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CHICOPEE — Polish National Credit Union (PNCU) made a $10,000 donation to the Chicopee Fire Department. On Oct. 15, PNCU President and CEO James Kelly made the check presentation to Chicopee Fire Chief Daniel Stamborski, Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, and Chicopee Fire Fighters Local 1710 IAFF President Glen Olbrych.

The $10,000 donation will be used to purchase an industrial-sized washer extractor for the Fire Department. This innovative machine reduces the amount of carcinogens in turnout gear without damaging the equipment.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of a community partner like Polish National Credit Union,” Kos said. “They take great pride in their community, and it shows through their strong financial support and incredible volunteerism.

Added Stamborski, “fires today aren’t the same as they were in the past. Today’s structures contain plastics, metals, and endless materials that are flame-retardant, which creates a dangerous carcinogen mixture. This washer extractor will reduce the number of carcinogens in turnout gear, making it safer for our firefighters and their families.”

Stephen Burkott, former Chicopee Fire Chief and Polish National Credit Union board chairman, noted that “this is a wonderful investment that will have long-term effects. Making sure our firefighters are safe is of utmost importance, and with the help of this machine, we’re one step closer.”

Kelly added that “our focus has always been on building relationships, so it’s not surprising that most of our giving is targeted to help strengthen our local communities, especially our municipalities. Largely, we owe our success to the wonderful people and businesses that make up our communities. It goes without saying that PNCU will always support the interests of Chicopee and our friends at the Fire Department.”

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SPRINGFIELD — PayScale, a Seattle-based software company that performs compensation research, including pay-scale indices and employee engagement, recently released its 2019-20 College Salary Report, ranking American International College (AIC) 39th in the country for health science and nursing programs when considering salary growth.

The annual report, based on the salaries of 3.5 million college graduates, provides estimates of early and mid-career pay for 2,500 associate and bachelor’s degree-granting institutions. For health science and nursing programs, PayScale examined 679 institutions offering four-year degrees. At number 39, AIC ranks in the top 6% of the colleges and universities reviewed.

“We are very proud of the dedication, motivation, commitment, and diversity of the students in our health sciences programs, including nursing, exercise science, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and public health, who strive to be the very best,” said Karen Rousseau, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “Central to American International College’s mission is to provide access, opportunity, and inter-professional collaboration to scholars in the School of Health Sciences, which will serve them well in their career goals as they advance in their chosen fields.”

PayScale pioneers the use of big data and unique matching algorithms to power the world’s most advanced compensation platform and continues to be the compensation market leader based on user reviews.

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SPRINGFIELD — When was the last time you evaluated your information-security practices, or considered the technical, legal, and financial risks a cybersecurity incident could pose to your business? In the second segment of its CyberSafe series, Bulkley Richardson will help businesses of all sizes assess the scope, risks, and value of both administrative and technical information-security practices.

Jim Duda and Lauren Ostberg, attorneys in Bulkley Richardson’s cybersecurity practice, will team up with Frank Vincentelli of Integrated IT and Scott Garcia of Smith Brothers Insurance for this event, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Bulkley Richardson’s office in Springfield. A networking reception will follow the program. Registration is required at [email protected].

The CyberSafe series meets quarterly to cover topics on preparation, assessment, implementation, and response to ensure that attendees are aware of their legal obligations, safeguards to stay protected, and what to do in the event of a breach.

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SPRINGFIELD — On Thursday, Oct. 24, USI Insurance Services will host an informative self-funding seminar with keynote speakers Jenny MacKay, vice president of Employee Benefits at USI, and Ashley Dube, a senior consultant at the Difference Card.

Attendees will explore the basics of self-funding, learning directly from experts in the field. Main topics include how self-funding works, how to gain transparency in medical and pharmacy claims, and the process to reduce and control claims costs. This seminar is geared towards employers with 50 or more employees, but all are welcome. In addition, 1.5 hours of SHRM credits will be awarded to all participants.

The event, which will be open to the public, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield. Registration and lunch are at noon, followed by the seminar from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. To register, click here, or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

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SPRINGFIELD — The third annual class of Healthcare Heroes will be honored at the Sheraton Springfield tonight, Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Media coverage is welcome.

Healthcare Heroes, a recognition program involving the Western Mass. healthcare sector, was launched in 2017 by HCN and BusinessWest. The program was created to shed a bright light on the outstanding work being done across the broad spectrum of health and wellness services, and the institutions and people providing that care.

The Heroes for 2019 are:

• Lifetime Achievement (tie): Katherine Wilson, president and CEO, Behavioral Health Network Inc.; and Frank Robinson, vice president, Public Health, Baystate Health;

• Health/Wellness Administrator/Administration: Emily Uguccioni, executive director, Linda Manor Assisted Living;

• Collaboration in Health/Wellness: Carol Constant, convener, Dementia Friendly Western Massachusetts; and director of Community Engagement, Loomis Communities;

• Community Health: Amy Walker, certified nurse midwife, Cooley Dickinson Health Care;

• Emerging Leader: Tara Ferrante, program director of the Holyoke Outpatient Clinic, ServiceNet;

• Innovation in Health/Wellness: Cristina Huebner Torres, vice president, Research & Population Health, Caring Health Center Inc.; and

• Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider: Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield.

