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Double Decas!
 
Congratulations to two of our brightest - Kyla Caffrey of Carlisle and Nicholas Lindahl of Woburn for scoring double awards at the DECA National Competition and International Career Development Conference held in Washington, D.C.!
 
The business students travelled to our nation's capital with Accounting Professor Vikram Sharma, who's also the advisor to the Finance and Accounting Club to compete against colleges from across the country.  Caffrey and Lindahl competed against students from four-year universities and community colleges not just from within the United States, but from Canada as well.

The pair created and presented an Advertising Campaign that focused on marketing Middlesex which scored them two medals, and they also took part in a Student Leadership Training Event.
 
Formed in 1946, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges worldwide. DECA is organized into two unique student divisions, each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools.  The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.
 
MCC's DECA Club was created in 2013 by Dean Judy Hogan and Assistant Dean Deborah Walsh, and has faculty advisors from different Business areas including Professor Halye Sugarman (Law), Professor Ashli Ree (Fashion Merchandising)Professor Kimberly Morrissey (Hospitality Management), Professor Rob Kaulfuss (Economics), and Professor Sharma. The students would also like to also acknowledge the guidance from Jennifer Aradhya (Director, Marketing Communications), Tura Linderholm (Social Media Coordinator) and Professor Rob Kaulfuss (Economics) in their recent successes.
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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2016 10:49 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 2 Comments
The Commonwealth Commitment to Higher Education!

 

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito came to campus last week and joined public higher education leaders from across the entire state to announce the Commonwealth Commitment, an innovative college affordability and completion plan to help more students achieve the dream of a college degree.

 

The Commonwealth Commitment, the first agreement of its kind in the nation, was signed by University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, Worcester State University President Barry Maloney and Middlesex Community College President James Mabry, representing the three segments of the public higher education system, at a ceremony held on the front steps of MCC's Lowell campus

The plan commits every public campus to providing 10% rebates at the end of each successfully completed semester to qualifying undergraduate students, in addition to the standard MassTransfer tuition waiver received upon entering a four-year institution from a Community College. Students who meet the program requirements will, depending on the transfer pathway they choose, be able to realize an average savings of $5,090 off the cost of a baccalaureate degree.

Also, as part of the Commonwealth Commitment’s goal to increase cost savings and predictability, tuition and mandatory fees will be frozen for program participants as of the date they enter the program.

Students will begin their studies at one of the state's 15 community colleges, enrolling in one of 24 Commonwealth Commitment/Mass Transfer Pathways programs that will roll out in fall 2016 (14 programs) and fall 2017 (10 additional programs). They must attend full-time, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. After earning an associate's degree in two and a half years or less, students will transfer to a state university or UMass campus to earn a baccalaureate degree.

“I am pleased that our higher education leaders have worked collaboratively to create this program to decrease the cost of a college degree and accelerate on-time completion,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Even though public higher education in Massachusetts is already a great value, the Commonwealth Commitment will make it even easier for students to go to school full-time and to enter the workforce faster and with less debt."

“The Commonwealth Commitment is a win-win for students, employers, and our public higher education campuses,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our hope is that through programs like the Commonwealth Commitment, not only will students get the benefit of a lower cost degree, but also be able to fill more of the high-demand job of the future, including in STEM.”

 

“The Commonwealth Commitment is an important plan which we believe will help move the needle on our Administration’s two overarching education objectives: to close the achievement gap and strengthen the global competitiveness of Massachusetts’ workforce and economy,” said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. “I thank the leaders of the Department of Higher Education, UMass, and State Colleges and universities for their hard work in reaching this agreement and for their commitment to putting students first.”

“The signing of this agreement represents a new day for our state system of public colleges and universities,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education. “It was not easy or simple to hammer out an agreement among 28 undergraduate institutions with different missions and programs, but I was extremely proud to see how presidents, provosts, faculty and staff worked together with a sense of common purpose to get this done. What unites us is a dedication to students and to the Commonwealth, a realization that when it comes to preparing the state's future citizenry and workforce, our public institutions need to lead.”

