March 2018

Updates from the President

I trust that our hardworking faculty had a chance to get just a little refreshed over spring break. Teaching is hard work and the mid-term break is a much needed opportunity to reflect and prepare for the final weeks of the semester. Let’s hope the snow is behind us and we can leave our shovels hanging in the garage until next year.

Listening to the College

I have, as promised, been out listening to members of our college community in meetings large and small. I am always impressed by just how deeply people are committed to our mission and how deeply they care about MCC. It is clear we face some challenges, but I remain convinced that by listening to each other, actively engaging with new ideas, and continuing to think entrepreneurially, we will stay at the top and continue changing lives.

MCC 360
EAB_navigateThe MCC 360 Title III grant continues to move forward in ways that will make us more efficient and give us additional capabilities to help our students succeed. The document imaging initiative continues to move forward and we are beginning the implementation process for the Navigate student portal. Coming up next are a data warehouse, along with data analytics and predictive analytics tools. These tools will continue to help us remove barriers to success and improve student retention.

Academic Arts Center
bandm6.jpgThe MCC Academic Arts Center, constructed within the 1876 Boston & Maine building in Lowell is nearing completion. Many of you have noticed that the lights are on at night (sometimes, red, sometimes purple, and recently green!) and the clocks in the tower are keeping time. There is still finish work to be completed but our theater, music and dance programs should be in this wonderful space for the Fall 2018 semester.

MCC_MabryDonahueWe are delighted to announce that Nancy Donahue, a well-known local philanthropist has provided a very generous donation to support arts education at the college. The donation, coupled with Donahue’s longtime support of the college’s Celebrity Forum speaker series and several other funds, will result in the branding of the new facility with the Donahue name. She has also agreed to serve as the chairperson of the naming campaign and will be joined by other prominent members of the community who will help us raise additional money to support arts programming at the college. The MCC Foundation will manage the funds we raise through this campaign. You too could support arts programing at MCC – more information will be coming your way shortly.

Partnerships

Following our leadership summit at the UMass Lowell Riverhawks hockey game, MCC and UML are finding a whole series of new ways to partner and collaborate. There are exciting prospects on the horizon that will provide new opportunities to expand programs and provide additional incentives to attend MCC.

Every day we are working to keep MCC at the top and continue our focus on innovation to support student success. The effort that each and every one of you puts in to support our mission is greatly appreciated. We will keep listening to you and working to provide you with the environment and tools with which you can do your best work.

All the best.

– Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events

  • March 27, 2018 — Lowell Open House — 5:30 p.m., Lowell Campus
  • April 4, 2018 — Student Art Beautification Project Reception, 2:00 p.m., Cataldo Admin Building, Bedford
  • April 6, 2018 — 2018 Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference, Berkshire Community College
  • April 13, 2018 — PTK Induction Ceremony, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Bedford Café East
  • April 24, 2018 — Bedford Open House — 5:30 p.m., Bedford Campus
  • April 26, 2018 — Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Trustees House, Galvani Room
  • May 2, 2018 — MCC Sports Recognition Night, 5:30 p.m., Bedford Campus Center
  • May 4, 2018 — 29 Who Shine Event, 2:00 p.m., State House Great Hall
  • May 22, 2018 — Nurses Pinning Ceremony, 4:00 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 22, 2018 — Evening of Excellence, 6:30 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 24, 2018 — Trustee Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Cowan Center Room 302
  • May 24, 2018 — Commencement Ceremonies, 10:00 a.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium

MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

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On February 22, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement launched the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAPP), a new mentorship program. The program matches Middlesex Community College students with UMass Lowell students who are in similar fields of study. MAPP provides MCC students a unique opportunity for social and educational support, as well as guidance from their mentors providing a smooth and positive transfer experience to UML. In addition to engaging in social events, mentors and mentees have the opportunity to develop their leadership and networking skills by participating in workshops and forums. MAPP is a collaboration of the MCC Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) and the UML Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) staff


MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorSusan Anderson, Dean of Resource Development, has been appointed the new Title III Project Coordinator. (Susan replaces Jennifer Luddy, our former Dean of Institutional Research, who accepted a position at UMass Amherst.) The EAB Navigate test environment is in the process of being built and should be ready on March 30th for the Navigate Build Teams to start reviewing the data. A description of EAB Navigate’ s functions will be presented at the last FSA meeting of the year. In addition, the MCC 360 steering committee is reviewing both data warehouse and online orientation technology as potential investments later in the MCC 360 project timeline.


