50th Celebration Prospectus

50th Celebration LogoIn 2020, Middlesex Community College will celebrate 50 years as one of the premier community colleges in the state. With over 12,000 enrolled students and over 26,000 alumni, MCC is the largest community college in the Merrimack Valley. 

The 50th Anniversary of the school’s founding, provides the college with an opportunity to reflect on the last five decades and to honor the staff, faculty, and students who have helped shape the institution. It also will be a time to celebrate what lies ahead as we look forward to the college's next 50 years as the leading provider of an accessible, affordable, and high-quality education for the Merrimack Valley's diverse community of learners.

The goals of the 50th anniversary celebration are to:

  • increase awareness of the people, history, and impact of MCC in the region and state
  • communicate MCC’s vision for the next 50 years
  • engage and re-energize alums, growing the alumni association
  • cultivate new and potential donors and supporters to invest in the college’s next 50 years

Celebration Theme: Honoring our past • Celebrating our future
The theme, “Honoring our past • Celebrating our future” has been chosen to provide the college with an opportunity to reflect on the last five decades — honoring the staff, faculty, and students who shaped the institution while connecting them and celebrating MCC’s future of innovation, entrepreneurship and equity. 

A Brief Overview of MCC
Middlesex Community College is committed to preparing students for success. MCC is one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in Massachusetts, offering more than 80 degree and certificate programs — plus hundreds of noncredit courses. MCC’s nurturing, diverse college community is focused on helping students achieve their transfer, career and professional development goals. Flexible scheduling and special program options give students the opportunity to study online or on campus — in Bedford and Lowell — with day, evening, weekend, accelerated and mini-mester course options.

MCC is also a leader in workforce training, having provided thousands of employees in hundreds of businesses, industries and municipalities throughout our service area with education and training tools tailored to the unique needs of each partner business.

When the college first opened, programs such as nursing and criminal justice were the mainstays of its academic curriculum. Today, robust programs in fields such as cybersecurity and biotechnology help educate students for some of the most sought-after career pathways in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex’s newest academic space, the Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, has allowed the college to invest in its theater, music and dance programs in a way never before seen in its history. A state-of-the art biotechnology laboratory, currently under construction, will help support burgeoning STEM programs, especially in biotech.

 MCC’s 12,000 plus students benefit from a broad spectrum of support services, activities and learning environments; including free tutoring, housing and food resources, international fellowships, honors courses, financial wellness programming, leadership training, career counseling, student clubs, intramural sports and service organizations.

Campus and Community Involvement
MCC invites all current students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, trustees, donors, corporate partners and friends of the college to participate by:

  • Joining the FREE Alumni Association (anyone who has ever taken a course at MCC is considered an alumnus) 
  • Suggesting events and alumni meet-ups
  • Sharing photos of MCC people and places
  • Attending our virtual celebration events
  • Sharing #MCC50 posts on social media 
  • Donating to the Middlesex Community College Fund

50th Logo & Brand
A temporary logo for MCC’s 50th Celebration year has been created. This logo should be used on all celebration materials and in celebration marketing. It should also be used in all brand marketing initiatives, including all print and digital advertising, all Admissions, Advising, and Advancement collateral and all communications from the Office of the President. Maintaining MCC’s visual identity is still a priority for the Marketing office, who will provide a set of design guidelines as well as monitor the 50th logo’s use across college communications. If you have a question about the 50th logo, please contact the Director of Marketing at marketing@middlesex.mass.edu

MCC departments are encouraged to start using the 50th logo starting July 1, 2020.

50th Celebration Microsite
The 50th anniversary microsite went live in November of 2019. Starting in March 2020, the college will roll out a more robust microsite that features:

  • Robust photo galleries
  • Videos 
  • Calendar of events
  • Timeline of MCC’s History
  • Stories about faculty, staff and alums
  • Celebration highlights
  • Links to Alumni information

Social Media: #MCC50
MCC will be using social media heavily throughout the celebration to unite the entire community. Photos, faculty stories, student and alumni stories and  event information will be shared across the college’s social media channels including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn. All current students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, trustees, donors, corporate partners and friends of the college are encouraged to use the hashtag#MCC50 to share MCC celebration related content.

MCC departments that have their own social media channels, are encouraged to start using the 50th hashtag starting July 1, 2020.

Last Modified: 2/12/21