February 2020

Updates from College Leadership

At MCC, we all work tirelessly to foster growth, to instill a love of learning and to provide our students with the tools and techniques necessary for success. The world around us is in a state of constant change and we strive to rise to the challenge of reaching our students and meeting their diverse needs.

Earlier this month, Trustee Chairman James Campbell, Trustee Dr. Cheryl Howard, Executive Director of Public Affairs Patrick Cook and I — along with two other Mass. Community College Presidents — had the opportunity to attend the annual Community College National Legislative Summit held in Washington D.C. The summit provided the MCC delegation with the opportunity to meet with national legislators to advocate for more funding and support of community colleges and the students we serve.

While at the Capital, I had the opportunity to talk about the amazing work happening at our school, and was able to highlight how MCC’s faculty and staff have come together to develop new ways of engaging students, of improving persistence and retention, and closing the achievement gap — highlighting the power of community college and how the work we do at MCC is critical to building a stronger community, region and economy.

As we continue our work throughout the semester and as we prepare to mark 50 years of transforming lives through education, I look forward to continuing to engage with you in meaningful work that will allow Middlesex to elevate students — and the college— to their greatest potential.

Jim Mabry

Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • Interdisciplinary Studies: Career Exploration
  • Featured News Story
    • Resident turns to MCC to help find path
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • Diversity and Equity Workshop
    • Drawing Discourse
    • National Young Arts Foundation Prize
    • Outstanding Dissertation Competition
  • Community Submissions
    • AANAPISI Grant
    • College Advancement
    • College for Kids
    • Community Education and Training
    • Corporate Education and Training 
    • Homeland Security
    • MCC Employee-Alumni Gathering
    • MCC Foundation
    • Multicultural Career Institute
    • New Student Ambassadors

Featured Video

Interdisciplinary Studies: Career Exploration

Featured News Story

Resident turns to MCC to help find path

Screen Shot 2020-02-04 at 3.43.54 PMAs a teenager, Michelle Shipka was doubtful that college would be in her future. Her hands tremble from an undiagnosed condition and she suffers from episodes of depression and anxiety. As someone on the autism spectrum, she has difficulty reading social cues and suffers from sensory issues. [Read More]

Upcoming Events

Awards, Presentations & Publications

Diversity and Equity Workshop

Reggie Nichols, Assistant Director of HR/AAO, and Darcy Orellana, Ed.D., Associate Director of HR/CDO assisted Terracorps, a Lowell based land conservation non-profit, with a diversity and equity workshop for their team.

Drawing Discourse

Professor Jan Arabas had work selected for the prestigious juried exhibition, “Drawing Discourse” at the University of North Carolina, Ashville. This years annual international survey of contemporary drawing was chosen by renowned artist William Beckman. Professor Arabas’ piece, “Exploding Forest #1,” was selected by Mr. Beckman from 1053 entries, submitted by 366 artists, from 5 countries. A total of 44 pieces are included in the exhibition.

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National Young Arts Foundation Prize

IMG_0565 - Matthew Olson.JPGNathaniel Abreu recently was a 2020 winner of the National Young Arts Foundation prize for Classical Music/Cello. Currently a dual enrollment student, Nathaniel will graduate in May with both his high school requirements completed and an associate’s degree from MCC. He has performed in MCC student recitals and for college activities, and he has taken various music courses at the college. Below is information about the competition from their website: YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, they receive creative and professional development opportunities and connect with an extraordinarily rich network of peers.

Outstanding Dissertation Competition

image001Darcy Orellana’s dissertation entitled “Organizational Culture in Community Colleges: Making Connections to Diverse Student Success” was selected as the 3rd place winner in the Outstanding Dissertation Competition hosted by the  American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. (AAHHE)  and the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  She will be attending the 2020 AAHHE’s 15th Annual National Conference to be recognized and present her study.

Community Submissions


On November 6, 2019 the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a meet-and-greet with the cast members of Cambodian Rock Band as one of our grant initiatives to hold engagement activities with community-based organizations at MCC. The all Asian American cast are actors in a play that combines the history and consequences of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime with a musical concert highlighting the arts of the 1970s.

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Students and staff engaged in a community and cultural dialogue with the cast, who were invited to the college by Virak Uy, Director of PAASA. The cast spent two hours speaking with students and staff in a conversation about cultural identity in the arts, meaningful connections to the play’s plot of family bonding and sacrifice, and career opportunities for Asian Americans in theater. Forty plus years after the historical event in Cambodia, many of our students are still struck by the absence of dialogue about the consequences of the regime. One student in particular commented about the value of having attended the play:

“As a newcomer to the United States, it was powerful for me to see the Americans’ view of a history I never witnessed, but I hear so much about. The play brought a lot of emotions out of me because I was able to engage in memories that my older family members may have had.”

– Farrorza Lim, Global Studies ‘2020

College Advancement

Please join us as we celebrate and thank MCC employees that are also MCC alums! We are hosting two opportunities to meet and greet President Mabry and the Advancement Team, one on each campus: Monday, February 24th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.at the Trustees House on the Bedford Campus and on Wednesday, February 26th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the 5th Floor Reception Area, Cowan Center, Lowell. We hope to see you there!

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Community Education and Training

Enrollment is open for non-credit Community Education classes for winter/spring 2020. Check out the new personal enrichment and cooking classes listed on pages 14-16. As a newly added HR benefit, some PER classes are eligible for a 50% tuition waiver for MCC employees with a signed waiver form. The form can be obtained online at the MCC HR portal site. More info:

College for Kids

Break out your yellow submarines, silver hammers, and octopus gardens for a fun-filled jaunt down memory lane with the Fab Four themselves, the Beatles! Join Community Education on Wednesday March 18 at 2pm for our opening MILES session, Café East. Keynote Speaker Rod Griffith will discuss the Beatles – 50 years later – with in-depth insights into the studio workings of their last album, Abbey Road, as well as the political and social climate of the pivotal years of 1968-1970, both in the world of music and pop culture. Rod is currently an active board member of COOL – the Cultural Organization of Lowell. https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/miles.aspx

It may be winter but summer 2020 is planned. Registration for College for Kids ages 8 -17 is open! Full and half day programs are offered July 6 – August 13. Ever popular classes such as Cakes and Cupcakes, Healthy Eating, Theatre, Fashion Design, and Aviation are back.

