Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School accepting applications for the fall semester

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Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School is now accepting applications for fall semester, which begins Sept. 1. It serves Lowell area youth from 16 to 21 who have left school before graduation, or are at risk of dropping out. Graduates of the program receive a high-school diploma.

A Middlesex Community College partnership program, the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School is an accredited high school with the mission of enabling students to achieve academic, social and career success. The school places a strong emphasis on college education as a goal for its students.

The curriculum is built around traditional instructional areas, supplemented by psycho-educational courses and groups, a school-to-work component, and daily advising. MCC courses are also offered through the college’s Dual Enrollment Program. The academy’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, with required tutoring and additional time for learning scheduled on Fridays.

The Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School is located in Lowell’s Pollard Exchange Building, 67 Middle St., across from MCC’s Health, Science & Technology Center. Students have access to all MCC facilities, including science labs, mathematics and reading labs, library, computers, and cafeteria services.

To find out more, call 978-656-3165.

Learn how to write technical documents and effectively communicate technical information by earning a certificate in writing technical information from Middlesex Community College. This innovative 125-hour certificate program is a career-enhancement opportunity for individuals with a bachelor’s degree and at least three years work experience.

MCC’s Writing Technical Information Certificate program provides the skills needed to clearly inform users about technical products. The program covers how to conduct audience and task analysis, work with subject-matter experts, understand product documents and the product-development cycle, write clear procedures, review and revise technical information, manage writing projects, and make content usable. Mark-up languages, such as HTML and XML, and tools for authoring printed and online information will also be covered. Students will learn through lecture, discussion and application.

Classes run from 5:45 to 9:45 p.m. on Thursdays and one Saturday each semester. First semester 2009 begins Oct. 1 and runs until Jan. 21. Two courses are required for the certificate. Students may also take either course individually. The application deadline is Sept. 24. The cost is $1,499 for each course, and courses are not eligible for waivers and vouchers. For more information, contact Sheila Morin at 978-656-3416 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/certificates/writingtechinfo.htm.