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Mitchell College Now Eligible Training Provider in CT

Mitchell College is proud to support local, regional, and state communities by providing high-quality online training through the Mitchell Hub for Digital Innovation & Educational Excellence (“The Mitchell Hub”). As an Eligible Training Provider in Connecticut, Mitchell makes it possible for eligible learners to obtain certifications in technology, business operations, and health and wellness and have the full cost of training covered by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) funding.

Applicants may be eligible for WIOA funding if they are unemployed, low-income, a dislocated worker (lost employment due to company closure, layoff, or military spouse relocation), out-of-school school youth (age 18–24), veteran, or justice impacted. To determine eligibility for WIOA support, interested learners should contact their local American Job Center through to learn more.

Hub learners join a community of learners taking short courses on specific topics in high-demand careers. Committed to learner success, Mitchell College provides a success and support center to help individuals navigate online learning technology, develop strategies for successful online learning, and connect with other learners, industry mentors, and regional workforce organizations.

About WIOA Funding

In Connecticut, WIOA is managed through five Workforce Development Boards that provide access to training, job-seeking support, and career counseling to eligible individuals. Eligible courses are available in all regions of the state.

Workforce Development Boards include:

  • Eastern Region: Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board
  • South Central Region: Workforce Alliance
  • North Center Region: Capital Workforce Partners
  • Southwest Region: The Workplace, Inc.
  • Northwest Region: Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

About the Mitchell Hub

The Mitchell Hub was launched in January 2023 with support from U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, the U.S. Department of Education, the State of Connecticut, and the New England Board of Higher Education. In addition to WIOA-eligible courses, the Mitchell Hub offers a variety of online professional learning and upskilling courses to support career growth, including both certification and professional skill courses. Learners may enroll as individuals, and companies may integrate courses as part of employee onboarding or as an employee upskilling benefit. For more information on the Mitchell Hub, go to

Congratulations to the Class of 2024

In a year the college is celebrating its 85th anniversary, Mitchell College held its 80th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 11, on the college green with the Thames River as a backdrop. Under sunny skies and surrounded by cheering friends and family, graduates received their diplomas from President Tracy Y. Espy, Ph.D., who conferred 10 associate degrees and 102 bachelor degrees. More than half of 2024 graduates were Honor Society Members and almost two-thirds earned the distinction of cum laude or higher.

President Espy noted in her remarks that she felt a special connection to the Class of 2024, having started at Mitchell College around the same time as the students in 2020. She also noted that many in this class did not enjoy a high school graduation celebration due to the pandemic, making this ceremony even more special and memorable.

Keynote Speaker

Dan Holdridge, M.S., a 9/11 survivor who was working and injured at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 hit, delivered the keynote address and implored the class to live in gratitude and kindness. “There is not a September 12 for everyone,” he said, “so live with no regrets.”

Holdridge told the class that the two most important days of our lives are “the day we were born and the day we figured out why,” and he shared the acronym “H.E.R.O.” (Help Everyone Regardless of Outcome). “We all have a hero within us to act when people need us, to provide hope when everything seems hopeless. The world needs heroes now more than ever—it’s radically possible, powerfully you,” he said.

Student Address

Class speaker Anthony Marini thanked the Mitchell College community of faculty, staff, and coaches, along with his family, for helping him reach graduation day. He reminded the Class of 2024 that life is never perfect, but adversities are “our most valuable teachers.” Quoting Rocky Balboa from the movie “Rocky” he said, “If you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits and not point fingers, saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or nobody. Cowards to that, and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”

Marini reminded the class that life’s ups and downs have “fashioned you into the people you are now: resilient, eager, and ready to leave your mark on the world,” and urged the class to “accept diversity in all its forms and look for opportunities to learn from others whose experiences differ from yours.”

Success is not only measured by accomplishments, he said, but by the lives you touch. He shared a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King quote: “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.”

