Updates from College Leadership
Summer is in full swing and the warm weather is certainly here. I hope you are all able to spend some time outside enjoying the sunshine. As usual, I have been out many mornings, running, biking and swimming.
Both campuses are buzzing with energy and excitement this summer with students enrolled in our summer course sessions, College for Kids Summer Programs, and the STEM Starter Academy Math Booster, to name a few. It is also a busy time for facility upgrades and classroom refreshes.
But summer also provides the college with an opportunity to reflect on the past year and prepare for the coming semester. We complete evaluations, finalize budgets and reports, and close the books on the previous fiscal year. We are also engaged in planning, both operational and strategic initiatives that will give us focus for the coming year. This summer we completed our 5-year NECHE accreditation report, an effort led by Provost Phil Sisson and Five-Year Interim Report Faculty Chair Cathy McCarron. This document shows the significant progress MCC has made since its last major accreditation report in 2014.
In late July, the Strategic Planning Committee, along with the President’s Cabinet, participated in a two-day Strategic Planning Retreat, led by facilitator Nicki Harrington from Collaborative Brain Trust. During the two days, we covered a lot of ground and the Strategic Planning Committee is now ready to get to work with the campus community on building a collaborative and transparent process for deciding where the college is going over the next few years. More information on the retreat and the Strategic Planning Process will soon be available on the Strategic Planning web page.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we’ll see you back at MCC in September.
All the best.
Table Of Contents
- Featured Video
- Commencement 2019
- Featured News Story
- Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno Delivers the 2019 Middlesex College Commencement Address
- Upcoming Events
- Awards, Presentations & Publications
- AANAPISI Financial Literacy Workshops
- Corporate Education and Training
- Employee News
- Student Support Services
Featured News Story
Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno Delivers the 2019 Middlesex College Commencement Address
Bedford Chief of Police Robert Bongiorno delivered the 2019 Middlesex Community College Commencement Address on May 23 in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, a room full of attentive degree candidates and family members, President James C. Mabry and his Cabinet, along with faculty, professional staff and administrators. [Read More]
- August 14. 2019 – Staff Appreciation Cookout, Lowell Campus, 12 – 2 p.m.
- August 20, 2019 – Foundation Board Meeting, Trustee House, 8 a.m.
- September 3, 2019 – Convocation/Professional Day, ICC/Lowell Campus
- September 4, 2019 – Fall Semester Begins
- September 26, 2019 – Trustee Board Meeting, Trustee House, 8 a.m.
Awards, Presentations & Publications
AANAPISI Financial Literacy Workshops
In early June, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) co-hosted a two-part workshop series on Financial Literacy for MCC’s Asian American students and their families. The first workshop occurred on June 5, 2019 and was co-hosted by our Financial Aid advisors, where students met with Gina Pearce and Dany Mot. Many students were able to start their 2019-2020 FAFSA application, and many came back for the second workshop the following week. The second part of the series was co-hosted by MCC’s Financial Wellness Program on June 12, 2019. Students met with a staff member from a local credit union to learn how to budget their daily and monthly expenses. Students also worked closely with MCC’s Financial Specialist, Anita Negi. Anita walked the students through an online module for managing money, which is available to all students through our MCC portal. Our students had various opportunities to participate in games, raffles and giveaways throughout the series.
Corporate Education and Training
The Advanced Manufacturing Graduation was held on June 25 at the Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT) in Woburn. The program was funded by the Department of Higher Education. Thirteen students completed over 230 hours of training and all received a Computer Numerical Control Operator certificate of completion.
Additionally, CET hosted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, June 19 from 8:30—10:30 a.m. in the Trustee House. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and content on the Workforce Training Fund.
Student Support Services
The TRIO Program for Student Achievement (PSA) welcomes a new program Director, Kaleigh Tardiff. The TRIO PSA works with students with documented disabilities. Kaleigh has done wonderful work over the past several years working at MCC as an Assistant Coordinator and teaching students with significant disabilities in the Transition Program. Kaleigh received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from Merrimack College. Kaleigh brings much experience working with students with disabilities both teaching and working in the education fields.
The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (ICEI) Program welcomes a new part-time Disabilities Learning Specialist/Senior Educational Coach, Leslie Stafford. Many of you know Leslie from her years of work here at MCC in the Disability Support Services Department and most recently as the Program Director for the TRIO Program for Student Achievement. Leslie received both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her graduate degree in Counseling at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Leslie brings a wealth of experience to this position in working with students with a variety of disabilities.