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Saremi Career Center Gets a Facelift

The transformation of the Saremi Center for Career Development, located on the second floor of the Schwartz Campus Center, has likely caught your attention. We invite the campus community to join us on Monday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m. for the official unveiling of this revitalized space. The initial renovation of the Career Services Center in 2010, coupled with the recent refurbishment in 2023, stands as a testament to the shared vision and generous contributions of alumnus and trustee K. Kevin Saremi, along with his wife and fellow alumna, Debbie Saremi. We hope to see you there!

AIC Welcomes New Artist-In-Residence

American International College (AIC) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the globally acclaimed Young@Heart Chorus, based in Northampton, MA, to serve as the College’s new artist-in-residence. The chorus, with an average age of eighty-six, performs contemporary music with its own band.

 

The group will have a permanent presence on campus throughout 2024, rehearsing weekly in AIC’s Esther B. Griswold Theatre for the Performing Arts, and presenting three on-campus performances this year. AIC students will also have the unique opportunity to collaborate with the chorus as interns.

 

Read more about the artist residency at AIC on the College website HERE

Commencement 2024 News

AIC’s 139th Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. President Hubert Benitez, with the Board of Trustees and members of the President’s Cabinet, will preside over the ceremony. Guest speakers and the honorary degree recipient will be announced later, but general information can be found on our website by clicking HERE.  

AIC Appoints Devin Kindred as Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct

SPRINGFIELD, MA – American International College (AIC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Devin Kindred as the director of Residence Life and Student Conduct. This appointment reflects the College’s recognition of Kindred’s commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience.

 

In this new role, Kindred will oversee residence education, student conduct, and housing operations at AIC. Serving as the chief housing officer for the College, he will manage the daily functions of the residence halls, supervise the professional live-in hall staff, and administer the student conduct process.

 

Kindred's responsibilities encompass providing support to professional and paraprofessional staff to foster a supportive living environment and maintaining a code of conduct that prioritizes the well-being and success of all students.

 

Before assuming his new position, Kindred served as AIC’s assistant director for Residential and Commuter Student Living, managing housing operations and commuter-student relations. In addition to this role, he facilitated the Safe Zone – LGBTQ+ education series presented to more than fifty faculty and staff on campus.

 

Before joining AIC, Kindred held positions as a residence hall director at Sacred Heart University and residence director at Stonehill College.

 

Kindred earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management from Western New England University. He later attained his master of education in higher education leadership from Endicott College.

AIC Awarded Grant to Create 'Workforce and You' Initiative

In partnership with the City of Springfield, American International College (AIC) has been awarded a $270,000 grant to create a new program that will offer several support services – and in some cases, direct financial aid – to bring students back to complete certificate and degree programs. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer (CDO) Tim Sheehan announced the partnership as part of the Sarno Administration’s Higher Education ARPA Fund at City Hall on December 6.

 

AIC’s ‘Workforce and You’ initiative is designed to support students returning to the College to prepare to work in fields facing critical workforce shortages, such as health, education, and public safety, explained AIC President Hubert Benitez. “There are many individuals with many (college) credits but no degree, and that is not a good recipe for the workforce or the city, so we are trying to reinvigorate and bring back that community of students, or potential students, or prior students,” he said. “If successful, the program could be replicated across the country.”

 

Benitez adds supplying financial resources for students will be a focus of AIC’s new guided workforce readiness program. “We’re going to provide education and support to navigate the financial aid system – FAFSA, scholarships, loans, grants, and financial literacy – to reduce the debt of students upon graduation, and we’re going to provide financial support in the form of a scholarship for Springfield residents,” he said.

 

Mayor Sarno had previously announced the creation of the $750,000 Higher Education ARPA Fund as part of his 13th round of ARPA awards back in July 2023. AIC was joined by Springfield College and Western New England University as recipients of the grant money. The grants from the city should fund the colleges’ initiatives for the next 2-3 years, said Sheehan. “We think this is going to be a great foundation that ultimately can be funded by the state and federal governments,” he said.

 

Learn more in the following local news stories:

 

WesternMassNews: 3 Springfield colleges receive ARPA funding

WWLP22News: Springfield awards $750K in ARPA funds for local colleges

WAMC-Northeast Public Radio: Grants awarded to 3 Springfield colleges