Middlesex Community College Named a Military Friendly New1/22/20181/22/2018 1:50 PM
Thanks to Middlesex Community College's Veterans Resource Centers, Veterans Advisory Board, and other special veterans services, the college has been designated a Silver-Level Military Friendly School by Victory Media.

The 2018 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country. They are recognized for doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success - on campus in the classroom, and after graduation.

"This Silver Award recognizes the important work Middlesex does to create a welcoming environment for our veterans," said Pam Flaherty, Dean of Students. "We provide educational opportunities, as well as numerous veterans resources, to help make the transition from military to civilian life easier."

Veterans at MCC have become more engaged on campus through the Veterans Resource Centers in Bedford and Lowell, said Flaherty. And students are helping their peers through peer-mentoring programs and a variety of Veterans Club activities.

MCC has also received grant funding to provide Green Zone training to a wide range of faculty and staff. Green Zones help create a highly-visible network of college employees who better understand the unique needs of active military veterans and their family members, Flaherty added.

For more information about veterans services at Middlesex, contact Jorge Morales-Lopez, Coordinator of the Lowell Veterans Resource Center, at lopezj@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3158; or Timothy Quinn, Coordinator of the Bedford Veterans Resource Center, at quinnt@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3510.

Victory Media is a veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. The list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 I Bill funding. For more information, visit: www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College is a Leader in Online Education1/9/20181/22/2018 1:47 PM
For 20 years, Middlesex Community College has been a leader in online education. Spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 22, and it’s not too late to register.

Middlesex currently offers 15 degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. Another 10 degree programs can be completed 80 percent online through hybrid course offerings, which combine online and face-to-face instruction.

Students who take courses online at Middlesex complete the same high-quality coursework as those who take courses on campus. And online students earn the same course credits – which are transferrable to bachelor’s degree programs.

Some of MCC’s popular online degree programs include Accounting, Criminal Justice, Business, Hospitality Management, and Liberal Arts.

With online courses at Middlesex, you CAN fit education into your busy life! For more information about Middlesex online, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/fit/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Finish Your Degree at Middlesex Community College 1/2/20181/22/2018 1:47 PM
Want to finish your associate degree or add a credential to your resume? Looking to enter a new career field? Middlesex Community College is the place to start. Spring-semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 22.

With more than 70 degree and certificate programs, and hundreds of noncredit courses, Middlesex can help you finish your degree, begin a bachelor’s degree, or upgrade your skills. We offer flexible schedules to fit your needs, with day, evening, weekend and online course options.

New and returning students can meet with an advisor, build their class schedules for spring semester, and take the College Placement Test during Walk-In Enrollment Days, to be held Monday through Friday, Jan. 8-19, in Bedford and Lowell.

Walk-In Enrollment Days hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road, and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square.

Have you previously attended college? Bring your transcripts and meet with an admission counselor who can review them to award credits for previous coursework. MCC can accept up to 45 credits from other colleges and universities. (While we will need an official transcript to formally award credit, counselors can review unofficial transcripts to help get you started.)

Middlesex recognizes that many students, after completing their MCC coursework, intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree at another institution. For these students, the college offers the state’s Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways program, which can save an average of 40 percent from the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree. For more info, visit: www.mass.edu/masstransfer

Combined with a small-class environment, attentive and accessible faculty, as well as honors courses for high-achieving students, MCC provides a quality education at a price you can afford – online or on campus.

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for Spring 2018 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Offers New Accelerated 'Mini-mesters' 1/19/20181/19/2018 11:17 AM
In addition to Middlesex Community College's traditional 15-week Spring Semester, MCC is now offering two Mini-mesters -- accelerated, eight-week sessions. Registration is now open and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Spring Mini-mester I runs Jan. 22 through March 16
Spring Mini-mester II runs March 26 through May 18

"These new accelerated, eight-week Mini-mesters are one more way Middlesex is helping our students discover they can fit education into their busy lives," said Phil Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs.

Most Mini-mester courses are offered online. They cover the same content, maintain the same academic standards, and contain the same number of in-class instructional hours as courses scheduled during the traditional 15-week semester.

For further information and to see the full list of Mini-mester course offerings, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/minimester or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Professor Prepares Students for Business Success via Technology1/16/20181/19/2018 11:13 AM
In today’s fast-paced global economy, information technology has become an essential part of the business world. John Femia, Professor of IT & Computer Applications at Middlesex Community College, combines his IT skills and business acumen to teach students how to succeed in business by embracing technology.

Registration is now open for MCC’s new Mini-mesters -- accelerated, eight-week sessions. Spring Mini-mester I runs Jan. 22 through March 16, and Spring Mini-mester II runs March 26 through May 18.

A popular professor and innovative developer of cross-disciplinary instruction, Femia, of Billerica, began teaching in the midst of a successful business career, which included finance positions at Putnam Investments and Rockwell International.

In 1997, on a whim, he stopped by campus on the way home from work and asked if he could teach a computer course. “I was in the right place at the right time,” said Femia, who earned a B.S. at Villanova University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

“When I began teaching, business computing was really starting to take off.”

Femia joined the IT faculty full time in 1999. A few years later, when an economics instructor left mid-semester, he stepped in to teach the course. Femia now divides his teaching time between two academic departments: Information Technology and Business.

His IT courses include “Computer Applications,” which covers the entire Microsoft Office suite: Word, Excel and PowerPoint, etc. His Business courses include “Introduction to Business” and economics.

Over the 19+ years Femia has been teaching “Computer Applications,” things have dramatically changed. “Students today are much more comfortable with computers,” he said. After a quick 20-mintue review of basic computer skills, the class gets right down to making spreadsheets, writing resumes, creating an online presence – LinkedIn profiles, personal websites, ePortfolios, social media – and learning online etiquette.

And when it comes to resumes, Femia believes every word counts. “We look at verbiage, and analyze a student’s skills to see how those skills might transfer to another job in the future,” he said.

“Say you’re a deli clerk and you want to go work at a bank. At first, you might describe your skill set as ‘took money and made change.’ But you could write, ‘reconciled cash receipts accurately in order to prepare next day’s bank deposit.’ It’s the same thing, right? But what a difference that makes on your resume.”

Such fine-tuned accuracy applies to spreadsheets, too. “You can plug numbers into Excel, but you have to know whether they’re correct. Believe it or not, we’re teaching math and English, but people don’t realize it,” he said.

Always open to innovation and collaboration, several years ago Femia joined forces with English Professor Cathleen McCarron to team-teach a Learning Community. Titled “How to Succeed in Business,” it combines “Intro to Business” and “English Composition I” into one, six-credit course.

Teaching with Femia is fun, and combining their two courses is very helpful for her writing students, said McCarron. “ ‘English Composition’ is a rigorous course. I have a higher passing rate for students in our Learning Community than in my traditional ‘Comp 1’ courses because students can see that strong writing skills are necessary for success in the business world.”

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for spring 2018 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Enroll Now for Middlesex CC’s New Spring Mini-mesters 12/7/20171/19/2018 11:13 AM
In addition to Middlesex Community College’s traditional 15-week Spring Semester, MCC is now offering two Mini-mesters -- accelerated, eight-week sessions.

Registration is now open for classes that begin Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“We understand that in today’s fast-paced world, many college students are juggling school, work and family responsibilities,” said Phil Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs. “These new accelerated, eight-week Mini-mesters are one more way Middlesex is helping our students discover they can fit education into their busy lives.”

• Spring Mini-mester I runs Jan. 22 through March 16
• Spring Mini-mester II runs March 26 through May 18

Most Mini-mester courses are offered online. They cover the same content, maintain the same academic standards, and contain the same number of in-class instructional hours as courses scheduled during the traditional 15-week semester.

For further information and to see the full list of Mini-mester course offerings, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/minimester or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College to Host Free FAFSA Day1/18/20181/18/2018 1:25 PM
Middlesex Community College will host FAFSA Day, a free community workshop to help students and families fill out the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federally required application for financial aid.

The workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 10, in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square.

FAFSA Day at Middlesex offers different options for families seeking assistance including:
• Computer support for families to complete the FAFSA online
• One-on-one assistance from financial aid experts

To prepare for the event and to allow FAFSA Day volunteers to provide you with email updates prior to the event, all participants are encouraged to register in advance. To register, visit www.FAFSADay.org.

Students and parents should EACH bring the following (students born before Jan. 1, 1995, do not need to bring parental information):

• FSA ID (please sign up and bring both your Student FSA ID and Parent FSA ID, available at https://fsaid.ed.gov
• Social Security number
• Driver's license number (if any)
• 2016 federal tax return
• 2016 W-2 or year-end pay tub (if didn’t file tax return)
• Current bank statement(s)
• Current business and investment records
• Alien Registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)

To learn more about FAFSA Day at MCC, contact Yohanka Tejada, Senior Financial Aid Counselor, at tejaday@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3242.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Students Can Save Big With the Commonwealth Commitment 1/11/20181/18/2018 1:19 PM
Massachusetts college students enrolled in the statewide Commonwealth Commitment can choose from more than 40 majors to qualify for discounts and rebates aimed at making a bachelor’s degree more affordable.

Students can save an average 40 percent off the cost of a traditional bachelor’s degree by starting their course of study at one of the state’s 15 community colleges – including Middlesex Community College – and then transferring to a state university or University of Massachusetts campus.

Students can choose from many options in the “MassTransfer A2B” – Associate to Bachelor’s degree-mapped programs, which guarantee that course credits transfer between community colleges and the state’s public four-year universities. Programs include computer science, business, criminal justice, architectural, industrial and graphic design, communications and early education, as well as liberal arts and sciences.

Students first earn an associate degree at one of the state’s 15 community colleges, and then complete a bachelor’s degree at any public four-year institution. Once enrolled, students’ tuition and mandatory fees are frozen; they also receive rebates up to 10 percent at the end of each semester, and a tuition waiver or credit during their junior and senior years.

Students are required to go to school full-time and maintain a 3.0 grade point (“B”) average. Students can realize savings of 40 percent or more off the typical sticker price for a four-year degree, depending on the colleges they chose to attend, before other state and federal financial aid is factored in.

For more information on the Commonwealth Commitment’s list of degree programs and interactive cost calculator, visit: www.mass.edu/macomcom.

For more information about Middlesex and the Commonwealth Commitment, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/macomcom

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Hosts Info Session for Students with Learning Disabilities 1/8/20181/18/2018 1:19 PM
Learn more about Middlesex Community College’s nationally recognized Transition Program, a two-year, noncredit vocational certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities. A Transition Program Information Session will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in MCC’s Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road.

“MCC’s Transition program is designed for students with significant learning disabilities who would find traditional college-level academics too challenging, even with extensive support services,” said Patricia Bruno, MCC’s Associate Dean of Student Support Services. “The Transition Program helps students achieve their potential through coursework and hands-on experience in work settings.”

Three days a week, Transition Program students attend classes designed to teach independent-living skills, computer and job-survival skills, and social skills. Small class size ensures that students receive individualized attention and a program tailored to meet their needs. Two days a week, students work as interns in competitive employment situations in office and business support environments. Transition students may participate in all Middlesex student activities and student support services.

Graduates of MCC’s Transition Program receive a Certificate of Completion in Office and Business Support Skills and typically obtain employment in office support, business support, or retail support.

Transition Program candidates should have a high school diploma, GED credential or certificate of completion, interest in training for entry-level work in business and industry, fifth- to eighth-grade level reading and math skills, and the maturity and emotional stability to effectively participate in a program on a college campus.

Information session participants will receive an overview of the program, as well as in-depth information on the curriculum, application procedures, details of the required internship portion of the program, and prospective job opportunities.

For more information about MCC’s Transition Program, or to register for an information session, contact Nancy Sleger, Transition Program Coordinator at 781-280-3676 or slegern@middlesex.mass.edu.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Helps Students Along Pathways to Educational Success 12/18/20171/18/2018 12:30 PM
Middlesex Community College is focused on presenting clear, easy-to-follow “pathways” for students to follow in order to reach their educational goals. These “maps” are designed to lead students to their desired degree – and career – in an efficient, step-by-step way.

“We have a very diverse student body, including many students who are the first in their family to go to college and who may not be familiar with the college process,” said Bryan Wint, MCC’s Director of Academic Advising & Academic Pathways.

“These students have different needs than a traditional student at a four-year university,” he said. “We may take some things for granted and think college is easy to navigate, but it really isn’t.”

Registration is now open for spring-semester courses that begin Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

MCC’s new Pathway Maps (which can help undecided students zero in on a program of study) and Academic Maps (which provide a semester-by-semester breakdown of each program’s curriculum) have been in development – in collaboration with faculty and staff – for a couple of years, Wint explained. They were unveiled for the 2015-16 school year.

Pathway Maps were designed for first-year students who may still be exploring academic and career options. By dividing the college’s 70+ major programs of study into seven general “pathways” – Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Health, Public Service, STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), and Social Science – advisors can help undecided students focus on a general area of interest.

By selecting one of these seven broad Pathway Maps, Wint explained, students can stay on track and complete core courses required by all the programs in that pathway, while they’re still in the process of choosing a specific major program of study.

Once a student decides on a major, Academic Maps have been created for all programs of study. Designed with simple-to-follow graphics, these maps help students plan out the four semesters of full-time coursework required to earn an associate degree. Academic Maps also provide tips to help students get the most out of their education.

“Academic Maps give students an understanding of what they need to do to complete their program and graduate on time. If they are ahead or behind in some way, we are here to assist and help them complete the map,” Wint explained.

“The pitfalls we want to help students avoid are wasting time and money,” he added. “We don’t want them to take courses that do not fall into their academic plan. If they are spending additional time and money, it will impact their future life and career goals – and we have a responsibility to help them achieve those goals.”

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for spring 2018 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

For more information about Pathway Maps and Academic Maps, contact Bryan Wint, Director of Academic Advising & Academic Pathways, at wintb@middlesex.mass.edu, or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Offers Free Tutoring and Academic Support Services1/12/20181/16/2018 1:29 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Academic Centers for Enrichment (also known as ACE) provide free and flexible individual and group tutoring on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. Staffed by peer tutors and professional learning specialists, ACE is open for walk-in help and by appointment Monday through Saturday throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Students can register now for spring-semester classes that begin Monday, Jan. 22.

“ACE is primarily a peer academic-support program,” explained Noreen McGinness Olson, Director of Academic Support Programs. “We believe Peer Tutors and student Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders have often experienced the same difficulties and can better help students navigate the learning process.

“ACE peer tutors and SI Leaders not only help with learning content, but also help students develop and improve study skills and self-confidence,” she said. “We often say we’re not only helping students with ‘what to learn,’ but also ‘how to learn.’ Our individual and group tutoring sessions teach strategies that help students become independent learners.”

Many students do their math homework in the Math Centers, added Olson. “This allows them to get help if they get stuck, then work with an available tutor, and continue on to complete their work.

“We also believe all writers should have another person read their papers, so why not use a trained writing tutor? We encourage students to come to the Writing Centers for an appointment any time during the writing process.”

Tutoring is available in most subjects, said Olson, including writing, reading/study skills, math, science, computer applications, accounting, business, economics, nursing and English Language Learner (ELL) courses.

In addition to tutoring programs, ACE also offers free eTutoring online 24/7. Students can access online tutoring services by visiting the ACE website https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/ace or at www.etutoring.org.

To learn more about MCC’s Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE), or to schedule a tutoring appointment, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/ace

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC First-Year/Interdisciplinary Seminars Lead to Overall Success1/10/20181/12/2018 2:25 PM
Middlesex Community College’s innovative First-Year Experience/Interdisciplinary Studies Program is designed to help turn a successful college start into a successful college career.

Registration is now open for spring-semester courses that begin Monday, Jan. 22.

“While many institutions offer first-year classes, we wanted to find a way to offer more courses to a diverse group of new students who have varied interests and specific needs,” said Phil Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs.

Most academic-degree programs require new students to enroll in a bundle of three, one-credit First-Year Experience/Interdisciplinary Studies (FYE/IDS) seminars, Sisson said. There are almost 20 different seminars to choose from, focusing on topics as varied as leadership, personal finance, career exploration and entrepreneurship.

“Instead of offering a traditional three-credit ‘Intro to College’ course, we developed a variety of topical, interdisciplinary FYE/IDS seminars that can be paired with a standard intro course – or can stand alone,” he said. Taken together, these two courses promote essential overall college-success skills for new students.

The behaviors and habits students learn in the one-credit “Freshman Seminar” can then be applied to increase their success in the linked three-credit course – as well as all other MCC courses, Sisson explained.

Designed to be academically enriching and socially engaging, all FYE/IDS seminars foster a strong sense of community, said Jo Mucci, Director of First-Year Experience and Student Success. They feature small classroom settings, group projects and presentations, and promote strong relationships among students, instructors and the college community.

