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Middlesex Community College will kick off Seasons of Service, a yearlong, community-service initiative on Sept. 8 when students, staff and faculty volunteers from the Bedford and Lowell campuses work at Lowell’s Community Gardens Greenhouse preparing the gardens for winter.

Also as part of the initiative, on Sept. 11 — the newly designated National Day of Service and Remembrance — members of the campus community will send cards to U.S. soldiers in Iraq, sort clothing for the Lowell Wish Project, and stack food and unload trucks at Lowell’s Open Pantry.

Coordinated by MCC’s Center for Community Engagement, Seasons of Service begins fall semester and will offer college volunteers a variety of community-service opportunities throughout the academic year. The goal of the initiative is to surpass the 2,400 volunteer hours performed on one day during MCC’s 2008 Day of Service.

Seasons of Service will build on the college’s commitment to meet the needs of community partners by making the college community aware of local volunteer needs. Individuals, student clubs and campus organizations interested in volunteering will be matched with a community partner with projects that correspond to their interests and needs.

For more information about Seasons of Service, contact Sheri Denk, coordinator of MCC’s Center for Community Engagement, at denks@middlesex.mass.edu, or 978-656-3159.

Middlesex Community College offers a wide variety of Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses. CAD labs are available more than 40 hours per week. Fall CAD courses include:

* Understanding CAD: Learn the basics of computer aided design in this hands-on seminar. Various popular and powerful CAD programs will be explored. Students will use basic 2 Dimensional, 3 Dimensional and Solid Modeling CAD programs to understand the world of CAD Design. Mechanical and architectural software tools will be available for demonstration and use. These programs are all MS Windows-based. No previous CAD experience or understanding of design is required. Knowledge of MS Windows and typing skills are necessary. All students will have individual use of a high-end CAD Workstation. (6 hours) The course meets Saturday, Sept.12, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., on the Bedford campus. The cost is $169. Register for course number 614 30 14093.

* Solid Modeling I Parts and Drawings: Course is designed to provide students with the skills required to develop three-dimensional CAD models and detail drawings. Students will become familiar with the procedures used to create solid models and display them from multiple points of view. Students will employ computer-aided design software package by SolidWorks to generate the models. Basic knowledge of mechanical drawing and computer skills are required (12 hours). The course meets Mondays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 19, 6- 9 p.m., on the Bedford campus. The cost is $349. Register for course number 201 EC 610 30 14089.

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, 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.

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

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.

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