May 29, 2013

Newton, MA – Mount Ida College is pleased to announce the award of a $25,000 grant from the Highland Street Foundation of Newton, Massachusetts. The grant will fund eight to 10 scholarships for Mount Ida College sophomores with demonstrated financial need in the Veterinary Technology program with the funds necessary to enable them to obtain an undergraduate degree in veterinary technology.

Barry Brown, President for Mount Ida College, commented, “The continued commitment of the Highland Street Foundation to our Veterinary Technology program enables our best and brightest students, who demonstrate financial need, to complete their programs, graduate and achieve their dreams. Thank you to the Foundation for its support.”

Mount Ida College’s state-of-the-art veterinary technology facilities and supportive teaching environment prepares graduates of the program to work in a wide range of animal care settings. Moreover, our industry partners continue to seek Mount Ida College students as interns and employees of choice upon graduation. For many years, Mount Ida College’s Veterinary Technology program has achieved 100 percent job placement rate for graduates.

Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides best-in-class signature professional programs—all to prepare career-focused students for achievement immediately after school, and beyond.

The Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $135 million to many worthy non-profit organizations, addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit

The Boston Center for the Arts was filled with hundreds of cheering audience members for fashion design students’ Annual Fashion Show, “Manipulation.” After preparing for months on end, the show debuted on May 4, 2013 with one-of-a-kind pieces radiating down the runway. From bright-eyed juniors to seasoned seniors, all students were eager to share their many talents with the Boston community.

“Breaking the Rules of Fashion”

“For our 25th Annual Fashion Show, we gave audiences a taste of the past with a flavor for the future,” said Phyllis Misite, PH.D. “As always, our fashion design students revealed their style visions, but there was a twist on production and fashion design. In 2013, we broke all of the rules, especially with clothing construction. Students changed fabrics to challenge the impact of visual norms. On top of that, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing and Graphic Design majors helped with the promotion of the event.”

A Glimpse into the Fashion Industry

For our fashion designers seniors, the student-run event provided a glimpse into the glamorous and ever-changing world of fashion. Approximately 40 student fashion designers showed off their work to a panel of apparel industry jurists who are well known from the Boston fashion community. The student awards winners are below:

  • Most Creative Single Concept
  • Best Use of Materials
  • Best Ready-to-Wear Collection
  • Best in Show

Preparation for Fashion Design Career

“I always knew that I wanted to go to a small school close to my hometown of Melrose, MA. When I visited Mount Ida on a tour, I was drawn to the supportive environment with professors who are eager to see you succeed. They truly care about helping students become the best fashion designers they can be, which pushes me to create finished products that they will remember for years to come,” said Lizz Stepchin ’13.

When Jackie Levy ’01 came to Mount Ida, she knew that she wanted to work with animals in some capacity. Now, Levy has found her niche at the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts where she is employed as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) and Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner (CCRP).

Classroom to career

Levy came to Mount Ida to complete her associate degree for vet tech, while working full-time in the field. Through balancing her coursework and career, she was able to maximize her learning experience outside of the classroom with applying real-world skills to her studies. As a result of spending the first eight years of her vet tech career at VCA Roberts Animal Hospital, she had the chance to do everything from reception to surgical tech to hospital management.

“Mount Ida gave me the foundation and experience I needed to become proficient as a vet tech,” said Levy. “Being an alumna means that I invested in my education and training so that I am able to develop my skills to the fullest. Ultimately, I see myself in a teaching position in the veterinary field.”

Deciding next moves

In 2010, Levy decided to go back to college to obtain her bachelor’s degree in vet tech. She found that continuing her education created opportunities for new interests. It helped her make the move to South Shore Animal Hospital full-time in 2012 to support their rehab program and management team.

“Don’t be complacent – challenge yourself and make sure you always have goals and things you want to learn,” stated Levy. “My proudest accomplishment has been my ability to practice in all my areas of interest. In addition to being a CVT, I am also a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) and CCRP, so I have been able to develop skills associated with special interests like behavior and rehabilitation.”