Professor/Program Coordinator of Computer Information Technology and Management Information Systems
Office Location: Snow 512
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Donna started teaching at Middlesex Community College as an adjunct in 1997. Today she serves as professor and coordinator of the Computer Information Technology 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. The Technology Center was established as an outgrowth of the Computer Club’s repair clinic. It is now the hub for hands-on exploration, information sharing, and service learning. Donna continues to serve as faculty advisor to the club.
Donna began her technology career in college while working as a data center coordinator in New York City. Over her career, 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 has also earned a 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, 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 2017 Donna took a sabbatical leave from Middlesex Community College to attack the problem of the underrepresentation of women, girls, and people of color in STEM. Out of this community endeavor, Donna founded the STEAM Train non-profit organization that works to move under resourced communities of color to opportunities in STEM. Today, Donna serves as STEAM Train’s president and she is joined by a Board of Directors who are STEM professionals.
Donna and her husband Pastor Paul Hylton serve in Christian ministry at Shiloh Christian Church. They have four daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family and traveling the world, especially on cruise ships.