MCC Designated One of the Top Military-Friendly Schools Nationwide

Thanks to Middlesex Community College’s Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Advisory Board, and other special veterans services, MCC has been designated a Bronze-Level Military Friendly School by Victory Media.

The 2017 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country. They are recognized for doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success both on campus in the classroom, and after graduation.

“Middlesex provides educational opportunities as well as numerous veterans resources to help make the transition from military to civilian life easier,” said Pam Flaherty, Dean of Students. “This award recognizes the work Middlesex does to create a welcoming environment for our veterans.”

Veterans at MCC have become more engaged on campus through the Veterans Resource Center on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses, said Flaherty. Students are helping their peers through peer-mentoring programs, and through a variety of Veterans Club activities. These activities include Q&A sessions about veterans’ benefits, and “Heroes Among Us,” a speaking program that provides an opportunity for an MCC veteran to tell his or her story about their service.

MCC has also received grant funding to provide Green Zone training to a wide range of faculty and staff. Green Zones help create a highly-visible network of college employees who better understand the unique needs of active military veterans and their family members.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. The list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 I Bill funding. For more information, visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

For more information about MCC’s Veterans Resource Center, contact Rick Reppucci at reppuccir@middlesex.mass.edu or call 781-280-3510.

Register Now for MCC’s Hospitality & Culinary Arts Programs

Middlesex Community College’s Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Programs prepare students to enter or advance their careers in hotel and restaurant management, conference and convention planning, and hospitality sales. Enrollment is now open and classes begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

MCC’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs each offer internship and cooperative field experience opportunities, giving students real industry experience and a chance to practice skills, gain experience and explore career pathways.

Students may choose from the following degree and certificate programs:

MCC’s Hospitality Management Associate Degree Program combines industry-focused coursework with general business and management coursework. Graduates are prepared to enter the growing hospitality industry as entry-level associates and supervisors.

The Hospitality Management Certificate program is designed to provide the skills needed to enter the fields of hotel and restaurant management. Courses focus on the specific knowledge needed in the industry, and the Cooperative Field Experience provides students with relevant and useful workplace experience.

The Hospitality Management – Culinary Arts Associate Degree Program helps prepare students for careers in the specialized areas of the food and beverage industry. It provides students with valuable practical experience in a state-of-the-art culinary facility. Industry-specific courses include “Culinary Theory,” “Culinary Skills,” “Bakery and Pastry Skills,” and “Sanitation/ServSafe Training.”

The Hospitality Management – Culinary Arts Certificate Program is a nine-course program providing the foundation skills and specialized instruction for entry-level employment in the restaurant industry. All credits earned for the certificate can be applied to the associate degree program.

To learn more about MCC’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/hospitality/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Ranked Among Best Community Colleges in Massachusetts

Middlesex Community College has been ranked No. 2 on the 2017 list of Best Community Colleges in Massachusetts by Schools.com. With more than 70 degree and certificate programs, and hundreds of noncredit courses, MCC can help you earn a degree, begin a bachelor’s degree, or upgrade your skills. Spring semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 23, and it’s not too late to register!

MCC offers flexible schedules to fit your needs, with day, evening and weekend options. Combined with a small-class environment, attentive and accessible teachers, and honors courses for high-achieving students, Middlesex provides a quality education at a price you can afford – online or on campus.

With online learning at Middlesex, your classroom can be as close as the nearest Internet connection. For more than 15 years, MCC has been a leader in online education. MCC currently offers 10 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that can be completed entirely online, plus hundreds of online course offerings. Hybrid courses, which combine online and face-to-face instruction, are also offered.

Middlesex recognizes that many students, after completing their MCC coursework, intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree at another institution. For these students, Middlesex offers MassTransfer, a statewide transfer program to help streamline the transfer process.

To learn more about MCC, or to register, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434.

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Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!

MCC Earns Six National Educational Digital Marketing Awards

Middlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has earned four Gold and two Bronze awards in the fourth Annual Educational Digital Marketing Awards competition.

Sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, the Educational Digital Marketing Awards competition recognizes the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media.

This year, more than 1,000 entries were received from colleges, universities and secondary schools across the U.S. A national panel of industry specialists reviewed each piece, judging creativity, marketing execution, message impact, technology application, and innovation content.

“To be recognized by the Higher Education Marketing Report with six awards is certainly an honor,” said Jennifer Aradhya, Director of Marketing Communications. “Our marketing team is proud to promote student success at Middlesex with innovative ways to communicate using websites, social media, videos and online publications.”

Middlesex earned four Gold Awards in the categories of Admissions Website (Returning Adult Microsite); Social Media Content (MCC Facebook); Social Media Hub (Storify: MCC Commencement 2016); and Online Publication (Profiles magazine 2015-16).

