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Jack Calareso of Colleges of Worcester Consortium (Encore Episode)

Jack Calareso, chairman of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium
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Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Anna Maria College President Jack Calareso, who is also chair of the Board of Directors of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. They talk about maintaining college collaborations in a tough economy.

The 45-year-old Consortium has split into two entities: one, a non-profit continues the Consortium’s college-access program without any reductions; and the other, a scaled-down version of the Consortium’s member-services program. As the Consortium announced on March 14, the transition became official on July 1.

The Consortium's college-access program, which serves middle- and high-school students and low-income adults, remains in the Denholm building in downtown Worcester. For now, the member-services program is located on Anna Maria's campus in Paxton, and its new director is Jeanine Went.

Mark Bilotta, the Consortium’s CEO, continued in that role through June 30 and is now MECO's chair. Pamela Boisvert, the Consortium’s vice president for college-access services, now leads MECO.

The Consortium has an annual budget of about $4 million, of which about $3.5 million is for the government-funded college-access program. The rest, about $500,000, is for the member-services program.

Under the new arrangement, the annual budget for the college-access program remains about $3.5 million and the staffing remains at 28 full-time-equivalent employees. The new college-access program is called Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities Inc.

In addition, the member-services program retains the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium name. And it reduces its annual budget from about $500,000 to about $115,000 and cut its workforce from six FTE employees to one FTE employee.

The 12 Consortium members are: Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College, Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, UMass Medical School, WPI and Worcester State University.

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