Middlesex Community College (MxCC) announced today that it is planning to close the Meriden Center and the Meriden Manufacturing Lab at the end of the spring semester. MxCC has offered courses in Meriden since 1979.
This very difficult decision was made in response to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal submitted by the Governor that called for a CSCU system allotment $20.5 million less than the current year. “It was the only way we could accommodate the projected budget gap for our FY2016,” said Anna Wasescha, the President of MxCC. “In this fiscal environment the college cannot sustain an operation that represents a net resource drain.” In addition, a formal notice today from the Governor’s office announced Connecticut community colleges are also dealing with a $500,000 budget shortfall for the remainder of this fiscal year. “Painful though this is, MxCC hopes that by consolidating its operations in Middletown it can gain a firmer financial footing and build on the core mission of providing high-quality undergraduate education, including a variety of specialized programs.”
As for managing the transition, Wasescha said “This past year, approximately 250 students who live in Meriden attended MxCC classes exclusively in Meriden. We plan to work with all our Meriden students, especially those who have been able to attend college in their home town, to help them create class schedules that minimize the inconvenience of traveling to Middletown.” Students currently enrolled in the MxCC manufacturing program will be helped to transfer to one of four other community colleges in the state with advanced manufacturing facilities.
Despite budget difficulties facing all the Connecticut Colleges and Universities, MxCC is committed to sustaining its programs and offerings through careful spending and strategic fundraising initiatives in the communities it serves.