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Grant Appointed To Two State Boards

12:00AM / Friday, March 09, 2007

MCLA {President Mary K. Grant
North Adams – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the appointment of college President Mary K. Grant by former Gov. Mitt Romney to two state boards that support state-based science and technology advancements.

The boards are the Commonwealth Information Technology
Initiative Fund Advisory Board and the Robert H. Goddard Council on
science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

The Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative (CITI) is a measure supporting the Information Technology program at the state and community colleges as well as UMass-Amherst. The Advisory Board consists of 12 members, eight of whom are appointed by the governor. The purpose of the CITI Fund is to provide funding for a collaborative approach to information technology education through a series of open competitions for grants to K-12 educational institutions in the areas of educator development, curriculum enhancement, IT across the curriculum and regional cooperation.

The Robert H. Goddard Council was established within the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in honor of Robert H. Goddard, a noted physicist and father of modern rocketry. The Council has the administration of the $4 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Pipeline Fund and is a voice for STEM education and policy as it works on STEM-related efforts to increase the pipeline of students entering STEM careers in
Massachusetts.

“With Mary on both of these boards, we can be assured of thoughtful and dynamic representation for MCLA and Berkshire County,” said state Rep. Daniel E. Bosley, D-North Adams. Bosley is co-chairman of the Goddard Council and a member of the CITI board.

“She’s been very active in finding ways that MCLA can structure its higher education programs toward careers in the sciences and technologies," Bosley said. "She’s done an outstanding job for MCLA as a whole and for setting goals to align its student programs along the paths of the future economy.”

Grant said she was eager to get started with the work of the boards as its members think about how to advance the Commonwealth in science and technology-related arenas.

“Our young people have to be competitive, no matter what their geography or economic bracket might be,” Grant said and added that she is delighted that the western part of the state will be represented at both boards.

“But I am even more pleased that we have another opportunity to get the word out about the tremendous work and innovation happening at MCLA!”

On May 5, the Region I Middle School Science Fair will be held on the MCLA campus.

MCLA’s work in science, math and technology in partnership with the
business community was recognized by the Associated Industries of
Massachusetts (AIM) with its 2006 Legacy of Leadership Award for the
Berkshire Region.

For more information, go to the www.mcla.edu or www.mass.edu/pipeline Internet web sites.
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