MCC Selected to Join National Project Promoting Student SuccessNew6/18/20196/18/2019 1:16 PM
Middlesex Community College has been selected by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) to be among 20 U.S. institutions participating in a new two-year project, Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students Are Learning. The Guided Pathways project is designed to build institutional capacity to ensure students are learning.

“Middlesex is honored to be one of 20 institutions chosen by AAC&U for this national project,” said Philip J. Sisson, Provost and VP of Academic & Student Affairs. “Our long-standing assessment work and guided-pathways efforts were key for the college to be poised to contribute to this effort to further document student learning.”

“AAC&U is thrilled to partner with the selected Guided Pathways institutions to promote student success and demonstrate the ways in which community colleges are vital to our nation’s strength – serving as engines of discovery, innovation and social mobility,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella.

As the leading national association focused on quality in undergraduate education, AAC&U, in collaboration with the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, will work with the 20 institutional participants to strengthen designs of project-based and applied learning experiences, and to assess student achievement of learning outcomes to advance equity and student success goals along guided pathways.

To learn more about the Guided Pathways project – including a list of participating colleges – visit www.aacu.org/strengthening-guided-pathways.

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MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program Continues to Grow 6/14/20196/18/2019 1:13 PM
The Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP) at Middlesex Community College continues to attract a growing number of students who elect to study at a more advanced level. During recent Commencement exercises, 36 students graduated as Commonwealth Honors Scholars – up more than 25 percent from the previous year.

“Our Class of 2019 Honors Scholars are outstanding students who are continuing their education to pursue bachelor’s degrees at excellent four-year institutions,” said MCC History Professor David Kalivas, CHP Director. “These students made a great choice by starting their college careers at MCC, where we combine a quality educational experience with exceptional affordability.”

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.

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

To graduate as Honors Scholars, 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.

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/presentation techniques, and engage in extra and co-curricular activities, including field trips and guest lectures.

Registration for MCC’s fall semester is now open and classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 4. For more information about the Commonwealth Honors Program at Middlesex, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/honors/ or call 781-280-3553.

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Middlesex CC to Host Information Session for Veterans 6/7/20196/18/2019 1:13 PM
Middlesex Community College welcomes veterans! The college is hosting a Veteran Information Session at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in the Federal Building Assembly Room on the Lowell camps, 50 Kearney Square.

At the Info Session, veterans can meet with representatives from MCC’s Admission Office to learn about the application process. Vets can also explore the resources and campus services available to military-connected students through the Veterans Resource Center.

Representatives from UMass Lowell will also be on hand to discuss transfer options for student veterans who elect to start their degree at MCC and earn a bachelor’s degree at UML.

“It was challenging to reconnect to civilian life when I first got out of the Air Force,” said recent MCC graduate Michael Milisci, of Nashua, N.H. “But getting involved at Middlesex definitely helped me adjust to the change.

“There are a ton of student resources, like the Math and Writing Centers, that helped with my homework. And I participated in a few extracurricular activities – like acting in a play, leading the Gamers Guild, and other clubs – that often got me outside my comfort zone.”

To RSVP for the Veteran Information Session, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/veteransinfo

Registration is now open for fall-semester courses at MCC. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 4. For a complete listing of fall course offerings, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

For more information about MCC’s Veterans Resource Center, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/VeteransResources

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Workforce Training Fund Grants Info Session Offered at Middlesex 5/22/20196/18/2019 1:12 PM
Middlesex Community College will host an Information Session for businesses seeking Workforce Training Fund (WFTF) grants from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, in MCC’s Bedford Campus Trustees’ House, 591 Springs Road. Registration deadline is Monday, June 17.

The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, administered by Commonwealth Corporation, provides resources to businesses to train current and newly hired employees. The goal is to help improve employee skills and maintain the economic strength of the commonwealth’s businesses.

At the info session, an WFTF representative will present an overview of the grant options and answer questions in an informational setting.

WFTF provides training grants to Massachusetts employers up to $250,000 per application. MCC’s Corporate and Community Education & Training Program has helped many businesses secure and implement these grants.

For more information on specific Workforce Training Fund programs, visit the Commonwealth Corporation website: www.commcorp.org/wtfp

For more information about this WFTF Info Session, or to register, contact Teresa Medina at medinat@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3009.

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There’s Still Time to Make Your Summer Matter at MCC 6/13/20196/14/2019 1:05 PM
Savvy college students home for the summer, recent high school graduates, and adults returning to finish a degree are all turning to Middlesex Community College to make their summer matter!

Registration is still open for MCC’s Summer Session 3, which runs July 9 through Aug. 8. A variety of day and evening courses (in Bedford and Lowell), as well as online courses, are available.

To register, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/summer.

Middlesex also offers an array of noncredit personal and professional enrichment courses throughout the summer. For information about summer noncredit programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/default.aspx

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MCC’s Summer College for Kids Combines Fun With Learning 6/4/20196/14/2019 1:04 PM
It’s not too late to sign the kids up for College for Kids at Middlesex Community College this summer.

College for Kids offers one- and three-week, full- and half-day summer programs for children and teens (ages 8 to 17) that run July 8 through Aug. 15, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

These fun and engaging summer programs provide children and youth with unique opportunities to explore careers, learn new skills, meet new friends, and boost self-confidence. Programs are taught by public-school teachers or professionals who are experts in their field.

Here is a selection of College for Kids programs offered this summer:

ACE: Aviation & Simulation – Design, build and test your own aircraft. (Ages 10-15; offered July 8-11, course number: YTH 610 30; and July 15-18 [YTH 610 31]; both sessions in Bedford)

Advanced Digital Photography – Learn about new photographers, digital artists and more sophisticated techniques. (Ages 12-17; offered July 29-Aug. 1 [YTH 762 30]; in Bedford)

Choreography – Dancers can explore a variety of styles of dance while learning how to use their own creative voice. (Ages 8-16; offered July 15-18 [YTH 756 30]; in Bedford)

Coding for Kids – Learn how to build simple games and explore the world of coding. (Ages 9-12; offered July 22-25 [YTH 691 30]; and Aug. 12-15 [YTH 691 31]; both sessions in Bedford)

Creative Sculpture – Combine engineering with art to create sculptures with recycled materials. (Ages 8-12; offered July 8-11 [YTH 749 30]; in Bedford0

Creative Writing – Develop your skills as an up-and-coming writer. (Ages 10-15; offered July 8-11 [YTH 755 30]; in Bedford)

Exploration Art Studio ¬– A variety of art materials will be at your disposal to create what interests you! (Ages 8-12; offered July 15-18 [YTH 750 30]; in Bedford)

Fashion Design – Explore fashion tools and techniques, and develop your own style. (Ages 12-16; offered July 8-11 [YTH 614 80]; in Lowell)

Minecraft – Explore and approach gameplay from new angles. (Ages 8-12; offered July 8-11 [YTH 695 30]; and July 29-Aug. 1 [YTH 695 31]; both sessions in Bedford)

For the complete MCC College for Kids 2019 schedule and registration information, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids or call 781-280-3663.

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MCC Welcomes New Trustee James H. Campanini 6/10/20196/14/2019 1:03 PM
James H. Campanini, of Lowell, has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as a member of the Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees.

Campanini is the former editor-in-chief of the Lowell Sun, where he directed the organization's print and digital operations for three decades before his recent retirement.

“Middlesex is pleased to have a trustee with such an extensive background in journalism and communications,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “Jim Campanini brings a range of valuable skills and community connections with him, and his input will help the college. I look forward to working with him to advance the mission of Middlesex.”

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, with a BA in journalism, Campanini is best known for championing the Sun’s public watchdog role. He wrote editorials that won nearly two dozen regional journalism awards, including five first-place honors. Also a certified Italian wine scholar, Campanini writes a weekly wine column published in the Sun and the Boston Herald.

Campanini joins current members of the Board of Trustees, including Chairman James J. Campbell of Lowell, Linda Banks-Santilli of Waltham, Alec A. Belanger of Billerica, Laurie A. Elliott of Lowell, Cheryl E. Howard of Reading, Steven Iem of Lowell, Bopha Malone of Bedford, Annie O’Connor of Lowell, and Kathleen A. Plath of Tyngsboro.

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MCC Foundation Awards Student Scholarships at Spring Fundraiser 6/5/20196/14/2019 1:03 PM
The Middlesex Community College Foundation awarded $43,000 in scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to 21 Middlesex students as part of its 2019 spring fundraiser, “Piano Men,” held recently in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Pranay Rai, 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.

Michelle Davis, of Lowell, 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.

Kaitlin Fung, of Acton, 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.

Eight students were awarded Commonwealth Honors Program Scholarships:

Juan Breton (Lowell)
Brittany Brown (Westford)
Adam Goulet (Waltham)
Joseph Ivers (Bedford)
Genesis Martinez (Lawrence)
Isabel Pagano (Peterborough, N.H.)
Connor Powell (Andover)
Abigail Zegowitz (Westford)


Ten students were awarded Lowell Connections Scholarships:

Thearith Chhom (Lowell)
Trevor Dumais (Lowell)
Ari Primak (Andover)
Kiss Quick (Lowell)
Leang Sam, Lowell
Natalia Silva (Nashua, N.H.)
Eliza Slocum (Haverhill)
Theara Sok (Lowell)
Vilyratna Sok (Lowell)
Erin Trodden (Wilmington)


To learn more about the MCC Foundation scholarship program, contact Amy Lee, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations, at 978-656-3028 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, proceeds from the college's spring fundraiser, the Middlesex Fund, and other programs and campaigns.

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Middlesex CC Offers Intensive English Institute on Lowell Campus 6/11/20196/13/2019 1:26 PM
Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Intensive English Institute (IEI) and fall-semester classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 4.

A selective, noncredit program, the IEI provides rigorous English instruction and cultural immersion for non-native speakers who want to improve their English-language skills in order to advance in their studies or on the job.

Located within MCC’s World Language Institute on the Lowell campus, the IEI offers advanced and high-intermediate English courses. Placement is determined by a one-on-one evaluation;

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

IEI curriculum includes reading, writing and grammar, as well as speaking and listening exercises. The two-semester, noncredit program meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, on the Lowell campus. Courses are offered fall and spring semesters.

For more information about MCC’s Intensive English Institute, contact Marilyn Glazer-Weisner: GLAZERM@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3934; visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/iei.

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Enroll Now for MCC’s Technical Writing Certificate Program6/6/20196/13/2019 1:26 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Writing Technical Information Certificate Program is now accepting applications. This 120-hour, two-semester, post-graduate certificate program provides the skills necessary to write technical documents and effectively communicate about technical information.

Fall classes start Thursday, Sept. 5, and it’s not too late to register! (Application deadline is Thursday, Aug. 22.)

MCC’s Writing Technical Information Certificate is a noncredit 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

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MCC to Host Choice Theory/Reality Therapy Training Session 6/3/20196/13/2019 1:25 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Office of Student Engagement will host a three-day Choice Theory & Reality Therapy Intensive Training Session to be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, June 24, 25 and 27, on the Lowell campus. Open to the public, this workshop is capped at 16 people, including MCC staff and faculty.

Choice Theory/Reality Therapy is the new psychology of personal freedom. Designed for therapists, counselors, social workers and other helping professionals, it helps clients move from a victim role to empowered self-reliance.

This three-day, 27- to 30-hour interactive workshop is facilitated by Shruti Tekwani of Thrivecorp™ and a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute (https://wglasser.com). No pre-requisite is required and CEUs are available.

Cost to the public is $500, which includes all materials and lunch for all days of training.

For further information, or to register for this Choice Theory/Reality Therapy workshop, email facilitator Shruti Tekwani at info@thrivecorp.org or Steve Rossi, MCC Director of Student Engagement: rossis@middlesex.mass.edu.

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MCC’s English Learner Institute Offers Summer Courses5/21/20196/11/2019 12:58 PM
Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s summer English Learner Institute (ELI) program. ELI offers a variety of noncredit courses focusing on developing basic English and other skills essential to functioning in American society, and helping students continue their education.

ELI summer-semester programs run June 24 through July 19. Classes meet for approximately two hours during the morning on the Lowell campus. All ELI courses are offered at a reduced rate. Admission is open to all and does not require an MCC admission application.

ELI courses are designed to serve students who are newcomers to the United States or who need to develop basic English skills. Topics such as technology, life skills and social conventions are covered. ELI courses are non-sequential. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters.

Support services are available to all ELI students, including an English Language Learner Tutoring Lab, a technology-enhanced Language Lab, access to computers, library services, and student services, such as career counseling and academic advising.

For more information about the English Learner Institute, courses offered, and fees, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/internationalstudents/pac.aspx or call 978-656-3104.

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Get Started on an Engineering Degree This Summer!5/2/20196/10/2019 10:51 AM
Interested in engineering? Middlesex Community College is a great place to start an engineering degree – and summer is the perfect time to begin. Registration is now open for MCC’s four Summer Sessions, which run May 28 through Aug. 8.

MCC’s Engineering Science Transfer Degree Program offers three tracks – Mechanical, Civil/Environmental, and Electrical/Computer. A fourth track – Chemical Engineering – is launching this fall, according to Associate Professor Michele Stein, Chairwoman of Computing & Engineering Technology.

“Our Engineering Programs serve as a pathway for students who want to complete their AS degree at MCC, then transfer to a BS engineering program at a four-year institution,” Stein said. “And enrolling in a Summer Session is a good way to complete a required course or two, and lighten your course load for fall.”

Graduates of Middlesex Engineering Programs will be prepared to transfer as juniors and require an additional two years of full-time study to complete their bachelor's degree, she said.

This summer, MCC offers day, evening and online courses in four sessions:

• Summer QuickStart – May 28 to June 14 – accelerated, three-week session
• Summer Session 1 – May 28 to June 27 – five-week session
• Summer Session 2 – May 28 to July 24 – eight-week session
• Summer Session 3 – July 9 to Aug. 8 – five-week session

To learn more about MCC’s 2019 Summer Sessions, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/summer.

For more information about MCC’s Engineering Science Programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/stem/engscitran.aspx

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Middlesex CC to Host Dual Enrollment Orientation Sessions 5/16/20196/7/2019 10:24 AM
Middlesex Community College will host five upcoming 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.

Three Bedford Campus Dual Enrollment Orientation Sessions will be held:
• 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road
• 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road
• 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Bedford Campus Library’s Alcott Room, 591 Springs Road

Two Lowell Campus Dual Enrollment Orientation Session will be held:
• 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square
• 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square

MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy enables qualified students to enroll in college-level courses offered online or on campus. Also welcome are students who want to get a head start on completing general-education courses required by most colleges and universities.

A Middlesex advisor will be assigned to work with each applicant, their parent/guardian, and high school guidance counselor. Dual Enrollment students pay reduced tuition costs.

For more information about the Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dualenroll/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Enroll Now in MCC’s Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide 5/31/20196/6/2019 1:46 PM
Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s noncredit Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate Training Program, which prepares students for an entry-level career as a nurse assistant.

Offered through MCC’s Community Education and Career Training Program, this 100-hour noncredit program meets from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 8 through Aug. 5.

Students will learn the skills needed to care for residents in long-term care facilities and hospitals, including personal patient care, patient rights, how to lift and turn patients, safety, infection control, vital signs, record-keeping, mental health care of residents, and stress management.

Upon successful completion of this noncredit program, students will be eligible to sit for the Massachusetts nurse assistant certification exam.

To enroll, students must have a high school diploma or GED, give permission for a CORI/SORI background check, and be able to lift and move 50 pounds. Enrollment is open until all seats are filled.

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

Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining for more information about noncredit Community Education and Training courses at Middlesex.

