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The full-service branch will offer an extensive array of consumer and commercial products, traditional banking products, wealth-management products, and several robust digital solutions that have grown more important in today’s environment. It has been the bank’s goal to further expand the markets it serves.
Royal, P.C. Moves to Springfield
SPRINGFIELD—ThelawfirmofRoyal,P.C.has moved to Springfield. Founded by attorney Amy Royal in 2008, Royal, P.C. is now located in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield, at 819 Worcester St., Suite 2. “Springfield is where I grew up, so it felt natu- ral to relocate my law firm here,” Royal said. “Indian Orchard, with its unique history, has always felt like a special place within the city to me, and its geography otherwise places us in a more centralized location with respect to our Central and Eastern Massachu- setts and Northern Connecticut clients.” The tele- phone and fax numbers of (413) 586-2288 and (413) 586-2281 remain the same. For more information about the firm, visit www.theroyallawfirm.com.
Bay Path Launches
Risk Management Degree
LONGMEADOW — Bay Path University is expand- ing its focus in the rapidly growing area of cyberse- curity — and helping to bring more women into it — with the introduction of an undergraduate major in risk management. In addition, the university
will offer scholarships to women looking to obtain degrees in cybersecurity. Made possible by Strada Education Network, these scholarships will help off- set the cost of fall 2020 enrollment in cybersecurity programs. The term ‘risk management’ applies to
the forecasting and evaluation of risks alongside the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize their impact. This new program concentration will include coursework in data privacy, project manage- ment, crisis management, and incident recovery. With nearly 80% of the organizations surveyed for the 2019 Marsh Microsoft Global Cyber Risk Perception Survey ranking cyber risks as a top-five concern, but only 11% feeling adequately prepared to assess and address those threats, the need for risk managers in the cybersecurity sphere is more important than ever. Within those responding organizations, the major- ity of board members and senior executives respon- sible for their organization’s cyber risk management reported that they had less than a day in the last year to spend focused on cyber risk issues.
ValleyBike Share Launches 2020 Season
PIONEERVALLEY—ValleyBikeShare —theelec- tric-assist bike-share program of the Pioneer Val-
ley that includes Amherst, Easthampton, Holyoke, Northampton, South Hadley, Springfield, and the UMass Amherst campus — has launched the 2020 season in select locations. Remaining stations will be opened over the following weeks. ValleyBike boasts more than 40,000 active members, who have ridden more than 280,000 miles on 126,940 trips. Due to the situation with Covid-19, ValleyBike is urging mem- bers to sanitize the handles, seat, and PIN pad before and after using the bikes. Every time the maintenance team touches a bike, it will be fully sanitized, but the public can do their part to keep themselves and oth- ers safe. Visit www.valleybike.org for more informa- tion and to find out how to become a member.
Art Therapy/Counseling Program
Accredited at Springfield College
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College Art Ther- apy/Counseling master’s-degree program has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), effective immediately. Awarded after a peer review by the Accreditation Council for Art Ther- apy Education and the CAAHEP board of directors, this accreditation determined the Springfield College Art Therapy/Counseling program was in substantial compliance with nationally established accreditation standards. Students enrolled in the program will have the option to either pursue a master of science or master of education degree. Graduates are master’s- level clinicians who can jump right into the workforce or pursue additional licensure opportunities, which will allow them to earn a license in the mental-health field after graduation and to obtain board certifica- tion as an art therapist.
