Students in the Center for New Media (Broadcast-Cinema, Communication, Fine Arts/Graphic Design, and Multimedia majors) at Middlesex Community College are invited to an exclusive orientation JUST FOR YOU!


Before the New Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 25, join us for a specialized orientation, just for students in the Center for New Media, at 11:30 a.m in Chapman room 605. Download the flyer.

This orientation is a great way to get on the right track before you start your college career at MxCC! You will learn information relevant to being in the Center for New Media such as:

– Facility hours and access
– Production course expectations
– Tutoring
– Standardized software
– Equipment certification
– Using network drives
– Internship information
– and an in-depth tour of the new facility

Sign up for the Center for New Media orientation.

stephanienelsonOn Saturday, July 25, 2015 Middlesex Community College, Wesleyan University, and the family and friends of Stephanie Nelson are hosting Blackbird: A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund. This benefit will feature a dinner and concert in honor of Ms. Nelson, MxCC student, and the first Broadcast Communications and Multimedia intern from Middlesex Community College at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts. Ms. Nelson passed away in January. Proceeds from the benefit will create a scholarship to support future Middlesex Community College students interning at Wesleyan University.

The dinner will be held at Middlesex Community College’s Founders Hall Pavilion, located at 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; followed by a concert held in Ms. Nelson’s honor at Wesleyan University’s Crowell Concert Hall, located at 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown at 8 p.m. A 21-person “all-star band” will be performing The Beatles’ “White Album” (1968) in its entirety. The album features the Paul McCartney tune “Blackbird,” one of Ms. Nelson’s favorite songs.

Andrew Chatfield, who was Ms. Nelson’s internship supervisor, is the Press and Marketing Director for Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts. Following her internship, Ms. Nelson also worked briefly as Mr. Chatfield’s assistant. He is coordinating the event, and is also playing drums at the concert. Mr. Chatfield was impressed by Ms. Nelson’s skills, personality, and commitment to MxCC and Wesleyan.

“We all appreciated the energy and light that Stephanie brought to our office, and to everything she did,” said Mr. Chatfield. “Her enthusiasm around various phone-calling campaigns resulted in attendance of several groups to Center for the Arts events during her internship, as well as coverage by local media. She also recruited five restaurant partners for a special Valentine’s Day promotion as part of an Arts Catalyze Placemaking Program in 2014.”

“Stephanie was a special young woman with a smile as big as her heart, making her mark at MxCC and at Wesleyan University,” said Rich Lenoce, Director of the Center for New Media at MxCC, where Ms. Nelson was a student. “Like her family here at MxCC, Stephanie developed a special family at Wesleyan, and created another bridge between our two schools.”

Tickets are $45 for dinner and the show, $25 for the show only. To purchase tickets, you may call (860) 983-8625 or (860) 882-9415. Concert tickets can also be purchased at Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe, 396 Washington Street, Middletown; and at Illiano’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 534 Washington Street, Middletown. Donations can be made to the scholarship fund by visiting and adding a note that clearly states that it is for the “Stephanie Nelson Scholarship Fund.”



Middlesex Community College’s Center for New Media is offering an exciting hands-on Professional Production Workshop. Working with professional media producers, editors, and videographers, students will have the opportunity to experience the competitive world of broadcast production.

David Bibbey, host of CPTV’s “All Things Connecticut,” and Douglas Bibbey of Hi5netTV, will act as producers and work with three teams of students who will compete to have their sizzle reel and program idea accepted by a panel of industry judges. The competition will teach students the techniques to produce commercially successful media programs.

“Students have innovative ideas and energy,” said David Bibbey, who has already collaborated with Middlesex students to produce the promo video about the summer program. “Connecting the college to industry is such a great opportunity for us all. When a project is ‘real,’ learning becomes more relevant and the process more impactful. This is the real deal, working with industry pros to produce three concept ‘sizzle reels’ to pitch for broadcast.”

Experienced faculty and media professionals from ESPN, CPTV, and other network-level production companies will lead each team. Students will choose either production or post-production. Production areas include camera, lighting, sound, assistant producing, and directing. Post-production areas include editing, post-production audio and music, graphics, and effects.

“At the Center for New Media, we are constantly striving to create real world opportunities for our students,” said Professor John Shafer, coordinator of the summer program. “We want to help students learn the skills that employers in the media industry are looking for.”

This advanced summer workshop, which runs July 6 to August 7, is a competitive and selective enrollment program. Students must have taken a video production course or have production experience to be accepted. The program is the first in the series of the Center for New Media’s Professional Summer Institute. Thanks to Center for New Media’s two million dollar grant from the Department of Labor students will be offered six college credits for the price of three. The cost of the program is $518.

For more information on the program visit, or contact Professor John Shafer at or 860-343-5811, or Lisa Simmons at or 860-343-5828.

About Middlesex Community College
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College ( 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.

About Hi5NetTV
Hi5netTV LLC, a CT based media production and consultancy company ( Connecticut Public Television’s “All Things Connecticut” began January 8th 2015, with a 20-week run of shows, with a new host for Season 6, David Bibbey. A charming and quirky Brit, David brings a new perspective and vision to the show for 2015.



Would you like the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work on a motion picture or television set?  In Connecticut’s growing film industry, production assistants are the most sought-after entry level position in this exciting field. Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion.

We expect this course to be very popular and to close quickly as we have limited seats. Last summer several participants received internships on films directly out of this course. Read the “Success Story” here.

This intensive 32-hour “Boot Camp” is an ideal way to learn the skills required to get your foot in the door in the film and television industry. Would you like the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work on a motion picture or television set? In Connecticut’s growing film industry, production assistants are the most sought-after, entry-level position in this exciting field. Skills learned include terminology, production organization and personnel, set etiquette and operations, radio communications, production office procedures, and understanding the various production forms, including call sheets and production reports. You will participate in mock-training exercises and learn all the basics about this position. Instruction also includes job search and interview techniques and how to make your resume attractive to producers and production managers. The course is taught by an experienced Assistant Director who is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Prerequisite: High-school diploma. Cost: $499, materials and textbook included. Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28, four Saturdays.

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About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.

The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.

We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.

Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at

This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.