Jul 23, 2024  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College in the Community

Middlesex Community College is an active member of the surrounding community. Through college organizations such as the Middlesex Community College Foundation and the Office of College Advancement, 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.


The Adult Learning Center


The Adult Learning Center offers FREE Adult Basic Education classes to adult learners (age 16 and older), who are preparing for HiSET or GED testing, college or job training, or employment, including intermediate or advanced English language learners.Students must live or work in Massachusetts to be eligible to enroll.

Day and evening classes are offered from September through May and prioritize reading, writing, and math coursework up to the high school level. Students are highly encouraged to enroll at the start of each semester (September or January) but will be admitted throughout the year on a space-available basis.

The Adult Learning Center is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For more information, visit the Adult Learning Center website, Email ALC@middlesex.mass.edu or call 781-280-3662.

Dental Hygiene Clinic


The recently renovated state-of-the-art Middlesex Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic in downtown Lowell offers high-quality preventive dental hygiene services to the public at a significantly reduced cost. The Dental Hygiene Clinic is a patient-centered teaching and learning environment, therefore, appointments may be longer and more numerous than comparable treatment at a private dental office. All treatment is provided by dental hygiene students who are closely supervised by a faculty of licensed dental hygienists and dentists. Patients accepted for treatment are those whose dental status has 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, and payment is expected at the initial appointment. MCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic operates fall and spring semesters offering appointments from early September through mid-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 the Workforce Development division, ELI programs consist of five different noncredit day and evening courses (offered at a reduced rate) that vary in length, from six to 14 weeks. As part of the ELI, 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 throughout the year. For further information, visit the English Learner Institute website for course and contact information.

Related topic: MCC also offers resources and services through its Multicultural Center (see Student Services ) and Program for Asian American Student Advancement (see Educational Opportunities ).

The Entrepreneurship Center at Community Teamwork


The Entrepreneurship Center at Community Teamwork, Inc. ­- formerly the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center - serves entrepreneurs at all stages of their entrepreneurial journey, with a focus on five key areas: market validation and business plan development; capital needs assessment and SBA microloan funding; short- and long-term financial and operations development and management; digital marketing training and support; and growth strategy and execution accountability.

Founded in December 1999, the Entrepreneurship Center at Community Teamwork works in collaboration with Middlesex Community College, UMass Lowell, the City of Lowell and towns with Middlesex and Essex Counties, EforAll, SCORE and many other community organizations. We offer one-on-one counseling, business workshops and cash-flow analysis and projections to secure SBA or other capital. We are a Technical Assistance (TA) provider for the Mass Growth Capital Corporation Grant opportunities and a SBA approved microlender.   

The center’s services are available to all entrepreneurs, which including business planning, capital acquisition, projection construction with free services available to ethnically and economically diverse entrepreneurs. For further assistance, review our website for the latest in news about The Entrepreneurship Center or contact the center directly at emagovern@commteam.org or business@commteam.org 

Intensive English Institute


MCC’s Intensive English Institute (IEI) is a selective, noncredit program that serves high-intermediate and advanced English-language students. Located within the World Language Institute (LC-406A) on the Lowell campus, IEI classes help ESL students become successful in a U.S. university or college classroom. In this supportive environment, students are prepared to compete with native English-speaking North American classmates to earn the best grades. Students also learn strategies for academic success and how to feel comfortable in the culture of U.S. higher education. The steps to enrolling and completing Intensive English Institute courses are linked to the webpage. To learn more, please visit the Intensive English Institute website or call 781-280-3934 or 978-656-3350.

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 in grades 9 through 12 under the age of 21, who have left school prior to graduation and are 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.

Middlesex Community College Alumni Association


The College’s Alumni Association was created to celebrate the achievement of all our alumni. We are 26,000+ passionate, pioneering and proud MCC alumni!

Membership is Free ­- Join Us! 

By joining the association, alumni have access to special alumni benefits, can connect and network with other alumni, volunteer and give back to the college, and keep informed about college events.

