▲ Two of the men Dobelle credits for his success: MCC Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Henderson, left, and Jim Mullen, who became Dobelle’s Vice President for Institutional Planning and Development. though we weren’t just giving people an education, we were saving lives, and that was serious work.” E X PA N D I N G O N M U LT I P L E F R O N T S On the academic side of the house, Dobelle began exploring international study and developing contract education programs, a workforce development component of the college that has become the backbone of its community education today. Dobelle and Mullen met frequently with Lowell leaders at the time, and explored a list of potential sites for expansion, including the Boott Mills, the Lowell Sun newspaper building, and the college’s first environs, the Wannalancit Mills. Dobelle recalled taking boat trips around the downtown canals, walking through empty mill space, and multiple meetings with elected officials, both at the local and state level. Meanwhile in Bedford, Dobelle, Mullen and Correia were going door-to-door, speaking to Bedford residents in homes adjacent to the Springs Road site. 50