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Addressing the Merits of College Behind Bars

September 17th, 2015 in MET News.

Addressing the Merits of College Behind Bars

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, assistant professor and faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program, and James Matesanz, retired superintendent of the Mass. Department of Correction and senior lecturer on MET’s criminal justice faculty, addressed the American Correctional Association’s 145th Congress of Correction in August. Their presentation, moderated by Michael Harris, superintendent of the Suffolk County House of Corrections in Boston, was entitled “College Behind Bars: Soft or Sensible?” Tackling the debate as to whether one’s right to earn a college degree is forfeited upon incarceration, Dr. Mastrorilli and Mr. Matesanz presented the pros and cons of prison education from two perspectives—that of the practitioner and that of the academic. Along the way they discussed recidivism, Pell Grants, race and class, post-prison employment, and many other issues of prison education.

ACA is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession. Today, the ACA has thousands of members from all over the world.

Since 1972, Boston University has engaged in prisoner education initiatives through the Prison Education Program. As part of Metropolitan College’s criminal justice faculty, Mastrorilli has over two decades of direct experience with prison populations, in positions ranging from correction officer to prison administrator. She is the recipient of the Correctional Association of Massachusetts’ Professional Excellence Award, as well as the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award given by the National Center for Women and Policing. Mastrorilli teaches courses in criminal justice and sociology.

Discovering and Documenting the “Archaeology of Food”

September 2nd, 2015 in Gastronomy, Mary Beaudry, MET News.

Archeology of Food
The newly published Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia includes more than 250 entries, which, as the publisher explains, “add depth to our understanding of food.” This impressive two-volume work was edited by Karen Metheny, a visiting researcher in archaeology and lecturer in MET’s gastronomy program, and Dr. Mary Beaudry, BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of archaeology, anthropology, and gastronomy.

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MGH Newsletter Showcases MET-Educated Interpreter

September 2nd, 2015 in MET News.

Medical Interpretation
Jonathan Fitzgerald, who holds a certificate in medical interpreting from MET’s Center for Professional Education, received a nice write-up in the August 17 issue of Massachusetts General Hospital’s newsletter, The Interpreter. A Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) serving Spanish-speaking patients, Fitzgerald credits CPE Program Coordinator Karen Murphy for helping him break into the field.

See “Interpreter Profile: Jonathan Fitzgerald” >>

New Curriculum Takes a Bite out of Cybercrime

September 2nd, 2015 in Computer Science and Information Technology, Criminal Justice, MET News.

Cyber Investigation and Cybercriminology
A new Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity sequence prepares students for the forensics exam and a career in cybercriminology. The four-course sequence is available two ways: as a graduate certificate or a concentration in the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program.

See the news release >>

Homeland Security Seeks IS and Cybersecurity Pros

August 20th, 2015 in Computer Science and Information Technology, Criminal Justice, MET News.


Looking to put your technical or forensic skills to good use? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is actively recruiting professionals skilled in information systems and cybersecurity for jobs at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).

Learn about DHS cybersecurity careers and see current openings >>