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MCC’s Technical Writing Certificate Offers Career Enhancement5/15/20196/6/2019 1:46 PM
Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Writing Technical Information Certificate Program. This 120-hour, two-semester, post-graduate certificate program provides the skills necessary to write technical documents and effectively communicate about technical information.

This program is a noncredit 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. Fall classes start Thursday, Sept. 5, and the deadline to register is Thursday, Aug. 22.

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

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MCC Music Students Perform in ‘Piano Men’ Fundraiser 5/30/20196/5/2019 1:20 PM
Five Middlesex Community College Music students performed as part of “Piano Men – The Music of Elton & Billy,” the MCC Foundation’s spring fundraiser, held recently at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Four student instrumentalists – Mason Borsini (percussion) of Pepperell; Margaleet Katzenblickstein (cello) of Westford; Robin Panariti (French horn) of Reading; and Em Russell (bassoon) of Dracut – played in the 30-piece orchestra, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Orlando Cela.

Voice student Heather Demers of Dracut joined “Piano Men” singer/pianist Joe Boucher on Elton John’s duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Proceeds from “Piano Men” support scholarships for Middlesex students. Since 2004, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has awarded 140 student scholarships totaling $343,500.

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MCC Offers Summer Programs for Various Ages & Stages of Life5/9/20196/4/2019 2:39 PM
There's something for everyone this summer at Middlesex Community College!

Enroll now for one of our four Summer Sessions, check out our extensive noncredit programming, or sign your children up for one of our exciting College for Kids programs. Summer 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 now enroll in a variety of day, evening and online courses offered in our four Summer Sessions, running May 28 through Aug. 8:

• Summer QuickStart – May 28 to June 14 – accelerated, three-week session
• Summer Session 1 – May 28 to June 27 – five-week session
• Summer Session 2 – May 28 to July 24 – eight-week session
• Summer Session 3 – July 9 to Aug. 8 – five-week session

Take personal or professional enrichment courses this summer with MCC’s Community Education and Career Training Programs. Our noncredit courses, offered online and on campus, are designed for individuals in various stages of life and career.

Keep your children engaged and learning this summer with MCC’s College for Kids. Programs are designed to provide children with fun and challenging learning opportunities. College for Kids offers one- and three-week, full- and half-day summer programs for children and teens (ages 8 to 17) running July 8 through Aug. 15, 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.

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Middlesex Community College Awards Foundation Scholarships4/17/20196/3/2019 1:02 PM
The Middlesex Community College Foundation recently awarded 62 scholarships totaling $65,100 to 49 deserving Middlesex students for the 2018-2019 academic year in a ceremony on the Bedford campus.

The scholarships range from $500 to $5,000, and are funded by a variety of sources, including memorial donations, local businesses, private foundations and private donors.

“The MCC Foundation is pleased to recognize these talented and hard-working students, as well as the generous commitments of our donors,” said Sherri McCormack, Dean of College Advancement. “We are delighted to provide financial assistance that helps our students achieve their dreams.”

The 2018-2019 scholarship recipients include:

Ijebusonma Agundu (Lowell) – MCC Foundation Board of Director's Founder's Award
Jaafar Al Ogaili (Lowell) – Deolinda Mello Memorial Scholarship, and John Keough Award
Mark Andrews (Methuen) – MCC Performing Arts Scholarship
Bensu Bastopcu (Lowell) – MCC Foundation Merit Award for Full-Time Students
Juan Breton (Lowell) – Charles & Olga Malvers Memorial Scholarship, and MCC Foundation Merit Award for Part-Time Students
Brittany Brown (Westford) – Audrey A. Cogliano Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Casey (Maynard) – Kathy Reticker Scholarship
Michaela Chung (Lowell) – James & Dorothy Sullivan Scholarship, and Keri-Lyn (Gleason) Farley Scholarship
Katie Donahue (Tyngsboro) – Shirley W. Thidemann Memorial Scholarship
Michael Donovan (Arlington) – Lexington-Concord Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Scholarship, and Verizon Scholarship
Musu Gaye (Lowell) – John Keough Award, and Kathy Reticker Scholarship
Mikayla Grassia (Wilmington) – MCC Foundation Merit Award for Part-Time Students
Ceara Herget (Littleton) – Thomas O'Mahony ‘Spirit of Excellence’ Award
Sorpheapanha Hourt (Lowell) – Lexington-Concord Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Scholarship, and Verizon Scholarship
Rafael Huertas (Westford) – Securitas Security Scholarship
Madison Kandrotas (Tewksbury) – Robert Minue Memorial Scholarship
Semhal Katz (Lexington) – MCC Foundation Board of Director's Founder's Award, and Robert Cataldo Scholarship
Josephina Kolpachnikof (Billerica) – Aradhya-Beauchemin Arts Scholarship, and New England Woodcarvers (NEWC) Scholarship
Nancy Lee (North Reading) – Support Staff Scholarship
Vysakha Ly (Lowell) – Paul Sheehy Memorial Scholarship
Alicia Machado (Lowell) – Unitas Scholarship
Mamadi Mansare (Dracut) – Lura Smith Scholarship
Jean-de-dieu Mawombe (Lowell) – Paul Sullivan Scholarship
Adrienne McGlone (Fitchburg) – Muriel G. Hervey Memorial Scholarship
Deborah McGondel (Wilmington) – Positive Psychology Scholarship
Andrea Merrill (Lexington) – Muriel G. Hervey Memorial Scholarship
Amira Moawad (Ayer) – MCC Foundation Merit Award for Part-Time Students
Anastasia Monich (Acton) – Markowicz-Dundorf Scholarship, and MCC Foundation Merit Award for Full-Time Students
Lauren Moran (Stoneham) – Instrumentation Laboratory Scholarship
Meadly Moreau (Lowell) – Catherine L. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship, and Lura Smith Scholarship
Paul Murray (Arlington) – Collegiate TRIO Programs Scholarship
Linda Nara (Lowell) – Chelly Foundation Scholarship, and MCC Foundation Merit Award for Full-Time Students
Edmund Neumeier (Chelmsford) – Caryl Dundorf Scholarship, and MCC Foundation Merit Award for Full-Time Students
Yen Nguyen (Lowell) – John Michael Delehanty Memorial Scholarship
Peter Nguyen (Dunstable) – Northeast Association of Realtors (NEAR) Scholarship
Reem Niyazi (Lowell) – Collegiate TRIO Programs Scholarship
Lauren Norman (Billerica) – MCC Foundation Merit Award for Part-Time Students
Christian North (Arlington) – MCC Foundation Merit Award for Part-Time Students
Karen Onuoha (Lowell) – MCC Foundation Board of Director's Founder's Award
Panhasopheak (Stephany) Pang (Lowell) – Instrumentation Laboratory Scholarship
Nicole Paquin (Tewksbury) – Kim M. Forte Memorial Scholarship
Jennifer Peou (Lowell) – Emily Boudrot Memorial Scholarship, and Geraldine B. Deragon Scholarship
Kyle Phillips (Billerica) – Ray Shea Memorial Scholarship for International Studies
Tracy Rusch (Auburn) – Judith Tarutz Technical Writing Certificate Scholarship
Chhoun Neang Seng (Lowell) – Chelly Foundation Scholarship
Urdilinya Smith (Lowell) – New England Woodcarvers (NEWC) Scholarship
Carolina Sposito (Lowell) – Muriel G. Hervey Memorial Scholarship
Weijie Zhang (Andover) – MCC Foundation Merit Award for Full-Time Students
Jue Zhao (Chelmsford) – Tom McKay Memorial Scholarship

For more information about Middlesex Community College Foundation Scholarships, contact Amy C. Lee, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations, at leea@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3028 or visit our website at www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships.

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Register Now for Fall Courses at Middlesex Community College 4/9/20195/31/2019 1:49 PM
Registration is now open for fall-semester courses at Middlesex Community College. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 4, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online.

A complete listing of fall course offerings can be found in MCC’s Fall 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 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, as well as 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.

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for fall-semester courses, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Rekindling a Passion to Study Criminal Justice and Law at Middlesex 4/30/20195/30/2019 12:36 PM
Growing up in Brazil, Middlesex Community College student Alexsandro Vieira was always interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or law, but did not see how that was possible in his homeland.

“As I grew, I came to realize how the criminal justice system in Brazil was filled with corruption and dishonesty,” said Vieira, 21, of Woburn. “By my last years in Brazil, I was confident that I was going to study chemical engineering, since I always showed excellent performance in math, chemistry and physics.”

In 2015, after doing some research, Vieira decided to come to Massachusetts to pursue his academic goals. He enrolled at Woburn High School his senior year, to improve his English and receive assistance in applying for colleges. His guidance counselor recommended starting at a community college.

“I chose Middlesex because I found within the institution a great possibility to improve my English skills,” he said. “At MCC, I am drafting my path of one day becoming a lawyer.”

Registration is now open for Fall 2019 courses at Middlesex. Classes start Wednesday, Sept. 4, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, or online – and financial aid is available for those who qualify. For a complete listing of fall-semester courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

Vieira plans to graduate in May with an associate degree in Criminal Justice. In the fall, as he continues the journey to law school, he plans to transfer to UMass Lowell to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a minor in legal studies.

It took Vieira three years, rather than two, to earn his AA degree, since he worked full-time as a bartender and could not take a full course load. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and in his free time practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and plays soccer.

“If everything goes as I plan, I will become a police officer in the near future, while studying to obtain my law degree. I am passionate about the U.S. criminal Justice system and wish to one day perhaps become a prosecutor for the state.”

Regardless of where his career takes him, Vieira will not forget his experience at MCC. “Middlesex was the starting point of my future career and opened the doors and gave me an opportunity to improve my English skills,” said Vieira, who is a member of two honor societies: Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

“What I like the most about MCC is the convenience of having two campuses, and the flexibility I encountered with class scheduling.” And it was at Middlesex where he rediscovered his passion for the justice system, Vieira said.

“The faculty members in the Criminal Justice Program have been a great help to me. They always told me that I could do better, and every day I strive to do so.

“I do realize that corruption and dishonesty will be found anywhere I go,” Vieira admitted. “But, I believe here in the U.S. it happens in a much smaller amount – and here is where I want to have a legal career.”

For more information about MCC’s Criminal Justice Program, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/criminaljustice.

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for fall-semester courses, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Alums Bongiorno and Chemaly to Address MCC’s Class of 20195/1/20195/23/2019 3:00 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Commencement exercises for the approximately 1,150 members of the Class of 2019 will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St. The processional begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, located diagonally across from the auditorium.

This year, two outstanding alums will address the Class of 2019. Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno (Class of 1993) will address graduates at Commencement exercises on May 23. And Linda Krasnecki Chemaly (1972), of Trinity EMS, will address Health Programs graduates at MCC’s Health Pinning Ceremony to be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Bongiorno and Chemaly will be presented 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards following their addresses.

Robert Bongiorno – Growing up in Arlington, Bongiorno dreamed of becoming a police officer. Seeking an affordable, quality education close to home, he enrolled at MCC and earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice in 1993.

As a student, Bongiorno served an internship with the Concord Police Department, and worked as a corrections officer at MCI-Concord to put himself through school. After graduation, Concord PD hired him as a full-time officer. As a Concord police officer, Bongiorno spent nights and weekends earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western New England College.

“I started my law enforcement journey in Bedford at Middlesex and will end my law enforcement journey in Bedford as police chief,” he said, adding that he credits MCC with providing the career opportunities that landed him in the chief’s position.

Linda Krasnecki Chemaly – A 1972 graduate of MCC’s Dental Assisting Program, Chemaly grew up in Chelmsford and still lives there. After graduating from Middlesex, she worked as a dental assistant for five years, then earned a bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University.

Her husband, John, and his business partner Gary Sepe, founded Trinity EMS. With the help of Linda’s business savvy and people skills, they have built Trinity into one of the region’s most successful companies.

“I loved Middlesex,” said Chemaly. “It was my springboard, it gave me the confidence I needed.” Her message to the Class of 2019 is that every person’s path to success is different.

“You can always change your mind – never be afraid to stop what you are doing and try something different,” said Chemaly. “Get your degree, and figure out the rest later. That degree is something that can’t be taken away from you.”

For more information about 2019 Commencement, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/graduation

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Middlesex CC Names 2019 Student Graduation Speakers 5/8/20195/23/2019 3:00 PM
Middlesex Community College students Biar Kon, of Lowell, and Randy T. Nguyen, of Woburn, have been named 2019 Student Commencement Speakers. They will address the approximately 1,150 members of the Class of 2019 during Commencement exercises, to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St.

Biar Kon -- Born in Sudan, Kon is graduating with honors, earning an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration Transfer with a 3.45 GPA.

A member of Phi Theta Kappa , the national honor society for two-year colleges, Kon also served as president of MCC’s African Cultural Club and is a mentor to many African-American male students. He also volunteers in the community to support recent refugees through the International Institute. Kon plans to transfer to UMass Lowell’s Honors College to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in International Business and Marketing.

Randy T. Nguyen -- A first-generation college student, Nguyen is graduating with highest honors, earning an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration Transfer with a 3.89 GPA. He also holds an Entrepreneurship Certificate from MCC.

Nguyen is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, and the Dean’s Advisory Council. He also served as Vice Chair of the Student Union Government Association, is a Leadership in Action Fellow, and traveled to Morocco in 2018 as part of an International Education Fellowship. Nguyen plans to transfer to UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Operation & Information Management.

Two outstanding Middlesex alums will also address the Class of 2019. Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno (Class of 1993) will address graduates at Commencement exercises on May 23. And Linda Krasnecki Chemaly (Class of 1972), of Trinity EMS, will address Health Programs graduates at MCC’s Health Pinning Ceremony, to be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Bongiorno and Chemaly will be presented 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

For more information about MCC's 2019 Student Commencement Speakers, contact Patricia Demaras, Assistant Dean of International & Multicultural Affairs, at 978-656-3256 or demarasp@middlesex.mass.edu.

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DHE Names MCC Student Bridget Byrne One of ‘29 Who Shine’5/8/20195/21/2019 1:04 PM
Middlesex Community College student Bridget Byrne, of Littleton, 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 her academic achievements, record of student leadership, and commitment to community service and civic engagement, Byrne was celebrated at the ninth annual 29 Who Shine Student Recognition Ceremony held recently at the Massachusetts State House.

Graduating this month with a Biotechnology Technician Certificate, Byrne maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is a Supplemental Instruction Leader helping other students in Engineering courses, and is active in the STEM Club. Byrne also is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, and serves as the 2018-19 Student Trustee on the MCC Board of Trustees.

After graduation, Byrne, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College, plans to transfer to UMass Lowell to earn a BA in Biotechnology Engineering.

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 Bridget Byrne, contact Rebecca Newell, Assistant Dean of Students, at newellr@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3763.

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MCC Concert Series Concludes with Classical Guitars & Violin 4/18/20195/15/2019 2:10 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2019 spring concert series, concludes with “Music for Classical Guitars and Violin,” an evening of colorful music from Spain, Latin America and the U.S., to be held at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Admission is free and open to the public.

MCC faculty member Raley Beggs, guitar, will be joined by guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth (who also perform as Duo Sonidos) to perform works by Leo Brouwer, Eduardo Morales-Caso, Lucas Foss, Joaquín Rodrigo, Manuel Ponce and George Gershwin.

Beggs performs widely throughout the Greater Boston Area as a soloist and chamber musician, with a focus on community engagement established during a recent fellowship with the Community Performances & Partnerships Program at New England Conservatory.

