Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Awards Generous Grants for Goodwin College Math Lab

Goodwin College is pleased to announce that the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has approved two grants for the Math Lab, located in Room 219 at One Riverside Drive.

The Math Lab offers tutoring support as well as online learning modules, allowing students to master concepts at their own pace. The Lab is staffed with peer and professional tutors on a walk-in and appointment basis.  Students are encouraged to ask questions and seek assistance in this supportive, accommodating environment.

The grants are from the Samuel Roskin Trust and The Right Track Fund at the Hartford Foundation.

These generous grants will allow Goodwin to purchase over 100 graphing calculators. They will be lent out to students, who will return the calculators at the end of the semester to be used by the next student. This initiative will be especially helpful to those who cannot afford to purchase a calculator.

“These donations will have a tremendous effect not only on the Math Lab, but on Goodwin as a whole. We are always seeking ways to improve the College and help students succeed, so we truly appreciate the generosity of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving,” said Marion Leonard, Director of Grants and Planned Giving.

Goodwin thanks the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Right Track, and the Samuel Roskin Fund for these generous grants and looks forward to enhancing the Math Lab and assisting our students.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents. It receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals, families, and organizations and awards grants to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. For more information, go to http://www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.

By: Hannah Stacy

Goodwin College to Present Third Installment of Vital Voices in Entrepreneurship

On Wednesday, February 26, Stew Leonard Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s, will be speaking at Goodwin College’s third installment of Vital Voices in Entrepreneurship, a speaker series focused on first-hand perspectives of leaders who are making their mark in business and the community.

Stew Leonard, Jr.

Stew Leonard, Jr.

The event, hosted by Goodwin College and sponsored by the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce, begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour where attendees, including community business leaders and Goodwin College students, alumni and staff, can network and share ideas.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Stew Leonard’s Catering, and beer and wine will be provided by J Restaurant Bar.  The keynote address will begin at 6 p.m.

Stew Leonard’s is a unique family owned and operated fresh farm food store with annual sales in excess of $400 million. Originally opened as a small dairy store in 1969 selling only 7 items, the company now has four locations in Connecticut and New York, operates nine wine stores in the tri-state area, and welcomes more than 20 million visitors to their stores every year.

Stew Leonard’s has been dubbed the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” by The New York Times for its commitment to freshness, quality and in-store entertainment and has earned world-wide acclaim for its distinctive approach to retailing and customer service. It has been featured in two of management expert Tom Peters’ books, A Passion for Excellence and Thriving on Chaos, and was included on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for ten consecutive years.  The company is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having “the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States.”

The event is free and open to the public and will take place at Goodwin College, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118. Attendees are required to RSVP by Wednesday, February 19 to Vanessa Pergolizzi, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at 860-913-2160 or by email at vpergolizzi@goodwin.edu.

Husband and Wife Set To Graduate Together

Justin Greene and his wife, Casey Sholes-Greene, have been married for a little over a year and are expected to graduate from Goodwin College in May of 2014. Justin will be graduating with a degree in Medical Assisting and Casey with a certificate in Phlebotomy.

Before they became familiar with Goodwin, Justin was working part-time at Home Depot, and Casey found work as a certified nursing assistant. After seeing commercials that highlighted  the College’s career-focused degree programs, Justin decided to make a positive change by furthering his education and signing up for classes at Goodwin. Inspired by her husband’s example, Casey enrolled at Goodwin in search of a promising career as well.

“My husband said it was a great school. He highly recommended it to me,” Casey recalled.

The couple was up for the challenge, and they have been each other’s source of support and encouragement along the way. “It’s nice to live with somebody who will help motivate you,” Justin noted.

sgsMany students come to Goodwin with a specific career in mind, but all have the common desire of significantly changing their lives for the better. “I didn’t just want a job; I wanted a meaningful career. I wanted to do something more,” Justin said.

Initially, Justin entered the Medical Billing and Coding program, but eventually was attracted to a career that would allow him greater interaction with patients, so he enrolled in Medical Assisting. “Medical Assisting at Goodwin is preparing me for a career where I can continuously challenge myself,” Justin stated.

Casey also feels positive about the knowledge she will be taking with her after graduation. “Goodwin taught me about responsibility. I didn’t know much about the health care field before coming to Goodwin, but now I feel confident in my abilities,” Casey said.

Goodwin’s atmosphere and supportive environment have been large factors in Justin and Casey’s success. “The teachers promote hands-on learning and have practical knowledge in the health care field. They truly want you to succeed,” Justin said. Of the changes that he and Casey are making, he continued, “I could not be more proud of us.  We’ve both made the same great decision: to get our degrees together at Goodwin.”

