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All the World's an MCC Stage!
Members of MCC's theater program not only attended a national theater festival, but they took home top honors as well!
Last May, a respondent from the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival attended the MCC Theatre Department’s production of Little Women, the musical. From that performance
Heather Conti Clark and Ashley Jeffers  were chosen to compete for the Irene Ryan award with Leo Jordan attending as an alternate.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty 'Granny Clampett' in The Beverly Hillbillies .

Heather was also nominated for the Richard Maltby award for Musical Theatre excellence.

This past week Karen Oster, department chair, and MCC Theatre Department students Heather Conti Clark of Chelmsford, and her scene partner Victoria Tham of Lowell, along with Ashley Jeffers of Lowell and her scene partner Kelly Maglio of Pelham, N.H., and Leo Jordan of Chelmsford and his scene partner Kaitlyn Crockett of Chelmsford attended the festival.

Heather Conti Clark advanced to the semi finals. there were 220 Irene Ryan nominees from all over KCACTF region I. 36 were chosen for the semi finals.

A Merit award was given to Karen Oster and the cast of Little Women for excellence in music direction and musical performance.

At the final awards ceremony, Heather was awarded the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) best comic actor award!!!!  Congrats Heather!
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
The goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are:

To encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs;
To provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; and achieve professionalism
To improve the quality of college and university theater in America;
To encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students; the classics, revitalized or newly conceived; and experimental works.
Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.
KCACTF is a year-round program in eight geographic regions in the United States. Regional activities are coordinated through eight KCACTF regional chairs and eight KCACTF playwriting awards chairs. With funding and administrative support from the Kennedy Center, the regional chair coordinates with the Co-Managers of KCACTF all aspects of the adjudication of productions on the local and regional level and supervises regional-level KCACTF award competitions. The playwriting chair works with schools that have entered new and student-written plays by providing expertise in the development of new scripts--assessment specifically designed for a developing play--and by providing information on the numerous playwriting awards offered.
In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs. 
Since its inception, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 2:32 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 7 Comments
MCC Means Biz!

Middlesex Community College students enrolled in an Introduction to Entrepreneurship class not only learned what it takes to think entrepreneurially but also got out of the classroom and actually did it. Teams of students launched seven businesses selling products that included t-shirts, bracelets, sunglasses, heart healthy coffee, foot cream, hats, and cell phone wire protectors.

Students pitched their businesses and presented commercials at the MCC Shark Tank competition in front of special guest judges: Lydia Blanchard, founder of Sweet Lydia’s in Lowell and Boston and Angela Mastrogiacomo, MCC Alum and owner of Muddy Paw Public Relations. Students then presented a donation of their profits to local organizations. 

Competition winners: Tom Muldoon, RJ Mendez, Jeanly Lara, Judge Angela Mastrogiacomo, Judge Lydia Blanchard, and Hannah Latham

Overall, the students earned $1,313 in profits that were donated to organizations. The winning Shark Tank team, LaBeL will donate $536 to Disabled American Veterans of Tewksbury.

Other donations include:
Heal Me Softly, $365 to D’Youville Senior Center
Bandzz & Shadezz, $97 to Lowell General Hospital Team Walk
Secure Shrink, $46 to Lowell Makes
Heart Heathy Coffee, $140 to Lowell General Hospital Team Walk
Local Culture, $90 to UTEC – Untied Teen Equality Center of Lowell

Local Culture group members, Jack Conlon, Bill Ross, and Gilberto Matos present a t-shirt and a check to UTEC, Untied Teen Equality Center of Lowell’s Dimitrios Booras. 

“This course is about providing students the space to try without a whole lot of risk. That trying turns into doing and my hope is that this experience will provide valuable new skills, lessons, and confidence to continue doing in the future,” said Professor Stacie Hargis. 


Jake Anzer, Patrick Fournier, David Hall from Lowell General Hospital accepts checks on behalf of TeamWalk for Cancer Care 2017, Christin Wistof, and Marlena Chau

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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2017 11:17 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 8 Comments
Super Cybersecurity Start!
MCC cut the ceremonial ribbon today to formally open its Cybersecurity lab in the Pollard Building on Middle Street, and we had support from our elected officials, our faculty, students, and trustees to help celebrate the occasion!

President James Mabry was joined by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, State Senator Eileen Donoghue, and State Representative David Nangle for the ribbon cutting to recognize the opening of two classes on the college's Lowell campus. 
The Information Technology/Cybersecurity degree falls under the Computing and Information Technology department chaired by Michelle Stein.  The three IT faculty members involved with the program are Moe Moghimi, Syeda Begum and Ryan Fried. 
Curriculum for the program was developed under the leadership of Don Brady with funding through Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC), a National Science Foundation project based at UMass Boston.
The IT/Cybersecurity Associates degree was developed in partnership with regional industry representatives who were convened as a working group.  Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry level employment as information security analysts, or they can transfer to four-year programs. 
The Cybersecurity lab was funded, in part, with support from a $20M grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, and a $117,086 grant from the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant program, an initiative of Governor Charlie Baker's Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education,k workforce and economic-development strategies across the state.

Currently, we have just under 100 students enrolled in the program, but demand for the program continues to rise.
To find out more information about the program, visit  http://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=18&poid=2295&returnto=1656

Give it up for our wonderful IT faculty and students!
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Posted: Monday, December 05, 2016 1:56 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 2 Comments
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