MCC also earned two Bronze Awards in the categories of Digital Video (Commonwealth Honors Program); and Electronic Advertising (MyMCC ad in Spanish).

For 33 years, the Higher Education Marketing Report has been the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher-education marketing professionals. To see the complete list of Educational Digital Marketing Awards winners, visit: http://educationdigitalmarketingawards.com/

Fee Free Days at Lowell National Historical Park for 2017

WASHINGTON – Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park for free on one of 10 fee free days in 2017.

The ten entrance fee-free days for 2017 will be:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents Day
  • April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week Weekends
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

“National parks are known for their priceless beauty,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “They are a bargain anytime but on these ten days in 2017, they really will be priceless. We want everyone to visit their national parks and the fee free days provide extra incentive to experience these amazing places.”

During the fee free days, all National Park Service sites will waive their entrance fees for all visitors. Usually, 124 of the 413 national parks charge entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. The other 289 sites do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. At Lowell National Historical Park, there is a free core experience beginning at the Visitor Center every day. During these fee free dates, the Boott Cotton Mills Museum interpretive fee will be waived.  (https://www.nps.gov/lowe/planyourvisit/fees.htm).

To continue the national park adventure beyond these fee free days, the annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current military members, fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.

The National Park System includes more than 84 million acres and is comprised of 413 sites including national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park in every state.

Last year, 307 million people visited a national park. They spent $16.9 billion which supported 295,000 jobs and had a $32 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

In addition to national parks, the National Park Service works with tribes, local governments, and partners across the country to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Programs such as the National Register of Historic Places, National Heritage Areas, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, and the Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance Program revitalize communities, celebrate local heritage, and provide places for people to get outside, be active, and have fun.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park, visit www/nps.gov/lowe, or call 978-970-5000. And, look for upcoming happenings at the park for 2017.

Middlesex Community College Offers Criminal Justice Programs

Middlesex Community College Criminal Justice Programs prepare students to enter careers in criminal justice agencies and related fields, as well as transfer to bachelor’s degree programs. Spring courses begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, and it’s not too late to register.

The Criminal Justice curriculum emphasizes academic and practical approaches to three major areas of criminal justice – police, courts and corrections – while providing students with basic knowledge of legal issues facing practitioners in these fields. Students can also learn important skills, including oral and written communication, interpersonal skill building, and developing an understanding of multicultural issues necessary for working with diverse populations. Several courses offer the opportunity to engage in Service-Learning in the community.

Students may choose from the following programs of study:

The Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Option Associate Degree program is designed for students interested in working as police officers and in other law-enforcement careers. This option provides students with a strong foundation in criminal justice and the opportunity to focus their studies in the areas of law enforcement and policing.

The Criminal Justice – Transfer Option Associate Degree program is designed to prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice. Students develop a strong foundation in criminal justice. Topics covered include, victimology, juvenile justice, corrections and policing. This program is eligible for MassTransfer.

To learn more about MCC’s Criminal Justice Programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/criminaljustice/

Middlesex CC Earns Six Awards for College Marketing

Middlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has been recognized for outstanding work by regional members of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), the premiere organization for two-year college communications professionals.

MCC was awarded six Medallion Awards – four silver and two bronze – during NCMPR’s recent District 1 Conference, held in Newport, R.I. The annual Medallion Awards competition spotlights the best work among District 1 member colleges. More than 250 entries were submitted in 46 categories.

“To receive awards from our regional college-marketing peers is a wonderful recognition of the MCC communications team,” said Jennifer Aradhya, Director of Marketing Communications. “We are proud to promote student success at Middlesex through our innovative work in broad marketing channels, including social media, video and public relations.”

The Office of Marketing Communications earned Silver Medallion Awards in the categories of Logo Design (Commonwealth Honors Program logo); Social Media Campaign (#MCCgrad Commencement campaign); Social Media Contest (UR 1st 30 Days Instagram Challenge); and Communications Success Story (Alicia Gentile: Dual Enrollment student who graduated from MCC and Nashoba Tech).

The college won Bronze Medallion Awards in the categories of Video Shorts (Commonwealth Honors Program video) and One-Time Special Event (inauguration of President James C. Mabry).

Affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. NCMPR’s District 1 includes colleges from the northeastern U.S., eastern Canada and the United Kingdom.

Middlesex to Establish a Public Humanities Center in Lowell

Middlesex Community College will establish a Public Humanities Center on the Lowell campus, thanks to a $16,000 grant from the Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Scheduled to open in June 2017, the new center will develop outreach programs, foster community relationships, and create pathways for exploring the cultural mosaic of the Lowell area, according to Matthew Olson, MCC Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences.

“Greater Lowell is steeped in history and culture,” said Olson. “The diversity of our community, the thriving arts scene, and the active partnerships between the college and many community-based organizations make Lowell an ideal location for the new Public Humanities Center.

