Community Partnerships

  • Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
    MCC has partnered with APCO International to offer training for 911 emergency dispatch personnel. APCO is the largest trainer of telecommunicators, and recently started offering basic telecommunications courses to public safety dispatchers at MCC's Lowell campus. The program, moving forward, is specifically attempting to teach returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, especially disabled veterans, skills that can help introduce them to a career in law enforcement.
    Contact: Patrick Cook, 978-656-3134,
  • The Career Place
    Established in 1997, the Career Place One-Stop Career Center provides comprehensive career services to area residents, and employment and training resources to local employers. Located in Woburn, chartered by the Metro North Regional Employment Board, and administered by MCC, the Career Place helps job seekers assess their skill levels and interests, enter education and training programs, and find jobs. Free services include professional career counseling, employment workshops, and access to job-related research and position listings. Recently, the Career Place opened a Youth Transition Center in Somerville in a community partnership with the Mystic Housing Development and The Welcome Project. The Career Place also provides customized employment services to individuals with disabilities and offers adaptive equipment that helps customers with disabilities access the full range of services at the Center.
    Funding: Federal Workforce Investment Act, Massachusetts State Line Item Funding, U.S. Department of Labor National Emergency Grants (assisting laid-off workers); Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (assisting welfare recipients) and fee-generating services

  • Cambodian Expressions
    An annual, multi-week Cambodian film and arts festival in April is co-sponsored by MCC, in partnership with more than 15 local businesses, educational and cultural institutions and several Cambodian arts organizations. Events are held around Lowell, with most free and open to the public. One partner, Cambodian Living Arts based in Phnom Penh, brought Where Elephants Weep, a Cambodian folk opera, to Lowell in 2007 for its American premier.
    Contact: Kent Mitchell, 978-656-3133,

  • Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning
    The goals of the Center for Community Engagement are to enrich students educational experiences, meet community needs, and foster civic responsibility throughout the college and the community by integrating service into the academic curriculum. Through participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences, students extend what they learn beyond the classroom. Service-Learning and community engagement components are offered in an extensive assortment of courses with a wide variety of flexible, project-based requirements. Students are placed with organizations that address a wide range of social issues such as health, homelessness, hunger, the environment, elderly concerns, children with special needs, and adults with physical and mental challenges. Middlesex has had a Service-Learning program since 1992.
    Contact: Sheri Denk, 978-656-3159,

  • Historic Preservation – Lowell Railroad Depot Building (Rialto Building)
    Middlesex recently acquired the historic Boston and Maine Railroad Depot building in Lowell from the Lowell National Historical Park, which had "excessed" the building to the General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Education. The building, also known as the Rialto Building because it was home to the Rialto Theater for much of the 20th century, had been uninhabited for two decades. The two-story brick Victorian Gothic structure was built in 1876 to serve passengers and freight traffic for the railroad. It was saved from demolition in 1989 by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, and Lowell National Historical Park has since invested more than $2 million into renovating the building's exterior. Middlesex will use the building for classroom space and for its dance and theater programs, once funding is secured to continue with the building's rehabilitation and development.
    Contact: Patrick Cook, 978-656-3134,

  • The Lowell Civic Collaborative (TLC)
    This innovative three-year partnership between Middlesex and Lowell National Historical Park was conceived to promote civic engagement and community service among MCC students and was a resounding success. More than 30 math and science, humanities and social science faculty members were trained to incorporate civic engagement and service-learning components into their courses. As a result, more than 800 MCC students visited Lowell National Historical Park, Minute Man National Historical Park and other sites in the surrounding community to complete a wide variety of TLC projects. Middlesex created a detailed, informative Guidebook designed to assist all college faculty in creating civic engagement and service-learning projects that focus on their own communities and neighboring national parks. While the grant has ended, the mutual engagement between the college and the parks continues to grow.
    Funding: Corporation for National and Community Service
    Contact: Sheri Denk, 978-656-3159,
  • City of Lowell Gang Task Force
    The task force is comprised of nearly two dozen representatives from agencies such as the Lowell Police Department, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, the Lowell School Department, the United Teen Equality Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell, and the Lowell City Manager. Since October 2006, the group has been meeting monthly at the Lowell campus to create policy and direct initiatives that address the issue of teen violence, particularly involving gang members in the city of Lowell. The president of MCC serves as chair of the committee.
    Contact: Patrick Cook, 978-656-3134,
  • Lowell Police Academy
    The Lowell Police Academy has been offering recruit training at MCC since 2004. Approximately 80-90 student officers from more than two dozen communities throughout Massachusetts attend the 24-week program, which places a heavy emphasis on problem solving and community policing. The academy, located at MCC's Lowell campus, is run by the Lowell Police Department and staffed by senior officers from Chelmsford, Cambridge and Lowell.
    Contact: Patrick Cook, 978-656-3134,

