HSI Stories

STCC to lead higher ed partnership to advance racial equity
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Springfield Technical Community College received a $250,000 state grant to work with other higher education institutions in Western Massachusetts to increase faculty’s core equity competencies and knowledge about racial equity, social justice and structures that have an impact on student success.
STCC student overcomes language barrier to earn science degree
Date: Friday, May 24, 2024

Lucy Alcantara, who is graduating in May 2024, found support from STCC throughout her academic journey. She moved to Western Massachusetts, learned English and is now graduating with a STEM degree.
Lidya Rivera-Early who strengthened STCC’s ties to community takes new role at UMass
Date: Monday, November 27, 2023

In her role as director of Community Engagement, Lidya Rivera-Early enjoyed building and strengthening Springfield Technical Community College’s relationships. “I was able to be a storyteller for the college,” Rivera-Early said. “I enjoyed going out into the community and telling people what we did. STCC is right in the center of the community, but a lot of times I found that people didn’t know that we are the only technical community college in Massachusetts.”
Just in time: Student seeks patent for watch to help save lives
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023

Jocelyn Rodriguez wants to put her Springfield Technical Community College education to work to help others. Rodriguez, who is studying business at STCC, has had her share of hardship in life, but she is determined to pursue her dreams and not make any excuses.
Former student returns to STCC to ‘pay it forward’
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Some students might see a little bit of themselves in Charlie Rosario, a financial aid counselor at Springfield Technical Community College. Rosario graduated from STCC in 2016 but admits he had a rough start when he started at the college a few years earlier. He was the first in his family to pursue a degree and didn’t know what to expect when he stepped foot on campus in 2012.
STCC launched academic career for School of STEM’s new assistant dean
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Melishia Santiago first came to Springfield Technical Community College to take an English as a Second Language class. Her goal was to learn English and then pursue a college degree. Some 20 years later, Santiago has returned to STCC a bilingual professional with a doctorate and new position as the assistant dean of the School of STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math). Dr. Santiago started the position in June 2023.
STCC celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with speakers and events
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2023

Springfield Technical Community College will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15 with free events open to students and the public.
Mexican-born artist’s exhibit kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month at STCC
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College launches the fall semester with a Hispanic Heritage Month exhibition titled “The Shell in the Clouds / El Caparazón en las Nubes” by Mexican-born artist Pável Acevedo, on view through October 6, 2023.
STCC to host Governor’s Latino Empowerment Advisory Council
Date: Friday, June 9, 2023

Springfield Technical Community College, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, on Saturday, June 10, will host the first listening session of the recently created Latino Empowerment Advisory Council. The event, open to the community, will take place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Top of Our City Conference Center Room in Scibelli Hall on the STCC campus.
For graduating student, support at STCC helped him succeed
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023

Drew Torres says he would not have made it to graduation this spring if not for the strong support network at Springfield Technical Community College. “The support system is the only reason I made it to where I am today,” he said. Torres will receive a degree from STCC and plans to continue with his education with the goal of becoming a nurse.
Digital Media Production graduate reflects on diversity at STCC
Date: Monday, May 15, 2023

When he leaves Springfield Technical Community College, Javier Garcia says he will remember the vibrant diversity he found on campus. “I met so many people with so many different backgrounds,” Garcia said. “(Diversity) makes a better connection for everyone. That is something I will miss about my time at STCC.”
Mechanical Engineering Technology professor recalls days as a determined STCC student
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023

Lineisha Dominicci-Rosario was determined to persist and get her degree. It helped that she found a strong support system at STCC. Her professors reached out to help her succeed whenever she was struggling. She befriended another student, also a young woman, who became a study partner.
STCC wrestling places 4th in national competition in Puerto Rico
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Springfield Technical Community College wrestling team won fourth place at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships at the Puerto Rico Convention Center with eight student-athletes returning as All-Americans.
STCC celebrates women with stylish high tea party, inspiring talk
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023

On International Women’s Day, Springfield Technical Community College put a spotlight on the work of the many women leaders within the campus and the community.
STCC receives funding to empower Latina students
Date: Friday, December 16, 2022

