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Super Cybersecurity Start!
MCC cut the ceremonial ribbon today to formally open its Cybersecurity lab in the Pollard Building on Middle Street, and we had support from our elected officials, our faculty, students, and trustees to help celebrate the occasion!

President James Mabry was joined by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, State Senator Eileen Donoghue, and State Representative David Nangle for the ribbon cutting to recognize the opening of two classes on the college's Lowell campus. 
The Information Technology/Cybersecurity degree falls under the Computing and Information Technology department chaired by Michelle Stein.  The three IT faculty members involved with the program are Moe Moghimi, Syeda Begum and Ryan Fried. 
Curriculum for the program was developed under the leadership of Don Brady with funding through Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC), a National Science Foundation project based at UMass Boston.
The IT/Cybersecurity Associates degree was developed in partnership with regional industry representatives who were convened as a working group.  Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry level employment as information security analysts, or they can transfer to four-year programs. 
The Cybersecurity lab was funded, in part, with support from a $20M grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, and a $117,086 grant from the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant program, an initiative of Governor Charlie Baker's Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education,k workforce and economic-development strategies across the state.

Currently, we have just under 100 students enrolled in the program, but demand for the program continues to rise.
To find out more information about the program, visit  http://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=18&poid=2295&returnto=1656

Give it up for our wonderful IT faculty and students!
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Posted: Monday, December 05, 2016 1:56 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 2 Comments
Murder at the Nesmith House
It's stood for more than a century-and-a-half, but this October, the college's historic John Nesmith House on Andover Street in Lowell will play host to its first ever murder mystery - this one, thankfully, staged by the stars of MCC's Theater Club!
The Middlesex Community College Foundation is hosting a new type of fund-raiser to support student scholarships, featuring actors from our drama classes, under the direction of Karen Oster, the chair of our Performing Arts department!  All proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit a newly-established MCC Performing Arts Scholarship Fund!
The show will be performed two nights - Friday October 28 and Saturday, October 29.  Both performances run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
The performance is based on the original production "Slaughterhouse," by Norman Robbins.  In the story, Romney Marsh, former king of the stage, invites a select group from his latest production to his manor. However, someone is harboring a dark secret that threatens the lives of all the guests.  When the weekend takes a dark turn, the party begins to feel more like the plot from one of his horror plays.  Will they be able to solve the mystery before it is too late?
Attendees of the event will watch as our students play out their roles throughout the first floor of the Nesmith House! 
Tickets for the event are $75, and can be ordered online at www.middlesex.mass.edu/mystery
Hors d'oeuvres will be served.  There will also be a cash bar.
Take a quick look at some quick thumbnails from dress rehearsal productions.  Our students are the best! 


Performances are limited to 60 people for each of the show's two nights.  We hope you can join us for either the Friday night or Saturday night performance!  We hear it's a killer play! 
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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:00 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 1 Comments
Monadnock and Roll!
Cool temperatures didn't discourage this year's enthusiastic bunch of hikers from lacing up their boots and hitting the mountain-climbing trails!
Under a brilliant blue sky, nearly two dozen MCC students, employees, and friends joined together to experience the magic and wonder of the 2nd most frequently hiked mountain in the world, Mount Monadnock!
For many participants, it was their first real hiking experience, and far exceeded their expectations.
For all participants, it was an opportunity to get exercise, meet new people, challenge themselves, and to enjoy some of the most breathtaking views in New England.
Anything BUT a "walk in the park," the climb to the top of Monadnock is strenuous and satisfying and most climbers spent at least 30 minutes at the top relaxing, taking pictures, enjoying a snack, and basking in the glory of accomplishment.
Sponsored annually by the Center for Health and Wellness, this hiking trip is always a big hit with participants.  Special thanks to trip advisors Donna Corbin, Ryan Fried, and Jean Cremins, and to trip organizer and Coordinator of Sports and Recreation at MCC, Emily Norton.  Stay tuned for some more upcoming recreational trips offered throughout the academic year!
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Posted: Monday, October 03, 2016 4:07 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 3 Comments
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