“Originally, our ‘first-year experience’ was centered on making students aware of what will be expected of them in college, as the demands and the independent-learning requirements are different from high school to college,” said Mucci. “But, we discovered that students enrolled in these first-year seminars became more engaged with the college and were ultimately more successful. As a result, we expanded on the idea.”

“The varied offerings of our FYE/IDS seminars have proven time and again what national research has shown – that students are more successful in completing courses, in graduation rates, and in overall achievement when they are personally engaged with their college,” said Sisson.

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for spring 2018 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434. For more information about MCC’s First-Year Experience/Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar Courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/fye

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Helps First-Generation Students Thrive 12/11/20171/12/2018 2:24 PM
Almost half of all Middlesex Community College students are the first members of their family to attend college. Ann Buskey, Director of MCC’s TRIO Student Success Program, understands this can be both a source of great pride and an overwhelming challenge.

According to a recent report from the Institute of Education Sciences, only about 20 percent of first-generation college students obtained a four-year degree 10 years after their sophomore year of high school, compared to 42 percent of continuing-generation students. “Having somebody at home – a parent, a sibling, a relative – who understands the college process is a huge advantage,” said Buskey.

Registration is now open for spring-semester courses that begin Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

For more than 25 years, MCC’s federally supported TRIO programs have provided qualified students with comprehensive and coordinated services that significantly increase their rates of retention, graduation and transfer.

Buskey and her Student Success Program team work with 200 students each year who are either first-generation to college, low-income, or have a disability – or a combination of the three. The overwhelming majority of TRIO students – more than 95 percent – have one thing in common: They are first-generation students.

“The overall goal of TRIO is really about breaking the cycle of poverty by helping students earn a bachelor’s degree or higher,” she explained. “Our goal is for these students to graduate and transfer to a bachelor’s-degree program.”

TRIO students receive a variety of support services, including one-on-one tutoring, financial-aid advising, and personal, career and transfer counseling. Buskey’s team even takes students on tours of four-year colleges.

Basically, TRIO students receive help navigating the entire college process. “We like to think of our staff and students as the TRIO family,” said Buskey. “It’s a partnership. They have to do all the work, but we are here to support them.”

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for spring 2018 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

For more information about MCC’s TRIO Student Success Program, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/triossp or call 978-656-3384.

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Middlesex CC Awards More Than 1,750 Student Success Grants10/18/20171/11/2018 2:43 PM
Middlesex Community College is committed to student success and making a two-year associate degree truly affordable. The Middlesex Board of Trustees has allocated $1.1 million to the 2017-18 Student Success Grant Program.

For the fall semester, more than 1,750 currently enrolled students have received Student Success Grants to address their college costs.

“These grants, made possible by a Board of Trustees committed to student success, will help a large number of students overcome the economic barriers that many face,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “With support from the board, Middlesex is working to improve success and retention by eliminating roadblocks through the creative use of college resources.”

“Our Student Success Grant Program once again demonstrates the way MCC provides students with additional avenues to develop their career skills and achieve their future goals,” said James J. Campbell, Chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees.

Student Success Grants are “last dollar” awards that pay for the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by federal or state financial aid. By reducing the direct cost of attending Middlesex to zero, the college helps eligible students find success and achieve their dream of earning a college degree – with less financial stress.

MCC’s Student Success Grants provide assistance for financial-aid applicants to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies. Eligibility is determined through filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Renewal of the grant is subject to federal financial-aid eligibility requirements, enrollment in an eligible program of study, and continued financial need.

For more information about MCC’s Student Success Grant program, contact Christopher Fiori, Director of Student Accounts, at 781-280-3647 or email: fioric@middlesex.mass.edu

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Dual Enrollment Student Completing High School & Earning an AA 1/3/20181/10/2018 1:17 PM
Sierra DeWalt, a 17-year-old home-schooled student, hopes to earn a high school credential around the same time she earns an associate degree, thanks to Middlesex Community College’s Dual Enrollment Academy.

Two orientation sessions for the Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy, which allows qualified high school and home-schooled students to earn college credit while satisfying their high school graduation requirements, are coming up:

• A Bedford Campus Dual Enrollment Orientation Session will be held from 5 to7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road.
• A Lowell Campus Dual Enrollment Orientation Session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square.

A resident of Ayer, DeWalt has acted in several independent/student films, speaks French, and is looking forward to learning Italian. She studies karate, dance, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges.

Now she can add “2017-18 Student Member of the MCC Board of Trustees” to her already impressive resumé.

DeWalt, who turns 18 in March, was elected to the Board of Trustees last spring. As the “student voice” on the board, she wants to make sure students feel comfortable on campus – especially in light of recent proposed changes to U.S. immigration policy. “It’s important that all cultures feel welcome here.”

She began home schooling as a sixth-grader. What started as a temporary arrangement became permanent, once DeWalt was old enough to attend high school, to allow her more flexibility to audition for acting projects.

But acting has moved to the back burner now that she’s focused on earning an associate degree – then transferring to a four-year school to study English Literature. Three years ago, during what would have been her sophomore year in high school, DeWalt enrolled in two courses at Middlesex. She was 15.

“At first, I was kind of nervous. I wondered if everybody would know I was in high school. But I found that I could keep up. So, after I had that little bit of confidence, it made it easier to make friends and participate in class.

“I like the diversity of the student population here at Middlesex, and all the professors I’ve had have been really good – and really dedicated.”

As her confidence has grown, so has her course load. Last year – what would have been her junior year of high school – DeWalt enrolled almost full time at Middlesex. She hopes to earn an associate degree this summer – about the same time she receives her high school diploma.

For more information about the Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dualenroll/ or contact MCC’s Academic, Career & Transfer Center at 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC’s $1.3 Million Math/Science TRIO Grant Targets LHS Students 11/21/20171/10/2018 1:16 PM
Middlesex Community College has been awarded a five-year, $1.3 million Upward Bound Math & Science TRIO program grant from the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen the math and science skills of participating Lowell High School students.

MCC’s TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program will provide participating students with a comprehensive and coordinated array of academic instruction, support and advising services, explained Colleen Winn, Director of MCC’s Pre-Collegiate TRIO Program and GEAR UP Massachusetts.

“The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, and to encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science – and ultimately careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions,” said Winn.

"The jobs of the future require a STEM education, so enabling more high school students to engage in math and science education will help prepare them for success at the college level and beyond,” added U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

“Using federal funds such as these to partner with local institutions to address the needs of the region, is a key tool in ensuring all people have the opportunity to pursue higher education. MCC exemplifies the growing trend of Third District institutions becoming both academic and community leaders,” said Tsongas. “I look forward to seeing the far-reaching impact of this funding take hold.”

UBMS will target 60 TRIO-eligible low-income, first-generation LHS students with coordinated services, including individualized case management; and advising to ensure students enroll in courses comprising rigorous programs of study (including dual-enrollment courses), according to Winn.

Special services will also include individual and group tutoring; exposure to research in STEM fields; and workshops on academic skills, test preparation, financial literacy, and the college- and financial-aid application processes, she said.

Students will be required to participate in after-school and Saturday academic enrichment programs, and a six-week summer academic program focusing on STEM disciplines, Winn added. Also as part of the UBMS summer programming, students will have the opportunity to experience a one-week overnight trip to regional colleges throughout New England. Additionally, UBMS will provide college and cultural field trips.

For more information about MCC’s TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science Program grant, contact Colleen Winn, Director of MCC’s Pre-Collegiate TRIO Program and GEAR UP Massachusetts, at winnc@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3401.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Student Veteran Awarded Fellowship to Study in Germany 11/2/20171/9/2018 3:05 PM
Patrick Flynn never imagined when he enrolled at Middlesex Community College that he would find himself in Germany, immersed in a new language and culture as part of a highly selective U.S. State Department fellowship.

But in late July, Flynn settled into a host family’s home in Saarbrücken, Germany, a little city on the Saar River, where he attended an intensive German-language school for eight hours a day. At night, he would teach his three new German “little brothers” how to play Frisbee and American football.

This school year, Flynn is a fellow in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) program. Each year, 75 Americans and 75 Germans, ages 18-24, are given the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning and living with hosts through the fellowship program, which is funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State.

CBYX includes two months of intensive German-language training; four months of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school; and five-month internships in one’s career field – plus transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and monthly living-expense stipends.

“As the first MCC student to be selected for this prestigious fellowship, Patrick leads the way for other Middlesex students to apply and be selected,” said Dona Cady, Professor of Humanities and former Dean of Global Education. “In fact, the CBYX program managers have asked us to send more community college students like Patrick to the program.”

Flynn, 24, a native of Rowley, Mass., enrolled at MCC in 2016 after serving four years as a U.S. Army infantry medic. Interested in becoming a civil engineer after seeing the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge, Flynn chose Middlesex because of its Civil Engineering Transfer Program, offered in partnership with UMass Lowell.

He discovered the fellowship through an MCC campus-news email. “I figured it sounded like a challenge,” said Flynn. “Worst-case scenario: I don't get it and I keep doing what I'm doing. Best-case scenario: I get to be part of a prestigious program, learn a new language, and travel for free!”

In late September, Flynn moved into a second host family’s home in Münster, where he is taking classes for four months at Fachhochschule Münster, a university of applied sciences. He is also doing volunteer work with refugees.

In February, he will begin an internship, likely at an engineering firm in Münster. He will return to the U.S. in July 2018.

Through the program, Flynn has had the opportunity to visit the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, France. He has also taken trips to Luxembourg, and Trier, the oldest town in Germany. 

“I've already gotten so much from this experience – life-long friends, a stronger appreciation for language and different cultures, travel to places I never thought I could go, free education – and in the future I will also be getting applicable career experience,” Flynn said.

For more information about the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellowship, visit: https://culturalvistas.org/programs/abroad/congress-bundestag-youth-exchange-young-professionals/ The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 program is Dec. 1.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Reach Your Educational Goals with MCC’s Adult Learning Center 12/13/20171/8/2018 12:41 PM
The Middlesex Community College Adult Learning Center (ALC) offers FREE noncredit college-preparation courses for adult learners (ages 16 and up) who live and work in Massachusetts. Students are admitted throughout the school year, on a space-available basis. The next registration period begins Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

“Our experienced and professional instructors help returning-adult students develop and improve their computer, study, and job skills,” said Kathy Innis, MCC’s Adult Learning Center Director. “The program helps prepare students for success in college, at work, and in the community.”

ALC class sizes are small and range from adult basic-education, to preparation for the High School Equivalency credential (GED or HiSET). The program meets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, September through May, on the Bedford campus.

Classroom instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and basic computing/digital literacy skills is provided. Students have access to computer labs with specialized software to supplement classroom learning.

The Adult Learning Center is a free program supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

For more information about MCC’s Adult Learning Center, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/adultlearning or call 781-280-3662.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Faculty Recognized for Outstanding Online Courses 11/28/20171/3/2018 1:33 PM
Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) recently recognized two Middlesex Community College faculty members for outstanding course designs that best exemplify online education’s potential to enhance teaching and learning.

Science Professor Sarah Quast and Communications Professor Jennifer Bauer were presented 2017 COD (Courses of Distinction) Awards at MCO’s 12th annual Conference on eLearning. Quast was honored for her hybrid course, titled “General Chemistry for Engineering and Science.” And Bauer was recognized for her online course, “Film Video and Society.”

“Middlesex has been a leader in online education for 20 years now, and we are extremely proud of our faculty who design and teach courses online,” said Matthew Olson, Dean of Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Evening & Online Education. “Sally Quast and Jen Bauer are two outstanding professors who have incorporated innovative teaching and creative uses of instructional technology into their online courses.”

MCC offers 15 degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. Another 10 degree programs can be completed 80 percent online through hybrid course offerings, which combine online and face-to-face instruction.

Spring semester at Middlesex begins Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, and it’s not too late to register. For more information about Middlesex online, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/fit/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) is a collaborative of public higher-education institutions involved in the design, delivery, management, and assessment of online, blended, and other technology-mediated learning formats. For more information, visit: http://masscollegesonline.org

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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There’s Still Time to Register for Spring at Middlesex 12/12/20171/2/2018 1:10 PM
Enrollment is now open for spring-semester courses at Middlesex Community College for classes that start Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

With more than 70 degree and certificate programs, and hundreds of noncredit courses, Middlesex can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree, or upgrade your skills. We offer flexible schedules to fit your needs, with day, evening and weekend course options.

Combined with a small-class environment, attentive and accessible faculty, as well as honors courses for high-achieving students, MCC provides a quality education at a price you can afford – online or on campus.

New and returning students can meet with an advisor, build their class schedules for spring semester, and take the College Placement Test during Walk-In Enrollment Days, to be held on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

December Walk-In Enrollment Days will be held Monday through Friday, Dec. 18-22, in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road, and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square. Walk-In hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

January Walk-In Enrollment Days will be held Monday through Friday, Jan. 8-19, 2018, in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road, and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square. Walk-In hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Middlesex recognizes that many students, after completing their MCC coursework, intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree at another institution. For these students, the college offers the state’s Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways program, which can save an average of 40 percent from the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree. For more info, visit: www.mass.edu/masstransfer

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for Spring 2018 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Earn Credits During Winter Break with MCC’s Wintersession10/26/20171/2/2018 1:09 PM
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College’s popular Wintersession.

Students can take courses during Winter Break, the normal break between fall and spring semesters, in a condensed, three-week format. Wintersession classes run Jan. 2-19, 2018, on the Bedford campus or online.

“Taking a class during Winter Break is a great way to complete degree requirements and stay on track toward graduation,” said Jillian Freitas-Haley, Director of Admissions. “Wintersession classes cover the same content, maintain the same academic standards, and contain the same number of in-class instructional hours as courses scheduled during the traditional 15-week semester.”

Taking advantage of the time between semesters can help students reduce their course load during the spring semester, or complete a course that won’t fit into their fall or spring schedules, Freitas-Haley added. It also offers students a way to study one subject intensively for a short period of time.

Wintersession students can earn credits in a wide variety of subjects, including English, science, history, social science, math and more.

For further information, or to see the full list of Wintersession course offerings, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/wintersession or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Register Now for Spring Courses at Middlesex Community College 11/17/201712/12/2017 12:58 PM
Registration is now open for spring-semester courses at Middlesex Community College. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online.

A complete listing of spring course offerings can be found in MCC’s Spring Academic Advising Schedule, available on the college website: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

Middlesex offers flexible schedules to fit your needs, with day, evening and weekend options. Combined with a small-class environment, attentive and accessible teachers, and honors courses for high-achieving students, MCC provides a quality education at a price you can afford – online or on campus.

With online learning at Middlesex, your classroom can be as close as the nearest Internet connection. For almost 20 years, MCC has been a leader in online education. We currently offer 15 associate degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online, plus 10 programs that are 80 percent online. We also offer hundreds of online course offerings, plus hybrid courses – which combine online and face-to-face instruction.

Middlesex recognizes that many students, after completing their MCC coursework, intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree at another institution. For these students, the college offers the state’s new Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways program, which can save an average of 40 percent from the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree. For more info, visit: www.mass.edu/masstransfer

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for Spring 2018 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College to Host Walk-In Enrollment Days12/4/201712/12/2017 12:57 PM
Walk in and get started on your pathway to success at Middlesex Community College!

New and returning students can meet with an advisor, build their class schedules for spring semester, and take the College Placement Test during Walk-In Enrollment Days, to be held on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. Spring-semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

December Walk-In Enrollment Days will be held Monday through Friday, Dec. 18-22, in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road, and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square. Walk-In hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

January Walk-In Enrollment Days will be held Monday through Friday, Jan. 8-19, 2018, in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road, and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square. Walk-In hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

During Walk-In Enrollment Days, students can learn about MCC’s more than 70 degree and certificate programs. They can also receive information about financial aid and other student support services – including tutoring, career counseling, and disability support.

Prospective students will be able to meet with admissions counselors and fill out an application. Qualified students can register for courses.

Students can also learn about MCC’s many transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities, including the statewide Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways program, which can save an average of 40 percent from the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree. Transfer counseling and transfer-credit evaluation will also be available. (Transfer students should bring their transcripts.)

At Middlesex, you CAN fit education into your busy life. For more information about MCC’s Walk-In Enrollment Days, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/walkin

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Presents Thornton Wilder’s ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’11/27/201712/11/2017 2:01 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Theater Department will stage Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” in five performances Dec.7-10, in the Lowell High School Burgoyne Theater, 40 Paige St., Lowell.

Curtain times for “The Skin of Our Teeth,” are: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

Tickets are $15; $10 for MCC students, staff and faculty; $8 for senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts or by calling the box office at 978-458-5429.

How does the human spirit survive and persevere in the face of destruction? Wilder addresses the question in this classic American tragicomedy. Meet George and Maggie Antrobus and their children, Henry and Gladys, of Excelsior, N.J. George and Maggie have been married for 5,000 years. Whether he is inventing the alphabet or merely saving the world from apocalypse, George and his redoubtable family somehow manage to survive – by the skin of their teeth.

