Longmeadow, MA— Springfield Jewish Community Center was recognized with Bay Path University’s first-ever Community Partnership Spirit Award last week. This award, established in December 2017, is bestowed upon an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the Bay Path community, students, and mission by playing an integral role in student success through mentorship, leadership, and fostering career development.
“Our students have benefitted tremendously from the variety of opportunities they have had in working with the Springfield JCC,” President Carol A. Leary,
The Springfield JCC was selected as this year’s award recipient from a pool of nominations submitted by faculty and staff at Bay Path throughout the spring. The process was thorough, requiring that nominations include
“Students from our occupational therapy, psychology, and education programs have held internships, volunteered, and engaged in service learning projects with the organization. Most recently, our master’s in occupational therapy faculty and students collaborated with the JCC Kehillah Program for Individuals with Special Needs to develop a “
Michael Paysnick, Executive Director of the Springfield JCC; Bethany Young
“The JCC has partnered with Bay Path University for more than 30 years. During that time, we have had the opportunity to help in the education and training of hundreds of students, and together, create programs and services that benefit our wider community,” Paysnick said. “It’s been a win-win for all involved. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Bay Path providing real-world work experience for their students.”
Photo: Pictured with Bay Path University President Carol A. Leary are Executive Director of the Springfield Jewish Community Center Michael Paysnick; Early Childhood Director Deb Cohen; and Kehillah Program Director Bethany Young.
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About Bay Path University
Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 25 graduate programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.
About Springfield Jewish Community Center
The Springfield JCC nurtures wellness through physical, intellectual, social and spiritual means in an inclusive environment defined by Jewish values and culture. Our facility houses a health and wellness center,