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Making the Transition!
MCC's business and K-12 partners joined the College leadership and Transition program staff and alumni at the Nesmith House  for a recognition breakfast to thank our partners and celebrate the program’s 30 years.
Susan Woods, Associate Dean of Student Support services at MCC and Transition Program staff: Pamela Orne, Program Coordinator, Terese D’Eramo Internship Coordinator and Kaleigh Tardiff, Assistant Coordinator welcomed partners from companies who host Transition Program Interns: including: Lahey Hospital, Enterprise Bank, Lowell General Hospital,  The Career Place, The Career Source, Social Security Administration, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Employment and Training, Central Admixture Pharmacy Services (CAPS), The Durkin Company, The Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital, New England Journal of Medicine and LTB Insurance, along with our K-12 partners from The Learning Prep School in Newton, Shawsheen Regional Voc Tech High School, Acton/Boxboro High School, Lexington High School, LABBB Special Education Collaborative, Lowell High School and Greater Lowell Technical High School.
The Transition program was developed in 1985 under the college's first President, Dr. James Houlihan.  It was intended to develop an alternative program for students with significant learning disabilities.   In its 30 years, the nationally-acclaimed and award-winning program has been recognized by the National Council on Student Development, and is currently the only community college in the state to offer this model of training and curriculum in office and business support.


MCC President Dr. James Mabry’s remarks included recognition for our partner’s contributions to the success of the students, with over 600 students, since the program’s inception, achieving their credential and graduating with a Certificate in Office and Business Support. The student alumni speakers, Daniel Ferrari from Burlington and Michael Rose from Billerica eloquently shared their stories and pathway to employment, independence and success. As Susan Woods, said: “when people refer to the village that it takes to make a productive well-rounded individual, I credit our business and k-12 partners and the entire MCC village for their role in the lives of our students in the Transition program."


Thanks to all for investing in not just our Transition program, but our Transition students!  

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Posted: Monday, November 09, 2015 11:59 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
A Healthy Start

Today's MCC blog post comes via Health and Wellness Director Jonathan Crockett

When MCC President James Mabry envisioned the ideal formula for his day of recognition, he was clear that it would begin with a healthy start for the campus community.  From day one of his MCC presidency, Dr. Mabry has reiterated his enduring commitment to supporting and increasing student success, and recognizes the clear connection between personal wellness and personal success.


A role model and advocate for personal wellness, Dr. Mabry recognized the multiple benefits of providing a comprehensive and inclusive wellness program on Inauguration Day to rally the campus community, stir up some adrenaline, and kick off the celebration. In that spirit, he called upon the MCC Wellness Task Force to design, implement, and facilitate a 2 ½ hour Healthy Start wellness program for the Inauguration Day celebration.  While the Wellness Task Force was invited to plan the details of the program, President Mabry was clear about three specific details – first, that the program represent several different dimensions of wellness (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, occupational), second that it be accessible and inclusive to the entire campus community and third, that it commence with a 5K Trail run/walk.  Equipped with this charge, the Wellness Task Force set forth to create a program to meet this vision. 


The Program

On Thursday, October 15th, at 7:30 a.m., nearly 50 MCC students, employees, friends/family, and community partners gathered together in crisp autumn air under brilliant blue sky to run/walk/jog the 2.5 mile MCC Fitness Trail with President Mabry and his family.  The bright sunrise on fiery fall foliage provided a stunning backdrop, perfectly fitting for the celebration at hand.  Shoulder to shoulder at the starting line stood President Mabry, his daughters, and a merry band of enthusiastic participants.  A countdown from 5 signaled the start, and the shuffling of feet announced the official beginning of Inauguration Day.  In the minutes and hours that followed, a flurry of wellness activities filled the campus quad and interior spaces.  As walkers/runners finished the run/walk, they were greeted enthusiastically by volunteers and participants.  A spirited game of 6 on 6 volleyball included students and employees of varied abilities.  A YOGA session and a high intensity interval training class met simultaneously in 2 different locations, providing an exercise experience for 25 students and employees.  Many people made a quick detour by the healthy breakfast table, where enthusiastic volunteers offered free yogurt, fresh fruit, granola bars, and water.  The 60-minute outdoor Tai Chi session included over 15 participants, who enjoyed the serenity of Tai Chi with the bliss of warm sun on their backs.  At the same time, many other participants chose between meditation, guided relaxation, or another extremely intense round of high intensity interval training.  There was truly something for everyone that morning.

The Result

By all accounts, the Healthy Start program accomplished its charge – providing a variety of wellness options accessible to all members of the MCC campus (and local) community, and creating an adrenaline-charged and socially engaged kick-start to an historic and significant day of celebration.

All told, the MCC Inauguration Day Healthy Start program welcomed over 200 participants, including student and employee volunteers, session participants, session facilitators, and Wellness Task Force members.  Participant feedback was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, with many inquiries about the possibility of having similar events more frequently, or at least annually.  In the end, participants and volunteers received not only an event t-shirt and the chance to improve their personal wellness, but also the intrinsic value of engaging fully with other students, employees, and community members at a unique and exciting day in the history of Middlesex Community College. 

And certainly of greatest importance, the Healthy Start program captured the spirit that President Mabry envisioned.  In his own words, “It was a good day at MCC and we got it off to a stimulating start.”  The Wellness Task Force wishes to recognize with gratitude all the student, employee, and community participants, session facilitators, and student and employee volunteers.    The Wellness Task Force also wishes to thank President Mabry for his clear and unwavering commitment to personal and community wellness, and for providing this opportunity to share the value and benefits of wellness with the MCC and local community.



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Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2015 10:34 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 1 Comments
Diversity Roles and Rules at MCC!

Middlesex Community College was recognized as an exemplary college committed to diversity by Minority Access Inc. at its 16th annual National Role Models Conference, held recently in Baltimore, Md. 

Middlesex President James C. Mabry accepted the award, along with Darcy Orellana, Assistant Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer. 

President Mabry addressed the conference on behalf of the colleges and universities honored. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also spoke as part of the program. 

“The Minority Access National Role Model recognition is the result of MCC's collegewide commitment to diversity, and to our ongoing work to promote student success,” said Orellana. “At Middlesex, our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion can be found everywhere – inside and outside the classroom, and in our community connections. 

“Everyone at MCC shares responsibility to ensure that our programs, practices and policies are designed to foster success for underserved and under-represented populations,” said Orellana. “We are fully engaged in addressing achievement and opportunity gaps.” 

Minority Access is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental injustices. It assists colleges and universities, as well as the federal government and corporations, in implementing programs and providing services to recruit, enhance and retain underserved and under-represented populations 

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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:35 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 1 Comments