The class of 2019 was profiled in the Sept. 2 issue of BusinessWest and at businesswest.com.

Healthcare Heroes is sponsored by American International College and Baystate Health/Health New England (presenting sponsors), Behavioral Health Network, Comcast Business, and Development Associates (partner sponsors), and Bulkley Richardson, Design to Finish, Elms College, Keiter Builders, Loomis Communities, and Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health (supporting sponsors).

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HOLYOKE — The entrepreneurship program SPARK EforAll Holyoke will host an informal networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Unicorn Inn, 126 Main St., Holyoke.

Anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship and helping local businesses is encouraged to stop by to learn more about becoming a mentor this winter. Accelerator mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and use their business and leadership experience to guide new entrepreneurs through the process of turning their idea into a growing business. Mentors work in teams of three and are matched with an entrepreneur based on schedule availability and desire to work together.

For more information and/or to RSVP, e-mail [email protected].

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BOSTON — Today, Oct. 17, the Assoc. of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) and the Department of Developmental Services will hold Talking Tech 2019, an event celebrating the promise of technology for empowerment and social inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Delcie Bean, CEO of Hadley-based Paragus IT, will be a featured guest speaker alongside other experts in a wide range of technological areas, including remote monitoring, staffing solutions, assistive technologies, cybersecurity, and more.

ADDP is a trade association representing more than 120 providers throughout Massachusetts. The organization is committed to enhancing the political, financial, and educational health of member organizations that serve people with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

“It’s an honor to be invited to speak at an event for this very important organization,” Bean said. “Individuals with disabilities rely on technology in ways many of us don’t understand. As tech professionals, it’s important that we do everything we can to support the mission of ADDP.”

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ENFIELD, Conn. — Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) will host an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The open house will feature information about ACC’s credit and credit-free opportunities, information sessions from Admissions and Financial Aid, campus tours, as well as an information session and tour in the Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Center. ACC’s Follett Bookstore will also be open for business during the event. Walk-ins are welcome.

Web registration for the spring semester will open on Monday, Oct. 28. Asnuntuck is currently accepting applications for the winter 2019, spring 2020, and fall 2020 terms. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu for information on how to register.

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SPRINGFIELD — Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM) was recognized recently by Massachusetts’ Department of Youth Services (DYS) for its work with local youth. DYS, the juvenile-justice agency for the Commonwealth, gave JAWM the 2019 Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Community Partner in the Western Region at a ceremony on Oct. 4 in Dorchester.

JAWM, which provides workforce-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial-literacy programs to K-12 youth, was nominated by Sharon Bess, youth employment development specialist at the Center for Human Development (CHD) in Springfield. Bess wrote in her nomination that “Junior Achievement has allowed us to introduce career readiness and financial literacy in a unique way that leaves a lasting impact on our young people and creates a foundation toward positive change to their futures.”

CHD is a nonprofit that delivers social and mental-health services to people in Western Mass. and Connecticut.

“We’re honored to be recognized with this Community Partner award,” said Jennifer Connolly, president of JAWM. “Starting in 2005, our partnership with CHD helped establish their Exclusive Tees program by introducing local high-school students to the JA Be Entrepreneurial program and the JA Company program. Our partnership also established the Teen Reality Fair, which provides high-school students with information on career opportunities and introduces financial literacy in a hands-on, eye-opening fashion. It’s always a pleasure to work with the youth and the staff at CHD.”

The Teen Reality Fair will take place this year on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at CHD, 332 Birnie Ave., Springfield. For more information, call JAWM at (413) 747-7670.

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NORTHAMPTON — In honor of its 25th anniversary, the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley (FBC) will host a Legacy & Soul celebration at the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by local reggae band ReBelle and dance instructor Anastasia Veremenyenko Christie.

In addition to celebrating its silver anniversary, the FBC will formally launch its leadership transition from its founding director, Ira Bryck, to its new director, Jessi Kirley, who will lead the organization into the next era.

“Under Ira’s leadership, the FBC has become a trusted place for owners, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders to grow their wisdom, influence, and impact,” said Kirley. “I have worked closely with Ira over the past 10 months, and his guidance and support have made me very confident of a smooth transition as we enter our next quarter-century.”

The FBC provides a unique professional learning environment for the leaders of closely held and family-founded businesses in the Western Mass. area, a setting that fosters business connections and growth. Members benefit from presentations by experts in the fields of psychology, management, law, accounting, organizational culture, emotional intelligence, finances, and more. Workshops allow for a deeper dive into topics with smaller groups, and peer-learning roundtables give owners a place to gain fresh perspectives on real challenges.

“I’m excited to pass the torch to Jessi,” said Bryck. “The Family Business Center has been a labor of love, and Jessi is well-poised to bring its legacy and soul into the next era.”

Member companies can receive up to four tickets for their leadership team to attend the event, and non-members are invited to attend for $50 per ticket, with proceeds benefiting the FBC’s new need-based grant fund for underserved business owners. The event will provide an opportunity for businesses considering joining the FBC to learn more about the benefits of membership and to network with current members.

For more information about the FBC’s 25th-anniversary celebration or to purchase tickets, visit fambizpv.com.