Completed by Wilder less than a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, “The Skin of Our Teeth” broke from established theatrical conventions and won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

For more information about the MCC Theater Department’s production of “The Skin of Our Teeth,” or for advance reservations and group sales (10 or more), call the box office at 978-458-5429 or visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC’s Hands-on Culinary Courses Taught in State-of-the-Art Kitchen 11/20/201712/7/2017 3:16 PM
Twice a week, Middlesex Community College Hospitality Management - Culinary Arts students can be found whisking, sautéing, baking and braising in UTEC’s new 5,000 square-foot commercial kitchen in downtown Lowell.

Previously housed at Lexington’s Minuteman High School, MCC’s hands-on culinary instruction moved this fall to UTEC’s state-of-the-art facility, which opened at the nonprofit organization’s headquarters last January.

“We decided it would be a great match to hold our hands-on culinary classes in a brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen just steps away from campus,” said Kimberly Morrissey, Program Coordinator for Hospitality Management - Culinary Arts. “It has been a great experience.”

Registration is now open for spring-semester courses at Middlesex. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online.

According to Morrissey, there are currently 40 students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program, with hands-on classes capped at 12 each, to allow for personalized attention.

MCC’s Hospitality Management - Culinary Arts degree and certificate programs were ranked fourth in the state by Best Choice Schools in 2016. Both programs prepare students for a variety of careers, utilizing classroom learning, intensive hands-on instruction, internships and cooperative-work programs.

Students have worked through internships and cooperative field experiences at hotels like the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, and the Doubletree in Bedford, added Morrissey. They have also worked at local restaurants like Cobblestones in Lowell, Le Lyonnais in Acton, and Swissbäkers in Reading – even at Disney World.

Middlesex Culinary programs cater to students looking to dive right into the workforce, she said. Students can also transfer and pursue bachelor’s degrees in Culinary or Hospitality Management at schools like Johnson & Wales, Southern New Hampshire University or Salem State University.

“There is a very high demand for students with culinary skills,” said Morrissey, citing the new restaurant boom in towns like Burlington. “It is a real growth field.”

To learn more about MCC’s Hospitality Management - Culinary Arts Programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/hospitality/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Free MCC Concert Series Continues with a Music Faculty Recital11/13/201712/4/2017 1:05 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2017 fall music series, continues with a Music Faculty Recital to be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in MCC’s Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. The concert is free and open to the public.

Middlesex faculty members Raley Beggs, guitar; Orlando Cela, flute; Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano; and Anna Ward, soprano; will perform works for a variety of combinations by John Dowland, Henri Duparc, Jacques Ibert, Libby Larsen and Gabriela Lena Frank.

The final concert in this fall’s A World of Music concert series will be an MCC Student Recital to be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus.

For more information, contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, director of A World of Music, at 781-280-3923 or peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu. For directions, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu

To see video clips of previous MCC concerts, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/MCCmusicOnline2#g/a

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Transforms Classrooms via State Workforce Skills Capital Grant 10/12/201711/28/2017 9:13 AM
Thanks to a recent $489,750 state Workforce Skills Capital Grant, Middlesex Community College has transformed nine classrooms and computer labs into modern, high-tech learning centers.

Five Computer Science and four Engineering/Computer Aided Design (CAD) classrooms and labs on the Bedford and Lowell campuses have been outfitted with new state-of-the-art computer stations, projectors, and expansive white boards, according to MCC President James C. Mabry.

“Working with Gov. Charlie Baker and our legislative delegation, the college is now able to increase capacity and efficiency in our Computer Science and Engineering/CAD programs,” said Mabry. “Working on the most up-to-date equipment and software will make our graduates even more integral to the workforce, as well as help us recruit and retain more students in these high-demand fields.”

“This grant has provided crucial resources so that our students receive the training they need for the high-tech job openings in the new economy,” said Rep. Ken Gordon of Bedford. “Once again, Middlesex Community College is leading the way in preparing our students for careers that will assist our businesses and the overall economy in our area."

“The commonwealth’s knowledge-based economy can continue to thrive only if we continue to grow a world-class workforce,” added Sen. Eileen Donoghue of Lowell. “I am pleased that MCC has used this state grant to give its students the skills they will need to succeed in the future."

New 3D printers were also purchased to support the CAD and Engineering programs, explained Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of STEM. And, faculty members have been given high-functioning computer tablets that allow them to project drawings and other materials in class – which can be saved by students and accessed again later.

Students are now able to access high-end graphics, drawings and other materials from home, added Joe Patuto, MCC’s Chief Technology Officer. The new system runs on VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure), which hosts the desktop operating system on a centralized server that can be accessed remotely from any computer.

“The new VDI workstations provide students and faculty with the most current technology to support teaching and learning,” said Patuto. “Having access to academic software remotely allows students the flexibility of completing assignments while promoting academic success.”  

“These new learning environments are incredible – it’s not just cosmetic,” stressed Sweeney. “They are now much more functional with more capacity for students.” It is estimated that with the new equipment and infrastructure, the college will be able to serve an additional 136 students annually in Computer Science and Engineering programs, she said.

The classroom/lab upgrades have been a collaborative effort between the administration, faculty, Facilities and IT, explained Sweeney. With the input of faculty, each classroom has not only been equipped with state-of-the-art technology, but the learning environment has been transformed through the installation of new tables and chairs that make the classrooms a more “active” environment.

The upgraded classrooms in Bedford’s South Academic Hall have undergone the biggest transformation, according to Sweeney. There, new floors and air conditioning units were installed through a mix of funding from the grant and the college.

And the Engineering Department has been able to purchase new CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment, used to teach computer coding for automated manufacturing processes, which allows the department to offer more courses.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Free Middlesex CC Concert Explores LGBT Issues Through Music 11/7/201711/27/2017 1:23 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2017 fall music series, continues with a concert titled “And the Barriers Had Vanished: Exploring LGBT Issues through Music” to be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in MCC’s Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. The concert is free and open to the public.

In this program, which reflects LGBT issues through music from the 1600s to the modern day, MCC faculty member/soprano Anna Ward will be joined by Rodolfo Girón, countertenor; Drew Ricciardi, viola; and Elaine Rombola, piano.

Featured will be vocal duets by Claudio Monteverdi, arias by George Frideric Handel, songs by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a song cycle by Juliana Hall set to poetry by Elizabeth Bishop and Edna St. Vincent Millay, and a song cycle for soprano and viola by Dominick DiOrio, titled “And the Barriers Had Vanished.”

Additional concerts in this fall’s A World of Music concert series include an MCC Faculty Recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; and an MCC Student Recital at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. All concerts will be held in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus.

For more information, contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, director of A World of Music, at 781-280-3923 or peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu. For directions, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu

To see video clips of previous MCC concerts, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/MCCmusicOnline2#g/a

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Commonwealth Commitment College Affordability Program Expanded 9/20/201711/21/2017 12:44 PM
Massachusetts college students enrolled in the Commonwealth Commitment program will now be able to choose from more than 40 majors, up from the initial six offered last year, to qualify for the discounts and rebates aimed at making a bachelor’s degree more affordable.

With the program’s expansion, greater numbers of students will be able to save an average 40 percent off the cost of a traditional bachelor’s degree by starting their course of study at one of the state’s 15 community colleges – including Middlesex Community College – and then transferring to a state university or University of Massachusetts campus.

Students will have significantly more options to choose from in the “MassTransfer A2B” – Associates to Bachelor’s – degree-mapped programs which guarantee that course credits transfer between community colleges and the state’s public four-year universities.

Students who sign up for the Commonwealth Commitment can choose from a wide range of majors that collectively represent 75 percent of the majors chosen by current public college and university students. The programs include computer science, business, criminal justice, architectural, industrial and graphic design, communications and early education, as well as liberal arts and sciences.

“This program is designed to make college more affordable for students and make it easier to earn a college degree in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “By expanding the number of majors available through the Commonwealth Commitment program, our administration believes more students will be encouraged to pursue an affordable degree and transition into strong career opportunities right here in Massachusetts.”

“The Commonwealth Commitment program is designed to reduce cost and increase completion and graduation rates for students moving from the community colleges to state universities and UMass campuses,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “By opening this program to more majors, we expect more students to take advantage of this college affordability program, so they can go to school full-time and complete on-time.”

All majors offered by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, as well as six specialty programs offered by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy will also now be eligible for Commonwealth Commitment discounts.

“We know that students who do not go to college full-time, largely because they cannot afford to, are less likely than their peers to complete their degrees,” Education Secretary James Peyser said. “The Commonwealth Commitment is a new pathway we developed to make college completion a reality for more students by making it more affordable.”

“What began as a small pilot program is now poised to expand dramatically to serve more students in the 2017-18 academic year,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education. “While many states have begun experimenting with ways to reduce college costs, the Commonwealth Commitment is unique in creating incentives for students to earn two degrees in four years. We're hoping that students who may not have thought they could afford a bachelor's degree will be convinced to continue on with their education.”

In the spring of 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration launched the Commonwealth Commitment to provide Massachusetts students with discounts on tuition through transfer. Students first earn an associate degree at one of the state’s 15 community colleges and then complete bachelor’s degree at any public four-year institution. Once enrolled, students’ tuition and mandatory fees are frozen; they also receive rebates up to 10 percent at the end of each semester and a tuition waiver or credit during their junior and senior years. Students are required to go to school full-time and maintain a 3.0 grade point ("B") average. Students can realize savings of 40 percent or more off the typical sticker price for a four-year degree, depending on the colleges they chose to attend, before other state and federal financial aid is factored in.

Students who enrolled in the Commonwealth Commitment program last year reported using their rebates to buy textbooks, pay the interest on student loans or receive credits toward next semester’s bill.

“I fully support the efforts to expand the Commonwealth Commitment's programs of study and majors. This move will strengthen the program by increasing affordability and accessibility to higher education, which are keys to building a well-educated 21st-century workforce,” said James C. Mabry, President of Middlesex Community College.

“This is exciting news from the Baker administration and will go a long way toward meeting the noble goal we all have of keeping college affordable for our students,” said James J. Campbell, Chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees. “At Middlesex, we strive to keep an education both affordable and accessible to our students and communities, and I am proud to see the college play a pivotal role in helping chart a pathway to success through the Commonwealth Commitment.”

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, one of the largest Fortune 500 companies based in Boston, recently launched a Commonwealth Commitment scholarship program for students worth $2,500 a year for four years. The first winners of the scholarship will be announced this fall.

For more information on the Commonwealth Commitment’s expanded list of degree programs and interactive cost calculator, please visit www.mass.edu/macomcom.

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Food Truck Festival Rolls into MCC Arts & Crafts Fair11/6/201711/20/2017 2:07 PM
As part of Middlesex Community College’s annual Arts & Crafts Fair, the college will also host a Food Truck Festival Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Admission and parking are free.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a coterie of food trucks will be whipping up a variety of foods for shoppers to enjoy, including:

Big T’s Jerky House & BBQ – BBQ & jerky meats Boston Burger Company – burgers Chez Rafiki – Mediterranean, 100 percent Halal food Clyde’s Cupcakes – cupcakes and sweets Let’s Roll Eggrolls – eggrolls with an American twist Phoenix Rising Pizza – pizza Shuk Food Truck – seafood Souped up Food – comfort food, specialty sandwiches and soups Teddy’s Lunch Box – wraps

This year’s Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. and feature approximately 60 vendors offering an array of unique, local and handmade items – just in time for holiday giving.

Adding to the festivities, AMP 103.3 Radio will be on site playing music and games, and giving away prizes. Plus, Mill City Grows Mobile Farmer’s Market will be selling fresh produce from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And, Given Erwin will offer homemade candies, pies and holiday florals, just in time for Thanksgiving.

For further information about MCC’s 2017 Arts & Crafts Fair and Food Truck Festival, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/craftfair

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Middlesex Community College to Host Annual Arts & Crafts Fair10/31/201711/20/2017 2:07 PM
Middlesex Community College will host its annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Admission and parking are free.

Approximately 60 vendors will be featured at this year’s Arts & Crafts Fair, offering an array of unique, local and handmade items – just in time for holiday giving. New this year will be a Food Truck Festival offering shoppers a wide variety of tasty foods, including pizza, soup, burgers and cupcakes.

Mill City Grows Mobile Food Market will be on campus selling fresh produce from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Given Erwin will offer homemade candies, pies and holiday florals just in time for Thanksgiving.

Plus, a raffle will be held to benefit the MCC Foundation, and radio station 103.3 AMP will set up outside from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with music, games and prizes.

For more information about MCC’s 2017 Arts & Crafts Fair, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/craftfair/ Or, contact Vicki Courtemanche at 781-280-3505 or courtemanchev@middlesex.mass.edu

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Middlesex to Host Award-winning Writer Kevin McIlvoy 11/1/201711/17/2017 10:30 AM
As part of its Visiting Writers Series, Middlesex Community College will host award-winning writer Kevin McIlvoy, who will be reading and discussing his work, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

McIlvoy has published two collections of short stories, including his newest book, “57 Octaves Below Middle C,” (Four Way Books, 2017), and four novels. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review, The Cortland Review, and Pif magazine. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.

For 27 years McIlvoy served as fiction editor and editor-in-chief of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol. He has also served on the boards of directors of the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses, and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

McIlvoy has taught for more than 25 years in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College, where he recently served as interim director. He also taught for many years as a Regents Professor of Creative Writing at New Mexico State University.

MCC’s Visiting Writers Series is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, and the Office of Student Engagement. For more information, contact Steven Rossi, Director of Student Engagement, at 978-656-3363 or StudentEngagement@middlesex.mass.edu or Tom Laughlin, Professor of English, at 781-280-3839 or laughlint@middlesex.mass.edu

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Middlesex CC's Fall Music Series Continues with Piano Concert10/27/201711/17/2017 10:30 AM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2017 fall concert series, continues with a performance by pianist Anastasia Seifetdinova at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in MCC’s Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. The concert is free and open to the public.

A Ukrainian-born pianist, Seifetdinova will perform the “Sonata Mélancolique” by Ignaz Moscheles; “Variations Sérieuses” by Felix Mendelssohn; “Papillons” by Robert Schumann; and the fiery “Waldstein Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The New York Concert Review wrote of Seifetdinova: "Hearing a new pianist with a truly warm, luscious tone is like breathing in the scent of jasmine blooming - a pleasure to be recalled again and again.”

Additional events in this fall’s A World of Music concert series include a Master Class for Arlington High School flute and cello students at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19; “And the Barriers Had Vanished: Exploring LGBT Issues Through Music,” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28; an MCC Faculty Recital, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; and an MCC Student Recital at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. All events will be held in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus.

For more information, contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, director of A World of Music, at 781-280-3923 or peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu. For directions, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu

To see video clips of previous MCC concerts, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/MCCmusicOnline2#g/a

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Middlesex CC to Host Transition Program Info Session 10/26/201711/13/2017 10:26 AM
Middlesex Community College offers a nationally recognized two-year, noncredit vocational certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities called the Transition Program.

A Transition Program Information Session will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in MCC’s Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road.

“MCC’s Transition Program is designed for students with significant learning disabilities who would find traditional college-level academics too challenging, even with extensive support services,” said Patricia Bruno, MCC’s Associate Dean of Student Support Services. “The Transition Program helps students achieve their potential through coursework and hands-on experience in work settings.”

Three days a week, Transition Program students attend classes designed to teach independent-living skills, computer and job-survival skills, and social skills. Small class size ensures that students receive individualized attention and a program tailored to meet their needs. Two days a week, students work as interns in competitive employment situations in office and business support environments. Transition students may participate in all Middlesex student activities and student support services.

Graduates of MCC’s Transition Program receive a Certificate of Completion in Office and Business Support Skills and typically obtain employment in office support, business support, or retail support.

Transition Program candidates should have a high school diploma or GED credential, interest in training for entry-level work in business and industry, fifth- to eighth-grade level reading and math skills, and the maturity and emotional stability to effectively participate in a program on a college campus.

Information session participants will receive an overview of the program, as well as in-depth information on the curriculum, application procedures, details of the required internship portion of the program, and prospective job opportunities.

For more information about MCC’s Transition Program, or to register for an information session, contact Nancy Sleger, Transition Program Coordinator at 781-280-3676 or slegern@middlesex.mass.edu.

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MCC Marketing Director Named Regional Communicator of the Year10/23/201711/7/2017 11:26 AM
Middlesex Community College’s Director of Marketing Communications Jennifer Aradhya, of Groton, has been named 2017 District 1 Communicator of the Year by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), the premiere organization for two-year college communications professionals.

NCMPR’s prestigious Communicator of the Year Award recognizes a two-year college marketing, public relations or communications professional who demonstrates leadership in the area of college communications and marketing. Aradhya was officially given the award at the recent NCMPR District 1 Conference, held in Philadelphia, Penn.

