Middlesex Community College and Woodrow Wilson Middle School Team Up for Environmental Biology Mentorship Program

IMG_5952Dec 7, 2015 – Five Middlesex Community College students were selected to be a part of a community service project involving Woodrow Wilson Middle School, supported by the Rockfall Foundation. This two-part project connects local middle school students with college student mentors.

The five MxCC students involved in this project are: John Tirone IV, Jeffrey Swatkins, Antwan Byrd, Tiffani Woronick, and Delfina Rosario. Dr. Michelle Kraczkowski, assistant professor and biotechnology program coordinator, and Dr. Madhavi Shah, instructor of microbiology & biology, are overseeing this program.

During the fall semester, MxCC students facilitated four workshops at Woodrow Wilson, introducing students to scientific methods, lab tools, experiments, data analysis, lab notebooks, and safety. The middle school students will then develop projects during the spring semester that address an environmental biology issue in the community, culminating with presentations and attendance at MxCC’s annual academic convivium.

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 35-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online.