Oct 01, 2022  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2022-23 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2022-23

Corporate and Community Education and Training


In addition to traditional academic offerings, MCC’s Corporate and Community Education department provides a wide range of career training and personal development opportunities that serve distinct local needs and interests. A full range of cost-effective on-campus, on-site 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 participants 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;
  • Online courses adaptable to students’ overall education and training plans.


Corporate Education and Training

Middlesex offers customized credit and noncredit training and education designed for employers who are investing in their workforce. These learning opportunities are held at an employer’s facility, at MCC’s Bedford and Lowell campuses, or remotely on a schedule that accommodates the employer’s needs. We offer Workforce Training Fund Grant writing support to employers that choose MCC as their training vendor. We also administer training needs assessments for incumbent worker training. Examples of our professional development programs and offerings include:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Advanced Manufacturing Training
  • Business Writing
  • C++
  • Career Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Customer Service
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electro-Mechanical Drafting
  • Electronic Technology
  • EMT (credit)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Foreign Language Instruction
  • Health Care Industry Specialties
  • Individualized/Self-Paced Instruction
  • Introduction to Python
  • Leadership Training
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • MS Office, Computer Literacy and Application Skills
  • Programming and Networking
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Safety Training
  • Supervisory and Management Training
  • Train-the-Trainer Workshops
  • Unconscious Bias

For more information, call 1-978-656-3009 or email tuzzolol@middlesex.mass.edu  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 and programs designed to reach the broad cross section of interests, ages, and needs of our community.  Students taking noncredit courses and certificates include professionals, career changers, youth, and active older adults.  

Community Education’s noncredit courses cover a range of topics, including career and professional development, test preparation, computer applications and programming, health care, information technology, world languages and cultures, healthy living, and writing skills.  Classes are scheduled remotely (live with an instructor)  and on campus.  Online courses through Cengage Learning/Ed2go  are also available. Below is a sample of some of our most popular programs. To view all our current classes visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/   For questions, email career_training@middlesex.mass.edu or call 781-280-3663


  • 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 call  781-280-3680 or 781-280-3570.

  • 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 Community Education at 781-280-3680 or 781-280-3570

  • 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.

  • Nonprofit Management Certificate: This program introduces the key concepts and critical management components for all nonprofit organizations. From fundraising and board development to volunteer management and program evaluation, this comprehensive series of courses is designed for anyone interested in launching a nonprofit organization or assisting in your own professional growth. 

  • Grant Writing: This program introduces nonprofit development/fundraising concepts and approaches for new nonprofit fundraisers or for those who are looking to increase their understanding of related concepts.  The series will start at a high level to bring clarity and understanding about nonprofit revenue sectors and more specifically, grant writing.  All classes are taught by Tracy Sopchak, Founder of Next Step Nonprofit, LLC.  

  • Interior Design: The Interior Design Certificate is based on real life projects of the profession.  The teachings in this course will reflect actual design projects and the processes from beginning to end.  The program is designed to teach proper listening and communicating with clients and how to go about sourcing product and executing a design project successfully. 

  • TEAS Test Prep Courses: These classes are self-paced and a self-study so you will go through the modules as it fits your schedule. The average time to complete the class each is 20-25 hours. All courses are taught using Blackboard and are offered each semester. 

  • Professional Development for Teachers/MTEL Test Prep: Teacher Professional Development Courses listed below will allow you to earn Professional development points (PDP’s) towards your licensure or recertification for K-12. Certificate is awarded upon completion of the course.  MTEL Test prep classes are self-paced and a self-study so you will go through the modules as it fits your schedule. The average time to complete the class each is 20-25 hours. All courses are taught using Blackboard and are offered each semester. 

  • Accounting Fundamentals Understanding basic accounting principles and maintaining accurate financial records is critical for all businesses. You will be introduced to theory and practice of basic concepts in accounting and bookkeeping. This hands-on program introduces participants to documents and journals required to establish a computerized set of accounts for a small business. Individuals who are interested in starting on this career path, small or home based business owners, and others with little to no experience will benefit. 

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

  • Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate is a program that helps people prepare for entry-level roles in IT support with no experience or degree necessary. Through a dynamic mix of video lectures, quizzes, and hands-on labs and widgets, the Google IT Support Professional Certificate introduces learners to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security.

  • English Learner Institute/PAC Program 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 - that are essential to American culture. Anyone who is a newcomer to the United States, or needs to develop basic English skills, is eligible for this program.

  • 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, or digital-image editing.

  • 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 50 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. 

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

  • SHRM Essesntials of Human Resources - An interactive 15-hour overview of Human Resource functions including:  Intro to the HR function, compensation and benefits, talent management, employement law. Materials are developed by Society of HR Management (SHRM). 

  • Digital Media Marketing - In today’s technology driven world, your business digital media marketing plan is essential.  In this program, you will learn about the different digital media outlets and how they can be applied to your business marketing plan.

  • Social Media Marketing - Our Social Media Certificate program is designed to provide participants with a foundation and skill set in the new, evolving world of social media. The skills can be applied immediately in the workplace or to market a small business. 

For more information on all our programs, e-mail: career_training@middlesex.mass.edu or call 781-280-3663

For a complete listing current non-credit classes, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/


Technical Writing Certificate


The Technical Writing 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 2 semester, 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. To apply and schedule information, visit the Writing Technical Information Certificate website or email career_training@middlesex.mass.edu

Personal Enrichment

Expand your creative side by enrolling in our fun, interactive classes such as baking, cooking, art, floral design, and more!

College for Kids and Teens/Youth Programs


College for Kids: provides children and teens ages 8 to 17 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. Programs are held virtually and at 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 call 781-280-3663 or email collegeforkids@middlesex.mass.edu.   For more info https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/

College for Teens: After school and vacation week programming designed to better support youth in academic subjects as while in high school and encourage courage exploration.  For more information call 781-280-3669 or email collegeforkids@middlesex.mass.edu   More info https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/asnoncredit.aspx​ 

Summer High School Youth Academies: A career exploration program for high school students ages 14+ that aligns with one of the Middlesex Community College Pathways: Arts & Humanities, STEM, Business, Education, Public Service, Social Science and Health.  Each semester students would take noncredit coursework that will focus on the Performing and Fine Arts in the Arts & Humanities pathways above and will have the option to articulate to a one credit career exploration interdisciplinary course. For more information call 781-280-3663 or career_training@middlesex.mass.edu

College for Parents: A comprehensive program to guide parents through the financial process of applying for college and ways to save on cost and early career exploration options.  This would be done in the form of panel discussions and workshops to provide information that parents can discuss and share with their college bound students and provide financial support and resources to parents, guardians and students while navigating the college process. Three to four sessions will be offered per semester. Sessions will be 2 hours in length. Presenters would range from Industry Experts to MCC Faculty, Students and Staff.