their achievements. “[Goodwin has] done an awful lot of development along the river and is a great asset to the town,” Kehoe added.

In total, the Hartford Courant and Fox CT recognized 60 companies and organizations in Greater Hartford, based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees. Goodwin was the only college to make the list.

“It’s really nice that we have so many great places to work, chosen by the people who work there,” Mayor Marcia Leclerc said.

“It was the collective opinions of our community that earned these honors for Goodwin,” President Mark Scheinberg said of the honor. “This award recognizes the community that we are all helping to build.”

Goodwin was also named one of the 35 Best Places to Work in Connecticut by the Hartford Business Journal earlier this year.

Gabriela Yambo: From Health Science Graduate to NAVY Corpsman

GabrielaYambo graduated from Goodwin College with an associate degree in Health Science in 2013 and, as of fall 2014, is just months away from leaving for basic training after enlisting as a Navy corpsman.

GYShe first came to Goodwin through the Summer Bridge Academy program and enrolled after being selected to join the Women Invested in Securing an Education (WISE) program as part of their first cohort.

With the support of her family and the help of her mentors, she saw her studies through to graduation, but the journey was not without its struggles.

While Yambo was still finishing her courses, her mother moved back to Puerto Rico, where most of her family resides. At 20, she moved out on her own and took on many new responsibilities in pursuit of her degree. “I can’t thank Goodwin enough for my education. The WISE program felt more like a family than anything. It was a sisterhood,” Yambo stated.

Coming from a military family and having married a marine, Yambo received much support after enlisting. Latanya Kennedy, WISE Program Coordinator, provided guidance and direction every step of the way. “Latanya has always been very supportive. If I was struggling in school, she would tell me about tutors that were available. When I told her I enlisted in the Navy, she researched and gave me great tips.”

Through the WISE program, Yambo was able to mentor students and speak about the transition from high school to college. Now reflecting on life from a new perspective, she is anticipating yet another transition. “It’s bittersweet leaving everything and starting fresh, but I’m looking forward to starting a new life and having a medical career.”

The WISE program started out with 10 women in the first cohort and has since expanded to 69. Yambo is proud to have been part of this growing program that will continue to help so many women reach their educational and professional goals. Yambo plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree while in the Navy.

By: Hannah Stacy

Goodwin and CTRA Collaborate on Source-to-Sea Cleanup

On September 26, Goodwin College and the Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) hosted a Source-to-Sea Cleanup in conjunction with Green Apple Day.

River CleanupThe Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system — rivers, streams, shorelines, parks, boat launches, trails, and more. Every fall, thousands, of all ages and abilities, volunteer along the four-state watershed (New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut) to clean on foot or by boat.

The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments. Goodwin and CTRA celebrated this day by getting involved in cleaning the body of water that borders their buildings.

The mantra of the day was: the choices we make have an impact. Students were able to learn about the effects of pollution and how they can make a positive impact on the environment. They were given multiple way to actively participate, and consultants of the original design of the CTRA building spoke to students about its unique environmental features.

On September 27, Goodwin College continued the cleanup with volunteers from Pratt & Whitney, CME, GEI Inc., and UIL. Over the course of two days, a total of 51 people volunteered their time and effort.

Trash“We do these cleanup events to focus on improving water quality in the river and removing the trash sitting on the top. This is the fourth year we’ve participated and we’ve made major progress,” noted Bruce Morton, Environmental Studies Program Director.

Community service, camaraderie, and greater environmental awareness are just a few of the reasons that people volunteer.

“Getting involved in the community is part of what we’re about at Goodwin,” Morton stated.

By: Hannah Stacy

Goodwin College Hosts Free Conversations with Marcus Engel, November 3

Best-selling author shares his inspirational return from tragedy.

On Monday, November 3, Goodwin College welcomes back to its campus inspirational speaker and best-selling author Marcus Engel, whose messages provide insight and strategies for excellent patient care. His keynote presentations have been witnessed by tens of thousands of health care professionals and his books are used in scores of nursing schools to teach the basic foundations of caregiving.

Two sessions of Conversations with Marcus Engel, open to the public and free of charge, are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Goodwin College auditorium, One Riverside Drive in East Hartford. For more information about the event, please contact Jan Costello at 860-727-6919 or

As a college freshman, Marcus Engel was blinded and nearly killed after being struck by a drunk driver. Through two years of rehab, more than 300 hours of reconstructive facial surgery, and adaptation through a multitude of life changes, Engel has witnessed the good, the bad, and the profound in patient care. He has authored four books and is at work on a fifth, Narrative Nursing, designed to help lead nurses into using proven techniques and therapeutic resources for dealing with the effects of compassion fatigue and avoiding burnout. His previous books include After This…An Inspirational Journey For All The Wrong Reasons; The Other End of the Stethoscope: 33 Insights for Excellent Patient Care; I’m Here: Compassionate Communication in Patient Care; and Everyday Inspiration. Information about Engel can be found at


Dental Hygiene Students Assist at NBC 30 Health and Wellness Fair

Four Goodwin College dental hygiene students took part the NBC 30 Health and Wellness event on September 27 at the Hartford Convention Center.

