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MCC Awarded Grant to Increase STEM Graduates
Middlesex has been awarded a Complete
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.
Administered through the State Board of Higher Education, the
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.
During the two-year period of the grant, CCA will provide technical
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.
"Middlesex is honored to be part of CCA's pioneering initiatives
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."
Transfer Agreement Signed with U.K. University
Middlesex and Northern
Essex community colleges
have signed an international-
education articulation
agreement with Bath Spa
University (BSU) in Bath,
England, that allows students
to complete an associate degree in selected programs at MCC or
NECC then transfer to BSU to complete a bachelor's degree.
The Memorandum of Agreement between the three institutions was
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.
Middlesex students can transfer into 10 programs at BSU, including
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.
Criminal Justice Students Study Distracted Drivers
Last fall, Middlesex students hit the streets
of Bedford to help reduce the number of
minor motor-vehicle accidents occurring
along Great Road.
As part of a Service-Learning project,
students in Criminal Justice Professor Ron
Brevard's "Intro to Criminal Justice" class gathered data from three
busy intersections along Great Road at different times of day.
With guidance from the Bedford Police Department (BPD),
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.
After their field observations, the Criminal Justice students compiled
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.
"The project created an opportunity for students to interact
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."
MCC Designated a Military Friendly School
Thanks to the Middlesex Veterans Resource
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.
The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 20 percent
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.
"This award recognizes the work Middlesex does to create a
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."
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