2000 ✦ MCC Foundation purchases (and saves) Billerica’s historic Stoker House ✦ Celebrity Forum speaker: Colin Powell 2001 ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ Celebrity Forum speakers: former President George H. Bush and Barbara Bush Links Program for adult learners launched, funded by MCC/Massachusetts Department of Education Journalist Ray Suarez and Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate, speak as part of One World Series MCC launches MiddleNet, new online registration/enrollment service 2002 ✦ Honors Program launched ✦ Six faculty members travel to Cambodia on U.S. State Department Fulbright-Hays Group Research Project 2000s 2003 ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ Middlesex Meetinghouse restored and opened near Bedford Campus MCC Leadership Management Institute launched Middlesex & Salem State College partner to offer bachelor’s degree-completion programs Author Frank McCourt speaks as part of One World Series 2004 ✦ Grand Opening of Federal Building on Lowell campus ✦ Lowell Police Academy moves to Lowell campus 2005 ✦ Central Administration Building on Bedford campus dedicated to Robert Cataldo ✦ MCC Program on Homeland Security established 2006 ✦ MCC Foundation Annual Fund launched ✦ MCC/Lahey Clinic Nursing Partnership Program begins 2007 ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ Federal Building dedicated to Congressman F. Bradford Morse Paul H. Sullivan Leadership Institute established Center for Community Engagement opens MCC selected to AAC&U’s Core Commitments Leadership Consortium Boston & Maine Railroad Depot building in Lowell acquired Lowell’s Derby Park Culture Garden dedicated Veterans Resource Center established Celebrity Forum 10th anniversary speaker: comedian Jay Leno 2008 2009 MCC Fitness Trail opens (connects to state-wide trail system) Weekend College begins International peace activist Padraig O’Malley speaks at MCC Enrollment increases 24 percent over previous year ✦ MCC students named national champions in Federal Reserve’s FedChallenge Competition (second year in a row) 2010 ✦ Middlesex turns 40 and celebrates with a Grand Gala, Parades and Special Events ✦ MCC’s Transition Program celebrates its 25th anniversary ✦ Middlesex named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs 149