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A different kind of college fair

Harrington holds event for hospital staff

Harrington staff members check out the offerings of several colleges at Tuesday’s college fair. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
October 20, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — While many community residents have seen significant changes at Harrington Hospital in the last year or so, most won't directly see one that could have a major impact on patient care — education.

"Under the new administration, they've really been encouraging education," said Nurse Educator Susan Waters. "It hadn't been part of the culture here before… and that has a very big influence on what the staff is able to do."

As an example, the hospital hosted its first college fair for employees Tuesday, featuring nine schools. The offerings ranged from the newest local "bricks-and-mortar" college in town (Quinsigamond Community College) to the nation's oldest Internet-only college (Walden University) and from "fun classes" at Bay Path Tech to doctorates at several colleges.

One of those attending was Crystal Lewis, a secretary in the volunteer services office who helps coordinate training for transport staff, among other things.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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