Showing posts with label certificate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label certificate. Show all posts

Friday, June 25, 2021

Attention Franklin Area Nonprofit Network: : JULY 1 DEADLINE!



Anna Cross, Ed.D. Executive Director


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Monday, May 24, 2021

Franklin Police receive Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission

Franklin Police receive Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission

May 21, 2021

Chief Thomas Lynch is pleased to announce that the Franklin Police Department (FPD) has been awarded Certification status by the Massachusetts Police  Accreditation Commission.  Accreditation is a self-initiated process by which police agencies voluntarily strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.  The Franklin Police examined various aspects of the department's policies, procedures, operations, facilities, equipment, and training. 

This effort was led by Deputy Chief James Mill, who has spent the last several years going through what is known as the "self-assessment" phase, whereby we looked at the policies and procedures FPD had in place and determined if they met industry accepted professional standards. Any deficiencies that were located, or policies that were deficient were identified and corrected to reflect the best professional practices recognized through MPAC. This effort could not have been achieved without the cooperation and assistance of the men and women of the Franklin Police Department. 

The culmination of the Certification process is an independent review of our work by assessors from MPAC to ensure that we are complying with all the policies and procedures required for Certification.  In March of 2021, a team of assessors from MPAC reviewed all aspects of the Franklin Police department's policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services and determined that we met each of the 159 mandatory Certification standards required by the Commission.

"The men and women of the Franklin Police Department are a team of dedicated professionals who have worked hard to make this award possible. We will continue with our mission of providing the highest level of service to the citizens of the town of Franklin." said Chief Thomas Lynch.  "During a time where police reform is prominent in the news the residents and businesses in the Town of Franklin can be assured that its police department is following the best standards and continues to deliver professional services to our entire community." Lynch continued.

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Franklin Police receive Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission
Franklin Police receive Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission

Saturday, May 15, 2021

NEW! Nonprofit Management Certificate for Practitioners




For Immediate Release: Framingham, MA 


May 10, 2021 – MetroWest Nonprofit Network (MWNN), in partnership with Framingham State University (FSU), is pleased to announce a new course offering: Nonprofit Management Certificate for Practitioners. This 12-week online course set to launch on September 24, 2021, is designed for individuals who are interested in furthering their knowledge and skills as nonprofit leaders, aspiring and emerging leaders, mid-level nonprofit managers, and individuals seeking to change careers and enter the nonprofit sector. The program, developed after a three-year planning process that involved feedback from nonprofit leaders, funders, community organizations, educators, and students has two key goals: providing future leaders with the practical skills needed to lead effective organizations and actively supporting individuals with diverse identities and experiences who are interested in a pathway to nonprofit leadership.

"Framingham State University is proud to partner with the MetroWest Nonprofit Network to diversify and expand nonprofit leadership in our region," said Dr. Constanza Cabello, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Framingham State University. "It is critical that the face of leadership reflect the increasingly diverse population in MetroWest. We look forward to giving students the skills, tools, and network to lead in their organizations and in the community."

"We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique program to our community," said Sarah Baldiga, Chair of the MWNN and Co-founder and Executive Director of the Rise Above Foundation. "The Certificate program will amplify the impact of our MetroWest nonprofits by strengthening the skills of the passionate people who make them run. Our goal through this program is to give participants the chance to hear and learn from people in the field and to help shape the next generation of nonprofit leaders." 

The certificate program will focus on five theme areas: Nonprofit Fundamentals, Organizations and People, Finances and Fundraising, Communications and Marketing, Evaluations and Impact, and Leading through Change. Program faculty bring a wide range of expertise and lived experiences to the program. Students will have an opportunity to build a professional network of mentors and colleagues that will support them beyond the completion of the program.

"This program builds on MWNN's thirty years of experience strengthening nonprofit leaders, building connections, and nurturing collaborations," said Anna Cross, Executive Director of MWNN. "One of the most important lessons we have learned during the pandemic is that nonprofit organizations play a critical role in identifying and responding to issues of equity, racial, economic, and social justice. We consider it an honor and an obligation to provide opportunities for future leaders to gain the skills, tools, and networks they need to meet the challenge of building a just and equitable world."


About MetroWest Nonprofit Network

MWNN was created in 1991, in response to the need to bring MetroWest nonprofits together to share ideas, resources, and professional development opportunities. Today, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MWNN continues to offer the services and support that MetroWest nonprofits are seeking; opportunities for collaboration, connections to the expertise of their colleagues throughout the region, and access to resources that support and strengthen their organizations. For more information about MWNN and the certificate program please visit


About Framingham State University

Since 1839 when Cyrus Peirce closed each of his lessons at what was then The Normal School with the phrase "live to the truth," the Framingham State community has embodied this motto. We live to the truth by upholding the University's mission of providing affordable, high-quality education to all qualified students and maintaining a commitment to student involvement, engagement, and academic excellence. For more information about FSU and its programs please visit

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Vaccine 'passports' (really 'certificates') will be difficult but are in development

"The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials - often referred to as “vaccine passports” - that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen.

The effort has gained momentum amid President Joe Biden's pledge that the nation will start to regain normalcy this summer and with a growing number of companies - from cruise lines to sports teams - saying they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors again.

The administration's initiative has been driven largely by arms of the Department of Health and Human Services, including an office devoted to health information technology, said five officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the effort. The White House this month took on a bigger role coordinating government agencies involved in the work, led by coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients, with a goal of announcing updates in coming days, said one official.


U.S. officials say they are grappling with an array of challenges, including data privacy and health-care equity. They want to make sure all Americans will be able to get credentials that prove they have been vaccinated, but also want to set up systems that are not easily hacked or passports that cannot be counterfeited, given that forgeries are already starting to appear."

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