New programs: Junior Farmer, Dungeons and Dragons, Creative Sculpture, Zip and Zap Electricity, Sports 101, Dark Room Digital Photography. https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/summer.aspx

Questions, email Lauren Ellis at ellisl@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3669

Corporate Education and Training 

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • ESOL training for Diamond Antenna and Microwave Corporation in Littleton. This course is being conducted through the Express Program within the Workforce Training Fund.
  • Leadership Development training sessions for Lowell General Hospital.
  • Leader as a Team Builder and Overview of Management/Supervisory Skills courses at CTI in Lowell.
  • Microsoft Excel training for Monogram Gourmet Foods in Wilmington. This course will be taking place on the MCC Bedford Campus
  • Medication Administration Recertification training for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • English Composition I offered at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in Billerica.
  • Team Building, Advocacy for Clients, and Myers Briggs courses at CTI in Lowell.
  • Collaborated with the Education Department to offer two courses: ESOL Beginning and Intermediate Communication for Early Childhood through the Career Pathways Grant. The courses are taking place on the Lowell Campus.
  • Combined First Aid/CPR training for LifeLinks. This course is being conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Microsoft Word training for Monogram Gourmet Foods in Wilmington. This course will be taking place on the MCC Bedford Campus.

Corporate Education and Training collaborated with Resource Development to submit a Workforce Training Fund Grant for Community Teamwork (CTI) in Lowell.  That grant was awarded. Training will include Managing Workplace Conflict, Dealing with the Problem Employee, Management and Supervisory Skills, Quality Supervision, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Strategic and Tactical Planning Approaches, and Business Writing.

Additionally, Corporate Education and Training hosted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Thursday, January 9th from 10:00am—12:00pm in the Trustees House. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and content on the Workforce Training Fund.

Homeland Security

Homeland Security Program Executive Director Terry Downes was interviewed on WCAP Radio on January 7, following the U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps General Qasem Soleimani. Terry provided analysis and context, and discussed the history of U.S. / Iran / Iraq relations since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

MCC Foundation

The MCC Foundation Scholarship Application for fall 2020 awards will open on February 15, 2020. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 27, 2020. Please encourage your students to apply.

For more information or if you would like to serve on a scholarship review committee, please contact Amy Lee, leea@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3028.

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Multicultural Career Institute

Every December, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston decorates a large holiday tree in its entry way with flags from around the world. The tree was one of the first sites that students from the Multicultural Career Institute saw during their field trip to the museum this past December 12.

The MFA trip was the final program for the Institute—a 9 week series that ran out of the Asian American Connections Center at MCC this past Fall. The Institute covered a wide range of professional topics, including resume and cover letter writing, elevator pitches, salary negotiation and more. By participating in the Institute, students not only enhanced their academic and professional profiles, but deepened connections with staff and other students in the Institute.

The MFA field trip also encouraged students to search for career opportunities in places that they might not have considered before. The MFA offers an array of job opportunities that extends way beyond art. It is home to over 1,000 employees who work in a wide range of professional fields such as, business, marketing, education, membership, event planning, public relations, technology, security, entrepreneurship, hospitality, and customer service.

Students also had the opportunity to explore art at the museum, including the Art of Asia exhibit, which houses works from many of the students’ home countries and cultures. The field trip also offered students an opportunity to bond and connect with one another in an engaging and educational setting outside of MCC.

The Institute will continue out of the Asian American Connections Center next semester. Programming will include new topics like understanding the gig economy, connecting personality to career path, social media, and more.

New Student Ambassadors

The Office of International, Multicultural & Veterans Affairs launched the Multicultural this spring with a one-day training in January for MCC students. Researched and developed by a UMass Lowell Graduate Fellow of the Program for Asian American Student Advancement, the Multicultural Council consists of a diverse cohort of student ambassadors and allies from the multicultural clubs and organizations at Middlesex Community College. Through a series of skill development seminars, members of the student council aim to promote campus-wide multicultural inclusion by fostering diversity and empowering underrepresented identities.

The council is advised by Maria McDuffie Clark, Tiffany Laudano and Linda Thiem. In alignment with the college’s Diversity and Equity value, the Multicultural Council provides a platform for students to access unique development opportunities with the goal of promoting multicultural education. Student ambassadors of the council will act as a liaison to promote inclusiveness, student empowerment, and intercultural enrichment on our campus-community. Their first collaborative event as a council is scheduled to debut in April executed as a festival on the Bedford Campus.

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November 2019

Updates from College Leadership

As the fall semester heads into its final phase, I hope you are able to take a little time this week to connect with family and friends and have an opportunity to reflect on the many positive things in your busy lives. In particular, the important role you play at this amazing institution in supporting our students and our community. For nearly 50 years, MCC has changed the lives of over 26,000 students and alumni, and hundreds of employees.

At a time when the nation gathers together to give thanks, I want to share my gratitude with the entire MCC community for their dedication and commitment to student success. I am appreciative of the generous support of the college’s many donors and community partners who make it possible for us to offer outstanding programming and state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. I am grateful for the countless hours of important committee work faculty and staff have engaged in, including: the NECHE Interim Report, ACUE and SOTL, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Enrollment Working Group, the Classroom Refresh Team, and Leading for Change, to name a few. And, I am humbled by the commitment of our caring faculty and staff who support students on their paths to personal and professional growth.

Without you, MCC would not be able to transform lives through education.  I believe that as an institution — and a nation — our strength lies in our ability to celebrate our differences and want to thank all of you for putting our students and their unique lived experiences at the center of what you do.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jim Mabry

Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • Middlesex Community College Turns 50!
  • Featured News Story
    • MCC grad, now at UMass, an example of successful transfer
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • Adult Learning Center
    • Career Development Diplomat in Residence
    • Career Development Employer Panels
    • Career Development Internship Fair
    • MCC and Aved Electronics Recognized by English Works Campaign
    • MCC Greek Festival
  • Employee News
    • Enrollment Management
    • Financial Aid
  • Community Submissions
    • Corporate Education and Training
    • Fall 2019  Final Exam Schedule
    • Financial Aid Community Outreach
    • Financial Aid Extends Hours for our Fall 2019 FAFSA Wednesdays Workshops Continues into December
    • Full-Time, Adjunct and World Language Student Evaluations
    • Spring 2020 Registration

Featured Video

Middlesex Community College Turns 50!

Featured News Story

MCC grad, now at UMass, an example of successful transfer

MCC_Transfer_Week_EBenedict2LOWELL — Edye Benedict wanted to pay for her own college tuition. Growing up in Concord, the proximity and affordability of Middlesex Community College made it an easy choice.

