Middlesex Community College offers a variety of noncredit computer courses for all levels of experience this spring, including several beginner and intermediate classes.

* Social Event Planning & Management: Learn the tools of the trade to design and manage special social events like weddings, family reunions, and/or parties and celebrations of any kind. Learn with a behind-the-scenes look that will offer information and insight into the social event planning industry. The course will cover what skills are needed to become an event planner, how to start an event planning business, working with vendors, and financials. The course meets Wednesdays, Feb. 2-23, from 6-9 p.m. on the Bedford campus. The cost is $179. Register for course number PER 755-30.

* Exploring Careers in Meeting & Event Planning: The meeting- and event-industry encompasses everything from family reunions, trade shows and exhibitions, incentive travel events, corporate meetings, special events and galas, conventions, conferences, and training sessions. All of these events require prior arrangements and preparations. Join us for this exploration of the career opportunities in meeting and event planning, a rapidly growing industry. The course meets Feb. 5, from 9 a.m.-noon on the Bedford campus. The cost is $39. Register for course number CAR 705 30.

* Corporate Event Planning: Planning an event is more than just setting a date and ordering food. Learn how to think of every detail, from inviting guests and food selection to ordering a tent for an outside function. Learn to plan, delegate, budget, organize and impress your coworkers with the perfect party. The course meets Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m.-noon on the Bedford campus. The cost is $49. Register for course number CAR 703 30.

* Meeting and Event Management Certificate: Organizing meetings, trade shows, conferences or special events requires many abilities. This certificate provides the skills and knowledge to successfully plan, organize, manage, and promote meetings and events. Classes are taught in both lecture and applied formats. Career opportunities include corporate event management, convention and visitors’ bureaus, catering, wedding planning, and vendor representation. The course meets Mondays, Feb. 28 to May 23, from 6-9 p.m. on the Bedford campus. The cost is $499.

Register for course number CAR 710-30. (No class on 3/24, 3/28 and 4/18).

* Crash Course in Computers: Designed for the true beginner, the course provides an overview of the PC. Starting with basic terms, the instructor will show you how to turn the computer on and use the mouse. You will learn about Microsoft Office applications and how to surf the Internet! This course will give you the foundation you need to make decisions about your computer training needs. This class meets Saturday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m.-noon on the Bedford campus (course number TEC 601 30) and Saturday, Jan. 29, from 1-4 p.m. on the Lowell campus (course number TEC 601 80). The cost is $49.

* Practical Computers, An Intro to PCs and Windows: This course is an introduction to the computer and computer applications via lecture and hands-on activities. It is an overview of computer hardware, software, and networks that includes the use of Microsoft Windows for running programs, creating folders and file management. The class will focus on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, and the Internet. A textbook is required and is available at the MCC Bookstore. Class meets Saturdays, Feb. 5-26, from 9 a.m.- noon in Bedford (course number TEC 602 30) and Wednesdays, Feb. 16-March 9, from 6-9 p.m. in Bedford (course number TEC602 31). The cost is $199.

To register, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit for a complete list of courses and programs.

Learn more about Middlesex Community College’s nationally recognized Transition Program, a two-year, noncredit certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities.

This specialized program is designed for students without the skills necessary to complete requirements for an associate degree.

A public information session for prospective students and their families will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., in MCC’s Bedford Campus Center, Café East, 591 Springs Road.

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 about the Transition Program, contact Kathy Matheson, Disability Support Services, at 781-280-3525.