Springfield Technical Community College was awarded a $25,000 grant to provide mentorship and resources to Latina and low-income female students. The funding from KPMG U.S. Foundation, Inc., will support an STCC diversity program called Business Leaders Owning Opportunity Matters (BLOOM) program.
Springfield police officer looks back at his ‘Rowdy’ days at STCC
Date: Friday, November 18, 2022

Springfield police officer Eddie Sierra laughs when he remembers his days wearing the STCC "Rowdy the Ram" mascot outfit. He looks back on his good times at STCC and how it helped shape who is is today.
STCC announces 2 new hires in Marketing and Communications
Date: Friday, November 18, 2022

Springfield Technical Community College announces the hiring of Eli Freund as director of marketing and communications and Louis Burgos as digital and social media manager.
STCC inspired educator Shirley Arriaga, a veteran and candidate for state rep.
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022

Springfield Technical Community College helped launch Shirley Arriaga's dreams. Arriaga ‘15, a political newcomer who in September won the Democratic nomination for state representative (8th Hampden District), returned to her alma mater on Oct. 12 to speak as part of the “We the Women” series, which celebrates achievements by female leaders.
STCC, HCC to host national conference on Puerto Rico Oct. 14-16
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022

Moriviví is the theme the Puerto Rican Studies Association adopted this year for its national conference, which is being hosted jointly by Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College Oct. 14-16. More than 200 scholars, researchers, academics, artists, and others are expected to attend the three-day conference, “Moriviví: Activating Puerto Rican Futures.”
After years of hardship, student finds support, hope and inspiration at STCC
Date: Friday, June 10, 2022

Guadalupe “Drew” Torres arrived at Springfield Technical Community College driven to succeed and determined to put a difficult past behind him. Over the past academic year, Torres played basketball for STCC and was elected as the Student Government Association president. He excelled academically, earning a place on the fall dean’s list. His goal is to one day earn a nursing degree from STCC.
STCC students selected for prestigious cybersecurity mentorship program
Date: Monday, May 23, 2022

Two Springfield Technical Community College students are part of this spring’s Cybersecurity Mentorship Program, which offers real-world experience and helps expand their professional networks.
Incoming STCC student trustee ready to make an impact
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Glerisbed Garcia Figueroa considers herself naturally reserved but says she’s ready to speak out boldly on behalf of Springfield Technical Community College students in her new leadership role.
Retired assistant superintendent Lydia Martinez-Alvarez to address graduates at STCC commencement
Date: Monday, May 2, 2022

Lydia Martinez-Alvarez, recently retired assistant superintendent for Springfield Public Schools, will serve as the featured speaker at Springfield Technical Community College’s 2022 commencement on June 2, 6:30 p.m., at the MassMutual Center.
Gateway to College at STCC sparks passion for a criminal justice career
Date: Monday, April 25, 2022

When he earned his degree from Springfield Technical Community College, Axsel Rodriguez achieved what no one in his family had done before. But getting there was not an easy journey for him.
STCC connects with Hispanic American Institute to offer courses for entrepreneurs
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Hispanic American Institute, in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College, will offer two free courses to support Latino and minority entrepreneurs in Springfield by providing education and tools which will help them achieve economic prosperity.
STCC’s STEM Center director wants students to ‘thrive’
Date: Friday, April 8, 2022

Springfield Technical Community College’s new STEM Center director wants students to know they have access to a resource that will help them achieve success in classes related to science, technology, engineering and math.
STCC hosts roundtable discussion for businesses owned by people of color
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Springfield Technical Community College welcomed state Sen. Adam Gomez, D-Springfield, who hosted a roundtable discussion that put a spotlight on local businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC).
Alumna returns to STCC to help students succeed
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021