Academic Affairs

Library Services

helm_logo_ Color aiWe’re moving to a new library network – HELM! Over the next few months our library will be completing work needed to move from the NOBLE network to a new network of academic libraries now forming in Massachusetts. We will join six other libraries that will bring a number of new services to our college focusing on the needs of our campuses and sharing a common catalog.

The initial HELM members are:
• Holyoke Community College
• Massachusetts Bay Community College
• Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
• Middlesex Community College
• North Shore Community College
• Quinsigamond Community College
• Roxbury Community College

This move will mean changes in the way we provide services and we will be reaching out to faculty as we move forward to ensure that you maintain access to all the resources you have come to rely on for your students. No need for any changes yet, but if you are eager to hear more about this, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian!


Academic Divisions

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

English Department

Literary News:

BlackLighteningEnglish faculty member Jean Flanagan will have an illustrated version of her poem “Black Lightning” featured in an exhibit at the Moakley Courthouse, One Courthouse Way, in Boston April 4th – June 28th. The coloring of Ireland reflects how the famine affected the country, especially in the South & West. The cross to the right is a copy of the one being erected on Boston’s Deer Island where over 800 Irish are buried in an unmarked grave.

English faculty member Tom Laughlin‘s poem, “Night Swimming at Lake Waban” was just selected for publication in the Spring 2018 issue of Muddy River Poetry Review.

Community Event: On the Road Marathon
RoadReadingA team of faculty and students joined Provost Phil Sisson and Dean Ellen Nichols at the first annual On the Road Reading Marathon, a twelve-hour reading of Jack Kerouac’s famed novel. Middlesex faculty and students who participated in this new Lowell tradition include Carlos Brocatto, Kerri Gamache, Stacie Hargis, Tom Laughlin, Cathy McCarron, Joe Nardoni, Willy Ramirez, Anthony Cruz, Adam Cappucci, and
Edison Perez.

 

Second Annual La Guagua Poetry Festival
Mark Your Calendar for The Second Annual La Guagua Poetry Festival featuring concert and reading by Robert Pinsky. On April 20th – 21st, Middlesex will host its second annual La Guagua Poetry Festival. This year’s event will be part of an IDS Weekend and features former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Friday’s schedule includes a choice of a literary or historical tour of Lowell and the concert comprising original works of music composed by Middlesex faculty inspired by Pinsky. Saturday includes a full-day of poetry readings by more than 20 poets from all over the country. The poems will be read in their original language and in English. The keynote session will be delivered jointly by Dominican poet Leonardo Inn and Haitian poet Jean Dany-Joachim. To commemorate the festival, the second La Guagua poetry anthology: La Guagua Poetry Anthology; Mother of Exiles, will be published and available that weekend.


Music Department

Outreach Program:
MCC guitar students of Raley Beggs and voice students of Anna Ward will perform a recital for the UMass Lowell organization Lira, a group of retired people interested in the arts.

  • Wednesday, April 4, 11:00 am. Federal Building, Assembly Room, Lowell Campus

A World of Music Concerts:

  • Poetry through Music with a focus on Robert Pinsky
    MCC faculty members Orlando Cela, flute and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano will be joined by soprano Carley DeFranco to perform four world premiere performances of compositions by MCC faculty composers Richard Chowenhill, David Janssen, Pamela Marshall and Aaron Rosenberg inspired by the evocative and thoughtful poetry of Robert Pinsky. Greatly influenced by jazz, the poet will read one of his poems as part of a duo with Orlando Cela, who will improvise a jazz flute solo. The program will also include settings of German, French and Spanish poetry by Richard Strauss, Albert Roussel and Astor Piazzolla respectively.
    Co-sponsored by MCC’s La Guagua Poetry Festival
    Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Federal Building, Assembly Room, Lowell Campus
  • MCC Student Recital
    Monday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m., Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Music Alumni news:
Judie Toti, MCC class of 2016, performed as part of the “Bach in the Subways” – a global movement to promote the performance and appreciation J. S. Bach and to sow the seeds of classical music appreciation across social and musical boundaries. On Wednesday March 21, 2018, Judie will joined UMass faculty and student musicians to perform at Boston’s South Station in a special celebration of the music of J.S. Bach on his 333rd birthday. Judie Toti performed as part of the Chamber Singers, and she is also performing solo keyboard works and keyboard accompaniment to a vocal/ instrumental ensemble. Judie previously studied piano with Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta and guitar with Adam Levin at MCC. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Music at UMass Boston and studying Classical Guitar with Adam Levin there.