  • MCC Law Center
    Founded in 1989 and located on the Lowell campus, the MCC Law Center administers consumer protection, mediation and high school violence-prevention programs

Face-to-Face Mediation Program
The mediation program, approved by the Supreme Judicial Court, provides free mediation services to individuals, businesses and institutions and is approved by the Superior, Probate and District Courts to provide mediation in their court proceedings.
Funding: Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Contact: Ken Dunn, 978-656-3342,

Consumer Protection Program
This program provides free consumer protection mediation to consumers and businesses and provides internship opportunities for MCC Paralegal Studies students. The students investigate and mediate more than 750 cases for the Attorney General's Office each year with a savings to consumers of more than $200,000 annually.
Funding: Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Contact: Ken Dunn, 978-656-3342,

  • MCC/Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) Partnership
    Each year MRT provides the college community with affordable tickets and exposure to the visiting artists performing in the theater. Middlesex underwrites tickets each season allowing all MCC staff, faculty and students to attend MRT for only $10 each. For the MCC community, MRT hosts an "MCC Night," a pre-show reception and a post-show talkback each semester. Middlesex students also serve as interns at MRT. Qualified MCC students have broadened their horizons by participating in award-winning theater in almost every area of production and administration at MRT. This has proven to be a great way for the students to interact and learn from professional artists.
    Contact: Karen Oster, 781-280-3939,
  • MCC Summer Camps
    Middlesex offers a fun and stimulating series of one-, two- and three-week Summer Camps during July and August on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. More than 30 camps, exploring the fields of aviation, science, technology, the humanities and the arts are offered. Designed to actively engage campers in an exciting learning environment, most MCC summer camps are geared toward students ages 10 to 15, with some opportunities for children ages 8 to 10. Popular camps include Aviation (ACE), Fashion Design, Veterinary Early Training, and Digital Photography, as well as Forensics and Anime camps. There also is a three-week musical theater camp for 8- to 15-year-olds in Lowell. The Federal Aviation Administration supports MCC's summer aviation camps, and the Massachusetts Veterinary Hospital in Woburn supports the veterinary camps.
    Contact: Lauren Ellis, 781-280- 3669,
  • M.I.L.E.S. (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors)
    The M.I.L.E.S. program offers stimulating, interactive daytime sessions for adults age 50 and older, with no term papers, tests or grades. The two-hour study groups usually meet weekly from 2–4 p.m. for five weeks, and are facilitated by individuals with expertise in their field, including some MCC faculty and staff. Classes include courses on current events, film, literature, history, health and well-being, and computers. One-week seminars focus on topics as varied as opera, consumer protection, Afghanistan and Pakistan, local politics and Irish poets. Area restaurants serve as classrooms for a lunch and conversation program. Membership is $85 per term, and members may take as many M.I.L.E.S. courses as they wish (on a space-available basis) and enjoy free use of the Middlesex Fitness Center and Library.
    Contact: Community Education and Training 781-280-3570
  • North Suburban Chamber of Commerce
    MCC's Business Administration Department has established a relationship with the NSCC to develop and foster business-student cooperative education opportunities. MCC networks with NSCC members to find sites. NSCC also provides a nonpaid internship opportunity for a Business Administration student working toward the completion of degree requirements.
    Contact: Maureen Rogers, 781-933-3499,
Last Modified: 8/2/21