Professor/Program Coordinator of Computer Information Technology and Management Information Systems
Office Location: Snow 512
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In all aspects of life, Donna Hylton is passionate about helping people. She works to infuse hope in those who need to be inspired to reach their full potential.
At MxCC, she has been able to achieve that goal as professor of information systems and computer programming, where she helps students understand that technology is key to solving problems and realizing productivity gains – in business and in life.
Donna started teaching at Middlesex Community College as an adjunct in 1997. Today she serves as professor and coordinator of the Information Systems and Management Information Systems Programs at the school. In 2009 she worked with students to launch the MxCC Computer Club, which offers free computer clinics, seminars and demonstrations for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Donna continues to serve as faculty advisor to the club, helping students organize events such as the computer and electronics recycling drive, and the hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves collection for the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. Click here for information on the Computer Club.
Donna began her technology career in college while working as a data center coordinator in New York City. She has worked as an end-user database specialist, programmer, systems team leader, and information systems manager. She earned her undergraduate degree in administrative computer systems from Hofstra University, and her master’s degree in management information systems from Central Connecticut State University. She is completing her second master’s degree in professional counseling.
As a faculty member at MxCC, Donna knows she has the awesome privilege of making a difference, one student at a time. Whether it is teaching students how to hone their skills, leading the Computer Club, helping senior citizens to grasp the benefits of the computer, or enlightening children to the wonders of technology, the joy is the same – the tilling of a fertile mind. Donna believes the wonderful, nurturing environment at Middlesex Community College makes it possible to inspire people from all strata of life to be the best they can be.
Off campus, Donna remains busy with her family and with many community-based activities. In 2002, she created “Adventures in Learning” for the free JOY Camp for kids in Middletown. This educational camp (which she continues to direct) uses creativity and innovation to get children excited about computers, academics, and the arts.
Donna also frequently leads humanitarian mission trips to serve at homeless shelters, distribute backpacks to needy children, or facilitate teen leadership development. She and her husband have helped build schools and orphanages in the Philippines, worked to support orphans in Kenya, and helped provide care and training for missionaries in Italy and Peru.
Donna enjoys travelling to places such as Hawaii, Italy, Hong Kong, South Korea, Aruba, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Holland, France, and the Cayman Islands.