Theater Department

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Come enjoy our next production, Spring Awakening starting May 3rd at 7 p.m., May 4th at 7 p.m., May 5th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., May 6th at 2 p.m. at The Burgoyne Theatre


 Asian Studies Professional Development

March has been a busy month for Asian Studies at MCC. Three faculty members Kerri Gamache, Lara Kradinova, and Marge Rack presented at the 24th National Conference Understanding Asia Past and Present of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) (Conference_2018_Final(2)) on March 1-3rd in Washington, D.C. The conference was organized and co-chaired by Dona Cady, President of the ASDP Alumni Association. Their presentations will be workshopped in the fall.

On March 5th, MCC Professor and Art Historian Shelley Hawkes (Shelley flyer MCC March 5 Bedford) gave an illustrated talk in Bedford on her new book The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China. She was followed by internationally known scholar Roger Ames (Roger Ames 3-5-18 flyer final), co-founder of ASDP and current Humanities Chair Professor and the Academic Director of the Berggruen China Center at Peking University, who presented on Confucian China in a Changing World Order. This was followed in the afternoon with a workshop for AANAPISI faculty on China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

On March 12th, Arn Chorn Pond (Arn Chorn Pond 3-12-18 final), founder of Cambodian Living Arts and a former Lowell resident as well as subject of the book Never Fall Down and the movie The Flute Player, shared his own experiences as a refugee and how arts can move From Genocide to Cultural Renewal in Cambodia.

On April 5th, Yale and Harvard Universities Scholar at Risk Sreang Heng (Sreang Heng 4-5-18) will speak in Lowell from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Environmental Land Grabs in Present Cambodia: Violence and Resistance.

The Asian Studies Professional Development Fall 17 and Spring 18 events include:

  • September visit with AANAPISI faculty to the Lowell Khmer Temple
  • October workshops with Title 9, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated front-liner Melissa Ludtke on Touching Home in China in Search of Missing Girlhoods (THIC one-page info FINAL PDF)
  • October Cambodian Music Listening Event (MCC_CambodianMusicEvent_Flyer_Updated.ppt) in association with WGBH and GroundTruth Project: The Cambodian Drummer and the Protégé. A panel discussion by community leaders and MCC Trustee Bopha Malone followed the podcast.
  • November three-day AANAPISI-ASDP (SE ASia Workshop AANAPISI yr2 conference program) faculty conference on Politics, History, Religion, Environment in partnership with Bridgewater State University at MCC and Wat Nawamintararachutis with presentations by Eric Tagliacozzo, Anne Hansen, Jonathan Padwe, and Ardeth Thawnghmung, and Brooke Schedneck.
  • December 6th saw MCC hosting renowned composer Him Spohy for In Conversation with Him Sophy (Bangsokol Contextual Program- MCC) And the musicians behind Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia as part of the Cambodian Living Arts/ArtsEmerson Boston area events which included speaking to 1300 students at Stoklosa, LHS, and UML, and MCC. This was followed by the AANAPISI faculty attending the Bangsokol event at ArtsEmerson on December 19th.
  • February saw the AANAPISI faculty discussing how to incorporate into their classrooms issues raised in the classic text Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson

Please consider attending future Asian Studies events.


Business, Education & Public Service

Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising March

Students and Professor Ashli Ree volunteered their time to create tactile sewing kits for Mitsy Kit https://www.mitsykit.org/about-us/. The special kits remove barriers, enabling visually challenged people to be able to sew. The students and Professor Ree have met a few times already and plan to continue this good work throughout the semester.


Hospitality and Culinary Arts

img_5028.jpgProf. Kim Morrissey‘s Conventions and Events Planning and Sales class visited the Tsongas center on March 15th. Students were given a behind the scenes tour of the venue and learned about arena and large event management. They were fortunate to visit on a day when the arena was setting up for a large concert, and got to see the chaos (and the noise) that goes into such a set up!


