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CPCS Alumni Reflect on Past, Look Ahead to Future

Office of Communications | December 07, 2012
Representative Jeffery Sanchez '06 was the keynote speaker at the College of Public and Community Service's alumni reception.

Representative Jeffery Sanchez '06 was the keynote speaker at the College of Public and Community Service's alumni reception.


State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez ’06 Keynote Speaker at Alumni Reception

State Representative Jeffery Sanchez says he learned to channel his passion during his time as a student in the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Public and Community Service. He also says it gave him a roadmap to solve problems in elected office, and as a citizen of the state.

The 2006 graduate was the keynote speaker at the College of Public and Community Service Alumni Reception, held last week in the Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

“CPCS helped you with your practical knowledge and then applied theory to it. The great thing about the school was that you came in with your ideas and your own perspectives, and then you were able to build off of it, off an academic platform,” Sanchez said.

The college was reconfigured a few years ago to better meet the needs of its students—new students were admitted into the revamped and revitalized programs starting in the spring of 2011. The reception was a chance for Interim Dean Anna Madison to tell alumni about the college’s current offerings and future plans.

CPCS currently offers bachelor’s degrees in community studies, gerontology, human services, and labor studies, and a minor in labor studies. Students can also seek a master’s degree in human services, and certificates in labor leadership and gerontology. The community studies program is available online.

“It’s designed for adults who need a convenient education. They need to be able to study any place, anywhere in the world. All over the world, we have students who are taking courses with us,” Madison said.

Future plans for the school include bachelor’s degrees in community development and urban health, a minor in leadership and civic engagement, and a master’s in social work, she said.

“We hope that graduates will apply what they learn to model courage, integrity, and high ethical standards in their professions,” Madison said.

About the College of Public and Community Service
The University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Public and Community Service provides opportunities for professional development in the human services, gerontology, community studies, and labor studies fields. Opportunities include careers as labor leaders, advocates for the elderly, and human services providers. The college provides a learning community to prepare students to actively engage with individuals and communities to achieve social and economic justice. It forges partnerships with public agencies, community organizations, and labor organizations to build healthy, safe, sustainable communities; remove obstacles to achieve a fair and democratic society; and challenge the status quo.

About UMass Boston
With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s nine colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit www.umb.edu.

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