Course Testimonials

Pharmacy Technician

Surbhi Patel finished MCC’s Pharmacy Technician program this year. A mom of twins, Patel – who is from Billerica – was interested in working in a job that allows for flexible hours and weekend availability. She was looking to get into a healthcare field and Middlesex provided her with the medical training and knowledge she needed in order to break into the industry.

“You have better exposure to the subject with someone guiding you instead of learning on your own,” she said. “Professor George gave us thorough information and explanation of the material.”

Although the idea of taking online classes made her nervous, Patel said her professor and MCC helped ease her fears after just the first class. The “helpful and coordinating staff” made a difference in her education.

Non-Profit Management

Kerri Keeler is a Development Associate with Mill City Grows in Lowell and has moved into working for a nonprofit after years working in corporate jobs. Keeler chose MCC due to the flexibility in the schedule and affordability of the class.

“I loved the practical, real world examples that were used to illustrate each concept and showcase successes and challenges experienced by other organizations,” she said. “MCC’s course was a great way for me to get myself up to speed in my new career in nonprofit work quickly and with a solid foundation for me to learn more as the work grows.”

This is the third certification course Carl Gallozzi has taken. He is a retired Hewlett-Packard Company Relationship Manager in the Server Division now focused on his volunteer work. He credits MCC’s course for helping him learn a strong overview of the subject matter.

“The modules about both strategic planning and fundraising are also extremely timely and valuable,” he said. “I would recommend these courses to obtain an overview from a practiced professional – who is knowledgeable and supportive.”


Technical Writing Certificate

MCC offers a Technical Writing Certificate for job seekers interested in writing for a variety of industries that are actively hiring employees – such as IT, software, education, journalism and business.

During the pandemic, MCC is offering live, virtual instruction for remote learning so participants can remain safe and healthy while receiving a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Developed in cooperation with an advisory board and taught by industry leaders, the curriculum is a blend of standards and knowledge of how to write clearly and concisely for an audience, and provides a vast range of tools used by professional writers.

Lois Kilberg, a recent graduate of MCC’s Technical Writing Certificate, has done technical writing in the past, but she needed to upgrade her skills and writing samples in order to be relevant in the field. Kilberg’s goal was to find a job that allows her to work remotely.

“[MCC’s program] was extremely helpful,” she said. “I improved greatly as a writer and learned new skills and concepts. I ended up with recent writing samples that I could use in my job search and I could put new skills on my resume. As a direct result of the new skills and writing samples that I gained from the program, I now have a fully remote technical writing job that perfectly fits my situation and needs!”

Meera Nagarijan, a 2019 graduate of the program, wanted to get back to work after 12 years away while raising her children. She started MCC’s Technical Writing Certificate to gain relevant skills and learn about current trends. She considers the program a “launchpad” for her new career.

“The program was a perfect blend of the art of writing plus technology,” she said. “It gave the students a detailed semester of the do’s and don’ts of writing technical content and another semester with an overview of the several tools and technologies one needs as a technical writer in today’s world. I personally benefited from the course a lot – it was exactly what I needed.”

Personal Enrichment

MCC alum Scot Weisman, instructor and developer of MCC’s Backyard Beekeeping course, believes taking personal enrichment courses helps people lead more fulfilled lives.

“I think it is important to stay connected with the world around us and to continually strive for personal growth,” he said. “We should always be trying to learn about new things – it makes our lives more interesting and rewarding.”

Brian Noël got into beekeeping because he wants to make a positive impact in the world and help the environment. Bees are vital to the planet, but hives are struggling. From MCC’s course, Noël learned how beekeeping is “a long-term commitment” – but one he has enjoyed diving into.

“I had been toying with the idea of starting beekeeping for nearly a decade but I did not know where to begin,” he said. “The class gave me a solid foundation in beekeeping fundamentals and it gave me the confidence I needed to get started on my own. I now have two hives and well over 10,000 bees.”

Having taken courses at MCC before, Noël expected great things from the course. He finished the class just before the pandemic and as he is working from home and no longer has a long commute, has enjoyed the time he has been able to dedicate to beekeeping. The hobby has also offered a much-needed, safe distraction during these challenging times.

“Learning new things is important to being a healthy person,” he said. “It’s enriching, can be fun and you learn more about the world around you. Plus you get to learn a bunch of interesting bee facts that you can use at parties.”






Last Modified: 12/18/20