The density rate of students per facility space is the greatest at Middlesex Community College than at all community colleges in the state.
This prompted State Rep. Matthew Lesser (D-Middletown) to introduce proposed House Bill 5618, which calls for bond authorization for capital projects at MxCC for additional space on campus.
Rep. Lesser took the opportunity of MxCC’s annual Legislative Breakfast, which was held February 5 on MxCC’s Middletown campus, to discuss the details of this bill and how it will help the College better serve students, maintain a competitive course schedule, and handle future growth in enrollment.
The annual breakfast was attended by more than 50 elected officials, business leaders, advisory board members, students, faculty, and other supporters. The event covered issues that face the College – such as overcrowding – and highlighted some of the strides made over the past year. The event also showcased the critical role education plays in any economically thriving and civically engaged community, particularly in today’s challenging job climate.
“Students who pursue a college education are focusing their energy on the future, on getting good jobs and on being well off financially,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of MxCC, said. “We need to stay focused on the future as well to continue to have the facilities, resources, innovation, and energy to help our students meet these goals. By doing this, our citizens and our communities benefit in countless ways. This is why House Bill 5816 and other efforts to support community colleges should be supported by local officials and citizens alike.”
Two students from MxCC’s Legislative Internship Program echoed this message through personal accounts of how the College changed their lives. Jameson Altieri discussed how crucial the affordability of MxCC was to turning his life around; and Robin Konikoff told the audience how she chose to commute more than 45 minutes to attend classes at the College because she is so inspired by the faculty.
Community members can show their support for the bill, and for funding democracy’s colleges, by attending a public hearing on February 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Details (including how to sign up to testify) are available at http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/CGABulletin/Bulletin.asp. Those who are not able to attend in person can still submit testimony electronically to HEDTestimony@cga.ct.gov.
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College 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 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.