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The spring opening session of M.I.L.E.S. (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) at Middlesex Community College will be held Wednesday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

The event is free and open to the public. The featured speaker will be MCC Professor Robert Kaulfuss.

Professor Kaulfuss has taught computer and economics courses at Middlesex for 25 years.

In 2008 and 2009, he led a team of MCC students to the Community College Fed Challenge national championship, an economic policy competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank.

In this informative presentation titled, “Perils and Possibilities: On the Threshold of a New Era,” Professor Kaulfuss will look at the history of human civilization through the development of technology and how it has defined how we work, communicate, and get around.

Beginning with hunting and gathering, humanity has progressed through agricultural, industrial, and computer ages at increasingly accelerating rates. Have we entered what is typically a turbulent transition period where one era ends and a new one begins? This presentation will take a “big-picture” look with a balance of both fear and hope for our future.

MCC’s M.I.L.E.S. program offers stimulating, interactive daytime sessions for older adults with no term papers, tests or grades. The spring session runs from March 28 through April 28. The two-hour study groups usually meet weekly from 2 to 4 p.m. for four or five weeks, and are facilitated by individuals with expertise in their field, including some MCC faculty and staff.

The workshops and seminars focus on topics as varied as movies, computer skills, literature, genealogy, economic issues, travel experiences, history, and digital photography.

Membership is $95 per term. Members may take as many M.I.L.E.S. courses as they wish (on a space-available basis) and enjoy free use of the MCC fitness center and library.

To register, call 1-800-818-3434. For more information about membership and courses, contact Chris Lindsey at 781-280-3570 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining.

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

Career opportunities include corporate event management, convention and visitors’ bureaus, catering, wedding planning, and vendor representation. The course meets Mondays, Feb. 28-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).

* MS Excel – Beginner/Intermediate: This comprehensive course provides the in-depth, hands-on instruction needed to work with Microsoft Excel. Students will learn the fundamentals of creating workbooks, performing calculations, using built-in formulas, formatting the worksheet, combining, sorting, and summarizing data, working with charts, and printing.

The course meets Tuesdays, March 1-22, from 6-9 p.m. in Bedford (course number TEC 703 30) and Wednesdays, April 6-20, from 6-9 p.m. in Bedford (course number TEC 703 31). The cost is $149.

To register, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining for a complete list of courses and programs.

Earn the degree you need at a time that works for you at Middlesex Community College’s Weekend College. Registration is now open. Spring semester’s accelerated, eight-week sessions will run March 5-April 23; and April 30-June 25. Accelerated classes meet 12:30-5:30 p.m. on the Bedford campus.

For information or registration, call 1-800-818-3434, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or e-mail admissions@middlesex.mass.edu.