As a member of Duo Sonidos (https://www.duosonidos.com), violinist Knuth has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and South America. In 2010, Knuth and Levin released their debut album, “Duo Sonidos,” and subsequently were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Luys Milan International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain. Classical guitarist Levine has been praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post. He has performed extensively across the United States and in Europe.

For more concert information, contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, director of A World of Music, at 781-280-3923 or peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu. For directions to campus, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/transportation/directions To see video clips of previous MCC concerts, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/MCCmusicOnline2

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Middlesex CC’s Four Summer Sessions Offer Flexibility 4/24/20195/9/2019 1:25 PM
Savvy students hoping to get ahead and gain momentum for the fall can complete TWO sequential courses in ONE summer at Middlesex Community College. Registration is now open for MCC’s four Summer Sessions, which run May 28 through Aug. 8, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“Taking summer courses is a great way to fulfill degree requirements and stay on track toward graduation – or just complete a class to lighten your fall course load,” explained Bryan Wint, MCC Director of Advising and Academic Pathways.

“We have organized our popular Summer Sessions so there is very little overlap, which allows students to create a strong, sequential academic plan for the summer.”

Middlesex is offering four Summer Sessions. A variety of day, evening and online courses are available:

• Summer QuickStart – May 28 to June 14 – accelerated, three-week session

• Summer Session 1 – May 28 to June 27 – five-week session

• Summer Session 2 – May 28 to July 24 – eight-week session

• Summer Session 3 – July 9 to Aug. 8 – five-week session

College students home for the summer, recent high school graduates, and adults returning to finish a degree are all turning to Middlesex to make their summer matter!

For further information, or to register for 2019 Summer Sessions, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/summer.

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Keep Kids & Teens Engaged This Summer with MCC College for Kids2/19/20195/9/2019 1:05 PM
It’s not too early to start planning for summer! Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s popular College for Kids 2019 summer program..

College for Kids offers one- and three-week, full- and half-day summer programs for children and teens (ages 8 to 17) that run July 8 through Aug. 15, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

These fun and engaging summer programs provide children and youth with unique opportunities to explore careers, learn new skills, meet new friends, and boost self-confidence. Programs are taught by public-school teachers or professionals who are experts in their field.

This summer, College for Kids programs explore topics such as culinary arts, aviation, fashion design, science, jewelry design, film production, art, digital photography, choreography, technology, creative writing, veterinary medicine, and LegoMindstorms.

Two summer theatre programs will be offered in MCC’s new state-of-the-art Academic Arts Center on the Lowell campus. Kids ages 8-15 will stage a production of “James and the Giant Peach.” And older teens (ages 14-17) will stage a production of “Urinetown.”

Most College for Kids full-day offerings run Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Half-day programs run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Students who enroll in two half-day programs can stay on campus for lunch between programs.)

For the complete 2019 College for Kids schedule and registration information, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/ or call 781-280-3663.

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Tickets Still Available for MCC’s ‘Piano Men’ Fundraiser 4/23/20195/8/2019 9:56 AM
Tickets are still available for “Piano Men – The Music of Elton & Billy,” Middlesex Community College’s spring fundraiser, to be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

A tribute to the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John, “Piano Men” features a four-piece pop group, with Joe Boucher on piano and vocals. They will be joined by a 30-piece orchestra conducted by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela and featuring select Middlesex music students.

Proceeds from “Piano Men” support scholarships for Middlesex students. Since 2004, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has awarded 140 student scholarships totaling $343,500.

“Piano Men promises to be a wonderful evening featuring some of the most iconic pop music of recent times,” said MCC President James Mabry. “Supporting this scholarship-fundraising concert will positively impact Middlesex students who seek to change their lives through education.”

Tickets to “Piano Men” are $29 to $59 and are on sale at https://lowellauditorium.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.

Presenting Sponsor of “Piano Men – The Music of Elton & Billy” is The TJX Companies, Inc., which for 21 years in a row has been presenting sponsor of MCCF scholarship-fundraising events.

Sponsorship opportunities – which include a private dinner reception before the concert – are available at a variety of donation levels. For information about “Piano Men” sponsorships, please visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/pianomen or contact Dean of College Advancement Sherri McCormack at 978-656-3034.

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MCC Faculty Earn National Credential in Teaching Excellence4/26/20195/2/2019 2:09 PM
Sixteen Middlesex Community College faculty members have earned a nationally recognized teaching credential co-endorsed by the Association of College & University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education (ACE).

MCC faculty demonstrated their commitment to student success by participating in the Transformative Learning Institute, which included attending all-cohort meetings, communicating with faculty mentors, and completing the ACUE program. Focused on effective teaching practices, the program equips faculty with the instructional skills shown to promote student motivation, learning and persistence.

“Congratulations to the professors who earned ACUE/ACE Certificates in Effective College Instruction,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “This endeavor is just one of the ways Middlesex is investing in the professional development of faculty who always go above and beyond every day to ensure our students find academic success.”

To earn their certificates, faculty members completed a 25-module course that required them to learn about and implement new evidence-based teaching practices in their courses, and reflect on the experience.

The credentialed faculty members include professors Ahmed Alsaeedi, Jean Cremins, Madhu Dhar, Sophie Kazanis, Julia Kelly, Leng Chivon Kou, Jeanne McIsaac, Aliza Miller, Nathan Percival, Sally Quast and Marie Tupaj (all teaching in STEM fields); Dona Cady and Cathy McCarron (English); Vikram Sharma (Business); Deb Botker (History); and Syeda Ferdous Begum (Information Technology). McCarron and Quast co-facilitated the ACUE program, and Botker, Cady, Cremins and Sharma served as faculty mentors.

“Working with faculty from different disciplines at different stages in their professional careers, in a supportive, multi-modal learning environment was a collaborative and empowering experience,” said Quast, a professor of chemistry.

Aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning, ACUE’s courses address more than 200 evidence-based teaching practices, covering how to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active-learning techniques, promote higher-order thinking, and utilize assessments to inform instruction and promote learning.

Faculty will continue to learn about pedagogy and receive career-long support through ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice, which provides access to member forums, expert webinars, biweekly newsletters, the ‘Q’ Blog, and “office hours” with leading scholars in college instruction.

The Association of College & University Educators (ACUE) believes that all college students deserve an extraordinary education and that faculty members play a critical role in their success. To learn more, visit acue.org.

For more information about MCC’s Transformative Learning Institute, contact professors Cathy McCarron (mccarronc@middlesex.mass.edu) or Sally Quast (quasts@middlesex.mass.edu).

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MCC Board of Trustees Votes 2 Percent Student Fees Increase 4/25/20195/1/2019 1:32 PM
The Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees voted to increase student fees by 2 percent for fiscal year 2020, during its April 25 meeting on the Bedford campus.

“Budget decisions are never easy, and fee increases are always difficult for our students who are sharing the burden,” said MCC President James C. Mabry.

With an anticipated economic sustainability gap of 5 percent in the college’s 2020 budget, the fees increase will be paired with a 3 percent expense reduction, explained Mabry.

“This 2 percent increase will cover the rate of inflation in next year’s budget, but no more,” he said. “The resulting budget shortfall will have to come from cost reductions across a broad range of areas at the college.”

Mabry noted that MCC’s 2 percent increase compares favorably to UMass Lowell’s recently announced fee increase of 2.5 percent.

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MCC Hosts Screening of ‘Beale Street’ Followed by Panel Discussion 4/10/20195/1/2019 10:11 AM
Middlesex Community College will host a FREE screening of the 2019 Academy Award-winning movie “If Beale Street Could Talk,” followed by a panel discussion on criminal-justice reform, at 3 p.m. (screening) and 5 p.m. (panel) Tuesday, April 30, in the Academic Arts Center Theatre, 240 Central St., on the Lowell campus.

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is set in early-1970s Harlem. It’s a love story about a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace. The young people at the center of the story have their future plans derailed when the man is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

The panel discussion on criminal-justice reform following the screening will feature:

• Mona Igram, Youth Advocacy Division Attorney in Charge, Committee for Public Counsel Services
• Radha Natarajan, Executive Director of the New England Innocence Project
• Fred Clay, a Lowell resident who was wrongfully incarcerated for 38 years

For more information about MCC’s screening of “If Beale Street Could Talk” and panel discussion, please email: studentengagement@middlesex.mass.edu.

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MCC Series Features ‘Chamber Music for Oboe, Flute, Cello & Piano’4/4/20194/30/2019 2:25 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2019 spring concert series, continues with two performances of “Chamber Music for Oboe, Flute, Cello and Piano,” featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s John Ferrillo (oboe) and Elizabeth Ostling (flute), with William Rounds, cello, and MCC faculty member Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano.

Both concerts – one in Bedford, one in Lowell -- are free and open to the public:

• 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the MCC Concert Hall on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road; and

• 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Academic Arts Center Recital Hall on the Lowell campus, 240 Central St.

Works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Aaron Copland, Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel and Philippe Gaubert will be performed.

Ferrillo, who grew up in Bedford and graduated from Bedford High School, joined the BSO as principal oboe at the start of the 2001 Tanglewood season, having appeared with the orchestra several times as a guest performer.

Ostling joined the BSO as assistant principal flute in September 1994 and was named associate principal flute starting with the 1997-98 season.

Cellist Rounds is a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and frequently plays with the BSO.

Rodriguez-Peralta, a Professor of Music at Middlesex and coordinator of MCC’s Music Program, has appeared as a solo pianist throughout the United States and Peru.

Other A World of Music spring concerts include an MCC Student Recital, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 6; and “Music for Classical Guitars and Violin,” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10. Both concerts will be held in the MCC Concert Hall 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 to campus, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/transportation/directions

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

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MCC Students Named to All-Massachusetts Academic Team4/5/20194/26/2019 1:34 PM
Four Middlesex Community College students have been recognized as outstanding two-year college students and members of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2019 All-Massachusetts Academic Team.

Sima Bilalian of Waltham, Lauren Moran of Stoneham, and Karen Onuoho and Moniroth Siek, both of Lowell, were honored during a recent ceremony at the State House.

Every year, the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges hosts the All-Massachusetts Academic Team event to showcase the best and brightest students in the 15-college system. Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation, community college presidents, and community college state associations annually co-sponsor the All-State Academic Teams.

Sima Bilalian – A Liberal Arts & Sciences/Psychology student, Bilalian is a member of PTK and has served as an Orientation Leader. She is active in the Navigators leadership program, as well as a variety of clubs and other campus special events.

Lauren Moran – A Business Administration Transfer student, Moran is a PTK member and is graduating in May with honors. She is planning to transfer to either UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, Bentley University or Northeastern University.

Karen Onuoho - A Liberal Studies student, Onuoho is a PTK member and has served as an Orientation Leader. She is active in the Navigators leadership program, the African Culture Club, as well as a variety of clubs and other campus special events.

Moniroth Siek – A Liberal Arts & Sciences student, Siek is a PTK member and will be graduating in May. She is very active in PTK, and other clubs and organizations on campus.

Since 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students, while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

For more information about MCC's All-Massachusetts Academic Team members, contact Steven Rossi, Director of Student Engagement, at rossis@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3789.

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MCC Launches Campuswide Financial Wellness Program 4/1/20194/25/2019 2:16 PM
Middlesex Community College has launched a campuswide Financial Wellness Program to provide students instruction in personal financial literacy, knowledge of higher-education financing and repayment, and other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and responsibility.

MCC’s new Financial Wellness Program is made possible by a one-year, $150,000 supplemental award to the college’s existing $2.2 million Title III grant, awarded in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Education.

“This grant allows us to focus on financial education as a critical part of the student experience,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “We want to provide financial-literacy resources, instruction and counseling to support students in understanding college costs, financing options, and how to create their own plan to pay for college.”

“Finances are one of the top stressors for college students,” said Maritza Martinez, Associate Director, MCC Student Accounts Office. “As soon as they know their finances are stable, they can concentrate on their classes.” And many students don’t have a good grasp of financial issues, she added.

“We’re finding it’s a very uneven playing field. Some students are well aware of financial issues and know what steps to take, while others are not – especially first-generation and minority students,” said Martinez.

“With our new Financial Wellness Program, all students will have access to coaching, instruction and other extra supports to help them grow their personal financial understanding and responsibility.”

MCC’s Financial Wellness Program will include several components, including:

iGrad – an online module that provides students with 24/7 money-management and financial-aid education, resources and tools.

Financial Wellness Specialists – two part-time specialists, one on each campus, to provide face-to-face instruction and advising for students.

Financial Wellness Peer Mentors –four peer mentors, two on each campus, will also be available, in case students are more comfortable working with advisors their own age.

In May, Middlesex will host a Financial Wellness Day in Bedford and Lowell, said Martinez. These special events will feature representatives from nearby banks, community organizations and other local resources to enlighten students about outside community resources.

For more information about MCC’s Financial Wellness Program, contact Maritza Martinez, Associate Director, Student Accounts Office, at Martinezm@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3272.

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Enroll Now for Summer Courses at Middlesex CC 2/26/20194/24/2019 1:10 PM
Savvy college students home for the summer, recent high school graduates, and adults returning to finish a degree are all turning to Middlesex Community College to make their summer matter! Registration is now open for MCC’s four Summer Sessions, which run May 28 through Aug. 8.

New this year, Summer Sessions offer students the flexibility to complete TWO sequential courses – one right after the other – during ONE summer.

Middlesex is offering an accelerated, three-week Summer QuickStart Session, as well as three regular Summer Sessions. A variety of day and evening courses (in Bedford and Lowell), as well as online courses, are available.

Summer QuickStart –May 28 to June 14 – accelerated, three-week session

Summer Session 1 – May 28 to June 27 – five-week session

Summer Session 2 – May 28 to July 24 – eight-week session

Summer Session 3 – July 9 to Aug. 8 – five-week session

For further information, or to register for 2019 Summer Sessions, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/summer.

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International Student Received a Warm Welcome at Middlesex CC4/12/20194/24/2019 1:10 PM
Middlesex Community College student Bensu Bastopcu came to study in the United States from Turkey in 2017. She knew very little about American culture or the education system, and was nervous about whether she would fit in to this new place.

Arriving at MCC in January 2018, Bastopcu was happy to discover that differences are celebrated on campus, and that all students are made to feel welcome.

“Here, is my home now,” the 27-year-old psychology student proudly declared in a recent interview. “At Middlesex, I learned and experienced diversity. People here appreciate differences, and I was different,” she said. “But right now, I feel like those differences make me – and MCC – unique.”

Middlesex will host a Bedford Campus Open House at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road. Prospective students can learn about MCC’s more than 80 degree and certificate programs, noncredit courses, and online-learning options. Call 1-800-818-3434 for more information.

Bastopcu decided to study in the U.S. knowing she was interested in eventually becoming a psychologist. She discovered a passion for psychology and sociology while studying in Turkey, but was not sure exactly how to forge a path to reach her goal.

She began searching online for affordable schools in the United States. She needed a college that accepted the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), and that had a psychology program. She found many schools that fit her criteria.

“But the admissions people at MCC were so patient toward my bombardment of questions. I was in contact with (Assistant Dean of International and Multicultural Affairs) Pat Demaras and (Assistant Director of Admissions) Jeff Tejada, They were so patient and helpful. They played a huge role in my decision to pick Middlesex,” she said.

“I am so happy here,” Bastopcu said of MCC. The Lowell resident added that her happiness is a result of being accepted by the community, and also because of her decision to get involved. She is active in several clubs and organizations, and has a busy social life on campus.

