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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!

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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 3:31 PM by MCC Blog Admin

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Susan Woods said:

This was truly a wonderful collaborative event this morning.  We are thrilled to recognize and thank our business partners who make this all happen and help our student achieve their goals.  My special thanks to the MCC Administration: President Carole Cowan, Executive Vice-President Jay Linnehan, Provost Phil Sisson, Dean of Students Pam Flaherty and to the Transition Program Internship Coordinators Pamela Orne and Terese D’Eramo, as well as to all the dedicated and talented staff and faculty of the program.  Our appreciation to our colleagues in Facilities, Publications and the Historic homes event staff for helping to pull together this special morning.  And a “shout out” to the students in The Transition Program who continue to make us proud every day!

# October 24, 2011 4:15 PM

Jeanne O'Connor said:

As a member of the college community and a little piece of Transition, I want to express my appreciation to all at the college who stand behind our program and help us make it work.  But it IS the employers/mentors who make the program what it has become -- so popular that we have had families move to Massachusetts so that their son or daughter can be part of it.  I have had the privelege of participating in two Transition Reunions and it is wonderful to see how these young men and women thrive and continue to be contributing, TAX PAYING, participants in their communities and in the Commonwealth.  YAY TRANSITION!

# October 24, 2011 4:28 PM
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