Congratulations to two of our brightest - Kyla Caffrey of Carlisle and Nicholas Lindahl of Woburn for scoring double awards at the DECA National Competition and International Career Development Conference held in Washington, D.C.!
The business students travelled to our nation's capital with Accounting Professor Vikram Sharma, who's also the advisor to the Finance and Accounting Club to compete against colleges from across the country. Caffrey and Lindahl competed against students from four-year universities and community colleges not just from within the United States, but from Canada as well.
The pair created and presented an Advertising Campaign that focused on marketing Middlesex which scored them two medals, and they also took part in a Student Leadership Training Event.
Formed in 1946, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges worldwide. DECA is organized into two unique student divisions, each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.
MCC's DECA Club was created in 2013 by Dean Judy Hogan and Assistant Dean Deborah Walsh, and has
faculty advisors from different Business areas including Professor Halye
Sugarman (Law), Professor Ashli Ree (Fashion Merchandising), Professor Kimberly Morrissey (Hospitality Management), Professor
Rob Kaulfuss (Economics), and Professor Sharma. The
students would also like to also acknowledge the guidance from Jennifer Aradhya (Director, Marketing Communications), Tura Linderholm (Social
Media Coordinator) and Professor Rob Kaulfuss (Economics) in their recent
Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn
Polito came to campus last week and joined public higher education leaders from across the entire state to announce the Commonwealth Commitment, an innovative college
affordability and completion plan to help more students achieve the dream of a
The Commonwealth Commitment, the first
agreement of its kind in the nation, was signed by University of Massachusetts
President Marty Meehan, Worcester State University President Barry Maloney and Middlesex
Community College President James Mabry, representing the three segments of the
public higher education system, at a ceremony held on the front steps of MCC's Lowell campus
The plan commits every public campus to providing 10%
rebates at the end of each successfully completed semester to qualifying
undergraduate students, in addition to the standard MassTransfer tuition waiver received
upon entering a four-year institution from a Community College. Students who meet the program
requirements will, depending on the transfer pathway they choose, be able to
realize an average savings of $5,090 off the cost of a baccalaureate degree.
Also, as part of
the Commonwealth Commitment’s goal to increase cost savings and predictability,
tuition and mandatory fees will be frozen for program participants as of the
date they enter the program.
begin their studies at one of the state's 15 community colleges, enrolling in
one of 24 Commonwealth Commitment/Mass
Transfer Pathways programs that will roll out in fall 2016 (14 programs) and
fall 2017 (10 additional programs). They must attend full-time, and must
maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. After earning an associate's degree in two
and a half years or less, students will
transfer to a state university or UMass campus to earn a baccalaureate degree.
“I am pleased that our higher education leaders have worked
collaboratively to create this program to decrease the cost of a college degree
and accelerate on-time completion,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Even
though public higher education in Massachusetts is already a great value, the Commonwealth Commitment will make it
even easier for students to go to school full-time and to enter the workforce
faster and with less debt."
“The Commonwealth Commitment is a win-win for
students, employers, and our public higher education campuses,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
“Our hope is that through programs like the Commonwealth
Commitment, not only will students get the benefit of a lower cost degree,
but also be able to fill more of the high-demand job of the future, including
Commonwealth Commitment is an
important plan which we believe will help move the needle on our
Administration’s two overarching education objectives: to close the achievement
gap and strengthen the global competitiveness of Massachusetts’ workforce and
economy,” said Education Secretary Jim
Peyser. “I thank the leaders of the Department of Higher Education, UMass,
and State Colleges and universities for their hard work in reaching this
agreement and for their commitment to putting students first.”
