MCC In The News

MCC In The News

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News Stories

MCC Students Excelling in Biotech Learn & Earn Experience
January Issue (Colonial Times)  — The Biotechnology Learn and Earn Experience is off to a strong start at Middlesex Community College. For 50 years, Middlesex has had a mission of guiding students on their paths to success. The Learn and Earn Experience – created to scale up the college’s already successful biotech program with an $841,000 grant from the Strategic Grant Partners (SGP) – is another way that MCC prepares students to reach their academic and professional goals.

Middlesex CC Continues to be a Leader of Online Learning Platforms
1/3/21 (Merrimack Valley Magazine) — With a strong lineup of curriculums created to run online, Middlesex Community College (MCC) continues to help students reach their academic goals throughout the pandemic. The school will offer a blend of asynchronous and synchronous online learning. For the spring 2021 semester, MCC will offer about 90% of courses online. Registration is now open.

Marine Veteran Victoria Otero Finds Her Way at Middlesex Community College, 1/4/21 (Lowell Sun) — At Middlesex Community College, Victoria Otero found a built-in system of support at the college’s Veterans Resource Center. The former Marine came to Middlesex for a career change. She chose MCC’s Nursing program and believes her experience with the VRC helped set her up for success.

MCC News: MCC’s Corporate Ed. Trains Employees to Develop Leadership Skills, 1/6/21 (Bedford Minuteman) — Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Education and Training program partners with local businesses and organizations to help companies identify their workforce training needs.

Remembering Paul Sullivan, 1/8/21 (Merrimack Valley Magazine) — That wish came true in September of 2013, five years after his death at age 50 from cancer, when Middlesex Community College published “Sully: The Words, Wit and Wisdom of Paul Sullivan.” 

LMACS Seeks New Executive Director, 1/10/21 (Merrimack Valley Magazine) — Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS) offers an inclusive and supportive environment that holds its students to high standards to ensure that they reach their goals. Margaret McDevitt will be retiring from LMACS this spring after 17 years of service and leadership to the school. James Mabry, president of Middlesex Community College (MCC) and chair of LMACS Board of Trustees, announced on Tuesday that a search committee is looking to hire the next LMACS executive director.

Middlesex C.C., Lowell General Hospital Celebrate Fruitful Relationship
1/11/21 (Lowell Sun) — Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Education and Training program has partnered with Lowell General Hospital for a number of years to provide leadership training to the hospital’s employees.

Middlesex C.C. Hands out 73 Scholarships Worth $94,000, 1/11/21 (Lowell Sun) — The Middlesex Community College Foundation awarded more than $94,000 in scholarships in a virtual ceremony.

‘Suitcase Stories’ Zooms into the Lives of Boston’s Immigrant Neighbors, 1/12/21 (Boston Globe) — “When I first came here, it was really hard for me to actually stand in front of 10 people,” said Biar Kon, a former refugee from Sudan who has participated with “Suitcase Stories” many times in the past few years and worked for IINE as an interpreter. But he got better and better at it, gaining momentum and confidence. When he graduated with his associate’s degree from Middlesex Community College in 2019, he even became the commencement speaker, addressing over 1,000 people. “It helped me become a really good public speaker,” Kon said. He is now studying business at UMass Lowell. 

MCC News: MCC to Offer Free Early Childhood Education Courses, 1/14/21 (Bedford Minuteman) — For the spring 2021 semester, Middlesex Community College will offer free courses to early childhood education students who are working in the field and want to start their academic pathway.

Q&A -- Chelmsford's Newest Lawmaker Looks to District's Challenges, 1/15/21 (Eagle Independent) — I'm going to be meeting with Lowell General Hospital on healthcare. I have folks from Middlesex Community College and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell to meet. 

Groton Native Goes From MCC to Virus Frontlines in San Francisco, 1/18/21 (Lowell Sun) — Alicia Gentile, now working on the frontlines of COVID-19 in the health-care field, got her start at Middlesex Community College. 

Middlesex Community College Sets Up Veterans for Success with Resource Center, 1/19/21 (Lowell Sun) — The Veterans Resource Center at Middlesex Community College strives to ensure that MCC veteran and military-connected students remain on their paths to academic, professional and personal success.

