Submitted by Middlesex Community College
As part of Governor Maura Healey’s MassReconnect, Middlesex Community College will offer a free associate degree, certificate or industry credential to Massachusetts residents 25 years and older who do not have a degree, starting in the Fall 2023 semester. Eligible students can register ahead of the semester, which begins on Tuesday, September 5.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Governor Healey and our sister community colleges on MassReconnect, a program that shares our mission for an equitable and accessible education for all,” said Phil Sisson, MCC’s President. “We know there are many adults 25 and over who attempted higher education and were initially unsuccessful or had to stop out for a myriad of reasons. MassReconnect is the opportunity for those adults 25+ with credits and no credential to reconnect with us and complete that credential that can offer a pathway to economic mobility.”
MCC is in a unique position to help this population of students receive an education and enter the workforce, according to President Sisson. Adults can take advantage of MassReconnect at MCC, whether they started at Middlesex or at a different school. Students who meet this criteria and have already registered for the semester will also qualify for the free funding.
Middlesex collaborates with local businesses to design the curriculum of its 80+ programs to fill in-demand industries in the state. In many programs, the college includes hands-on, career integrated learning – such as labs, clinicals, internships and more – to provide students with relevant experiences that employers are seeking when hiring.
To help fit education into students’ lives, Middlesex provides flexible and accelerated course options, including on-campus, online, hybrid and hyflex formats. This Fall, MCC will offer two eight-week Mini-mesters with the same content, academic standards and number of instructional hours as courses scheduled in the traditional 15-week semester.
With Mini-mesters, students can complete general education requirements, earn credits, and explore a variety of subjects in a shorter period of time. While Mini-mester I begins on September 5, MCC’s Mini-mester II offers students a second chance to take classes in the semester with a Monday, October 30 start date.
MassReconnect funding allows MCC students to choose between completing an associate degree, certificate or industry credential based on their needs. MCC’s Micro-credentials teach specific knowledge for students to earn focused, in-demand career qualifications in some of the fastest growing industries. Fall 2023 offerings include micro-credentials in Business, Communications, Public Service and Health.
“MCC has flexible options that, working in conjunction with MassReconnect, provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to transfer to four-year institutions or directly enter the workforce,” President Sisson said. “By helping to eliminate the financial barrier that prevents many from pursuing higher education, MassReconnect works in partnership with MCC to make getting an education even more accessible.”
Visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/massreconnect/freecollege.aspx for more information on MassReconnect at MCC.