“The humanities traditionally include the study of history, literature, architecture, religion, music and languages,” continued Olson. “By bringing Middlesex humanities faculty and students together with our community partners to provide broad-ranging educational initiatives, we hope to empower our community and stimulate the local creative economy.”

MCC History Professor David Kalivas will be the center’s director. In addition to a variety of humanities-based projects, “immigration” will be a central theme of the new center, he said.

“Our Public Humanities Center will work with community and educational leaders to develop cultural programs that enable local residents to learn more about their immigration roots,” Kalivas explained. “We plan to explore the broader patterns of community life – as well as individual cultures and histories – that make up the multi-generational character of greater Lowell’s immigrants and their descendants.”

Mass Humanities was established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It is an independent programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources. For further information, visit: www.masshumanities.org

Your City Saturday Family Programs Celebrate the City of Lowell

Lowell, MA — Our popular series of family programs, Your City Saturday, returns to your neighborhood national park on Saturday, November 19th, and will continue on the third Saturday of every month for the rest of the school year – giving you plenty of opportunities for fun in the downtown! New this year: Lowell National Historical Park will partner with other organizations in and around the city to create opportunities for hands-on, mind-on learning and fun.

Our first session of the season will be on November 19, starting at 1 p.m., at Pollard Memorial Library Meeting Room (401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA). We’ll celebrate National Literacy Month and tell Lowell’s stories together through hands-on activities, a pop-up museum, and readings from Mister Magnificent’s Magical Merrimack Adventure. Activities will continue until 4 p.m. so feel free to drop by any time! All families who attend will receive a free copy of the book, Mister Magnificent’s Magical Merrimack Adventure. For information on future sessions please keep up to date by checking our website, www.nps.gov/Lowell, or follow us on social media, @LowellNPS. 

Your City Saturday activities aim to inspire creativity in the next generation of National Park and community stewards, offer the opportunity for families to learn about different organizations in our city, and engage families in hands-on investigations of Lowell’s unique stories, past, present, and future. Lowell played an important role as the country’s first major planned industrial center in the 1820s, and continues to reflect cycles of creativity, industry, immigration, and innovative urban planning. Come back every month to try new things, create memories, and become urban explorers!

While you’re downtown, make a day of it! Family-friendly activities at Lowell National Historical Park include museum demonstrations, canal trails and walkways, and our Junior Ranger program. Start your visit at the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking is available at the Lowell National Historical Park parking lot at 304 Dutton Street.

Your City Saturday is part of Lowell National Historical Park’s family programming planned for 2016-2017. For more information, or if your community organization would like to participate in the program, contact Emily Anstey at (978) 970-5101/Emily_Anstey@nps.gov. For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowell or call 978-970-5000.

Tsongas Industrial History Center Celebrates 25 Years

The Tsongas Industrial History Center, which educates thousands of schoolchildren and teachers annually about the American Industrial Revolution, will kick off a series of events marking its 25th anniversary with a celebration for the public.

Twenty-five years ago, this unique partnership between UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and the Lowell National Historical Park welcomed its first groups of students to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum in Lowell.

Thursday’s celebration will launch a series of anniversary events and provide attendees with the opportunity to see how the Tsongas Industrial History Center has grown and changed over the years while retaining the character and qualities that have made it so relevant to the more than 1 million teachers and students who have visited. Members of the public interested in attending the free event should RSVP no later than Wednesday, Oct. 12 to TIHC@uml.edu or 978-970-5080.

A new exhibit will be unveiled at the event. Speakers are scheduled to include U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, UMass Lowell Provost Michael Vayda and LNHP Superintendent Celeste Bernardo. More on the center’s 25th anniversary events is available at www.uml.edu/tihc-anniversary.

The Tsongas Industrial History Center provides unique field-trip programs and teacher workshops that incorporate hands-on activities and the authentic resources of Lowell National Historical Park to enliven the study of history, literature, art, science, technology and engineering. Programs also include in-school activities, local and national teacher professional development workshops and specialized offerings for college students, faculty and staff. The mission of the center is to inspire connections with and an understanding of America’s industrial past, present and future through experiential learning that uses Lowell’s unique resources.

The Tsongas Industrial History Center began as part of efforts by the late U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas to revitalize Lowell by recognizing its special place in U.S. history. In 1978, Tsongas introduced federal legislation establishing Lowell National Historical Park, the first national park to focus on industrial history, and urged collaboration by UMass Lowell, the park and Lowell public schools. As that collaboration moved forward, a plan was established to use space in the Boott Cotton Mills, which were being redeveloped, for an education center. In 1985, the U.S. Senate approved the creation of “Paul E. Tsongas Industrial History Center” and after the completion of the renovation of Boott Mill No. 6, the center opened for programs in October 1991.

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