Middlesex Community College will host a Lowell campus open house for prospective students on Saturday, April 2, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in MCC’s City Building, 33 Kearney Square.

Hear about our new Weekend College and transfer options with four-year colleges and universities. Meet MCC graduates. Learn about financial aid, tutoring, disability support, and honors opportunities. Meet division deans, faculty and staff. Take a tour of the campus, and apply to the college on the spot.

Prospective students can participate in various breakout sessions tailored to meet particular needs and interests throughout the morning.

To learn more, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit our website:

MCC, in partnership with Eliot Community Human Services, Inc., is now offering new courses in motivational interviewing. These workshops are suitable for nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, doctors, psychologists, and other practitioners in positions that encounter resistance towards positive behavioral change.

* Basic Application of Motivational Interviewing: Level I will focus primarily on developing an appreciation and awareness of the spirit and principles of motivational interviewing, with an emphasis on observed practice and direct feedback of the trainee’s progress. Practitioners will be able to practice the pragmatic and compassionate motivational interviewing skills, and direct feedback will be given in order to help them work more effectively. The course meets Mondays, June 6 and 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Bedford campus. The cost is $199. Register for course number BIN 261 40.

* Intermediate Application or Motivational Interviewing: Level II will review the skills and concepts taught in the Basic MI training. It will also offer an opportunity for understanding and practicing the directive aspects of motivational interviewing, learning how to identify change talk, and how to “roll with the resistance” when people appear to become stuck in their motivation from contemplating change to implementing an action plan. Practitioners will be able to practice pragmatic and compassionate motivational interviewing skills and obtain direct feedback. The course meets Mondays, June 20 and 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., on the Bedford campus. The cost is $199. Register for course number BIN 262 40.

The instructor for both courses is Gregory Plante, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist with more than 13 years of experience in the human-services field.

Registration deadline is May 23. For more information, contact Audrey Nahabedian at or 978-656-3136.

Middlesex Community College offers a variety of noncredit food and fine dining courses this spring, including several at area restaurants. Courses include:

* Exploring The Wines of Italy: Richard Rourke, owner of Ricardo’s Trattoria, on a single evening virtual tasting tour of Italy’s most important wine regions. You will learn about the unique winemaking styles and grape varieties that make it one of the world’s most historic wine producing nations. Samplings of both wine and food will be provided. Students must be 21 years old. This course meets Monday, April 11, 7-9 p.m., at Ricardo’s, 110 Gorham St., Lowell. The cost is $69. Register for course number 618 80.

* The Art of Cheese: Join us at Concord’s Cheese Shop and hear owner and 30-year turophile Peter Lovis demystify the intricacies of cheese. Learn the art of cheese by tasting exquisite cheeses. This class meets Wednesday, April 13, 7-9 p.m. at 29 Walden St., Concord. The cost is $45. Register for course number PER 617 31.

* Spring for Cake: Learn how to make a three-dimensional fondant flowerpot. Spring ahead with this perfect cake centerpiece that will dazzle everyone. No experience is necessary. A supply fee of $20 will be paid to the instructor at the first class and everyone goes home with a fully decorated cake. This course meets Wednesday, April 20, 6-9 p.m., at the Middlesex Meetinghouse, 294 Concord Road, Billerica. The cost is $39. Register for course number PER 696 30. To register, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit for a complete list of courses and programs.

Middlesex offers a variety of noncredit computer courses for all levels of experience this spring, including several advanced classes.

* Pictures with PowerPoint 2007: Learn to use MS PowerPoint 2007’s electronic photo album to create an entertaining album from your digital pictures that can be shared electronically or in print. This class will also review how to use PowerPoint as a basic photo-editing tool and how to save files in “show-mode” for family to view instantly. Leave with step-by-step project instructions to ensure success. You do not need to bring your camera. MS Windows and basic computer skills are required. No PowerPoint experience needed. The class meets Tuesdays, April 5 and 12, from 6 to 9 p.m on the Bedford campus. The cost is $99. Register for course number TEC 727 30.

* Advanced Dreamweaver + CSS: This course is a continuation of Dreamweaver Basics and focuses on functions that convert static web pages into engaging sites as well as on formatting and laying out your site using Cascading Style Sheets. It examines advanced design techniques such as color, font, position, rollovers and pop-ups. Students will be introduced to Javascript to quickly create drop-down menus, accordion boxes and more. This course will benefit anybody who needs to create professional web sites using Dreamweaver’s CSS tools. Requires basic knowledge of the Windows Operating System, Internet, and HTML The class meets Tuesdays, April 19-May 24, from 6 to 9 p.m., on the Bedford campus. The cost is $349. Register for course number TEC 625 30.

* Maintaining a Website: Learn to analyze website content, audience profiles, IP addresses and domain name registration. Other topics include: web hosting, start-up and maintenance costs, updating HTML documents and graphics, guest books, submitting sites to search engines, and log files. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will also be discussed. The class meets Wednesdays, May 4-25, 6 to 9 p.m. on the Bedford campus. The cost is $189. Register for course number TEC 627 30.

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

Middlesex’s Adult Learning Center helps more than 100 people each year earn a GED (General Educational Development) credential, as well as improve their math and English skills. Half of those students go on to attend MCC.

A free, noncredit adult basic-education program, the Adult Learning Center is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). “The Adult Learning Center provides educational services for students seeking beginning literacy and math instruction, up through GED preparation,” said Elizabeth McKiernan, director of the center. “We try not to turn anybody away.”

Adult Learning Center students are welcomed into a very supportive learning environment, according to McKiernan. “Our classes are small and staffed with professional instructors who are dedicated to the success of our adult learners,” she said. The program offers extensive academic guidance and support, including access to a computer lab. Classes meet three mornings a week on the Bedford campus.

For more information, call Elizabeth McKiernan or Linda Molloy at 1-800-818-3434.