MCC again named to Education Community Service Honor Roll

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For the fifth year in a row, Middlesex Community College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community-service and service-learning programs.

“Middlesex students, faculty and staff proudly continue our long tradition of meeting identified community needs,” said Sheri Denk, coordinator of MCC’s Center for Community Engagement. “Whether it involves working with children, elders, homeless individuals or families, these volunteer commitments transform the lives of those in the community, as well as those on campus,” said Denk.

The Honor Roll is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing & Urban Development. The program is presented in cooperation with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of education, and the American Council on Education.

Honorees were selected based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses.

Established in 1992, MCC’s Service-Learning program was designed to provide a connection between the classroom and the community. With increased student interest and growing college participation, the MCC Center for Community Engagement was created in 2009 to coordinate the wide variety of community-engagement opportunities available through the college. Over the years, more than 10,000 Middlesex students — as well as countless staff and faculty — — have performed more than 1 million hours of community service, according to Denk.

For more information about MCC’s community-engagement programs and opportunities, contact Sheri Denk at 978-656-3159 or denks@middlesex.mass.edu.

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

A public-information session for Transition program prospective students and their families will be held Thursday, June 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. in MCC’s Bedford Campus Center, Café East, 591 Springs Road.

Transition is a specialized program designed for students without the skills necessary to complete requirements for an associate degree. Transition program students attend classes designed to teach independent-living skills, computer and job-survival skills, and social skills. They will also be placed in an internship program. Transition students may participate in all Middlesex student activities while receiving specialized coursework and training tailored to meet their needs.

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.

To register, call 781-280-3630.