Middlesex CC Offers FREE Prepare to Attend College (PAC) Program New1/17/20191/17/2019 12:48 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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Middlesex Community College Offers Education Programs 1/16/20191/17/2019 12:44 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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Walk-In Enrollment Days at Middlesex Community College1/3/20191/17/2019 12:44 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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MCC Students Receive $50k in Funding to Help Launch Businesses1/7/20191/17/2019 12:43 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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MCC Food Pantries Provide Stability During State of Insecurity 1/9/20191/17/2019 12:43 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 Earns Six National Education Digital Marketing Awards1/7/20191/17/2019 12:42 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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MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program Encourages Challenge1/15/20191/16/2019 1:48 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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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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MCC Helped Nursing Student Discover a Future Career in Health1/10/20191/15/2019 1:28 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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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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Enroll Now in MCC’s Children’s Behavioral Health Certificate 12/21/20181/10/2019 12:20 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 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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Reach Your Educational Goals with MCC’s Adult Learning Center 12/19/20181/7/2019 3:46 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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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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MCC to Host Annual Arts & Crafts Fair and Food Truck Festival Nov. 1710/25/201811/19/2018 1:06 PM
Middlesex Community College will host its annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. And back by popular demand, a Food Truck Festival will also be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Bedford Campus Quad. Admission and parking to both events are free.

Approximately 50 artists and crafters will be featured at this year’s Arts & Crafts Fair, offering an array of unique handmade items just in time for holiday giving.

In addition to vendors selling a variety of creations – including jewelry, quilts, woodcrafts and holiday decorations – Given Erwin will offer homemade candies, pies and florals suitable for Thanksgiving. A new Kid’s Corner will feature fun activities, games and free giveaways for the younger set. And a raffle will be held to benefit the MCC Foundation.

At the Food Truck Festival, shoppers can choose from a selection of tasty foods offered by a variety of local trucks, including Clyde's Cupcakes, Bird's Nest Pasta, Chez Rafiki Mediterranean Food, Let's Roll Egg Rolls, Big T's Jerky House & BBQ, Phoenix Rising Pizza, Teddy's Lunchbox, and Souped Up Food.

For more information about MCC’s 2018 Arts & Crafts Fair and Food Truck Festival, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/craftfair or contact Lisa Mazerall at 781-280-3505 or mazeralll@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Middlesex CC to Host Fall Paralegal Career Night in Bedford11/5/201811/16/2018 1:53 PM
Middlesex Community College Career Services and the Paralegal Studies Program will host a fall Paralegal Career Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road.

Free and open to the public, this information session will help participants explore career opportunities for paralegals in both public and private legal sectors.

MCC’s Paralegal Studies Program welcomes a panel of paralegals – including Middlesex alumni – working in varied legal environments, to discuss their positions, networking, job searching and the paralegal profession. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about this growing profession, and to build professional networks. Representatives from the Massachusetts Paralegal Association will be here to meet students. Light refreshments will be served.

Approved by the American Bar Association, MCC’s Paralegal Studies Program was ranked No. 3 in the state in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Readers’ Poll.

Middlesex offers two Paralegal Studies associate degree programs – a career track and a transfer track – as well as a one-year post-graduate certificate program (for those who have already earned an associate or bachelor’s degree).

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

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MCC Helps Local Veteran Achieve Her Dream of Becoming an R.N10/30/201811/14/2018 1:00 PM
A family medical emergency rekindled veteran Janine Gerrior D’Eon’s long-dormant desire to become a nurse. She turned to Middlesex Community College to achieve her dream.

Janine and her husband, Dan D’Eon, met while both were serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. She enlisted during her junior year of college at Bridgewater State University, completing basic training during the summer, then returning to school for her senior year. She served from 1997-2005 and was deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005.

Dan was deployed in Afghanistan in 2010 and suffered a stroke. He was flown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for treatment. “Thankfully, there were minimal residual effects from the stroke,” said Janine.

Watching the medical team care for Dan sparked Janine’s long-time dream to become a nurse. “If he had another stroke, I wanted to know how to care for him,” she said.

“I also wanted to know what the doctors were talking about and not just be a family bystander letting somebody else provide care for my husband and make the decisions.”

While at Walter Reed, Janine told Dan’s Nurse Care Manager she had always wanted to be a nurse, but knew her high school math grades were not good enough to get into a nursing program. “That nurse said to me, ‘Don’t you know you have a Post-911 G.I. Bill?’ He told me that’s how he paid for nursing school, but I had never heard of it.”

A few weeks later, when Janine got back to Massachusetts, she went to the Veterans Administration to learn about her G.I. Bill education benefits. She looked into a variety of nursing programs before deciding to enroll at Middlesex.

“MCC seemed to have the best program with great reviews,” she said. “I signed up, was placed on a waiting list, and knocked out my prerequisites while I waited to get into the Nursing Program.”

The catch? She would have to face her high school nemesis – algebra. But this time, Janine was no kid lacking confidence. She was a trained soldier who had faced opposition much fiercer than a bunch of coefficients and exponents.

For example, in December 2003 – just a couple of months after Dan had come home from a year-long deployment in Cuba – Janine was deployed to Afghanistan. Their daughter, Emily, was just a baby.

“Emily was 10-months-old when I left. When I came home, she had just celebrated her second birthday,” recalled Janine. “I got to come home for a 10-day leave when she was 19-months-old, and she didn’t want anything to do with me. She didn’t know who I was anymore! That was extremely difficult.”

D’Eon knew if she got through that challenge, she could take on algebra. This time, she aced the course and earned an “A.”

She balanced family life with nursing school by taking one class a week in the evenings and participating in clinicals on the weekends. “There is an intimate connection with the professors at Middlesex,” she said. “The classes are smaller, and the professors are so knowledgeable. They get to know each student, and really reach out and help you learn.”

D’Eon graduated from MCC in 2016, and took the NCLEX national nursing licensing exam. She is a Registered Nurse on the acute care floor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, N.H. Today, she lives in Pepperell with Dan, now a Pepperell Police officer, and their three kids ages 15, 12, and 9.

“I had always felt there was a piece of me missing by not going into nursing,” said D’Eon. “It was something I always felt I was supposed to do – and now here I am doing it.”

For more information about MCC’s Day or Evening/Weekend Nursing Programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/nursing/

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MCC Ranked Sixth Best Online College for Hotel/Hospitality Management11/7/201811/13/2018 12:56 PM
Middlesex Community College has been ranked No. 6 on the 2018 list of Best Programs for Online Hotel/Hospitality Management Degrees by AffordableCollegesOnline.org.

“Middlesex is proud of its high quality online learning program. This acknowledgement from AffordableCollegesOnline.org reflects the teaching skill and content expertise of our online instructors and their investment in student success,” said Matthew Olson, Dean of Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies & Online/Weekend Education.

“MCC works to provide online education in a way that promotes meaningful learning and helps students to reach their educational and career goals.”

Middlesex currently offers 10 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. Hundreds of online course offerings – as well as hybrid courses, which combine online and face-to-face instruction – are also offered.

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.

Spring classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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

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MCC Enabled Alum to Discover His Calling as a Children’s Advocate 10/17/201811/8/2018 1:31 PM
Despite being legally blind – and suffering a series of personal difficulties and hardships – Middlesex Community College alum Earl Williams never lost focus in pursuing his dream to become an advocate for children.

The 45-year-old Lowell resident recently graduated with an associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a Psychology Concentration, and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UMass Lowell.

Prospective students and their families – as well as adult learners interested in continuing their education – can learn about MCC’s 70+ degree and certificate programs at a Bedford Campus Open House, to be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road. For more information, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/OH or call 1-800-818-3434.

In 2014, while working for the IRS, Williams enrolled at MCC hoping to advance his career by furthering his education. However, he discovered his true calling at Middlesex.

Through the Office of Disability Support Services, Williams received special accommodations for his visual impairment and began to succeed academically. He then decided to commit to earning a college degree and helping children involved with the foster-care system – something he was quite familiar with.

Williams fostered and adopted his second son, Kevin, which sparked his interest in helping underprivileged children. “I felt I could provide a safe and nurturing home full of love and guidance,” he said. His extraordinary commitment did not go unnoticed. In 2014, Williams received the Merrimack Valley Department of Children & Families Foster Parents of the Year Award.

He also knew something about being a disadvantaged child. Growing up in Miami, Williams was abused at home, and eventually removed and enrolled in a school for the blind – an event he now considers his saving grace. “In a very real way, that boarding school saved my life,” he said.

As an adult, Williams experienced discrimination because of his disability, as well as for his sexual orientation. He moved to Lowell in 2004 to build a new life. The legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts gave him hope he’d be able to live the life he always aspired to, rather than enduring continual intolerance.

His positive experience at Middlesex empowered Williams to stay on course and continue working toward his dream. “I now know my calling is working with children who need strong advocates in their lives.”

During his time at MCC, Williams was very engaged. He was selected to be one of two Student Speakers to address the Class of 2018 at Commencement exercises. He also worked with Disability Support Services, the TRIO Program, and the Academic Center for Excellence.

“Middlesex has been more than just my community college,” said Williams. “It has also been my family. MCC has been instrumental in my growth as a student.”

Williams hopes to continue his education all the way to earning a Ph.D. in psychology. He feels he’s leaving Middlesex, “a compassionate and more enlightened human being.”

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Recent Middlesex Graduate Redefined Familial Expectations 10/10/201811/7/2018 1:59 PM
Middlesex Community College alum Raonak Ezahan Shristy came to the U.S. from Bangladesh and through education is using her new-found voice to break old traditions.

Registration is now open for MCC’s Fall Mini-mester II, an accelerated, eight-week session running Oct. 29 through Dec. 20. Call 1-800-818-3434.

Raised in a traditional Muslim family, Shristy, of Chelmsford, moved to Massachusetts in 2014 to join her husband. Settling for a life of washing dishes, cooking and cleaning was not what she had in mind.

“I wanted to work, but could not find a job I liked because I did not have a college degree,” said Shristy. “I realized I was going to have the same life that my mother had, even the life that her mother had. From generation to generation, it has been going on like this. But I could not feel peaceful with that life. I wanted to become self-reliant.”

Times are changing, she said. “Parents these days want their daughters to be educated – educated enough to get a good husband. Men want educated wives to maintain their social status – but not educated enough to independently earn or confidently raise their voices.”

Determined to succeed, Shristy set herself a timeline: First, get her GED, then enroll in college. In the fall of 2016, she started at MCC. Even though her educational goals changed her life, Shristy struggled with the new expectations that came her way.

“I had to learn how to write an essay. I had to learn new mathematical terms in English. Now, when I look back, my goal seemed so far away at the beginning.”

Nevertheless, she persisted. Shristy graduated last May with an Associate in Science degree in Liberal Studies, with an Environmental Health Concentration. She plans to further her education at UMass Lowell and earn a bachelor’s degree in public health.

Her Middlesex extracurricular activities included working in the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) as a peer tutor in writing and math. She also introduced middle school students to chemistry and other science courses.

“There would be times when I would want to give up everything because studying was so hard. But then, I would go to the tutoring center and see my tutees trying even harder to get better, and I knew that I could do the same.”

