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The LEAP partnership will engage in
building the capacity of faculty at the
Moroccan technical colleges to teach
students the critical components of
entrepreneurial and enterprise
development. In addition, the
partnership will create an educational
framework to deliver high quality,
experiential-learning opportunities to
strengthen the capacity of students and
local citizens to launch and operate
their own businesses.
The grant for LEAP is funded by
USAID's Higher Education for
Development, and is one of nine
partnerships created under the Broader
Middle East and North Africa-U.S.
Community College Initiative.
Middlesex and BCC will design a
curriculum framework based on
learning outcomes related to
entrepreneurship education. This
framework will guide the
strengthening of existing curricula and
development of new modules, courses
and workshops based on international
best practices, within the context of the
regions served by the Moroccan
technical colleges.
"The educational framework will
contain two entrepreneurship
certificates ­ one designed for students
graduating with a diploma from a
technical university, and another for
students graduating from the bachelor's
program," said Judith Hogan, MCC
Dean of Business, Education & Public
Service, who directs the project.
This is the first year of the three-year
grant. In October, Hogan, along with
MCC faculty members James Dottin
and Barbara Noonan, and faculty from
BCC, travelled to Morocco to begin the
Deborah Kearney
For more information, contact MCC Dean of
Business, Education & Public Service Judith
Hogan, at
Middlesex, in conjunction with Bristol
Community College, has been awarded
a grant from the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) to
promote entrepreneurship and
workforce development at two technical
colleges in Morocco.
MCC and Bristol are partnering with
Rabat's Ecole Normale Supériere de
l'Enseignment Technique, and Ecole
Normale Supériere de l'Enseignment
Technique of Mohammedia to
implement the Linkages for
Entrepreneurship Achievement Project
Promoting Entrepreneurism and Workforce
Development in the Middle East
Faculty and staff from Middlesex and Bristol community
colleges recently traveled to Morocco for a USAID
grant. Shown here (left to right): Cecil Leonard (BCC),
Judy Hogan, James Dottin, Barbara Noonan and Salah
Dahany (all from MCC) and Bill Berardi (BCC).
He developed MCC's associate degree
program in Human Services Transfer,
and certificate programs in Direct
Support in Human Services, and
Alcoholism/Substance Abuse
Fera has created and taught many new
courses over the years, including a
number involving collaboration with
his colleagues in other departments. "I
was one of the first to teach inter-
disciplinary courses ­ now called
Learning Communities," he said. For
example, by teaming up with faculty
from the English Department, Fera has
taught "Healing and Art" and "The
Psychology and Literature of Men."
In the future, he hopes to develop a
course that combines literature and
positive psychology ­ a subject he
practices, as well as teaches. "I use this
positive-psych model personally, and in
all my classes," Fera said. "I meditate
every day, and in class I'm always
looking for my students' strengths." It
just makes sense to concentrate on
doing things that can lead to greater
personal contentment, he said.
"Research has shown that about 40
percent of our psychological makeup is
hardwired in our brains," Fera
explained. "That part of ourselves is
genetic ­ we can't change that.
Another 15 percent or so has to do
with life circumstances ­ you can't
control who your parents are or where
they live.
"But that means about half ­ 40 to 50
percent ­ of one's emotional makeup is
entirely up to the individual," he said.
"We are making choices every day that
either lead to more wellness, or more
pathology and illness.
"So, we can say to ourselves, `What can
I do today to change things to promote
more well-being in my life?' That's a
powerful thing.
Kathy Register
Faculty Profile: Exploring the Power of Happiness