Now a 2018 MCC graduate, Benedict attends UMass Amherst with the assistance of the MassTransfer program. [Read More]

Upcoming Events

  • November 30, 2019 – City of Lights Parade, 4:30 p.m., Lowell
  • December 3, 2019 – Trustee Meeting w/Student Government, 5:30 p.m., Nesmith House, Lowell
  • December 4, 11 & 18, 2019 – Financial Aid FAFSA Workshop
  • December 5 – 8, 2019 – MCC Noises Off by Michael Frayn Theatre Production, 7:00 p.m., Academic Arts Center
  • December 9, 2019 – Winter Open House, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Trustee House Bedford
  • December 12, 2019 – FSA, 2:30 p.m,, Cowan Center Lower Café
  • December 12, 2019 – MCC End of Year Celebration, 4:30 p.m., Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell
  • December 12, 2019 – Alumni Association Reception, 6 p.m., Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell
  • December 16, 2019 – Winter Open House, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Cowan Center 5th Floor
  • January 2, 2020 – Wintersession Begins
  • January 22, 2020 – Spring Semester Begins
  • March 23, 2020 – Mini-mester II Begins
  • September 2020 – June 2021 – MCC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Awards, Presentations & Publications

Adult Learning Center

On both October 23 and 29, Maggie Yi, an Honors student at MCC pursuing a degree in the nursing program, graciously shared her time with students from the Adult Learning Center (ALC) on the Bedford campus. Ms. Yi emigrated from China several years ago and has been navigating both the challenges and opportunities of being a parent, a spouse, an employee, and a student in a foreign country.

Currently many of the students enrolled in the ALC are educated immigrants from a variety of countries and were eager to hear about Maggie’s experience as both an immigrant and as a student at MCC.  ALC students came to both discussion sessions with questions about the challenges they were facing as they are pursuing their own goals in a new country.

Thank you Maggie for taking the time to visit the ALC and  inspire our students as they make their way down their own personal and professional paths at MCC.

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Career Development Diplomat in Residence

In collaboration with the Veteran’s Resource Center and STEM Starter Academy, Career Development has hosted speaker, Phil Beekham, Diplomat in Residence with the Department of State, for 2 of 3 programs so far this semester. All are welcome to the final one on 11/19 from 11-12 in Cafe East.

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Career Development Employer Panels

In collaboration with the English Department, Career Development hosted two employer panels to address the importance of writing in the world of work. Panelists spanned all of our pathways and shared how they use writing for their careers.

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Career Development Internship Fair

On Thursday, November 14, the MCC Career Development Office hosted an internship fair on the Lowell campus. The 56 students who attended this event had the opportunity to practice their “elevator pitch” with representatives from 20 employers and to learn more about internship and career opportunities. Employers represented a wide range of fields including human services, education, cyber security, engineering, criminal justice and business. Also in attendance was Hellenic American University to share information about summer internships in Greece.

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MCC and Aved Electronics Recognized by English Works Campaign

Aved Electronics (North Billerica), in partnership with MCC, was presented a Certificate of Recognition by the English Works Campaign for their civic leadership and support of English language training programs for immigrant workers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Additionally, Corporate Education and Training hosted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Thursday, November 14th from 10:00am—12:00pm in the Federal Building. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and content on the Workforce Training Fund.

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MCC Greek Festival

Middlesex Community College held its first-ever Greek Festival on Wednesday, November 6, when MCC’s 2019 Greece International Fellows invited the college community to experience Greece through their eyes. Having returned from their study abroad experience in Greece, the 2019 Fellows produced the MCC Greek Festival to share their experience with the MCC and local community. At the Festival, Fellows gave presentations on Greek history and culture and spoke about their experiences abroad. Dr. Ermioni Karachaliou traveled from MCC’s partner institution, Hellenic American University, located in Athens, Greece to share her experience with MCC’s Greece Fellowship program. Eight students from the Hellenic American Academy, a local elementary school in Lowell, made a special appearance to perform traditional Greek dances. Professor David Kalivas and his wife, Ioanna, taught attendees Greek dances. Everyone had the opportunity to sample traditional Greek food from a local restaurant. The MCC International Fellowship Study Abroad courses are academic opportunities for students to study the culture, history, and language of a particular country. The 2020 International Fellowships will offer students the opportunity to study abroad in Greece or Portugal. We can’t wait to see what the 2020 Fellows will create for next year’s festival!


Employee News

Enrollment Management

KaylaBoyd - Audrey NahabedianWe are happy to welcome MCC’s new Registrar, Kayla Boyd!  Kayla has an extensive background in enrollment, registration, and technology.  Most recently she served as the Associate Registrar at Boston University’s School of Public Health where she focused on system applications and implementations while supervising the key processes within the Registrar’s Office. Prior to this position she served as an Enrollment Specialist, Manager of On Campus Registration and Assistant Registrar of Technology. Kayla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychobiology and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of New England.

Financial Aid

Two new employees joined the Financial Aid Department recently. We are very happy to have Nefertiti Durham and Arron Grace on board. Both Nefertiti and Aaron work out of the Lowell office and are exceptional assets to Middlesex and the Financial Aid team. Please join us in welcoming them to the MCC community.

Community Submissions

Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • Noncredit advanced manufacturing training program through a Mass AMTC Tech Hire Grant. The program is designed to prepare unemployed and underemployed for entry-level positions in either electronics or machining. The students take their foundational courses at MCC’s Lowell campus, manufacturing training at Greater Lowell Technical High School, and electronics training at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. This program began on November 18, 2019, with the students planning to take over 400 hours of training.
  • Boot Camp courses in ESOL and Mathematics through the Career Pathways Grant in collaboration with the Education Department.
  • Teachers Handling Difficult Situations courses at CTI in Lowell.
  • 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.

Fall 2019  Final Exam Schedule

The detailed final exam schedule has been posted with exam dates, times, and room locations. Please make sure to review your final details at:


Financial Aid Community Outreach

Financial Aid counselors recently met with seniors at Lowell High School to discuss the financial aid process. This annual event is sponsored by Lowell High Schools College and Career Center.

In October and November Deb Marsella spoke as a volunteer presenter to families at six local high schools regarding applying for financial aid and evaluating financial aid offers. This event is part of the Massachusetts Education Financing Authority’s (MEFA) College Financing Seminar Series.

Financial Aid Extends Hours for our Fall 2019 FAFSA Wednesdays Workshops Continues into December

The financial aid department is extending hours (5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) the first three Wednesdays in December for students and families seeking assistance with the FAFSA application and financial aid processes. For more information, please click here.