Shristy also served as an Orientation Leader at Middlesex, was a founding member of the Hobby Connection Club, was part of the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAPP), and is a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges. “Each of these opportunities has given me a new life, a new lesson,”

She likes to emphasize the importance of following one’s dreams and finding the courage to break through preconceived molds and stereotypes. “My life after coming here does not look the same as before. Middlesex gave me so many opportunities to grow.”

To see the full list of Fall Mini-mester II course offerings, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/minimesters.

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First Concert in MCC’s New AAC Recital Hall Honored Lowell 10/15/201811/6/2018 1:54 PM
Middlesex Community College recently held its inaugural 'A World of Music' concert in the Recital Hall of the newly renovated Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center on the Lowell campus. Music Department faculty, students, alumni and guests performed an eclectic program of traditional and contemporary works focused on – and inspired by – Lowell.

“This inaugural concert celebrates the rich musical and cultural diversity of Lowell,” said MCC President James C. Mabry at the event. “And we’re not only showcasing this beautiful new Recital Hall, but also the best and brightest of our outstanding Music Program.”

“Honoring the City of Lowell Through Music” featured short works by 19th-century composer George Chadwick, who was born in Lowell, as well as music from Cambodia and Latin America, reflecting the influences of those cultures on the city.

Performers included faculty members Raley Beggs, guitar; Orlando Cela, flute and cuarto; Susan Dill, choral conductor; and Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano. They were joined by guest artists Carley DeFranco, soprano; and Sovann Khon on tro sau, a Cambodian instrument.

The program also featured world premieres of short pieces celebrating Lowell by faculty composers Richard Chowenhill, David Janssen, Pamela Marshall and Aaron Rosenberg. Their compositions were inspired by art, history or literature from Lowell. MCC students and alumni performed a variety of choral works. And the African Fellowship Choir of Lowell concluded the program with several spirited gospel selections.

Under the direction of Rodrigues-Peralta, Chairwoman of the Music Department, 'A World of Music' has brought a series of free concerts to the Bedford and Lowell campus for almost 20 years.

Other concerts in the fall 2018 series include: pianist Liana Paniyeva, performing at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus; the Carlos Odria Ensemble, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Academic Arts Center Recital Hall, Lowell campus; “Music for Flute & Guitar,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus; and a Student Recital, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus.

For more 'A World of Music' concert information, or to see video clips of previous concerts, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic

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Carlos Odria Ensemble Continues MCC’s Free Fall Concert Series Nov. 2 10/18/201811/5/2018 1:55 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2018 fall concert series, continues with a performance by the Carlos Odria Ensemble, a high-energy acoustic jazz group, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in MCC’s new Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center Recital Hall, 240 Central St., Lowell. The concert is free and open to the public.

Performing original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards and Latin American popular music, the Carlos Odria Ensemble features Odria on guitar, Geoffrey Oheling on bass, and percussion by Thomas Spears. The group delivers an exciting blend of international styles – including bossa nova, Afro-Peruvian festejo, rumba flamenca, and Cuban son – with an improvisational approach inspired by the rich tradition of American jazz.

Please note: Parking is not available on site at MCC’s Academic Arts Center. The nearest public parking facility is the Early Garage, 135 Middlesex St., Lowell.

Additional events in this fall’s A World of Music free concert series include: “Music for Flute & Guitar,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus; and an MCC Student Recital, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, MCC Concert Hall, 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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MCC and Northeastern University to Offer Scholarships to Students Studying Biotechnology11/1/201811/1/2018 2:17 PM
BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined the college presidents of Middlesex Community College and Northeastern University on Tuesday, October 23 to announce a $4.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide scholarships to low-income students studying biotechnology.

The scholarships will be awarded to low-income and under-represented minority students who will participate in an associates to masters’ degree accelerated program in biotechnology. Northeastern University and Middlesex Community College are partners in this initiative, known as “A2M.” Over the next five years, more than 500 scholarships will be awarded to academically-talented biotechnology students across three degree levels who are in the A2M pathway. Students will gain research experience, mentoring from industry leaders, specialized academic advising and tailored academic and career support.

“Middlesex enjoys an excellent relationship with Northeastern and ‘A2M’ strengthens this special partnership,” said Middlesex Community College President James C. Mabry. “Enrollments in our biotechnology programs have increased by 87 percent since 2005, and we offer the enhanced training our Commonwealth industry partners have identified. MCC graduates are well-prepared to continue on to earn bachelors and master’s degrees via this exciting new pathway program.”

Middlesex Community College’s biotechnology program was the first community college biotech program in the state, established in 1990. It is highly respected and holds a Platinum endorsement – the highest rating – from the Massachusetts Life Science Education Consortium.

“Students who are able to take advantage of this associates to masters’ opportunity will be prepared for success in the region’s biotech industry through paid internships, research experience, and other career opportunities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The partnership between Northeastern University and Middlesex Community College is an exciting and creative way to provide students an affordable path to a degree.”

The announcement was one of hundreds of events taking place across the state as part of the inaugural STEM Week, and exemplifies how public and private partners are working creatively to give students more opportunities to become engaged in STEM fields. Northeastern and Middlesex Community College partner with biotech companies, like Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Novartis, Shire, the MassBioEd Foundation, and the Mass Life Sciences Center, to provide students with paid internships.

“We are thankful to those companies that support Northeastern and Middlesex Community College in this program, and make it meaningful for students with workplace opportunities, hands-on research, and mentoring by professionals in the industry,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said.

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito were joined by U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III and Vertex CEO Dr. Jeffrey Leiden for the announcement at Northeastern University, as well as Mass Life Sciences Center President and CEO Travis McCready. Both Congressman Kennedy and Dr. Leiden co-chair the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council along with the Lt. Governor.

“This partnership that will give so many young people an opportunity to build successful careers in one of the Commonwealth’s fastest growing industries,”Education Secretary James Peyser said. “The scholarships for the associates to masters’ degree pathway will make degree obtainment so much more affordable for low-income students, helping to diversify the future biotechnology workforce.”

Younger people and minority individuals make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce, but the demographics of STEM fields have remained largely the same.

“I am delighted to see this collaboration between Northeastern and Middlesex, giving students a clear pathway from an associate degree to master’s in a STEM field rich with opportunities,” Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago said. “This is exactly the type of initiative that is needed to diversity the talent in the biotech industry.”

“As we continue to support the development of the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts, we are committed to investing in the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs,” said MLSC President & CEO Travis McCready. “Our ecosystem will only grow through collaborative efforts to create more opportunities for underrepresented student populations to succeed and thrive in the life sciences. Northeastern’s new degree pathway is an innovative approach to making sure this happens.”

“At Northeastern, we are committed to meeting learners wherever they are in their educational journey,” said Joseph E. Aoun, President of Northeastern University.“This includes creating innovative pathways for adult learners of all backgrounds to pursue careers in biotechnology. I want to thank Governor Baker, Dr. Cordova, and President Mabry for their vision and their leadership. By joining forces, we are providing valuable educational opportunities and renewing a fundamental social compact.”

Northeastern is a global research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive experiential approach to learning and discovery. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at campuses in Charlotte, N.C., Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.

The National Science Foundation Scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics addresses the need for a high-quality STEM workforce and for the increased success of low-income, academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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MCC Biotech Students & Recent Grads Awarded NEPDA Scholarships10/12/201811/1/2018 1:22 PM
Three Middlesex Community College Biotechnology students and three recent graduates have been awarded $18,000 in scholarships from the New England Parenteral Drug Association.

Current Biotechnology students Zeel Patel, of Lowell; Neslihan Ocali, of Bedford; and Katie McManus, of Wilmington; were each awarded $1,000 NEPDA Second Year Scholarships.

Sieng Heng and Hetalben Patel, both of Lowell; and Matt Peranelli, of Billerica; were each awarded $5,000 NEPDA Transfer Scholarships. All three have graduated from MCC’s Biotechnology Technician Program and are now studying at Northeastern University.

The nonprofit Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is the leading global facilitator of science, technology and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community. New England PDA has supported MCC's student chapter for more than 10 years, and has given scholarships in excess of $82,000.

“NEPDA members have a strong desire to reach out to future biotechnology technicians to mentor them, guide them, and help them out with scholarships,” explained MCC Biotechnology Professor Paul V. Patev. “Our students benefit financially from this on-going partnership, but also by attending meetings, networking and meeting with future employers, and talking with vendors.

“Too often, we go to school to learn the necessary skills to begin a career, but have little sense of what the day-to-day requirements of the job will be,” added Patev. “Our association with the members of the NEPDA is a rare opportunity for Biotech students to launch their careers and have help doing so.”

To learn more about NEPDA, visit: https://www.pda.org/chapters/north-america/new-england

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

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Middlesex CC to Host Workforce Training Fund Grants Info Session10/22/201810/31/2018 1:29 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, Nov. 7, in Trustees’ House (Galvani Room), 591 Springs Road, on the Bedford campus. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 5.

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, Nov. 5. For more information, or to register, contact Timothy Scanlon at scanlont@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3174.

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Register Now for MCC’s Accelerated Fall Mini-mester II 10/2/201810/30/2018 2:45 PM
In addition to Middlesex Community College’s traditional 15-week semesters, the college offers Mini-mesters -- accelerated, eight-week sessions. Registration is now open for Fall Mini-mester II, which runs Oct. 29 through Dec. 20. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“Our eight-week, accelerated Mini-mester II – which starts at the end of October and ends before the holidays – is one more way Middlesex is helping students discover they can fit education into their busy lives,” said Phil Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs.

Accelerated courses in business, humanities, social sciences and STEM, 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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MCC’s Free Fall Concert Series Continues with Piano Performance Oct. 2610/16/201810/30/2018 2:45 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2018 fall concert series, continues with a performance by award-winning pianist Liana Paniyeva at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in MCC’s Concert Hall (Building 6), on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. The concert is free and open to the public.

Paniyeva, an award-winning Ukrainian-born musician, has been featured as piano soloist at international festivals in Norway, Hungary, Syria, Italy and Israel. During the 2012-2013 season, she performed three times at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Most recently she played in the concert halls of Scotland and South Africa, and throughout the United States. Paniyeva will perform works by Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Medtner and Modest Mussorgsky.

Additional events in this fall’s free A World of Music concert series include: the Carlos Odria Ensemble, performing at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in MCC’s Academic Arts Center Recital Hall, 240 Central St., Lowell; “Music for Flute & Guitar,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus; and an MCC Student Recital, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, MCC Concert Hall, 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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Learn More About MCC at Bedford Campus Open House Oct. 2710/4/201810/30/2018 2:45 PM
Middlesex Community College will host a Bedford Campus Open House at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

“Our annual fall Open House gives students an opportunity to learn about everything Middlesex has to offer,” said Jillian Freitas-Haley, Director of Admissions.

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

The Bedford Campus Open House will feature a series of 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.