An Exciting Adventure is Waiting for Everyone on a Mountain Made of Marshmallows, 1/20/21 (WebWire) — Elizabeth Lopilato was born on August 2, 1962 in Winchester, Massachusetts. She grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts.  She raised her 5 daughters there and still lives there to this day. Elizabeth attended Middlesex Community College and earned a degree as a registered nurse in the early 1990’s. She has been telling this bedtime story to her children for years before deciding to write it down one morning in August of 2006. Five years later, “Marshmello Mountain” was published!

Life Sciences and the Move to the Suburbs ~ Part I ~ A Forum Sponsored by the Middlesex 3 Coalition, 1/20/21 (Bedford Citizen) — After new companies set up, Sandoval continued, towns should help them get access to resources – commuter shuttles, job training programs, workforce development. Middlesex Community College is another choice. “It’s not just the beginning stage but helping them thrive.”

Candidate Statement: Catherine VanPraagh ~ Bedford Board of Health, 1/20/21 (Bedford Citizen) — I spent several years working on DNA-based vaccines in the pharmaceutical industry, followed by over a decade teaching microbiology to nursing students at Middlesex Community College. 

Middlesex Community College Faces Drop in Enrollment Due to Pandemic, 1/21/21 (Lowell Sun) — Enrollment at Middlesex Community College is down nearly 25% for spring semester, one of many side effects of the pandemic. 

Alumna Maria Aybar Discovered Passion for Service at Middlesex, 1/25/21 (Lowell Sun) — At Middlesex Community College, Maria Aybar learned what it felt like to be part of a community. By providing her with accessible resources and opportunities, MCC set her up for success.

MCC’s ‘A World of Music’ Series Earns Award from Bedford TV, 1/26/21 (Lowell Sun) — As part of Bedford TV’s annual awards ceremony, Middlesex Community College’s “A World of Music” concert series was awarded Best Musical Performance.

Keefe Family’s 13th Annual Polar Plunge Will Benefit Sandra Dubuque-Grimes, 1/26/21 (Lowell Sun) — With one child attending Merrimack College, another at Middlesex Community College and her youngest headed to Rivier University in the fall, Dubuque-Grimes is struggling financially. 

Bedford Schools Seek Funding for Pooled Testing, 1/28/21 (Bedford Citizen) — The superintendent reported that the planning involves Heidi Porter, director of the town’s Department of Health and Human Services, and the cadre of school nurses. Bedford hopes to recruit nursing students from Middlesex Community College and volunteers from town Covid-19 testing to participate. “We will have all kinds of protocols,” he said. 

Middlesex Community College to Celebrate Black History Month, 1/31/21 (Lowell Sun) — Middlesex Community College will host a series of online presentations and discussions throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

News Releases Sent to Media Outlets

MCC to Offer Free Early Childhood Education Courses this Spring1/5/21

Middlesex Community College provides students with opportunities to set them up for success. For the Spring 2021 semester, Middlesex is offering free courses to Early Childhood Education (ECE) students who are working in the field and want to start their academic pathway. Classes are offered online and are funded through the ECE Career Pathways grant and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

LMACS Seeks New Executive Director1/5/21

When students have been given up on – or have given up on themselves – Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS) offers an inclusive and supportive environment that holds its students to high standards and ensures they reach their goals. Dr. Margaret McDevitt will be retiring from LMACS this spring after 17 inspirational and passionate years of service and leadership to the school. Dr. James C. Mabry, President of Middlesex Community College and Chair of LMACS Board of Trustees, announced on Tuesday that a search committee is looking to hire the next LMACS Executive Director.


Middlesex CC Alumna Working on Frontlines of Pandemic1/7/21

Now working on the frontlines of COVID-19 in the healthcare field, Alicia Gentile got her start at Middlesex Community College. As a Dual Enrollment student, Gentile appreciated MCC’s small class sizes and opportunities for growth. Having received flexible course options, supportive advisors and professors, and a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, Middlesex put her on track to help her in her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree and a career as a nurse.


MCC’s Corporate Ed. Partners with LGH to Offer Training to Staff, 1/7/21Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Education and Training program has partnered with Lowell General Hospital (LGH) for a number of years to provide leadership training to the hospital’s employees. A leader of workforce training for over 30 years, MCC’s Corporate Ed. understands how industries work and how to best prepare employees to succeed.


