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iddlesex was recently
awarded a $25,000 grant
from Civic Ventures and the
MetLife Foundation to design and
implement a free, semester-long Faculty
Training Certificate Program to train
older adults for college-level teaching
jobs in developmental English and
math, clinical nursing, and other
subjects. A September Career Fair
attracted nearly 300 well-qualified
professionals interested in teaching at
the college level.
Training involves four Saturday
interactive workshops, classroom
observation, mentoring and
opportunities to teach lessons. Each
participant has been assigned an
experienced MCC professor as a
mentor, who will serve as a sounding
board and help the trainees interpret
what they are seeing in the classroom.
"We started receiving inquiries as soon
as we began marketing the program,
and quickly had more than 180
applicants for the 30 available spots.
The program really struck a chord with
people, many of whom had been
thinking about teaching as a second
career," said Darcy Orellana, MCC
Assistant Director of Human Resources.
"There is a deep pool of talent in this
region. Many people we met are experts
in their fields and want to share that
knowledge in a classroom. Also,
teaching today is not just `talk and
chalk' lecturing as it often was in their
college days, so these trainees need to
learn how to get information across to
students effectively using newer
"We need to hire teachers each
semester to fill positions due to
increases in student enrollments as well
as attrition of part-time faculty," said
Middlesex Humanities Professor Ellen
Nichols, program coordinator for the
grant. "We were fortunate to have so
many qualified applicants, which made
choosing the 30 participants for this
pilot program very difficult. Also, we
are stressing that this is a training
program and not a job promise. People
who complete the program may be
hired by MCC or other colleges, but we
cannot guarantee that."
To date, Civic Ventures (a think tank
focusing on baby boomers, work and
social purpose) and MetLife have
partnered to award a total of 25 grants
to a diverse group of community
colleges nationwide through its Encore
Colleges Initiative.
For information about MCC's Encore
Careers Program, contact Professor
Ellen Nichols at 781-280-3805 or
Deborah Kearney
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MCC Encore Career
Fair Attracts Hundreds
Darcy Orellana, MCC Assistant Director of Human
Resources, waits to welcome older professionals
interested in teaching to the MCC Encore Career Fair.