Full-Time, Adjunct and World Language Student Evaluations

E-mails went out alerting faculty that they can begin picking up for their student evaluations.

Full-time evaluations must be returned by December 13 and Adjunct and World Language by December 17. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Gibson (gibsonl@middlesex.mass.edu), Daniel Moynihan (moynihand@middlesex.mass.edu) or Fay Hourihan (hourihanf@middlesex.mass.edu).

Spring 2020 Registration

Spring 2020 Registration opened on November 12, 2019 for returning students and is off to a good start. Registration letters were mailed to all currently enrolled students with information on how to register for Spring classes. Early registration is being actively promoted as the best way for students to meet scheduling needs and complete degree requirements.

Postcards will be mailed in November and December to promote MCC’s Wintersession and Minimesters and Walk-In Registration hours. Walk-in registration/advising postcards will additionally be mailed in early December to notify students of our December and January walk-in hours in Bedford and Lowell, as listed below.

  • Dates: December 16 (Monday) through December 19 (Thursday)
    Walk-In Hours will be from 9am until 5pm Monday – Thursday
  • Dates: January 6 (Monday) through January 17 (Friday)
    Walk-In Hours will be from 9am until 5pm Monday – Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Fridays throughout this period.

Key Dates for Spring 2020

Last Day to Withdraw
Wintersession – January 13

Full-Semester – April 17
Minimester 1 – February 28
Minimester 2 – May 1

Drop for Nonattendance Due
Wintersession – January 7

Full Semester – February 11
Minimester 1 – February 11
Minimester 2 – April 1

Midterm Grades Due
Full Semester – March 13
Minimester 1 – February 21
Minimester 2 – April 22

Final Grades Due
Wintersession – January 23

Full Semester – May 20 at Noon
Minimester 1 – March 13 at 5pm
Minimester 2 – May 20 at Noon

October 2019

Updates from College Leadership

This month marked the first Community College Student Advocacy Day at the State House in Boston. Community college students from across the Commonwealth heard from top education policy makers before spreading out across the Statehouse to meet with their respective State Senators and Representatives and make the case for why our community colleges need their support. Middlesex sent nearly two dozen students who hustled up and down five floors to meet with the Senators, Representatives and MCC alumni who now work at the State House. Their stories were heard by ten legislators who were all impressed by our students’ presentation. A group of students from Lowell had a chance encounter with Cambodian Prince Sisowath Thomico, Senator Edward Kennedy invited students into the newly-refurbished Senate chambers, and Representatives Golden and Nangle brought students into a live House of Representatives discussion. It was a wonderful day that afforded our students the chance to advocate for themselves and their education.

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Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • Smart Start 2019
  • Featured News Story
    • National Streaming Theatre Series with a Connection to Middlesex Community College
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • College Advancement
  • Employee News
    • Program for Asian American Student Advancement
  • Community Submissions
    • College Advancement
    • Corporate Education and Training
    • Financial Aid
    • Middlesex Activities Council

Featured Video

Smart Start 2019

Featured News Story

National Streaming Theatre Series with a Connection to Middlesex Community College

MCC_LetsPlay_F19-610x406.jpgIn Arlington, Virginia, high school students are delving into imperialism, the Black Lives Matter movement, feminism, immigration issues, and First Amendment rights, not in their social studies classes, but in their drama program.

“Signature in the Schools” brings Arlington’s Signature Theatre into public schools.

“At the heart of it, it’s a program that has become about giving kids a voice and a way to understand difficult things happening in their world,” said Education Director David Zobell.

This is just one of the youth theater programs across the United States spotlighted in “Let’s Play,” a docuseries on the streaming Stage Network, an online platform dedicated to showcasing the dramatic arts. The show is directed and hosted by Karen Oster, Middlesex Community College’s Chair of Performing Arts. [Read More]

Upcoming Events

Awards, Presentations & Publications

Community Education and Training

On October 10, our fall MILES Keynote speaker was a success! Local Author, Jose Ramirez enlightened the MILES members about his experience coming to the United States as a Cuban refugee. He shared the history surrounding Pedro Pan and what his life was like living without his parents all the way to meeting his lovely wife, Judith. Mr. Ramirez has a series of books that showcases his life story, specifically, “Defining Moments: A Cuban Exile’s Story about Discovery and a Search for a better Future.  He was simply amazing!

SAVE the date, as our spring 2020 MILES keynote session will be on Wednesday, March 18 when we learn a bit more about the Beatles!

Employee News

Program for Asian American Student Advancement

Whitney picture - Linda ThiemThe Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) welcomes a new UMass Lowell Graduate Fellow Whitney Tang to the team. She will be working in the Asian American Connections Center on the MCC Lowell Campus.

Whitney completed her AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences at MCC and transferred to UML where she received her BS in Public Health – Community Health. She is currently continuing her studies at UML in the MPH – Epidemiology program. As a graduate fellow, Whitney will be coordinating the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAAP). This peer-mentorship program provides Asian American students a unique opportunity to receive guidance from UMass Lowell’s student mentors who will help with their transition from MCC to a four-year school like UML.

Community Submissions

College Advancement

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Corporate Education and Training

The Corporate and Community Education & Training staff attended the New England Workforce Network (NEWN) Conference on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA.

Financial Aid

MCC’s three-year cohort default rate is the lowest amongst peer institutions in the state.

“A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school’s borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.”

– U.S. Department Education – http://www.ed.gov

The U.S. Department of Education released official cohort default rates on September 23, 2019. The national average cohort default rate for two-year public colleges is reported at 15.9%. Middlesex Community College’s default rate is reported at 9.2%, significantly below the national average – an incredible difference in comparison to our peer colleges.

Federal student loan borrowers in most cases are required to begin repaying their student loans six months after leaving school or dropping below full time enrollment. When a borrower does not make a payment for approximately nine months, they will default on their loans.

The recently announced repayment averages for former Middlesex students is a testament to the many conversations Financial Aid staff has with students who accept Federal Loans to fund their college education.

These important conversations regarding repaying borrowed funds can be considered part of the reason default rates are low for our college. In addition, students entering the workforce after attending Middlesex is evidence of the quality of education MCC provides as well as diverse programs offerings and areas of study complimented by the caliber of teaching. administrative staff and student commitment to learning.

Middlesex Activities Council

Middlesex Activities Council (MAC) hosted their inaugural Spirit of Boston Welcome Cruise on Tuesday, September 24 to kick-off our school year. One hundred students and 10 advisors attended this fun, festive, sold-out event.

