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July 26, 2020 – Brockton – Massasoit Community College is proud to announce a broad partnership with South Shore Bank that will help enhance the college’s local chapter of the Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG) National Honor Society for business and professional students. Established in 2021, Massasoit’s ABG chapter is strongly focused on service learning and developing leadership skills.

South Shore Bank has agreed to underwrite the membership costs for the first 20-student cohort to qualify for ABG membership, and South Shore Bank employees will also offer financial literacy workshops for ABG members

“As we grow our chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, having the support of South Shore Bank speaks to the importance of offering these programs and opportunities to our students,” said Michael J. Roggow, dean of the Division of Business and Technology at Massasoit. “Together, we will advance students’ academic and leadership capabilities, and for this we are most grateful.”

From left to right: Jim Dunphy, CEO of South Shore Bank, Katie Fortier, business administration student, Michael J. Roggow, dean of the Division of Business and Technology at Massasoit, Gavin Maloney, business administration student, Paul D. Grand Pré, vice president for institutional advancement at Massasoit, Nyles Tower, culinary arts student, and Mark Coletta, senior sales & service officer/CRA officer at South Shore Bank. Katie, Gavin, and Nyles are three of the first members of Massasoit’s ABG chapter. 

Students must meet eligibility criteria to be considered for the ABG National Honor Society, including completion of 12 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must then maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA until they graduate. Eligible Massasoit students received a letter inviting them to join ABG, and faculty advisors helped them begin their membership.

“We are honored to be able to support the Alpha Betta Gamma Chapter at Massasoit Community College. Working to help our people, clients, and communities build shared success is a core part of our values at South Shore Bank,” said Jim Dunphy, South Shore Bank CEO. “We are thrilled to play a role in ABG’s work in developing the leadership skills of its members.”

Massasoit is committed to sending students to Alpha Beta Gamma’s annual leadership conference in the future when post-COVID student travel is possible. Members of the honor society will submit applications to attend the national conference, and the top three applicants will be selected as South Shore Bank Fellows to attend the conference, thanks to scholarships provided by the bank.

The bank’s leadership team will also host a banking business career day and a shadow day for Massasoit’s data analytics students to learn about information technology career opportunities in the banking sector; this program will include mentoring and advising from the bank’s IT professionals.

Massasoit’s business faculty and Office of Student Affairs plan to train ABG student members to become tutors in a range of subject areas. ABG students may also support other initiatives at the college by: helping with Talent Search or a financial literacy program; training to become student financial advisers or ambassadors; providing advice for other students about financial aid or financial decision-making; or acting as admissions ambassadors for prospective students and at college open house events. A long-range goal is to have alumni of the program serve as mentors for Massasoit’s undergraduate student members.