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Skills Capital Grant to Improve STEM
Learning Environments
Middlesex has been awarded a $489,750 Massachusetts Skills
Capital Grant to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering
& Math) learning environments and academic pathways for its
Computer Science, and Engineering Technology/CAD programs.
The grant will provide updated equipment including new
computers, workstations, projectors, wiring and router updates,
new servers, and regular and 3-D printers in five Computer
Science and four Engineering/CAD classrooms on the Bedford
and Lowell campuses.
The grant is part of $11.8 million awarded as part of the
Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, an initiative of
Gov. Charlie Baker's Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to
align education, workforce, and economic development
strategies across the state.
Commonwealth Commitment Qualifiers
Students Gregory Peck and
Tatianna Argutto (in center,
left and right), who qualified
for the Massachusetts
Commonwealth Commitment
fall 2016 rebate, are shown
here with President James
C. Mabry (left) and State
Secretary of Education
Jim Peyser (right). The
Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways program
can save an average of 40 percent from the cost of earning a
bachelor's degree.
Gov. Charlie Baker (left), President James C. Mabry (center) and Computer
Science Student Michael Milisci (right) at the Skills Capital Grant
announcement ceremony.
State Grant to Help Refugees
Earn Health Credentials
The Health Career
Credentialing for
Adult Refugees
recently celebrated its
first graduating class.
The college has been
awarded a one-year,
$79,000 grant from
the State Department of Higher Education's Bridges to College
Program to support HCCAR. Designed to help the employment outlook
for Lowell's significant adult refugee population, this new initiative
will enable low-income refugees to receive certification through
MCC's Academy of Health Professions, which offers short-term
training and college-credit courses that prepare students for
entry-level health care jobs.
New Human Resources Director Appointed
Mary E. Emerick has been appointed
Executive Director of Human Resources.
Most recently, Emerick served as a Human
Resources Leader for FirstEnergy, an
Akron, Ohio, utility company with 15,000
employees and $15 billion in annual
revenues. She has also worked in HR for
Barnes Group Inc., Cummins, and Coca-Cola
Enterprises. Emerick earned a BS degree
in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, and an MBA from
Pennsylvania State University.
Campus Food Pantries Open in Bedford & Lowell
Bedford and Lowell Campus Food Pantries opened in early December,
with President James Mabry and town officials cutting the ribbon
to open the Bedford Campus Food Pantry. In collaboration with
the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, the pilot program will offer
nonperishable, supplemental food to enrolled Middlesex students,
staff and faculty. Shown here (front row left to right): Dean of
Students Pamela Flaherty, Bedford Town Manager Rick Reed,
State Rep. Ken Gordon, MCC alum Gabrielle Davis, President Mabry,
and Bedford Selectwoman Margot Fleischman.
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