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Brianne McDonough

Assistant Co-op Coordinator

Contact

Office Location

35-37 Leon Street
313 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Brianne McDonough, Meserve
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Education

  • MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Salem State University
  • BS in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geology, Bridgewater State University

What are the brief specifics of your educational/career background?

I most recently oversaw the Guided Pathways to Success in STEM project at Northern Essex Community College. This Department of Labor-funded project focused on developing career pathways, increasing enrollment, aligning curriculum to workforce and employer needs, and integrating best-practices for educational technology and simulations into the classroom.

Prior to my work at NECC, I served as a Senior Research Analyst in the Division of Strategic Planning, Institutional Effectiveness and Grants Development at MassBay Community College. At MassBay I was primarily responsible for the college’s research and reporting, and took on special projects including creating the Genzyme/Sanofi STEM Mentor Program and labor market research to support curriculum, program development and assessment. At MassBay I also served as an adjunct faculty instructor for the Social Media certificate program.

I earned my M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Salem State University in 2014 and held fellowships at the university’s Enrollment Management/Early Alert, First-Year Experience services. Prior to graduate school, I worked as a first-year Resident Director at Saint Anselm College for 2 years. I earned my B.S. in Earth Sciences, with a concentration in Geology in 2010 from Bridgewater State University.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most/find most interesting about what you do?

The key aspects of my role at Northeastern include preparing students for their co-op experience, teaching the co-op course, and working directly with employers to develop new co-op opportunities for students. The fun part about my role is learning the about students and their passions and helping them to translate their skills and interests into careers.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the research/work that goes on at the College?

I am compelled by Northeastern’s vision to provide experiential learning opportunities that allow students to translate what they are learning in the classroom into practice. Through Northeastern’s co-op model, students participate in transformative experiences and graduate with practical industry knowledge. I see Northeastern’s approach as not only serving the student needs and employers, but Northeastern is also taking a lead in addressing the skill gap between education and workforce, and promoting economic development that goes well beyond just the Boston area.

Where did you grow up/spend the most defining years of your child/young adulthood?

As a Boston area native, I grew up in Bridgewater and spent my summers on the beach in Marshfield. Nowadays I spend most of my time in Waltham with the exception of weekends in the winter when I’m off to hit the slopes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

What led you to work in your field?

My decision to join the College of Computer and Information Sciences as a Co-Op Coordinator was informed by my interest in science and technology, prior work with STEM industries/employers, and prior experience on technical projects. Most recently I served on the core team charged with the research, design, beta-testing, and development for the Massachusetts Community Colleges Data Integration Project, consisting of the Student Pathways Application, Credit for Prior Learning Application, and Research and Reporting Tool. My prior work experiences have always involved technical reporting or using systems/applications in some form and I’ve always enjoyed this aspect of my roles.