New School – New Start

Tol-PhotoTol Butler, MxCC 1969

Tol Butler was one of Middlesex Community College’s very first students. He enrolled in the general education associate degree program in 1966 and graduated in 1969.

Prior to attending Middlesex, Tol really felt adrift, with no goal or plan for what to do next in life. After graduating from Cromwell High School, he spent the summer trying to envision what the future could hold, but he couldn’t find a path.

That September, when Middlesex (then known as MCC) opened its doors, Tol saw an opportunity and took the first steps towards a better future.

“I honestly feel that the education I received at Middlesex was the foundation for my career as a business owner and upper management in the commercial construction industry. For more than 45 years, I worked in construction, building a successful career that supported my family and that was a positive part of our local economy. As I think back on that summer after high school, I realize Middlesex was just starting out too—and I’m glad that I was part of something special,” said Tol, who has also worked as a sales manager and project manager for several business on the East Coast and in Germany before retiring.