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STCC ranked No. 2 for online program

Springfield Technical Community College’s online business degree program was ranked as the second most popular in the New England region, according to Business Degree Central, an online resource for students.

The website ranked STCC’s program No. 2 out of 11 colleges in New England. The business program was also ranked second most popular in Massachusetts.

“Springfield Technical Community College is extremely proud to be ranked No. 2 among the most popular online associate degree programs in business admin-istration within both Massachusetts and New England,” said Anthony Rondinelli, of Agawam, a business professor and graduate of the STCC program. “STCC offers a variety of online business degree programs and courses in the areas of accounting, finance, management, marketing, economics and entrepreneurship, making higher education both easily accessible and very affordable for today’s busy student,” Rondinelli added.

STCC designed the online business program for students who want to earn a twoyear associate degree before starting their own business or before transferring to a four-year college or university to continue on to a bachelor’s degree. Students in the program can take advantage of internship opportunities to earn money while they study and explore career options.

“We’re honored and delighted to be listed as having one of the most popular business programs in the area,” said Richard Greco, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. “I’m proud of our talented faculty, who show their commitment every day to supporting the success of the students. Our business program has been fully online since 2017. A lot of our business students work and have families, so they enjoy the flexibility of pursuing their degree online.”

Some of the students work in business and see the STCC degree as an affordable way to expand their potential growth within the company or industry.

Helder Serrazina, of Monson, who went through the online program and transferred to the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, said it was the perfect program for him.

“There’s a lot of versatility and flexibility so you can plan what you want to do and how many classes you want to take,” said Serrazina, who graduated in 2020 with an associate degree. “For me, it worked beautifully.”

BusinessDegreeCentral. com is a free resource for students seeking business colleges and university level programs. The website states that it researches and compiles business study area information, career overviews and more to compile ranking lists for graduate level institutions across the United States to help prospective students make smart decisions when considering a college for business.

Chicopeechildcare getsnewowners

Playful Minds Learning Center will take over operations of the Arbors Kids child care center in Chicopee beginning April 5.

Playful Minds will retain director Nicole Cava, in addition to other staff, and continue to offer before- and after-school care, as well as the popular summer camp programs at the Chicopee location.

Founded in 2012 in Longmeadow, Playful Minds Learning Center currently operates four child care centers in the state and one in Connecticut.

“We utilize an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore through play and the world around them,” says Paige Thompson-Westcott, owner of Playful Minds. “Through a wide range of activities and experiences, we provide an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. We are proud to build on the legacy of The Arbors Kids in Chicopee and move forward into the future.”

For information on Playful Minds Learning Center and the services offered at the Chicopee center location, visit the website, playful mindslc.com.

Springfield College named to transfer honor roll

For the sixth consecutive year, Springfield College has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top fouryear colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer.

Springfield College is one of only 150 colleges and universities in the country to be recognized for this honor, including one of only six colleges and universities in Massachusetts to be honored.

“We are very honored once again to be among a small, select group of colleges recognized nationally by Phi Theta Kappa for our high level of commitment to the success of transfer students,” said Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment management at Springfield College. “Educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others is the hallmark of who we are and what we do best.”

For the sixth consecutive year, Springfield College has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating

dynamic pathways to support community college transfer. (SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE PHOTO)

Anthony Rondinelli

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