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