“Jennifer Aradhya is quick, responsive, positive and creative – all one could ask for in a true professional,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “She is a talented communicator whose work is even stronger because of the productive and dedicated team she directs.

“Under Jennifer’s leadership, the Marketing Communications team has mastered new technologies and channels of communication, and pioneered new strategies to connect with students and promote the good work being done by the college,” he said.  

  Aradhya has been directing MCC’s Office of Marketing Communications since 2012 and oversees all aspects of marketing, public relations, communications, advertising and social media. Under her direction, Middlesex launches award-winning projects and campaigns that focus on enrollment, retention and college completion – with sharply defined, data-driven goals – delivered to targeted audiences.

“I am fortunate to be working under such exceptional college leadership, and with an incredible team of communications professionals,” said Aradhya. “It is truly an honor to receive this award in recognition of the work we do to promote the mission of Middlesex.”

Aradhya holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Bridgewater State University and a master’s degree in applied communication from Fitchburg State University. She serves on the boards of Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network, as well as on the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Marketing & Development Committee.

The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. As one of the fastest growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries.

The Communicator Award is presented annually in each of NCMPR’s seven districts, and district winners are then considered for the national award. District 1 encompasses the community, technical and junior colleges in the Eastern United States from Maine to the District of Columbia, as well as the Maritime Provinces of Canada and the United Kingdom.

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MCC’s Free Fall Concert Series Begins with the Dylan Jack Quartet 10/25/201711/6/2017 10:43 AM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2017 fall concert series, begins with a performance by the Dylan Jack Quartet at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in MCC’s Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. The concert is free and open to the public.

Percussionist Dylan Jack is a 2008 graduate of MCC’s Music Program. He will be joined by Todd Brunel, clarinet and saxophone; Eric Hofbauer, guitar; and Anthony Leva, bass.

Combining both the composed and the spontaneous, this ensemble explores both disciplines – creating a unique blend of modern music inspired by 20th- and 21st-century classical and jazz composers. For this concert, the quartet will present its debut record, “Diagrams,” in its entirety.

Additional events in this fall’s A World of Music concert series include pianist Anastasia Seifetdinova, performing at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12; a Master Class for Arlington High School flute & cello students at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19; “And the Barriers Had Vanished: Exploring LGBT Issues Through Music,” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28; an MCC Faculty Recital, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; and an MCC Student Recital at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. All events will be held in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus.

For more information, contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, director of A World of Music, at 781-280-3923 or peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu. For directions, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu

To see video clips of previous MCC concerts, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/MCCmusicOnline2#g/a

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Middlesex CC Receives Funding for State-of-the-Art Biotech Facility in Lowell 9/11/201711/1/2017 9:21 AM
Middlesex Community College has received funding through a recent $3 million capital grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) to build a state-of-the-art biotechnology facility on the Lowell campus.

MCC’s Biotechnology Program is highly respected and holds a Platinum endorsement – the highest rating – from the Massachusetts Life Science Education Consortium. The first community-college biotech program in the state, it was established in 1990.

Middlesex President James C. Mabry said the new facility will enable the college to further enhance and support its pioneering Biotechnology Technician degree and certificate programs. “Biotech is an economic engine in our region and we welcome opportunities to better further align our programs of study with industry standards,” said Mabry.

Dr. Mariluci Bladon founded and still coordinates the program, and has nurtured its growth. At first, the program enrolled just 25 students; it now boasts almost 200. “Enrollment in MCC’s Biotechnology programs has doubled since 2005,” added Kathleen Sweeney, MCC Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).

Under Bladon’s guidance, most of her Biotech students complete a certificate, are placed in paid internships, complete an associate degree, and transfer to earn a bachelor’s degrees.

Alum Robert Kenyon (Class of 1995), Biogen’s Vice President of North American Manufacturing Operations, followed this pathway and has enjoyed a successful 23-year biotech career. He recently returned to campus to address the Class of 2017 as Commencement Speaker and was presented the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Kenyon earned a Biotechnology Technician Certificate in 1995 and an associate degree in 1997. In 2000, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Boston University. During his commencement address, Kenyon praised Professor Bladon for her devotion to the program and her students.

“I would especially like to thank Dr. Mariluci Bladon for her awe-inspiring leadership and dedication to the Biotechnology Program for so many years,” said Kenyon. “Without her passion and commitment, I know very clearly that I would not be standing here today. …She is truly an amazing educator with a passion that few bring to their profession.”

Kenyon enrolled at MCC as part of a federal program for dislocated defense workers. At the conclusion of the six-month program, he was placed in an internship on the manufacturing floor at Biogen. Eleven months later, he was hired full time, working the overnight shift.

There were 30 people working in manufacturing at that time. Today, Kenyon supervises Biogen’s manufacturing facilities and general operations sites in Research Triangle Park, N.C., home to approximately 1,300 employees.

“Middlesex really set me up well,” said Kenyon. “I was in school learning concepts about the business in the classrooms and in the labs, and then going to work at night and seeing it all in practice. I really took to manufacturing – the intersection of biology and engineering.”

MCC’s new biotechnology facility, to be located on the fifth floor of the Talbot Science Building on the Lowell campus, will include a combined lecture room/laboratory, a Class 10,000 clean room, gowning area, and prep room. These and other upgrades will significantly expand the college’s capacity to prepare students to meet the workforce needs of the life-sciences industry.

For more information about MCC’s new biotechnology facility, contact Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of STEM, at sweeneyk@middlesex.mass.edu.

For further information about the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, visit www.masslifesciences.com.

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MCC Foundation to Host ‘Murder at the Nesmith House’ Fundraiser 10/3/201710/31/2017 8:55 AM
The Middlesex Community College Foundation will present Murder at the Nesmith House, a fun and entertaining evening “to die for,” which benefits the MCC Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.

Shows will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, at the historic John Nesmith House, 229 Andover St. in Lowell.

Attendees will watch as MCC Theater Department students, under the direction of Karen Oster, Performing Arts Chairwoman, play roles in a murder mystery staged throughout the first floor of Nesmith House. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $75 and can be ordered online at www.middlesex.mass.edu/mystery Performances are limited to 60 people. All proceeds benefit the MCC Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.

The plot of this year’s Murder at the Nesmith House revolves around a fictional wedding reception. Dillon Jackson and Lindi Armitage have just been married. Not everyone is happy about the union, particularly Dillon’s father, Bob Jackson, an obnoxious, egotistical tyrant. As skeletons tumble from cupboards, one member of the wedding party gets their comeuppance. Enter super sleuth Sherbert Holmes to help the wedding guests (the audience) solve a dastardly murder.

For more information, about Murder at the Nesmith House, contact Colleen Cox at coxc@middlesex.mass.edu or Dennis Malvers at malversd@middlesex.mass.edu

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Middlesex CC to Host Engineering Panel Night 10/5/201710/27/2017 2:02 PM
Middlesex Community College will host an Engineering Panel Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

This career-exploration opportunity is tailored to students interested in learning more about what engineers do, and the educational pathways that can lead to a career in engineering.

Engineering Panel Night will feature several practicing engineers from different disciplines who will share their stories. They will discuss how they decided on an engineering career, where they went to school, where they are now in their careers, and what challenges they have faced. Following the panel discussion, students will have an opportunity to ask questions.

MCC’s Engineering Science Transfer Degree Program offers two tracks: Mechanical Engineering, and Civil/Environmental Engineering. The curriculum in both tracks aligns with the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program in engineering – and facilitates a seamless transition for transfer students, explained Associate Professor Michele Stein, Chairwoman of the Computing & Engineering Technology Dept.

“Our students will be ready to transfer to a university as juniors and continue right on toward their bachelor’s degree in engineering,” said Stein. “We have worked closely with UMass Lowell’s engineering program, so our graduates can transfer as juniors, with as many as 71 credits of transfer.”

And, through the Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (NECCUM), Stein added, MCC Engineering students can take several lower-division engineering courses at UMass Lowell as part of their Middlesex curriculum.

For further information about MCC’s Engineering Panel Night, contact Professor Michele Stein at steinm@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3932

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Middlesex CC Board of Trustees Adds Three New Members 8/30/201710/26/2017 8:19 AM
Three community leaders have been selected to serve on the Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees. Dr. Linda Banks-Santilli of Waltham, Laurie A. Elliott of Lowell, and Kathleen M. Plath of Tyngsboro, have been appointed to the board by Gov. Charlie Baker.

“I am pleased to welcome these dedicated community members to the Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees. I know they will serve the college well and provide important insights into their communities and areas of expertise,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “They come from a range of backgrounds and will be a tremendous asset to the college as we continue our focus on our mission of providing students with a high quality, affordable education.”

“As Chairman of the Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate and welcome the three new trustees to the MCC family,” said James J. Campbell. “They bring a diverse background in education, finance and community service. I would also like to congratulate the Baker administration for selecting three distinguished individuals who will be extremely helpful in bringing Middlesex to the next level.”

Banks-Santilli is Interim Dean for the School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she is also an Associate Professor of Education. She holds an Ed.D., as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Learning & Teaching, from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education; an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University; and a B.S. in Early Childhood & Special Education from Wheelock College.

Elliott is Finance Director of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District and chairperson of the district’s retirement board. She also serves as Treasurer of Minuteman Regional School in Lexington. Elliot has also served as Town Accountant for North Andover, and was a Lowell City Councilor (1994-95). She earned a B.S. in Business/Accounting from Merrimack College, and an A.S. in Accounting from the University of Lowell.

Plath is currently working as an independent business consultant. In her most recent position, she was CEO/President of Bio-Signal (BSG), a neuro-diagnostic device company. She was also co-founder and Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Specialists on Call, Inc., the largest clinical telemedicine company in the U.S. She earned an M.S. in Administrative Studies – High Tech & Healthcare Innovation from Boston University; and a B.B.A. in Marketing & Political Science from the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst. She and her husband own Cobblestones of Lowell and Moonstones of Chelmsford restaurants.

Banks-Santilli, Elliott and Plath join current MCC Trustees James J. Campbell (chairman) of Lowell; Alec A. Belanger of Billerica; Stephanie J. Cronin of Dunstable; Cheryl E. Howard of Reading; Steven Iem of Lowell; Bopha Malone of Bedford; Annie O’Connor of Lowell; and Student Trustee Sierra DeWalt of Ayer.

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MCC to Host Special Cambodian-Music Listening Event 10/13/201710/25/2017 12:41 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Asian American Connections Center is sponsoring/hosting a live “New American Songbook” listening and discussion event revolving around Cambodian music at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Created by The GroundTruth Project and WGBH News, “The New American Songbook” is a series of five podcasts exploring the lives of today’s immigrants through music. The Middlesex event focuses on the first episode in the series, titled “Cambodia Reincarnate.”

MCC’s “New American Songbook” listening event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6 p.m. and features a panel discussion, featuring community leaders and podcast producers, as well as a performance by Cambodian musicians featured in the episode.

The Asian American Connections Center at Middlesex is made possible by a recent five-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program. More than 11 percent of Middlesex credit students are Asian American, primarily Southeast Asian. Under the grant, these students will receive a range of support services and co-curricular activities designed to improve their college-going experience, as well as their completion and transfer outcomes.

Based at WGBH, The GroundTruth Project is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and inspiring a new generation of journalists. For more information, visit: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/projects/new-american-songbook/

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Middlesex to Host Award-winning Poet Jill McDonough 9/27/201710/23/2017 3:02 PM
As part of its Visiting Writers Series, Middlesex Community College will host award-winning poet Jill McDonough who will be reading and discussing her work at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

McDonough has published three books of poetry, including a new book, titled “Reaper” (Alice James Books, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.

McDonough is the winner of three Pushcart prizes and a 2014 Lannan Literary Fellowship. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, and Stanford’s Stegner Program.

For 13 years, McDonough taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She is a professor at UMass Boston where she teaches in the MFA program, and directs 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online.

MCC’s Visiting Writers Series is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, and the Office of Student Engagement. For more information, contact Steven Rossi, Director of Student Engagement, at 978-656-3363 or StudentEngagement@middlesex.mass.edu; or Tom Laughlin, Professor of English, at 781-280-3839 or laughlint@middlesex.mass.edu

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Middlesex Community College to Host Bedford Campus Open House10/2/201710/23/2017 3:00 PM
Middlesex Community College will host a Bedford Campus Open House at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

Prospective students and their families, as well as adult learners interested in continuing their education, will have the opportunity to learn about MCC’s 70+ degree and certificate programs, noncredit courses, and online and flexible-learning options.

The Bedford Campus Open House will feature a series of breakout sessions tailored to meet student needs and interests. Students can explore specific areas of academic interest, meet with faculty and academic deans, learn more about the admissions process, and take a campus tour.

“This open house format gives students an opportunity to learn about everything Middlesex has to offer,” said Jillian Freitas-Haley, Director of Admissions.

Advisors and administrators will be available to answer student questions and provide information about how to be successful at Middlesex. Students can learn about MCC’s many support services, such as academic and career counseling, dual enrollment, tutoring, disability support, and other special programs.

Students can also learn about the statewide Commonwealth Commitment initiative, a MassTransfer program, which is designed to ease the transfer process, and make getting a bachelor’s degree more affordable.

Attendees can also meet with financial-aid representatives to get information about financing their education. Students can even turn in college applications and schedule appointments for placement testing.

For more information, or to RSVP for MCC’s Bedford Campus Open House, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/OH or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC Announces Dean’s List & Merit List for 2017 Spring Semester 8/31/201710/18/2017 10:56 AM
Middlesex Community College has released its 2017 Spring Semester Dean’s List and Merit List.

To be acknowledged on the MCC Dean’s List, students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours or more, and earn a 3.20 grade point average (GPA) or higher without “D, F, I” or “IP” grades. The notation is made on the permanent record of each student named.

To be acknowledged on the MCC Merit List, students must be enrolled in at least six, but less than 12, credit hours, and earn a 3.20 grade point average (GPA) or higher without “D, F, I” or “IP” grades. The notation is made on the permanent record of each student named.

Developmental education course credit will not be calculated in determining total semester hour credit for Dean’s List or Merit List eligibility. The Dean’s List and Merit List are published for the fall and spring semesters.

To view MCC’s entire 2017 Spring Semester Dean’s List and Merit List, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter

To learn more, or for questions about the Middlesex Community College Dean’s List or Merit List, please contact MCC Registrar Daniel Moynihan at moynihand@middlesex.mass.edu

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MCC to Host Info Session for Students with Learning Disabilities 9/14/201710/13/2017 11:54 AM
Learn more about Middlesex Community College’s nationally recognized Transition Program, a two-year, noncredit vocational certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities. A Transition Program Information Session will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in MCC’s Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road.

“MCC’s Transition program is designed for students with significant learning disabilities who would find traditional college-level academics too challenging, even with extensive support services,” said Patricia Bruno, MCC’s Associate Dean of Student Support Services. “The Transition Program helps students achieve their potential through coursework and hands-on experience in work settings.”

Three days a week, Transition Program students attend classes designed to teach independent-living skills, computer and job-survival skills, and social skills. Small class size ensures that students receive individualized attention and a program tailored to meet their needs. Two days a week, students work as interns in competitive employment situations in office and business support environments. Transition students may participate in all Middlesex student activities and student support services.

Graduates of MCC’s Transition Program receive a Certificate of Completion in Office and Business Support Skills and typically obtain employment in office support, business support, or retail support.

Transition Program candidates should have a high school diploma or GED credential, interest in training for entry-level work in business and industry, fifth- to eighth-grade level reading and math skills, and the maturity and emotional stability to effectively participate in a program on a college campus.

Information session participants will receive an overview of the program, as well as in-depth information on the curriculum, application procedures, details of the required internship portion of the program, and prospective job opportunities.

For more information about MCC’s Transition Program, or to register for an information session, contact Nancy Sleger, Transition Program Coordinator at 781-280-3676 or slegern@middlesex.mass.edu.

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MCC Hosts Artist Cathy McLaurin at MILES Fall Opening Session9/13/201710/12/2017 3:38 PM
Middlesex Community College will host artist Cathy McLaurin at the fall Opening Session of MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

MCC’s MILES program offers stimulating, interactive daytime seminars and workshops – with no term papers, tests or grades – for active, older adults ages 55+. This Opening Session provides community members an opportunity to learn more about MILES and the courses being offered – and is a good opportunity to meet instructors and peers. Light refreshments will be served.

A New Hampshire artist, McLaurin connects history and current social issues with notions of values, morals, national identity, philanthropy, kinship and legacy in her work. Through extended relationships with personal and institutional entities – along with research in archives and libraries – she challenges the systems that underpin complex social concerns.

McLaurin is Special Projects & Beland Gallery Director at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence. Her artwork is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Otis College of Art & Design, and UCLA, among others.

