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Gulliver's Travels: A Buoy from MCC


This is the tale of buoy meets gull.

A buoy from Middlesex Community College that found its way up to a small village in Nova Scotia known as Gulliver's Cove.

Kevin Baker of Gulliver's Cove was recently out in his boat when he spotted a small white buoy with a black box atop it.  The box was a transmitter with a name and telephone number on it.  Baker called the number and connected with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees the Drifter Program in the Gulf of Maine.  The drifter buoys help scientists, fishermen, and students monitor currents, sea surface temperatures, atmospheric pressure, and wind.

In this particular case, the students involved hailed from MCC!

The students in this instance are part of the Gulf of Maine Institute (GOMI) at MCC, who deployed this particular Ocean Drifter buoy into the Gulf of Maine in the waters off Newburyport on June 3 of this year.

The buoy travelled close to 5,000 kilometers in the tides, before making its way into the Bay of Fundy, bringing it into Digby Neck just below Gulliver's Cove to be discovered by the curious Baker.

If you're interested in following the buoy's progress, you can track it here:  http://nefsc.noaa.gov/drifter/drift_gomi_2015_1.html

MCC has partnered with the Gulf of Maine Institute for more than two years.  It was the first college invited to join the regional initiative, which seeks to inspire young people to take action in achieving healthy stewardship for the Gulf of Maine, which stretches from Cape Cod to the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, Canada.

MCC's Diane Lauber is the faculty advisor to the students.  She hopes the program encourages students to engage in meaningful environmental projects.

GOMI, a nonprofit organization, invited MCC to the table primarily because of its geographic location.  "GOMI values Lowell's qualities as a diverse, urban location within the watershed," said Lauber.  "This partnership offers Middlesex students an opportunity to understand themselves as members of a larger global community and create a positive change in that community."

For more information on the GOMI, visit its website at www.gulfofmaineinstitute.org  For more information on MCC's role in the institutes, contact Diane Lauber at lauberd@middlesex.mass.edu

In the meantime, if you're out and about on the high seas, keep an eye out for those buoys from MCC!


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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 1:09 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 3 Comments
Honored by our Veterans

College leaders, students, and veterans joined forces this morning for a special flag-raising outside MCC's city campus to honor its veterans, both among its student body as well as its workforce.

The flag-raising was followed by a panel discussion spotlighting our veterans in the city cafeteria,  The panel featured U.S. Army veterans Joanne Goretski and Rick Reppucci, U.S. Navy Veteran Phil Mahler, and U.S. Air Force veteran Judith Laird. 

MCC was also happy once again, to be be designated a Military Friendly college by Victory Media, an education and career resource network for veterans and their families.  The program recognizes colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forced leaving military service, and military spouses. Nationwide, more than 1,400 schools received the designation.  Some of the determinants include a college's support for veterans on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies.


Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and a Navy Reserve veteran said "Those earning the 2016 Military Friendly designation demonstrate a strong connection between classroom learning and career development.  They're moving the needle beyond 'why recruit military' to translating military competencies into training and positive employment after graduation."

Thanks to the college's efforts in its two Veterans Resource Center, its Veterans Advisory Board and other veterans services, MCC was also ranked sixth on a list of military-friendly community colleges across the country.  

"These awards and designations recognize the work that Middlesex does to create a welcoming environment for our veterans," said Pam Flaherty, Dean of Students.  "Middlesex provides educational opportunities as well as numerous veterans resources to help make the transitition from military to civilian life easier."

Veterans at MCC have become more engaged on campus through the Veterans Resource Centers on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses.  Students are helping their peers through peer-mentoring programs, and through a variety of Veterans Club activities.  These activities include Q&A sessions about veterans benefits, and "Heroes Among Us," a speaking program that provides an opportunity for an MCC Veteran to tell his or her story about their service.

This Veterans Day 2015, we salute all who have served our country.


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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:32 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
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