The Winchendon Courier
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Week of October 29 to November 5, 2020

Mount Wachusett Community College to host Open House Online November 4th

Gardner, MA, October 28, 2020 - Mount Wachusett Community College is hosting their annual fall open house online from 6 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

The virtual event will include breakout sessions to showcase programs, cover the admissions and enrollment process and explain how to apply for scholarships and financial aid.

"Whether students are looking to begin classes in January, June or September, attending for the first time, transferring from another college or university, MWCC's Virtual Open House is the first step for prospective students and families to learn exactly what makes MWCC so special," commented Marica Rosbury-Henne, MWCC’s Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management. "This event is also a great opportunity for students who want to get some general education requirements done during this challenging time."

The virtual open house will start at 6 pm with an introduction from President James Vander Hooven followed by fifteen-minute sessions with representatives from academic programs to discuss the various degree options and courses involved. Student Services will also host a session discussing the various student services available and how to access needed support.

To register to attend the virtual open house, please visit or call 978-630-9110 to speak with an admissions representative.

Vanessa Hill Sworn in as MWCC Student Trustee

Vanessa Hill

October 29, 2020, Gardner, MA -- Mount Wachusett Community College student Vanessa Hill was elected by her fellow Student Government Association members to represent the students of MWCC on the College Board of Trustees and sworn in on October 21 during the virtual Board of Trustees meeting. In addition to her position on the Board of Trustees, she will also serve on the Student Advisory Council, a group comprised of SGA presidents and student trustees from all 29 public institutions in MA.

Hill is pursuing her associate degree in Human Services, after which she plans to transfer to Fitchburg State University for her bachelor’s degree. As a mother to five children, three of whom are also college students and the co-owner of a small business, Hill Investment Designs, Hill is ready to serve the students of MWCC.

“I am delighted to welcome Vanessa Hill to the Board of Trustees,” noted MWCC President James Vander Hooven. “As a non-traditional college student and the parent of traditional students, her experience will benefit the students of MWCC and enhance the perspective she brings to our Board.”

“I want to be a voice for students, to show that students come first and that their needs are met,” said Hill. “Although this is a new experience for me, I feel that I am able to offer a set of skills that can be beneficial. In all, it’s an experience that I am excited about and can’t wait to start learning the process and making a difference.”

The MWCC Board of Trustees is comprised of alumni, local business leaders and educators and the student trustee. The Chairperson for the 2020 – 2021 school is Robert Antonioni, of Antonioni & Antonioni Law Offices. He is joined on the Board by Alumni Representative Irene Hernandez Guzman, Leominster City Councilor Claire M. Freda, Jamy Gaynor of Health Alliance Hospital, Denise Kindschi Gosselin, Professor Emerita at Western New England University, Tracy L. Hutchinson of GAAMHA, Inc., and Donata Martin of Boys & Girls Clubs of Fitchburg, Leominster and Gardner, and Kenneth C. Tomasetti of ACT Fastening Solutions. The Board meets, insofar as possible, on the second Thursday of the month. Interested parties can find the meeting schedule and past meeting minutes at