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During the sunset cruise, students and advisors enjoyed a fantastic meal and packed the dance floor all night! New and returning students danced and connected with each other and fun was had by all.

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A big thank you is in order for the wonderful advisors, Karonika Brown, Kirsten Morrow, Donna Corbin, Virak Uy, Mary Ellen Powers, Susan Lavallee, Mary Rohnstock, Susan Ryan, and Valerie Morse.

MAC has many upcoming events for MCC students throughout the year. Next is Fright Fest at Six Flags New England on Saturday, October 26. Please share this opportunity with your students!

September 2019

Updates from College Leadership

With the academic year underway, the new Strategic Planning cycle is in full swing. During July the Steering Committee convened in partnership with the Cabinet for a two day retreat and orientation for the new planning cycle. Halye Sugarman, J.D. Paralegal Department Chair and Susan Anderson, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness will co-chair the Steering Committee that will convene bi-weekly throughout the Fall.

During the Fall semester the Steering Committee will lead the college in a consideration and review of the current Mission, Vision, and Values while also re-visiting our Strategic Directions and how they align with other critical indicators such as the Department of Higher Education’s performance measurement system and the Equity Framework. Goal Teams for each of the Strategic Directions will be formed by early November to begin the work of identifying goals for each Direction.

A Discovery Day on September 26 will launch the discovery phase in support of the Fall planning activities. The discovery phase is intended to provide critical internal and environmental data to inform the major Strategic Directions and their associated goals.

Susan Anderson and Halye Sugarman

Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • MCC Convocation 2019
  • Featured News Story
    • MCC Veterans Resource Center a vital program
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • Music Department
  • Employee News
    • Civic & Service-Learning and Career Development
    • eTutoring
    • Marketing Communications
    • Office of Mutlicultural & International Affairs
    • Student Development
  • Community Submissions
    • AANAPISI Grant
    • New Students Attend August FYE at MCC

Featured Video

MCC Convocation 2019

Featured News Story

MCC Veterans Resource Center a vital program

The Middlesex Community College Veterans Resource Center 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 on campus and online. [Read More]


Upcoming Events

Awards, Presentations & Publications

Music Department

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The Middlesex Music Department is proud to announce that student Anthony Rolli has been accepted to Berklee College of Music. Congratulations to Anthony!


Employee News

Civic & Service-Learning and Career Development

The Offices of Civic & Service-Learning and Career Development are pleased to welcome Jessica Feiner as the part-time Program Specialist for Experiential Learning. See the full introduction HERE.


In an effort to provide improved online tutoring services for students, MCC has become a coordinating institution in the Northeast eTutoring Consortium.

The Northeast eTutoring Consortium is a group of colleges and universities committed to providing high-quality online tutoring for both online and face-to-face students, the Northeast eTutoring Consortium offers immediate access to online tutoring across many subject areas – including an Online Writing Lab.

thompson - Noreen McGinness OlsonNancy Thompson joins us as the Coordinator of the Northeast eTutoring Consortium. Nancy has worked with eTutoring for 20 years. She began as a tutor, having been trained by another online tutoring service, and quickly moved into the role of master tutor, providing support and training for tutors and quality review. On February 1, she assumed the role of coordinator of eTutoring while it was housed at Charter Oak State College. She brings many years of experience as a professor of English and humanities. Nancy received an M.A. at the University at Albany and an M.F.A. at Goddard College, and she has special interest in the intersections of religion, history, and society.

Marketing Communications

Marketing Communications welcomes two new employees to their department, Caroline Eaton and Caitlin Buckley. Caroline is the new Administrative Assistant who comes to us from UMass Lowell. Caitlin is the new Staff Writer, previously at the Greater Boston YMCA. Both are excited to join the MCC team!

Office of Mutlicultural & International Affairs

The Office of International & Multicultural Affairs has been selected again as a site for a Merrimack College fellow as part of the Higher Education Fellowship Program.  Kofi Boateng will be working as the Coordinator of Multicultural Student Retention in the Multicultural Centers on the Lowell and Bedford campuses. In this position, Kofi will play a leadership role in the development and implementation of campus initiatives that work to support and retain our students who are from diverse backgrounds. An MCC alumnus, Kofi is originally from Ghana and graduated from UMass Boston with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Currently, Kofi is pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education at Merrimack College. Previously, he worked as a social worker in the North Shore for 5 years as well as lived and studied abroad in Spain. In his leisure time, Kofi plays and coaches soccer.

Student Development

The Student Development team is pleased to welcome Sothy Gaipo who has recently transitioned to a full-time coordinator role with the STEM Starter Academy. See the full introduction HERE.

Community Submissions


On August 22, 2019 the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a special orientation for new Asian American students to build a foundational connection to the program and the Asian American Connections Center. The program assists students in transitioning to Middlesex Community College by providing the opportunity to meet and build connections with faculty, staff and current MCC students connected to PAASA, an introduction to the wide range of college resources MCC has to offer, and a karaoke party to celebrate their entrance to the college. Thirty one upcoming students participated in the one-day special orientation that was offered in addition to our campuses’ new student onboarding process. The orientation also engaged fourteen current student volunteers who are actively connected to PAASA. The volunteers participated the entire day to further build strong student-to-student connections by leading a scavenger hunt, participating on a student panel and leading activities during the games and karaoke portion of the event.

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New Students Attend August FYE at MCC

The First-Year Experience (FYE) at Middlesex Community College took place August 12-27 with over 700 new students who attended the Smart Start session with a 91% course completion.

Students who attended completed the new online orientation, were enrolled in the FYE/IDS 101 course, and participated in the Financial Wellness and Resources and Services workshops. The college community also met our new students as they worked in teams while on their MCC Scavenger Hunt to find those places and offices on campus important to their success.

Transitions are not always easy, but the hope is that our new students feel a sense of belonging and connection to each other and the college community.

One student’s reflection after attending the FYE/IDS 101 course:

“I would love to let you know that my first year experience was amazing. We were given assignments by our instructor and learned a lot of lessons in her class such as, knowing the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic after reading, I Missed the Marathon. Then, we got signed up to do an engagement activity and I did the Fitness Trail with two orientation students and a few other members of the MCC community. After our final day of meeting, the teacher assigned us a project that is based off of our personal, academic and professional goals and I got all A’s in that class… I feel like all first year experience students at MCC either in Lowell and Bedford should know that MCC does provide you so much dedication and education… I know that right now it’s taking me a while to get used to my schedule, but I now know where I am exactly going and what my assignments need to be and that I can always talk to my professors if I need help with anything.”