MCC’s Certificate Program Helps Student Land Job at LGH, 1/12/21

Rachel Twerefour came to Middlesex Community College to start working in the healthcare industry as soon as she could. Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UMass Lowell, she chose MCC’s Community Education and Training’s (CET) Nurse Assistant certificate program to gain patient care experience before applying for medical school.


Living the Dream Partners Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy, 1/12/21

Martin Luther King Jr.’s words and actions continue to leave a lasting impact upon generations. Although the pandemic is preventing an in-person event, at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021, the Middlesex Community College Foundation and the Living the Dream Partners will sponsor “Where Do We Go From Here?” – a virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.


Middlesex Community College Alum Named to an Elected Position, 1/14/21

Middlesex Community College has welcomed 26,000+ alumni over the past 50 years in the college’s storied history. Serving a diverse population of learners, Middlesex is proud to help students find their path on their academic, professional and personal journeys. This past election day, MCC alum Danillo Sena was named to an elected position.


Register for Middlesex Community College’s Spring 2021 Semester1/15/21

Student success starts at Middlesex Community College. With affordable, flexible and high-quality course options, Middlesex helps students fit education into their busy lifestyles and complete their program goals more quickly. Register for MCC’s Spring 2021 semester today.


MCC Debuts New Program to Allow for More Student Interactions1/19/21

After her classes transitioned to online formats during the Spring 2020 semester, Abigail Coleman found she missed talking with her classmates about an assignment or book before or after class and making small talk around campus. Understanding the need for social interactions between students, Middlesex Community College developed a resource called Study Buddies that allows classmates to connect with each other outside of class.


MCC’s Dual Enrollment Prepares High School Students for College1/20/21

In Middlesex Community College’s Dual Enrollment program, high school students receive valuable opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Taking concurrent courses for high school and college credit allows students to better prepare for college and to give themselves a competitive edge in applying for – and succeeding in – higher education.


MCC’s Libraries Provide Support to Students Throughout Pandemic, 1/21/21

In the face of the pandemic, the Middlesex Community College Libraries responded to the needs of students, faculty and staff by overhauling their physical spaces and digital offerings. Throughout 2020 and the coronavirus, the Middlesex Libraries not only maintained – but improved upon – the quality and accessibility of their services and resources.


MCC’s Biotech Program Gets Students Started in a Hiring Industry1/22/21

For Middlesex Community College alum Joshua Moreaux, a job in biotechnology has never been more relevant. A United States army veteran who worked with hazmat and hazmat materials during his tenure, Moreaux was looking to go back to school to get a degree in the sciences. At Middlesex, he was inspired by professor Dr. Mariluci Bladon to enter MCC’s biotech program.


MCC Named As a 2021 Best Online Associate Degrees for Investment1/26/21

Throughout the college’s 50 years as an institution, Middlesex Community College has welcomed 26,000+ alumni and continues to educate thousands of credit and noncredit students every year. The college’s 20+ year history of excellence in online teaching has distinguished MCC as one of the 2021 Best Online Associate Degrees, according to a new report by OnlineU that ranks Middlesex as no. 18 in the country for Highest Return on Investment for students. With flexible course options and a variety of resources and services available, MCC helps students get their start or get back on their feet.


MCC’s MILES Provides Community Engagement for Seniors, 1/26/21

Throughout the pandemic many are seeking opportunities to connect with the community in safe ways. Middlesex Community College’s Community Education and Training (CET) program has been successful in keeping participants active and engaged by transitioning to online formats, including CET’s Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Learning for Seniors (MILES).


MCC to Host Several Virtual Events Celebrating Black History Month, 1/27/21

As an institution serving a diverse population of learners, Middlesex Community College strives to celebrate the histories, art, music and cultures of the college’s students. Although the majority of courses, student services and events remain online due to the pandemic, Middlesex will host several online events throughout February to commemorate Black History Month.


Student Finds Her Path – And Place – at Middlesex Community College1/29/21

From the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, when Sandy Myra first arrived at Middlesex Community College, she was uncertain of her ability to succeed in American higher education. With MCC’s support and available resources – along with her determination – Myra gained confidence to excel in her coursework as she strives to become a nurse. 

Last Modified: 8/17/21