In the spring of 2018, Bastopcu became a member of the Multicultural Career Institute, and has been an Orientation Leader. She continues to work as an International Student Ambassador and as a Supplemental Instruction leader for statistics courses. She is also part of the Leadership in Action/Paul Sullivan Institute class.

“More importantly, I am hanging out and talking to friends in the Multicultural Center a lot,” she said.

Bastopcu’s favorite Middlesex moment, thus far, was helping with an annual campus event that doubled as an immersion into American culture: the 2018 International Thanksgiving Dinner.

“I helped organize this event, inviting people, recruiting presenters, putting up decorations, and so on,” she said. “All this involvement made me feel like a host! This is a marvelous tradition at MCC to organize a Thanksgiving dinner for international students.”

This past year at MCC has taught Bastopcu that she can adapt easily to a new environment and that she has a voice. “I have learned that I can speak up, even though English is my second language,” she said.

Bastopcu expects to graduate in spring of 2020 and transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree. She hopes to eventually enroll in graduate school to become a psychologist. “Maybe one day I will come back to MCC as a teacher or counselor.”

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

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MCC to Host Cambodian Martial-Arts Documentary Screening 4/11/20194/23/2019 12:41 PM
Middlesex Community College will host a FREE screening of the award-winning Cambodian martial-arts documentary “Surviving Bokator” at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Academic Arts Center Theatre, 240 Central St., on the Lowell campus.

The screening will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m., and followed at 7:45 p.m. by a bokator demonstration by featured martial artist Tharoth Sam, and a Q&A with the film’s producers.

What started as a Cambodian genocide survivor’s dream to revive one of the world’s oldest sports, becomes an inspiring mission to heal a nation. “Surviving Bokator” is a heartfelt story about reclaiming cultural identity and building bridges between generations.

Filmed over a period of five years, the film chronicles the struggles of an elder genocide survivor who works to resurrect the ancient martial art of bokator and preserve it in the nation's youth (http://bokatorfilm.com).

This event is co-sponsored by ArtsEmerson and the Boston Asian American Film Festival http://www.baaff.org

For more information about MCC’s free screening of “Surviving Bokator,” contact Professor of Humanities Dona Cady, at cadyd@middlesex.mass.edu

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MCC To Host an LGBT, Arab Community & Allies Gathering 4/16/20194/23/2019 12:41 PM
Middlesex Community College, American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and History UnErased invite the LGBT and Arab community and their allies to Hurriyya Night – an evening of storytelling, dialogue and community – to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, in MCC’s Academic Arts Center, 240 Central St., on the Lowell campus. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

Hurriyya Night is inspired by A.R.T.’s upcoming production, “We Live in Cairo.” This new musical tells the story of the young Egyptian revolutionaries who took to the streets in 2011 to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak.

Join us for an evening intended to create space for understanding, awareness and community. The creators of “We Live in Cairo,” brothers Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour, will also be on hand to discuss the show and speak to their process.

For more information about Hurriyya Night, and to RSVP, please visit: https://americanrepertorytheater.org/shows-events

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MCC Music Faculty, Students to Perform in ‘Piano Men’ Fundraiser 4/3/20194/18/2019 1:29 PM
Middlesex Community College Assistant Professor of Music Orlando Cela will conduct a 30-piece orchestra, including selected MCC music students, as part of “Piano Men – The Music of Elton & Billy,” the MCC Foundation’s spring fundraiser, to be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

“Piano Men” is a tribute to the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. The concert combines a four-piece pop group, featuring Joe Boucher on piano and vocals, plus orchestra. The program concentrates heavily on the recordings by Elton and Billy during their heydays in the 1970s, when their many hit albums featured lush orchestrations.

Proceeds from “Piano Men” support scholarships for Middlesex students. Since 2004, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has awarded 140 student scholarships totaling $343,500.

Tickets to “Piano Men” are $29 to $59 and are on sale at https://lowellauditorium.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.

Presenting Sponsor of “Piano Men – The Music of Elton & Billy” is The TJX Companies, Inc., which for 21 years in a row has been presenting sponsor of MCCF scholarship fundraising events.

Sponsorship opportunities – which include a private dinner reception before the concert – are available at a variety of donation levels. For information about “Piano Men” sponsorships, please visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/pianomen or contact Dean of College Advancement Sherri McCormack at 978-656-3034.

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Middlesex CC Theatre Department to Stage ‘The Music Man’ 3/15/20194/16/2019 1:41 PM
The Middlesex Community College Theatre Department will stage Meredith Willson’s popular musical, “The Music Man,” for seven performances April 10-14, in the college’s newly renovated Donahue Family Academic Arts Center Theatre, 240 Central St., on the Lowell campus.

Curtain times for “The Music Man” are 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 10, 11 and 12; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14.

General admission tickets are $18; $12 for MCC faculty and staff; and $10 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Performing Arts website at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts.

Willson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957. “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a marching band – despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.

In addition to current Middlesex students, this production will also feature several Lowell High School students, young participants from MCC’s College for Kids summer theatre program, and a few Theatre Department alumni.

For parking and directions to campus, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/transportation

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Middlesex CC to Host Bedford Campus Open House3/26/20194/12/2019 1:28 PM
Middlesex Community College will host a Bedford Campus Open House at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 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 more than 80 degree and certificate programs, noncredit courses, online-learning options and honors opportunities.

The Bedford Campus Open House will feature a series of break-out sessions tailored to meet individual needs. 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 is a fun and flexible way to explore what makes Middlesex unique,” said Jillian Freitas-Haley, Assistant Dean of Admissions. “It’s gives students a one-stop opportunity to learn about everything Middlesex has to offer – from courses and programs of study, to admissions, advising and financial aid.”

Administrators and advisors 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, including academic and career counseling, dual enrollment, tutoring, disability support, and other special programs.

Attendees may also meet with financial-aid representatives, 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 to Host A2M Biotech Family & Community Open House 3/28/20194/11/2019 1:41 PM
Middlesex Community College and Northeastern University will host an A2M Family & Community Open House from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Lowell Campus Cafeteria, 33 Kearney Square, to highlight the new Biotechnology Associate to Master’s Scholars Program, known as “A2M.”

A new partnership between Middlesex and Northeastern, the A2M Scholars Program enables MCC Biotech grads to continue on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northeastern in an accelerated pathway – and receive scholarships and special support services along the way.

At the A2M Open House, prospective students and their families can learn about A2M, meet with MCC and Northeastern Biotech faculty and admission teams, and welcome the newest students accepted to the A2M Program. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the A2M Open House, or to register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/A2MOpenHouse

To learn more about A2M, visit: www.northeastern.edu/a2m.

MCC’s Biotechnology Technician Program has received a Platinum endorsement – the highest rating – from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium. Both the Biotech degree and certificate programs emphasize hands-on practical lab work, and include on-site work experience at local biotechnology companies.

For more information about MCC’s Biotechnology Program, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/biotechnology/

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Holes in the Floor Cello Quartet Continues MCC’s Free Concert Series3/19/20194/9/2019 2:35 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2019 spring concert series, continues with a performance by the Boston-based cello quartet Holes in the Floor at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. The concert is free and open to the public.

Holes in the Floor is comprised of cellists Jonathan Butler, Eunghee Cho, Yejin Hong, and Joy Yanai, each of whom have won major prizes in international string competitions.

The ensemble conveys the expressive potential of classical music through exciting and engaging performances and presentations of beloved classics, as well as new commissions and premieres. Works by J.S Bach, Ian Wiese, Jeremy Crosmer, Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven will be performed.

Other upcoming A World of Music spring concerts include “Chamber Music for Oboe, Flute, Cello and Piano,” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the MCC Concert Hall in Bedford, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Academic Arts Center Recital Hall on the Lowell campus; an MCC Student Recital, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the MCC Concert Hall in Bedford; and “Music for Classical Guitars and Violin,” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the MCC Concert Hall in Bedford.

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

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

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MCC Joins Campuses Nationwide in Effort to be ‘Voter Friendly’ 3/27/20194/5/2019 2:00 PM
Middlesex Community College has been designated a Voter Friendly Campus.

The Voter Friendly Campus initiative encouraged participating institutions to plan and implement practices to encourage their students to register and vote in the 2018 elections – and in coming years. It was led by the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project, a national nonpartisan organization, and NASPA/Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

“This Voter Friendly Campus designation highlights MCC’s efforts to develop meaningful civic-engagement opportunities for our students,” said Middlesex President James C. Mabry. “Our civic programming is designed to help students engage in the democratic process, explore their political beliefs, and establish participatory habits to last beyond their college experience. This designation shows that these efforts are having a positive impact on our students.”

The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. Middlesex was evaluated based on a campus plan about how to engage student voters in 2018, and how it facilitated democratic-engagement efforts on campus. The designation is valid through December 2020.

According to Patrick Kenney, MCC’s Coordinator of Civic & Service-Learning, the college organized a series of voter-engagement activities that began in the fall of 2018 and continued through election day and beyond, including:

• Voter-registration opportunities, including National Voter Registration Day events on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.
• Voter-education initiatives such as Every Vote Matters events and Make a Choice, Raise Your Voice!
• Democratic-engagement opportunities offered before and after election day 2018, such as Constitution & Citizenship Day celebrations, a conversation with student activist David Hogg, monthly community-service opportunities, and a workshop on How to Write to Your Legislator.

For more information about MCC’s designation as a Voter Friendly Campus, contact Patrick Kenney, Coordinator of Civic & Service-Learning, at kenneyp@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3159.

To learn more about NASPA, visit: https://www.naspa.org. For further information about the Fair Elections Center, visit: https://www.fairelectionscenter.org

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Middlesex Wins National College Marketing Silver Award 4/2/20194/4/2019 1:17 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has been recognized for outstanding work by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) at its recent national conference in San Antonio, Texas. Middlesex was awarded a 2018 Silver Paragon Award for its Social Media Campaign, “MCC Shout-Out Celebration” (#MCCShoutOut).

“Winning a Silver Paragon Award is truly an honor,” said Elizabeth Noel, MCC Interim Director of Marketing Communications. “This recognition, given to us by our peers from across the nation, is an acknowledgement of our marketing team’s commitment to finding creative ways to share the stories of our amazing students, faculty and staff with the communities we serve.”

Affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has 1,700 members from nearly 650 colleges across the U.S. and Canada. NCMPR's prestigious gold, silver and bronze Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. This year's competition drew 1,939 entries from 262 colleges .

The MCC Shout-Out Celebration was designed to increase excitement around graduation 2018, and provide a venue for students to show appreciation to outstanding faculty and staff. Using a variety of social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – students were asked to give a shout-out to a faculty or staff member who had had an impact on them during their time at the college. More than 90 entries were recorded, then edited into a three-minute video shared during Commencement on all social media platforms.

For a complete listing of NCMPR’s 2018 Paragon Awards, visit: https://www.ncmpr.org/paragon-awards

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Tickets Now on Sale for MCC Spring Fundraiser 'Piano Men' 3/14/20194/3/2019 1:07 PM
Tickets are on sale now for 'Piano Men – The Music of Elton & Billy,' Middlesex Community College’s spring fundraiser, to be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

'Piano Men' is a tribute to the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. The concert combines a four-piece pop group, featuring Joe Boucher on piano and vocals, with a 30-piece orchestra conducted by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela and featuring select Middlesex music students.

Proceeds from 'Piano Men' support scholarships for Middlesex students. Since 2004, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has awarded 140 student scholarships totaling $343,500.

“ 'Piano Men' promises to be a wonderful evening featuring some of the most iconic pop music of recent times – as well as a stunning showcase for our talented music faculty and students,” said MCC President James Mabry. “Supporting this scholarship-fundraising concert will positively impact Middlesex students who seek to change their lives through education.”

Student Mark Andrews, of Methuen, winner of a 2019 scholarship, concurs. “It’s an honor to be awarded the Performing Arts Scholarship by the MCC Foundation and to be recognized for my involvement with the Theatre Program. This scholarship encourages me to continue my education, knowing that I have the confidence of the college and my department leaders behind me.”

Presenting Sponsor of 'Piano Men – The Music of Elton & Billy' is The TJX Companies, Inc., which for 21 years in a row has been presenting sponsor of MCCF scholarship-funding events.

Tickets to 'Piano Men' are $29 to $59 and are on sale at https://lowellauditorium.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.

Sponsorship opportunities – which include a private dinner reception before the concert – are available at a variety of donation levels. For information about 'Piano Men' sponsorships, please visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/pianomen or contact Dean of College Advancement Sherri McCormak at 978-656-3034.

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MCC Helps Iraqi Refugee Find Academic – and Business – Success 3/21/20194/2/2019 2:38 PM
After moving to the U.S. from Iraq (by way of Syria) almost 10 years ago, Middlesex Community College student Rafal Thaher has learned English, finished high school, opened a successful business – and is about to earn a college degree.

But it hasn’t been easy. On her first day at Lowell High School, Thaher recalled that she cried “just like children do when they go to school for the first time.” As a recent refugee to the U.S., the 15-year-old knew no English and was afraid of her new surroundings.

Today, at 24, Thaher runs RfullaHenna, her own henna-tattoo business, and works as a product specialist at the Apple store in Nashua. In May, the Lowell resident expects to join MCC’s Class of 2019, graduating with an associate degree in Business Administration.

Middlesex will host a Lowell Campus Open House at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Cowan Center, 33 Kearney Square. Prospective students can learn about MCC’s more than 80 degree and certificate programs, noncredit courses, and online-learning options. Call 1-800-818-3434 for more information.

Like thousands of other refugees resettled in Lowell, Thaher’s journey has been marked by conflict and tragedy. She was 9 years old, getting ready for school one morning, when her father told her to pack all of her things.

The previous night, a messenger had left an envelope at their door. It contained a bullet and warned that if they did not leave within 24 hours, the family would be killed. Only two years earlier, her mother had lost her family in a 2003 bombing in Al Anbar.

So, the family fled to Damascus, Syria. Despite the upheaval, Thaher has many happy memories of her early life in Baghdad. “I still remember my town and our neighbors back home – the culture, the food, everything about Baghdad is beautiful,” she said.

When the family was granted refugee status and the opportunity to come to the United States, Thaher was nervous. “Back home, I thought the United States would be the most dangerous place to live from what we saw in the war,” she said. “I was surprised by the very kind and lovely people who supported us from day one in the U.S.”

At Lowell High School, she learned English, made friends from around the world, and began to like school again. After taking an entrepreneurship class at LHS, Thaher launched her henna-tattoo business.

She was introduced to the art of henna by her mother when they were living in Iraq, but honed her skills in Syria. “Between classes, I would draw with markers on my friends’ hands,” she said.

In 2014, Thaher won first place in Massachusetts in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge for her business plan. She was also named the Ernst & Young New England Youth Entrepreneur of the Year. Today, her henna art can be found on the hands and arms of brides and their bridesmaids throughout the area.

In the fall of 2014, Thaher enrolled at Middlesex. “I wanted to improve my English skills, learn the system here, and be successful in the future.” But what she found at MCC was much more than just the means to acclimate to a new language and culture.

“My English, my leadership skills and my public-speaking skills have improved,” she said. “Before I came to MCC, I wasn’t sure I was a leader. Now one of my favorite things is being an Orientation Leader on Opening Day, helping other students and showing them around the college.”

Thaher attributes her success to the culture of inclusivity and support at Middlesex. “I love the diversity – I can meet students from all over the world – and the advisors are very supportive and caring.”

