“Middlesex Community College changed my life.”
As ambassadors for Middlesex Community College, we hear that phrase often from enrolled students as well as many of the thousands of alumni who have passed through these halls in the last 50 years. Most of these students have remained here in our community. They are our neighbors, teachers, accountants, veterinarians, lawyers, police officers, parents, and friends. They are us.
And their gratitude for what they received from MxCC is the engine that drives Foundation board members, corporators and advisory members to work so hard and give so generously of their time, talent and resources.
The Foundation continues to award scholarships to eligible incoming students from high schools in our 18-town service area. Recently, the MxCC Legacy Project was established, so donors may acknowledge Middlesex in their wills or as a beneficiary of other assets. The Magic Food Bus Project also continues to collect food from our community, so that students affected by food insufficiency can overcome hunger and focus on learning.
No doubt, 2017 is a year of fiscal change for Middlesex and the state’s community colleges, as Connecticut continues to reduce funding and moves toward consolidating some services of all community colleges into one statewide system. Middlesex Community College and the Foundation are actively involved in the consolidation process. Be assured that Foundation dollars will continue to support our students here at Middlesex.
There is so much more work to do, and yet the rewards are so magnificent that the effort is worth it. We do whatever we can to provide our students with the education they work so hard to earn. As we move into the next 50 years, we are also strengthening our own communities, one student at a time.
Julé A. Crawford
Middlesex Community College Foundation