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

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

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

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

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Middlesex to Host Award-Winning Poet Richard Hoffman Oct. 2410/9/201810/25/2018 2:08 PM
As part of its Visiting Writers Series, Middlesex Community College will host award-winning poet Richard Hoffman who will read and discuss his work at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College, Hoffman has written four books of poetry: “Without Paradise” (2002); “Gold Star Road” (2007) winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; “Emblem” (2011); and “Noon until Night” (2017).

Hoffman has published two memoires: “Half the House” (2005) and “Love & Fury” (2014). He also writes fiction. His “Interferences & Other Stories” was published in 2009.

His work – poetry and prose – has appeared in Agni, Ascent, Harvard Review, Witness and other magazines.

Hoffman has been awarded a number of fellowships and prizes, including two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships in fiction, The Literary Review’s Charles Angoff Prize for the essay, and a Boston Foundation Brother Thomas Fellowship Award. He is former chair of PEN New England.

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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MCC Financial Aid Office Helps Students Meet the Cost of College10/11/201810/22/2018 1:42 PM
Middlesex Community College is committed to assisting students and their families in meeting the cost of a college education and it’s not too late to apply for financial aid.

MCC participates in most federal and state grant, scholarship and loan programs – including the state’s new MassGrant Plus Program, which specifically provides aid to community college students. The deadline to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for this new grant has been extended to Thursday, Nov. 1.

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

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

Financial aid awards are based on financial need, enrollment status in an eligible program, and availability of funding. Almost half of all Middlesex students currently receive financial aid.

A list of the major financial aid programs, as well as specific information regarding terms, conditions and eligibility for each program, is available online at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/financialaid/ or from one of MCC’s Financial Aid Offices.

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

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

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Middlesex CC Opens Academic Arts Center on Lowell Campus 9/24/201810/18/2018 1:50 PM
Middlesex Community College officially opened its newly renovated Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center on the Lowell campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring speeches by college and community leaders, building tours, and demonstrations by Middlesex theater, music and dance students.

The nearly 200 guests at the opening observed theatrical makeup being applied to actors in the Dressing Room, a lesson in swordsmanship onstage in the Theatre, a jazz dance class in the Dance Studio, guitar lessons in a music classroom, and voice students performing in the Recital Hall.

“After many incarnations, this building will continue to serve the community as the Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center at Middlesex Community College – a center for teaching, learning and performance,” said MCC President James C. Mabry.

Located at 240 Central St., the Academic Arts Center has stood as a multi-purpose facility in the heart of downtown Lowell for nearly 150 years. It houses a 190-seat Proscenium Theatre, a 103-seat Recital Hall, a 900-square-foot Dance Studio, a music practice room, and classrooms.

Originally built in 1876 as the Boston & Maine Railroad Depot, the two-story brick High Victorian Gothic-style structure housed a number of businesses over the years. The structure was saved from demolition in 1989 by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission.

The exterior of the building was renovated by Lowell National Historical Park, which transferred ownership to Middlesex in 2008. The college worked with architects Leers Weinzapfel (http://www.lwa-architects.com/) and Consigli Construction (http://www.consigli.com/) to create the Academic Arts Center.

To learn more about MCC’s Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/academicartscenter

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MCC Music Faculty to Honor Lowell and Inaugurate New Recital Hall9/26/201810/15/2018 1:07 PM
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s free 2018 fall concert series, begins with “A Celebration: Honoring the City of Lowell Through Music,” to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in MCC’s new Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center Recital Hall, 240 Central St., Lowell.

This special concert will feature Middlesex Music faculty and guests performing a program focused on – and inspired by – Lowell, to inaugurate the new Recital Hall on the Lowell campus. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are recommended. To RSVP, please visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/honoringlowell.

“Honoring the City of Lowell Through Music” will feature faculty members Raley Beggs, guitar; Orlando Cela, flute; Susan Dill, choral conductor; and Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano; joined by Carley DeFranco, soprano; and Sovann Khon on tro sau, a Cambodian instrument. They will perform short works by 19th-century composer George Chadwick, who was born in Lowell. Also featured will be music from Cambodia and Latin America, reflecting the influences of those cultures on the city.

The program continues with world premieres of short pieces celebrating Lowell by MCC faculty composers Richard Chowenhill, David Janssen, Pamela Marshall and Aaron Rosenberg. Their compositions were inspired by art, history or literature from Lowell. And finally, a chorus made up of MCC students and alumni, plus the African Fellowship Choir of Lowell, will perform a few short selections.

Parking is not available on site. The nearest public parking facility to MCC’s Academic Arts Center is the Early Garage, 135 Middlesex St., Lowell.

Additional events in this fall’s A World of Music free concert series include: pianist Liana Paniyeva, performing at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus; the Carlos Odria Ensemble, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Academic Arts Center Recital Hall, Lowell campus; “Music for Flute & Guitar,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus; and a Student Recital, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus.

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Middlesex Humanities Center to Host Jack Kerouac Reading Marathon Oct. 1110/3/201810/12/2018 2:25 PM
The Middlesex Humanities Center will host “Kerouac: A Reading Marathon,” a day-long reading of selections from Jack Kerouac’s “The Dharma Bums” in celebration of the novel’s 60th anniversary.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at three successive Lowell locations:
• 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Reading in MCC’s Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square • 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. – Walk through Kerouac Commemorative Park, 75 Bridge St. • 2 to 5 p.m. – Reading in MCC’s Academic Arts Center, 240 Central St.

All are welcome to attend and participate by reading short selections from “The Dharma Bums.”

Born in Lowell in 1922, Kerouac published his celebrated novel “On the Road” in 1957, which lead to his being labeled the “father of the Beat Generation.” He published “The Dharma Bums” in 1958.

The Middlesex Humanities Center was established in 2017 by Middlesex Community College and was made possible through a grant from Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The center develops outreach programs, fosters community relationships, and creates pathways for exploring the cultural mosaic of the Lowell area.

For more information about “Kerouac: A Reading Marathon,” contact Professor David Kalivas, Director of the Middlesex Humanities Center, at honors@middlesex.mass.edu.

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MCC Students Present Advanced Manufacturing Research at UML9/10/201810/11/2018 12:29 PM
Last August at the UMass Lowell Alumni Hall, Middlesex Community College students Yonis Abdi​, Michael Donovan, Andrew Ellison and Linda Rattanasak presented their final research from the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

“At Middlesex, we are very fortunate to have industry and university partners such as Northeastern University and UML that enable us to place students for REUs. Students gain valuable experience and work on sophisticated research projects alongside doctoral students, university students and faculty. Some students gain an opportunity to present their research to an audience in a professional atmosphere. They are trained at how to make a professional presentation of their research and gain experience making the presentation in front of an audience,” said Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of STEM.

This program, funded by the National Science Foundation, brings students from local community colleges to perform research associated with advanced manufacturing under the guidance of a faculty advisor and graduate student mentor. Students also participate in a professional development program designed to improve their communication skills. Additionally, the Museum of Science, Boston, hosts a Science Communication Workshop which helps students present technical results to more diverse audiences.

The program culminates in a presentation where students display not only their research in Advanced Manufacturing, but their newly acquired public speaking and communications skills.

For more info about REU’s, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/pathwayscenter/

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Fall MILES Opening Session to Feature Author David S. Brody9/18/201810/10/2018 1:54 PM
Middlesex Community College will host best-selling author David S. Brody during the fall Opening Session of MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 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.

Brody is a best-selling fiction writer and author of 10 novels. His children call him a “rock nerd” because of the time he spends studying ancient stone structures, which he believes offer evidence of pre-Columbus exploration of America.

A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, Brody has appeared as a guest expert on documentaries that have aired on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, PBS and the Discovery Channel. All seven books in his “Templars in America” series have been Amazon Kindle Top 10 best sellers. He lives in Westford with his wife, sculptor Kimberly Scott.

MILES Fall 2018 Session runs Monday through Thursday, Oct. 11 through Nov. 26, 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, including some MCC faculty and staff. Workshops and seminars focus on a variety of topics, including art, the environment, health, history, literature, movies, nature 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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Student Refugee Survived and Found Success at Middlesex CC9/19/201810/9/2018 9:05 AM
Fatima Al-Muntafik grew up in Iraq, a nation divided and scarred by war. But she changed her life and got off to a fresh start in her new home with support from Middlesex Community College.

On April 6, 2003, when she was a senior in high school, Al-Muntafik’s family home was destroyed by cluster bombs, killing her brother-in-law. Living in Iraq, she said, was “a struggle for survival and success.” But she survived and succeeded.

As friends and family members were killed or fled to other countries, Al-Muntafik stayed in Iraq and completed her studies, earning two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Baghdad. One degree is in Arabic Language from the College of Education, and the other is in Musical Arts from the College of Fine Arts.

“Despite all this (conflict), we were creating life and seeing beautiful details of music, art and literature in Iraq, which can be felt despite many attempts by religious parties and militias to obliterate this beauty,” Al-Muntafik said. “I never thought that after all this I would leave Iraq.”

But, she eventually became the victim of threats and harassment from both sides in the on-going conflict – details of which she declined to share, “Because it caused pain I cannot describe.” She was targeted because she worked in the fields of arts and culture, and as a musician playing violin in the Baghdad Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Al-Muntafik fled to the United States with her mother, landing briefly in Philadelphia before settling in Lowell in July 2015. As a refugee in Lowell, she was referred to Middlesex by a teacher at the International Institute – a referral that changed her life.

She enrolled in MCC’s free Prepare to Attend College (PAC) Program to improve her English skills. And, with the help of the college’s Arts, Humanities & Communication Pathway, began studying in the Performing Arts – Music Option degree program.

A new home, and a new language caused Al-Muntafik to struggle at first, but she soon found her footing. The best thing about Middlesex is its diversity, she said, and the way everyone is so helpful and supportive – especially professors Marja-Leena Bailey, Pat Demaras and Jonathan Bennett, advisor Maria McDuffie, and librarian Carrie Salazar. “Those amazing people did a lot for me. Everything I’m doing right now is because they guided me.”

As she steadily gained confidence, Al-Muntafik became a strong voice and leader in the college community. She served as an officer in the Middle Eastern Cultural Club, Spectrum, and the Social Justice Club. She was also a member of the Student Union Government Association, attended social-justice and leadership conferences, and continued her love of music by participating in the Boston Guitar Festival.

Having completed five semesters at MCC, Al-Muntafik decided last spring it was time to move on. She’s now planning to earn a master’s degree in religion studies, with a goal of becoming a religion and gender studies professor. She is currently looking into master’s degree programs, but has not yet decided on a school.

“It was so hard to make that decision to leave, but I have to do it,” she said. “MCC taught me a lot and now I can choose my way. Everyone at Middlesex helped me to find my way with support, love and respect – and gave me the belief I can do it.

“MCC is my home,” Al-Muntafik added. “It is the best place to be, not only to study, but for everything. My culture, my social life and my best friends are all from Middlesex. I’m really lucky to have studied there.” 

For more information about MCC’s free Prepare to Attend College (PAC) Program, visit the English Learner Institute webpage: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/internationalstudents/pac or call 978-656-3104.

