Middlesex Community College officially unveiled its new Center for New Media during a ribbon cutting ceremony held today on campus. This 5,986 square foot Center, located in the lower level of Chapman Hall, includes a high-definition broadcast studio, a video control room, an audio and music recording control room, editing suites, a green room, a high-definition screening room, and three state-of the-art computer lab classrooms. The new facility also includes an FCC-approved radio station, WMDX 107.5 FM.
“This Center is one of the most advanced media production facilities in the country, designed specifically to train today’s media professionals,” said Rich Lenoce, director of the Center for New Media. “We are excited that our students will be learning on state-of-the-art equipment and will get a true hands-on experience while they are at the College.”
In November 2012, the College announced that it was a recipient of a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant for a New Media Studies initiative. This new initiative is designed to meet the state’s needs for skilled workers in new media industries. Besides funding a space on campus for the Center, this grant has funded curriculum development and implementation for four key programs at MxCC: Broadcast-Cinema, Communication, Fine Arts/Graphic Design, and Multimedia.
In addition to constructing the Center for New Media, Middlesex Community College is also expanding the space for students to gather in Founders Hall, the oldest building on campus. This 3,413 –square-foot expansion includes a large glass-walled pavilion with an attached, covered, outdoor deck that overlooks the woods that form the eastern edge of the campus. Construction is expected to be completed in October.
For more information on MxCC’s Center for New Media, visit mxcc.edu/cnm or call Rich Lenoce, director of the Center for New Media, at 860-343-5976.