Middlesex staff and faculty, as well as Lowell public schools faculty, in July 2010 at the Ankgor Wat Temple in Cambodia, as part of MCC’s Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad. Kent Mitchell, far right, with a sewing group in Soweto, South Africa. ▲ ▲ A COLLEGE OF FIRSTS Cowan credits the support of faculty and staff across the MCC spectrum for helping the college realize so many milestones, and in particular, for being recognized as a leader on so many different initiatives, and in some cases, in ground breaking manners. Cultivating the seeds planted by Dobelle, Cowan and the MCC faculty spent a great part of her earliest years expanding the college’s international profile. Middlesex has had as many as 200 international visitors annually, and is recognized on a national and international level for its outstanding training programs for foreign businesses, as well as intercultural training for local businesses. MCC has worked with more than 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and republics of the former Soviet Union. Longtime MCC Dean Kent Mitchell currently oversees many of those collaborations. In partnership with MCC’s international outreach, dozens of virtually costfree International Student Fellowships have been awarded annually to MCC students, faculty and staff, providing learning opportunities to study in China, Spain, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Italy, Belize, and the Netherlands. 67