The health care field is something Justin and Casey are both very passionate about, with plans to come back to Goodwin to obtain degrees in Nursing. “We want to further our careers and continue learning,” Casey stated.

Trading in the rice and flowers for caps and gowns, Justin and Casey will be walking down yet another aisle together with high hopes and expectations for their future.

By: Hannah Stacy

Goodwin, Pratt & Whitney Celebrate Success of Manufacturing Initiative

An “institution of milestones” added two new highlights to its collection on Friday by celebrating the early success of its manufacturing initiative.

Goodwin College joined with Pratt & Whitney and the students who completed the CPT program in celebration of milestones.

Goodwin College joined with Pratt & Whitney and the students who completed the CPT program in celebration of milestones.

Goodwin College held two ceremonies on its River Campus, one honoring the first cohort of students to complete the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program, and a second thanking Pratt & Whitney for its generous support and investment. The latter gifted Goodwin with a $125,000 donation aimed at helping the College grow the program and in turn support the development of Connecticut’s workforce.

“Even while Washington was stalled in a quagmire, Connecticut moved forward,” said Congressman John B. Larson, an East Hartford native, who was instrumental in helping Goodwin to create the program.

Pratt & Whitney presented a check to the College during a ceremony attended by many supporters of Goodwin’s Certified Production Technician program. The College launched the initiative in May 2013, becoming the first college in New England to offer a path toward a national and portable credential through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg, speaking earlier Friday to the first cohort of students to be credentialed, said that Goodwin was an “institution of milestones” that should celebrate the successes of the first steps in the manufacturing initiative.

Joe Sylvestro, Vice President for Pratt & Whitney's Manufacturing Operations, speaks at the check  presentation.

Joe Sylvestro, Vice President for Pratt & Whitney’s Manufacturing Operations, speaks at the check presentation.

The College and Pratt & Whitney are natural partners in the endeavor, which has great potential for both East Hartford institutions. In fact, United Technologies, the parent company to Pratt & Whitney, had two employees who were among the first eight students to get the MSSC credential, which is attained by meeting high manufacturing standards.

“We are very pleased to be part of supporting this fantastic program here at Goodwin,” said Joe Sylvestro, Pratt & Whitney Vice President for Manufacturing Operations.

Sylvestro presented the check to Goodwin during the ceremony, which took place against the backdrop of antique Pratt & Whitney machinery now on display in the Goodwin College lobby.

“You’ve done so much for us through the years,” said Goodwin College Vice President for Advancement Brooke Penders, addressing Pratt & Whitney. “This is just another feather in our cap in terms of our partnership.”

Congressman John Larson and John Winder of Alpha Q, one of the first students to be credentialed through MSSC.

Congressman John Larson and John Winder of Alpha Q, one of the first students to be credentialed through MSSC.

Congressman Larson commended Pratt & Whitney and Goodwin, as well as the local International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers members who were in the audience. Larson worked with IAM leadership to help develop the program initially, realizing that MSSC credentialing could benefit workers in Connecticut’s 1st Congressional District and the state as a whole. Given the economic climate and congressional gridlock, Larson said that the idea needed to move forward quickly.

“There was no time to pause, and that’s why we turned to Mark Scheinberg and Goodwin College,” Larson said.

Also present during the check presentation were many of the CPT students who had been honored earlier in the day in a separate ceremony that took place immediately before the presentation.

Al Pucino, director of the Manufacturing Management program, presented the students with certificates honoring their achievement, noting that the CPT program is designed to aid current and future demands within the workforce.

“There are positions to be filled, and we need qualified and credentialed people to fill them,” Pucino said.

All of the students completed the program through the support of their employers, including several successful manufacturing companies throughout the state. The students’ supervisors attended reception in support of their employees.

Recognized during the ceremony were John Winder, Brandon Truman, Olga Perez-Ivin, all of Alpha Q Inc. in Colchester; Stephanie Gregoire and Edwin Sandoval of C&P Manchine Co. in South Windsor; Stanley Rek Jr. of Pratt & Whitney; James Rotundo of UTC Aerospace Systems in Windsor Locks; and Paul Spada Electric Boat in Groton.

“We are incredibly appreciative of you for being willing to take the first shot,” Scheinberg said to the students.

In addition to the CPT program, the College was recently accredited to offer a bachelor’s degree program in Manufacturing Management and associate degree programs in Quality Management Systems as well as Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

Photos of both the Credential Ceremony and the Check Presentation can be viewed on the College’s Flickr page.

