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$1.7 Million Grant to Support
Asian-American Students
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Middlesex a five-
year $1,732,245 development grant from its Office of Postsecondary
Education's Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving
Institution (AANAPISI) program.
Under the grant, Asian-American students attending Middlesex will
receive a range of support services and co-curricular activities designed
to improve their college-going experience, as well as their completion and
transfer outcomes.
More than 11 percent of credit students are Asian-American, primarily
Southeast Asian. Among that cohort, 70 percent apply for financial aid,
and the majority are also from families in which they are the first to
attend college.
AANAPISI-grant project activities will involve establishing an Asian-
American Connections Center (AASC) and peer-support program, titled
Asian-American Student Network, to increase a sense of connection
and belonging to the college. The project will also include personalized
support to better navigate college processes; interventions focused on
continued support for writing skills to aid ELL students as they transition
to college; and the development of academic curriculum related to the
cultural heritage of Asian-American students.
Two New IT Certificate Programs Launched
This fall, Information Technology is offering two new certificate
programs: Digital Forensics Certificate, and IT Cybersecurity Entry-
Level Certificate.
Both certificate programs were created with the support of Guided
Pathways to Success in STEM (GPSTEM). This statewide initiative uses
the national Complete College America "Guided Pathways to Success"
model to assist eligible students in obtaining degrees and certificates
in STEM fields.
The Digital Forensics Certificate curriculum integrates computer
technology and criminal justice elements. Coursework includes
learning about the principles, procedures, techniques, and hardware
and software tools used to collect, investigate and analyze digital
evidence related to criminal investigations.
The IT Cybersecurity Entry-Level Certificate Program prepares
students for employment in a variety of entry-level network
administration positions, or to continue their education in this growing
field. Developed with funding from BATEC (Broadening Advanced
Technological Education Connections), the certificate aligns with
frameworks for cybersecurity education established jointly by the NSA
and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Students in both programs will receive extensive hands-on training
in MCC's new state-of-the-art Computer Forensics Laboratory on the
Lowell campus.
$2.2 Million Title III Grant to
Foster Student Success
MCC has been awarded a $2,205,024 U.S. Department of Education
grant to expand its work on student success.
To be distributed over a five-year period, the grant is part of the Title
III Strengthening Institutions Program. It helps eligible institutions
expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing
funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional
management, and fiscal stability.
Grant funds will be used to implement the "eMCC: Success from
the Start" program to improve the student experience and better
assess academic performance. Funds will be used to improve the
technology infrastructure used by both students and the institution.
"eMCC" will be implemented in two parts. First, the Student
Experience portion of the plan will include the development of a
comprehensive self-service program for students that will help them
with enrollment, planning, advising and success.
Second, the Academic Progress portion of the plan will help shape
student success by providing faculty and staff with an analytical
360-degree digital view of student progress. This data will allow
faculty and staff to better assess academic progress and provide
timely interventions or guidance to promote student success.
State Cultural Facilities Grant
Supports B&M Project
Middlesex has been awarded
a $113,000 Massachusetts
Cultural Facilities Fund grant
to support renovation and
transformation of the former
Boston & Maine Railroad
Depot into a performing-arts
education center on the
Lowell campus.
The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) is a state program that
fosters growth of the creative economy by supporting building projects
in the nonprofit arts, humanities and sciences. MCC's award was part of
$9.3 million in new grants recently approved by the MassDevelopment
Board of Directors. Grants must be matched one-to-one from private and/
or other public sources.
In 2008, Middlesex acquired the former Boston & Maine Railroad Depot
from the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission. Built in 1878 in
High Victorian Gothic style, the building, located at 240 Central St., is
a significant landmark in the Downtown Lowell Historic District. Upon
completion, it will provide space for dance, music and theater rehearsals
and performances.
CFF grants have helped restore many treasured historical and cultural
landmarks. MassDevelopment and the state Cultural Council jointly
administer the program. CFF grants remain highly competitive: The fund
received 146 applications in this round.
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