August 2019

Updates from College Leadership

The 2019-2020 academic year is officially underway and I have enjoyed reconnecting with faculty and staff these last few weeks as we have prepared to welcome students back on campus. I hope you all had the opportunity this summer to relax and reset. I myself, used the summer months to reflect on my mission and vision for the college and I am excited for us to continue working together, to connect resources and systems that support our students along their paths to success.

The success of our students is a testament to the transformative experience that happens here at Middlesex. Our students are our best ambassadors and we only have to listen to their personal stories to know that it is the dedicated faculty and staff of this institution that play a crucial role in their educational success. But don’t take my word for it, watch the college’s new television commercial (below) and listen to recent graduate Randy Nguyen as he shares what MCC meant to him.

All the best.

Jim Mabry

Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • Discover Your Path – Randy Nguyen
  • Featured News Story
    • Linda Nara named new MCC student trustee
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • Communications
    • Community Education and Training
    • Summer STEM Starter Academy
  • Employee News
    • Lowell Student Information Center
    • MCC Libraries
    • Allied Health
  • Community Submissions
    • Asian Students in Alliance
    • Career Development
    • College for Kids
    • Enrollment Management – Key Fall 2019 Dates
    • Enrollment Management – New Policies
    • MCC Libraries

Featured Video

Discover Your Path – Randy Nguyen

Featured News Story

Linda Nara named new MCC student trustee

The Middlesex Community College board of trustees has named Linda Nara of Lowell student trustee for the 2019-2020 academic year.

An international student from Cambodia, Nara has been studying at MCC since January 2018. She is pursuing an Associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a History, Politics & Global Studies concentration. She expects to graduate in May, then earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before returning to Cambodia to launch a diplomatic career. [Read More]


Upcoming Events

Awards, Presentations & Publications


Communications adjunct Rick Pozniak is working with the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism to create guidelines on how the media covers mass shootings. He lectured on public relations to graduates of the crisis communications program at Israel’s Tel-Aviv University.

Community Education and Training

On August 13th, D’Youville Health and Wellness Center hosted a ceremony to celebrate 12 student graduates from our C.N.A for Success program. The C.N.A. for Success is a DESI-Funded ESOL-Integrated Certified Nurse Assistant training collaboration between MCC, Abisi Adult Education, International Institute, and D’Youville. The 3rd cohort will begin in October 2019. Congratulations to all who support this program!

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Summer STEM Starter Academy

Summer STEM Starter Academy opportunities included research experiences and free courses at MCC and UML. SSA also awarded 6 students with a summer math scholarship. Bridge programs and accelerated math courses offered extensive academic support with hands-on experiences impacting student success.


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Employee News

Lowell Student Information Center


Welcome to Nancy Fields! Nancy Fields works as an administrative assistant in the Lowell campus Student Information Center. She previously worked in the Enrollment department in 2014 and graduated from MCC in 2015 with a Communications Concentration degree. After leaving for almost 4 years, she’s excited to be back and starting her new journey here with everyone at Middlesex. Nancy is also a photographer and the co-founder of Girl Magic, which is a space where women empower each other through collaboration, photography, and sisterhood.

MCC Libraries

The MCC Libraries welcome new Coordinator of Library Services Tracy Joyce to the Bedford campus. Tracy hails from the Nutmeg State (CT) but has called Massachusetts home since she completed her undergraduate degree at UMASS Amherst in 2006. In 2010, Tracy completed her MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons University. Her career in academic libraries includes tenures at small colleges in the region, most notably, Bay Path University (Information Literacy Librarian), Wheelock College (Learning and Research Services Librarian), and most recently Mount Ida College (Applied Sciences and Business Liaison and Reference Services Librarian). Tracy worked as a part-time evening librarian in Lowell before taking on her new role at the college. Tracy enjoys providing services and resources to help students succeed and looks forward to working with the MCC community.

As Tracy takes the helm in Bedford, we also welcome Jordana Shaw back to the Lowell campus as Coordinator of Library Services. Tracy, Jordana and our Student Success Librarians, Kim Money Priddy, Kara Schwartz and Joanna Gray along with Assistant Librarian Rip Rybnikar have worked tirelessly throughout the summer. In June at Mount Wachusett, Joanna conducted a workshop for Group Administrators from across the state on uploading OER materials to the Massachusetts Community College Hub on OER Commons. In July, students in the Summer STEM & Pathways Exploration Bridge programs participated in customized library orientation sessions in Lowell with Jordana. In August, IDS and FYE Quick Start students took part in a newly crafted library immersion experience with Kim, Kara, Rip and Tracy. Designed to engage, enlighten and inform, students learned that librarians, library resources and services offer them a critical support network, which can positively impact their success at MCC.

Allied Health

The Nursing and Allied Health Division is pleased to welcome three new full-time faculty.

Elizabeth Stone is a new full-time faculty in Dental Hygiene.  Elizabeth earned her Dental Hygiene certification from Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, her BS in Dental Hygiene from Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing her MS Ed. From St Joseph’s College.  Elizabeth has extensive experience as a clinical dental hygienist, specializing in periodontics. Elizabeth has been teaching part-time in our dental hygiene department since 2006.

Two new full time faculty are joining the nursing department to replace faculty who retired.

Sharon Hamel comes from Northern Essex Community College where she taught for 8 years.  She brings her expertise and passion for simulation to MCC, where she will be coordinating the Nursing Skills and Simulation Lab.  Sharon’s education includes an associate degree from Northern Essex Community College, a bachelor‘s from Salem State College, and a master’s degree from Saint’s Joseph College.  Sharon is also certified in Simulation from Drexel University.  Sharon has expertise as an emergency medical technician and a critical care flight nurse, with many years’ experience working in Lowell hospitals as a critical care and emergency department nurse.

Susan Miller has been teaching part-time in the nursing department for the past four years.  Susan has a bachelor’s degree from Luther College, Iowa, and a master’s degree Framingham State University.  She has also earned the distinction of Certified Nurse Educator.  Susan has extensive clinical experience in cardiology, gerontology, ophthalmology, and urology.  Over the past four years, Susan has demonstrated her ability to teach and her ability to grow the nursing profession by mentoring others.

