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Middlesex Community College
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Excellence in Educational Leadership
1976
Carole A. Cowan hired by MCC as faculty
member in Business Division
1977
Students name Carole A.
Cowan Professor of the
Year at the end of her first
year of teaching
1978
As MCC's lease of the Marist Prep property
was set to expire and it was feared the property might
be sold to another buyer
Cowan and other MCC administrators lead
a college/community letter-writing campaign
targeting the Mass. Board of Regional
Community Colleges & local legislators
urging purchase of the property
State funds purchase 200-acre Marist Preparatory
Seminary site for permanent Bedford campus
1980
Cowan appointed Business Division Chairwoman
1981
Burlington campus opens
Cowan moves the entire Business Division
to Burlington
MCC Board of Trustees established
1984
MCC Business & Industry Division
(Workforce Development) founded
1987
Lowell campus opens in
temporary site: Wannalancit
Mills complex
1988
Cowan appointed Dean of
Administrative Services
State approves $36.4 million bond measure to build
permanent campuses in Bedford and Lowell
1989
MCC welcomes two Institute of International Education
Fellows one of the first community colleges in the U.S.
selected for program
1990
Dr. Carole A. Cowan
appointed third president
of Middlesex
Construction begins on
permanent Bedford campus
MCC begins affiliation with
the East-West Center and the
University of Hawaii's Asian Studies Development Program
First international exchange professor arrives from
Budapest, Hungary, while an MCC professor teaches at
Budapest Technical University
1991
Permanent Lowell campus opens in former Wang
Education Center
MCC Foundation launches first fund-raising campaign
1992
MCC's permanent Bedford
campus opens
International Student
Fellowship Program founded
Derby and Talbot buildings on
Middle Street in Lowell acquired to create Health, Science
& Technology Center
1993
MCC Service-Learning Program begins
1994
Middlesex Community College Foundation purchases
Lowell's historic John Nesmith House
President Cowan tapped for leadership role in
American Association of Community Colleges
(AACC) international initiatives
Dr. Cowan receives first Woman of the Year
Award from Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell
President Cowan named Distinguished Business
Person of the Year, North Suburban Chamber of
Commerce (first woman, first educator)
1995
Health, Science &
Technology Center opens
on Lowell campus
Lowell Middlesex
Academy becomes Lowell
Middlesex Academy
Charter School
Dr. Cowan receives Salem State College
Outstanding Educator's Award
1996
Lowell's historic Federal Building acquired from the U.S.
government
MCC selected as only college to operate a One-Stop
Career Center: The Career Place
First online course offered ("English Composition")
1997
MCC opens alternative middle school, the B.R.I.D.G.E.
Program, for Lowell-area students
College offers Honors courses for high-achieving students
1998
Lowell Connections Program founded
(MCC/UMass Lowell partnership)
MCC establishes Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of
Teaching & Learning
MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for
Seniors) Program founded
President Cowan receives Key Player Award
from the MA Telecommunications Council
1999
MCC Foundation launches
Celebrity Forum benefit
speaker series (with Walter
Cronkite and Doris Kearns
Goodwin)
2000
MCC Foundation purchases Billerica's historic Stoker
House, near Bedford campus, and saves it from demolition
President Cowan one of first recipients of
Women's
Business Hall of Fame Awards
GEAR UP Massachusetts started
President Carole A. Cowan
Milestone Timeline