They participated in CT CHIP, a DNA and dental child identification program run by the Freemasons. This initiative was held in collaboration with a state oral health advocacy group called the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative (COHI). The students performed DNA saliva swabs and bite impressions on children ranging from toddlers to adolescents.

Dental Hygiene Coordinator Amy Mongillo was at the event as their advisor and licensed Registered Dental Hygienist, participating in collecting the swabs and impressions and facilitating the group of students. “This event gave students the opportunity to be involved in a meaningful community outreach event directly related to their aspiring field,” Mongillo said.

Mongillo also noted that this event was an opportunity for students to connect with a state oral health advocacy group, which promotes oral care as part of overall health. Students gained firsthand experience with community members in a professional role representing both the Dental Hygiene program and Goodwin College.

“The students were outstanding,” Mongillo stated.

Students were able to apply classroom and clinical knowledge to a different environment and more deeply appreciate the role of dental hygiene as a part of an overall health care system.

Goodwin College 2014 Golf Tournament Raises Over $100,000 for Student Scholarships

A field of 144 participants raised over $100,000 to support Goodwin College students at the 9th Annual Golf Tournament on September 17.

The 9th Annual Goodwin College Golf Tournament was a beautiful day of good golf and great company, when the donors who help support the College’s scholarships got the opportunity to sit down with a few of the students who benefit from their generosity.

New ImageOn September 17, a field of 144 donors, sponsors, and employees came together to play in the golf tournament to raise money for Goodwin’s Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will help expand scholarship opportunities for years to come.

“We’ve been with the College from day one,” said Jim Whelan, owner of Mid-State Teledata. “It’s great that Goodwin gives students such opportunities. And it’s really great to support them.”

The sponsors at the golf tournament raised over $100,000 to support scholarships in a fun, relaxed atmosphere at Topstone Golf Course in South Windsor.

“Pratt & Whitney has always been a major sponsor for Goodwin College,” said David Valentine, of Pratt & Whitney. “Goodwin has done a fantastic job giving students the opportunity to excel.”

Two of the three 2014 scholarship recipients were on hand at the reception following the tournament: Annmarie Goenne and Senita Pinckney. Gladys Mercado also received a 2014 scholarship, but was not in attendance.

Goenne had enrolled in the Respiratory Care program at Goodwin in September 2011, but was involved in a life-changing, head-on collision during finals in April of last year. Despite the physical, emotional, and mental toll of the accident, she has managed to retain a 3.94 GPA and is determined to graduate in August 2015.

“[The accident] has affected my whole life,” Goenne said, “but not my desire to get my degree.”

Goenne said she was extremely grateful to Goodwin and the scholarship sponsors, who helped support her in her time of need.

“I can’t say how eternally elated and grateful I am to people who continue to support such a worthy foundation for people like me,” Goenne said. “I hope that in the future, after I’ve completed my degree, that I can do the same to support someone else.”

Pinckney began at Goodwin College in 2003, juggling a full-time job, wedding plans, and a growing family. In 2008, just three classes shy of completing her nursing degree, she was involved in a traumatic injury that left her unable to meet the physical requirements to complete the nursing program. After recovering, Pinckney enrolled in Goodwin’s Human Services program in 2010 and will graduate in December of this year.

“This scholarship means I can finish my bachelor’s this semester and go on to get my master’s,” Pinckney said. She plans on using her life to attempting to help others, she said.

“Thank you,” she said to the sponsors who contribute to the Scholarship Endowment Fund. “Your help makes all the difference in someone’s life.”

Ernie Hutt, owner of Augie & Ray’s Drive In in East Hartford, was directly responsible for helping to fund Pinckney’s scholarship.

“When kids work that hard, they deserve to be rewarded for that work,” Hutt said. “It’s worth it to help them.”

For Hutt, being able to see students like Pinckney at the Golf Tournament is its own reward.

“To see the smile on their faces means an awful lot to me,” Hutt said.

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Goodwin Working with National Healthcareer Association to Provide Phlebotomy Certification Testing to Students

Goodwin College is proud to announce a new certifying organization for graduates of its phlebotomy program as part of its continuing efforts to provide the best, most convenient experience for its hardworking students.

