College America (CCA) grant to aid
statewide efforts to increase the number of
college students who complete degree and
certificate programs in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) fields.
technical-assistance grant will allow nine
Massachusetts public campuses to design academic innovations
through CCA's Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) in STEM
Careers initiative. The goal of GPS is to help students persist in
their studies and then graduate into promising STEM careers.
expertise to the eight community colleges and one state university
to help develop STEM completion goals, and analyze local labor
market conditions and workforce needs.
that promote STEM degree completion," said MCC President
Carole Cowan. "Our new Health & STEM Pathways Center
supports and advises students as they prepare for careers in these
critical fields. We hope this initiative will allow us to expand this
successful model and grow the college's existing solid partnerships
with businesses in STEM fields."
Essex community colleges
have signed an international-
agreement with Bath Spa
University (BSU) in Bath,
England, that allows students
NECC then transfer to BSU to complete a bachelor's degree.
signed by MCC President Carole Cowan, NECC President Lane
Glenn and BSU Vice-Chancellor Christina Slade in a ceremony at
MCC's historic John Nesmith House. The agreement will also pro-
mote short-course and semester-abroad opportunities.
business management, creative writing, history, biology, and graphic
communication, explained Dona Cady, MCC Dean of Global
Education, with more programs to be added in the future. While
BSU has strong programs in all of the articulation areas, it is
particularly strong in the creative arts and business, said Cady.
of Bedford to help reduce the number of
minor motor-vehicle accidents occurring
along Great Road.
students in Criminal Justice Professor Ron
busy intersections along Great Road at different times of day.
students observed drivers and identified what types of activities they
were engaging in that kept their eyes off the road. Those behaviors
included eating and drinking, grooming, using a cell phone or
other electronics, reading, and passenger interaction.
and analyzed their findings. They then developed and presented
recommendations about how to address these issues to members of
the BPD in a formal presentation in December.
directly with members of the Bedford Police Department while
exposing them to career options within the criminal justice field,"
said Brevard. "The impact of the project has been strong and
positive. Students have gained a deeper sense of connection
with the criminal justice coursework, and have gained a new
understanding of what services police departments actually
provide to their communities."
Center, Veterans Advisory Board and other
special veterans services, MCC has once
again been designated a Military Friendly
School by Victory Media. The college first
made the list in 2011.
of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are
doing the most to embrace America's military service members,
veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
welcoming environment for our veterans," said Maryanne
Mungovan, MCC Director of Multicultural and Veterans Affairs.
"The number of veterans here at the college continues to grow as
word spreads about our quality programs and overall experience."