The MxCC Foundation Inc. has awarded six mini-grants totaling $19,926 to MxCC faculty and staff for big ideas that signal a “new day” at Middlesex Community College. The New Day Fund is intended to support creation, expansion, and investment in innovative and evidence-based practices and programs that support the college’s strategic goals with a focus on student success. 2013 marks the first time the Foundation has awarded grants of this type. The Foundation plans to offer New Day Fund grants annually.
· MxCC Netbook Lending Program: $4,166 was awarded for the acquisition of netbooks (small laptop computers) for the MxCC Library to lend to students for academic use at both the Middletown Campus and the Meriden Center in an effort to utilize current technology and to support student success
· MxCC Welcomes You: $5,000 was awarded to be used over a two year period to provide first point of access to connect with students in small groups from high schools in our service area. This program allows MxCC to host students from local high schools. The visit would include bus transportation, presentations to the students about MxCC and our programs and student services, a campus tour, and lunch.
· The New York Times in College Pilot Program: $3,060 was awarded for this college-wide effort to focus on current students, by utilizing The New York Times to stimulate diversified lessons with connection to global awareness, enhance critical thinking skills, and promote engagement in responsible citizenship.
· Persistence Plus Retention Program: $3,000 was award for this pilot retention effort which utilizes software for mobile phone platforms to help students persist in College. The technology pushes personalized messages to students’ cell phones such as Library hours, upcoming exams, planned study times, etc. This program will be piloted with 500 general studies students.
· Transitional Year Program: $1,800 was awarded to help fund welcome packages, student gatherings such as TYP student orientations and printing costs, for the Transitional Year Program, which serves as an intensive college readiness program designed to bridge the gap between high school and college.
· Full-day forum for women students: $2,900 was awarded to fund an all-day forum for women students titled, “Empowerment through Education.” The main goals of the forum were to provide women students with greater knowledge and confidence in preparing for their future. Although the program was designed for women students, all students were welcome to attend.
Grant applications from individuals and teams were reviewed by the New Day committee of Mary Lou Phillips, director of Human Resources; Donna Leonowich, professor of Business; and Kimberly Hogan, director of Finance and Administration.
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.