You are here

what's happening at WICN...

Support for wicn.org comes from...

Jack Calareso of Colleges of Worcester Consortium (Encore Episode)

Jack Calareso, chairman of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium
Program: 
Date: 
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.

Of Interest

Know Your Host:
Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

Tune in to Jazz Matinee
Sundays, 12 to 4 pm

Join

Become a Member now!

We’ve said it many times, but it’s true.  YOU are the public in public radio. Everything we do is only possible with your support.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution right now by clicking HERE or call us toll free at 855-752-0700.

Don’t forget to select your Thank You gift from our current selection!

Thank you for your support!

Sponsor

Underwriter of the Week

   
United Bank serves individuals and businesses in Western Massachusetts. 

United Bank believes in “personal banking”.  That’s why at United Bank all customers are matched with a Personal Banker. That means, attention to your needs when you need it most, and from someone who knows your history.

33 Waldo Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-4800

www.bankatunited.com