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New Entrepreneur in Residence Program Launched
Middlesex has partnered with Lowell's Community Teamwork
Inc. (CTI) to create a new Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)
program. Franky Descoteaux has been selected to serve as the
first EIR. Descoteaux currently owns and operates two small
businesses in downtown Lowell, Humanity and Mambo Grill.
Supported by a business-development technical assistance
grant from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp., this
partnership enables a successful entrepreneur to spend
designated time on the Lowell campus to provide a hands-on
education to students about best practices in entrepreneurship.
Clients of Community Teamwork's Merrimack Valley Small
Business Center (MVSBC) will also be able to meet with the
EIR for one-on-one counseling during weekly office hours.
"I'm looking forward to working with students, whose ideas
are still formulating, and MVSBC clients, who really are look-
ing for support during challenging times," said Descoteaux.
The MVSBC was created in 1999 by founding partners
CTI, MCC, UMass Lowell and the City of Lowell to provide
support to entrepreneurs interested in creating, sustaining or
growing their small business in Lowell.
For more information about the Entrepreneur in Residence program, or other business
development services, contact the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center at
978-322-8400 or www.merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com
Service-Learning Students Mentor
Bedford High School Teens
Service-Learning students Rogers Muyanja, Gabrielle Davis
and Rachel Holmes (above, left to right), from Criminal
Justice Professor Lynda Pintrich's "Law, Justice & Society"
course, recently mentored Bedford High School students
and volunteered at the regional Tenacity Challenge. Held each
April, the Challenge is an academic-scholarship competition
attended by African-American and Latino high school
students from 15 urban and suburban school districts.
The Middlesex students also served as interns on the
19-member Bedford School Security Task Force, which
reviewed school-security policies and practices in the wake
of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The task
force made several recommendations to the Bedford schools,
which are already being implemented.
Middlesex has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) to partner with Cambodia's new American
University of Phnom Penh (AUPP).
The agreement is the only MOU in Cambodia that
enables students access to U.S. universities through a
"1+1+2 pathway." Cambodian students attend AUPP for
one year, then transfer to MCC for a year to complete
an associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences. Through
MassTransfer, students can then gain admission to most
Massachusetts public universities to complete a
bachelor's degree.
Throughout the spring and summer Ken Dunn, MCC's
Director of International Programs in Southeast Asia,
Professor of Economics Rick Doud, and Dean of Global
Education Dona Cady have facilitated this process and are
members of the AUPP Advisory Board.
AUPP, which opened its doors to students in September,
is a U.S.-style university founded on the Association
of American Colleges & Universities LEAP (Liberal
Education and America's Promise) core general-education
standards (http://www.aacu.org/value).
MCC to Partner with New
American University of
Phnom Penh
AUPP Alumni Board members (including MCC faculty and staff)
outside the new university's building in Phnom Penh.
Dona Cady, MCC Dean of Global Education, celebrates with
potential AUPP students.