When she was enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College, Karolyn Burgos Toribio believed in getting involved and helping fellow students thrive. She started a club for Black and Hispanic female students. She also served as student trustee, a key leadership role. She used to stroll around the campus green with a fellow student who is now her husband, Malachi Vivenzio. Burgos Toribio expresses nothing but warm memories of STCC.
STCC receives $7.35 million in grants to enhance STEM education
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Springfield Technical Community College has been awarded two grants worth more than $7 million from the U.S. Department of Education to boost student success among Latinx and low-income students in STEM fields, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announced on Wednesday, Oct 6, during a visit to STCC.
STCC invests in program helping Black, Latino men succeed
Date: Friday, September 17, 2021

The director of the MILE program hopes to open doors for male students and promote student success by providing mentoring, academic support and community engagement opportunities. The MILE program consists of one-on-one and group mentoring, skill-building workshops, community service, tutoring sessions, and advising.
STCC to celebrate Hispanic/Latinx History Month
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Springfield Technical Community College will celebrate Hispanic/Latinix History Month with a number of in-person and virtual events featuring themes that will resonate with students.
Triplets from Springfield find STCC is the affordable choice
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019

Triplets from Springfield will start their college journey this fall at STCC. Their father, Daniel Medina, talks about how an affordable college like STCC made it easier for him financially to send three children to college at the same time.
New student trustee hopes to inspire others to succeed at STCC
Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019

Yanira Aviles, who was elected student trustee at STCC, sees herself as an advocate for students who come from a background like hers.
STCC grant programs boosting student performance, data shows
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Data shows that grant-funded efforts to reduce equity gaps and increase performance for low-income and students of color at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) appear to be working.
STCC to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8
Date: Monday, March 4, 2019

The Hispanic Association in Higher Education (HAHE) will host the 14th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration featuring discussions about challenges and adversities women face. The public is invited to attend the event on Friday, March 8, between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., in Scibelli Hall (Building 2), Seventh Floor, on the STCC campus.
STCC names mathematics professor as Distinguished Alumna 2018
Date: Friday, May 18, 2018

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) named Myrta Colon Groeneveld of Longmeadow, a professor of mathematics at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, as Distinguished Alumna 2018.
STCC/MGM Announce Free "English in the Workplace" classes
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Springfield Technical Community College in collaboration with MGM Springfield is offering a free, 30-hour “English in the Workplace” training program for anyone interested in improving their English language skills, including evacuees displaced from Puerto Rico due to the impact of Hurricane Maria.
STCC student Lineisha Rosario recognized as one of state’s ‘29 Who Shine’
Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

Springfield Technical Community College student Lineisha Rosario has been named one of the state Department of Higher Education’s “29 Who Shine,” a program that recognizes one outstanding graduating student from each public college and university in Massachusetts.
STCC offers in-state tuition to hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) voted Dec. 12 to grant in-state tuition rates to evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria. With today’s vote, the state community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts campuses will offer in-state tuition rates immediately through spring semester 2018.
STCC to host traditional music, dance from Puerto Rico and Cuba
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Hispanic Association in Higher Education (HAHE) at Springfield Technical Community College will present music and dance from Puerto Rico and Cuba on Wednesday, Oct. 11, between noon and 2 p.m. in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
STCC announces new leadership positions
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is pleased to announce appointments to two new positions: assistant vice president of student affairs and dean of students, and director of community engagement. Dr. John B. Cook, president of STCC, appointed LaRue Pierce, of Springfield, to the position of assistant vice president of student affairs and dean of students. Cook also named Lidya Rivera-Early, of Springfield, as director of community engagement.
STCC unveils fall 2017 speaker, performance series
Date: Monday, September 11, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield Technical Community College is pleased to announce the lineup of speakers and performers scheduled to appear on campus this fall.
STCC graduate wins national championship in Greco-Roman wrestling
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Two days after wearing a cap and gown at STCC’s graduation ceremony, Donavan Lozada put on a wrestling singlet, competed in a national championship in Texas and captured first place in his weight class.
STCC names Activity Director for grant supporting Hispanic students
Date: Monday, February 6, 2017

Springfield Technical Community College is pleased to name Dr. Felicia Griffin-Fennell as Activity Director of the Hispanic Serving Institution-STEM (HSI-STEM) grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.