For more information about the Arts, Humanities & Communication Pathway, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

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MCC to Host Sports Cultural Historian Amy Bass9/13/201810/4/2018 2:40 PM
As part of its Visiting Writers Series, Middlesex Community College will host author/historian Amy Bass, who is widely published on the cultural history of sports, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Federal Building Assembly Room, 33 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Bass is a professor of history at New York’s College of New Rochelle. In her latest book, “One Goal: A Coach, a Team and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together,” she tells the true story of how Somali refugees and native-born kids in Lewiston, Maine, banded together to win the 2015 state soccer championship. Their accomplishments helped bridge racial and cultural divides.

Bass has published three previous books: “Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. DuBois,” “In the Game: Race, Identity & Sports in the 20th Century,” and “Not the Triumph, But the Struggle: 1968 Olympics & the Making of the Black Athlete.” Her writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, CNN Opinion, and many other outlets.

The host of a weekly radio show on New Rochelle’s WVOX, Bass has also served for many years as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports. She won an Emmy Award for her work at the 2012 London Olympics.

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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MCC Offers FREE Prepare to Attend College (PAC) 8/29/201810/3/2018 1:22 PM
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Prepare to Attend College (PAC) program, a FREE English-language program running Sept. 11 through Nov. 2.

PAC is designed for students who have never been to college and want to continue their education, but find that English is a barrier. The program is geared for beginning- through intermediate-level English-language students. Classes are held three mornings a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, on MCC’s Lowell campus.

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

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Four Middlesex Biotech Students Awarded ISPE Scholarships9/12/201810/2/2018 2:37 PM
Four current/former Middlesex Community College Biotechnology students – one current student and three graduates – have been awarded Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarships from the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Boston Area Chapter Scholarship Foundation.

Zeel Patel, of Lowell, is currently enrolled in MCC’s highly regarded Biotechnology degree program. Tayaba Naz, of Woburn, and Hetalben Patel and Danny Phouthakhio, both of Lowell, have graduated from Middlesex and are now studying at Northeastern University.

ISPE is a nonprofit, professional society serving the life-sciences industry, including college and university students preparing to enter related fields. Begun by the Boston chapter in 2011, the Goldenberg Scholarships were established to nurture the region’s brightest talent.

“It is an honor for Middlesex students, both past and present, to be recognized for their academic excellence and commitment to ISPE,” said Patricia Richard, Associate Professor of Biotechnology and faculty advisor for MCC’s ISPE Student Chapter. “This financial support is key to their future academic success.

“Our Biotech programs continue to provide talented individuals for the biotech and pharma industries,” added Richard. “This additional acknowledgement by ISPE of our dedicated students is a win-win for the college and the industry.”

Zeel Patel – Awarded an $1,100 ISPE scholarship, this Lowell resident is currently enrolled in MCC’s Biotechnology Technician Associate in Science degree program, and expects to graduate in December 2019.

Tayaba Naz -- Awarded a $1,300 ISPE scholarship, this Woburn resident graduated from Middlesex in 2017 with an A.S. degree in Biotechnology, and is continuing in a bachelor’s degree program in biotech at Northeastern University.

Hetalben Patel – Awarded an $800 ISPE scholarship, this Lowell resident graduated in May with an A.S, degree in Biotechnology. This fall, Patel started a bachelor’s degree program in biotech at Northeastern University, and plans to also earn a master’s degree.

Danny Phouthakhio – Awarded a $1,000 ISPE scholarship, this Lowell resident graduated in May with an A.S. degree in Biotechnology. This fall, he started a bachelor’s degree program in biotech at Northeastern University, and plans to also earn a master’s degree.

To learn more about ISPE and its Scholarship Foundation, visit www.ispebcsf.org ;

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

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New Launch Your Business Now Certificate Program at MCC8/31/20189/26/2018 12:45 PM
Middlesex Community College is offering Launch Your Business Now, an innovative new applied-entrepreneurship certificate program designed to encourage students to start or grow a business.

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 new 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.”

MCC’s new 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

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Middlesex Ranked Top 5 Community College in State for Adults9/6/20189/24/2018 10:38 AM
Middlesex Community College has been ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 41 in the country on Washington Monthly’s 2018 list of Best 2-Year Colleges for Adult Learners.

“Serving adult learners is critical to the mission of the college. I’m pleased that our faculty and staff at the college who are dedicated to serving the unique needs of returning adults are being recognized for those efforts,” said Philip Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

With more than 70 degree and certificate programs, and hundreds of noncredit courses, MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree, or upgrade your skills. Registration is now open for fall-semester courses.

MCC offers flexible schedules to fit your needs, with day, evening and weekend options. Combined with a small-class environment, attentive and accessible teachers, and honors courses for high-achieving students, Middlesex provides a quality education at a price you can afford – online or on campus. Many students, after completing their MCC coursework, intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree at another institution. For these students, Middlesex offers MassTransfer, a statewide transfer program to help streamline the transfer process.

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

To view the entire list of Washington Monthly’s rankings, visit: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018college-guide

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Discover Your Path to a Public Service Career at Middlesex CC 9/11/20189/20/2018 1:13 PM
At Middlesex Community College, you can discover your path to a public service career.

With nine Public Service degree and certificate programs – including Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Paralegal Studies and Human Services programs -- MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree or upgrade your skills.

For registration information, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/.

MCC’s 70+ programs of study have been organized into seven Academic Pathways designed to help new students explore one of seven general academic areas before declaring a major program of study. Pathways include: Arts, Humanities & Communication; Business; Education; Health; Public Service; Social Science; and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). Pathways also provide a clear, semester-by-semester breakdown of what’s required to complete each degree or certificate program.

The Public Service Pathway is designed for students with an interest in law enforcement, the law, fire service, and counseling of groups, including children, elders and refugee populations. It is intended to help students focus on these particular academic areas, career fields, and bachelor’s degree transfer programs.

“The programs of study in the Public Service Pathway are very different, but they all include a workplace practicum that allows students the opportunity to experience the workplace and build a resume,” explained Judith Hogan, Dean of Business, Education and Public Service. “Many students are offered full-time employment at the end of their practicum.”

For more information about the Public Service Pathway, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

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Middlesex Humanities Center Hosts ‘Lowell’s Urbanscape’ Exhibit9/4/20189/19/2018 2:14 PM
The Middlesex Humanities Center, in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP), will host “Lowell’s Urbanscape: A Legacy of Newcomers,” an exhibition of 14 black & white photographs by Jen Bauer and Jeff Caplan, opening Tuesday, Sept. 18, at LNHP’s Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Reflections Room, 115 John St., Lowell. The exhibit is on view for one year.

An opening reception for “Lowell’s Urbanscape” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Sept. 18, in the museum’s Reflections Room.

“As a result of its rich history of immigration, Lowell has become a diverse community where everyone’s heritage is linked to specific immigrant groups,” said MCC History Professor David Kalivas, Director of the Humanities Center.

“But this exhibit offers a different view of immigration – one that does not focus on people, but on the physical legacy of immigration. These photos are examples of physical spaces that would not be here without the immigrants who made their homes in Lowell,” he said.

Jen Bauer is Associate Professor and Chairwoman of MCC’s Department of Communications. Jeff Caplan runs Black Ant Photographic (blackantphotographic.com). Both photographers were born and raised in Lowell.

“Lowell’s Urbanscape: A Legacy of Newcomers” is open to the public during regular museum hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week through Nov. 24; noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 through March 2019; and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Sept. 18, 2019. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Established in 2017 by Middlesex Community College, the Middlesex Humanities Center was made possible through a grant from Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The center develops outreach programs, fosters community relationships, and creates pathways for exploring the cultural mosaic of the Lowell area.

For more information about “Lowell’s Urbanscape: A Legacy of Newcomers,” contact David Kalivas, project organizer and Director of the Middlesex Humanities Center, at kalivasd@middlesex.mass.edu or visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/urbanscape

Mass Humanities was established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It is an independent programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources. For further information, visit: www.masshumanities.org

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English Learner Institute at Middlesex Offers Fall Courses8/28/20189/13/2018 2:01 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 program runs Sept. 11 through Dec. 14. Classes meet for approximately three hours and are offered during the day and evening in six- to 14-week sessions 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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Enroll Now in MCC’s Health Care Administration Degree Program 8/23/20189/12/2018 2:37 PM
There is still time to enroll in Middlesex Community College’s Health Care Administration degree program. Registration is now open and courses begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Developed through a collaboration between MCC’s Nursing & Allied Health Division and Business, Education & Public Service Division, this associate in science degree program is designed to meet the needs of those currently working within a medical practice or health care facility who desire career-ladder advancement into management.

“The Health Care Administration Program offers a comprehensive curriculum in health care finance, sound managerial practices and procedures, and operations of the health care industry,” said Katherine Gehly, Dean of Nursing & Allied Health.

“Graduates of this program are prepared to be employed on the business side of health care facilities, such as hospitals, health-insurance companies, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and community-based clinics,” said Judith Hogan, Dean of Business, Education & Public Service.

“Students who complete the program can also continue their education by pursuing a bachelor of science in health care administration or other similar B.S. degree programs,” added Gehly.

For more information about MCC’s Health Care Administration degree program, contact: Angel Pepin, Director, Academy of Health Professions, at pepina@middlesex.mass.edu; or James Dottin, Professor of Business Administration, at dottinj@middlesex.mass.edu

To register for fall-semester courses at Middlesex, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. (New students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.)

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Workforce Training Fund Grants Info Session Offered at Middlesex 9/7/20189/11/2018 2:00 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, Sept. 26, in MCC’s Federal Building (Room 310), 50 Kearney Square in Lowell. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 24.

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, Sept. 24. For more information, or to register, contact Timothy Scanlon at scanlont@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3174.

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Hoene Brothers Excel Through MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy 8/21/20189/10/2018 1:28 PM
A broken foot, complicated surgery and a lengthy recovery – followed by two concussions – caused Henning Hoene to miss six months of eighth grade. That series of unfortunate events led the young soccer player to be home-schooled, then follow in his brother Hans’ footsteps and enroll in Middlesex Community College’s Dual Enrollment Academy.

Dual Enrollment allows qualified high school and home-schooled students to earn college credit while satisfying their high-school graduation requirements. Enrollment has tripled since MCC’s program began in 2011. The college has partnerships with more than 15 regional high schools and technical/vocational schools. More than 600 high school students are enrolled in a variety of dual-enrollment courses each semester.

MCC is hosting several upcoming Dual Enrollment Orientation Sessions. For complete information, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dualenroll.

Despite sleeping a lot during his convalescence, Henning excelled when he was home-schooled by his engineer mother, Penny. “He jumped ahead almost an entire year, so we just went faster,” she said.

When it was time to enroll for his freshman year at Woburn High School, Henning was told he’d have to repeat geometry. His mom didn’t like that idea. “I said, ‘That’s crazy! Let’s have you take the college entrance exam, and we will start you earlier at MCC than Hans,’ ” recalled Penny.

Hans, Henning’s older brother, participated in MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy while attending Woburn High School. Now 19, Hans recently graduated from UMass Lowell, earning a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. He begins a master’s degree program this fall, and has already been offered a spot in the Ph.D. program.

As a WHS freshman, young Henning did pass the college entrance exam and in the spring of 2016 took a statistics class at Middlesex, passing with a 4.0 GPA. “From that point on, he went to college full time,” said Penny. “When he was 15 and a sophomore in high school, he was only going to Woburn High for gym class.”

