1990 ✦ Dr. Carole Cowan appointed third Middlesex president ✦ Construction begins on permanent Bedford campus ✦ MCC begins affiliation with the East West Summer Institute and the University of Hawaii’s Asian Studies Development Program ✦ First international exchange professor arrives from Budapest, Hungary; MCC professor teaches at Budapest Technical University 1991 1990s ✦ Permanent Lowell campus opens in former Wang Educational Center ✦ MCC Foundation launches first major fund drive in Middlesex history ✦ Trustees vote to purchase Middle Street property for Health, Science & Technology Center 1992 ✦ Permanent Bedford campus opens ✦ International Student Fellowships Program founded ✦ MCC honored for best international education programs by National Council of Instructional Administrators and AACJC; award recognized Asian Studies Program and curriculum development projects initiated by President Cowan in 1990. 1993 ✦ MCC Foundation purchases/renovates Lowell’s historic John Nesmith House ✦ MCC leaves the VA Building; Dental Hygiene Program moves to Lowell campus ✦ Service-Learning pilot program launched – 50 MCC students participate in community service during Spring Break 1994 ✦ MCC Core Curriculum starts ✦ First Arts & Crafts Fair held on Bedford campus ✦ President Cowan tapped for leadership role in American Association of Community Colleges international initiatives 1995 ✦ Health, Science & Technology Center opens ✦ Lowell Middlesex Academy becomes Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School – one of the first Massachusetts charter schools 1996 ✦ First online course offered – English Composition, 6 students enrolled ✦ Lowell’s historic Federal Building acquired from U.S. government ✦ MCC selected as only college to operate a One-Stop Career Center: The Career Place. 1997 ✦ B.R.I.D.G.E. Program opens for Lowell-area at-risk middle school students ✦ Individual Honors Courses offered 1998 ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ Lowell Small Business Assistance Center opens Lowell Connections Program founded (MCC/UMass partnership) M.I.L.E.S. Program for active older adults begins MCC creates Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – one of the first colleges to do so 1999 ✦ MCC Foundation launches Celebrity Forum benefit speaker series with Walter Cronkite and Doris Kearns Goodwin ✦ MCC launches Crossroads, one-year experiential program for high school graduates undecided about future education/career choices 148