Book is on sale for $25 at the MCC Bookstores in Bedford and Lowell.

Middlesex Community College: Celebrating a Forty Year Legacy of Learning, a new commemorative hardcover book that chronicles the college’s history, is now available for sale at the MCC Bookstores in Bedford and Lowell, and online for $25.

The book tells the story of MCC’s incredible growth, from humble beginnings in 1970 on the grounds of the Bedford VA Medical Center to today’s thriving, comprehensive dual-campus settings in Bedford and Lowell. It is packed with hundreds of photos from the college’s earliest days to its most recent events.

Written by Patrick Cook, Executive Director of Public Affairs, the book was designed and edited completely in-house by MCC’s Office of Marketing and Publications. The book launch concludes the college’s 40th anniversary celebration year.

“The thought was to put everything we knew in one place,” Cook said.  “We did not document the early days of the college very well, so we had to pull together information from boxes in the libraries, yearbooks, old photos, old newsletters, facilities archives, press releases, news clippings and more.”

Dozens of people were interviewed from as many MCC sectors as possible, especially retirees and those who had an institutional knowledge of events. “Faculty and staff from our earliest days had fascinating stories of what it was like to start a college, and we wanted to document this early story while we still could,” Cook said.

For more information about Middlesex Community College: Celebrating a Forty Year Legacy of Learning or to order a copy, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu