For Immediate Release - October 19, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK APPOINTS HECTOR TOLEDO AS CHAIR OF SPRINGFIELD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BOSTON – Friday, October 19, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today appointed experienced business and finance professional Hector Toledo as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Springfield Technical Community College.  Mr. Toledo is the current Board Chair at Springfield Technical Community College and today’s announcement is an affirmation of his appointment under the Governor’s new authority to appoint the Board Chairs at each of the Commonwealth’s fifteen community colleges.

The Governor’s community college plan, supported by the Legislature and included in the FY13 budget, calls for the Governor to appoint the Chair of the Board of Trustees at each community college.  This plan will create a more integrated, effective community college system that is responsive to both local and statewide employer needs by giving community colleges additional capacity to expand their efforts to provide students with high-quality, relevant educational and training programs. This plan will also help strengthen the connections between our campuses, our employers, and our workforce so that students of all ages have the opportunity to succeed.

“Our community colleges are at the center of our efforts to close the skills gap and help people get back to work in Massachusetts,” said Governor Patrick. “I want to thank Mr. Toledo for his willingness to serve in this capacity and am confident that he will be a continued partner in our collective efforts to better serve our students and employers, building a stronger Commonwealth for generations to come.”

Mr. Toledo is the Vice President and Retail Sales Director for Hampden Bank in Springfield where, in addition to being responsible for all retail sales, he has forged strong partnerships between the Hispanic business community and Hampden Bank. Mr. Toledo has previously served as a Branch Manager and Vice President of Bank of America in Chicopee, where he was a member of the Regional Latino Resource Group and also founded the regional Parents Resource Group. Mr. Toledo serves on the Board of Directors for the Pioneer Valley United Way and the Past President-Puerto Rican Cultural Center, among others. Mr. Toledo earned an Associate’s degree from Springfield Technical Community College.  Mr. Toledo has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Springfield Technical Community College for over four years.

"I’m honored to serve as Chair of the STCC Board of Trustees and thank Governor Patrick for this continued opportunity,” said Chairman Toledo. “As a proud alumnus of Springfield Technical Community College I know firsthand the enormous role public higher education plays in educating the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

"Mr. Toledo continues to provide the college with exceptional leadership, helping us make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and in the economic vitality of our region. I applaud the Governor’s affirmation of Mr. Toledo’s appointment as Chair of the STCC Board of Trustees," said Springfield Technical Community College President Ira H. Rubenzahl. 

Delivering on the goals of his community college plan, Governor Patrick recently awarded community colleges a total of $4 million in grants to support increased skill training and workforce alignment, improved student learning outcomes and efficiency measures at campuses across the Commonwealth.  These grants will give campuses the additional capacity they need to promote higher completion rates of degrees and certificates, be more responsive to the needs of local economies as well as of the state’s fastest growing sectors and adopt a system-wide standard core of course offerings. Springfield Technical Community College received $291,058 for expanding important student learning assessment activities on campus. Earlier this month, Springfield Technical Community College was also awarded $6.8 million in capital funding for major envelope repairs and other renovations needed at the main classroom and student activity building. 

To learn more about the Governor’s community college plan visit http://www.mass.gov/governor/agenda/education/.

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