Academic Achievement

The 2024 Board of Trustees Award for Academic Achievement was presented to valedictorian William “Will” Marshall Dreier for achieving the highest GPA. The award was presented by Richard “Rick” D’Avino, J.D., chair of the Board of Trustees.

The 2024 Faculty Award for Academic Achievement was presented to salutatorian Jenna Marie Bennett for achieving the second highest GPA. The award was presented by Christine Ramsay, Ph.D., chair of the Faculty Committee of the Whole.

Alumni Charge

Johnathan Atkinson ’16, M.Ed., president of the Mitchell College Alumni Association, gave the alumni charge to the Class of 2024, welcoming them to the ranks of Mitchell College alumni. As the first class to enroll in the newly re-established Alumni Association, he urged the class to commit to helping the alumni community grow stronger. “You are part of a legacy now—a legacy of excellence, of reliance, of making a difference,” he said.

The Rev. Carolyn Patierno, M.Div., senior minister of All Souls New London, gave the invocation and benediction. The Mitchell College Select Chorus performed several choral pieces led by Prof. Jonathan “Jono” Babbitt, M.M.

Dan Holdridge, M.S. 9/11 Survivor

Keynote Speaker Dan Holdridge, M.S.
9/11 Survivor

Baseball Heads to NCAA Regional Championship Game

Senior Camren Varney (Manchester, N.H.) tossed a complete game one-hitter, leading the Mitchell College baseball team past No. 9/11 Salisbury University 5-1 in NCAA Tournament action on Saturday afternoon in the Babson Park Regional at Govoni Field. They play Salisbury again Sunday at 11 a.m. in the championship game.

With an overall record of 34-11, the Mariners have matched the program’s all-time win total and will need just one victory on Sunday to advance to the Super Regional Round for the first time in program history.

The hard throwing right hander went the distance for the second consecutive outing, surrendering one run and two walks, while striking out six. Varney also hit three batters, but allowed only two batters to reach third base all game.

Senior third baseman Jack Hayes (New Milford, Conn.) led the Mariners at the plate, finishing 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Playing in his first game since April 23rd, sophomore Savier Paige (Wethersfield, Conn.) delivered a run scoring base hit to snap a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, while Cole Lalli (Coventry, Conn.), Michael Ficocelli (North Providence, R.I.), Chas Terni Jr. (Montville, Conn.), Michael Gajda (New Britain, Conn.), and Thai-ler Sestokas (Danbury, Conn.) finished with one hit apiece for Mitchell in the win.

After Varney retired the side in order in the top of the first, the Sea Gulls threatened the following inning and got runners on first and second after two batters were hit by pitches. The hard throwing righty escaped the jam, however, inducing a fly out to centerfield and recording a strikeout to keep the game scoreless.

The Sea Gulls again got a man to second base in the top of the third after Andrew Kell drew a walk and stole second, but again Varney worked his way out of trouble by getting the next two batters to fly out. The first batter to advance past second base came in the top of the fifth when Max Ehrhardt walked with two outs, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Varney stranded the runner 90 feet from home by punching out Kell, who watched an outside fastball get called for a strike.

The Mariners led off the bottom of the fifth with three straights singles by Jack Hayes, Chas Terni Jr., and Michael Gajda, setting up a bases loaded situation with no outs. Savier Paige then opened the scoring by lacing a run scoring single to centerfield, and Thai-ler Sestokas followed that up with an RBI groundout to give the Mariners a 2-0 edge.

Mitchell grew their lead in the sixth when Jack Hayes ripped a two-run bases loaded single up the middle off Salisbury relief pitcher Shawn Rosemond, and an error by the Sea Gulls followed which allowed the fifth run to cross home for the Mariners.

Following two more scoreless frames, Varney’s no-hit bid was spoiled when Danny Sheeler led off the inning with a single, and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dom Frigola. Salisbury starter Garrett Beaver was charged with his third loss of the spring after surrendering two runs in four innings of work.