Thaher has countless ideas about what path she would like to take in the future. But she is certain of one thing: She will continue her education – with the goal of one day earning a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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

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Poet Yusef Komunyakaa to be Honored at MCC Poetry Festival 3/13/20194/1/2019 1:07 PM
Middlesex Community College’s third annual La Guagua Poetry Festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, will honor the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, who will give a reading and talk at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

MCC’s two-day, community poetry festival will include readings, panel discussions and an art exhibit, and feature the work of 26 local, regional and international poets, translators and artists. It will be held in the Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, 240 Central St., on the Lowell campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The festival begins Friday and runs from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. with readings and panels by guest poets.

On Saturday, the festival continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with panels and poetry readings before and after lunch, and Komunyakaa’s reading and talk at 1:30 p.m..

Born in Louisiana, Komunyakaa grew up in the rural South at the dawn of the civil rights movement. Celebrated for his autobiographical poems about race, the Vietnam War, jazz and blues, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Komunyakaa was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1999 and is currently Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University's graduate creative writing program.

The third La Guagua Poetry Festival multilingual anthology, titled “Celebration and Confrontation,” will be given out free to festival attendees and is dedicated to Komunyakaa.

Founded in 2016, MCC’s La Guagua Poetry Festival grew out of the La Guagua (a school bus) Reading Group, a gathering of students interested in Spanish literature organized in 2015 by Assistant Professor of English Willy Ramirez.

For further information about MCC’s La Guagua Poetry Festival, contact Willy Ramirez at ramirezw@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3108.

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Middlesex Earns 10 National Educational Advertising Awards3/25/20193/28/2019 1:12 PM
The Office of Marketing Communications at Middlesex Community College has earned 10 awards – including five Gold Awards – in the 34th 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 2,200 entries from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Middlesex earned five Gold Awards in the categories of Logo Design (for the MCC Library logo), Newsletter (Middlesex Connector), External Publication (Profiles magazine, spring 2018 issue), Social Media (MCC Shout Out Celebration), and Special Promotions (Academic Arts Center Open House).

MCC earned four Silver Awards in the categories of Brochure (for the Aspire Campaign to support students & arts programming), Class Schedules (Summer Corporate/Community Education & Training), Imprinted Materials (MCC Pop Socket), and Other (An Evening in Verona).

Middlesex also received a Merit Award in the Special Video Production category (for the Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center).

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.

To view the complete listing of the 2019 Educational Advertising Award winners, visit: https://educationaladvertisingawards.com/winners-list/winners-list-2019

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Learn About Consumer-Protection Issues at FREE MCC Event 3/20/20193/27/2019 1:19 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Community Education and Career Training Division will host a consumer-protection discussion with Assistant Attorney General Bill O’Hearn, Deputy Chief of the state’s Consumer Advocacy & Response Division, at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

O’Hearn will outline how his office advocates on behalf of the state’s consumers. He will cover topics such as phone scams, “robocalling” and telemarketing, the Dark Web, and protecting your credit. After the formal presentation, O’Hearn will take questions from the audience.

The Massachusetts Consumer Advocacy & Response Division receives and reviews complaints, advocates on behalf of Massachusetts consumers, and implements settlements entered into by the Attorney General's Office in various areas relating to the office's consumer-protection efforts. These efforts include debt collection, mortgage lending and servicing, housing, automobile sales and lending, and data privacy and security.

In addition to his work related to “robocalls” and telemarketing, O’Hearn's recent efforts include enforcement of the state's Consumer Protection Act, and Home Improvement Contractor Act.

To learn more about noncredit Community Education and Career Training courses/events at Middlesex, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining

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Fun Courses for Youth Offered at MCC During April Vacation Week 3/5/20193/26/2019 2:40 PM
Young learners can explore fun new topics during April vacation week at Middlesex Community College! MCC’s Corporate and Community Education & Training program is offering a variety of noncredit courses for youth April 16-19.

Designed for kids and teens ages 10 to 15, the courses focus on art and introductory computer programming. Classes run on the Bedford campus, and include:

“Scratch Programming” (YTH 744 30) – Participants will use Scratch programming language and build a variety of games. Learning will include art, design, planning and programming. In addition, the usage of Scratch will be extended to Raspberry Pi and Arduino, enabling participants to control devices like sensors, motors, LEDs and fans. (9 hours) Cost: $200.

“Everything But the Kitchen Sink” (YTH 748 30) – Come and spend your vacation week making “everything but the kitchen sink” art projects! This class will be an open studio for a multitude of art exploration. You will be exposed to different art media, watercolor and acrylic painting, and a variety of techniques to perfect your artistic talents. (21 hours) Cost: $185

“Automation & IOT w/ Raspberry” (YTH 745 30) – Students will learn how to use the data they gather and present it using professional visualization tools and software. Concepts of electronics, basics of Python programming, home automation, and IOT concepts will also be introduced. This class is for ages 13-15. (9 hours) Cost: $225

To enroll or learn more about these and other noncredit course offerings at Middlesex, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Philanthropist Bill Cummings to Address MCC MILES Spring Opener3/6/20193/25/2019 3:19 PM
Middlesex Community College will feature entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Cummings as keynote speaker for the spring Opening Session of MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 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.

Cummings became a serial entrepreneur, and then a philanthropist, after working all over the country with two national consumer-products firms. In 1970, he founded the suburban-Boston commercial-real estate firm Cummings Properties, which quickly grew from one small building to a portfolio of more than 100 modern buildings today.

Along the way, he accumulated uncommon wealth, much of which he and his wife, Joyce, have been actively disbursing through the Cummings Foundation, which they established in 1986. Bill and Joyce Cummings were the first Massachusetts couple to join the Giving Pledge, an international philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet.

MILES Spring 2019 Session runs Monday through Thursday, April 1 through May 9, on the Bedford campus. Most 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. Workshops and seminars focus on topics such as art, the environment, health, history, literature, movies and technology.

Each MILES course is $15 – with a maximum of $95 for the semester if you register for seven or more courses. 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 CC to Host Lowell Campus Open House3/7/20193/21/2019 12:42 PM
Middlesex Community College will host a Lowell Campus Open House at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Cowan Center, 33 Kearney Square.

Prospective students and their families, as well as adult learners interested in continuing their education, will have the opportunity to learn about MCC’s more than 80 degree and certificate programs, noncredit courses, online-learning options and honors opportunities.

The Lowell Campus Open House will feature a series of break-out 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 is a fun and flexible way to explore what makes Middlesex unique,” said Jillian Freitas-Haley, Assistant Dean of Admissions. “It’s gives students a one-stop opportunity to learn about everything Middlesex has to offer – from courses and programs of study, to admissions, advising and financial aid.”

Administrators and advisors 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, including academic and career counseling, dual enrollment, tutoring, disability support, and other special programs.

Attendees may also meet with financial-aid representatives, turn in college applications, and schedule appointments for placement testing.

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

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Earn a Social Media Certificate at Middlesex Community College2/27/20193/19/2019 1:23 PM
Learn all about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with Middlesex Community College’s noncredit Social Media Certificate Program. Offered through MCC’s Corporate and Community Education & Training program, this six-week evening course meets April 9-May 14, on the Bedford campus.

Social Media Certificate Program (TEC 640 30) – This certificate program is designed to provide a foundation and skill set in the new, evolving world of social media. These skills can be applied immediately in the workplace or to market a small business. (12 hours) Cost: $199

The following six classes must be attended in order to achieve a certificate of completion:

Intro to Social Media – This course will give an overview of today’s major social media sites, and work with you to ensure your business is social media ready. (2 hours)

Facebook – In this class we’ll learn to properly utilize your Facebook page to market your business or product, engage with customers, and grow brand awareness. (2 hours)

Twitter for Small Business – We’ll discuss the best practices for small and growing business, including getting your message out to the right audience, the dos and don’ts of interacting on Twitter, and a hands-on overview of how to get started. (2 hours)

Instagram – This growing platform allows users to post snapshots of the moments that make up their brand. We’ll get you set up to use photos to attract new eyes on your business, and to understand the power that photos can bring to your brand. (2 hours)

YouTube + Blogging – Continuing on with the theme of using visual components to get in front of your audience, we’ll cover everything from set up to how this video platform can provide the tools you need to take your business to the next level. (2 hours)

Social Media Marketing Plan -- During this course, students will present their social media marketing plans and get feedback from the instructor. (2 hours)

To enroll or learn more about this certificate program or other noncredit course offerings at Middlesex, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC Art and Music Faculty Collaborate for Exhibition & Concert 2/22/20193/15/2019 12:54 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2019 spring concert series, begins with “Reflections: Art and Music,” an Art Department Faculty Exhibit and accompanying Music Department Faculty Concert, to be held at 6:30 p.m. (exhibit opening) and 8 p.m. (concert) Friday, March 15, in the Donahue Family Academic Arts Center (AAC), 240 Central St., on the Lowell campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Faculty Art Exhibit opens at 6:30 p.m. in the AAC lobby and will feature sculpture, paintings, ceramics, stained glass, photography, collage and works on paper by Angela Alés, Bill Bradbury, Jeanne Cronin, Joe Eiler, Meredith Fife-Day, Mary Hart, George Herman, Tamara Krendel, Yary Livan, Roneld Lores, Margaret Rack and Carolyn Stock. The exhibit will be on view through April 18.

The Music Faculty Concert begins at 8 p.m. in the AAC Recital Hall and will feature works that reflect the cultures, images and emotions of the artwork in the exhibition. Faculty members Orlando Cela, flute; Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano; and Anna Ward, soprano; will be joined by David Clark, composer/double bass; and Steve Hunt, piano. Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Olivier Messiaen, Chinary Ung, Jaime León, Jacques Ibert, David Clark and Beau Kenyon will be performed.

Other World of Music spring concerts include the cello quartet Holes in the Floor at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus; “Chamber Music for Oboe, Flute, Cello and Piano,” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, MCC Concert Hall, in Bedford, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Academic Arts Center Recital Hall on the Lowell campus; an MCC Student Recital, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, MCC Concert Hall, Bedford; and “Music for Classical Guitars and Violin,” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the MCC Concert Hall in Bedford.

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

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

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Middlesex CC Leads the Way in Online Education 2/28/20193/14/2019 12:53 PM
For 20 years, Middlesex Community College has been a leader in online education. And today’s online courses can place an array of fascinating resources at students’ fingertips, including virtual biology dissections and chemistry experiments.

“New online tools are coming out all the time,” said Matthew Olson, Dean of Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies & Online/Weekend Education. “Every new online teaching experience can make content more relevant, and open up new possibilities for people who learn in different ways.”

Registration is now open for Spring Mini-mester II, an accelerated eight-week session, running March 25 through May 14. Most Mini-mester courses are offered online.

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.

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

To learn more about Middlesex online, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/fit/.

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Enroll Now in MCC’s Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Course 2/15/20193/13/2019 1:14 PM
Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate Training Program, which prepares students for an entry-level career as a nurse assistant. Upon successful completion of this noncredit program, students will be eligible to sit for the Massachusetts nurse assistant certification exam.

Offered through MCC’s Community Education and Career Training Program, this 100-hour program meets from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 25 through May 15, on the Lowell campus.

Students will learn the skills needed to care for residents in long-term care facilities and hospitals, including personal patient care, patient rights, how to lift and turn patients, safety, infection control, vital signs, record-keeping, mental health care of residents, and stress management.

To enroll, students must have a high school diploma or GED, give permission for a CORI/SORI background check, and be able to lift and move 50 pounds. Enrollment is open until all seats are filled.

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

Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining for more information about noncredit Community Education and Training courses at Middlesex.

Discover your path at Middlesex Community College. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in Massachusetts, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs – plus hundreds of noncredit courses – on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Register Now for Accelerated Mini-mester II at MCC 2/12/20193/7/2019 1:11 PM
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Spring Mini-mester II, which runs March 25 through May 14. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“Our popular Mini-mesters – accelerated, eight-week sessions – are just one more example of the many ways Middlesex helps students discover they can fit education into their busy lives,” said Phil Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs.

Accelerated courses in accounting, biology, English, entrepreneurship, history, management, math and psychology, among others, are available this session.

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/minimesters/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Middlesex Community College Named a Military Friendly School 2/7/20193/6/2019 2:06 PM
Middlesex Community College has been designated a 2019 Silver-Level Military Friendly® School by VIQTORY. MCC supports veterans and their families through Veterans Resource Centers in Bedford and Lowell, a Veterans Advisory Board, and other special veteran services.

The annual 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 – in the classroom and after graduation.

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

MCC currently enrolls more than 350 veterans, members of the Army Reserves/National Guard and their dependents who can become more engaged on campus through the Veterans Resource Centers, said Flaherty. And students are helping their peers through peer-mentoring programs and a variety of Veterans Club activities.

Middlesex has also received grant funding to provide Green Zone training to 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 veteran services at Middlesex, contact Jessica A. Frost, VRC Director, at frostj@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3282; or Timothy Quinn, VRC Coordinator, at quinnt@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3510.

Military Friendly® is owned and operated by VIQTORY, a veteran-owned business. To learn more about MCC’s rating, visit: https://www.militaryfriendly.com/schools/middlesex-community-college/

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Learn About Consumer-Protection Issues at FREE MCC Event 2/21/20193/5/2019 2:10 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Community Education and Career Training Division will host a consumer-protection discussion with Assistant Attorney General Bill O’Hearn, Deputy Chief of the state’s Consumer Advocacy & Response Division, at 2 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

In observation of National Consumer Protection Week (March 3-9), O’Hearn will outline how his office advocates on behalf of the state’s consumers. He will cover topics such as phone scams, “robocalling” and telemarketing, the Dark Web, and protecting your credit. After the formal presentation, O’Hearn will take questions from the audience.

The Massachusetts Consumer Advocacy & Response Division receives and reviews complaints, advocates on behalf of Massachusetts consumers, and implements settlements entered into by the Attorney General's Office in various areas relating to the office's consumer-protection efforts. These efforts include debt collection, mortgage lending and servicing, housing, automobile sales and lending, and data privacy and security.

In addition to his work related to “robocalls” and telemarketing, O’Hearn's recent efforts include enforcement of the state's Consumer Protection Act, and Home Improvement Contractor Act.

To learn more about noncredit Community Education and Career Training courses/events at Middlesex, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining

Discover your path at Middlesex Community College. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in Massachusetts, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs – plus hundreds of noncredit courses – on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC to Host Workforce Training Fund Grants Info Session2/13/20193/5/2019 2:09 PM
Middlesex Community College will host a FREE Information Session for businesses seeking Workforce Training Fund (WFTF) grants from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Trustees’ House (Building 4) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Registration deadline is Monday, March 4.

The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, administered by Commonwealth Corporation, provides resources for businesses to train current and newly hired employees. The goal is to help improve employee skills and maintain the economic strength of the commonwealth’s businesses.

At the info session, a WFTF representative will present an overview of the grant options and answer questions in an informational setting.

WFTF provides training grants to Massachusetts employers up to $250,000 per application. MCC’s Corporate and Community Education & Training Program has helped many businesses secure and implement these grants.

For more information on specific Workforce Training Fund programs, visit the Commonwealth Corporation website: www.commcorp.org/wtfp

The registration deadline for this WFTF Info Session is Monday, March 4. For more information or to register, contact Teresa Medina at medinat@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3009.

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Middlesex CC’s English Learner Institute Offers Spring Courses1/22/20192/27/2019 1:34 PM
Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s English Learner Institute (ELI) program. ELI offers a variety of noncredit courses focusing on developing basic English and other skills essential to functioning in American society, and helping students continue their education.

MCC’s ELI spring-semester program runs Jan. 28 through May 17. Classes meet for approximately three hours, during the day and evening on the Lowell campus. All ELI courses are offered at a reduced rate. Admission to ELI is open to all and does not require an MCC admission application.