Penny and Henning say it was an easy decision to have him finish his high school requirements at MCC while also earning an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering. They were familiar with Middlesex because of Hans’ experience, and felt Henning was ready for something more challenging.

Now 17, Henning was not nervous about going to college so young because he had always hung out with older kids playing soccer as part of the Olympic Development Program. “My peers in high school were not really my friends the way my peers in college are,” he said. “I never really fit in with kids my age.”

He especially likes the small-classroom environment at MCC, and the attention professors give their students. Henning also takes advantage of campus resources, such as the Writing Center.

Both he and his brother benefitted from taking mathematics with Professor Joanna DelMonaco, said Henning. She made the application of math understandable so it was not just a concept to memorize, but one that had real-life applications.

“If they hadn’t had her, they wouldn’t have gone as far, mathematically speaking,” agreed Penny. “We fertilized the garden, but Professor DelMonaco made it bloom.”

Henning expects to graduate next spring with an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering, and plans to transfer to UMass Lowell to complete his bachelor’s degree.

He encourages other high school students to look into MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy. “The commitment means you will have more work than in high school, but you get to choose what you want to study.”

For more information about MCC’s Dual Enrollment Academy, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dualenroll.

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Discover Your Path to a STEM Career at Middlesex CC 8/24/20189/7/2018 2:13 PM
At Middlesex Community College, you can discover your path to a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

With more than 15 STEM degree and certificate programs – including a new Engineering Science–Electrical/Computer Concentration, and an Engineering Technology Precision Machining Certificate – MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree or upgrade your skills.

And it’s not too late to register for fall semester. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. (New students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.) Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/.

MCC’s 70+ programs of study have been organized into seven Academic Pathways designed to help new students explore one of seven general academic areas before declaring a major program of study. Pathways include: Arts, Humanities & Communication; Business; Education; Health; Public Service; Social Science; and STEM. Pathways also provide a clear, semester-by-semester breakdown of what’s required to complete each degree or certificate program.

The STEM Pathway is designed for students with an interest in biology/life sciences, computer aided design, computer science, digital forensics, engineering, engineering technology, mathematics and information technology. It is intended to help students focus on these particular academic areas, career fields, and bachelor’s degree transfer programs.

“Our STEM programs are taught by dedicated, award-winning faculty – on campus and online – in our state-of-the-art technology laboratories,” said Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of STEM. “At Middlesex, our class sizes are small, and our transfer programs are aligned with state college and university STEM programs.”

This fall, MCC is offering two new STEM programs:

Engineering Science Transfer – Electrical/Computer Concentration – This new concentration joins MCC’s existing Civil/Environmental, and Mechanical concentrations in the A.S. Engineering degree program. It constitutes two full years of a four-year B.S. degree program in engineering. The degree is designed as part of a special relationship with the School of Engineering at UMass Lowell, and satisfies specific UML course requirements for both Civil/Environmental, Mechanical, and Electrical/Computer Engineering concentrations.

Engineering Technology - Precision Machining Certificate – This 27-credit certificate program is designed to provide the education and training needed for entry-level employment within the precision-machining industry. Program requirements stress foundational mathematics, communications, problem solving, and technical skills. See program video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWA1kDIkhk0&index=8&list=UU3bA38stC5fQ5qWay6GuqWA

For further information about MCC’s STEM programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/newprograms.aspx and https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/stem/ or contact Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of STEM, at sweeneyk@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3609.

For more information about the STEM Pathway, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

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Discover Your Path to the Social Sciences at Middlesex 8/20/20189/6/2018 1:47 PM
At Middlesex Community College, you can discover your path to a career in the social sciences.

With more than 10 social science degree and certificate programs – including a new certificate program in Children’s Behavioral Health – MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree or upgrade your skills.

And it’s not too late to register for fall semester. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. (New students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.) Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/.

MCC’s 70+ programs of study have been organized into seven Academic Pathways designed to help new students explore one of seven general academic areas before declaring a major program of study. Pathways include: Arts, Humanities & Communication; Business; Education; Health; Public Service; Social Science; and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). Pathways also provide a clear, semester-by-semester breakdown of what’s required to complete each degree or certificate program.

The Social Science Pathway is designed for students with an interest in a variety of academic fields, including anthropology, economics, geography, human services, history, political science, psychology, and world languages. It is intended to help students focus on these or other academic areas within the social sciences, career fields, and bachelor’s degree transfer programs.

“The social science disciplines can lead to career paths and opportunities in a wide range of professions and fields, including business, government (federal, state and local), education, law, public service, mental health, and organizations involved with civic activities and humanitarian missions,” said Matthew Olson, Dean of Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies & Online/Weekend Education.

“The majority of the programs in this pathway have the flexibility to be completed on campus, online or a combination of both,” added Olson. “And Service-Learning and internship options in many programs offer students the opportunity for hands-on learning in business and nonprofit settings.”

This fall, MCC is offering a new Children’s Behavioral Health Certificate. This 19-credit Human Services certificate program focuses on understanding of child development and trauma; the role of human services and systems of care; skills for working in community health; clinical writing; and working with youth and families as family partners and therapeutic/peer mentors.

For further information about MCC’s new 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.

For more information about the Social Science Pathway, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

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Visually Impaired Middlesex CC Alum Sets Her Sights High8/14/20189/5/2018 2:13 PM
Stephanie Valdes has memorized Middlesex Community College’s Bedford campus – her mental map and service dog, Luna, guiding her from building to building. Legally blind and only able to see some colors and shapes, she flourished at MCC and is learning not to let her disability stand in the way of her dreams.

Valdes, of Bradford, heard about Middlesex from her counselor at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, who told her the college has excellent disability support services. Determined to succeed, she enrolled in the World Languages Program – she speaks Spanish and English, and has studied French, German and Arabic. Valdes graduated with an associate degree in May.

It’s not too late to register for fall semester. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. (New students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.) Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/.

In class, Valdes used adaptive technology provided by MCC’s Office of Disability Support Services. These services included a screen reader and a device that scans and reads printed hand-outs. She also created audio recordings of her classes, and made use of a scribe who took notes for her in class.

Outside of class Valdes enjoys fencing at the International Fencing Club. She also traveled to Morocco last January for 10 days as part of an International Fellowship Program. “Being exposed to a totally different culture was interesting to me and is part of learning the language,” she said.

Her future plans include enrolling in a six- to nine-month independent learning program in Minneapolis, run by Blind Inc. and the National Federation of the Blind. It will enable Valdes to learn more skills and techniques, and help her to travel more by herself.

After that program, Valdes plans to continue her education and earn a bachelor’s degree, double-majoring in linguistics and French. Her ultimate goal is to become an interpreter or perhaps earn a master’s degree in speech pathology.

Valdes credits some of her growing confidence to how well she has been treated at MCC. “I never encountered a professor who was not flexible. They all helped me, or met with me and accommodated me as much as possible.

“One of the things I will take away from my experience at Middlesex is that everybody believed in me every step of the way,” said Valdes. “They don’t see blindness as something that can stop me. And now, it is easier for me to advocate for myself. I can do whatever I want to do.”

To learn more about Disability Support Services at Middlesex, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/disabilityservices/

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Discover Your Path to an Education Career at Middlesex 8/22/20189/4/2018 2:33 PM
At Middlesex Community College, you can discover your path to a career in education.

With degree and certificate programs in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree, or upgrade your skills.

And it’s not too late to register for fall semester. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. (New students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.) Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/.

MCC’s 70+ programs of study have been organized into seven Academic Pathways designed to help new students explore one of seven general academic areas before declaring a major program of study. Pathways include: Arts, Humanities & Communication; Business; Education; Health; Public Service; Social Science; and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). Pathways also provide a clear, semester-by-semester breakdown of what’s required to complete each degree or certificate program.

The Education Pathway is designed for students with an interest in teaching young children or at the elementary level. It is intended to help students focus on these particular academic areas, career fields, and bachelor’s degree transfer programs.

“Through field placements, Service-Learning opportunities, and practicum experiences, Middlesex students are provided hands-on opportunities to explore the multi-faceted field of education,” said Ellen Grondine, Dean of Education & K-16 Partnerships.

MCC graduates meet the academic requirements for Lead Teacher, Director I, Director II, and transfer agreements as specified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care (EEC), and the Massachusetts Transfer Pathway in Education requirements.

Certificate programs can serve as a basis for further study and are aligned with specific employment criteria and early-education settings. Associate-to-bachelor's degree transfer programs have been designed to prepare students wishing to teach in private and public school settings.

For more information about MCC’s Education Programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/education/ or contact Ellen Grondine, Dean of Education & K-16 Partnerships, at grondinee@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3467.

For more information about the Education Pathway, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

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Discover Your Path to a Business Career at Middlesex CC 8/17/20188/31/2018 10:18 AM
At Middlesex Community College, you can discover your path to a career in business.

With more than 20 business-related degree and certificate programs – including new degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship – MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree or upgrade your skills.

And it’s not too late to register for fall semester. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. (New students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.) Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/.

MCC’s 70+ programs of study have been organized into seven Academic Pathways designed to help new students explore one of seven general academic areas before declaring a major program of study. Pathways include: Arts, Humanities & Communication; Business; Education; Health; Public Service; Social Science; and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). Pathways also provide a clear, semester-by-semester breakdown of what’s required to complete each degree or certificate program.

The Business Pathway is designed for students with an interest in business and entrepreneurship. It is intended to help them focus on these particular academic areas, career fields, and bachelor’s degree transfer programs.

This fall, MCC is offering a new Business Entrepreneurship degree program, and Launch Your Business Now, an innovative “entrepreneurship in action” certificate program.

“MCC’s Entrepreneurship Programs are designed for students with innovative and conventional business ideas,” said Stacie Hargis, MCC’s Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator. “We’ve designed the degree program for entrepreneurial students who want to begin working on a Business degree. And the Launch Your Business Now certificate is ideal for students with an idea for a business they want to launch – or scale up – within four to 12 months.”

Qualified students in both programs will have the opportunity to be awarded seed money and mentoring to help promising start-ups get off the ground. Entrepreneurship students are encouraged to pitch their business plans to the funding committee of the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF) Program. Seed money, in the form of competitive grants (ranging from $1,000 to $20,000), will be awarded.

Business Entrepreneurship – This degree program is designed to prepare students to manage small businesses or start their own business or entrepreneurial idea. In addition to entrepreneurship-specific courses, the program provides a general business background in accounting, management, marketing and business law that is applicable to all sizes and types of businesses.

Launch Your Business Now – This 16-credit applied-entrepreneurship certificate will help students start a business. Curriculum is designed for students to work solely on developing their business concept, evaluating market opportunity, testing assumptions, and setting up systems to successfully launch a business. 

For more information about MCC’s Entrepreneurship Programs, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/launch or contact Stacie Hargis, Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, at hargiss@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3854.

For information about the Launch Your Business Now certificate, visit: www.launchatmcc.com and www.eeventurefund.org or email Franky Descoteaux at descoteauxf@middlesex.mass.edu

For more information about the Business Pathway, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

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 70 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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Walk-In Enrollment Days in August at Middlesex Community College7/28/20188/29/2018 2:38 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!

