Students hanging out in the veterans’ center at Middlesex Community College will notice a new face around. This December, Frank Napolitano was hired as the veterans services associate for the Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative program.
In his position, Napolitano will help recruit, support and place students who are veterans into the programs under the Health & Life Science Career Initiative (HLSCI). The HLSCI program is designed to prepare veterans, among others, to develop direct pathways through education and training at MxCC, into highly skilled occupations in the health and life sciences.
Napolitano, a veteran himself, served for three years active duty in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence special agent. He was assigned to the Panama Canal Zone during the Vietnam War.
“I understand what it is to serve your country in the military,” said Napolitano. “I am happy to be in this position to help get our returning vets on a path to a meaningful career through the Health and Life Science program at Middlesex.”
Napolitano, a Cheshire native, currently resides in South Windsor. He brings extensive private sector work and higher education experience to his position. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut. After his tenure in the army, he attended graduate school under the GI Bill and received a master’s degree in American diplomacy from UConn. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in higher education administration and worked at UConn for 15 years.
MxCC serves more than 100 veterans and has been recognized as a Military Friendly School, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
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, and online.