Community Submissions

Asian Students in Alliance

On August 1, 2019 the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) and their Program Specialist, Linda Thiem led a experiential learning retreat for the officers of MCC’s Asian Students in Alliance (A.S.I.A). Eleven members of the alliance attended the one-day retreat in Chinatown, which provided an opportunity for past leaders to pass on the responsibilities to students who are interested in becoming officers of the A.S.I.A student group for the Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 year. Using Boston’s Chinatown as the contextual learning environment, participants examined the mission of the alliance, utilized key geographical markers in Chinatown as places of experiential learning about leadership, activism and community development, and integrated their individual cultural identities in understanding their unique leadership styles.

MCC’s students commented in their surveys after the trip:

“I learned how to be an effective leader, and I was able to share my ideas with others. I learned a lot from ASIA’s previous leaders, and the retreat made me want to get to know more about other people around me.”

“The most important thing I learned during this trip was how much Asian culture has impacted the cities around me and the need to keep our culture alive. Through the retreat activities I also learned about myself, that I’m really good at making connections, and as a leader that’s an important skill to use to get others engaged.”

The retreat helped to create a pathway for new officers of the A.S.I.A group and to show gratitude for the officers of the prior year. New officers received events and programming for the upcoming academic year, which helped to create an atmosphere of excitement to engage other students for the upcoming fall semester. Advising the officers of the Asian Students in Alliance allows the AANAPISI grant to meet one of our initiatives in fostering mutual support and leadership for Asian American students on campus.

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Career Development

This summer Career Development staff met with MCC alumni on visits to companies such as Black & Veatch in Burlington and Gillette in Boston to learn about career paths, competencies and internships. The team has been joined by STEM faculty and staff, Alumni Relations and Reps from UML and WIT.

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College for Kids

College for Kids launched a number of new programs this summer, two of which deserve a special highlight! Our new Farm to Table: Healthy Eating class taught by instructor, Gina Mustoe, was a huge success! The program hosted 12 students who learned how to cook safely in the kitchen with proper cutting skills and health eating recipes. The week began with the students utilizing the squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and fresh mint grown from our own MCC Community Garden. The students also made ranch dressing, strawberry salad with a vinaigrette dressing, fresh homemade pasta, ravioli and red sauce. They finished the week with a health pizza challenge, which the Marguerite pizza took the championship! Yum!

LEGO City Planning was phenomenal. Students built a city, all with LEGO’s. Kids wasted no time planning their city, and began building day one. All the way from a subway station, to multiple tower buildings, to residential, commercial, industrial and governmental zones. The program focused on what it takes to run a city, the services provided and how certain services are strategically placed in a city through zoning. Instructor, Eric Kingsley of Brickapalooza, really put these kids to work with LEGO City Planning! Can’t wait to see what we have in store for next year!

Enrollment Management – Key Fall 2019 Dates


Course additions:

  • New students must register by 8/30.
  • Continuing, Transfer, and Visiting Students may add a day class until Saturday 9/7.
  • New Students registered by 8/30 may also add a day class until 9/7.
  • Evening/weekend classes may be added by Continuing, Transfer, and Visiting Students before the second class meeting as follows:
  • 9/16 for Monday classes.
  • 9/17 for Tuesday classes.
  • 9/11 for Wednesday classes.
  • 9/12 for Thursday classes.
  • 9/14 for Saturday classes.

New students may add an evening/weekend class only until the first meeting.

  • Web classes may be added until 9/7 for Continuing, Transfer, and Visiting Students. New Student registration in web classes is required before 9/4.

Course drops, withdrawals and refunds:

  • The last day to drop a class for 100% refund is 9/10. 50% refunds are granted from 9/11-9/17.
  • No refund is made after 9/17.
  • Go to https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentaccounts/downloads/wrs2019.pdf for complete Withdrawal/Refund information, including for Minimester classes.
  • Thursday 11/21 is the last day to withdraw from a full-term class.

Last Day to Withdraw

  • Full-Semester – 11/21/19
  • Minimester 1 – 10/11/19
  • Minimester 2 – 12/6/19

Grades – Drop for Nonattendance

  • Full Term – 9/20/19
  • Minimester I – 9/20/19
  • Minimester 2 – 11/15/19


  • Full Term – 10/25/19
  • Minimester 1 – 10/4/19
  • Minimester 2 – 11/27/19


  • Full Term – 1/2/20
  • Minimster 1 –  10/28/19
  • Minimester 2 – 11/2/19

Minimester 2

  • Registration open until 10/28/19

Enrollment Management – New Policies

Student Program Change Policy

Once a Middlesex Community College student is admitted into a specific open enrollment program or certificate program, the student has the option to change a program once per semester. For Fall 2019, in order to change a program, students must submit a completed and signed Change of Program Request form by September 20. Students are required to meet with and obtain the signature of an academic advisor to discuss career and educational goals. Students who receive Veterans benefits must also meet with a Veterans Certifying Official. Change of Program requests forms can be obtained through the Student Information Centers or on the website at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/programch19.pdf

Dual Major Policy

Students may earn additional Associate Degrees or Certificates either by concurrent completion of the requirements of the credential or by subsequent study after the first degree is received.  To receive an associate degree and certificate from Middlesex Community College, students must complete courses that meet the requirements of both programs and follow specific dual major policy guidelines. In many instances, certificate courses can automatically be applied to associate degrees. Students seeking a dual major should meet with an advisor to understand dual major guidelines and requirements and complete the Dual Major form found at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/dualmaj19.pdf

MCC Libraries

The MCC Libraries offer these exciting new resources for the fall semester:

  • American Mosaic databases: The African American Experience and The Latino American Experience document the rich heritage and current culture of these groups in the United States.
  • Credo Instruct platform: modules that help students acquire crucial information literacy and critical thinking skills they need to thrive in their academic careers and beyond.
  • OverDrive via the SAILS Network- use your MCC library card to check out current ebooks, audiobooks and magazines!


June/July 2019

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.

Jim Mabry

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 Video

Commencement 2019

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]


Upcoming Events

  • 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.

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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.

Employee News

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.

May 2019

Updates from College Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

Summer is upon us and I am hoping that everyone will take some time this summer to reconnect and recharge. Everybody has their own way of doing this, but whatever works for you, please get out there and go for it.

This summer, I am planning on spending time with my family, including our brand new granddaughter who was born three days before graduation. I will also be out running new trails, biking new roads and swimming in Walden Pond. I also hope to have a chance to attack that large pile of books next to my bed that just never seems to diminish in size.

At MCC, I will have more time to roam the campuses so don’t be surprised if I pop in some day to see how you are doing. It is always fun to connect with the interesting individuals who do so much for our students.

All the best.