ELI courses are designed to serve students who are newcomers to the United States or who need to develop basic English skills. Topics such as technology, life skills and social conventions are covered. ELI courses are non-sequential. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters.

Support services are available to all ELI students, including an English Language Learner Tutoring Lab, a technology-enhanced Language Lab, access to computers, library services, and student services, such as career counseling and academic advising.

For more information about the English Learner Institute, courses offered, and fees, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/internationalstudents/pac.aspx or call 978-656-3104.

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Middlesex Community College Offers Pharmacy Technician Course1/29/20192/26/2019 2:44 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 Feb. 19 through May 16 on the Lowell 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, medication dosage forms, and interpreting drug orders.

In partnership with CVS Pharmacies, 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 must have a high school diploma or GED, and must complete a CORI/SORI check to qualify. This is a fast-paced course that requires students to have a basic understanding of fractions, formulas and conversions.

To apply, email Ellen at wrighte@Middlesex.mass.edu. To learn more about MCC’s Pharmacy Technician course, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining

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Award-Winning Poet January Gill O’Neil to Read at MCC2/6/20192/26/2019 2:42 PM
As part of its Visiting Writers Series, Middlesex Community College will host award-winning poet January Gill O’Neil reading and discussing her work at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Federal Building Assembly Room, 33 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus. The event is free and open to the public.

An assistant professor of English at Salem State University, O’Neil has published three books of poetry: “Underlife” (2009); “Misery Islands” (2014), winner of a Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, and the Massachusetts Book Award; and her newest, “Rewilding” (2018).

O’Neil’s work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Harvard Review, and other publications. In addition, she was featured in Poets & Writers magazine’s 2010 Inspiration issue as a debut poet.

Executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, O’Neil is also a board member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and poetry co-editor of the journal Solstice: A magazine of Diverse Voices. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

MCC’s Visiting Writers Series is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Office of Student Engagement. For more information, call 978-656-3363 or email StudentEngagement@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Future Teacher Turned to MCC for Community – and Affordability 1/24/20192/22/2019 1:02 PM
When Dana Shahar graduated from Bedford High School in 2015, many of her peers headed off to Ivy League schools. She took a gap year to travel and figure out what career path to pursue.

In the fall of 2016, Shahar enrolled at Middlesex Community College. “MCC mirrored all of the values I had come to prioritize in my life: motivation, commitment and community,” she said.

The affordability of starting her bachelor’s degree at a community college was also a major consideration. “I knew my parents couldn’t help fund my college career,” explained Shahar, who immigrated to the U.S. from Israel at age 3 with her family.

“And I also knew I would be devastated by a future bogged down by debt. It took me a while to realize MCC was my answer.”

Registration is now open for Spring Mini-mester II – MCC’s next accelerated, eight-week session – which runs March 25 through May 14. To enroll, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/minimesters/

Two years later, Shahar, now 22, has graduated and is headed to UMass Lowell to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

“While my friends were racking up more than $100,000 in debt, attending predominately Caucasian universities, and compromising their academics for parties, I was paying off each semester’s bill almost in full. I was also meeting people from so many walks of life that I felt humbled and inspired.”

But it was much more than the price tag that endeared Middlesex to Shahar. “MCC has changed my life, making me feel safe and welcomed. And it has transformed me into a more active member of the community.”

During her second semester, Shahar decided to pursue a degree in elementary education. She had worked for many years as a nanny, as well as in the children’s department of a bookstore, and was leading children’s tours at a local museum.

“Middlesex has provided me with the resources to academically and professionally develop as an aspiring educator,” she said.

In her final semester, while balancing a full course load of classes, Shahar was also working as a preschool teacher, a Hebrew-school kindergarten teacher, and a Jewish youth group leader. “All of my jobs tie directly into my career path, so I am constantly applying what I learn in my classes to my work with children.”

Shahar hopes to work as a kindergarten assistant while earning her BA, and someday have a classroom of her own. She would also like to come back to MCC to teach as an adjunct professor.

“Middlesex taught me that when you invest your heart, you find a home,” said Shahar. “Because of MCC, I will remain an active member of any future communities I am a part of – be it UMass Lowell or our town library.”

For further information about MCC’s Education Programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/education/

For more information about Mini-mesters at Middlesex – and to see the full list of Spring Mini-mester II course offerings – visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/minimesters/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Middlesex Community College Offers Education Programs 1/16/20192/21/2019 1:05 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Education Programs help prepare students interested in teaching as a career. Spring courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, and it’s not too late to register.

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 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.

A complete listing of spring course offerings at Middlesex can be found in the Spring Academic Advising Schedule: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

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

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MCC Offers Fun Courses for Youth During February Vacation Week 1/30/20192/19/2019 12:42 PM
Kids and teens can make the most of February vacation week at Middlesex Community College!

MCC’s Corporate and Community Education & Training program is offering a variety of fun, noncredit courses designed for youth, ages 10 to 15. Courses focus on introductory computer programming, art, and babysitter training. Classes run Feb. 19-22, and include:

“Scratch Programming” (YTH 744 80) – Participants will use Scratch programming language and build a variety of games. Learning will include art, design, planning and programming. In addition, the usage of Scratch will be extended to Raspberry Pi and Arduino, enabling participants to control devices like sensors, motors, LEDs and fans. (9 hours) Cost: $200.

“Everything But the Kitchen Sink” (YTH 747 30) – Come and spend your vacation week making “everything but the kitchen sink” art projects! This class will be an open studio for a multitude of art exploration. You will be exposed to different art media, water color and acrylic painting, and a variety of techniques to perfect your artistic talents. (28 hours) Cost: $235

“Automation & IOT w/ Raspberry” (YTH 745 80) – Students will learn how to use the data they gather and present it using professional visualization tools and software. Concepts of electronics, basics of Python programming, home automation, and IOT concepts will also be introduced. This class is for ages 13-15. (9 hours) Cost: $225

“American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training” (YTH 746 30) – Youth ages 11 to 15 will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, and learn about basic childcare and first aid. (7 hours) Cost: $100.

To enroll or learn more about these or other noncredit course offerings at Middlesex, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC Food Pantries Provide Stability During State of Insecurity 1/9/20192/15/2019 1:13 PM
As the cost of college rises, a report released today from the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog, revealed the growing number of students at risk of being food insecure.

“Today’s report to Congress from the Government Accounting Office on the prevalence of food insecurity among college students done at the request of Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey – further validates MCC’s efforts to provide on-campus food support for our community,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “Helping to alleviate the challenges associated with hunger and food insecurity will enable our students to remain in school, be successful, and become engaged community members.”

Several years ago, MCC recognized an increase in the number of students dealing with housing and food insecurity.

“With student success at the heart of our mission, we realized that chronic hunger and food insecurity is a major detriment to academic and personal success,” said Pamela Flaherty, MCC’s Dean of Students. “For that reason, we opened two food pantries in 2016, and have been successfully providing free food and personal care items to our campus community since then.”

MCC provides two food pantries, two self-serve food cabinets, and a food voucher program for students, faculty and staff, with no eligibility requirements for participation.

“Combined, these options provide a variety of free, ready-to-eat, perishable and non-perishable, refrigerated and frozen food items, as well as personal care items, to the MCC community,” said Jonathan Crockett, MCC’s Hunger and Homelessness Liaison.

The Lowell campus Food Pantry is located inside the Lowell Student Lounge on 45 Middle St and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Bedford campus Food Pantry is located in Bedford House (Building 5) in Room BH 001 and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The campus food pantries are open fall and spring semesters while classes are in session.

To receive food and/or personal care items, participants may visit either Food Pantry during regular hours, take food from a self-serve cabinet on either campus, or contact foodpantry@middlesex.mass.edu for more info.

For additional information on the MCC Food Pantry, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentlife/mccfoodpantry

To read the full report from the Government Accountability Office, visit: https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/696254.pdf

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MCC Students Receive $50k in Funding to Help Launch Businesses1/7/20192/13/2019 1:27 PM
Middlesex Community College students enrolled in the Launch Your Business Now program, an innovative applied-entrepreneurship certificate program designed to encourage students to start or grow a business, just wrapped up an intensive semester and had the opportunity to pitch for seed funding to the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF). The EEVF committee gave out $50,000 in seed funding on December 19 at an awards ceremony in downtown Lowell.

Student businesses invested in include:
• $10,000 invested in Body Fuel Café, a nutritious snack and café concept founded by Jessica Salani of Burlington.
• $10,000 invested in The Sweet Spot, a sustainable clothing, jewelry, gifts and home goods store in downtown Lowell founded by Hilary Clark of Lowell.
• $9,000 invested in Beautiful Psalms, a spiritual gifts ecommerce company founded by Dali Diaz of Lowell.
• $8,000 invested in Barber on the Run, a mobile barber service founded by Juan Cintron of Lowell.
• $8,000 invested in Natural Journey's, a natural and kinky hair boutique founded by Alison Njoroge of Lowell.
• $5,000 invested in Good Wood Restoration, a restoration construction company founded by Dave Clark of Lowell.

Students will use this seed funding for operations as they continue to grow their businesses over the course of 2019. Students receiving funding will also be paired with 3 mentors who will check in with them throughout the first year of operation.

MCC’s new 16-credit Launch Your Business Now certificate program was developed for entrepreneurs who have an idea for a business they want to launch – or scale up – within four to 12 months. “Someone who is naturally entrepreneurial just wants to get started,” said Stacie Hargis, MCC’s Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator. “This is why we’ve designed the program to be completed in one intensive, action-oriented semester. It’s a great way for students to work solely on developing a business concept.”

Students who complete the Launch Your Business Now coursework are encouraged to pitch their business idea to the funding committee of the EEVF, who can award seed money in the form of competitive grants (ranging from $1,000 to $20,000) to support student businesses and help start-ups get off the ground.

MCC is looking for students who already have an idea for a small business, or are looking to grow a business that they have already started. Students will learn how to evaluate market opportunity, validate assumptions about their business, and set up all the systems required to launch a successful small business. This program is ideal for students with innovative and conventional business ideas, such as main street, community-based businesses like retail stores and food products, as well as consultants, bookkeepers, caterers, plumbers, yoga-studio operators or personal trainers.

For more information about MCC student businesses, MCC’s new Launch Your Business Now Certificate Program, or the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund, visit: www.launchatmcc.com or contact Stacie Hargis at hargiss@middlesex.mass.edu.

To register for MCC spring-semester courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Middlesex Community College to Host Free FAFSA Day1/23/20192/12/2019 10:44 AM
Middlesex Community College will host FAFSA Day, a free community workshop to help students and families fill out the 2019-2020 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. 9, 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, 1996, 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)
• 2017 federal tax return
• 2017 W-2 or year-end pay stub (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 Deborah Marsella, Associate Director of Financial Aid, at marsellad@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3242.

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MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program Encourages Challenge1/15/20192/7/2019 1:01 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP) offers unique learning opportunities for students who elect to study at a more challenging, advanced level.

The Commonwealth Honors Program at MCC 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.

Registration is now open for spring-semester courses at Middlesex. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Bedford, Lowell and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. A complete listing of spring course offerings can be found in MCC’s Spring Academic Advising Schedule: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

“The Commonwealth Honors Program is a great place for students who want to be fully engaged in their intellectual enterprise to learn as much as possible about the world around them – and focus on the collegiate experience,” said MCC History Professor David Kalivas, CHP Director.

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

To graduate as Commonwealth Honors Scholars, 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.

Honors graduates transfer to top schools, including UMass Amherst, Boston University, Chapman University, Columbia University, UMass Lowell, Salem State University, Skidmore College, and University of Virginia, among others.

For more information about MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/honors/ or call 781-280-3553.

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Enroll Now in MCC’s Children’s Behavioral Health Certificate 12/21/20182/6/2019 12:48 PM
There is still time to enroll in Middlesex Community College’s new Children’s Behavioral Health Certificate Program. Registration is now open and spring-semester courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

Launched fall semester, this 19-credit Human Services certificate program focuses on concepts related to the children's behavioral health (CBH) workforce.

“This is a great opportunity for people looking to work with children and families,” explained Paulo Barrio, Chairman of the Human Services Department.

“Massachusetts has developed several positions falling under the ‘children’s behavioral health’ umbrella, but there aren’t many formal educational opportunities available,” he added. “Agencies are looking to become involved with these required services and are looking for well-informed and well-trained employees.”

MCC’s CHB Certificate is designed to help reduce mental-health disparities, and increase the quality of care in racial, ethnic and underserved communities, said Barrio. The program covers skills required for working in community health, clinical writing, and working with youth and families. It also includes supervised experience in the field.

For further information about the Children’s Behavioral Health Certificate, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/newprograms or contact Paulo Barrio, Chairman, Human Services Department, at barriop@middlesex.mass.edu.

To register for spring-semester courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC Earns Six National Education Digital Marketing Awards1/7/20191/30/2019 1:11 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has earned three Gold Awards and three Silver Awards in the sixth Annual Education Digital Marketing Awards competition.

Sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, the Educational Digital Marketing Awards competition recognizes the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media.

This year, more than 1,000 entries were received from colleges, universities and secondary schools across the United States. A national panel of industry specialists reviewed each piece, judging creativity, marketing execution, message impact, technology application, and innovation content.

“It is rewarding to know that hard work, creativity and passion is recognized among our peers,” said Jennifer Aradhya, Dean of Marketing Communications. “We are proud to showcase educational excellence and innovation by sharing the stories of Middlesex through our digital marketing initiatives.”

Middlesex earned three Gold Awards in the categories of Course/Content Schedule (Summer 2018 Noncredit Semester Advising Schedule); Intranet Site (The Middlesex Connector); and Online Publication (Profiles magazine – Spring 2018 issue).

Middlesex also earned three Silver Awards in the categories of Digital Video (Precision Machining Video – created by Ben Consoli Media for GPSTEM); Online Display Ad (Lowell Sun ad series – Discover Your Path); and Social Media (#MCCShoutOut Campaign).

For 35 years, the Higher Education Marketing Report has been the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher-education marketing professionals. To see the complete list of Educational Digital Marketing Awards winners, visit: http://educationdigitalmarketingawards.com/

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Middlesex CC Offers FREE Prepare to Attend College (PAC) Program 1/17/20191/29/2019 2:18 PM
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Prepare to Attend College (PAC) program, a FREE English-language program running Jan. 28 through March 22.

PAC is designed for students who have never been to college and want to continue their education, but find that English is a barrier.

This free, noncredit program is geared for beginning- through intermediate-level English-language students. Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings on MCC’s Lowell campus.

For more information, or to register for Prepare to Attend College, call 978-656-3104.

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Reach Your Educational Goals with MCC’s Adult Learning Center 12/19/20181/24/2019 1:31 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 Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

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

ALC classes are small and range from adult basic-education to preparation for the High School Equivalency credential (GED or HiSET).

• Day classes meet from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. • Evening classes meet from 6. to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, at McDevitt Middle School, 75 Church St., in Waltham. Classes are held September through May.

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. For questions about daytime classes, call 781-280-3662. For questions about evening classes, call 978-941-1373.

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MCC Helped Nursing Student Discover a Future Career in Health1/10/20191/23/2019 12:49 PM
Rhaisa Rhoden enrolled at Middlesex Community College for economic reasons. However, in addition to saving money as she launched her college career, the Chelmsford resident also found her voice and embarked on a future career in health care.

“I became comfortable with myself because Middlesex is a judgment-free zone and it made me come out of my bubble,” said Rhoden, 22. “Now, I am not afraid of making my voice heard.”

Registration is now open for MCC spring-semester courses – including Health courses. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Bedford and Lowell, and online; call 1-800-818-3434.

