Legislative Partners Working at the Federal, State and Local Levels to Move Middlesex Forward S ince before the first classroom doors opened to welcome students onto the Bedford campus, Middlesex Community College has always counted on the support of its legislative partners to help make things happen. Accounting Office and the U.S. Department of Education. More recently, State Sen. Steven Panagiotakos, Lowell Representatives Tom Golden, Kevin Murphy, and David Nangle, and Burlington Rep. Charlie Murphy have worked closely with several state agencies to try to help free up capital expansion money to fund new projects, most specifically, the renovation of the Boston & Maine Railroad Depot on Central Street in Lowell. With dual campuses, the college enjoys representation from two House members in Washington: former MCC Dean, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas in the Fifth District represents Lowell, and Congressman John Tierney in the Sixth District represents Bedford. In recent years, the two have teamed to support numerous federal initiatives, including the college’s partnership with the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), the expansion of the Health, Science & Technology Center buildings on Middle Street in Lowell, and a geothermal energy study on the Bedford campus. “It’s immeasurable how much assistance our legislative partners can bring to the table,” said Cowan. “When we take the opportunity to reflect, as we have done throughout our 40th anniversary year, you can see their fingerprints on so many of our accomplishments. These relationships have truly helped make Middlesex who we are.” Patrick Cook The college has worked closely with members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, state senators and representatives, city councilors, selectmen, mayors, and town and city managers to secure state and federal resources, particularly in the area of funding opportunities. “Middlesex considers itself very resourceful and creative in the way we go about moving the college forward,” said President Carole Cowan. “But the support of our legislative delegations at every level can make a world of difference in securing the funding that will allow the college to grow at a more productive pace.” Looking back at MCC’s four decades, Cowan recalled many occasions when legislators helped usher funding requests and proposals through both the halls of Congress and the State House to ensure the college’s development. For instance, in 1988, when the college had just begun to expand its reach into Lowell, Gov. Michael Dukakis and State Sen. Paul Sheehy worked behind the scenes during Fourth of July weekend to help guarantee funding would be in place to allow the expansion to proceed. In the late 1990s, Sen. John Kerry and U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan teamed up to help shepherd the requisition of Lowell’s Federal Building through the administrative process with the General 4 Gov. Michael Dukakis delivers a speech on the Middlesex campus in 1990. 4 MCC Executive Vice President Jay Linnehan (left to right), President Carole Cowan, U.S. Sen. John Kerry and Congressman Marty Meehan at the MCC Federal Building dedication in 1996. 4 Lowell Mayor James Milinazzo (left to right), City Manager Bernie Lynch, State Rep. Kevin Murphy, MCC President Carole Cowan and State Rep. David Nangle accept funding check from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas at the Boston & Maine Depot in 2008. Profiles |3|