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Springfield, MA — American International College (AIC) proudly announces that its Master of Science in Criminal Justice has been approved under the Guidelines for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Academic Programs by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE). Effective June 2024, this approval qualifies the fully online degree for the Police Career Incentive Pay Program (PCIPP), also known as the Quinn Bill.

Springfield, MA – American International College (AIC) proudly partnered with the office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni this spring for two sporting events designed to help keep young people constructively engaged during the summer months. By hosting Hoop Up Springfield and the inaugural Flag Football Tournament, AIC embraced its commitment to building relationships with organizations that support local youth.

Springfield, MA – On Thursday, July 27, 2023, American International College experienced an unprecedented disruption to campus life as a lightning strike caused a major structural fire in Courniotes Hall and the adjacent Lissa Building. While thankfully no one was harmed in the course of this event, the College lost an invaluable learning space on campus with only weeks to prepare for the fall semester.

Springfield, MA – American International College (AIC) celebrated its 139th commencement ceremony at the MassMutual Center on May 11, sending 603 graduates into their future with either bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degrees. For the class of 2024, this was an especially poignant celebration. For many, it was their chance to finally walk across the stage and collect their hard-earned diploma after missing out on in-person high school graduations due to the pandemic. COVID-19 also led to this group of students beginning their college careers with online classes.

Congressman Richard Neal joined American International College (AIC) Interim President Nicolle Cestero to announce a $1,050,000 earmark to launch a Center for Financial Literacy and Economic Development on the College’s campus. The allocation was made possible through congressionally directed spending from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Neal included funding for this project in the FY 2024 spending bill that was signed into law by President Biden on March 9.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – American International College (AIC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Eunice Bragg as vice president for Institutional Advancement. As an accomplished fundraiser and relationship leader, Bragg brings valuable expertise in building relationships, inspiring team culture, and employing metrics to meet fundraising goals for the institution.

 Springfield, MA – In a groundbreaking effort to redefine how law enforcement interacts with individuals in mental health crises, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has unveiled its latest publication, the Police-Mental Health Collaboration Framework (PMHC) guide. This comprehensive resource was spearheaded by professionals including American International College (AIC) Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology Terence Lynn, PhD, CAGS, LMHC, during his tenure as the Deputy Division Director of Law Enforcement/Behavioral Health at CSG Justice Center.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – In a celebration of inclusivity and sportsmanship, American International College (AIC) proudly hosted the 2024 Western MA Basketball League Tournament for Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) this winter. The tournament was played at the College’s Butova gym on January 21, February 4, and February 17.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – American International College (AIC) is looking for athletes for its new acrobatics and tumbling team. The College added the sport to its roster in the summer of 2023 and plans to start competing during the 2024-25 academic year. The team will be hosting an open tryout event on Saturday, March 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on AIC’s campus in the Butova Gymnasium. High school seniors as well as current AIC students interested in joining are welcome.

Members of the Springfield community attended the second annual Parents as Partners on the Pathway to Higher Education forum held at American International College (AIC) on January 30. The event, organized by State Representative Bud Williams of Springfield, was presented by AIC in collaboration with the Coalition of Experienced Black Educators, and the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership

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.

KENITRA, MOROCCO – American International College (AIC) President Hubert Benitez, DDS, PhD, delivered a keynote address on higher education leadership at the 6th Annual International Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of Morocco (OTAM) held on January 6 in Kenitra, Morocco. During the conference, the association also presented Benitez with a leadership award.

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