Alumni are also encouraged to stay connected by following MCC Alumni on social media:

MCC Conference Services & Historic Properties


Conference Services

Middlesex 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 Federal Building on the Lowell campus features an Assembly Room, as well as meeting rooms and classrooms. For information about the use of both the Bedford and Lowell campus facilities, call 978-656-3106 or visit the Conference Services page on the college website.  

Historic Home

The Middlesex Community College Foundation’s historic property is the John Nesmith House in Lowell. Special events call for special places, and the Nesmith House property provides an elegant setting for receptions, retreats, luncheons and dinners, and family celebrations such as bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners, intimate wedding ceremonies, receptions and photographs.

For detailed information about MCC’s historic home, visit the Historic Home website or call 978-458-3722.  

Middlesex Community College Foundation


The Middlesex Community College Foundation (MCCF) was established in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to enlist private sector support “in furtherance of the educational and charitable purposes of Middlesex Community College.” The Foundation seeks to create awareness about MCC and fundraise from individuals, corporations, small businesses, private foundations and community partners.

Since its inception, the MCC Foundation has raised much-needed funds through initiatives managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors. Proceeds from the Foundation’s annual spring fundraiser, Middlesex Fund, new scholarship establishment, private donations, and other events and campaigns, all support Middlesex students by way of scholarships, academic programs and college services that promote student success.

Many scholarships are awarded annually by the Foundation for full- and part-time students enrolled in MCC academic programs. For a complete listing of MCCF scholarships, award criteria and eligibility, please visit the MCC Foundation Scholarships website.

The MCC Foundation supports the efforts of the MCC Alumni Association Board and its members to grow the Association, offering alumni the opportunity to network with one another and the college, volunteer, give back to the college and the community, and keep informed about college events.

The MCC Foundation’s historic home, the John Nesmith House in Lowell is designated for college and community use and benefit. For rental or further information, please visit MCC’s Historic Home website.

For additional information regarding the MCC Foundation, events and ways to give, visit the MCC Foundation website.

The Middlesex Community College Law Center


The Middlesex Community College Law Center in Lowell is a community mediation center that has provided conflict resolution services since 1989. We administer consumer protection, individual, community, and trial court mediation services and training, as well as school-based violence prevention programs. All of our programs are supported by Middlesex Community College, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, the City of Lowell, and private grants. Our programs are free to all.


Telephone: (978) 656-3342

Email: lawcenter@middlesex.mass.edu

MCC Law Center website 


Director - Ursula Furi-Perry, Esq.

Manager, Law Center - Judith Silvia, Esq.

Coordinator, Local Consumer Program - Heidi Rowell

Coordinator, SCORE Peer Mediation Program at Lowell High School and the Sullivan Middle School - Yvette Cheeks



33 Kearney Square

Lowell, MA 01852

Services Provided and Communities Served:

The program was established in 1990.


The MCC Consumer Protection Program

The Local Consumer Program (LCP) works in cooperation with and is funded by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to advocate a wide variety of consumer complaints, education and advocacy via the telephone, email, and letters. In over 10,000 cases since 1990 the MCC Law Center has provided savings to consumers of over $4.5 million dollars. This program is free to all.

Face-to-Face Mediation Program

The Middlesex Face-to-Face Mediation program works in cooperation with and is funded by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Trial Courts to provide mediation services in the District Court, Juvenile Court, Superior Court, and the Billerica House of Corrections. Mediation services are available free for all. Contact us for information regarding volunteering.

Conciliation Program

A new conciliation program started in April 2012. Working in collaboration with the Greater Lowell Bar Association and Lowell District Court, it offers free conciliation services to parties at the final pre-trial conference hearing for civil cases at Lowell District Court. Conciliators are experienced attorneys who have participated in an 8-hour training that meets the Supreme Judicial Court’s requirements for court-connected conciliators.

Housing Mediation and Eviction Diversion Program

MCC Law Center is one of twelve state qualified Community Mediation Centers to assist with the operation of a statewide Housing Mediation Program (HMP) sponsored by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) conducted under the oversight of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC). The MCC Law Center is also providing Housing Mediation Services under the Eviction Diversion Program through the Attorney General’s Office.