Learn more about Middlesex Community College’s nationally recognized Transition Program, a two-year, noncredit certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities. This unique, specialized program is designed for students without the skills necessary to complete requirements for an associate degree.

A public information session for Transition Program prospective students and their families will be held Jan. 15, 9-11 a.m., in MCC’s Bedford Campus Center, Café East, 591 Springs Road.

Transition-Program students attend classes designed to teach independent-living skills, computer and job-survival skills, and social skills. They will also be placed in an internship program. Transition students may participate in all Middlesex student activities while receiving specialized coursework and training tailored to meet their needs.

Information-session participants will receive an overview of the program, as well as in-depth information on the curriculum, application procedures, details of the required internship portion of the program and prospective job opportunities.

Transition-Program candidates should have a high school diploma or GED credential, interest in training for entry-level work in business and industry, fifth- to eighth-grade level reading and math skills, and the maturity and emotional stability to effectively participate in a program on a college campus.

To register, call 781-280-3630. For more information, contact Kathy Matheson, Disability Support Services, at 781-280-3525.

Middlesex Community College has established a new Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy that allows qualified high-school and home-schooled students to earn college credit while satisfying their high-school graduation requirements.

Qualified students may enroll in college-level courses offered online or during the day, evening or weekend on MCC’s Bedford or Lowell campuses. Flexible options are available to focus on science and math, engineering and technology, health professions or business administration. Also welcome are students who just want to get a head start on completing the general-education courses required by most colleges and universities.

A Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy adviser will be assigned to work with each applicant, their parent/guardian and high-school guidance counselor to design a program based on the student’s academic skill level and educational goals. To maximize success, MCC offers academic and student support services, including specialized advising, career counseling, transfer counseling, tutoring, computer labs and library services.

State funding is available to cover tuition and fees for a limited number of admitted Massachusetts residents enrolled in college-level courses that are transferable to an associate- or bachelor-degree program. Very limited funding may also be available for low-income students to help defer the cost of required textbooks and supplies. Developmental course work, which prepares students for college-level work, is not eligible for state funding, but is available to Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy students at a reduced cost.

For more information, call 978-656-3207 to speak directly with a Dual Enrollment adviser.

Middlesex Community College will host an accelerated weekend college business degree program information session Jan. 6, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Bedford Campus Center’s student lounge, 591 Springs Road.

This program makes it easier for working students to earn a college degree.

MCC’s program enables students to take courses for several hours on Saturdays in a 15-week format. Students who enroll in the accelerated business degree program can combine regular weekend college courses with accelerated, eight-week Saturday courses, as well as online courses, to earn an associate degree in business in just 24 months. Accelerated courses begin Jan. 10, and registration for accelerated courses is open throughout the semester.

Prospective students are encouraged to bring all of their college transcripts to the Information session.

Middlesex Community College will host two information sessions for businesses seeking Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund (WFTF) grants. The sessions will be held Jan. 15, 8:30-10 a.m., at the Federal Building on the Lowell Campus, 50 Kearney Square, and Jan. 23, 8:30-10 a.m., at the Middlesex Meetinghouse, 294 Concord Road, Billerica. A representative from the Massachusetts Division of Career Services will present an overview of the program and answer questions in an informal setting.

The Massachusetts WFTF grants provide resources to businesses to train current and newly hired employees. Its goal is to help improve employee skills and maintain the economic strength of the state’s businesses. The fund provides training grants to Massachusetts’ employers, ranging from $2,000 to $1 million per application. MCC’s business & industry division has helped many area businesses secure and implement these grants.

Businesses interested in attending these free sessions should call Julie Kimball at 978-656-3009 or e-mail