Middlesex Community College Receives Almost Half A Million Dollars In Federal Funding
Sep 03, 2016 11:39AM
By Theresa Gilman
Congressman Seth Moulton
(Editor's Note: this content was provided by the office of Congressman Seth Moulton.)
Salem, MA – The U.S. Department of Education, along with Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA), announced that the DOE has awarded a $444,581 grant to Middlesex Community College (MCC) through the Strengthening Institutions Program. This program helps eligible institutions to grow their ability to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.
“One of the most pressing issues facing higher education today is access,” said Congressman Seth Moulton. “Cost should not prevent an aspiring student from earning a college degree. This grant will enable Middlesex Community College to expand their capacity to serve low-income students. I’m proud of MCC for securing a competitive grant that will strengthen their campus community and opportunities for students.”
DOE grants are highly competitive and involve a thorough review and selection process. With campuses in both Bedford and Lowell, Middlesex Community College is a comprehensive, two-year, publicly supported community college. MCC will utilize the funding to implement its eMCC: Success from the Start program. This program will work to improve the school’s technology infrastructure and the development of analytics about enrollment, student planning, advising, and outcomes. They will also be able to better assess academic progress to inform and empower both students and the institution as a whole.
“Using federal funds to partner with local institutions to address the needs of the region is a key tool in ensuring all people have the opportunity to pursue higher education,” said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. “The significant return on these investments will have ongoing reverberations for many years to come, as the school is better able to analyze its programs and their effectiveness, and as more students are encouraged and able to complete their college careers and enter the workforce with the skills necessary to succeed. MCC received these funds after a rigorous grant process, which speaks to both the quality of their application and the school in general. They exemplify the growing trend of Third District institutions becoming academic leaders in the Commonwealth. I look forward to seeing the far-reaching benefits take hold.”
"This is thrilling news for Middlesex Community College and will have a direct and immediate impact on students who are seeking to further their education at our campuses in Lowell and Bedford," said MCC President James Mabry. "Middlesex plans to use this grant support to employ smart data and focus on student retention and success programs that will help keep our students on campus through the successful completion of a degree and position them for an educated entry into the workforce. Once again, the support of our federal partners Representatives Tsongas and Moulton is helping further the mission of higher education and provide pathways to success for our students."
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