5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - May 19

 by TWIW StaffMay 19, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition – Wednesday, May 19 - the Worcester Bravehearts reveal special firefighters jerseys, Quinsigamond Community College is holding their 2021 Commencement Ceremony virtually, Assumption University is partnering with NECC for a fellowship program, Amtrak is offering student discounts this summer and MassDOT is hosting a virtual meeting highlighting capital investments in Central Massachusetts.


Worcester Bravehearts Partner with DetecTogether for Firefighter Jerseys

The Worcester Bravehearts have partnered with DetectTogether (formerly the 15-40 Connection), a national education and advocacy organization based in Westborough.

DetecTogether's mission is saving lives by teaching people how to detect cancer early and how to be active partners in their healthcare. They focus significant resources teaching 3 Steps Detect to firefighters. DetecTogether recently delivered its 3 Steps Detect education to 400 Worcester firefighters.

In a game on July 24, the Bravehearts will wear special firefighter jerseys which will then be auctioned off with the proceeds going to DetectTogether. The Bravehearts and DetecTogether chose a firefighter theme to bring awareness to the increased risk of cancer faced by firefighters across the country.

QCC Commencement Virtual Ceremony

Quinsigamond Community College [QCC] will hold its Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2021 virtually on Friday, May 21 at 1:00 PM.

QCC’s 2021 Commencement Speaker, scholar Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings, Ph.D., is a champion of social justice causes such as health equity, protection of social entitlement programs, income security, diversity and inclusion, and civil rights. She is the President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, D.C. based-firm that makes policy work for people and their environments.

Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts, Carlos E. Santiago, will also offer his greetings and congratulations to the graduates.

To view the ceremony on May 21 at 1:00 p.m., visit QCC.edu/commencement-2021.

The ceremony also airs on public access station WCCA-TV 194.


Assumption Partners with NECC for Fellowship Program

Assumption University and The New England Center for Children [NECC], an internationally recognized leader in autism intervention, research, and professional development, have announced an Applied Behavior Analysis Fellowship.

The Fellowship will allow students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis degree at Assumption while working with research professionals at NECC..

Assumption’s ABA master’s degree program includes a practicum sequence that is aligned with the students’ coursework and allows them to develop clinical skills in a coordinated fashion. The clinical supervision and exposure will further strengthen the focus on developing each student’s competencies in all areas relevant to research that Fellows will receive at NECC.


Amtrak Offers Student Discount this Summer

Amtrak offers students from 17-years-old to age 24 a 15 percent discount on travel across its nationwide network through December 30, 2021.

To apply this discount, visit amtrak.com/student-discounts or enter code V814 when booking a trip on the Amtrak app. Terms and conditions may apply.

Valid student identification must be presented upon request. This offer is valid for sale through December 30, 2021 and valid for travel between May 19 and December 31, 2021 on most trains. Reservations are required one day prior to travel. The discount may not be available on all trains on all days.


MassDOT Holding Virtual Meeting on Capital Investments in Central MA

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced several public virtual meetings for the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and each meeting will focus on a particular area in the state, including in Central Massachusetts.

MassDOT is developing the annual CIP which guides how the state prioritizes and funds local and statewide transportation projects. The CIP determines funding for infrastructure including transit, accessibility upgrades, roadway improvements, municipal projects, and for the needs of Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs).

The public meeting to discuss investments in Central Massachusetts will be held on May 27 at 5:30 p.m. You can visit mass.gov/CIP for meeting links and additional information.


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