“Community college students seeking pathways to an affordable, high-quality, four-year degree will now be able to look to the Commonwealth Commitment for critical support -- and UMass is proud to be part of this innovative effort,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “This program advances public higher education’s core beliefs and will help to transform lives and strengthen our future. We look forward to welcoming the students who take advantage of this creative initiative to our campuses.”

"The Commonwealth Commitment unites the Massachusetts public higher education sector in an energized drive to promote access and success for our diverse communities as we work together to build an educated workforce that will drive the Commonwealth's high-tech community in the 21st Century.  Community colleges are proud to play a pivotal role in this strategy," said Middlesex Community College President Dr. James Mabry.

"When we talk about a 'best value' college experience, it doesn't get any better than this,” said Worcester State University President Barry Maloney. “Those who transfer into state universities under this program will see small classes taught largely by full-time, Ph.D. faculty members who put their students first. The state university degree prepares them well, either for careers or graduate school."

At the end of every successfully completed semester, students will earn a 10% rebate on tuition and fees, payable in the form of a check, or may opt to receive a voucher to use for books or other education-related expenses. The program does not discount room and board, although students may choose to use their Commonwealth Commitment savings or other resources to offset some of those costs. Students' rebates or vouchers will be calculated based on the total cost of tuition and mandatory fees at the institutions they choose to attend. Additionally, students who enroll in free or reduced cost dual enrollment programs, taking college courses while still in high school, may be able to apply the credits they earn toward their Commonwealth Commitment degrees, thus reducing costs even further.

 

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Posted: Monday, April 25, 2016 10:31 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
The New Club in Town, via the Middle East

The Middle Eastern Cultural Club is a fairly new club at Middlesex Community College that first became active last semester and continues to pick up steam. The club’s goal is to create an opportunity for students who are interested in Middle Eastern culture or students who are from Middle East to gather together, to share their stories and experiences in order to express themselves, and engage with Middlesex Community College students and the extended community.

The recent events in the Middle East, the crisis in Iraq, the war in Syria, the massive afflux of refugees, and outcomes of these events, are topics that don’t cease to be the top news. While some outcomes of these events are a real threat to global security, unfortunately, many misconceptions were also weaved around these events and implicitly about the people from Middle East. In the midst of these misconceptions that gave birth to fear, the question is: what would be the antidote for this fear? A good answer could be: peace of mind.

The Middle Eastern Cultural Club organized an event this week, where attendees were able to catch glimpses of real Middle Eastern Culture. Over 80 people attended the event enjoying delicious Middle Eastern food and Arabic music played by Timmy, an MCC student, originally from Baghdad, Iraq. MCC President Dr. James Mabry, was present, along with students, faculty and staff members from MCC, as well as visitors from the International Institute of Lowell.

Bilal Abdulelah is president of the club. Originally from the Middle East, he is currently a student in Middlesex Community College. Bilal intends to eventually major in Chemistry. In his opening remarks, Bilal, passionate for science, used the example of nature in explaining the imperative of inclusiveness.

Reem, a student majoring in Graphic Design shared the story of her journey from Middle East to the United States. Originally, from Iraq, Reem worked in her country as a journalist. One day, while she was working, she was shot being severely injured. After spending six months in an American military hospital she was transferred to another hospital in Belgium because her situation did not improve. She spent one year in that hospital in Belgium and after assiduous therapies she was able to be independent again. Reem is thankful to MCC for receiving her with warmth and for providing her with the opportunity to learn English.

After presenting her personal story, Rafal, a business student, an artist, and a local entrepreneur, offered free henna painting. She discovered her passion for art while she was a refugee in Syria after leaving her home country Iraq.

Camelia Bouzerdan is the adviser for the club and Apollon Bouzerdan is the co-adviser.

Give them all a warm MCC welcome! 

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:57 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 4 Comments
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