September 01, 2016

The Lowell Sun: MCC Receives $445G Federal Grant

By: Staff Writer

LOWELL -- Middlesex Community College has received a $444,581 federal grant to boost technology that will offer greater insight into student success.

The Department of Education funding will establish the eMCC: Success from the Start program, which will improve the school's technology infrastructure and analytical data on enrollment, student planning and advising, according to the offices of Reps. Niki Tsongas and Seth Moulton.

The college will be able to better assess academic progress to inform students on their success.

"Middlesex plans to use this grant support to employ smart data and focus on student retention and success programs that will help keep our students on campus through the successful completion of a degree and position them for an educated entry into the workforce," MCC President James Mabry said in a statement.

The grant comes after what officials describe as a rigorous and competitive application process through the federal Strengthening Institutions Program, which offers money to eligible institutions to better serve low-income students.

"The significant return on these investments will have ongoing reverberations for many years to come, as the school is better able to analyze its programs and their effectiveness, and as more students are encouraged and able to complete thier college careers and enter the workforce with the skills necessary to succeed," Tsongas said in a statement.

Moulton, whose district includes Bedford where MCC also has a campus, said he's proud of MCC securing the competitive grant.

"Cost should not prevent an aspiring student from earning a college degree," he said in a statement. "This grant will enable Middlesex Community College to expand their capacity to serve low-income students."

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