Student Affairs

Civic & Service-Learning

 

Middlesex Community College was recognized last month for ranking among the top 100 partners (of almost 3000) in terms of how many voters we registered on National Voter Registration Day in 2017. Democratic engagement is a priority at MCC and can be witnessed through myriad programs in and out of the classroom. Most recently, the College sent a group of student leaders to the Massachusetts State House to advocate for Public Higher Education. Other students organized programs to teach their peers about the national debt. Sheri Denk, Coordinator for Civic & Service-Learning, leads these efforts and continues to mobilize our community members and raise awareness about civic responsibility.


Transition Program

The Middlesex Community College Transition Program, located on the Bedford campus, recently hosted a Resource Fair to better support its students, current and alumni, in planning for their next steps in life. The Transition Program, designed expressly for students with significant learning disabilities, is also part of the Disability Support Services Department. This two-year, non-credit certificate program teaches consumer and business skills, independent living, and personal and social development, leading participants to a Certificate in Office and Business Support. The Transition Program prepares students with many skills for independent living and vocational success. The focus of the Resource Fair was to introduce students and families with a plethora of information about additional programs and services, including other specialized training opportunities in credentialed career specific trades (automotive, culinary, security, masonry, certified nursing assistant, technical skills in Microsoft Office Suite and more). Programs providing information at the fair included, AANE (Asperger / Autism Network), Project Triangle, Job Corps, Career Source Career Center, Boston Center for Independent Living and TILL (Towards Independent Living and Learning). The fair was well received and attended by approximately 100 current and alumni students and their families. For more information about the Transition Program, please visit our website at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/transitionprogram/


Enrollment

Enrollment Management

Testing Department
BeautyPlus_20180319055556_saveWelcome to Kathrina Gaffron as the first Multiple Measure Specialist in the Testing department. Kathrina will be working with the Academic areas in the development of a college-wide multiple measure system as well as continuing to administer tests on-campus and at local high schools and companies. Kathrina brings a background in using multiple measures and has extensive experience in testing, student placement, assessment, and academic advising. Kathrina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Management from the University of Santo Tomas.

Accuplacer testing at local high schools has been busy with an increased interest in Dual Enrollment. Between February and March, the Testing department administered Accuplacer at a variety of high schools, including: Bedford High School, Burlington High School, Groton Dunstable, Nashoba Valley, Lowell High School, and Woburn High School.

Enrollment Management has been working in collaboration with the Math and English departments and with Admissions on the implementation of new policies pertaining to multiple-measure course placement.

Effective immediately,

• Students who have graduated from high school within the last three years (2015 through 2018) are eligible for exemption from Accuplacer testing for BOTH Math and English if they have an overall high school GPA of 2.7 or higher. These students are eligible to go directly into ENG 101 and college level Math.
• Any student who has a verbal SAT score of 500 or higher in the last three years (2015-2018) is exempt from taking the English Accuplacer test and is eligible for ENG 101.
• Students who have graduated from high school within the last three years (2015-2018) with an overall high school GPA of 3.2 or higher or a verbal SAT score of 600 or a combined SAT score of 1150 will be qualified as eligible for Honors ENG 101 and entry into the Commonwealth Honors Program.

Student Information Center
The Enrollment Management division is pleased to announce the addition of Monica Miranda-Mbabali to the staff of the Student Information Center. Monica comes to MCC with a strong background in office administration and over 14 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and the Army National Guard. Monica received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Cambridge College in 2013. Monica and her family are Lowell residents, and she will be working in the Lowell SIC. Please join us in welcoming Monica.

Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 Registration
Fall 2018 registration is expected to open on March 26, 2018, for returning students. Nearly 7,000 letters will be mailed to students alerting them to the opening of registration and providing them ways to register. These letters will be followed with an e-mail as a reminder to register early.

Summer 2018 registration has been underway since February 19. Potential populations of students are presently being sent texts or e-mails on a bi-weekly basis. A Summer Postcard campaign is scheduled for April.

Midterm Deficiencies
Midterm deficiencies grades are completed, and letters will be mailed to students on Spring break. Students are encouraged to seek assistance through advising, counseling, and/or tutoring. The last day to withdraw for full-semester classes is April 18.

DEAN and MERIT Lists
Fall 2017 Dean’s and Merit lists were posted. As always, full-time students achieving a minimum 3.2 GPA for the fall semester have been recognized for their academic achievement on the Dean’s List. The Merit List, established exclusively to recognize part-time students, is for students enrolled in at least six but less than 12 credits who achieve a minimum 3.2 GPA.

