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MCC Awarded Carnegie Community
Engagement Reclassification
For the second time, Middlesex has received the
Carnegie Foundation's multiyear Community Engagement
Classification, which recognizes the college's
commitment to service and community engagement. MCC was one of only five
Massachusetts community colleges to receive this distinction.
"This reclassification gives us a chance to look closely at a range of ways we
connect with the communities we serve," said Carina Self, Assistant Dean of
Social Sciences and Service-Learning. "We are thrilled to be among a small
group of community colleges that have been through this process twice and
hope we can continue to serve as a resource to other colleges as they grow
their community-engagement initiatives."
Additionally, MCC has again been named to the President's Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll. The college has been named to the Honor Roll
every year since its launch in 2006.
New Grant Helps Preserve
Cambodian Classical Music
Middlesex has been awarded a $37,000 grant from Lowell's Theodore Edson
Parker Foundation to support collaboration with the Lowell Public Schools (LPS)
to foster and preserve Cambodian classical music.
"The goal of the grant is three-fold," explained Dona Cady, Dean of Global
Education. "It will increase professional development to K-12 LPS music faculty,
train local folk musicians in the traditional Cambodian style, and introduce
Cambodian classical music to middle and high school students and the greater
Lowell community."
This spring, approximately 20 LPS music teachers are taking part in a 16-week
graduate-level training program, supported by the Lowell Teacher Academy.
Instruction is provided by master musician Song Heng and Lowell Music
Teacher Rita Green, who participated in an MCC Fulbright-Hays study
abroad project in Cambodia.
Each training session will include in-depth historical and cultural context to
support the music instruction. Teachers who complete the training will be
required to develop curriculum to integrate Cambodian classical music into
their classes.
Phlebotomy Certificate Program
Named Top in State
MCC's Phlebotomy Program was recently presented
the 2014 Best of Phlebotomy Education Award by
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looking for phlebotomy training and jobs,
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phlebotomy programs across the U.S.
"We are honored to receive the Best Phlebotomy Education Award," said
Suzanne McHale, Program Coordinator for MCC's Academy of Health
Professions. "Our Phlebotomy Certificate Program trains students to become
skilled phlebotomists as well as exceptional health care professionals.
We hold our students to the highest standards of the field."
As part of the Academy of Health Professions (AHP), MCC's Phlebotomy Program
offers short-term training and college-credit courses that prepare students for
careers in entry-level health care.
Middlesex Included in Military Guide
for Colleges & Universities
Thanks to MCC's Veterans Resource Center, Veterans
Advisory Board and other special veterans services, the
college has been designated a Top School in the 2015
Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities.
"There are approximately 450 veterans currently enrolled at Middlesex," said
Maryanne Mungovan, Director of Multicultural and Veterans Affairs. "And that
number continues to grow. This award recognizes all the work Middlesex does
to create a welcoming environment for our student veterans."
Now in its eighth year of publishing the guide, MAE evaluated more than 600
institutions nationwide based on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility,
on-campus support, and online support services. For more information, visit:
Mentoring Elementary-School
Students in STEM Fields
As part of an ongoing program with Lowell's Bartlett Community Partnership
School, last fall more than 100 Middlesex students participated in a variety of
STEM education and Service-Learning projects with students in pre-K through
eighth grade.
Students from 12 different MCC courses organized and facilitated science-,
technology-, engineering- and math-focused classroom projects, lessons
and field trips for Bartlett students. Projects included a field trip to an MCC
chemistry lab for Bartlett's Science Club, in-class lessons in magnets, forces and
planets, water pollution, and dental hygiene, and food-science projects focusing
on sustainability.
"The impact the MCC-Bartlett partnership has had on all students involved
is profound," said Elena Bilodeau, MCC/Bartlett Service-Learning liaison.
"Middlesex students are able to develop their personal and professional skills
by creating and supporting educational lessons and programs with an emphasis
on increasing Bartlett student interest in STEM fields."
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