New and returning students can meet with an advisor, build their class schedules for fall semester, and take the College Placement Test during Walk-In Enrollment Days, to be held on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. Fall-semester classes begin Tuesday, Sep. 4. New students must register no later than 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Walk-In Enrollment Days will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 14-28, in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road; and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square. Walk-In hours are: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

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

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

Students can also learn about MCC’s many transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities, including the 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.)

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

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Ranked Best Online College in Boston Area8/16/20188/28/2018 1:00 PM
Middlesex Community College has been ranked No. 1 on the 2018 list of Best Online Degrees in Boston by GreatValueColleges.net. Additionally, MCC has been ranked No. 4 on the 2018 list of Best Online Community Colleges in Massachusetts by TheBestColleges.org.

“With the rising tuition costs and societal shifts, more students are looking to community college as a valuable alternative – but many don't know there are online options like MCC,” said Elizabeth Franklin, School Outreach Manager for TheBestColleges.org.

“For more than 20 years, Middlesex has taken a consistently innovative approach to helping students succeed in online courses. MCC’s online courses are taught by highly trained faculty who are committed to ensuring that every student has an engaging learning experience. Our growing online enrollments supports these recent rankings,” said James Mabry, Middlesex Community College President.

Middlesex currently offers 10 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. Hundreds of online course offerings – as well as hybrid courses, which combine online and face-to-face instruction – are also offered.

“Middlesex is proud of its high quality online learning program. These acknowledgements from GreatValueColleges.net and TheBestColleges.org reflect the teaching skill and content expertise of our online instructors and their investment in student success. Middlesex works to provide online education in a way that promotes meaningful learning and helps students to reach their educational and career goals,” said Matthew Olson, Dean of Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies & Online/Weekend Education.

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.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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

To view the entire list of GreatValueColleges.net rankings, visit: https://www.greatvaluecolleges.net/by-city/online-colleges-boston/

To view the entire list of TheBestColleges.org rankings, visit: https://www.thebestcolleges.org/states/massachusetts/#community-colleges

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 70 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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MCC Can Help You Discover Your Path to a Health Career8/15/20188/24/2018 1:32 PM
At Middlesex Community College, you can discover your path to a health-care career.

With more than 14 health degree and certificate programs – including a new certificate program in Dental Laboratory Technology – MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree or upgrade your skills.

And it’s not too late to register for fall semester. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. (New students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.) Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/.

MCC’s 70+ programs of study have been organized into seven Academic Pathways designed to help new students explore one of seven general academic areas before declaring a major program of study. Pathways include: Arts, Humanities & Communication; Business; Education; Health; Public Service; Social Science; and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). Pathways also provide a clear, semester-by-semester breakdown of what’s required to complete each degree or certificate program.

The Health Pathway is designed for students with an interest in health care. It is intended to help students focus on these particular academic areas, career fields, and bachelor’s degree transfer programs.

“MCC’s nationally accredited health programs are taught by expert faculty,” said Kathy Gehly, Dean of Nursing & Allied Health. “As part of our rigorous curriculum and clinical rotations, students are taught hands-on skills practice, and our laboratories are state-of-the-art.”

Middlesex offers degree programs in Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Dental Lab Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assisting, Medical Lab Technology, Radiologic Technology, and Nursing – which is offered as a full-time day program, or a part-time evening/weekend program.

MCC also offers certificate programs in Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Medical Lab Technology, and – new this fall – Dental Lab Technology.

Dental Laboratory Technology Certificate – This new 28-credit certificate program offers a curriculum composed of didactic and laboratory experience. Courses include content in dental materials, oral anatomy, occlusion, infectious diseases, and history and ethics in dental lab tech. The extensive laboratory component covers all phases of dental technology.

For more information about MCC’s health programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissionrequirements/health or contact Apollon Bouzerdan, Dental Lab Tech Program Coordinator, at bouzerdana@middlesex.mass.edu or (978) 656-3056 or Katherine Gehly, Dean of Nursing & Allied Health, at gehlyk@middlesex.mass.edu or (978) 656-3047.

For more information about the Health Pathway, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

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 70 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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Discover Your Path to the Arts, Humanities & Communication at MCC8/13/20188/23/2018 1:06 PM
At Middlesex Community College, you can discover your path to the arts, humanities and communication.

With more than 10 degree and certificate programs in the arts, communications, creative writing, graphic design and literature – including a new certificate program in Arts Administration – MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree or upgrade your skills.

And it’s not too late to register for fall semester. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. (New students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.) Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/.

MCC’s 70+ programs of study have been organized into seven Academic Pathways designed to help new students explore one of seven general academic areas before declaring a major program of study. Pathways include: Arts, Humanities & Communication; Business; Education; Health; Public Service; Social Science; and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). Pathways also provide a clear, semester-by-semester breakdown of what’s required to complete each degree or certificate program.

The Arts, Humanities & Communication Pathway is designed for students with an interest in design, communications, creative writing, literature, art, music, theater or dance. It is intended to help students focus on these particular academic areas, career fields, and bachelor’s degree transfer programs.

The opening of the new Academic Arts Center in Lowell – MCC’s state-of-the-art performing-arts facility – has created opportunity for expanded course offerings in music, theater and dance, including a new Arts Administration Certificate Program.

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

Arts Administration Certificate – This 18-credit program 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.

For further information about MCC’s new Arts Administration Certificate, contact Peter Waldron, Manager of the Academic Arts Center, at waldronp@middlesex.mass.edu.

For more information about the Arts, Humanities & Communication Pathway, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

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 70 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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MCC Has Been Leading the Way in Online Education for 20 Years 7/25/20188/22/2018 12:56 PM
For two decades, 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, from virtual biology dissections and chemistry experiments, to watching the latest TED Talks and videos, or taking virtual tours of the Sistine Ceiling.

“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, can simulate necessary tools for the work environment, and open up new possibilities for people who learn in different ways.

“Lots of students don’t learn well just by listening to a lecture,” added Olson. “They need to engage with course content and apply it. Online education does that in exciting new ways.”

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.

Registration is now open for fall-semester courses, including online courses. Classes begin Tuesday, Sep. 4, and new students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/walkin

MCC’s comprehensive Distance Education Program – one of the first in the state – was launched in 1998, according to Olson. Since then, Middlesex has taken a careful, consistent and innovative approach to online education. What started with 77 daring students, is now a program used by thousands of MCC students each semester.

Online enrollment now comprises about 20 percent of total credit enrollment, said Olson. Every year, more than 315 unique online courses are taught, or about 120 online sections per semester. And web enrollment continues to grow. This past semester, the number of students enrolling in online courses increased by six percent.

Today, 176 Middlesex faculty teach courses online, said Olson. Middlesex invests considerable resources every year in supporting online faculty, he added, and makes online academic support available to students 24/7.

“Online education at Middlesex is very different from the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) offered by elite universities. Those, often free, lecture courses can attract 10,000+ students – and the vast majority don’t complete the course,” said Olson.

“At MCC, we have small classes and teachers who develop relationships with their students. And our records show that if a traditional course has an 80 percent completion rate, the same course taught online will have a 75 percent completion rate.”

For more information about online education at Middlesex, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/online/

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Offering FREE Adult Basic Ed Classes in Waltham 8/10/20188/21/2018 12:48 PM
Middlesex Community College, in partnership with Waltham Public Schools, is opening an Adult Learning Center (ALC) satellite location in Waltham. FREE noncredit evening courses for adult learners (ages 16 and up) who live and work in Massachusetts will be available.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 5, free Adult Basic Education classes will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at McDevitt Middle School, 75 Church St., Waltham. ALC classes are small, supportive, and provide instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies.

To be eligible for MCC’s Waltham ALC program, students must attend a registration and placement-testing session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at McDevitt Middle School, 75 Church St., Waltham.

Supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education, MCC’s Waltham ALC will assist qualified students who want to prepare for high school equivalency exams (GED or HiSET), college entrance, job-training programs, or other career opportunities. 

For further information about MCC’s Waltham Adult Learning Center, please contact Kathy Innis at 781-280-3665 or email innisk@middlesex.mass.edu.

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 70 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 Ranked Top Community College in Massachusetts6/28/20188/20/2018 1:49 PM
Middlesex Community College has been ranked No. 1 on the 2018 list of Best Community Colleges in Massachusetts by BestColleges.com.

“Since the day I was appointed chairman of the Board of Trustees at Middlesex Community College, I always felt strongly that MCC was one of the best community colleges you would find anywhere – not just in Massachusetts, but nationally as well,” said Trustees Chairman James Campbell. “This ranking on BestColleges.com validates that belief. 

“All of us on the Board of Trustees know this designation speaks to not just the hard-working men and women on our faculty and staff, but more significantly to the top-notch students who pass through our doors every semester and do us proud when they go out into the workforce and our communities.”

With more than 70 degree and certificate programs, and hundreds of noncredit courses, MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree, or upgrade your skills. Registration is now open for fall-semester courses.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. 

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

For more than 20 years, MCC has been a leader in online education. Middlesex currently offers 10 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that can be completed entirely online, plus hundreds of online course offerings.

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

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

To view the entire list of BestColleges.com Massachusetts rankings, visit: https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-colleges-in-massachusetts/

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC's ICEI Program Supports Students with Intellectual Disabilities 8/9/20188/17/2018 3:17 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (ICEI) Program opens up the college-going experience for eligible public-high school students with significant learning disabilities.

Now starting its fifth year, ICEI is a dual-enrollment opportunity for 18- to 22-year-olds who attend a participating school district, explained Dawn Gross, ICEI Coordinator. The program allows students to audit certain MCC classes and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

ICEI students receive specialized enrollment, registration and academic advising, community-based employment and career support, plus educational coaches and peer mentors, according to Gross. Students also have full access to Middlesex clubs, student activities, and academic and support services.

“Our students are motivated to fully participate in their courses, join clubs, and enjoy the many student activities MCC offers all students,” said Gross. “ICEI students also work three days per week at community job sites, and are supported in and out of class by educational coaches, who are employed by the sending district.”

Bedford School Committee Member Ann Guay said her son, Brian, thoroughly enjoyed his ICEI experience at Middlesex. “Brian watched his sister and brother go to college and wanted to go as well,” said Guay.  “He was thrilled to be able to go to college at Middlesex. 

Brian enrolled in ICEI when he was 20 and completed the program when he was 22, according to his mother. He took acting and music-appreciation, as well as art classes.

“Brian’s experience was just outstanding – more than we could have hoped for,” said Guay, who is also a board member of Massachusetts Advocates for Children. “It gave him confidence to be on a college campus. He also learned how to navigate the social scene and take the MBTA bus to campus. And he loved having his artwork shown in the MCC Student Art Show.”

Research has shown that students with significant intellectual disabilities benefit academically, and transition to young adulthood more readily, when they have the opportunity to engage in all college-related activities rather than staying at high school, according to Gross.