MILES Fall 2017 Session runs Monday through Thursday, Oct. 11 - Nov. 14, on the Bedford campus. Study groups meet from 2 to 4 p.m., in one-, two- or five-week sessions, and are facilitated by individuals with expertise in their field, including some MCC faculty and staff. Workshops and seminars focus on a variety of topics, including movies, nature, art, literature, technology, health and environmental issues, and history.

Each MILES course is $15 up to a maximum of $95. All MILES participants enjoy free use of the MCC Fitness Center and library.

For the complete schedule of MILES courses, contact Lauren Ellis at 781-280-3669 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/MILES To register for MILES courses, call 1-800-818-3434.

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Middlesex Names NISOD Excellence in Education Award Winners9/1/201710/3/2017 9:18 AM
Middlesex Community College is proud to announce recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. Honorees for 2017 are Assistant Professor of Communications Jennifer D. Bauer of North Andover; Professor of Math Linda Dart-Kathios of Pelham, N.H.; and Assistant Professor of Business Stacie Hargis of Lowell.

Affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin, NISOD’s Excellence Awards honor the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators and staff – individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and contributions to their students and colleagues.

“The NISOD Excellence Awards give Middlesex the privilege of honoring faculty and staff for their dedication to teaching excellence and fine work in furtherance of student learning and success,” said Philip J. Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs.

“Recipients are recognized by the college community as exemplary educators who have demonstrated their leadership through significant accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. We are grateful for their efforts on behalf of our students, and are fortunate to have them as colleagues.”

Excellence Award recipients were celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas. Created in 1978, NISOD is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. For more information, visit: www.nisod.org.

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Register Now for Middlesex Community College’s Late Start 9/18/201710/2/2017 2:35 PM
There’s still time to register for Middlesex Community College’s fall Late Start session!

Register by Thursday, Sept. 28, for classes that begin Monday, Oct. 2, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses – and online.

An accelerated, 11-week fall session, Late Start offers courses that meet three days a week. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“We don’t want to leave anybody behind,” said Jillian Freitas-Haley, Director of Admissions. “This fall, we are offering a new Late Start session for students who still want to start or finish their degree at MCC.”

Late Start classes cover the same content, maintain the same academic standards, and contain the same number of in-class instructional hours as courses scheduled during the traditional 15-week semester.

Students enrolled in Late Start can earn credits in a wide variety of subjects, including humanities, science, English, math and more.

For further information, or to see the full list of Late Start course offerings, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC’s College for Kids Offers Etiquette Classes for Young Adults 8/24/20179/27/2017 8:35 AM
College for Kids at Middlesex Community College is not just for summer anymore! This fall, College for Kids is offering two new Etiquette Academy Programs for middle school and high school students. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 25, on the Bedford campus, and it’s not too late to register.

Presented in partnership with the Etiquette Academy of New England, each etiquette program runs eight weeks. Each program is designed to help middle and high school students build confidence, and improve positive communication, learn proper manners, and gain leadership skills through interactive, thought-provoking role-play and group discussions.

The final class of each program will be held at Seasons 52 in Burlington, where students can practice and perfect their newly acquired skills while participating in a multi-course meal.

Etiquette Academy for Middle Schoolers is offered for children in grades 5-8. This two-level etiquette program is designed to raise awareness about peer pressure, and improve communication with peers and adults. it will also help students learn more about responding appropriately and confidently in a variety of social situations.

Etiquette Academy for Young Adults is offered for students in grades 9-12. This two-part program will discuss what it means to be a good friend and a good partner, and will provide specific rules and actions a young adult can take to feel more secure in day-to-day life situations. Students will learn proper interview etiquette and positive communication, preparing students for job and college interviews. Students will also gain leadership and teamwork skills, and how to feel comfortable when speaking in front of an audience.

To learn more about MCC’s Etiquette Academy programs, or to register, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids or call 781-280-3663.

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Middlesex CC Foundation Names Hitchcock to Board 9/5/20179/20/2017 2:19 PM
The Middlesex Community College Foundation has named Christopher B. Hitchcock, of Belmont, to its Board of Directors.

“I am pleased to welcome Christopher Hitchcock to the Middlesex Community Foundation Board of Directors. I am positive he will serve the foundation well and provide the college with important connections and insights into our communities,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “Chris will be a tremendous asset to the college as we seek the resources necessary to fulfill our mission of providing students with a high quality, affordable education.”

Hitchcock retired after a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, 10 years on active duty and 20 more in the reserves. He served as Reserve Assistant to the Wing Commander, 66th Air Base Wing, Hanscom Air Force Base, in his last position. After his departure from active duty in 1979, he held a variety of business management positions in the private sector, including for The Cadmus Group Inc. of Waltham, and Bolt Beranek & Newman Inc. of Cambridge.

“Having lived in Middlesex County for more than 40 years, I’m well aware of the important contributions Middlesex has made to higher education in the commonwealth,” said Hitchcock. “I’ve seen its impact steadily increase as the college expanded its reach and offerings, due in very large measure to the creativity of the college leadership, as well as that of the MCC Foundation. I am honored to be asked to work with these dedicated leaders to help move the college to the next level of excellence and success.”

A Certified Professional Contract Manager, Hitchcock has been a long-time member, and served on the board, of the Boston Chapter of the National Contract Management Association. Among many other professional associations, he has been a member of the Society of Logistics Engineers, Society of Cost Estimating & Analysis, and has been very active in the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (Lexington-Concord chapter), and the Order of Daedalians.

Foundation Chairman James Henderson said he was proud and excited to welcome Hitchcock to the board. “Chris brings a wealth of financial and general management experience to the board, and I know he will provide invaluable support and insight to not just our foundation board, but to the students of Middlesex Community College and the college community at large,” said Henderson. “We are very eager to welcome Chris’ contributions in these areas as our foundation continues to grow.”

The MCC Foundation was created in 1988 to enlist private-sector support to further the educational and charitable purposes of Middlesex Community College. For more information about the MCC Foundation, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation.

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There’s Still Time to Enroll for Fall with MCC’s NEW Late Start 9/6/20179/18/2017 10:48 AM
Middlesex Community College is still welcoming students for fall semester! Students who missed the regular fall-semester registration deadline can still enroll in MCC’s NEW Late Start session.

Late Start classes begin Monday, Oct. 2, in an accelerated, 11-week session. Courses are offered three days a week on campus in Bedford & Lowell, and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“We don’t want to leave anybody behind,” said Jillian Freitas-Haley, Director of Admissions. “This fall, we are offering a new Late Start session for students who still want to start or finish their degree at MCC.”

Late Start classes cover the same content, maintain the same academic standards, and contain the same number of in-class instructional hours as courses scheduled during the traditional 15-week semester.

Late Start students can earn credits in a wide variety of subjects, including humanities, science, English, math and more.

For further information, or to see the full list of Late Start course offerings, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC’s Paralegal Program Ranked No. 3 by MA Lawyers Weekly 8/22/20179/14/2017 1:04 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Paralegal Studies Program has been ranked No. 3 in the state by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

"I am very pleased to see MCC’s Paralegal Studies Program receive recognition from the readers of Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly,” said Halye Sugarman Esq., Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator.

“This reflects the dedication of our engaged faculty – who are not only experienced practitioners, but phenomenal teachers – as well as the quality of our students and graduates, and the professional successes they have achieved."

Mass. Lawyers Weekly newspaper reports decisions issued by all the state and federal courts in Massachusetts, and other statewide legal news. To see a complete list of its 2017 Reader Rankings, visit: http://masslawyersweekly.com/2017/08/18/2017-reader-rankings

For more information about MCC’s Paralegal Studies Program, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/paralegal or contact Professor Halye Sugarman at sugarmanh@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3768.

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MCC and Lowell Spinners Establish New Scholarship and Internship Opportunity for Students8/16/20179/13/2017 11:26 AM
Middlesex Community College and the Lowell Spinners baseball club have established a new scholarship and internship opportunity to support MCC students.

The Lowell Spinners Annual Scholarship is part of the Spinners Scholars program, made possible by team owner Dave Heller and the Lowell Spinners. This annual scholarship was established to benefit students from the Merrimack Valley who exhibit a high level of integrity, academic excellence, an interest in sports, a demonstrated desire to improve their community, and a willingness to commit to making one’s future in the Merrimack Valley. The recipient will also participate in a paid summer internship with the Spinners organization.

Funding for the Lowell Spinners Annual Scholarship is provided by an annual contribution from the Spinners, which together with other applicable grants, ensures that neither the recipient nor his or her family will have any financial obligation for tuition and fees for his or her second year. The scholarship also includes a paid summer internship with the Spinners.

“Giving back to this wonderful community is of great importance to everyone at the Spinners, and one of the best ways to do that is to help our young people build a better future for themselves and their families, and that's what the great team at Middlesex Community College does every day,” said Spinners owner Dave Heller. “This scholarship incentivizes people to achieve excellence, helps them climb the ladder of opportunity to a better future, gives them first-hand experience in the world of sports, and makes our community a better place. That's a grand slam!”

“Having wonderful community partners like the Spinners is a tremendous asset for Middlesex Community College and the entire Merrimack Valley,” said MCC president James Mabry. “Dave Heller and the entire Spinners organization are committed to making a positive difference in our communities and their support for students and student success is greatly appreciated.”

The Spinners Scholarship is open to second-year MCC students who are U.S. citizens and residents of the Merrimack Valley. For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities available, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships/

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Learn How to Finance Your Education at Middlesex 8/8/20179/11/2017 9:40 AM
Middlesex Community College is committed to assisting students and their families in meeting the cost of a college education. Register by Monday, Aug. 28, for fall classes that begin Tuesday, Sept. 5 – and it’s not too late to apply for financial aid.

The goal of MCC’s Financial Aid Office is to ensure there are no financial barriers preventing students from earning a college degree or certificate. The Financial Aid Office provides information about student aid programs, and financial aid advisors are available to assist eligible students in accessing these programs.

Almost half of all Middlesex students currently receive financial aid. MCC participates in most federal and state grant, scholarship and loan programs. A list of the major financial aid programs, as well as specific information regarding terms, conditions and eligibility for each program, is available online at www.middlesex.mass.edu/financialaid or from one of MCC’s Financial Aid Offices.

Additional forms of financial aid, including student employment, federal Work Study programs, or scholarship opportunities may be available for those who qualify.

Financial aid awards are based on financial need, enrollment status in an eligible program, and availability of funding. MCC’s academic year for financial aid begins in the fall semester and concludes with the summer semester. Students who apply for financial aid must apply every academic year after Jan. 1.

MCC’s Financial Aid Offices are located on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses and are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about MCC’s Financial Aid Office or financial aid opportunities, contact the Bedford campus Financial Aid Office at 781-280-3650 or the Lowell campus Financial Aid Office at 978-656-3242, or visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/financialaid/.

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MCC Now Offers Two Cybersecurity Certificate Programs 8/25/20179/6/2017 10:49 AM
Middlesex Community College is now offering two Cybersecurity certificate programs: the Entry-Level IT Cybersecurity Certificate, and the new Advanced IT Cybersecurity Certificate.

Classes are held in MCC’s new state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab on the Lowell campus, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

MCC’s Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certificate program prepares students for employment in a variety of entry-level network administration positions, or to continue their education in this growing field.

New this fall, the Advanced Cybersecurity Certificate program is designed for students who have already worked a minimum of one year in the network-administration field. This program allows students to obtain the cybersecurity skills now required for a variety of positions in network-security administration.

Problem-solving and analytical thinking are emphasized throughout these certificate programs, with a hands-on approach to learning.

MCC’s Cybersecurity certificate programs conform to the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE) framework for academic programs, developed jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

To learn more, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC Named to 2017 Class of Excellence in Assessment Designees8/23/20179/5/2017 10:44 AM
First National Designation of Its Kind Recognizes Institutions at the Leading Edge of Integrated Student Learning Outcomes Assessment


Middlesex Community College has been named one of just five members of the 2017 class of Excellence in Assessment designees, a national program aimed at recognizing colleges and universities conducting a comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success.

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national designation of its kind – spotlights institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes, and using assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.

Sponsors of the EIA program are the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), a public-college and university transparency initiative led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

"We are very honored to be selected for this NILOA Excellence in Assessment designation,” said MCC’s Philip J. Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs.

“This designation is clear confirmation of the exceptional assessment work of the faculty and staff under the leadership of recently retired Dean of Assessment Elise Martin. Our collegewide commitment to the ongoing use of assessment findings to improve the student learning experience at Middlesex Community College continues to be a source of pride and national recognition."

Here are details about MCC’s assessment work:
Middlesex Community College’s culture of assessment includes a well–scaffolded assessment infrastructure of shared expectations and alignment of student learning at its institutional, program, and course levels. Campus-wide commitment to assessment is found in MCC’s shared governance structure in developing and assessing its six institutional learning outcomes. Documenting the impact of curricular changes, intentional engagement of faculty, key stakeholders, and students throughout its assessment process, integrating co-curricular learning, and availability of campus assessment resources provide evidence of MCC’s commitment to excellence in assessment.

In addition to Middlesex, four other schools also made the 2017 EIA Designations: Bowling Green State University (Ohio), James Madison University (Virginia), Rio Salado College (Arizona) and Southern Connecticut State University.

The EIA designation was created to acknowledge on a national level the important work colleges and universities are doing through comprehensive assessment activities, and to highlight those practices so other institutions can draw upon them for their own efforts. As part of the application process, colleges and universities were asked not just to detail the specific assessment activities they’ve undertaken, but also the reason why such efforts are a priority for them. The designees needed to demonstrate how aligned processes, building from classroom-based assessment, foster a coherent, collaborative approach to assessing student learning.

The EIA Designations are directly linked to NILOA’s Transparency Framework, and are the first national program designed to recognize institutions engaging in intentional campus-wide assessment. The evaluation process for the designation included a rigorous and systematic self-study and peer review by faculty members and staff who are assessment experts, and include feedback that enables campuses to improve their effectiveness and sharing of best practices. Accredited, degree-granting institutions working to implement and sustain comprehensive use of assessment of student learning outcomes are eligible to receive the designations. For more information, visit the EIA Designation web page.

For more information about MCC’s culture of assessment, contact Philip J. Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, at sissonp@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3571.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!


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MCC Offers NEW Intensive English Institute on Lowell Campus 8/7/20179/1/2017 8:12 AM
Middlesex Community College’s Intensive English Institute (IEI) provides rigorous English instruction and cultural immersion designed to foster success for non-native speakers of English who wish to pursue higher education in the United States. Placement into either advanced or high-intermediate course will be determined by a one-on-one evaluation. Students can register by Thursday, Aug. 31, for fall courses that begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“Our talented and hard-working English as a second language students deserve to have teaching and learning that will prepare them for their dreams and goals. As a result, our curriculum is informed by research and results in the field of language learning and our students will be exposed to material written by native speakers for native speakers, ” said Marilyn Glazer-Weisner, Coordinator, World Language Institute.

The curriculum includes reading, writing, grammar, as well as speaking and listening exercises. The two-semester non-credit program runs 18 hours each week on MCC’s Lowell campus. The cost is $250, including textbooks. Take this essential step to ensure success in the pursuit of your higher education goals!

For more information about MCC’s Intensive English Institute, contact Marilyn Glazer-Weisner, Coordinator, World Language Institute at GLAZERM@middlesex.mass.edu, visit http://bit.ly/2vf2ZtI or call 781-280-3934.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Register Now for Fall at Middlesex Community College 7/31/20178/31/2017 10:44 AM
There’s still time to register for fall semester at Middlesex Community College! Register by Monday, Aug. 28, for fall courses that begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses – and online.

Middlesex offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs. The college has many transfer options, and enrollment counselors are available to answer questions and get you started on the path to academic success. MCC offers free academic, career and financial-aid counseling, as well as free tutoring and extensive support services.

In addition to traditional courses, MCC makes it easy to enroll in online, hybrid and Flexible Studies courses. We offer 15 degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online, as well as many other programs of study that are offered 80 percent online.

A complete listing of fall 2017 course offerings can be found in MCC’s Fall Academic Advising Schedule, available online at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/earlyreg.aspx

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College Offers Many Ways to Learn8/28/20178/30/2017 11:08 AM
Middlesex Community College provides students with many flexible course options to fit a variety of schedules and learning styles. In addition to traditional courses, MCC offers online, hybrid and Flexible Studies courses, as well as a number of Learning Communities.

Traditional courses enable students and instructors to meet in a classroom, laboratory, clinic, or external setting for an established number of hours per week on a regular weekly schedule. Learning occurs through lectures, presentations, discussions and other classroom activities.

Online courses enable instructors and students to interact online with a course-management system and email. Students can complete assignments online and during hours they choose. MCC offers 10 programs of study that can be completed entirely online, as well as many other programs that are 80 percent online.

