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The Middlesex Community College dental hygiene clinic in Lowell now offers preventive dental hygiene services to the public at a reduced cost. Licensed dental hygiene faculty and dentists closely supervise the clinic students.

Patients accepted for treatment are those whose dental problems have teaching value and who have the extra time required for treatment. Services include comprehensive dental hygiene care, oral prophylaxis (cleaning), scaling and root planing, dental radiographs, dental sealants, athletic mouth protectors and fluoride treatments. Because the clinic is a learning facility, clients may be required to return for several appointments in order to complete the necessary treatment.

Fall semester clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, while the college is in session (September through December). Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Fall semester appointments can be made starting the last week of August.

The dental hygiene clinic is located in MCC’s Health, Science & Technology Center, 44 Middle St., Lowell. Call 978-656-3250 for an appointment.

This fall, Middlesex Community College’s English Learner Institute (ELI) offers a variety of noncredit courses focusing on developing basic English and other skills essential to American culture.

ELI courses are designed to serve students, ages 16 and older, who are newcomers to the United States or who need to develop basic English skills. Topics such as technology, life skills and social conventions are also covered.

Offered in the day or evening, it runs Sept. 14 through Dec. 18, in six-, seven-, eight- and 14-week sessions. All courses are noncredit and meet on MCC’s Lowell campus. The Prepare to Attend College (PAC) course is free, and all other ELI courses are $200, plus books. Admission to the ELI program is open to all and does not require an admission application.

The program also offers instruction in intermediate and advanced English for students who need to meet English proficiency standards for Middlesex degree and certificate programs. ELI courses are nonsequential and students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer.

Other support services available to ELI students include a tutoring lab, a technology-enhanced language lab, access to computers, library services, and student services, such as health service, career counseling and academic advising.

For more information, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or contact Maryanne Mungovan, coordinator of MCC’s Multicultural Center, at mungovanm@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3267.

Middlesex Community College will host two more information sessions for prospective students to be held Sept. 2, 6 p.m., in MCC’s Federal Building Courtroom on the Lowell campus, and on Sept. 1, 6 p.m., in the Bedford campus student lounge.

Learn more about MCC’s degree and certificate programs, Weekend College, online options and financial aid. Middlesex also offer many student services, such as academic counseling, tutoring, career counseling, disability support, special programs and more.

Hear about the many transfer options with four-year colleges and universities. Learn how to get funding for your education, meet faculty and staff, take a tour of the campus, and apply to the college.

For reservations or more information, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit us online at www.middlesex.mass.edu.

Middlesex Community College, in conjunction with the Northeast Partnership for Hospitality and Tourism, will offer a free noncredit Hospitality and Tourism Training program, starting Sept. 9 in Lowell.

The program is designed for those interested in starting a career in the hotel and restaurant industry.

Offered through a partnership among Middlesex, North Shore and Northern Essex community colleges, the program runs 12 weeks (25 hours per week). It is funded through a grant from the Commonwealth Corporation’s Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund.

In addition to hospitality job-skills training, the program will offer internships with area businesses and seminars to help participants learn how to conduct a comprehensive job search and prepare for a new career.

To enroll or learn more, contact Joan Ladik at 978-656-3139 or ladikj@middlesex.mass.edu.

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. 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. The first semester runs from Oct. 1 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.

Middlesex Community College offers flexible options that fit a variety of learning styles and lifestyles. In addition to traditional, campus-based courses, Middlesex makes it easy to enroll in online, hybrid and self-paced courses. MCC’s fall semester begins Sept. 9.

Online courses enable instructors and students to interact online with a course-management system and e-mail. MCC offers five degree programs that can be completed entirely online, and nine programs with 80 percent or more of course requirements available online.

Hybrid courses combine face-to-face classroom experience with online instruction. These courses are a good option for students who are hesitant about taking an entirely online course, or who may also want the traditional classroom experience.

For registration information, call 1-800-818-3434.