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iddlesex helped Alec Belanger (Class of 2003) figure out
his place in the world. Now, the 34-year-old directs a
Boston technology company and has joined the MCC
Board of Trustees.
"It's all about paying it forward," said Belanger, who grew up in
Lowell and lives in Billerica. "I had a really good experience at
Middlesex. I want to give back to my community."
Belanger enrolled at MCC after graduating from Greater
Lowell Technical High School. He took a variety of classes his
first year at Middlesex, before selecting a major program of study.
"I finally decided on Engineering Science I always
liked electronics and science."
After graduating with his AA in 2003, Belanger transferred to
UMass Lowell, planning to major in electrical engineering. But he
changed his major and earned a bachelor's degree in management
and marketing.
"After spending a year and half in the engineering curriculum,
I decided to change my major. I wanted to broaden my range from
engineering and go into the business world."
Belanger now blends business and engineering as Director of
Operations for TriTech Communications' Boston office. "TriTech is
an audio/video integrator. Basically, we do high-end commercial
audio and video.
"I like to say we are technology architects. We help integrate
technology into schools and commercial buildings. Many of our
clients are technology companies, like Microsoft. The majority of
the time we start with the shell of a building. So, a lot of what I
do is engineering and sales. I really like the business aspect of it."
Belanger worked throughout his college career, so as a new trustee
he's particularly interested in the area of workforce development.
"I'd like adults who didn't get their college education when they
were younger to know they can go back to college and start their
degree at a community college. A lot of people are hesitant to go
to school now, and one thing that scares them is student debt.
Community colleges are very affordable."
Belanger also wants to spread the word that Middlesex can be a
good option for students right out of high school. "My education
helped me get to where I am in my career. I tell high-school kids
that taking those classes helped me get ahead. It might take you 15
to 20 years to get ahead without a degree, but you can get there in
five to six years with a college degree.
"If you don't know exactly what you're going to do, go to MCC, live
at home and figure it out. That's my story."
--
Kathy Register
New Member of the Board of Trustees Got His Start at MCC
Alec
Belanger
TRUSTEE
PROFILE
"I'd like adults who didn't get their college
education when they were younger to
know they can go back to college and start
their degree at a community college."
Alec Belanger
Director of Operations for TriTech Communications, Boston office
Member, MCC Board of Trustees
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