For the second time, Middlesex Community College has received the Carnegie Foundation’s multi-year Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes the college’s commitment to service and community engagement. Middlesex was selected as one of five Massachusetts community colleges to receive this reclassification distinction.
“This classification gives us a chance to look closely at a range of ways that we connect with the communities we serve,” said Carina Self, Assistant Dean of Social Sciences and Service-Learning. “We are thrilled to be among a small group of community colleges that have been through this process twice and hope we can continue to serve as a resource to other colleges as they grow their community-engagement initiatives."
At the reclassification announcement, the college community was joined by members of Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, one of the MCC’s long-standing community partners, to mark the occasion by participating in a community art project.
MCC’s commitment to community service began with the college’s Service-Learning Program, a credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized activity that meets identified community needs, and then reflect on their service. First introduced in 1992, with a $2,500 grant and only one course, the program has grown remarkably. Currently, Middlesex offers more than 100 Service-Learning courses and has more than 350 active community partners. Over the last 20 years, more than 10,000 students have completed more than 234,000 service hours.
Middlesex was selected by Campus Compact, a nonprofit coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents committed to developing the civic engagement of students, as one of only 13 colleges in the nation to be studied as a model of exemplary practices of civic engagement.
Additionally, MCC has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since its launch in 2006. The Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs.
To learn more about MCC’s Service-Learning Program and opportunities, contact Cynthia Lynch at 781-280-3556 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Carnegie Foundation, visit www.carnegiefoundation.org.
Thanks to Middlesex Community
College’s Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Advisory Board and other special
veterans services, MCC has been designated a Top School in the 2015 Military
Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities.
“There are approximately 450
veterans currently enrolled at MCC,” said Maryanne Mungovan, Director of
Multicultural and Veterans Affairs. “And that number continues to grow. This
award recognizes all the work Middlesex does to create a welcoming environment
for our student veterans.”
Now in its eighth year of
publishing the guide, MAE evaluated
more than 600 institutions nationwide based on their military culture,
financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services.
MAE’s ratings enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow
best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other
academic or career considerations.
“We believe the guide serves as an invaluable
tool for both education-services officers and transition officers when advising
service members about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We used strict criteria
to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record
number of schools participating this year.”
MCC’s Veterans Resource
Centers are located in the Bedford Campus Center, Room 206, or in the Lowell
City Building, Room 117. For more information about MCC’s Veterans Resource
Center, contact Maryanne Mungovan,Director of Multicultural and Veterans
Affairs, at email@example.com or call 978-656-3267.
For more information about
MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities or to access it online, visit: www.mae-kmi.com.
Taking advantage of one of the most spectacular days of the fall season, 26 Middlesex Community College students and staff boarded an early morning bus and headed to the base of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, N.H., to scale the gorgeous and challenging mountain climb!
Up before the sun, the intrepid band of explorers were drawn, like so many before them, to the natural beauty and magnificence of the second most-climbed mountain in the world. With fall foliage at its peak, along with vibrant blue skies and an abundance of sunshine, it provided the perfect day for our hikers.
The group arrived at the mountain before 9 a.m. and the hikers were eager to hit the trails. For many of the students, this was not only their first time to Monadnock, but their first time hiking, period! After a group photo and assembly line to compile peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hikers departed in small groups to being their five-hour trek.
Some hikers challenged the terrain with all the vigor of a triathlete - others preferred a more meditative and relaxed approach. In other words, they hiked in all sizes and speeds! Some hikers reached the top, and others reached a height that met their satisfaction. Regardless of their turnaround point, all the MCC hikers enjoyed breathtaking, panoramic views, the tremendous beauty of the mountain, and a bona fide workout.
Those who reached the top of the mighty climb were rewarded
with a 360 degree view of the valleys below – a sea of yellows and reds and
oranges of fall foliage, peppered with shimmering ponds and lakes. The
strong winds howled, but didn’t drown out the victorious shouts of joy and
laughter of climbers on the summit. And all agreed that the only peanut
butter and jelly sandwich that tastes better than one you made is one that’s
eaten atop a challenging mountain that you just climbed.
Organized collaboratively by the MCC Outdoor Adventure Club and the Center for Health and Wellness and sponsored by the MCC Transporation Department, this trip was the latest in recreational adventures offered to the MCC campus community. Next up for our outdoor adventurers is the annual ski and snowboard trip to Mount Sunapee scheduled for Saturday, February 7th.
Climb every mountain, fjord every stream, follow every rainbow - that's the MCC way!