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Finally, we had a facility
that our students, faculty
and staff and our
community deserved.
It made people very
proud to be at Middlesex.
Frank Falcetta
charter faculty member
hen charter faculty member
Frank Falcetta looks back at the
early days of Middlesex, two
words come to mind: "mud"
and "inconvenience."
"I was hired in 1970 when the college
just started. Initially, we only had one
building at the Veterans hospital. The
parking lots were not paved at that time
and in the spring they were a real mess,"
said Falcetta. "I remember driving into
work one day and hearing an
announcement on AM radio that classes
were being canceled at Middlesex
Community College because of mud!"
Under the direction of founding
president James E. Houlihan Jr., MCC
started small and operated on a
shoestring budget. There were just 573
day students, and less than 300 night
students the first year.
"I taught accounting and marketing in
the Business Department. I remember
when getting a telephone at every faculty
member's desk was a major
accomplishment," said Falcetta, who
worked at Middlesex for 33 years, first as
a professor and later as an administrator.
"At one time, about 20 of us shared a
big room with one phone between us,"
he said.
Bedford Campus
From Old Digs at the Bedford VA
to a New Campus on 200 Acres
Middlesex got its start in two renovated buildings
on the grounds of Bedford's Veterans hospital.