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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2009-10 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2009-10 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The College in the Community

Middlesex Community College is very active in the surrounding community. Through college organizations such as the MCC Foundation, the Office of External Affairs and the Community Outreach Office, as well as its many dynamic partnerships with schools, businesses, and nonprofit and governmental agencies, MCC has developed strong relationships in the community. Following is an alphabetical listing of just a few of the numerous ways Middlesex works with and impacts the community. For a more complete listing of MCC’s community partnerships, visit the college website at: http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/Partnerships.


The Adult Learning Center


A free program located on the Bedford campus, the Adult Learning Center provides instruction in reading, writing and mathematics for adults (age 16 and older) who live or work in the area. Adult Learning Center classes are small and range from literacy to GED (General Educational Development) credential preparation.

In a supportive environment, experienced and professional instructors at the Adult Learning Center help students to develop and improve basic skills, computer skills, study skills and job skills. The program helps students develop the confidence to reach their goals, such as earning a GED credential, enrolling in college classes, and improving job prospects. The Adult Learning Center is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For further information, call 781-280-3665.

The Career Place

The Career Place is part of the state’s network of 37 one-stop career centers, funded primarily by federal and state dollars. Chartered by the Metro North Regional Employment Board and managed by Middlesex Community College, The Career Place opened its doors in Woburn in January, 1997. Each year, the center serves almost 10,000 individuals, providing a broad range of career-development services, including resume writing, job-search techniques, skills assessment, education and training, computer-skills development, and assistance with finding a job.

A universal-access center, The Career Place works with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds – including unemployment insurance recipients, in-school and out-of-school youth, veterans, dislocated workers, individuals with disabilities, and those on public assistance – to help them gain self-sufficiency. Since its opening, the center has helped more than 21,000 job seekers enter or re-enter the workforce. With an average hourly wage of $22.57, these job placements generate more than $42 million in wages each year to support the region’s economy.

The Career Place also works with nearly 900 companies in the Metro North Boston region helping them retain their competitive edge. The center delivers an array of workforce-development services to local employers, such as matching skilled workers with jobs, holding job fairs throughout the year, on-site interviews at the center, enhancing the skills of existing workers, and training staff on new technologies. For more information, call The Career Place toll-free at 888-273-WORK or visit www.careerplacejobs.com.

Dental Hygiene Clinic


The Middlesex Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic in downtown Lowell offers preventive dental hygiene services to the public at a reduced cost. MCC’s Dental Hygiene clinic is a teaching clinic. All treatment is provided by dental hygiene students who are closely supervised by licensed dental hygiene faculty and dentists. Patients accepted for treatment are those whose dental problems have teaching value and who have the extra time required for treatment. Services available include comprehensive dental hygiene care, oral prophylaxis (cleaning), scaling and root planing, dental radiographs, dental sealants, athletic mouth protectors and fluoride treatments. 

Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Because the Dental Hygiene Clinic is a teaching and learning environment, appointments may be longer and more numerous than comparable treatment at a dentist’s office. MCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic operates fall and spring semesters. Fall semester hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday (September through December). Spring semester hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday (January through May).

The Middlesex Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic is located in MCC’s Health, Science & Technology Center, 44 Middle St., Lowell. Call 978-656-3250 to schedule an appointment. (Appointments for the fall semester can be made starting the last week of August.)

English Learner Institute


The English Learner Institute (ELI) is a noncredit program that focuses on helping members of the community develop basic English and other skills – including technology, life and social skills – essential to American culture. Anyone who is a newcomer to the United States, or needs to develop basic English skills, is suitable for this program.

Available at the Lowell campus through MCC’s International and Multicultural Center, English Learner Institute programs consist of six different noncredit day and evening courses (offered at a reduced rate) that vary in length, from six to 14 weeks.  As part of the institute, a free program, titled Prepare to Attend College (PAC), is offered three times a year. PAC and ELI courses are nonsequential, which allows students to enter at various times during the year. For further information, call 978-656-3258.  

Related topic: MCC also offers resources and services through its Multicultural Center (see Student Services ).      

Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS)


Selected by the State Secretary of Education to be one of the first charter schools in Massachusetts, Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School provides a precollegiate education for Lowell-area youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who have left school prior to graduation and those at risk of dropping out. Students earn a diploma upon successful completion of the program. LMACS is an accredited high school with the mission of enabling students to achieve academic, social and career success.  This supportive school community identifies, encourages and develops interests and abilities, while acknowledging and respecting each student’s personal and cultural identity. For more information, call 978-656-3165.

