Veterans, dislocated workers, and the under-employed who are pursuing careers in health and life sciences will have more educational opportunities at Middlesex Community College thanks to a new $1.2 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant is part of a larger $12 million consortium grant awarded to MxCC and four other Connecticut institutions to provide targeted certifications, industry-recognized credentials, and associate degrees in growing health and life sciences occupations.
“We are so pleased to have received support for this Health and Life Science Career Initiative,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of MxCC. “These fields are strong and expanding sectors in our economy and we want to prepare our students to succeed in them. We will be collaborating with our sister Connecticut State Colleges and Universities to ensure that the programs we offer are directly relevant to the workplace and that they offer our students what they need to be upwardly mobile in their chosen careers.”
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education. The school offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main, 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online. The Chronicle of Higher Education named MxCC a “Great College to Work For” in 2012. The college promotes understanding, learning, ethics, and self-discipline by encouraging critical thinking. Current enrollment exceeds 2,900 full and part-time students, and 1,600 continuing education students.