Hybrid courses combine face-to-face classroom experience with online instruction. These courses are a good option for students who may be hesitant about taking an entirely online course, or who may also want the traditional classroom experience.

Flexible Studies courses enable students to select convenient class hours from many available course-meeting times, and allow them to learn at their own pace – accelerating or taking extra time, as needed. Students work with an instructor who specializes in the subject.

To learn more about MCC’s flexible learning options, visit us online at www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Offers Free Tutoring and Academic Support Services8/16/20178/28/2017 9:50 AM
Middlesex Community College’s Academic Centers for Excellence (also known as ACE) provide free and flexible individual and group tutoring on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

Staffed by professional and peer tutors, ACE is open for walk-in help and by appointment Monday through Saturday throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Students can register by Monday, Aug. 28, for fall classes that begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The goal of ACE is to help students “learn how to learn” and achieve academic success by gaining an understanding of their personal learning styles. ACE provides a challenging and supportive environment, in which students can work independently or collaboratively to master learning strategies they can apply to their courses.

Tutoring is available in most subjects, including writing, reading/study skills, math, science, computer applications, accounting, business, economics, nursing and English Language Learner (ELL) courses.

In addition to professional and peer tutoring programs, ACE offers free eTutoring online 24/7. Students can access online tutoring services by visiting the ACE website www.middlesex.mass.edu/tutoringservices or at www.etutoring.org.

To learn more about MCC’s Academic Centers for Excellence, or to schedule a tutoring appointment, visit, www.middlesex.mass.edu/tutoringservices.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College Offers FREE Refresher Workshops8/17/20178/25/2017 8:43 AM
Middlesex Community College offers FREE Reading, Writing and Math Refresher Workshops for students who want to brush up their skills before they take the College Placement Test. Workshops are offered all summer on the Bedford and Lowell Campuses.

Registration is now open and fall-semester classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“These workshops are a great opportunity for all students to be more successful throughout college,” said Phyllis Gleason, MCC’s Dean of Foundational Studies, First-Year Experience and General Education.

“A short two-hour refresher course can help students score higher on the College Placement Test so they can begin classes at their appropriate learning level, preventing them from taking classes they don’t really need – saving time and money,” she said.

MCC’s Reading Refresher Workshop helps students improve their reading skills and testing strategies to improve their score on the Reading Accuplacer Test. Topics covered during this workshop include finding main ideas, locating details, identifying patterns of organization, and making inferences.

The Writing Refresher Workshop helps students improve their writing skills. It covers topics such as formulating and supporting strong thesis statements, using appropriate grammar and sentence structure, and developing compelling introductions and conclusions.

MCC’s Math Refresher Workshop reviews basic arithmetic skills, including standard operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. A review of elementary algebra is also included.

For more information about MCC’s free Reading, Writing, and Math Refresher Workshops or to register, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/events.aspx or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College Offers Pharmacy Technician Course8/4/20178/24/2017 12:59 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Corporate and Community Education & Training program is offering a Pharmacy Technician course. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and run Sept. 19 through Dec. 14, on the Bedford campus.

This noncredit course consists of 60 hours of instructor-led classroom time, followed by an 80-hour externship in a pharmacy setting to prepare students to sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

Topics covered in the classroom include, pharmacy operations, pharmacy law, pharmaceutical calculations, routes of administration, medical abbreviations, medication dosage forms, interpreting drug orders, regulations, and a review of the top 200 prescription medications.

The externship portion of the course is designed to give students real-world experience working in a pharmacy setting to reinforce the topics covered in the classroom. Students will also gain information about interviewing and what employers seek in candidates.

Students must have a high school diploma or GED and must complete a CORI/SORI check to qualify.

To apply, please email Ellen at wrighte@Middlesex.mass.edu or call 781-280-3570.

To learn more about MCC’s Pharmacy Technician course, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining

Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate more than 13,000 students annually on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses. At Middlesex, everyone teaches, everyone learns.

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MCC Offers Degree and Certificate Programs in Human Services 8/3/20178/23/2017 1:44 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Human Services Programs help prepare students for careers in a variety of positions in the diverse field of human services. Students can register by Monday, Aug. 28, for fall courses that begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Students may choose from the following degree or certificate programs:

The Human Services Associate in Science degree program includes a strong general-education component, and the development of effective communication and counseling skills is emphasized. The cornerstone of the program is a field placement in which students have the opportunity to explore career options working with children, elders, people with physical and mental disabilities, minority and refugee populations, homeless individuals and families, and other groups in need.

The Human Services Transfer Associate in Science degree program provides students with the coursework needed to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, primarily as human services and social work majors. This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state universities and the University of Massachusetts.

The Direct Support in Human Services Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively support individuals who may have disabilities or who seek assistance from human-service agencies. Students are also prepared to enter the associate degree program in Human Services.

The Addictions Counselor Program (ACP) Certificate is a one-year, three-semester curriculum that provides the required coursework and fieldwork experience to be eligible for Massachusetts certification as a substance-abuse counselor. Students are provided an in-depth knowledge of alcohol/addictions treatment programs and current treatment modalities.

For more information about MCC’s Human Services Programs, contact Paulo Barrio at barriop@middlesex.mass.edu, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/education/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

For further information about MCC’s Addictions Counselor Program Certificate, contact Joseph Gardner at gardnerj@middlesex.mass.edu, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/education/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Cut Costs by Renting Textbooks at Middlesex Community College8/15/20178/22/2017 1:54 PM
Middlesex Community College students can save an average of 50 percent or more by renting textbooks through the college’s bookstore locations on the Bedford and Lowell campuses and online.

Register by Monday, Aug. 28, for fall classes that begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Students have saved more than $300 million nationwide with Rent-A-Text, the largest in-store and online textbook rental program sponsored by Follett. Students who use Follett’s Rent-A-Text program are guaranteed to get the right books for their classes and can use them as they normally would – highlighting and taking notes.

Rented textbooks must be returned to the bookstore by the return date printed on the receipt. In addition, students may opt to extend the rental for another term or even purchase the texts.

To learn more or to find out if your textbooks are available for rent, visit www.efollett.com or visit the MCC Bookstore on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road, or the Lowell campus, 88 Middle Street.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College Offers Education Programs 8/9/20178/17/2017 1:27 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Education Programs help prepare students interested in teaching as a career. Register by Monday, Aug. 28, and start fall-semester classes on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Students may choose from the following degree or certificate programs:

The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program provides the educational background and supervised training for students interested in working with young children. The program emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and has a child-centered focus. Students learn and apply theory with hands-on experience in a required practicum.

The Early Childhood Education Transfer Associate Degree Program is designed to prepare students to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program leading to teacher licensure. Supervised student teaching seminar practicum and/or Service-Learning placements in area schools provide practical experience for future teachers, and support and enhance the teacher preparation curriculum. This program qualifies for MassTransfer.

The Elementary Education Transfer Concentration Degree Program is also designed to prepare students to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program leading to teacher licensure. Careful planning with an academic advisor will ensure career goals and state requirements for licensure are met. Future teachers are encouraged to gain practical classroom experience through student teaching and/or Service-Learning opportunities. This program is eligible for MassTransfer.

MCC’s Early Childhood Education Certificate Program is a one-year intensive program of study that provides the educational background and supervised training for students interested in working with young children. It emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and has a child-centered focus. Students learn and apply theory with hands-on experience in a required practicum in early care and education programs for children.

To learn more about MCC’s Education Degree Programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/education/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Offers New Precision Machining Certificate Program7/18/20178/16/2017 8:47 AM
Start a career in advanced manufacturing with Middlesex Community College’s new Engineering Technology Precision Machining Certificate Program. Classes are offered 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Registration is now open and fall-semester classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

This nine month, 27-credit program prepares students for in-demand entry-level jobs in advanced manufacturing. Students will gain skills in mathematics, communications, technical problem-solving, and general machining. Students will also complete 300 hours of hands-on precision machining training at Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s state-of-the-art Machining Lab.

“The precision machining industry continues to be a strong employer in the region,” said Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. “However, this sector faces a shortage of trained workers as incumbent employees approach retirement.

“This certificate program prepares students for a variety of in-demand, entry-level employment opportunities with manufacturers, including those that serve the aeronautics, medical device, and robotics industries. Earning this certificate can be the first step in a career pathway that can lead to high paying mid- and upper-level machinist, engineering, and management positions.” Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to earn the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Certifications, and sit for 11 National Institute for Metalworking Standards (NIMS) certifications, which are highly valued by precision machining advanced manufacturers. Students who have prior experience may apply for Credit for Prior Learning.

To learn more about MCC’s Precision Machining Certificate Program, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

This program is funded, in part, by a $20,000,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, Grant # TC-26450-14-60-A-25.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 7/20/20178/16/2017 8:45 AM
Middlesex Community College has named Frank Nocella Executive Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer.

“Frank Nocella is an excellent addition to the Middlesex team,” said President James Mabry. “He is an accomplished financial professional dedicated to building open and transparent budget practices, and helping faculty and staff meet the mission of Middlesex.”

Nocella worked at International Paper for 28 years where he was the Group VP of Finance & Administration and CFO. Over the past eight years, he served as CFO and Interim President at Sussex County Community College in Newton, N.J., and CFO at Essex County College in Newark, N.J.

“I look forward to promoting economic sustainability in support of the college mission and providing the pathway to student success for our future community leaders,” said Nocella.

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Nocella began his career with KPMG in New York City. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York & New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Start a Culinary Career at Middlesex Community College7/26/20178/15/2017 1:10 PM
Dreaming of a career in culinary? Middlesex Community College’s Culinary Arts Program is the place to start! Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, and it’s not too late to register.

Ranked No. 4 in the state by Best Choice Schools, MCC’s Hospitality Management – Culinary Arts degree and certificate programs help prepare students for careers in the specialized areas of the food and beverage industry.

“MCC's Culinary Arts program features intensive hands-on culinary instruction, combined with managerial and business courses designed for the hospitality industry,” said Kimberly Morrissey, Hospitality Program Coordinator. “MCC partners with local industry leaders to provide our students with high-quality internships and valuable work experience to help them meet their career and educational goals.”

Through small class sizes and personalized instruction, students gain practical experience in a state-of-the-art culinary facility in Lowell. Industry-specific courses include “Culinary Theory,” “Culinary Skills,” “Bakery and Pastry Skills,” and “Sanitation/ServSafe Training.”

To learn more about MCC’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/hospitality/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Reach Your Educational Goals with MCC’s Adult Learning Center7/17/20178/9/2017 10:04 AM
The Middlesex Community College Adult Learning Center (ALC) offers FREE noncredit courses for adult learners (ages 16 and up) who live and work in Massachusetts.

Students are admitted to the program throughout the school year, September through May, on a space-available basis. The next group registration will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“The Adult Learning Center helps prepare students for success in college, at work, and in the community,” said Kathy Innis, ALC Director. Courses meet from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays (September-May), on the Bedford campus.

Supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, ALC classes are small, supportive, and provide instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Students also have access to computer labs with specialized software to supplement classroom learning and improve basic computing/digital literacy skills.

Levels of instruction range from adult basic education to High School Equivalency Test (HiSET® or GED®) preparation. Students seeking improvement of intermediate English skills are also welcome to enroll.

For more information about MCC’s Adult Learning Center, contact Allison Norton, Program Coordinator, at 781-280-3662, or nortona@middlesex.mass.edu, or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/adultlearning.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Offers Innovative IT Cybersecurity Programs 7/24/20178/8/2017 11:00 AM
Middlesex Community College’s Information Technology Cybersecurity Programs are among the first community-college Information Technology programs to focus intensely on this high-demand career field. Classes start Tuesday, Sept. 5, and it’s not too late to register!

Security of the nation’s computer systems and infrastructure is a critical and rapidly growing field. MCC’s degree and certificate programs align with frameworks for cybersecurity education established jointly by the NSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Classes are held in our state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab on the Lowell campus. Students may choose from the following degree or certificate programs:

The Information Technology – Cybersecurity Transfer degree program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program or for employment in a variety of entry-level information-security analyst positions.

New this fall, the Advanced Cybersecurity Certificate program is designed for students who have already worked a minimum of one year in the network-administration field. This program allows students to obtain the cybersecurity skills now required for a variety of positions in network-security administration.

MCC’s Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certificate program prepares students for employment in a variety of entry-level network administration positions, or to continue their education.

All curriculums were created with guidance from the college’s Information Technology Advisory Board, which includes cybersecurity professionals from organizations such as Mitre Corp. and MIT Lincoln Labs.

To learn more, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Offers Early Childhood Education Programs 7/25/20178/7/2017 10:05 AM
Middlesex Community College’s Early Childhood Education Programs help prepare students interested in teaching young children. Register by Monday, Aug. 28, for fall courses that begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses – and online.

Students may choose from the following degree or certificate programs:

The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program provides the educational background and supervised training for students interested in working with young children. The program emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and has a child-centered focus. Students learn and apply theory with hands-on experience in a required practicum.

The Early Childhood Education Transfer Associate Degree Program is designed to prepare students to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program leading to teacher licensure. Supervised student teaching seminar practicum and/or Service-Learning placements in area schools provide practical experience for future teachers, and support and enhance the teacher preparation curriculum. This program qualifies for MassTransfer.

MCC’s Early Childhood Education Certificate Program is a one-year intensive program of study that provides the educational background and supervised training for students interested in working with young children. It emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and has a child-centered focus. Students learn and apply theory with hands-on experience in a required practicum in early care and education programs for children.

To learn more about MCC’s Early Childhood Education Programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/education/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Register Now for MCC’s Technical Writing Certificate Program 7/13/20178/3/2017 12:39 PM
Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Technical Writing Certificate Program. This 120-hour, two-semester, post-graduate noncredit certificate program provides the skills necessary to write technical documents and effectively communicate about technical information.

Fall classes start Thursday, Sept. 7, and it’s not too late to register!

This program is a career-enhancement opportunity for individuals with well-developed writing skills, a bachelor’s degree, and at least three years of work experience. Classes will be held Thursday evenings, September through May, on the Bedford campus.

Through lecture, online learning and projects, Technical Writing students will create a portfolio featuring samples of their work.

Students will learn how to conduct audience and task analysis, work with subject-matter experts, understand product documents and the product-development cycle. They will also learn to write clear procedures, review and revise technical information, manage projects, and make content useable. Mark-up languages, such as HTML and XML, as well as tools for authoring information for electronic and print distribution, will also be covered.

To learn more about the Writing Technical Information Certificate program, or to apply, contact Sheila Morin at morins@middlesex.mass.edu or visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/techwrite.aspx

Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate more than 13,000 students annually on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses. At Middlesex, everyone teaches, everyone learns.
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Register Now For Fall at Middlesex Community College6/27/20177/31/2017 10:12 AM
Student success starts at Middlesex Community College! With more than 70 degree and certificate programs, and hundreds of noncredit courses, MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree, or upgrade your skills.

Whatever your goals, Middlesex is committed to helping you achieve them. Register now – fall-semester classes start Tuesday, Sept. 5.

MCC offers flexible schedules to fit your needs, with day, evening and weekend options. Combined with a small-class environment, attentive and accessible teachers, and honors courses for high-achieving students, Middlesex provides a quality education at a price you can afford – online or on campus.

With online learning at Middlesex, your classroom can be as close as the nearest internet connection. For more than 15 years, MCC has been a leader in online education. MCC currently offers 10 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that can be completed entirely online, plus hundreds of online course offerings. Hybrid courses, which combine online and face-to-face instruction, are also offered.

Middlesex recognizes that many students, after completing their MCC coursework, intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree at another institution. For these students, Middlesex offers MassTransfer, a statewide transfer program to help streamline the transfer process.

To learn more, or to register, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Offers Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification Class 7/27/20177/31/2017 10:08 AM
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification course.

This noncredit course is recommended for registered dental hygienists (RDHs) who would like to become certified in local anesthesia. MCC complies with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry regulations for the administration of local anesthesia.

At completion of the course, the RDH will be able to administer safe, effective, and painless local anesthesia with confidence and competence, and be prepared to take the computerized CDCA exam. (Upon successful completion, students will be awarded a certificate and 56 CEUs.)

This course consists of a 40-50 hour online study (independent and self-paced) prior to clinical, interactive presentations, and a three-day clinical in which students will have 30 injection experiences, and a clinical final exam.

Clinical dates: Oct. 7, 8 and 9, 2017 – MCC Dental Clinic, 44 Middle St., Lowell

Online study period (self-paced): July 10-Oct. 3 T

Tuition: $1,399 (includes all clinical supplies, breakfast & lunch. CDCA exam is a separate fee) Course number: CAR 751-80

For more information, call 781-280-3570 or email: wrighte@middlesex.mass.edu

To enroll in MCC’s Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification course (CAR 751-80), call 1-800-818-3434.
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Enroll Today in MCC’s Dental Laboratory Technology Program7/19/20177/27/2017 9:38 AM
Enrollment is still open for Middlesex Community College’s Dental Laboratory Technology Program, which prepares students to become important members of a dental health team.