Fall 2017 Dean’s List can be found at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/fa17dean.pdf

Fall 2017 Merit List can be found at
https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/fa17merit.pdf

Graduation 2018
Graduation is just around the corner. Please ask students to either apply via the portal or by submitting a paper application by April 20th in order to ensure addition into the commencement program. The Registrar’s Office has started outreach to students with 45 or more credits to encourage all eligible students to apply. Potential graduates should be receiving an e-mail this week.

Banner 9
The Enrollment Management Center staff has been documenting navigation steps between the Banner 8 and Banner 9 forms. Staff members are reviewing their operational processes and Banner quick flows using the Banner 9 forms. Peter Shea, Director of Professional Instructional Development, has developed a Banner 9 User Template which staff will be using to document the navigation steps of their Banner 9 forms. This effort will continue until the college migrates from the current Banner 8 forms to new Banner 9 forms this May, 2018.

Massachusetts Transfer Pathways
The coding of the Massachusetts Transfer Pathways was successfully tested in the college’s and the vendor’s electronic test environments. The new code supporting this data is scheduled to be moved to production by April, 2018. This will allow the transcripting of the Massachusetts Transfer Pathways on students’ transcripts.


Finance

Congrats!

boscajag_LThumbGabriela Boscaja has been selected as one of Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Distinguished Young Professional Awards. The Distinguished Young Professional Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at the Tewksbury Country Club.


Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

MCC Earns Six National Higher-Education Digital Marketing Awards

Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 9.01.47 AM.pngMiddlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has earned five Gold Awards and one Bronze Award in the fifth 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. Learn more:
https://teamsites.middlesex.mass.edu/pressreleases/Announcements/DispForm.aspx?ID=1818

MCC Marketing Communications Presents at National Conference

resized952018031995080715.jpgEarlier this month at the National Council of Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) Conference, Dean of Marketing Communications Jennifer Aradhya and Beth Noel, Assistant Director of Marketing Communications presented a session on  “Sharing Student Stories to Boost Reputation.” The session focused on the #myMCC campaign and the creation of personas and workflow implementation.


The Adult Learning Center

With the support of Colleen Cox, Brian Butler, and Judy Burke the Adult Learning Center is excited to announce that Bay State Textiles School Box Program is coming to the Bedford campus. Every year, 21 billion pounds of textiles are sent to landfills and incinerators in the United States. 45% of these textiles can be reused, 30% can be turned into wiping cloths, and 20% recycled into new products. The focus of the School Box Program is to spread awareness to the problem of unwanted textiles and educate on acceptable items for textile recycling/reuse. As a further incentive, Bay State Textiles offers a rebate for every ton of unwanted textiles collected which will generate revenue for the Adult Basic Education program at the college.

Bay State Textiles accepts “the good, the bad and the ugly” as long as they are clean and dry. Whether you are cleaning out your closets, redecorating and updating draperies, linens, etc. or it is time to get rid of the childhood stuffed animals, keep them out of the waste stream.

Acceptable items include clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, linens, stuffed animals and accessories. Please start saving textiles now and watch for boxes to appear on the Bedford campus soon!
Click on the link below for a full list of acceptable items:
https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/096fb2fb/files/uploaded/AcceptableItemsforRecycling.pdf


Advancement

MCC Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony:

Scholarship Ceremony 2018

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the MCC Foundation hosted the 2018 Scholarship Awards Ceremony on the Bedford Campus. At the award ceremony, 49 awards were presented to 41 MCC students, totaling over $48,000 in scholarship awards.

There were two new awards presented this year, The Kathy Reticker Scholarship and the International Student Scholarship. The Kathy Reticker Scholarship was established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Kathy Reticker to celebrate her lifetime of work and advocacy for affordable, high quality childcare and education for all children and families. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student who is pursuing a program in early childhood education. The International Student Scholarship was the result of a classroom project conceived by an engaged and compassionate group of MCC students in the Paul Sullivan Leadership in Action course. Inspired by a desire to help an underrepresented student population on campus, these students have become advocates for international students who have great financial need, but whom do not qualify for federal aid.

Over 200 guests attended the ceremony including scholarship donors and representatives, family members of the recipients, and MCC faculty and staff members. We thank the generous donors who make the awards possible and who help to advance the education of MCC Students.
To review a list of the 2018 Scholarship recipients and to receive more information on the MCC Foundation Scholarship Program, please go to this site: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships.aspx

2018 Middlesex Fund:
Amazon Smile1Remember when shopping online, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase if you choose Middlesex Community Foundation, Inc. as your charity through smile.amazon.com (Amazon Smile1 image)
Thank you for your generosity and support!