Rhoden, who is studying Nursing and Psychology, credits Academic Counselor Ivette Caletz and Advising Coordinator Winny Oyamo-Twomby with encouraging her to enroll in the Health Academic Pathway. That decision allowed Rhoden to begin taking courses that fulfilled graduation requirements in a variety of degree programs within the health field, while she narrowed down her choice of a major program of study.

“Not only were my advisors receptive to my decisions and goals, they both took the time to really listen to what I had to say,” she said. “I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people’s lives.

“I believe nursing is one of the most interesting and growing careers available today, and I enjoy the difference I can make in any patient’s experience.”

But it has not been an easy road for Rhoden, who did not pass “Anatomy and Physiology” the first time she took it. “I felt I had failed as a science major,” she said, adding that she considered changing majors and scrapping her plans.

But Rhoden did not run in the face of adversity. She repeated the course, taking advantage of academic-support programs available on campus. “With help from tutors in the Tutoring Center, I passed the course and overcame my challenge,” she said, proudly.

If all goes as planned, after graduating with an associate degree in Nursing this spring, Rhoden hopes to transfer to UMass Lowell to earn a bachelor’s degree – and possibly a master’s degree – in nursing and psychology.

Beyond academics at Middlesex, Rhoden has been active in clubs and activities – and has become a campus leader. As a work-study student in the Multicultural Center, she enjoyed helping students with homework and participating in clubs such as MAPP (Multicultural Achievement Peer Program) and Latinos Unidos.

Rhoden also served as a First-year Experience Champion, a Peer Mentor, and a Pathways to Success Leader. She was also a Student Leader at New-Student Orientation. That position allowed her to give incoming students tours of campus, as well as first-hand advice about how to be successful at MCC.

“These experiences have changed my life because they have given me the potential to become a leader and open doors for new opportunities,” said Rhoden.

To learn more about MCC’s Nursing Program – or other programs of study in the Health Pathway – visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissionrequirements/health.aspx or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Walk-In Enrollment Days at Middlesex Community College1/3/20191/22/2019 2:53 PM
Is it time to start or finish your college degree? Walk right in and get started on your pathway to success at Middlesex Community College! Spring-semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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 Jan. 8-17, in Bedford and Lowell. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Walk-In Enrollment will be held in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road; and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square.

Students can learn about MCC’s more than 70 degree and certificate programs during Walk-In Enrollment. 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 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. Transfer counseling and transfer-credit evaluation will also be available. (Transfer students should bring their transcripts.)

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/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Workforce Training Fund Grants Info Session Offered at Middlesex 1/4/20191/16/2019 1:46 PM
Middlesex Community College will host an Information Session for businesses seeking Workforce Training Fund (WFTF) grants from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in MCC’s Federal Building (Room 310), 50 Kearney Square in Lowell. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 14.

The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, administered by Commonwealth Corporation, provides resources to businesses to train current and newly hired employees. The goal is to help improve employee skills and maintain the economic strength of the commonwealth’s businesses.

At the info session, an WFTF representative will present an overview of the grant options and answer questions in an informational setting.

WFTF provides training grants to Massachusetts employers up to $250,000 per application. MCC’s Corporate and Community Education & Training Program has helped many businesses secure and implement these grants.

For more information on specific Workforce Training Fund programs, visit the Commonwealth Corporation website: www.commcorp.org/wtfp

The registration deadline for this WFTF Info Session is Monday, Jan. 14. For more information or to register, contact Teresa Medina at medinat@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3009.

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New Deolinda Mello Memorial Scholarship to Assist MCC Students 1/8/20191/15/2019 1:27 PM
A new Deolinda Mello Memorial Scholarship has been established to support students at Middlesex Community College.

The annual $500 scholarship will target Lowell residents who are immigrants and/or children of immigrants, who are pursuing higher education at Middlesex, and who wish to dedicate their lives to helping others.

“It’s wonderful to see members of our community step forward and provide resources that help other members of our community achieve their educational goals,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “Middlesex applauds the generosity of the friends and family of Deolinda Mello and is looking forward to working with recipients of this new scholarship established in her memory.”

A lifelong resident of Lowell, Mello was a child of immigrants. This upbringing imbued her with strong beliefs that each immigrant and refugee brings talents, skills and culture that enrich the community. She dedicated her life to caring for and helping everyone – regardless of their race, color, creed or nationality – and this passion became her career.

To celebrate Mello’s legacy, this new scholarship has been created by members of the Portuguese-American community in Lowell. It will be awarded annually by Middlesex and is being administered by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF).

“The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is excited to partner with MCC to honor the work and legacy of Deolinda Mello with the establishment of a scholarship in her name,” said James F. Linnehan Jr., GLCF President/CEO. “This scholarship will have a great impact assisting students in pursuit of higher education. Education is the great equalizer – it can never be taken away and makes a big difference in life.”

To contribute to the Deolinda Mello Memorial Scholarship fund, visit: www.glcfoundation.org or call 978-970-1600.

To learn more about other scholarships at MCC, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships

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MCC Business Start-Up Certificate Offers Funding Opportunities 12/18/20181/10/2019 12:18 PM
Enrollment is still open for Middlesex Community College’s innovative Launch Your Business Now, an applied-entrepreneurship certificate program designed to encourage students to start or grow a business. Registration is ongoing and spring-semester courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

Developed for entrepreneurs who have an idea for a business they want to launch – or scale up – within four to 12 months, Launch Your Business Now also incorporates an opportunity to be awarded seed money and mentoring through the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund to help promising start-ups get off the ground.

“Students enrolled in this certificate program will be encouraged to pitch their business plans to the funding committee of the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF),” explained Franky Descoteaux, EEVF Program Coordinator. “EEVF will award seed money in the form of competitive grants (ranging from $1,000 to $20,000) to support student businesses.”

This 16-credit entrepreneurship certificate program is ideal for students with innovative and conventional business ideas. “We’ve designed it for anyone who wants to start a business – and especially those looking to scale a current business,” added Descoteaux.

Through coursework, and workshops offered via MCC’s IDEA Center, students enrolled in the 16-week program will evaluate market opportunity, test assumptions, and set up systems to successfully launch a business. Those systems include bookkeeping, marketing strategies, sales principles, operations and financing.

For more information about MCC’s new Launch Your Business Now Certificate Program, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/launch or contact Franky Descoteaux at descoteauxf@middlesex.mass.edu

To register for MCC spring-semester courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC Offers FREE Opportunity to Start College with Links Program 12/13/20181/9/2019 4:53 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Links Program is a tuition-free program designed specifically to help nontraditional students start college. Applications are currently being accepted for spring semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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 was designed to provide individual assessment of skills, assistance with career planning, and academic guidance and support, as students begin their college education.

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

Links classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Bedford and Lowell. Links students can use all Middlesex facilities and access all student services, including academic and career guidance, skills assessment, and individual support services. Classes are small, usually 15 students, and are comprised entirely of other Links students.

For more information about MCC’s Links Program, contact Karen Spengler, Links Program Coordinator and Advisor, at spenglerk@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3654, or visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/links/

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MCC Launches NEW Technical Theatre Certificate Program 12/11/20181/8/2019 3:12 PM
This spring, Middlesex Community College is launching a new Technical Theatre Certificate Program. Registration is now open and spring-semester courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

This new 18-credit certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in the technical side of performance and entertainment, explained Karen Oster, Chairwoman of Performing Arts.

“The Massachusetts area is home to many theater and performing-arts venues that require employees trained in lighting, sound and stage design,” said Oster. “Other potential employers include cruise-ship lines with entertainment venues.”

“This certificate combines classes in music technology, computer-aided design, and electric circuitry, with courses in sound and lighting design, costume construction, and safety,” said Peter Waldron, Manager of the Academic Arts Center (AAC). Many Technical Theatre courses will be available in the AAC, MCC’s new state-of-the-art performing-arts facility on the Lowell campus.

“Students who complete this certificate can also continue their education by pursuing BA or BFA programs in technical theater at colleges such as Salem State University and UMass Amherst,” Oster added.

For more information about the Technical Theatre Certificate Program at Middlesex, visit: https://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/TechTheatre or contact Peter Waldron at waldronp@middlesex.mass.edu.

To register for MCC spring-semester courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Middlesex CC Offers Two Cybersecurity Certificate Programs 12/6/20181/7/2019 3:46 PM
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College’s two Cybersecurity certificate programs: an Entry-Level IT Cybersecurity Certificate and an Advanced IT Cybersecurity Certificate. Spring classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, and financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

The FBI predicts cybersecurity will become the No. 1 threat against the United States. And the U.S. Department of Labor projects computer security specialists’ employment to grow by 22 percent through 2020, a faster-than-average outlook.

MCC’s Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certificate prepares students to either enroll in the IT Cybersecurity Advanced Certificate program or Liberal Studies IT Cybersecurity Transfer degree program. It also prepares students for employment in a variety of entry-level network administration positions.

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. Classes are held in MCC’s state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab on the Lowell campus.

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 about MCC’s IT Cybersecurity certificate programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/it/

To register for MCC spring-semester courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Start a Career in Health Care This Spring at Middlesex 11/20/20181/7/2019 2:10 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Academy of Health Professions (AHP) offers three programs of study – Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding and Phlebotomy – that can lead to entry-level employment in a health care field. And it’s not too late to enroll for spring semester.

Spring registration is now open and classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. A complete listing of spring course offerings can be found in MCC’s Spring Academic Advising Schedule: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

AHP offers flexible schedules that include evening and weekend courses. All classes are held on the Lowell campus, and enrollment is offered in the fall and spring.

Small class sizes ensure AHP students receive individualized attention and support. Two clinical laboratories provide students ample space and the lab equipment necessary for hands-on training. Graduates will be able to move up the career ladder by taking additional college-level courses and meet requirements for other certificates or associate degrees in a health career.

For more information about MCC’s Academy of Health Professions – and to register for spring semester – visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/ahp/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Walk In and Enroll for Spring Courses at Middlesex CC 12/5/20181/4/2019 1:49 PM
Registration is now open for spring-semester courses at Middlesex Community College. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online.

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 in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road, and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square.

• December Walk-In Enrollment Days will be held Dec. 17-20. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

• January Walk-In Enrollment Days will be held Jan. 8-17, 2019. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

During Walk-In Enrollment, 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.

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 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.

To learn more about Middlesex, or to register for Spring 2019 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Earn Credits Quickly with MCC’s Wintersession and 2 Mini-mesters 12/12/20181/4/2019 1:48 PM
Middlesex Community College students can complete courses at an accelerated pace with our three-week Wintersession, and two eight-week Mini-mesters. Registration is now open for all three accelerated 2019 spring-semester sessions, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“These popular accelerated sessions – Wintersession and two Mini-mesters – are just a few of the ways Middlesex strives to help our students discover they can fit education into their busy lives,” said Phil Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs.

• Wintersession – runs Jan. 2-18, 2019, on the Bedford campus and online.
• Spring Mini-mester I – runs Jan. 22 - March 13, with most courses online.
• Spring Mini-mester II – runs March 25 - May 14, with most courses online.

Wintersession and Mini-mester classes cover the same content, maintain the same academic standards, and contain the same number of in-class instructional hours as courses scheduled during MCC’s traditional 15-week semester. Students can earn credits in a wide variety of subjects, including English, science, history, social science, mathematics and more.

For further information about Wintersession, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/wintersession. For more information about Mini-mesters, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/minimesters or call 1-800-818-3434 for all enrollment info.

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MCC Awarded $2.5M Grant to Continue College-Awareness Programs 11/28/20181/3/2019 2:36 PM
Middlesex Community College has received a seven-year $2,583,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to continue funding GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), its highly successful college-awareness and scholarship program.

The grant is part of a recent $29.7 million statewide grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue funding GEAR UP at 16 schools in seven urban districts across the Commonwealth for the next seven years.

Now in its 19th year, GEAR UP Massachusetts provides 6,300 middle and high school students and their families with assistance in the college search and application process, SAT test preparation, financial counseling, and academic support services intended to help students arrive on campus prepared to succeed in credit-bearing coursework.

Middlesex will receive $369,000 annually to continue providing academic, cultural, college and career services to 900 local low-income, high-achieving students, explained Colleen Winn, MCC Director of Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs and GEAR UP Massachusetts.

“Thanks to this grant, we will keep providing students at Lowell’s Pyne Arts Middle School and Lowell High School with an array of services that help them pursue a college education and gain admission to the most selective colleges,” said Winn.

Local GEAR UP students will also continue to have the opportunity to be nominated for life-changing scholarships from the Posse Foundation and Questbridge, she added.

“The seven years I was in GEAR UP at Middlesex definitely helped me shape the person that I am today,” said Kara Danas, now a senior English literature major at UMass Lowell and recipient of $3,000 in GEAR UP scholarships.

“I credit GEAR UP with showing me how to reach my full potential, and the wonderful guidance I received is most definitely a large reason why I am a dedicated and hardworking university student today.”

For more information about GEAR UP Massachusetts at MCC, contact Colleen Winn, Director of Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs and GEAR UP, at winnc@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3401.

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Enroll Now in MCC’s Arts Administration Certificate Program 12/4/201812/21/2018 2:22 PM
There is still time to enroll in Middlesex Community College’s Arts Administration Certificate Program. Registration is now open and spring-semester courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

This 18-credit certificate gives students an introduction to the management and leadership skills needed to successfully work in the nonprofit arts sector (dance, theater, music and visual arts organizations). Students will be prepared to transfer to a college or university, or to work in arts organizations.

“Arts administration is an exciting, evolving and rewarding field of study,” said Peter Waldron, Manager of MCC’s Academic Arts Center. “Arts administrators are the people who create opportunities for performances, exhibitions, workshops and concerts to happen.

“This certificate combines art-, music- and theater-appreciation classes, with courses in entrepreneurship and business administration,” explained Waldron. Many Arts Administration courses will be available in the Academic Arts Center, MCC’s new state-of-the-art performing-arts facility on the Lowell campus, he added.

The Massachusetts region includes a significant number of performance venues and nonprofit art organizations. This certificate also would provide a good introduction to management in the arts that might be of interest to those pursuing careers in business or nonprofit management.

For further information about the Arts Administration Certificate Program at Middlesex, visit: https://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/ArtsAdmin or contact Peter Waldron at waldronp@middlesex.mass.edu.

To register for MCC spring-semester courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Middlesex Dental Hygiene Students Ace National Board Exams11/29/201812/18/2018 1:32 PM
Recent graduates of Middlesex Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program earned a 100-percent first-time pass rate on the National Dental Hygiene Board, which leads to licensure of oral-health care professionals.

“We are so proud of our Dental Hygiene graduates,” said Karen Townsend, Dental Hygiene Program Director. “It’s quite an accomplishment for a graduating class to all pass their national boards on the first attempt. This is a testament to our outstanding faculty members, who are dedicated to student success, and to the hard work of the future dental hygienists we are training.”

MCC’s Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree program is designed to prepare competent dental-hygiene professionals, capable of providing quality care in a variety of settings within a changing health care system and a culturally diverse society.

Prospective students can receive an overview of the program and admission requirements at an upcoming Dental Hygiene Program Info Sessions:

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

Both info sessions will be held in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 33 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus. To register, please visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissionrequirements/dhoverview.aspx

Dental Hygiene students fulfill their clinical requirements in MCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, 44 Middle St., in Lowell, which is open to the public. September through May, the on-campus clinic offers oral prophylaxis (cleaning), dental sealants, X-rays, and athletic mouth protectors at reduced cost. Call 978-656-3250 or 781-280-3250 to make an appointment.