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Baseball Will Open NCAA Tournament on Friday at Babson Regional

After capturing the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship during their inaugural season in the conference, the Mitchell College baseball team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament. On Monday afternoon, the Mariners learned their fate in the Regional Round, and will travel to Babson College, which was selected as one of 6 regional hosts. They will play on Friday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m.

Under first-year head coach Shawn Gilblair, the Mariners (32-11) swept a best-of-three championship series against Johnson & Wales University to win the GNAC Championship on Friday, punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season and ninth time overall.

Mitchell, who surpassed the 30-win mark for the sixth time in the Division III era of the program, have never advanced out of the Regional Round. In 2023, the Mariners hosted a Regional Round for the first time in program history, and entered the final day of play in the driver’s seat, needing just one victory over Wheaton (Mass.) to advance. However, the Lyons upended the Mariners twice, ending Mitchell’s season on their home diamond.

The Mariners will face the host Beavers (30-11) in one of two games on Friday, while No. 7 Salisbury University (28-9) faces UMass Dartmouth (24-18-1) in the other opening round contest at Govoni Field.

Babson claimed their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship since 2018 on Sunday when they defeated Wheaton College twice to secure their sixth NCAA Tournament berth and first since 2019.

The Seagulls, who earned an at-large bid will be playing in their 24th consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament and will compete for a national championship for the 29th time in program history. Salisbury has played in every national tournament since 2000, qualifying for the College World Series on eight occasions.

The Corsairs earned the automatic qualifier after winning the Little East Championship on Saturday. They will be making their eighth trip in program history to the NCAA Tournament and the first since the 2000 season.

To watch the livestream:

To view the Regional Tournament homepage:

For information on Mitchell Athletics, check out the Mitchell College Athletics website anytime.

9/11 Survivor Named Commencement Speaker

Mitchell College marks its 80th Commencement Exercises on Sat., May 11, with 9/11 survivor Dan Holdridge delivering the keynote address to the Class of 2024. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. on the Mitchell College Green.

On September 11, 2001, Holdridge was at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building, killing 184 people. Suffering from serious injuries, he was just 10 feet away from others who did not survive. Since 2002 he has used his experience that day to work to inspire audiences with a powerful message of appreciation and leadership.

Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, Mitchell College president, said, “We are truly honored to welcome Connecticut native Dan Holdridge to deliver the keynote address to our graduating class. As a survivor of one of our country’s most tragic events, he will share a message of gratitude and resiliency that will inspire and empower our students. We look forward to learning from the wisdom and insight he gained through his powerful and life-changing experience.”

The historic day’s events were also captured in Holdridge’s best-selling book, “Surviving September 11th,” and his story has been featured on the BBC, NBC, Fox, and radio shows throughout the world.

In addition to being a keynote speaker, Holdridge is CEO of Eagle Electric Engineering Enterprise, based in Ashaway, RI. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and an Executive Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of New Haven.

Walk for Suicide Prevention

Mitchell College invites the community to participate in A Story Unfinished: Walk for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, April 14, 2024, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Hosted by the Mitchell College Mental Health Club and the Mitchell College Commuter Association, the event raises money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Participation is free, but the fundraising goal for the walk is $5,000. The event takes place rain or shine.

Participants can register online or on the day of the event as an individual or part of a new or existing team. Registration and check-in begin at 11:30 a.m. on the Mitchell College Green. For more information and to register online go to:

The community is welcome to join in the walk, remember loved ones lost to suicide, and support suicide prevention. “In our Community, Campus, and Overnight Walks, those affected by suicide – and those who support them – raise awareness and much-needed funds, strongly sending the message that suicide can be preventable and that no one is alone” ( Together we can change the conversation and end the stigma behind suicide and mental health.

Sponsors: American Foundation of Suicide Prevention

For questions, please contact:

Kayla Vargas, Walk Coordinator
Mitchell College Mental Health Club

Sabrina Bloise, Walk Coordinator
Mitchell College Commuter Association

Pedro Santiago, Director of Student Engagement and Orientation