Please join the Middlesex Community College community as we continue to celebrate 50 years of excellence at special events during the 2016–17 academic year.

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50th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Convocation

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Noon
Chapman Hall

MxCC’s anniversary celebration kicked off with college President Anna Wasescha and special guest State Representative Matthew Lesser. Refreshments available.

See photos here.

Retiree Luncheon

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Chapman Hall

More than 30 former and longtime MxCC employees and retirees reunited for lunch, shared memories and enjoyed a spirited game of trivia in the Pavilion.

See photos here.

Alumni Art Exhibit

September 15 to October 21, 2016
Opening reception: September 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pegasus Gallery

Come and view more than 20 artwork submissions in all forms of media.

See photos here.

Red Moon Gala

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
Saturday, October 1, 2016
6 p.m.

The Middesex Community College Foundation extends heartfelt thanks and appreciation to everyone who sponsored and attended the successful Red Moon Gala on Saturday, Oct. 1. The gala also marked the official celebratory kickoff for MxCC’s 50th anniversary year.

See photos here.

More events coming in Spring 2017.

MxCC 50th Anniversary Display

February 1 to 15, 2017
State Capitol Building, Hartford

This special 50th anniversary visual display will begin at the State Capitol in February and then travel to local public libraries, town halls, Westfield Meriden mall and the MxCC commencement.

MxCC Throughout the Years

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“I say to you that there is something about a new college, simple, naïve, still sudsy behind the ears, with dirt under its fingernails yet, that suggests that it be given a chance to try. To try to create an environment where a student not only learns to make a better living, but a place which will help him to make a better world.”
From the inaugural speech of Phillip D. Wheaton, first president of Middlesex Community College, 1966–76
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“I say to you that there is something about a new college, simple, naïve, still sudsy behind the ears, with dirt under its fingernails yet, that suggests that it be given a chance to try. To try to create an environment where a student not only learns to make a better living, but a place which will help him to make a better world.”
From the inaugural speech of Phillip D. Wheaton, first president of Middlesex Community College, 1966–76



Founded in 1966 as a branch campus of Manchester Community College, Middlesex Community College became an independent member of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System in 1968. MxCC first operated in space rented from the Middletown Public School district and loaned by the Connecticut Valley Hospital. Designed for job and career training for “non-traditional” adult learners, MxCC was created to operate as a “center of educational opportunity open to all seekers.”

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Founded in 1966 as a branch campus of Manchester Community College, Middlesex Community College became an independent member of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System in 1968. MxCC first operated in space rented from the Middletown Public School district and loaned by the Connecticut Valley Hospital. Designed for job and career training for “non-traditional” adult learners, MxCC was created to operate as a “center of educational opportunity open to all seekers.”


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In 1973, the college moved to its present 38-acre Middletown campus at 100 Training Hill Road, overlooking the scenic Connecticut River valley. Chapman Hall opened in 1992, while Founders Hall was expanded. In 1979, a branch was opened in Meriden, which moved to its current location (55 West Main Street, Meriden) in 2004. It expanded again in 2013 to enhance technology and labs. In 2014, Founders Hall was renovated to include the new pavilion gathering space and outdoor deck.

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In 1973, the college moved to its present 38-acre Middletown campus at 100 Training Hill Road, overlooking the scenic Connecticut River valley. Chapman Hall opened in 1992, while Founders Hall was expanded. In 1979, a branch was opened in Meriden, which moved to its current location (55 West Main Street, Meriden) in 2004. It expanded again in 2013 to enhance technology and labs. In 2014, Founders Hall was renovated to include the new pavilion gathering space and outdoor deck.


 “Today our college catalog looks somewhat like it did in 1966, but parts of it would be unrecognizable to the 300 students who came to register that first day at the new college in town. Courses in Social Media, Biotechnology, Forensics and Animation are interspersed with Ancient Philosophy, Western Civilization, Classical Literature and Psychology. Some of these courses are entirely online, some are part online and part in the classroom, and some are taught completely in the classroom. The dream of our founders is still our North Star…our students need to be able to work and to love, to be compassionate neighbors, friends, family members and citizens. With them, we strive to create a just and equitable society, a strong democracy, a better world, as our founding President Phil Wheaton promised.”
Anna M. Wasescha, sixth president of Middlesex Community College, 2011–present


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 “Today our college catalog looks somewhat like it did in 1966, but parts of it would be unrecognizable to the 300 students who came to register that first day at the new college in town. Courses in Social Media, Biotechnology, Forensics and Animation are interspersed with Ancient Philosophy, Western Civilization, Classical Literature and Psychology. Some of these courses are entirely online, some are part online and part in the classroom, and some are taught completely in the classroom. The dream of our founders is still our North Star…our students need to be able to work and to love, to be compassionate neighbors, friends, family members and citizens. With them, we strive to create a just and equitable society, a strong democracy, a better world, as our founding President Phil Wheaton promised.”
Anna M. Wasescha, sixth president of Middlesex Community College, 2011–present



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Enrollment at Middlesex Community College has grown from an original class of 320 to more than 3,500 students in 2016—serving more than 82,000 students along the way. The college challenges students through vigorous classwork, honors programs, cutting-edge technology, interactive classrooms, online learning and e-tutoring. MxCC now offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the Meriden Center and online.

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Enrollment at Middlesex Community College has grown from an original class of 320 to more than 3,500 students in 2016—serving more than 82,000 students along the way. The college challenges students through vigorous classwork, honors programs, cutting-edge technology, interactive classrooms, online learning and e-tutoring. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, now offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the Meriden Center and online.



Celebrating 50 years as “the college of its community,” Middlesex Community College provides high-quality, affordable and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing 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.


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Celebrating 50 years as “the college of its community,” Middlesex Community College provides high-quality, affordable and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing 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.

Alumni Stories

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Thank You to Our Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Partner Sponsors ($1000+)

Liberty Bank
Anne Cassady
Patti Anne Vassia
Michele Salonia, DMD
Merrill Lynch
Jule Crawford
Follett Bookstore
Cheryl Dumont-Smith & Ed Smith

Friends

Baldwin Furniture
Linda Musco

50th Anniversary Committee

Kirstin Ahearn
Stacey Burgess
Anne Cassady
Nancy Dolan
Cheryl Dumont-Smith
Queen Fordham
Janet Klinck
Donna Leonovich
Irene Martin
Thea Moritz
Yvonne Page
Susan Salowitz
Victoria Seidl
Carolyn Sommer
Daniel Viens
Lora Wymer