MCC’s ICEI Program is supported by an annual state Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) grant from the Executive Office of Education. Eligible students in the Middlesex program must attend a partnership district, LABBB Educational Collaborative, or the Bedford Public Schools.

To learn more about MCC’s ICEI Program, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/disabilitysupport/iceiprogram/default.aspx or contact Dawn Gross, ICEI Program Coordinator, at grossd@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3769.

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Students Enjoy a Challenge in MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program 8/7/20188/16/2018 12:54 PM
The Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP) at Middlesex Community College offers unique learning opportunities for students who elect to study at a more advanced level.

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

Registration is now open for fall-semester courses at Middlesex. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Bedford, Lowell and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. A complete listing of fall course offerings can be found in MCC’s Fall 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.

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.

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.

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

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School Still Accepting Fall Applications 8/8/20188/15/2018 2:36 PM
Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS) is still accepting applications for the fall semester, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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

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

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

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

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

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 70 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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MCC Offers FREE Opportunity to Start College with Links Program 7/10/20188/14/2018 12:51 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 the fall semester, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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, on MCC’s Bedford campus. 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 Students Save Over $134,000 with Open Educational Resources 8/2/20188/13/2018 2:06 PM
Middlesex Community College is excited to offer the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs). These online course materials – including lectures, homework assignments, quizzes and labs – are copy-right free, or have a license that allows for free reuse and redistribution.

Enrolling in courses using OERs can translate into considerable savings for students, according to Donna Maturi, Coordinator of Library Services. MCC students saved $134,590 in text book costs over the 2016-17 academic year through the use of OERs, she said.

MCC is part of the Massachusetts Community Colleges Go Open initiative, which is supported by the GPSTEM project funded by a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration. Formed in 2016, Go Open encourages the state’s 15 community colleges to share resources and best practices in the use of OERs.

Registration is now open for fall-semester courses at Middlesex. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. A complete listing of fall course offerings can be found in MCC’s Fall Academic Advising Schedule: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

“Our community colleges are acutely aware of how the high cost of textbooks can affect whether a student takes a course,” said Peter Shea, MCC’s Director of Professional Development.

According to The College Board, students pay an average of $1,168 annually for books and course materials – that’s a 73 percent increase since 2006. That figure hits community college students particularly hard, since many are supporting families and living on tight budgets, Shea explained. It can cause some students to drop out, not enroll in certain courses, or take a class without buying the textbook – which leaves them at a serious educational disadvantage.

When asked what they would do with the savings, Shea said Middlesex students mentioned everything from paying bills and buying food, to spending their savings on arts supplies, clothing for their kids, and travel – even buying a sewing machine.

For more information about Open Educational Resources (OERs), visit MCC’s Professional Development website: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/professionaldevelopment/oer.aspx

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MCC Student Success Fund Grants Make Two-Year Degrees Affordable 6/29/20188/10/2018 9:21 AM
The Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees has allocated $1.1 million to the 2017-18 Student Success Grant Program, which makes a two-year associate degree truly affordable.

For the fall and spring semesters, more than 1,820 currently enrolled students have received Student Success Grants to address their college costs.

“The MCC Board of Trustees is committed to keeping the door open to an affordable, high quality education through eliminating the economic roadblocks our students face,” said Middlesex President James C. Mabry. “Our Student Success Fund helps many students continue their education and successfully achieve their goals.”

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

“Our Student Success Grants continue to affirm the college’s commitment of working with our diverse and talented student population to help them develop career skills that will enhance the workforce, and provide them with clearer paths to achieving their goals,” said James J. Campbell, Chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees.

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

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

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here.
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Middlesex CC to Host Workforce Training Fund Grants Info Session7/18/20188/9/2018 2:04 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, Aug. 8, in Trustees’ House (Building 4) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road.

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, Aug. 6. For more information, or to register, contact Timothy Scanlon at scanlont@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3174.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex Community College Provides Services for Veterans7/17/20188/8/2018 1:15 PM
The Middlesex Community College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is dedicated to helping veterans achieve their educational and career goals. Military service members who are beginning a college career or returning to complete an academic program can choose from a variety of degree and certificate programs offered during the day, evening, weekend and online.

Registration is now open for fall-semester courses at Middlesex. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

A complete listing of fall course offerings can be found in MCC’s Fall Academic Advising Schedule: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

MCC’s VRC serves as a place where veterans can receive information about educational programs, assistance with accessing college resources, and answers regarding eligibility for government-, state- and community-sponsored services.

Resource advocates are available to assist military service members and their families make the transition from military service to higher education. Support and guidance is offered during the application, admissions and academic process. The VRC also provides a support system where veterans can meet other veterans as they become members of the college community.

Middlesex is designated a 2018 Military Friendly School, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students. For more information, visit: http://militaryfriendly.com/schools/

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

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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The Middlesex Experience Nurtured His Passion for Plant Science 7/26/20188/7/2018 1:59 PM
Evan Rees has grown from being a two-time high-school dropout to pursuing a doctorate in plant science at Cornell University. And it all started at Middlesex Community College.

At age 18, Rees dropped out of high school for the second time and earned his GED. Today, the Lexington native is enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Cornell, studying plant breeding and genetics in the School of Integrative Plant Science.

Registration is now open for fall-semester courses at MCC. Classes begin Tuesday, Sep. 4, and new students must register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. Call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/walkin

As a teen, Rees worked in restaurants and at a local garden center. A dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K., he headed to London for a few years, and then spent time in San Francisco working in a farm-to-table restaurant. When his father died in 2013, 22-year-old Rees returned to Massachusetts to be closer to his family. His mother, who works at another local community college, guided him toward MCC.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to study, but my plan was to explore my interests in food, agriculture and sustainability, and see where that led,” he said.

After his first semester, Rees entered MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP). “Evan exhibited creativity, diligence and excellence in his academic work,” recalled David Kalivas, CHP Director. “And he was quite energetic as he worked on the college’s Community Garden.”

Kalivas became Rees’ academic advisor, helping him apply for transfer to four-year schools and encouraging him to shoot high. “He helped me polish my personal statements and urged me to apply to Cornell, which I may not have done otherwise,” said Rees.

Rees’ first exposure to life-science research was in an independent-study STEM research course. His focus was soil microbes in the Bedford campus organic garden.

In fact, it was in MCC’s Community Garden where Rees really began to bloom. A work-study position steered him toward the garden, where he planted, weeded and watered for hours. “Working on the garden taught me quite a bit about plants, people and nature, and how they all fit together,” Rees said.

Following his 2015 graduation from MCC with a degree in Liberal Studies, Rees was accepted to Cornell. However, for financial reasons he chose to attend UMass Amherst, completing a bachelor’s degree in Plant and Soil Science in spring 2017.

“Middlesex was something of a proving ground for me,” said Rees. “By navigating MCC, I figured out that I could be successful in academics – and that college was a feasible path to continue on.”

At UMass, he had the opportunity to work in a genomics lab. Feeling comfortable with the laboratory side of science, Rees yearned for more applied-fieldwork. So, he applied to Cornell for graduate school. “Plant breeding is, at least seasonally, a good balance of bench and field, so it seemed like the natural choice,” said Rees.

He is currently working to identify the genetic basis of cold tolerance in wild relatives of maize (corn). The goal is to develop varieties that can thrive in colder climates and for extended seasons, possibly even over winter. Rees expects to complete his doctorate in 2022 or 2023, then find work that has a global impact and also allows him to do some teaching.

As he has nurtured and grown his skills and experiences, Rees has not forgotten his roots. “The community at MCC was incredible. The faculty and staff were warm and accessible, willing to lend an ear and make connections where it made sense,” he said. “Those connections led to opportunities and experiences that defined my time there.

“The other part of the Middlesex equation was the students,” continued Rees. “The variety of backgrounds and perspectives they represented led to some engaging discussions and lasting friendships.”

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Names Bridget Byrne 2018-19 Student Trustee7/24/20188/2/2018 1:39 PM
The Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees has named Bridget Byrne, of Littleton, Student Trustee for the 2018-2019 academic year. A returning-adult student with her own architectural-restoration business, Byrne is planning a career change and enrolled in MCC’s Biotechnology Certificate Program.

A single mother with a 13-year-old daughter, Byrne, 40, earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Smith College. She has run Byrne Restoration for almost 20 years. “I restore furniture, and also work on historic homes and church organs. My specialty is finishes and painted surfaces.”

While Byrne loves the hands-on aspect of restoration work, she’s no longer happy about the toxic chemicals that are part of the job. Even with good ventilation and other protections, these strong solvents are harmful to the environment and the conservators using them. So, Byrne has begun developing her own, less toxic compounds.

“In restoration, we do lots of testing and sampling, which involves mixing together different products to come up with the best solutions for a particular job. You’re basically doing chemistry lab work. I decided I wanted to go back to school to learn how to do that lab work the right way.”

Byrne enrolled at Middlesex to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. However, after taking a “Mathematics for Technology” course and exploring other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, she realized she prefers the hands-on aspects of biotechnology. She is now pursuing a certificate in Biotechnology and expects to graduate in May 2019.

While at Middlesex, Byrne has excelled in her STEM courses and is active in extra-curricular activities. She serves as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, tutoring her peers in Engineering courses. Byrne is also vice president of MCC’s STEM Club, which is building a wind turbine prototype, with hopes of seeing it installed on campus.

For more information about MCC, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Walk-In Enrollment Days at Middlesex Community College7/6/20187/31/2018 4:16 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!

New and returning students can meet with an advisor, build their class schedules for fall semester, and take the College Placement Test during Walk-In Enrollment Days, to be held on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. Fall-semester classes begin Tuesday, Sep. 4.

Walk-In Enrollment Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road, and in the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square.

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

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

Students can also learn about MCC’s many transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities, including the 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.)

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

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Begin a Career in Health Care at Middlesex Community College7/19/20187/26/2018 1:43 PM
Middlesex Community College’s Academy of Health Professions (AHP) offers three programs – Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding and Phlebotomy – that can lead to entry-level employment in a health care field.

AHP offers a flexible schedule that includes day, evening, weekend and accelerated courses. All classes are held on the Lowell campus, and enrollment is offered in the spring and fall.

Registration is now open for fall semester at Middlesex. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Bedford, Lowell and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. A complete listing of fall course offerings can be found in MCC’s Fall Academic Advising Schedule: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/

AHP offers small class sizes to ensure 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, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/ahp/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Faculty Member Recognized for Outstanding Online Courses6/20/20187/25/2018 1:26 PM
Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) recently recognized Middlesex Community College History Professor David M. Kalivas for his outstanding course design that exemplifies online education’s potential to enhance teaching and learning.

Kalivas was presented a 2018 COD (Courses of Distinction) Award at MCO’s 13th annual Conference on eLearning. He was honored for his online course, “History of World Civilizations Before 1500.”

“Middlesex has been a leader in online education for 20 years now, and we are extremely proud of our faculty who design and teach courses online,” said Matthew Olson, Dean of Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Evening & Online Education.

“Dr. David Kalivas, our 2018 COD winner, was a pioneer in the online program, teaching in our very first semester 20 years ago. Through the years he has continued to innovate, in particular using podcasts and virtual worlds. His highly interactive course features many rich discussions with his students in which they process historical themes drawing from textbook readings, primary sources, and interactive websites.”

