Communication Studies A.A.

You are strong in writing and communication skills. You work well with others and like to meet new people. Take the first step today with the associate’s degree in Communication Studies at MxCC. You can start your career in the exciting fields of communication and media with the associate’s degree in Communication Studies program at Middlesex Community College. MxCC’s program lays the foundation for work in writing, public relations, journalism, advertising, or media. Students can transfer to a bachelor’s degree program for more specialized study or join the workforce in entry level communication positions.

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The Communication Studies program is primarily designed for students intending to transfer to a bachelor degree program in communication or media, or a related field such as writing, public relations, journalism, advertising, organizational or corporate communications. The associate’s degree in Communication Studies program typically takes students two years to complete.  It is compiled of 60-62 credits that will give students a strong foundation in communication and media as well as a solid core of liberal arts courses. This program will provide students intending to transfer to a bachelor degree program with valuable education, experience, and skills.

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This program is a Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Transfer Pathway Degree.

Pathway degrees (aka “Transfer Tickets”) are new degree programs providing a pathway for community college students to complete degree programs that transfer to Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western) and Charter Oak State College without losing any credit or being required to take extra credits in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in that same discipline. You will be able to transfer, apply to competitive admissions majors, and complete your BA/BS degree in the same time and with the same course requirements as students who start at a CSU or COSC.


Most graduates holding associate degrees will be seeking entry-level positions, which pay about $25,000 per year, depending on several factors. Pay increases with the employee’s level of education and experience. Often students find employment after graduation through their student internship experiences.

National Average Salaries for the year 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Public Relations Specialist – $74,999
Photographers – $34,999
Media and Communications Workers – $54,999
Reporters and Correspondents – $54,999
Writers and Authors – $74,999
Technical Writers – $74,999

The overall job outlook in this field is favorable, although competition is strong for positions at all levels. For the latest, detailed salary information, visit:


greenpixel The Flying Horse

The Flying Horse is the official student-run newspaper at MxCC, published regularly during the fall and spring semesters. Students interested in contributing articles should contact newspaper advisor John Shafer.


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Back in the 1950s, some women didn’t attend college right after high school, and while MxCC alumna Sally Smith liked to learn, she began college much later in life. Sally Smith headshotOriginally from East Hampton, Sally grew up in Meriden and graduated from Meriden High School in 1958. Her father initially discouraged her from going to college or joining the Navy like her brothers. Instead, she started her own family. But years later, Sally was divorced and, because her children were still small, she had to sell her house and go on state aid. In order to get off Medicaid, Sally became a licensed practical nurse (LPN) through the Vinal Tech program in Middletown in 1973. While working as an LPN in a nursing home, Sally met a patient in her eighties who was a talented painter and always wanted to exhibit in her own art show. Sally simply went ahead and arranged an art exhibit and reception for her in Cheshire, where the patient even sold two paintings. “She was beside herself with joy!” recalled Sally. By the 1980s, Sally’s kids were grown and she explored the idea of attending college. She first attended Southern Connecticut State University, but that campus experience was not for her. Instead she decided to audit an algebra class at Middlesex Community College. She then enrolled in more classes and worked with a tutor to improve her grades. For a while, she lived near the former MxCC Meriden Center and also took classes there. She even reconnected with old acquaintance in one of her classes, Betty Berger. They knew each other previously when their kids were in dance class together. After attending MxCC part-time into the 1990s, Sally earned her associate degree in human services. “I had a very good experience at Middlesex. I enjoyed being there, and the teachers were great,” she reiterated. While still working as a nurse, Sally met an elderly male patient of Irish descent, who said he never had been to Ireland. She talked with his daughter to see if this was even physically possible for him to travel. She agreed, so Sally again proceeded to see how to arrange this for him. She spoke with other senior wish agencies that told Sally she would have to do all the work. If that was the case, why not start her own foundation with the mission of fulfilling the dreams of senior adults? In 2007, Sally and her friend Betty launched a nonprofit organization called Seniors Have Dreams, Too. The group’s purpose is “to make a difference in the lives of the elderly and create opportunities for seniors with limited resources to experience a lifelong dream.” The nationwide program is offered to seniors 65 years of age or older, living below the poverty level, and physically and mentally able to experience a wish. Receiving no grant money, the group operates on individual donations and holds an annual arts and crafts fundraiser. Recently, the organization granted several wishes—a 78-year-old woman with cancer living in Las Vegas went to a concert for the first time; a Connecticut woman’s dream was to visit the casino again with her friends; a woman in her eighties received piano lessons and recorded a CD; a former airline hostess rode in a helicopter—all made possible through the work of Sally’s organization. “No matter how old you are, you should always have something to look forward to. None of your memories should be old,” she said, who now lives in Wallingford. Sally still takes her nursing job very seriously. “ I love my job working in nursing homes. This is where I belong. I love working with the elderly and kids with disabilities. I’m getting things for nothing, and so I have to give back,” said Sally emphatically. What is Sally’s dream? “To complete a bachelor’s degree before turning 90 years old,” she said. “But now my job is to make people smile.” To donate, sponsor or apply for a dream, or attend the December 1 crafts fair, visit October 2018