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Cummings Foundation Awards
`$100K for 100' Grant
Middlesex is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000
each through the Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 program. MCC
was chosen from a total of 479 applicants, during a competitive review
The three-year grant will enable the college to build capacity to enhance
academic and career opportunities for students, using peer-support staff
to improve engagement, leadership and job readiness.
The grant will allow expansion of the successful student-outreach model
of peer liaisons (now well established at the Lowell-campus Multicultural
Center) by hiring trained student Achievement Liaisons (AL) and a program
coordinator to work out of the Bedford Multicultural Center. ALs will
reach out to and support Bedford-campus students who are more likely to
experience gaps in achievement such as those who are first-generation
to college, ethnic/racial minorities, and/or who are from nontraditional or
low-income households.
In past years, the Cummings Foundation has also given $5,000 to
Celebrity Forum, which supports MCC Foundation student scholarships.
The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only
based in, but also primarily serve, Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk
counties. This year, the program is benefiting 41 different cities and
towns within the commonwealth. With the conclusion of this grant
cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $140 million
to local nonprofits alone.
Dr. Reth Soeng: 2016-17 Scholar in Residence
Thanks to a grant
from the U.S. State
Department's Fulbright
Visiting Scholar Program,
Cambodian economist/
educator Dr. Reth
Soeng will be Scholar in
Residence for the 2016-17
academic year.
In Cambodia, Soeng is
an adjunct professor of
economics at the American
University of Phnom Penh, and a visiting professor of economics in the
English-based master program at Royal University of Law & Economics/
Ecole nationale d>administration. Since 2009, he has also been a
research fellow at the Centre for ASEAN Studies at the University of
Antwerp, Belgium. His academic area of interest includes foreign direct
investment in Cambodia.
In addition to teaching courses in economics, Soeng will also deliver
curricular and co-curricular guest lectures, keynote an upcoming Global
Education speaker series/symposia, sit on MCC faculty committees,
and participate in community outreach.
MCC President James C. Mabry (left) and
Cambodian economist/educator Dr. Reth
Soeng, Scholar in Residence for the
2016-17 academic year.
Shown here (left to right): Patricia Demaras, MCC Assistant Dean of
International/Multicultural Student Affairs; Cummings Foundation founder Joyce
Cummings; and Lisa Doucett, Director of Grant Development at Middlesex.
Eastern Bank Grant Expands Support to
MCC recently received a $10,000 Strengthening Families Grant from
the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to help veterans transition
from military service to higher education.
Grant funding will be used to provide Green Zone training to a wide
range of college faculty and staff. The Green Zone program will help
the college create a highly visible network of college employees
who better understand the unique needs of active military, veterans
and their family members, and who can help students identify and
connect with resourses both on and off campus.
Thanks to the already extensive services of the Veterans Resource
Center, and other special veterans services the college provides,
Middlesex is currently ranked sixth on a list of military-friendly
community colleges nationwide. Additionally, MCC has been
designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media every year
since 2011.
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