Making the Transition
Many of MCC's business partners were front and center on Monday for an appreciation meeting held to celebrate the corporate partners of the college's Transition program, now in its 26th year!
Susan Woods, associate dean of student support services at MCC said "when people refer to the village that it takes to make a productive well-rounded individual, I credit our business partners and the entire MCC village for their role in the lives of our students in the Transition program."
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 26 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 program model.
MCC President Carole Cowan told the assembled business leaders today that "while the classroom instruction at MCC focuses on business, job success and communication skills, it is the internships that each student performs with you that is the cornerstone of the program. It is this hands-on training and the guidance and supervision that you provide which prepares these students to enter the workforce when they graduate from the program."
Among the businesses feted at today's breakfast at the MCC Meetinghouse were the American Textile History Museum, Aberjona Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the Bedford VA Medical Center, Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, the Career Center of Lowell, Collective Brands, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Federal Aviation Administration, the JobNet Career Center, Lahey Clinic, Marist Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, the New England Journal of Medicine, Saints Medical Center, the Social Security Administration, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Scotti Insurance, Suffolk University, Summer Place, and Sunrise Senior Living.
Thanks to all of our business partners for investing in not just our Transition program, but our Transition students! Winners all! Thanks also to Kevin Harkins of www.harkinsphotography.com for the pics!