Just down Hale Street from the undergraduate College, Endicott’s Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies has been quite busy with new programs, new campuses, and some fantastic student accomplishments. Take a look at some of the exciting news coming out of GPS!
Two students from the first graduating class of Endicott’s new M.F.A. in Interior Design program, Hollie Sutherland(‘12) and Rina Naik’s(‘12) papers were accepted for presentation at the IDEC regional conference that was held here at Endicott on October 18-20.
Another recent alumna, Emily Dyer(‘12) won the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation’s Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award for her thesis “Dwelling in The Home: Designing for Mindfulness, Connection and Well-Being.” Emily received the award from Judy Pickett, FASID,Chair, ASID Foundation Board of Trustees, during the ASID Design Awards Ceremony and Reception held at the Spertus Institute in Chicago.
We are also pleased to report that an alumna from this same graduating class Shelby Hicks(12), recently accepted a full time teaching position at Southeastern Missouri State University.
Institute for Behavioral Studies
Endicott’s Undergraduate Course Sequence in Behavior Analysis and Autism has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and designated as an “Approved Course Sequence.” Students pursuing the undergraduate concentration in ABA and autism are eligible to achieve national certification at the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) level through their studies at Endicott. Endicott is now only one of three such programs in all of New England and the only one in the metro Boston area.
Endorsed by the United States Surgeon General, the National Science Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) employs procedures based on scientific research, systematic instruction, and empirical data to teach the language, social, behavioral skills, etc. needed by persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students graduating from this program are highly employable upon graduation in a number of areas, including: schools, homes, institutions, group homes, and hospitals. Students pursuing the ABA concentration take foundational courses in the liberal arts and education, followed by a sequence of four courses specifically about autism and behavioral analysis during the junior year. As seniors, students complete a year-long practicum in a special education setting serving children diagnosed with autism.
Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
We successfully launched the new doctoral program in Educational Leadership with seven students who came to campus for orientation and class September 7-9. Students travelled from New York and Connecticut as well as Massachusetts. They bring a variety of backgrounds and research interests including: turn-around leadership, professional development for Nigerian teachers, and student services for traditional and alternative student populations such as single parents, students with learning disabilities, and veterans.
Homeland Security Studies
On October 6th, all fifteen members of the first Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies cohort began their studies into the multi-functional and multi-disciplinary field of homeland security. Cohort members include active duty military, a former nuclear security officer, Endicott alumni, and those interested in learning how to protect the nation. Several students have experience traveling, studying, and living overseas in countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and China. This month the cohort enhances their classroom experiences by visiting homeland security-related sites such as critical infrastructure sites, public and private agencies, and meetings with key homeland security officials.
Endicott Opens Two New Locations in Gloucester and Boston
In 1606 Samuel de Champlain sailed into Gloucester Harbor and named it “Le Beau Port”, the beautiful port, and America’s oldest seaport was established. Still an active and bustling fishing community, Gloucester is now home to a new satellite campus of Endicott College. Our 4,000 square foot facility, located directly on Gloucester Harbor, supports undergraduate and graduate studies, corporate training initiatives, and community service projects. Our presence in Gloucester is already providing opportunities for our students to be part of the burgeoning marine science business sector, the vibrant arts community that includes such notables as Fitz Henry Lane, Charles Olson and Edward Hopper, and the great historical perspectives that a centuries-old seaport can provide. According to Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, “This entrepreneurial college shares the can-do spirit of Gloucester. We are so excited that it has chosen to team up with us and believe it is a terrific partner that will contribute to the ongoing success of the city.”
In addition to the exciting expansion of Endicott to the Gloucester community, the college is also pleased to announce the opening of a new academic center in Boston. Endicott College Boston is a key strategic move for us. In fact, this one project moves us forward on all seven goals in our strategic plan at the same time. In addition to bringing programs from the School of Graduate and Professional Studies to this new location, we will be offering an associate degree program to a population that is currently underserved and underrepresented in our nation’s higher education system. More than 27% of Boston’s 618,000 residents are immigrants. Often, because of language barriers and financial stresses, these immigrants have not had a pathway to higher education and higher paying careers. By bringing a unique bilingual approach to college coursework, Endicott College Boston will help many of these students develop the strong foundational skills needed to succeed in the classroom and in the workplace. Our presence in Boston will also help develop new opportunities in our existing internship programs and new learning opportunities for the students here in Beverly.