Applied Mortgage Giving Makes $45,000 Regional Donation
NORTHAMPTON — Applied Mortgage Giving announced a new campaign, the Vitality Grant, which will be donated to six local community organiza- tions: Downtown Amherst Foundation (Amherst
Area Chamber of Commerce and Amherst Business Improvement District), Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Easthampton Chamber of Com- merce, Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Franklin County, and United Way of Hampshire County. These organizations will each receive a portion of the gift to use at their discretion to support their work in the community. The Vital-
ity Grant — sponsored by Applied Mortgage Giving, the charitable arm of Applied Mortgage, a d/b/a of HarborOne Mortgage, LLC — is designed to positively influence and provide opportunities for the success of small businesses and nonprofits in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Applied Mortgage Giving will be partnering with the local chambers and United Ways, hoping to enhance these organizations’ opportunities to meet the specific needs of their communities. For more information or questions regarding the Vitality Grant, e-mail LaBonte at [email protected]
Westfield State Accepting Applications for Addiction Counselor Education Program
WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s College
of Graduate and Continuing Education is accepting applications for the 2020-21 addiction counselor edu- cation (ACE) program. Classes will be held evenings and weekends starting in September 2020 and end- ing in May 2021. The goal of this non-credit certifi- cate program, offered at the university since 1991, is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary for the successful treatment of individuals and families afflicted by alcoholism and/ or other drug addictions. This program has been highly instrumental in the professional development of individuals in Western Mass. who are either work- ing or interested in the growing healthcare field of addiction services. To help with this mission, West- field State also offers the ACE program at a satellite location, in Pittsfield, to help train potential counsel- ors in the Berkshires area to fill critical positions in treatment facilities that are understaffed and unable to fill open positions. Applications for both programs are available online at www.westfield.ma.edu/ace.
For more information, or to receive an application by mail, contact Brandon Fredette at [email protected] ma.edu or (413) 572-8033.
Pittsfield Cooperative Bank
Supports Resilience Fund
PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV ) announced it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Pittsfield Cooperative Bank to support its Resilience Fund for Farmers. This new fund was established in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting impact on local farmers, who are hurting right now as stores, restaurants, and other income-generating avenues like farmers’ markets and CSA are closed or operating in different, logistically challenging ways due to the virus. Despite these challenges, many farmers are reaching out to contribute healthy food to the neediest among us and sell as much as they can directly to consumers. The goal of the BAV Resil- ience Fund for Farmers is to support those who
are experiencing business challenges as a result of COVID-19. Zero-interest, forgivable loans and grants will be provided to help farmers adapt to new reali- ties, overcome significant income challenges, and ensure that farms remain viable and sustainable
so they continue to meet demand for healthy, local foods. In addition to working with individual farmers, BAV also hopes to support strategies that avoid costly duplication of effort among farmers, such as develop- ing coordinated delivery services. The first grant from the fund helped Roots Rising to pivot and establish the Berkshire County-wide Virtual Farmers Market, which in its first eight weeks served 1,400 households, gave $18,000 to neighbors in need, and generated $50,000 in sales to support the local food system. The grant from Pittsfield Cooperative Bank represents
the first corporate support to the fund, which was established with a grant from a local family founda- tion. J. Jay Anderson, president and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, added that the bank “is proud to support the work of the Berkshire Agricultural Ven- tures and the Resilience Fund for Farmers during this extraordinary time. At a time when local food systems and healthy food is important to our communities more than ever before, we thank them for their work.”
MCLA Receives Two Awards from Council for Advancement and Support of Education
NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announced it has received two awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a global nonprofit association dedicated to educational advancement. The college received an Educational Fundraising Award for Over- all Performance in the category of Public Liberal Arts Institutions and a Circle of Excellence Award for its 2018-19 President’s Report. This is the first year MCLA has been recognized by this program. The annual Educational Fundraising Awards recognize exem- plary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the CASE Voluntary Support of Education survey. Winners are selected based on fac- tors and variables that include, but are not limited
to, patterns of growth, overall breadth of fundraising, amount raised per student, and alumni participation. The Circle of Excellence Awards recognize institutions whose staff members advanced their institutions through innovative, inspiring, and creative ideas. The awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level
of professionalism, and deliver exceptional results. CASE judges commended the 2018-19 President’s Report, which was developed by MCLA’s Department of Marketing and Communications staff, on its theme and narrative flow, effective use of vintage and mod- ern photographs and design elements, concise but not spare use of color, and the overall feeling of com- munity it expressed, among other praise.
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