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

Fall semester at Middlesex begins Tuesday, Sep. 4, and it’s not too late to register. For more information about Middlesex online, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/fit/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC’s Summer College for Kids Combines Fun and Learning 6/11/20187/24/2018 1:19 PM
It’s not too late to sign the kids up for College for Kids at Middlesex Community College this summer.

Designed to provide young learners, ages 8 to 16, with fun and challenging opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge and skills, and boost self-confidence, College for Kids runs through Aug. 16, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

All College for Kids programs are taught by public-school teachers, or by professionals who are experts in their field and have experience working with children. Here is a selection of programs offered this summer:

Fashion Design – Explore fashion tools and techniques, and develop your own style. (Ages 12-16; offered July 9-12 in Lowell; Course number: YTH 614 80)

Medical Laboratory Science – Learn medical lab techniques and perform tests. (Ages 12-16; offered July 9-12 in Lowell; YTH 726 80)

Painting Like the Masters – Study the style and technique of four master artists. (Ages 12-15; offered July 9-12 in Bedford; YTH 725 30)

Minecraft – Explore and approach gameplay from new angles. (Ages 8-11; offered July 9-12 in Bedford; YTH 695 30)

Lego Mindstorms – Learn the basics of building and programming robots. (Ages 8-11; offered July 16-19 [YTH 621 30]; July 30-Aug. 2 [YTH 621 31]; and Aug. 13-16 [YTH 621 32] in Bedford)

Artwork in the Making – Create mixed-media and assemblage artwork. (Ages 8-11; offered July 16-19 in Bedford; YTH 723 30)

Dreamscapes Real & Imagined – Learn how to take your artwork to a different level. (Ages 12-15; offered July 23-26 in Bedford; YTH 728 30)

Sports & Recreation – Participate in a wide variety of fitness opportunities. (Ages 10-15; offered July 30-Aug. 2 [YTH 681 30]; and Aug. 6-9 [YTH 681 31] in Bedford.)

Improv – Get ready for a week of laughs exploring the fundamentals of improvisation. (Ages 10-15; offered Aug. 6-9 in Lowell; YTH 697 30)

Case Studies in Veterinary Medicine – This advanced program is designed for animal enthusiasts with a serious interest in veterinary medicine. (Ages 12-16; offered Aug. 13-16 in Bedford; YTH 622 31)

For the complete MCC College for Kids 2018 schedule and registration information, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/ or call 781-280-3663.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Reach Your Educational Goals with MCC’s Adult Learning Center7/3/20187/19/2018 11:07 AM
The Middlesex Community College Adult Learning Center (ALC) offers FREE noncredit courses for adult learners (ages 16 and up) who live and work in Massachusetts.

Students are admitted to the program throughout the school year, September through May, on a space-available basis. The next group registration will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

“The Adult Learning Center helps prepare students for success in college, at work, and in the community,” said Kathy Innis, ALC Director.

Courses meet from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays (September-May), on the Bedford campus.

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

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

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

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC Receives State Grant to Renovate Dental Clinic and Laboratory6/27/20187/18/2018 11:44 AM
Middlesex Community College has been awarded a $499,254 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to renovate and upgrade its Dental Hygiene Clinic and Dental Assisting Laboratory.

MCC will use the grant to support 24 new operatories in its Dental Hygiene Clinic, and to reconfigure and upgrade five new operatories in the Dental Assisting Lab, both located on the Lowell campus. These facilities support two popular Middlesex healthcare programs, which lead to associate degrees in Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting, as well as a one-year certificate in Dental Assisting. 

The grant is part of $10.9 million recently awarded by Gov. Charlie Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet to 33 high schools and educational institutions. “The equipment purchased by high schools and colleges over the past three years through Skills Capital Grants has directly impacted the educational experience for thousands of Massachusetts students to better prepare them for the workforce,” said Baker. 

“We are very grateful for this funding, which will assist us in improving our Dental Hygiene Clinic and Dental Assisting Lab,” said Katherine Gehly, MCC Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “Having access to state-of-the-art equipment will not only provide an optimal learning experience for our students, but allow them to provide quality care to the patients the Dental Clinic serves.”

  Massachusetts Skills Capital Grants are designed to help high schools, colleges and other educational institutions invest in the most up-to-date training equipment to give their students an advantage when they continue in their chosen field or particular area of study. Skills Capital Grants cover a broad array of fields, from construction and engineering to healthcare and hospitality.

To learn more about MCC’s healthcare programs, contact Katherine Gehly, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, at ghelyk@middlesex.mass.edu. For more information about MCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/dhclinic/default.aspx

For a complete listing of Skills Capital Grants, visit: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-awards-109-million-in-skills-capital-grants

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Enroll now in MCC’s Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Course 7/2/20187/17/2018 11:05 AM
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College’s Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification course.

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

At completion of the course, the RDH will be able to administer safe, effective and painless local anesthesia with confidence and competence, and be prepared to take the computerized CDCA exam. (Upon successful completion, students will be awarded a certificate and 54 CEUs.) 

This course consists of a 40- to 50-hour online study (independent and self-paced) prior to clinical, interactive presentations, and a three-day clinical in which students will have 30 injection experiences, and a clinical final exam.  
Clinical dates: Oct. 6, 7 and 8, 2018 – MCC Dental Clinic, 44 Middle St., Lowell

Online study period (self-paced): July 9 - Oct. 1

Tuition: $1,399 (includes all clinical supplies, online study, three-day clinical & lunch; CDCA exam is a separate fee)
Course number: CAR 751-80
For more information, call 781-280-3570 or email: wrighte@middlesex.mass.edu

To enroll in MCC’s Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification course, call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Enroll Now for Summer Session II at Middlesex Community College 6/27/20187/10/2018 1:06 PM
There’s still time to enroll in Middlesex Community College’s Day Summer Session II, which runs July 9 through Aug. 8. Classes meet four days a week on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

To register for Summer Session II, 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

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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Middlesex CC Awards 2018 Celebrity Forum Scholarships6/14/20187/6/2018 12:19 PM
The Middlesex Community College Foundation recently awarded $39,000 in scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to 18 Middlesex students as part of the 20th annual MCC Celebrity Forum.

Sopheavin Sin 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.

Rebecca Anacheka-Nasemann of Hudson 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.

Anna Cuddeback of Medford 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:

Maegan Allen (Arlington)
Kayla Beliveau (Westford)
Sierra DeWalt (Ayer)
Alix DuBouloz (Lincoln)
Molyda Eang (Lowell)
Hayden Latimer-Ireland (Somerville)
Maria Sagan (Lexington)
Wendy True (Newburyport)

Seven students were awarded Lowell Connections Scholarships:

Juan Breton (Lowell)
Ryan Cahill (Methuen)
Sokun Lak (Lowell)
Shane O’Connor (Tyngsborough)
Alyssa Sanderson (Billerica)
Moniroth Siek (Lowell)
Bunty Thay (Chelmsford)

To learn more about the 2018 Celebrity Forum scholarships, contact Amy Lee, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, at 781-280-3579 or leea@middlesex.mass.edu

Since 1988, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has generated income through revenue from investments managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, the proceeds of the college's annual Celebrity Forum, Annual Fund, and other programs and campaigns.
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Middlesex CC Opens College Garden to Bedford Community 6/7/20187/3/2018 12:57 PM
This summer, Middlesex Community College is opening up its Bedford campus Community Garden to gardeners from the broader Bedford community.

MCC’s 5,000-square-foot organic garden has traditionally been open to students, faculty and staff. This year, a limited number of 2-by-8-foot garden plots will be available to the Bedford community for $25 each. Three community members have signed up for plots, and 12 more plots are still available.

“Bedford’s Community Gardens Task Force has been considering potential expansion sites,” explained Selectman Mike Rosenberg. “As the Board of Selectmen’s representative on the task force, I contacted the college about available land, and the response from Middlesex was swift and affirmative. It was really beyond our wildest dreams!

“Several residents have taken advantage of the immediate availability of plots,” continued Rosenberg. “And the prospect of a longer-term, expanded town/college gardening arrangement is a tremendous positive.”

Established in 2011, MCC’s Community Garden is a collaboration between the Student Sustainability Club, and the Sustainability Advisory Committee. For a small fee, gardeners can plant, maintain and harvest their assigned plots. The garden is fenced, and water is provided via an irrigation system and hoses.

Gardeners also are encouraged to assist in the cultivation and harvest of produce in communal “Community Food Bank” plots. In past years, hundreds of pounds of fresh, organic produce have been grown in the communal plots and donated to local food banks.

For questions about MCC’s Community Garden, email: sustainability@middlesex.mass.edu

To apply for a garden plot, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/GardenApp

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
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MCC’s Online Hospitality Management Program Ranked No. 3 in U.S. 5/11/20187/2/2018 1:31 PM
Middlesex Community College’s online Hospitality Management Associate Degree Program has been ranked No. 3 in the United States by BestColleges.com.

"Hospitality is a growing and dynamic field, with a very strong job outlook for the coming years,” said Kimberly Morrissey, Hospitality & Culinary Arts Program Coordinator. “We work closely with our students to help them reach their educational and career goals, and provide support and assistance to find the right job."

MCC’s Hospitality Management Program falls under the Business Administration Associate Degree. Students receive managerial instruction in a variety of hospitality topics, including food and beverage management, hospitality management, convention and event sales, and planning and tourism management.

"Our online courses are designed to help students learn in a manner that fits their busy schedules,” added Morrissey. “Students are able to connect and learn from each other in an online setting, explore a variety of hospitality topics, and stay on top of trends in the industry. "

The program’s “Business Internship” course enables students to gain real-world experience with hospitality employers, including Marriott, Aramark and Disney. “This course is really the highlight of the program for most students,” said Morrissey. “Students are able to apply their studies to their internships in the fast-paced world of hotels, restaurants, events and travel.”

Enrollment is now open for Summer- and Fall-Semester Hospitality Management courses. To learn more, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/hospitality/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

For more information about BestColleges.com, visit: https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-associate-in-hospitality-management-programs/

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MCC’s English Learner Institute Offers Summer Courses6/21/20186/29/2018 12:16 PM
Middlesex Community College’s English Learner Institute (ELI) provides noncredit courses focused on developing basic English and the skills that are essential to functioning in American society.

Enrollment is now open for MCC’s three ELI summer courses, running June 25 through July 20. Classes meet Monday through Friday, for two hours a day in the mornings on the Lowell campus. Admission is open to all and does not require an MCC admission application.

ELI courses are designed to serve students, age 16 and up, who are newcomers to the United States or who need to develop basic English skills. Non-native speakers who have not met state MCAS requirements for high-school graduation may also take this coursework.

MCC’s ELI program offers instruction at three different levels, from beginner to advanced for students who need to meet English proficiency standards or Middlesex degree and certificate programs. Topics such as technology, life skills and social conventions are also covered in each course. ELI courses are non-sequential. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters.

To register for ELI courses, or for more information, stop by MCC’s Multicultural Center on the ground floor of the Cowan Center in Lowell, or call 978-656-3104.

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