For further information about MCC’s Dental Hygiene Program, please visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dhdepartment/

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Former Beauty Queen Returned to Earn a Degree at MCC 11/27/201812/13/2018 1:44 PM
Two years ago, Frances DeSalvio, a former Miss New Jersey turned empty nester, was looking to fulfill a dream. She hopped into her little red Mini Cooper and headed to the Middlesex Community College admissions office, hoping it wasn’t too late.

Last May, DeSalvio graduated with an associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences and checked off a long-coveted accomplishment: Earning a college degree.

“I feel very much complete, much more of a whole person than I was before, and I have Middlesex to thank for that,” said the Lexington resident. “Having an education, any kind of education – a trade, a skill, a course of study – completes a person in a certain way.”

It’s not too late to finish your degree at MCC. Registration is now open for Wintersession, a condensed, three-week session offered during the break between fall and spring semesters. Wintersession classes run Jan. 2-18, 2019, on the Bedford campus or online. Call 1-800-818-3434 to enroll.

DeSalvio’s path to college was not traditional. Her education was detoured by the bright lights and excitement of Atlantic City, N.J., at its peak. She enjoyed a whirlwind career as a beauty pageant winner and model, and then decades as a doting mom.

In the summer of 1978, as the first casinos were opening in Atlantic City, DeSalvio (then Frances Knapp), had graduated from high school, but was unsure of her future. “My parents didn’t have the resources to send me to college,” she said. “Financial aid wasn’t as accessible then, and my parents didn’t know how to navigate the system.”

She landed a job with Resorts International, the first casino on the East Coast, working as a hostess, and performing in reviews and shows. In 1981, DeSalvio was crowned Miss Atlantic City. In December 1984, she beat out 93 other contestants to become Miss New Jersey 1985.

That fall, she headed to Asia for a six-week tour of Taiwan, Tokyo and Bangkok with Catalina swimwear. When she returned home, DeSalvio received a phone call from a casino executive asking her out on a blind date. Six weeks later, Francine Knapp and Bob DeSalvio were engaged. They married in September 1986.

The DeSalvios had four children and Frances assumed the role of stay-at-home mom. Four years ago, her husband took a job as president of the Wynn Boston Harbor Casino (now the Encore Boston Harbor, under construction in Everett), and the couple moved to Lexington.

With her children grown, DeSalvio had the time and resources to focus on her education. After taking a couple of summer courses at MCC, she was feeling comfortable and confident enough to sign up for five classes in fall 2016.

“Then I had a meltdown.” All the technology her professors were utilizing in class was too much. DeSalvio was ready to dropout. But her English professor, Louisa Saladino-Kuhl, wouldn’t hear of it. “She told me, ‘As long as you put in the work, I’ll help you with the technology,’ and she did.”

This fall, DeSalvio plans to head to Cambridge College in Boston to continue her education and study psychology. “My husband recently asked me, ‘What is going on here? I’m 62, you’re 58, I’m getting ready to finish. Are you going to go to work now?’

“I told him I’m not really sure,” said DeSalvio. “I’m going to listen, be open-minded and always look to the future.”

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.

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Earn Credits During Winter Break with MCC’s Wintersession11/13/201812/12/2018 3:29 PM
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College’s popular Wintersession.

Students can take courses during Winter Break, the regular break between fall and spring semesters, in a condensed, three-week format. Wintersession classes run Jan. 2-18, 2019, on the Bedford campus or online.

“Taking advantage of the time off between semesters and enrolling in a Wintersession course 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 MCC’s traditional 15-week semester,” she said.

Students can reduce their course load during the upcoming spring semester, or complete a course that won’t fit into their fall or spring schedules, Freitas-Haley added. This accelerated session 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.

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Mico Kaufman Artwork Gifted to Middlesex Community College11/6/201812/11/2018 1:10 PM
The estate of internationally celebrated local sculptor Mico Kaufman has gifted 27 works of art to Middlesex Community College. The artwork – including bronze and stone sculptures, drawings and U.S. presidential inaugural medals – will be on permanent display in several buildings on the Lowell campus.

Two bronze sculptures – “Agape” and “Su e Giù” – are now on view in MCC’s newly renovated Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center. The remainder of the collection will be installed in the coming months.

“This generous gift from the Mico Kaufman Trust is a welcome addition to our Lowell campus and beautifully illustrates MCC’s commitment to the arts,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “It’s especially fitting that the first two Kaufman sculptures are on view in our new Donahue Family Arts Center, which will be a center for teaching, learning and the performing arts for years to come.”

Kaufman, who lived in Tewksbury, was considered one of the premier medalists of his time. He designed inaugural medals for U.S. presidents Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. His work is included in the permanent collections of the American Numismatic Society, the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institute, and numerous private collections.

Among his local public-art commissions are “Homage to Women” (1984), inspired by the mill girls of the Industrial Revolution, located at Market and Palmer streets in Lowell; and “Debussy” (1987), a tribute to composer Claude Debussy situated on the campus of UMass Lowell. (The Debussy sculpture can also be found in Saint Germain en Laye, France, the composer’s birthplace.)

Kaufman also created the “Rouses Memorial” (1980), a monument to a slain police officer located at the JFK Plaza of Lowell City Hall; and “Water” (1985), which depicts Helen Keller with her teacher Annie Sullivan, sited next to Tewksbury Town Hall.

According to the Kaufman Trust, the artist has said: “If you should notice one of my public sculptures, I would like you to stop and ponder on its subject. The pause might refresh, inform and even inspire. My work reflects on the bonds that substantiate our humanity.”

Born in Romania in 1924, Kaufman spent three years in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. After the war, he studied at the Academies of Fine Arts in Rome and Florence. He emigrated to the United States in 1951 and became of U.S. citizen in 1956. He died in 2016 at the age of 92.

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Register Now for Spring Courses at Middlesex Community College 11/19/201812/6/2018 2:09 PM
Registration is now open for spring-semester courses at Middlesex Community College. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, 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 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 2019 courses, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

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MCC Adult Learning Center Set Student Up for Educational Success11/21/201812/5/2018 1:09 PM
With the help of the Adult Learning Center (ALC) at Middlesex Community College, Apitchaya Thiapphet got started on her successful educational journey one step at a time.

Thiapphet came to the U.S. in 2014 from Thailand to work as an au pair for a family in Lexington. Overwhelmed at first by her unfamiliarity with American culture, the 19-year-old found herself doing a lot of listening and not much talking.

Today, the Malden resident has graduated from MCC and is enrolled in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at UMass Lowell. Fluent in Thai, Lao and English – and studying Spanish – Thiapphet eventually hopes to work for the U.S. Department of State or for the United Nations.

The Adult Learning Center 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 Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Call 781-280-3662 for information.

Thiapphet enrolled at the ALC to meet the educational requirement of her au pair program. A free program for adult learners living in Massachusetts, the ALC offers small, supportive instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. It serves students interested in basic adult education, those who want to prepare for the high school equivalency test, and/or adults seeking to improve their English skills.

Each semester, explained ALC Director Kathy Innis, the program typically enrolls a few au pairs like Thiapphet who have high school degrees from their home countries, but need to improve their English skills.

“Apitchaya was an outstanding student right from the start. She had excellent attendance, was highly motivated, very engaged in her classwork, and always appreciative of our programs,” said Innis. And Thiapphet jumped at the chance to take an optional student leadership course supported by MCC’s Office of Student Engagement.

“I feel lucky that I started my Middlesex experience with the Adult Learning Center,” Thiapphet said. She especially appreciates learning the intricacies of the English language – such as how to use articles like “a,” “an” and “the” – plus how to write an essay, as well as math skills, ranging from basic statistics to how credit cards work.

“The instructors really paid attention to students like me, whose first language was not English,” she said. “They listened to our questions carefully and made sure we understood the concepts or problems.”

Within three months, her English skills improved significantly, and she made friends with other ALC students who had similar experiences and were acclimating to American culture.

Thiapphet left the ALC when her au pair program ended in April 2015, but returned to Middlesex the following fall to enroll in the History, Politics and Global Studies Program. She graduated in May 2018 with an associate degree, earning a 3.91 GPA.

“It is incredible to look back and see how much my life has changed because of MCC,” said Thiapphet, who was also a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges.

Quiet and shy when she first enrolled, Thiapphet said her confidence was boosted when she joined the International Club. “By getting to know more people during the club meetings and other fun activities, I became more outgoing and was not afraid to talk to other people,” she said.

“I had such a great connection with my peers and professors since I participated in outside classroom activities.” Thiapphet also became an Orientation Leader at Middlesex, participated in an off-campus Diversity Summit, and was selected for an international fellowship to the U.K. and Ireland.

“I’ve learned how to be more open-minded when facing something new, and how to live and work with people in a group in different environments,” she said. Passionate about history, international relations and diversity, pursuing a UML bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies seemed natural to her.

“Peace and Conflict Studies is a new major, which many people may not have heard of,” explained Thiapphet. “I think it is exciting to go for something new that will be useful for the world community in the future.”

For more information about the Adult Learning Center at MCC, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/adultlearning/ or call 781-280-3662.

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New DHE Grant to Help Middlesex RNs Earn a BS in Nursing 10/31/201812/4/2018 1:10 PM
Middlesex Community College Nursing graduates will soon have a smooth pathway to earn a BS in nursing at Fitchburg State University (FSU), thanks to a new grant from the Higher Education Nursing & Allied Health Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Fitchburg State, in partnership with Middlesex, Bristol and Quinsigamond community colleges, has been awarded a $29,000 grant to develop admissions agreements to allow Registered Nurses with associate degrees to seamlessly transfer to FSU and earn a BS in nursing completely online.

“With the need for baccalaureate-level nurses continuing to rise, this new ‘seamless academic progression’ program will help RNs continue through all levels of nursing education,” said Katherine Gehly, Dean of Nursing & Allied Health. “This is a great opportunity for Middlesex Nursing graduates.”

The proposal will include guaranteed admissions agreements, and will:

• allow the transfer of a greater number of credits than is customarily allowed for transfer students, including guaranteed admissions to Fitchburg State confirmed early in students’ careers;

• utilize a revised online “RN to BS in Nursing” program, which allows students to earn a BS in nursing while they are in the workforce; and

• take advantage of the relationship with Academic Partnerships, that provide student support for advising and retention that is built upon the foundation of students having traditional faculty and staff advisors at FSU.

For more information about DHE Nursing & Allied Health Initiative grants, visit: http://www.mass.edu/nahi/grants/awards.asp

For further information about MCC’s Nursing Programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/nursing

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‘Music for Flute & Guitar’ Continues MCC’s Free Concert Series Nov. 3011/8/201812/4/2018 1:08 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2018 fall concert series, continues with “Music for Flute and Guitar,” featuring Jill Dreeben, flute, and Peter Clemente, guitar, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in MCC’s Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dreeben and Clemente will perform a colorful program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Katherine Hoover and a duo by John Kuziak written specially for them.

The final event in this fall’s free A World of Music concert series is an MCC Student Recital, to be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus.

For more concert information, directions to campus & parking info, or to see video clips of previous MCC concerts, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic

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‘Romeo & Juliet’ to Inaugurate MCC’s Academic Arts Center Theatre 11/14/201812/4/2018 1:08 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Theatre Department will stage William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in four performances Dec.1 and 2 – the first production in the college’s newly renovated Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center Theatre, 240 Central St., on the Lowell campus.

Curtain times for “Romeo and Juliet” are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2.

Tickets are $18; $12 for MCC students, staff and faculty; $10 for senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Performing Arts website: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts

Shakespeare’s tragedy about two young lovers from feuding families is one of his most popular plays. Among the 21-member cast, 10 actors will be making their MCC debut. Fight sequences were choreographed by Ted Hewlett, who has worked on Broadway and in productions throughout the Boston area.

For more information about the MCC Theatre Department’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts

For parking and directions to campus, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/transportation/ Please note: There is no onsite parking at the Academic Arts Center. The nearest public parking facility is the Early Garage, 135 Middlesex St., Lowell.

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Middlesex CC Communications Office Earns Three Marketing Awards 11/16/201811/28/2018 12:34 PM
The Office of Marketing Communications at Middlesex Community College has been recognized for outstanding work by regional members of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), the premiere organization for two-year college communications professionals.

MCC was awarded three Medallion Awards – two gold and one silver – during NCMPR’s fall District 1 Conference, held recently in Annapolis, Md. The annual Medallion Awards competition spotlights the best work among District 1 member colleges. More than 200 entries were submitted in 38 categories.

“To receive three awards – especially two Gold Medallions – from our college-marketing peers here in the northeast is truly an honor for our Marketing team,” said Jennifer Aradhya, Dean of Marketing Communications. “We work very hard to be innovative in our marketing approach as we highlight student success at Middlesex.”

The Office of Marketing Communications earned Gold Medallion Awards in the categories of Electronic Newsletter (for The Middlesex Connector, a faculty/staff newsletter published 10 times a year); and Interior Signage/Displays (for Advising Center Environmental Graphics).

The college was awarded a Silver Medallion in the Wildcard category (for Pizza with the President Pop-up Events).

Affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,700 members from nearly 650 colleges across the United States and Canada. NCMPR’s District 1 includes colleges from the northeastern U.S., eastern Canada and the U.K.

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MCC Foundation Scholarship Supports Female Cambodian Students 11/1/201811/21/2018 12:54 PM
The Middlesex Community College Foundation, in partnership with the Chelly Foundation, has established a new scholarship to provide educational assistance for female students of Cambodian heritage.

The new Chelly Foundation Scholarship will help cover tuition, fees, books, materials and other eligible costs for up to three students during the 2018-19 academic year.

“Middlesex is deeply grateful to the Chelly Foundation for establishing this unique scholarship,” said Virak Uy, Director of MCC’s Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA). “Receiving such financial assistance can really make a difference to Asian and Asian-American women who want to stay in school, complete their degree, and continue their education.”

Through the Asian American Connections Center on the Lowell campus, PAASA provides Asian and Asian-American students a range of support services and co-curricular activities designed to improve their college-going experience, as well as their completion and transfer outcomes.

Located in Maryland, the Chelly Foundation has a mission to support positive changes in people’s lives – especially children – through literacy, education and other means. Since 2015, the foundation has been providing educational opportunities, primarily to young women from villages in the Chumkuri District of Kampot Province in Cambodia.

“Hopefully, Middlesex students who receive a stipend from the Chelly Foundation will be able to complete their studies and go on to receive a further degree or get a good job,” said Jason R. Baron, Founder & President of the Chelly Foundation.

“Chelly Scholarship students should know they serve as role models for the thousands of young women in rural villages in Cambodia who can only hope for such an opportunity to go to and succeed in college.”

For more information about the Chelly Foundation, visit: https://www.thechellyfoundation.org

For further information about MCC Foundation Scholarships, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships

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MCC Dental Hygiene Clinic Offers Dental Services at Reduced Rates9/5/201811/20/2018 1:28 PM
The Middlesex Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic, located at 44 Middle St. in Lowell, provides preventive dental-hygiene services to the public at a reduced cost.

September through May, MCCs on-campus clinic offers oral prophylaxis (cleaning), dental sealants, X-rays, and athletic mouth protectors.

Fall-semester Dental Hygiene Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays. Patients accepted for treatment are those whose dental problems have teaching value and who have the extra time required for treatment.

Call 978-656-3250 to make an appointment. (Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.)

Middlesex Dental Hygiene students, who provide direct patient care, have extensive education and training, and have demonstrated competence in clinical services before treating the public. The clinic is supervised by licensed dental hygienists and dentists.

For more information about MCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dhclinic

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