Middlesex Community College Announces Partnership With Wallingford Public Schools to Provide Career Possibilities For High School Seniors

Aug 8, 2014 – Middlesex Community College is pleased to announce a new partnership called the Connections Program with Wallingford Public Schools. Because many graduating seniors do not have educational or career plans after completing high school, this collaborative program was created to give high school graduates an opportunity to explore career and educational possibilities and create an action plan for a successful future.

“This is an outstanding partnership,” said Tami Christopher, director of MxCC’s Meriden Center. “We are very excited about the strong connection this program will build between the students and their community. While students are gaining valuable work experience, they will also be learning how to be engaged and productive community members as well as exploring how to navigate a successful future for themselves.”

Students that participate in this free program will gain relevant, paid-work experience while completing six credits of college work during the course of one academic year. They will work three days per week for a local Wallingford business. Through their coursework, students will learn about career exploration, networking, job searching, interviewing skills, resume and cover letters, employee/employer relations, communication, collaborative teamwork, public speaking, personal finance, time management, study skills, social media and the workplace, customer service etiquette, civic engagement, and more.

“The Connections Program is a grassroots approach to addressing the issue many high school seniors face when it comes to choosing a college and a career,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of Middlesex Community College. “The local school district, businesses, and our community college are all partners in offering these students the opportunity to make a good choice based on a year of exploration and experience. This is such a valuable and innovative project and we are delighted to be a part of it.”

“I am pleased to partner with Middlesex Community College on this unique post-high school experience for our students,” said Dr. Salvatore Menzo, superintendent of Wallingford Public Schools. “Being fully funded by the students and families, this program will offer an opportunity for connections to emerge as the students become more focused on a path towards success after high school. This collaborative is another example of how we continually strive to provide students access to rigorous authentic learning experiences to maximize their potential.”

An open house for the Connections program will be held on Thursday, August 14 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the HubCap at 128 Center Street in Wallingford. For more information, contact Tami Christopher, director of MxCC’s Meriden Center, at tchristopher@mxcc.edu or 203-608-3019.

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online