“The signing of
this agreement represents a new day for our state system of public colleges and
universities,” said Carlos E. Santiago,
Commissioner of Higher Education. “It was not easy or simple to hammer out
an agreement among 28 undergraduate institutions with different missions and
programs, but I was extremely proud to see how presidents, provosts, faculty
and staff worked together with a sense of common purpose to get this done. What
unites us is a dedication to students and to the Commonwealth, a realization
that when it comes to preparing the state's future citizenry and
workforce, our public institutions need to lead.”
college students seeking pathways to an affordable, high-quality, four-year
degree will now be able to look to the Commonwealth
Commitment for critical support -- and UMass is proud to be part of this
innovative effort,” said UMass President
Marty Meehan. “This program advances public higher education’s core beliefs
and will help to transform lives and strengthen our future. We look forward to
welcoming the students who take advantage of this creative initiative to our
"The Commonwealth Commitment unites the
Massachusetts public higher education sector in an energized drive to promote
access and success for our diverse communities as we work together to build an
educated workforce that will drive the Commonwealth's high-tech community in
the 21st Century. Community colleges are proud to play a pivotal role in
this strategy," said Middlesex
Community College President Dr. James Mabry.
talk about a 'best value' college experience, it doesn't get any better than
this,” said Worcester State University
President Barry Maloney. “Those who transfer into state universities under
this program will see small classes taught largely by full-time, Ph.D. faculty
members who put their students first. The state university degree prepares them
well, either for careers or graduate school."
At the end of
every successfully completed semester, students will earn a 10% rebate on
tuition and fees, payable in the form of a check, or may opt to receive a
voucher to use for books or other education-related expenses. The program does
not discount room and board, although students may choose to use their Commonwealth Commitment savings or other
resources to offset some of those costs. Students' rebates or vouchers will be
calculated based on the total cost of tuition and mandatory fees at the institutions they choose to attend. Additionally,
students who enroll in free or reduced cost dual enrollment programs, taking
college courses while still in high school, may be able to apply the credits
they earn toward their Commonwealth
Commitment degrees, thus reducing costs even further.
Eastern Cultural Club is a fairly new club at Middlesex Community College that first became active last semester and continues to pick up steam. The club’s goal is to create an
opportunity for students who are interested in Middle Eastern culture or
students who are from Middle East to gather together, to share their stories
and experiences in order to express themselves, and engage with Middlesex
Community College students and the extended community.
events in the Middle East, the crisis in Iraq, the war in Syria, the massive
afflux of refugees, and outcomes of these events, are topics that don’t
cease to be the top news. While some outcomes of these events are a real threat
to global security, unfortunately, many misconceptions were also weaved
around these events and implicitly about the people from Middle East. In the
midst of these misconceptions that gave birth to fear, the question is: what
would be the antidote for this fear? A good answer could be: peace of mind.
Eastern Cultural Club organized an event this week, where attendees were able to catch glimpses of real Middle Eastern
Culture. Over 80 people attended the event enjoying delicious Middle Eastern
food and Arabic music played by Timmy, an MCC student, originally from Baghdad,
Iraq. MCC President Dr. James Mabry, was present, along with students, faculty and staff members from MCC, as well as visitors from the International Institute of Lowell.
Abdulelah is president of the club. Originally from the Middle East, he is currently
a student in Middlesex Community College. Bilal intends to eventually major in
Chemistry. In his opening remarks, Bilal, passionate for science, used the
example of nature in explaining the imperative of inclusiveness.
Reem, a student majoring in Graphic Design shared the story of her journey from Middle East to the United States. Originally, from Iraq, Reem worked in her country as a journalist. One day, while she was working, she was shot being severely injured. After spending six months in an American military hospital she was transferred to another hospital in Belgium because her situation did not improve. She spent one year in that hospital in Belgium and after assiduous therapies she was able to be independent again. Reem is thankful to MCC for receiving her with warmth and for providing her with the opportunity to learn English.
After presenting her personal story, Rafal, a business student, an artist, and a local entrepreneur, offered free henna painting. She discovered her passion for art while she was a refugee in Syria after leaving her home country Iraq.
Camelia Bouzerdan is the adviser for the club and Apollon Bouzerdan is the co-adviser.
Give them all a warm MCC welcome!