The Lowell Small Business Assistance Center


Serving the greater-Lowell area, the Lowell Small Business Assistance Center (LSBAC) provides professional counseling, workshops and information to individuals seeking to start or expand a small business. Through an initiative co-sponsored by Middlesex Community College, Community Teamwork Inc., the City of Lowell and UMass Lowell, the center is a one-stop resource where clients can learn to develop a business plan, conduct a feasibility study and market research, apply for a loan, and gain knowledge about business management, financing and technology. The LSBAC has a multilingual staff and is located at 88 Middle St., on MCC’s Lowell campus. Call 978-322-8400 for further information.

Middlesex Community College Alumni


Yes, there is a place for you at MCC after graduation! Middlesex alumni are invited to stay involved in the college community through the Office of College Advancement.

Middlesex encourages participation of alumni in college events and programs. We welcome our alumni to serve as career mentors, to assist with student recruitment, participate on college committees, and support MCC Foundation initiatives, including the Middlesex Annual Fund. MCC graduates may attend college lectures, musical performances and plays throughout the year. Alumni are also welcome to use MCC’s campus libraries and bookstores.   

MCC’s Office of College Advancement wants to stay connected with alumni. Please visit the Alumni Page on the college website (www.middlesex.mass.edu) to update your alumni record.  For further information about MCC’s alumni program, contact Dennis Malvers, Dean of College Advancement, at 781-280-3514  or e-mail malversd@middlesex.mass.edu.

Middlesex Community College Facilities & Historic Properties


MCC welcomes community and corporate use of college facilities. We offer a variety of space on our Bedford and Lowell campuses, including classrooms, labs, conference rooms, computer classrooms,  meeting areas and a concert hall. The newly renovated Federal Building on the Lowell campus offers a public Assembly Room with a catering kitchen, as well as meeting rooms and classrooms. For information about the use of  Bedford campus facilities, call 781-280-3505. For information about use of Lowell campus facilities, call 978-656-3106.   

The college also has two beautifully renovated historic properties: The Middlesex Meetinghouse, located in Billerica near the Bedford campus, and the John Nesmith House, in Lowell. Both properties offer indoor and outdoor spaces for business receptions, meetings, retreats, luncheons and dinners, as well as special social events such as wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, intimate ceremonies and receptions. For detailed information about MCC’s historic properties,  visit our website: www.middlesex.mass.edu/historic or call 978-458-3722.  

Middlesex Community College Foundation


The Middlesex Community College Foundation is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization with a principal fund of its own that works to support the mission of the college. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is made up of community leaders with representation from the MCC Board of Trustees.

The MCC Foundation’s major fundraising activities are the annual MCC Celebrity Forum, a community enrichment program designed to bring persons of historic and significant renown to the college and community, and an Annual Fund Campaign that solicits funds from faculty and staff, alumni and the community to support unmet needs at MCC. For more information about the MCC Foundation, visit our website: www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation.

A number of scholarship awards are offered by the Foundation for students enrolled full time and part time in MCC academic programs.  For a complete listing of MCC Foundation scholarships, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships.
Two historic homes are maintained by the MCC Foundation for college use and benefit: The John Nesmith House in Lowell and The Middlesex Meetinghouse in Billerica, near the Bedford campus. For further information, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/historic.

The Middlesex Community College Law Center


Founded in 1989 and located in MCC’s Derby Building, 88 Middle St. in Lowell, the Middlesex Community College Law Center administers consumer protection, mediation and high school violence-prevention programs with the support of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. For further information, call 978-656-3342.

The MCC Consumer Protection Program

Providing consumer protection mediation to area residents and internship opportunities for MCC Paralegal Studies students to investigate and mediate cases, the MCC Consumer Protection Program at the Law Center opens approximately 1,000 cases annually for the State Attorney General’s Office. The program saves consumers more than $250,000 each year. Call 978-656-3342 for further information.

Face-to-Face Mediation

Approved by the Massachusetts Superior Courts, District Courts and Probate Courts, the Face-to-Face program provides in-court mediation to the trial courts of Massachusetts. Mediation services to the public are also available. For more information, call 978-656-3342.

S.C.O.R.E. (Student Conflict Resolution Experts)

The SCORE Program at Lowell High School provides violence-prevention peer mediation training to students, and is administered by the MCC Law Center. Funding is provided by the City of Lowell, Office of the Attorney General, and the college. Call 978-937-8937 for further information.