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Best in Blood

Middlesex Community College’s Phlebotomy Program was recently presented the 2014 Best of Phlebotomy Education Award by PhlebotomyTrainingSpot.com. A free resource for prospective students and career seekers looking for phlebotomy training and jobs, PhlebotomyTrainingSpot.com recognizes the top phlebotomy programs across the U.S. 

"We are honored to receive the Best Phlebotomy Education Award,” said Suzanne McHale, Program Coordinator for MCC’s Academy of Health Professions. “Our Phlebotomy Certificate Program trains students to become skilled phlebotomists as well as exceptional healthcare professionals. We hold our students to the highest standards of the field." 

MCC’s Phlebotomy Certificate Program enables students to build the skills necessary to work in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, research settings and reference labs. Students are trained to perform a variety of blood-collection methods using proper techniques and precautions. 

The Phlebotomy Certificate Program is part of MCC’s Academy of Health Professions (AHP), which offers short-term training and college-credit courses to prepare students for careers in entry-level health care. Other programs offered as part of AHP include Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Receptionist, Medical Office Administration, Medical Assisting, and a Clinical Lab Assistant Certificate Program. 

PhlebotomyTrainingSpot.com (http://www.phlebotomytrainingspot.com) recognizes programs with the ability to foster career and personal development in their students. Nominees were rated over a several-month period at the end of 2014 and winners were identified based on total ratings, program reputation and accreditations. 

For more information about MCC’s Phlebotomy Certificate Program, contact Suzanne McHale atmchales@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-322-8412. 

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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2015 10:05 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 4 Comments
A Tip of the Cap to Phi Theta Kappa
Sixty-four Middlesex Community College students, with GPAs of 3.7 or higher, were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges.

Recognized during the PTK Spring Induction Ceremony on the Bedford campus, the new honor society members were welcomed by Clea Andreadis, MCC’s Associate Provost of Instruction and Assessment.


President James Mabry, Phil Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, and David Kalivas, Director of MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program, gave opening greetings.  Karen Oster, Chairwoman of Performing Arts, gave the keynote address.


Leading the induction of new members were PTK President Diana Santana, Vice President Pui Lo, and Secretary Evan Rees.


During the ceremony, each student was called on stage to light a candle and receive their PTK certificate from President Mabry. As a group, the members recited the PTK Initiation Pledge.


Steven Rossi, Director of Leadership Development & Student Activities, gave closing remarks. A reception with friends and family followed the ceremony.


The new members join the 110 MCC students who were inducted into PTK in the fall semester.


 So take the lead from Karen Oster and give it up for all of our PTK superstars!


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Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 3:19 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 2 Comments
Carole Cowan: A Dedicated Center For Learning


A bit delayed because of this white powdery stuff that keeps falling from the heavens and burying us, but we couldn't let a special event pass without acknowledging the honors bestowed this week on MCC President Carole Cowan, finishing up this week after nearly 40 years at Middlesex, the last 25 as the college's third President!

The MCC Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name the downtown city campus, the main building that has been ground zero for Middlesex in Lowell throughout Cowan's presidency, the Dr. Carole A. Cowan Center.

The dedication became official this past weekend, as students, staff, faculty, friends, and community members joined Cowan for a speaking program and portrait unveiling on campus.

The day was made even more special with the participation of MCC students who gracious hosts for the community attendees 


Cowan, with her son Kevin, braving the elements.


President Cowan, along with many of the members of her executive team.

The six-sided, brick-faced campus building at 33 Kearney Square was built in the mid 1980s by Wang Laboratories to house its computer-training programs.  It was acquired by MCC at the end of that decade and opened as its primary Lowell campus property in 1991, the year after Cowan was voted MCC president.  In addition to several floors of classrooms, a cafeteria, and technology center, the building also houses the Lowell campus administration offices.

While many spoke of the significance of the dedication of the property, everyone also spoke about how Cowan herself was the centerpiece for the college's growth, image, and success during her tenure as President.

The speaking program at the dedication center featured former Lowell Police Superintendent and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Department of Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland, Lowell Mayor Rodney Elliott, State Senator Eileen Donoghue, Congresswoman (and former MCC External Affairs Dean) Niki Tsongas, UMass Lowell Executive Vice-Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, and David Basile from the MCC Foundation.


Said Tsongas: "I cherished my time with Carole, and it was inspiring to watch how she tried to make sure that every event did would somehow benefit the students in the end.  She has always put students first."


Senator Donoghue said "when I first went to the Massachusetts Senate, it was refreshing when I needed to speak on issues of higher education, because everyone across the state already knew not only of the reputation of Middlesex Community College, but they also knew you personally.  You added to much credibility on the Massachusetts state landscape when you fought for more support for public higher education and especially your students."

Moloney said: "on behalf of all of the students who have passed through the doors of your college and continued their education with us at the University, I thank you, because you have helped make an immeasurable difference in the lives of thousands of young minds over the past 25 years."




Got a special memory or thank you to pass along to President Cowan?  Add it to our comments below and say thanks or good luck in your own way! 

Thanks for everything, President Cowan!  It's been an unforgettable voyage and we wish you nothing but great fortune as you embark on this next phase of your life!  Middlesex Community College will never forget you!

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Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:22 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 7 Comments