By working with the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), which has phlebotomy certification testing sites in Hartford and has certified more than 450,000 allied health professionals since its inception, Goodwin students are able to further differentiate themselves when seeking employment. Click HERE to learn more about the National Heathcareer Association.

SNAP Boasts Most Successful Cohort to Date

Sixteen students who successfully completed courses at Goodwin College as part of its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training initiative were celebrated for their hard work and taking chances during a celebratory ceremony on September 26, 2014.

“What an incredible opportunity this College has afforded our citizens,” Congressman John Larson said. “Never give up. Always know that tomorrow is a brighter day.”

Larson was one of several dignitaries on hand to celebrate Goodwin’s largest and most successful SNAP cohort to date: 21 students from Bloomfield, Colchester, East Hartford, Hartford, and Vernon. Of those students, 16 attended the ceremony.

Established in 1971, SNAP benefits help low-income individuals purchase nutritious food. The Federal government provides the majority of funding for the SNAP program, with individual states following rules set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“It’s not where you start, it’s where you end up,” CT’s Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby told the students. “We all need a little help from time to time.”

Bremby lauded Goodwin’s implementation of the SNAP program, and praised the students for their efforts. Six of these students have already booked job interviews, and three have been offered employment.

“You have the skill, the ability, and the knowledge to complete whatever you’ve started,” Bremby told the students.

Goodwin College is one of four colleges in Connecticut offering training to SNAP participants. Since beginning its initiative earlier in 2014, 102 individuals have participated in the Goodwin program, resulting in an 87% completion rate.

The Goodwin program offers courses in Office Administration, Customer Service Training, and Security Guard & Administrative Training.

“This isn’t a transactional experience,” Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg said of the SNAP program. “It’s a transitional experience.”

Scheinberg said that he was proud of the graduates and happy that Goodwin College could provide a stepping-stone on their path to success.

“Being from a family that got our share of government food when I was a kid, there comes a point where you ask how to get from there to here,” Scheinberg said.

The president thanked the students for having faith in Goodwin. “It’s our turn to give our faith to you as well,” Scheinberg said.

A short reception followed the ceremony for the students, their families and guests.

“The real reason we’re here today is to thank you, our students, for participation in this program,” SNAP program administrator Erin Clark said. “Congratulations.”

The Science of Tissue and the Science of Leadership

Goodwin College’s Histology program, which currently boast a 100% pass rate for the Board of Registry Certification Exam, has incorporated specially designed leadership classes into the Histology curriculum so that graduates will be able to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to become leaders in the field.

“The didactic sections of Goodwin’s Histology program are very sound, so we decided to include a leadership portion to give our students an edge that will allow for growth and promotion in the future,” said Histology Program Director Kelli Goodkowsky.

When making critical decisions in their patients’ care, pathologists rely heavily on the expertise of histotechnicians, who are responsible for preparing the tissue specimens pathologists use to render a diagnosis. Not only will graduates of the program have the skills necessary to be reliable employees, but they will also have acquired the critical thinking and writing skills to become influential leaders.

To launch the new leadership program, Dan Noonan, Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Enrollment and a Goodwin business professor, led a thought-provoking discussion on what it means to be an effective leader with a class of 9 students.

Noonan quoted Simon Sinek, inspirational speaker and author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, who said: “There are leaders and then there are those who lead.” Not all those who lead are leaders and the difference between the two is crucial in the working world.

Today’s healthcare field accounts for a massive part of corporate America and is in critical need of frontrunners who will guide their employees in creating a positive, productive working environment. With a substantial number of histotechnicians about to age out of the workforce, it is imperative that schools produce graduates with both technical knowledge and the transferrable leadership skills that will allow them to advance their careers and strengthen the field of histology.

Goodwin College prides itself on its supportive work environment, positive academic and corporate cultures, and encouraging leadership. Coupled with the school’s mission as a career-driven institution, the addition of the Histology leadership program is a perfect fit.

Noonan used Goodwin as a framework for effective leadership.  “In order to be a leader, your job cannot be transactional, it must be transformational. Leaders must serve a greater purpose than their own,” Noonan stated.

Histology student Diane Wisniewski is grateful that the leadership education courses have been added to the Histology program. “This program gives us something to strive for and is preparing us for bigger and better things.”

Noonan went on to say that he is hopeful that students will rise through the ranks once they enter the working world.

Student Chris Viega hopes to use the leadership skills he learns to inspire others. “I hope I can motivate others to pursue their goals.”

Noonan left the students with one short, but intricate question: “How will you lead?”

Goodwin believes that this program will prepare graduates not only to prepare tissue specimens properly, but also to take on leadership roles and identify what type of leaders they hope to become within their chosen field.



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