Classes start Tuesday, Sept. 5, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Middlesex has the only Dental Laboratory Technology Program in New England. The curriculum is composed of lecture, internship and laboratory experience. Course lectures cover a variety of subjects, including dental materials, oral anatomy, and occlusion, as well as a study of infectious diseases.

The extensive laboratory component, which requires 1,000 hours, covers all phases of dental technology. That includes creating partial dentures, complete dentures, crown and bridge, ceramics, and orthodontics. Students are also taught skills in waxing, gypsum, design, and fit and finish, as they pertain to all major areas of dental technology.

Past graduates of MCC’s Dental Lab Tech Program have enjoyed a 100 percent employment placement rate. A profitable range of employment options include working as technicians in dental laboratories, private dental offices, and dental clinics. No previous health or dental experience is required.

To learn more about MCC’s Dental Laboratory Technology Program, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Learn a New Language at Middlesex Community College 7/20/20177/26/2017 2:54 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Flexible Studies Department now offers 15 world languages. Fall semester classes start Tuesday, Sept. 5, and it’s not too late to register.

Languages offered include Arabic, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and, new this semester, Hindi.

“Many employers are looking to hire people who can communicate in a variety of languages in addition to English,” said Marilyn Glazer-Weisner, Coordinator of Flexible Studies. “In addition, many four-year institutions, including UMass Lowell, require students to take a minimum of four semesters of a world language to graduate. Students can take those courses at Middlesex, save a lot of money and be better prepared for the workforce.”

The Flexible Studies format is adaptable to diverse learning styles, incorporating Web-based technologies, computer programs, audio-visual materials, and one-to-one and small-group instruction. Online materials are used in all courses to give students the added benefit of enhanced learning.

Students in MCC’s Flexible Studies courses can select from a variety of course meeting times that best fit their schedule, use self-pacing to extend or accelerate their coursework, and can work directly with their instructor in one-to-one sessions, and in small groups with their classmates.

For more information about MCC’s Flexible Studies world language course options, or to register, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/flexiblestudies/.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Works by MCC Art Professor Added to Smithsonian Collections 7/17/20177/25/2017 2:15 PM
Two artworks by ceramist Yary Livan, Adjunct Professor of Art at Middlesex Community College, have been added to the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler/Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Curator of Ceramics Louise Cort visited the Lowell artist’s studio and selected an elephant pot and a vase to be included in the Asian art galleries’ permanent collections. Both pieces were fired in MCC’s Cambodian wood-fired kiln.

Livan’s works were also featured in “The Glazed Elephant: Ceramic Traditions in Cambodia,” a recent exhibition at the Sackler Gallery exploring the ceramic tradition of the Angkor kingdom (802-1431). To celebrate his accomplishments, Livan participated in a series of public programs, including an artist talk, and ceramic workshops for adults and children at the District Clay Center, a new ceramics facility in Washington, D.C.

In 2015, Livan was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He received a 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship.

Trained at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Livan now lives in Lowell and joined the Middlesex faculty in 2012. He is believed to be one of the few ceramists to survive Cambodia’s brutal Pol Pot-era genocide and the only known to be living in the U.S. Livan helped build a smokeless, wood-fired kiln in Lowell National Historical Park, which he uses to share traditional Cambodian techniques as part of MCC ceramics courses and the national park’s public programs.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Students Can Save with the Commonwealth Commitment 7/3/20177/24/2017 1:29 PM
Middlesex Community College students taking advantage of the state’s new Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways program can save an average of 40 percent from the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree. Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, and it’s not too late to register.

The Commonwealth Commitment is an innovative statewide college affordability and completion plan designed to help more students achieve the dream of a college degree. Participating MCC students must enroll in the Commonwealth Commitment before they earn 15 course credits; attend full-time; and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. After earning an associate degree in 2.5 years or less, students can transfer to a state university or UMass campus to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students will begin their studies at one of the state's 15 community colleges, enrolling in one of 24 Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways major programs of study.

The Commonwealth Commitment commits every public-college campus to providing 10 percent rebates at the end of each successfully completed semester to qualifying undergraduate students. This is in addition to the standard MassTransfer Tuition Credit received upon entering a four-year institution from a community college.

There also will be a freeze on all tuition and mandatory fees upon program entry, which is valid until students successfully complete or leave the Commonwealth Commitment program.

Students at Middlesex can choose from a number of pathways, including Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, English, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, and Life and Physical Science.

For detailed information about Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways, visit: www.mass.edu/masstransfer

For more information about Middlesex and the Commonwealth Commitment, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/macomcom

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC to Host Three Summer Admissions & Financial Services Nights 6/15/20177/20/2017 12:44 PM
Summer is a great time to get started on your pathway to success at Middlesex Community College! MCC will host three upcoming Admissions & Financial Services Nights on the Lowell campus. All are free and open to the public. Spanish language services are available.

June Admissions & Financial Services Night will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell.

July Admissions & Financial Services Night will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell.

August Admissions & Financial Services Night will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell.

During these free sessions, prospective students and their families, as well as adult learners interested in continuing their education, will have the opportunity to learn about MCC’s 70+ degree and certificate programs, noncredit courses, and online and flexible-learning options.

Participants can receive guidance and assistance on the MCC application process, and learn about placement testing. Attendees can also meet with financial-aid representatives to get information about financing their education.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the statewide MassTransfer program, which is designed to ease the transfer process, allowing a student to specifically plan a curriculum that will fit a chosen bachelor’s degree program.

To RSVP for MCC’s Admissions and Financial Services Night, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissionsnights or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC to Host Health Career Program Info Sessions 7/12/20177/20/2017 8:31 AM
Learn how you can start a successful career in health care at Middlesex Community College. Learn about MCC’s many Health Career degree and certificate programs at upcoming Health Programs Information Sessions.

A Lowell Campus Health Programs Information Session will be held from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell.

A Bedford Campus Health Programs Information Session will be held from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, in Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road.

Middlesex offers degree programs in Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Dental Lab Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Medical Lab Technology, and Radiologic Technology. We also offer certificate programs in Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting and Medical Lab Technology.

MCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing is offered as a full-time day program, or a part-time evening/weekend program. Prospective nursing students must attend a mandatory Overview of the Nursing Program Information Session.

Upcoming Lowell Campus Overview of the Nursing Program Information Sessions will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19; and 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, in MCC’s Lowell Federal Building Assembly Room.

To register for a Health Programs Information Session, visit: http://bit.ly/mccnursinginfo

To learn more about MCC’s Health Career Programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissionrequirements/health.aspx or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC’s Links Program Offers Free Opportunity to Start College 7/10/20177/19/2017 8:52 AM
Middlesex Community College’s Links Program is a tuition-free program designed specifically to help students start college. Applications are currently being accepted for the fall semester, and classes start Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), in partnership with MCC, Links provides an opportunity for eligible students to earn college and institutional credits FREE over the course of one or two semesters. The program also provides individual assessment of skills, assistance with career planning, and academic guidance and support, as students begin their college education.

Links classes are small and are comprised entirely of other Links students. They are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays on MCC’s Bedford campus with free shuttle service available from the Lowell campus. Enrolled students also have access to MCC facilities – such as the libraries and Fitness Center – as well as a wide variety of student services.

Eligible applicants must have a high school credential (diploma, HiSET® or GED®), be a Massachusetts resident, and place into Links courses via MCC’s College Placement Tests. Preference is given to students who studied in a DESE-funded Adult Basic Education Program. However, other students are encouraged to apply.

For more information about MCC’s Links Program, contact Katherine Innis, Adult Learning Center and Links Director, at innisk@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3665, or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/Links.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School Accepting Applications for Fall7/11/20177/18/2017 9:07 AM
Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS) is now accepting applications for the fall semester, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 30.

LMACS serves Lowell-area youth, between the ages of 16 and 21, who have left school prior to graduation or are at risk of dropping out. Graduates of the program receive a high school diploma.

A Middlesex Community College partnership program, LMACS is an accredited high school with the mission of enabling students to achieve academic, social and career success. The school places a strong emphasis on college education as a goal for its students.

The LMACS curriculum is built around traditional instructional areas, supplemented by psycho-educational courses and groups, a school-to-work component, and daily advising. MCC courses are also offered through the college's Dual Enrollment Program.

LMACS is a public school and does not charge tuition. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 to 11:20 a.m. Friday. The charter school is located in Lowell's Pollard Exchange Building, 67 Middle St., across from MCC’s Health, Science & Technology Center. LMACS students have access to all Middlesex facilities, including science labs, mathematics and reading labs, library, computers, and cafeteria services.

For further information about how to earn a high school diploma, call LMACS at 978-656-3165.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Wins MRT’s First Donahue Award for Community Leadership 7/5/20177/17/2017 9:22 AM
Middlesex Community College has been recognized as an “extraordinary” community partner by Lowell’s Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT).

At MRT’s 2017 Set the Stage Celebration – which raised more than $100,000 for the theater’s education programs – Middlesex was presented the newly created Donahue Award for Community Leadership. The award is named in honor of MRT founder Nancy L. Donahue.

Accepting the award for the college were President James C. Mabry and Karen Oster, Chairwoman of Performing Arts. “We are very proud and honored to receive this award,” said Mabry. “At Middlesex, we are dedicated to promoting student success on – and off – the stage!”

“Our mission has always included the active participation of our students in learning to engage and empower others in the community through theater,” added Oster. “Over the last two years, we have partnered with MRT so our students can be more actively involved in the creative process of work-shopping new plays and musicals.”

MCC’s Theater Department has helped MRT workshop three new works: “Chill,” “Little Women Retold” and “Hurricane, The Musical,” Oster explained. “These workshops have enabled Middlesex students to take part in observing, working behind the scenes, and in the case of ‘Hurricane,’ appearing on stage.”

For more information about MCC’s Theater Program, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts/default.aspx

For further information about Merrimack Repertory Theatre, visit: http://www.mrt.org

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College is a Leader in Online Education7/6/20177/17/2017 9:21 AM
For more than 15 years, Middlesex Community College has been a leader in online education. Fall semester begins Tuesday, Sept. 5, and it’s not too late to register.

MCC currently offers 15 degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. And, another 10 degree programs be completed 80 percent online through hybrid course offerings, which combine online and face-to-face instruction.

“MCC’s online courses are taught by highly trained faculty who are committed to ensuring that every student has an engaging and successfully experience,” said Marilynn Gallagan, Dean of Admissions.

Students who take courses online at Middlesex complete the same high-quality coursework as those who take courses on campus. And online students earn the same course credits – which are transferrable to bachelor’s degree programs, said Gallagan.

Some of MCC’s popular online degree programs include Accounting, Criminal Justice, Business, Hospitality Management, and Liberal Arts.

With online courses at Middlesex, you CAN fit education into your busy life! For more information about Middlesex online, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/fit/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Awards 2017 Celebrity Forum Scholarships6/22/20177/13/2017 1:14 PM
The Middlesex Community College Foundation recently awarded $30,500 in scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to 18 Middlesex students as part of the 19th annual MCC Celebrity Forum.

Raonak Ezahan Shristy of Lowell was awarded the James C. and Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship. This award was established at the inauguration of MCC President James Mabry in 2015. The scholarship is awarded to assist a worthy student with the completion of an associate degree at Middlesex.

Noah Stapp of Westford was awarded the Dr. Carole A. Cowan Scholarship. Established in honor of Cowan, former MCC President, this award provides financial assistance to a deserving Middlesex student who is a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program.

Sophie Brill-Weitz of Bedford was awarded the Debra Chemelli-Evans Scholarship. This award was established in memory of the daughter of William Chemelli, former chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees, and member of the MCC Foundation Board.

Seven students were awarded Commonwealth Honors Program Scholarships:
Lucy Arrigo (Ayer)
Maria Aybar (Lowell)
Cora Casteel (Waltham)
Julia Deraska (Winchester)
Dylan Pato (Lexington)
Rebecca Primak (Andover) Alex Sandin (Brookline, N.H.)

Eight students were awarded Celebrity Forum Scholarships:
Gianpiero DeMari (Tyngsborough)
Anushri Madviya (Burlington)
Rutul Patel (Woburn)
Brianna Reyes (Pelham, N.H.)
Bianca Sabatino (Tewksbury)
Shelby Schaefer (Lowell)
Brianna Tavares (Wilmington)
Khuong Thai (Lowell)


To learn more about the 2017 Celebrity Forum scholarships, contact Amy Lee, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, at 781-280-3579 or leea@middlesex.mass.edu

Since 1988, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has generated income through revenue from investments managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, the proceeds of the college's annual Celebrity Forum, Annual Fund, and other programs and campaigns.
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Two Career Centers Help People Enter and Re-enter the Workforce 6/6/20177/12/2017 8:33 AM
Lori Renn Parker had devoted 20 years of her life to being a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer.

With both her children out of the house, Parker, 58, was energized and looking for a new direction – and the satisfaction of earning a paycheck again. However, it was a daunting challenge.

“It was like rubbing my eyes and feeling I had just woken up from a long sleep,” Parker said. “So much had changed since I was last an active participant in the workforce, mostly due to technological advances.”

A chat with a neighbor led Parker to The Career Place (TCP) in Woburn, one of two One-Stop Career Centers, along with Cambridge’s Career Source, chartered by the Metro North Regional Employment Board and managed by Middlesex Community College.

In the 2016 fiscal year, The Career Place and Career Source helped more than 17,000 people of all ages, education levels and backgrounds enter or re-enter the workforce through a wide range of services including career counseling, resume writing, job-search techniques and skills assessments, computer skills development and referrals to further education and training.

Additionally, they assisted more than 1,000 companies with recruitment and employee professional development, and more than 90 youths with critical case-management and job-readiness and training services.

At TCP, Parker started taking classes, attending a networking group, using the center’s resource library, and connecting with staff. Career Development Counselor Kathleen Weislein, who was coaching and helping her with resume writing, encouraged Parker to take the National Retail Federation’s 40-hour Customer Service and Sales course at the Career Source in March, taught by Retail Skills Instructor Kathleen Dachowski.

“In an amazingly short time I realized that retail is actually perfect for someone of my age, interests, background, and abilities,” said Parker, adding the strength of the course was Dachowski’s ability to teach from her real-world retail experience.

On March 30, Parker, who worked as a freelance editor after college, began working at the Barnes and Noble in Burlington as a children’s lead bookseller.

“The centers' training and retraining classes help those of us who need current marketable skills get up to speed -- yes, resume building, networking, and interview practice, but also LinkedIn, Twitter, Microsoft Office, and QuickBooks -- so we can be as well equipped as possible as we try to get back in the game,” said Parker. “Both the Woburn and Cambridge centers far exceeded my expectations. To a person, the staff were friendly, efficient, helpful, and professional.”

Like Parker, Tim Blevins credited the personal attention and dedication of the Career Source staff in helping him land a new job. After two decades working in coffee shops, Blevins, 40, had had enough. He quit his job of nine years, with no back-up plan. “In retrospect, it wasn’t the best decision,” he said. “I really had no idea where to start.”

Blevins applied for jobs online, but was not finding success. A friend suggested the Career Source, so he made a phone call to find out what services they offered. “I spoke to a representative and was quite surprised by how personable he was,” said Blevins. “I could tell he wasn’t reading from a script.”

Blevins took a seminar about re-entering the workforce taught by Career Development Counselor Elgin Summerfelt, which he credits with keeping his job search on track and his spirits up.

“He talked about not feeling bad about being unemployed or the rejection that comes with the job-searching process, which can be hard psychologically,” said Blevins. “We learned how to put our best selves forward, how to interact in an interview and really be prepared.”

Three weeks ago, Blevins began working as an innkeeper at the Bertram Inn in Brookline and aspires to one day own an inn himself. “Without the Career Source, I don’t think I would have gotten this job,” he said. “I was not prepared, but the Career Source gave me the tools I needed to succeed.”

For more information about The Career Place, call toll-free at 888-273-WORK or visit: www.thecareerplace.org. For further information about Career Source, call 617-661-7867 ext. O, or visit: www.yourcareersource.com

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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There’s Still Time to Make Your Summer Matter at Middlesex 5/16/20177/11/2017 10:26 AM
There's something for everyone this summer at Middlesex Community College. Enroll now for one of our Summer Sessions, check out our online course offerings, take advantage of MCC's extensive noncredit programming, or sign your children up for one of our exciting College For Kids programs. Enrollment is now open and it’s not too late to register.

Savvy college students home for the summer, recent high school graduates, and adults returning to college to finish a degree can get ahead this summer with one of our Day Summer Sessions. Classes meet four days a week and run from May 30 through June 29, or July 10 through Aug. 9

With MCC’s growing list of online degree and certificate programs, your classroom is as close as your computer. Online/Evening Summer Sessions meet two evenings a week or online, and run June 5 through Aug. 1, or June 19 through Aug. 15.