2013 in review

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Governor Urges CTRA Students to Set the Bar High for Future Classes

During a morning ribbon-cutting that had the youthful energy of a pep rally, Governor Dannel P. Malloy urged Connecticut River Academy students to set a high standard for those who will follow in their path.

Governor Dannel Malloy and Connecticut River Academy Principal Linda Dadona cut the ribbon on the new school. Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg stands nearby.

Governor Dannel Malloy and Connecticut River Academy Principal Linda Dadona cut the ribbon on the new school. Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg stands nearby.

“You have the opportunity to set the tone, to make sure that each student that follows you understands how high the bar has been set, how much is expected of students who go to this school and how much will be given back by them to the greater society because you, this first class, set the standard,” said Governor Malloy, speaking to a crowd of over 500 students, teachers, and guests on Tuesday, January 7.

The governor was one of many people on hand to formally open the new Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College, a 105,000 square-foot, four-story magnet high school located on the College’s River Campus. Though the school has been open since 2010, it has existed in multiple incubator locations, including the College’s main building, while work progressed on a permanent home.

The three-and-a-half year wait came to an impressive conclusion for the students, teachers, staff members, and administrators with the completion of the $57 million building. The school, located at 9 Riverside Drive, incorporates the Connecticut River and the surrounding environment into its design and curriculum, with a habitat room and “green roof,” project center, numerous high tech laboratories, and oversized windows.

The building’s amenities also include a digital music lab, fitness center, and a full-size gymnasium. The latter served as the setting for the ribbon-cutting, where the entire school celebrated a new beginning.

Ninth graders Saige Grace-Lange and Nakia Junor share a hug as they celebrate a permanent home for their school.

Ninth graders Saige Grace-Lange and Nakia Junor share a hug as they celebrate a permanent home for their school.

“The day that we have been waiting, for planning, and anticipating since Connecticut River Academy first opened has finally arrived,” Principal Linda Dadona said, recounting how two years prior, many of the same students had been present at the building’s groundbreaking. “Sometimes things aren’t what you imagined. Sometimes they are even better.”

Dadona has been principal since the inception of the Connecticut River Academy. Many of the teachers have also been there since day one, teaching out of modular classrooms as concepts for the permanent school took shape. The first graduating class never got to set foot in the school as students, but many of the grads were back on Tuesday to celebrate with their former peers.

Upon arriving at the school during the morning, the students were given the literal red carpet treatment, walking the new corridor like celebrities while teachers and staff members snapped photos as paparazzi. Many students and teachers dressed up for the occasion, marking a classy debut for the school.

In his remarks, Governor Malloy urged the students to make the most of their educational opportunities and congratulated them on their decision to attend the Academy. As a magnet school, CTRA is part of the state’s attempt to solve the educational challenges faced by many of Connecticut’s cities. Goodwin College built the Academy, as well as two other new magnet schools already open or scheduled to open this year.

“If you take care of business, if you become well educated, if you get the kind of job that you want to have and makes you happy, and if you give back to community, you will live a most rewarding life,” Malloy said. The governor also took time to recognize every faculty member at the Academy and thanked them for their service and dedication to education.

Erica Beavers, a CTRA senior, reacts during the ceremony. Photo courtesy of John Muldoon.

Erica Beavers, a CTRA senior, reacts during the ceremony. Photo courtesy of John Muldoon.

East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc wished the students good luck in their new building and said she was happy to have such a facility in her town.

“It gives me great pleasure to see 9 Riverside Drive rise from the rubble to what it is today,” Leclerc said. The Academy stands on the site of former brownfields that have been remediated for new use.

Other dignitaries who spoke included State Representative Henry Genga, who presented a citation on behalf of East Hartford’s General Assembly delegation as well as the entire state legislature. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman John Larson were in Washington, but sent their regards and congratulations to the CTRA students and faculty.

Goodwin College President Mark Scheinberg also extended his good wishes on the students. He called the Academy the best high school in the region even before the building was complete, and now the students have the chance to be the first of many to leave their mark.

“There are no words I can say that can possibly describe how it feels to walk into this place,” said Scheinberg.

Following the ceremony, students led tours of guests through the facility. Images of the day’s festivities are available for view on Goodwin’s Flickr page. Click here to watch a student-produced video. Video created by CTRA student Hannah Conde for JT Foster’s journalism class.

Prospective students interested to learn more are encouraged to visit www.goodwin.edu/Magnet_Schools/CRA/default.asp. A parent informational session is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, at 11 a.m. at the school. RSVP is required; register online at http://www.goodwin.edu/CRA/.