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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2016-17 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2016-17 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Corporate and Community Education and Training


In addition to traditional academic offerings, MCC provides a wide variety of workforce and personal development opportunities that serve distinct local needs and interests. A full range of cost-effective on-site, on-campus and online education and training programs are available to strengthen the local workforce, increase managerial effectiveness, enhance productivity, and contribute to the economic development of the region.

These courses and programs are designed to prepare employees for todays technologies and career paths, as well as provide personally enriching learning experiences for students of all ages. Middlesex faculty and staff members work with community and business leaders and advisory boards in developing and implementing:

  • Courses, workshops, seminars and customized training for individuals and groups;
  • Workforce and professional development opportunities with dynamic, flexible services adaptable to the needs of students at all levels and ages;
  • Innovative programs and courses for children and teenagers;
  • Intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for senior citizens and lifelong learners;
  • Online courses adaptable to students’ overall education and training plans.


Corporate Education and Training

Middlesex offers customized training and education designed for individual employers, from one- or two-day seminars to credit and noncredit courses. These learning opportunities are held on site at an employer’s facilities or at our Bedford and Lowell campuses on a schedule that accommodates the employer’s needs. Our programs include:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Business Writing
  • Career Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Literacy, Applications Skills, Programming and Networking
  • Customer Service
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electro-Mechanical Drafting
  • Electronic Technology
  • English as a Second Language
  • Foreign Language Instruction
  • Grant Information
  • Health Care Industry Specialties
  • Individualized/Self-Paced Instruction
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing Training
  • Professional Development Training
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Safety Training
  • Supervisory and Management Training
  • Train-the-Trainer Workshops
  • Training Needs Assessments

For more information, call 978-656-3009 or visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/bus_ind/




Community Education and Training

Noncredit Courses, Certificates and Programs


MCC offers a variety of noncredit courses, certificates and programs designed to reach the broad cross section of interests, ages and needs of our students. Students taking noncredit courses and certificates include professionals, career changers, middle school students and active older adults.  

Noncredit courses cover a range of topics, including career and professional development, test preparation, computer applications and programming,  information design and delivery, world languages and cultures, healthy living, and writing skills.  Classes are scheduled days, evenings and weekends. Online courses are also available. Below is a sample of some of programs.  To veiw all of our current classes  visit http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/ 

Noncredit certificates and programs provide intensive professional training in specific career areas.  Some of our course programs include:

  • Business Computer Applications Certificate - designed to provide the most up-to-date basic computer hardware and software skills. This noncredit certificate uses state-of-the-art computers to hone students’ skills in MS Word, Excel, Outlook needed in today’s workplace.


  • MS Excel Certificate - provides training from beginning to advanced functions of MS Excel.


  • Digital Photography Certificate - digital imaging is the medium most photographers work with today. This noncredit program is designed to meet the needs of anyone interested in photography, portraiture, digital-image editing, or selling photos or services on the Web.


  • Meeting and Event Management Certificate - organizing meetings, trade shows, conferences or special events for a large corporation requires many special skills and abilities. This noncredit certificate will give students the practical skills and knowledge to successfully plan, organize, manage, promote and evaluate meetings and events.


  • Project Management  - an exciting, fast-paced noncredit program that provides the skills to get projects completed on time and within budget. Project management principles and concepts are covered.


  • Dental Hygiene/Local Anesthesia Certification - recommended for registered dental hygienists who would like to become certified in local anesthesia. At completion, the RDH will be able to administer safe, effective and painless local anesthesia with confidence and competence. The course consists of a 40-hour online pre-study prior to clinical training, interactive presentations, and a three-day clinical training in which students will have 30 injection experiences administering nerve blocks. Upon successful completion, students are awarded a certificate, CEUs, and will be prepared to take the CDCA exam.


  • RN Refresher Program - designed to prepare Massachusetts Registered Nurses who have been away from nursing practice for an extended period of time with an update of nursing concepts and skills needed to re-enter the nursing workforce in acute care, and/or long term care. The goal is to provide students a supportive learning environment necessary to refine skills and develop a sound knowledgebase needed to practice in today’s complex health care environment. This program consists of theory and hands-on practice in MCC’s Nursing Skills Lab.


  • Society of Human Resources Management - HR ertification Exam Prep - SHRM Learning System® exam preparation course is designed to provide HR professionals with the knowledge to sit for the SHRM CP or SCP Human Resource certifiction examinations.


  • Human Resource Essentials  A 15 hour overview of Human Resource functions including compensation, employee law, employee relations. Materials are developed by Society of HR Management (SHRM). This course is designed for small business owners or those seeking an overview of HR.


  • Pharmacy Technician Under the supervision of a Registered Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings.  This course is designed to teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a Pharmacy Technician.  The course will consist of a 60 hour instructor led class followed by an 80 hour externship in an actual pharmacy setting.   The course will prepare the student to take the National Certification Exam to become PTCB certified.  For more info contact Mary Wheeler at 781-280-3680.


  • Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate Training This training program (including 24 hours of weekend clinical training at a local long-term care facility) prepares you for an entry level career as a Nurse Assistant.  Upon successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the Massachusetts nurse assistant certification exam. Students will learn how to appropriately care for residents in long-term care facilities and hospitals as well as personal patient care, patient rights, lifting and turning patients, safety, infection control, vital signs, record keeping, mental health care of residents, and stress management.  Students must have a HS Diploma or GED.  Students will also be required to pass a literacy exam and complete a CORI/SORI check.   For more information contact at 781-280-3680 or 781-280-3663

For more information on all our programs, call 781-280-3663 or 781-280-3570 or e-mail: career_training@middlesex.mass.edu.  For a complete listing current non-credit classes visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/


Writing Technical Information Certificate


The Writing Technical Information Certificate is a career enhancement opportunity for individuals who have well-developed writing skills and want to improve their effectiveness in communicating technical information. In this 120-hour, post-graduate noncredit program students learn the skills and tools to clearly and accurately inform users about technical products. Students learn how to conduct audience- and task-analysis, work with subject-matter experts, understand product documents and the product-development cycle, write clear procedures, review and revise technical information, manage writing projects, and make content usable. Also covered are mark-up languages (such as HTML and XML), tools for authoring printed information, PDFs and for authoring information for electronic distribution. Adobe FrameMaker is learned. For application and schedule information, visit the Writing Technical Information Certificate website or call 781-280-3570 / 781-280-3663



The Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors, or MILES, is a program providing active retired and semi-retired individuals with intellectual stimulation and interaction. MILES offers lifelong learning opportunities for people over the age of 55, who participate in courses that vary and cover a wide range of topics - from tea and tall ships to Civil War history. Previous courses on mystery writers, classic films, storytelling and opera have delighted our MILES members.  

MILES members are welcome to facilitate new courses to share their professional, educational and personal experiences. For more information on the MILES Program, call 781-280-3669 / 781-280-3663 or e-mail EllisL@Middlesex.mass.edu

College for Kids


College for Kids provides children, ages 8 to 15, with an exciting range of unique opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills and boost self-confidence. Our summer programs provide young students with a safe and fun place to learn and are held on both MCC campuses – making use of the extensive open space in Bedford, as well as the rich cultural and ethnic resources to be found in Lowell. For more information about College for Kids, call 781-280-3669 / 781-280-3663 or email: career_training@middlesex.mass.edu.  More info https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/