Col. Christopher Barron, New England District Commander, entered into an education partnership agreement with MassBay Community College, May 26. Col. Barron and John O’Donnell, President of MassBay Community College signed the agreement at the Wellesley, Massachusetts Campus. “This agreement established the basis for mutual understanding and cooperation between the Corps and MassBay Community College in the implementation of a ‘Partnership in Education’ program,” said Mark Anderson, District STEM coordinator.
According to Anderson, the supportive relationship is established in recognition of the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the future political and economic well-being of the nation, the importance of MassBay to the business, industrial and governmental institutions in this region as well as the overall USACE objective to attract a highly competent and diverse STEM workforce through the use of formal partnerships with engineering colleges and universities.
MassBay Community College is a two-year college that offers Associate Degrees and certificate programs. Some of the many degree programs the institute offers include engineering, engineering design and mechanical engineering. This agreement is in support of the Corps of Engineers’ “Prepare for Tomorrow” Goal.