Jim Mabry

Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • #NextStep on my Path
  • Featured News Story
    • Reaching for her dreams
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • Admissions
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Multicultural Career & Networking Forum
  • Community Submissions
    • Intensive English Institute
    • Khmer New Year Celebration at the Asian American Connections Center
    • MCC Alumni Association
    • Music Department
    • Student Affairs

Featured Video

#NextStep on my Path

Hear from recent graduates who share the next steps on their paths following Middlesex.

Featured News Story

Reaching for her dreams

No obstacle could keep mother of three from her degree. Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_32641054/reaching-her-dreams#ixzz5pKx5gR7D


Upcoming Events

Awards, Presentations & Publications


May is a busy month not only for our current students, but also for our new, incoming students! Admissions held three On Site Registration events at Greater Lowell Technical High School, Dracut High School and Lowell High School. At each event, students were able to meet one-on-one with a representative from Admissions or Advising, select their personalized schedule for the fall, and receive important information about starting as a new student at MCC. We registered a total of 83 new students in an estimated 900 plus credits! Big thanks to the Advising and the Student Information staffs for teaming up with us and making these events such a positive experience for new students.

On May 14th the Admissions and Advising teams collaborated with Student Affairs for the Admitted Student Family Night. About 35 new students and their families attended this first time event. Student Engagement coordinated a reception and workshop sessions for the families, while the Advising and Admissions staffs were able to connect with new students and get them started on next steps for the fall, whether that was scheduling a placement test appointment or even registering them for fall classes. Many thanks to Financial Aid, Financial Wellness and Student Accounts for their participation as well.

This fall, the Admissions team looks forward to engaging with various areas of the college. Our goal is always to be as informed as possible about the numerous opportunities available to our students. Please feel free to invite a member of the Admissions team to your meeting or share information with us via email. We are always eager for new and updated information regarding programs, events and engagement activities.  We hope you enjoy the summer months.


For our “Intro to Entrepreneurship” (BUS 130) class, students plan and launch a business, then pitch at an MCC Shark Tank. Students also donate their net-profit to the Lowell Boys and Girls Club. In total, students this semester are donating $1,539.77. Donations over the years come to $10,722.

The winning team from the Fall DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge moved on to the DifferenceMaker at UMass Lowell competition to win $4,500 to develop their idea of a clean, nonpartisan, voter education app to assist busy people with their civic duty.

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Conscious Capitalism – a speaker series hosted by the IDEA Center invited Megan Schleck, CEO of new start-up COIN. COIN is a conscious investing platform that empowers people to make a difference with their money.

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Students enrolled in Launch Your Business Now, an applied-entrepreneurship certificate program designed for students to start or grow a business, pitched to the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund on May 16th. The committee gave out $50,000 in seed funding.

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Multicultural Career & Networking Forum

On April 25, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement hosted a Career & Networking Forum to provide students an opportunity to network and learn about different careers from professionals in various fields. Additionally, students were able to hear about the career paths from the panelists who also offered career advice. After the panel discussion, students got the opportunity to practice their networking skills and connect with members of the panel over lunch.

The Career Forum panel included:

  • Jenny Chang, Executive Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission
  • Kenneth An, Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Lada Lau, Assistant Director of Co-op in the Kennedy College of Sciences at UMass Lowell
  • Kirirath Saing, Multicultural Program Specialist for Element Care
  • Vichtcha Kong, Business Development & Community Relations Officer at Washington Savings Bank
  • Superintendent Richard K. Richardson, Lowell Police Department
  • Patrolwoman Andeth Vann, first Cambodian female police officer in the Lowell Police Department

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Community Submissions

Intensive English Institute

In Fall 2017, MCC launched an Intensive English Institute (IEI), offering 18 hours per week of noncredit, high-intermediate and advanced English language instruction. Now, IEI will be expanding from 20 students to up to 40 students. For domestic students the cost is only $450 per semester. Interested individuals should contact Marilyn Glazer-Weisner.


Khmer New Year Celebration at the Asian American Connections Center

On April 17, the Asian Students in Alliance (A.S.I.A) hosted a celebration in the Asian American Connections Center to celebrate the Cambodian New Year, a three-day festival honoring the harvesting season in Southeast Asia.

More than 50 people participated in the celebration, which included faculty, staff and students. The event was planned by student leaders from the A.S.I.A group. A.S.I.A also collaborated with a local clothing boutique, Kravant Boutique, to showcase traditional Cambodian clothing that is typically worn for celebratory occasions. Alumni Vattara Heng, who is now at UMass Lowell, helped to MC the event where the MCC community learned about Khmer culture, tasted Khmer traditional foods, and danced to Cambodian folk and contemporary music. First-semester student, Pichraksmey Hoeu, fluidly performed a classical dance, which contributes to the preservation of Khmer identity and culture for Cambodian youth in Lowell.

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MCC Alumni Association

On Monday, May 13, the MCC Alumni Association Board met for its spring meeting at Osteria Nino in Burlington. Over the past year, the Alumni Association has increased alumni engagement with the college by 41% through marketing and social and fundraising events.  To get involved with the Alumni Association, go to www.middlesex.mass.edu/alumni or contact Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu; 978-656-3028.

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In photo (standing in back row, l to r): Gail Tuzzolo ’75; Caitlin Jordan ’10; Sheri Denk ’90; Diana Nelson ’12; Amy Lee, Director of Alumni Relations, Rogers Muyanja ’13; Bob Bongiorno ’93, Scot Weisman ’13; and Diego Leonardo Garcia ’16. (Seated l to r): Judy Burke, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement; Michele Hutcheon ’72; Willy Ramirez ’03; and Susan Lavallee ’88.

Music Department

The MCC Student Recital on May 6 featured singers, guitarists, pianists, French hornist, bassoonist, cellist and compositions by Music Technology students.


Five music students performed in the Piano Men fundraiser on May 8. Em Russell, bassoon; Robin Panariti, French horn; Margaleet Katzenblickstien, cello; and Mason Borsini, percussion performed in the orchestra, and Heather Demers, voice, sang a selection with the orchestra. Orlando Cela conducted.


MCC music students performed at Commencement, Tylor Hoyt sang the National Anthem. Cellist Nathaniel Abreu performed “The Swan” by Saint-Saens. And a vocal ensemble of singers Heather Demers, Abbie King, Celine Lizotte, Em Russell and Diana Sears performed “God Bless America.”


Student Affairs

MCC students traveled to Houston, Texas, to assist with rehabilitation after Hurricane Harvey. They helped restore four homes with a nonprofit organization that supports low-income seniors, veterans and those with disabilities. Their mission is to revitalize communities, and rebuild lives.