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SUGA in the Spotlight

The holidays bring great memories and experiences for all, and here on the MCC campuses, it's also an opportunity for one of our favorite networking moments of the year, when the inspirational leaders from our Student Union Government Association (SUGA) break bread with our MCC Board of Trustees at the trustees' annual holiday dinner at the historic Nesmith House. 

After the board of trustees conducted the business portion of its agenda, they opened up the floor for SUGA leadership to step up and detail their personal MCC stories.  And SUGA did not disappoint.

Each student talked about their course of study, their future plans, and in many cases, the roads they traveled that brought them to either of MCC's Bedford or Lowell campuses.

For many of the students, MCC provided an opportunity for them to reinvent themselves after a high school experience that for some, didn't provide them with the personal growth opportunities they were looking for.

From business majors, to environmentalists, to actors, to political interests, the students ran the gamut with their future goals.  And judging from the responses they got in the face-to-face conversations over dinner that they had with trustees, their stories resonated and helped remind not just the trustees, but the MCC administrators in attendance, of the good work that gets done at MCC helping students succeed all year 'round.

Nicely done, SUGA!

And while we're at it, a big thank you to the current slate of Trustees who serve our campuses, and thank you for engaging our student leaders and helping propel them forward on their career paths!

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Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 2:10 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
Featuring the First Lady

Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker visited the college's Lowell campus this week, and spent nearly two hours chatting with student leaders about getting involved with their communities, entrepreneurship, and leadership development skills.

The visit emanated from a Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce dinner that two students from the Paul Sullivan Leadership Institute attended with college administrators.  The students - Eno Adoghe and Gillian Nsuh, both of Lowell, listened intently as Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker spoke to the roomful of business leaders.  But it was when Baker's wife, Lauren, spoke about engagement work that she does with a Massachusetts non-profit - the Wonderfund - that the two students really got animated.

They asked if they could chat personally with Mrs. Baker, and did so backstage, but the conversation had to be abbreviated because of time constraints.  Mrs. Baker promised to follow up, and sure enough, with an official invite from MCC, came to campus this week to continue the dialogue with a larger audience.


MCC student stars from the Student Union Government Association (SUGA), the Leadership in Action class, the Entrepreneur Club, the Women's Leadership Club, and the Asian Connections program joined fellow classmates for the back-and-forth question session.


Mrs. Baker challenged the students to take risks and not be afraid to change course and try something different if an initial plan of study or employment takes an unexpected detour.

The First Lady also invited all of the students to explore internship opportunities with the administrative program of their interested area of study at the Massachusetts State House.

As always, our students are our best ambassadors, and did us proud once again in an engaging, informative, and hopefully education dialogue with the First Lady of Massachusetts government!


A special shoutout to Eno and Gillian for daring to take that first step and ask the questions to help broaden their own horizons!

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Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:00 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
MCC Overseas

Dong-Lian Institute of Education and Research (東联教育研究院) recently sponsored a team from Middlesex Community College to attend and present at “The First Sino-American Interdisciplinary Teaching Summit of Mathematics and Content Teachers.”
The conference, held in Jinan City, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China, from October 30 to November 2, 2017 had the theme of "Connections, Cooperation, Development and Mutual Benefits." Invited speakers included American and Chinese curriculum specialists and well-known content experts from across China who presented on educational development, teaching reform, and establishing future education policy.
Middlesex liaison Tao Williamson  introduced the Middlesex Team. Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies Dean, Matthew Olson presented on “The Cognitive Revolution in Instruction: Implications for STEM Education.” Humanities Professor Priscilla Eng presented on “Cultural Styles and Learning Differences” and  Dean Kate Sweeney presented on  “STEM Pedagogy: Content and Context.” Dean Sweeney’s presentation featured video of Mathematics Professor Michael Williamson.
All agreed the first conference was a great success, and the Dong-Lian Institute of Education and Research is already planning their spring conference with the possibility of more collaboration with Middlesex. This conference addressed the important need for curriculum reform promoting a different kind of learning through the integration of interdisciplinary curriculum resources. Through partnership with Middlesex. Dong Lian is seeking to promote interdisciplinary communication and intercultural exchanges.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:57 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 4 Comments