Take personal or professional enrichment courses with MCC’s Community Education and Career Training Program. Our programs are designed for individuals in all stages of life and career. Courses are offered online and on campus.

Keep your kids engaged and learning this summer with MCC’s College for Kids programs. Our programs are designed to provide children with fun and challenging opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills, and boost self-confidence. Camps are offered for children ages 8 to 15 and run July 10 through Aug. 17 on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

To register for any of MCC’s summer programs, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/summer.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Number of MCC Commonwealth Honors Scholars Continues to Grow 6/20/20177/10/2017 11:05 AM
The Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP) at Middlesex Community College is attracting a growing number of students who elect to study at a more advanced level. And the number of students who recently graduated as Commonwealth Honors Scholars increased almost 20 percent.

Students who complete their degrees through CHP are guaranteed transfer to other Commonwealth Honors Programs at any state college or university, and can enhance their applications for other four-year public or private institutions.

“The 38 Honors Scholars who just graduated are outstanding students and all are continuing their education to pursue bachelor’s degrees at excellent four-year institutions,” said Middlesex CHP Director and History Professor David Kalivas.

“Our honors graduates transfer to top schools, including Smith College, UMass Amherst Honors College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Cornell University, UMass Boston, UMass Lowell, Boston University, and Johns Hopkins University, among others,” he said.

“These students made a great choice by starting their college careers here at Middlesex – where we combine a quality educational experience with exceptional affordability,” added Kalivas.

MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program is part of an integrated network of honors programs throughout the Massachusetts public college and university system. It offers a variety of honors course options, as well as opportunities for students to master research and presentation techniques, and engage in extra and co-curricular activities, including field trips and guest lectures.

To graduate with honors, Middlesex students are expected to complete a minimum of three honors courses, one of which must be an interdisciplinary team-taught seminar. Students must also participate in the annual Honors Conference, a public opportunity for students to display and explain their research.

Registration for MCC’s fall semester is now open and classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5. For more information about the Commonwealth Honors Program at Middlesex, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/honors/ or call 781-280-3553.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College Offers FREE Refresher Workshops5/31/20177/6/2017 8:14 AM
Middlesex Community College offers FREE Reading, Writing and Math Refresher Workshops for students who want to brush up their skills before they take the College Placement Test. Workshops are offered all summer on the Bedford and Lowell Campuses.

“These workshops are a great opportunity for all students to be more successful throughout college,” said Phyllis Gleason, MCC’s Dean of Foundational Studies, First-Year Experience and General Education. “A short two-hour refresher course can help students score higher on the College Placement Test so they can begin classes at their appropriate learning level, preventing them from taking classes they don’t really need – saving time and money.”

MCC’s Reading Refresher Workshop helps students improve their reading skills and testing strategies to improve their score on the Reading Accuplacer Test. Topics covered during this workshop include finding main ideas, locating details, identifying patterns of organization, and making inferences.

The Writing Refresher Workshop helps students improve their writing skills. It covers topics such as formulating and supporting strong thesis statements, using appropriate grammar and sentence structure, and developing compelling introductions and conclusions.

MCC’s Math Refresher Workshop reviews basic arithmetic skills, including standard operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. A review of elementary algebra is also included.

For more information about MCC’s free Reading, Writing, and Math Refresher Workshops or to register, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/events.aspx or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC’s College for Kids to Stage ‘Lion King Jr.” this Summer 6/26/20177/5/2017 11:35 AM
There is still time to register for Middlesex Community College’s summer College for Kids “Children’s Theater” program.

Designed for kids, ages 10 to 15, this summer’s theater program will culminate in a student performance of “The Lion King Jr.” Students will learn all aspects of theater production, and can choose the roles they want to play, taking into account their own skills and interests.

“Children’s Theater” runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 10-28, at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack St., in Lowell. (Please note additional times will be added as the program progresses, and additional meetings may be added as students prepare for the final production.)

The final production of “The Lion King Jr.” is scheduled for Friday night, July 28, and Saturday afternoon, July 29.

College for Kids programs at MCC are designed to provide children with fun and challenging opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills, and boost self-confidence. Programs are offered for children ages 8 to 15 and run July 10 through Aug. 17 on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

To learn more about MCC’s College for Kids “Children’s Theater” program, or for a complete schedule of all summer programs and registration information, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids or call 781-280-3663.

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Middlesex to Host Dual Enrollment Orientation Sessions in June6/12/20177/3/2017 9:04 AM
Middlesex Community College will host two orientation sessions for the Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy, which allows qualified high school and home-schooled students to earn college credit while satisfying their high school graduation requirements.

A Lowell Campus Dual Enrollment Orientation Session will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, in the Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square.

A Bedford Campus Dual Enrollment Orientation Session will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road.

As part of MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy, qualified students may enroll in college-level courses offered online, during the day, evening or weekend on MCC’s Bedford or Lowell campuses. Flexible options are available to focus on science and math, engineering and technology, health professions or business administration. Also welcome are students who just want to get a head start on completing the general-education courses required by most colleges and universities.

A Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy advisor will be assigned to work with each applicant, their parent/guardian, and high school guidance counselor to design a program based on the student’s academic skill level and educational goals. To maximize success, MCC offers academic counseling, tutoring, computer labs and library serves, and encourages students to participate in on-campus events and student clubs.

Dual Enrollment students pay reduced tuition costs. State funding is available to cover tuition and fees for a limited number of admitted Massachusetts residents enrolled in college-level courses that are transferable to an associate or bachelor’s degree program.

For more information about the Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dualenroll/ or contact MCC’s Academic, Career & Transfer Center at 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Earns Six National Educational Advertising Awards6/2/20176/27/2017 11:00 AM
The Office of Marketing Communications at Middlesex Community College has earned six awards in the 32nd Annual Educational Advertising Awards competition, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

The largest higher-education advertising awards competition in the country, this year’s contest drew more than 2,250 entries from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

“It’s an honor for our team to be recognized by the Higher Education Marketing Report,” said Jennifer Aradhya, MCC’s Director of Marketing Communications. “We are proud to promote student success at Middlesex through our innovative work in marketing and design.”

Middlesex earned two Gold Awards in the categories of Logo Design (for the Commonwealth Honors Program logo) and Imprinted Materials (for MCC Lapel Pins); one Silver Award in the External Publication category (for the Fall 2016 issue of Profiles magazine); and a Bronze Award in the Special Video category (for the Commonwealth Honors Program video).

MCC also received two Merit Awards, one in the Class Schedule category (for the Spring 2016 Corporate and Community Education & Training noncredit class schedule); and the other in the Direct Mail category (for the Returning Adult Mailer).

Judges for the Educational Advertising Awards competition consist of a national panel of higher-education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals, and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Explore Robotics This Summer with MCC’s College For Kids 6/19/20176/26/2017 11:26 AM
Kids can explore the fascinating world of robotics through College for Kids, Middlesex Community College’s summer programs for young learners.

Designed to provide kids, ages 8 to 15, with fun and challenging opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge and skills, and boost self-confidence, College for Kids runs July 10 through Aug. 17, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. And, it’s not too late to register!

Kids can choose from three weekly sessions of “Lego Mindstorms EV3” this summer, offered on the Bedford campus:

“Lego Mindstorms EV3” (ages 8-12) – Middlesex has purchased new Mindstorms sets to explore and build with this summer! In this program, kids will learn the basics of robot building and programming. Kids are put into teams of four and presented daily challenges. They will design, build and test their robots in a fun and competitive atmosphere. Students should bring their imagination as they work closely in a team to create a competitive robotic masterpiece. (Cost: $312).

Offered three weekly sessions in Bedford:
July 24-27 -- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (Course number: YTH 621 30)
July 31-Aug. 3 -- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (Course number: YTH 621 31)
Aug. 7-10 -- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (Course number: YTH 621 32)

All College for Kids programs are taught by public-school teachers, or by professionals who are experts in their field and have experience working with children. For the complete MCC College for Kids schedule and registration information, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/ or call 781-280-3663.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Start a Culinary Career at Middlesex Community College5/4/20176/22/2017 3:05 PM
Dreaming of a career in culinary? Middlesex Community College’s Culinary Arts Program is the place to start! Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, and it’s not too late to register.

Ranked No. 4 in the state by Best Choice Schools, MCC’s Hospitality Management – Culinary Arts degree and certificate programs help prepare students for careers in the specialized areas of the food and beverage industry.

“MCC's Culinary Arts program features intensive hands-on culinary instruction, combined with managerial and business courses designed for the hospitality industry,” said Kimberly Morrissey, Hospitality Program Coordinator. “MCC partners with local industry leaders to provide our students with high-quality internships and valuable work experience to help them meet their career and educational goals.”

Through small class sizes and personalized instruction, students gain practical experience in a state-of-the-art culinary facility in Lowell. Industry-specific courses include “Culinary Theory,” “Culinary Skills,” “Bakery and Pastry Skills,” and “Sanitation/ServSafe Training.”

To learn more about MCC’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/hospitality/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Awarded Federal Grant to Support Upward Bound Program6/14/20176/20/2017 8:36 AM
Middlesex Community College has been awarded a $257,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Education ¬ – the first installment in an expected five-year $1.2 million grant – to continue funding its highly successful precollegiate TRiO Upward Bound student-support program, which targets low-income and/or first-generation-to-college high school students.

MCC’s Upward Bound program is a carefully planned and intensive program of college preparation tailored to meet the specialized needs of students in grades 9-12. This credited academic program is designed to assist 55 TRiO-eligible students enrolled at Lowell High School. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in – and graduate from – institutions of postsecondary education.

“We are thrilled to receive this Upward Bound grant, which allows us to provide important academic enrichment to low-income, first-generation students throughout the school year and summer,” said Colleen Winn, Director of Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs and GEAR UP Massachusetts.

“Upward Bound greatly impacts these LHS students by preparing them to enter postsecondary education by providing intensive classroom instruction and tutoring. Students in the program are also exposed to cultural activities, as well as fieldtrips to colleges and universities in New England, New York and Pennsylvania.”

For more information about MCC’s Upward Bound program, contact Colleen Winn, Director of Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs and GEAR UP Massachusetts, at winnc@middlesex.mass.edu.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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College For Kids Offers Summer Adventures in Fitness and Writing 6/13/20176/19/2017 10:09 AM
Kids with a wide variety of interests have a lot to choose from in College for Kids, Middlesex Community College’s summer programs for young learners.

Designed to provide kids, ages 8 to 15, with fun and challenging opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge and skills, and boost self-confidence, College for Kids runs July 10 through Aug. 17, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. And, it’s not too late to register!

Kids can explore writing, as well as fitness activities in these summer programs:

“Experience Writing” (ages 8-12) -- From pavement to paper, we will approach the writing process via daily adventurous road trips and experiences. Students will gain a stronger grasp of grammar concepts, creative-writing techniques, and essay format. Confident and emerging writers with a sense of adventure and a love of learning new things are encouraged to attend. Offered 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 17-20, in Bedford. (Cost: $312; Course number: YTH 634 30)

“Sports & Recreation” (ages 10-15) -- Participate in a wide variety of fitness opportunities, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, croquet, badminton, ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee golf, ping pong, kickball, whiffle ball, Four Square, hiking, flag football, capture the flag, and more. Days will be jam-packed with action, movement and physical activity! Introductory in nature, activities will focus on recreation and fun, rather than competition. All skill levels and abilities welcome. Offered 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 17-20, in Bedford. (Cost: $312; Course number: YTH 681 30)

All College for Kids programs are taught by public-school teachers, or by professionals who are experts in their field and have experience working with children. For the complete MCC College for Kids schedule and registration information, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/ or call 781-280-3663.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex to Host Precision Machining Certificate Info Night 5/30/20176/15/2017 11:07 AM
Middlesex Community College will host a Precision Machining Certificate Information Night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, 100 Littleton Road, in Westford.

Free and open to the public, this information session will help participants explore career opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing. Participants will meet MCC’s Precision Machining Program Coordinator, take a tour of the state-of-the-art Machining Lab, and meet and network with industry representatives. MCC admissions representatives will be available to provide information on how to enroll in the program. Refreshments will be served.

MCC’s new Engineering Technology Precision Machining Certificate Program prepares students for in-demand entry-level jobs in advanced manufacturing. Classes are offered 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and begin Sept. 5. Enrollment is now open and seats are limited.

In this nine-month, 27-credit certificate program, students will gain skills in mathematics, communications, technical problem-solving, and general machining. Students will also complete 300 hours of hands-on precision machining training at Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Machining Lab.

To RSVP for MCC’s Precision Machining Certificate Information Night, or to learn more, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/precision or call 1-800-818-3434.

This program is funded, in part, by a $20,000,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, Grant # TC-26450-14-60-A-25.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC’s College for Kids to Host Summer Art Class5/12/20176/14/2017 12:54 PM
College for Kids, Middlesex Community College’s summer program for young learners, will host a new “Artwork in the Making” session for children ages 8-12. This four-day, summer course is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July10-13, on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road.

Under the direction of artist Bethany Peck, children enrolled in this course will have fun creating mixed-media and assemblage artwork. Students will be given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of materials and tools to create several different art pieces. Each youngster’s personal interests and unique abilities will be embraced in an atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to learn from each other.

To coincide with individual art projects, students will also have the opportunity to work on an ongoing, collaborative outdoor art piece. A visit to the 30-acre deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln will inspire and reinforce art concepts practiced in this imaginative class.

Peck is a Lowell artist whose primary focus is painting expressionistic landscapes in oil. She uses natural elements of heaven, earth and water to evoke emotion. To learn more, visit: www.bethanypeck.com

For more information about MCC’s College for Kids “Artwork in the Making” course and other summer offerings – or to register – call 781-280-3663 or visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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DHE Names MCC Student James Carroll One of ‘29 Who Shine’5/11/20176/13/2017 9:18 AM
Middlesex Community College student James Carroll, of Arlington, has been named one of this year’s Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 29 Who Shine, an annual program recognizing outstanding students representing each of the state’s 29 public colleges and universities: 15 community colleges, nine state universities and five University of Massachusetts campuses.

Chosen because of his academic achievements, record of student leadership, and commitment to community service and civic engagement, Carroll was celebrated at the seventh annual 29 Who Shine Student Recognition Ceremony held recently at the Massachusetts State House.

“The 29 Who Shine honorees are exceptional student leaders who saw a way to improve something and acted on it, and for that we are grateful. They are a credit to the colleges and universities they attend. We are proud of their contributions to their communities and the Commonwealth,” said Education Secretary James Peyser.

“James Carroll has made good on Massachusetts taxpayers’ investment in his education,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Every year the 29 Who Shine remind us that our public college and university graduates represent the future of the Commonwealth. They are here to learn, here to stay, and it is incredibly inspiring to see how each honoree is contributing to our common good.”

Graduating this month with an AS degree in Engineering Science Transfer/Mechanical Engineering, Carroll is a nontraditional student who works and maintains a solid GPA in a rigorous program of study. As president of the STEM Club, he introduced new engineering technologies to his peers during regular meetings and special events. He also pioneered the inaugural MCC Science Fair, and was named 2016 STEM Club member of the year.

Carroll is planning to enroll at UMass Lowell in the fall and pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, with a minor in bioengineering. His long-term goal is to complete an MBA and start his own company in the field of bioengineering.

For more information about 29 Who Shine, visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education website: http://www.mass.edu/29whoshine/home.asp

For information about James Carroll, contact Rebecca Newell, MCC Assistant Dean of Students, at newellr@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3763.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Let the Kids Explore Art and Fashion Design this Summer 6/7/20176/13/2017 9:17 AM
Kids can discover and develop their creativity through College for Kids, Middlesex Community College’s summer programs for young learners.

Designed to provide kids, ages 8 to 15, with fun and challenging opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge and skills, and boost self-confidence, College for Kids runs July 10 through Aug. 17, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. And, it’s not too late to register!

Kids can explore their artistic side with these art- and design-focused summer programs:

“Artwork in the Making” – Children, ages 8-12, are invited to have fun creating mixed-media and assemblage artwork in this four-day session. Kids will also work on an ongoing, collaborative outdoor art piece, and visit the nearby deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum. Offered 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 10-13, in Bedford. (Cost: $312; Course number: YTH 723 30)

“Fashion Design” – Geared toward kids ages 10-15, this course explores fashion tools and techniques to help students develop their own style. Lowell, a city rich with textile history and tradition, is an ideal setting. Students will lunch at a local restaurant one day (additional $12 fee for lunch.) Each student will receive an original gown donated by a local bridal shop to transform, and a fashion show will be held on the final day. Offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 10-13, in Lowell (Cost: $332; Course number: YTH 614 80)

All College for Kids programs are taught by public-school teachers, or by professionals who are experts in their field and have experience working with children.

For the complete MCC College for Kids schedule and registration information, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/ or call 781-280-3663.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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