Community Education and Training

Program Manager Lauren Ellis participated in community summer fair tables this March to promote our summer College for Kids program! March 4 and 10 were Macaroni Kid. Macaroni Kid enriches local communities by connecting local libraries, schools, rec centers, community centers and all of the wonderful organizations and businesses that create programming and fun for kids and families. MCC is proud to be a part of Lowell and Bedford Marconi Kid fairs! More info https://national.macaronikid.com/   https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/

Carlisle PTO summer kids fair is March 27 for parents/kids in the Concord Carlisle community.

Our spring M.I.L.E.S opening session is Wednesday March 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. with keynote speaker Joan Vennochi, columnist/writer for the Boston Globe. Our spring MILES class brochure is available! Classes begin March 26. More info: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/miles.aspx

The following workforce training classes began this month: Local anesthesia certification program for registered dental hygienists; Digital Photography II, and Adobe Photoshop.
On March 16, Corporate & Community Education participated in the 2018 NEWN (New England Workforce Network) conference. NEWN has held a number of day-long conferences that focus on a range of topics that resonate among professionals who are involved in workforce development within community colleges, workforce development boards, economic development agencies, and other settings. This year, “Growing Stronger Together”, reflects the tremendous synergistic value of planning and acting in concert with the various stakeholders in workforce areas ranging from individual professional development to regional economic development and all that falls between. The conference is designed to be an inclusive gathering of educators, industry partners and community/workforce development professionals.


Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:
• Customized training for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Aved Electronics in North Billerica.
• First Line Supervisors Leadership Training in collaboration with The Lowell Police Department. This seven week program will meet every Friday on our Lowell campus. Instructors are law enforcement specialists and leadership experts. Some of the courses offered are: Risk Management, Accountability, Ethics, Dealing with Gangs and Drugs in your Community, and Supervisory and Team Communication Skills.
• First Aid/CPR and Medication Administration Recertification trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
• Collaborated with the Early Childhood Department to offer Guiding Children’s Behavior at the Lowell campus through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.


Government and Community Relations

Alisa Chapman conducted workshops on Title IX: Working with Pregnant & Parenting Students. Trainings were provided to both faculty and staff, as well as students. If Deans, Department chairs or supervisors would like this training during a staff meeting time, please contact Alisa Chapman at chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu
Additional Title IX Trainings will be held on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses in the coming weeks, next being March 30th – Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence, Domestic & Dating Violence and Stalking.

Alisa Chapman continues to conduct Active Bystander Training- Intervention for an Inclusive Community sessions, with the latest being held for students at the end of February. Alisa also conducted an Active Bystander Training session for the town of Sharon, MA Continuing Education.

Patrick Cook, Dan Martin, Alisa Chapman, Abby Vergados, Officer Tom Hickey, Officer Craig Naylor and Jeff Peterson joined with other members of the MCC community to attend a Cultural Competency training conducted by Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy and the Asian American Connections Center.

Abby Vergados has begun to process CORI/SORI screenings for clinical placements for students enrolled in summer courses through CET.

Daniel Martin, Patrick Cook, Abby Vergados, Officer Tom Hickey, Officer Craig Naylor and Jeff Peterson conducted a very well-received Active Shooter Preparedness Training for the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce members at the beginning of March. Patrick, Dan, Alisa, and Officer Naylor also travelled to the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College and conducted and Active Shooter Preparedness training for 90 members of NECC’s faculty and staff. The group will be conducting the same training on NECC’s Lawrence campus later in March.

As a member of the NEMLEC STARS team Dan Martin responded to three (3) emergency call-outs to schools in the month of March.

Dan Martin continues to coordinate shuttle driver services for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 semesters. Dan has also been working to update policies and procedures relating to shuttle services on campus.  Dan has also met with Cabinet members to discuss changes and improvements to the Cowan Center Parking Lot on the Lowell Campus.

Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey met with Carrie Finestone‘s class to speak about his role as part of the Public Safety Team at MCC and his part in active shooter training and drills.

Officer Hickey worked with Public Safety to deal with instances of suspected drugs on campus, trespassers and inappropriate use of Library computers, as well as several on-campus medical emergencies.

 

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