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MWCC distance courses are flexible to meet students’ needs. Distance courses may use the Internet, textbooks, supplemental readings, CDs, or email as a way of interaction between the instructor and the students.

Independent Study

Independent study courses will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. If there is another course required in a student’s program, and it is offered, or if there is a course that can be substituted, the student should take that course and should not request an independent study.  Independent study requests will not be granted simply because a course is canceled or not scheduled. Students enrolled in an associate degree program must have completed a minimum of 45 credits with a 2.0 QPA or higher, and students enrolled in a certificate program must have completed a minimum of 12 credits with a 2.0 QPA or higher to participate in an independent study. Some courses, such as capstone courses, cannot be granted as an independent study. Other courses not available for independent study are Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Clinical Lab Science, and laboratory courses. The content of an independent study course will be the same as a traditional course. At the end of the course, the student must be proficient in the course content and be at the same level as a student from a traditional course.

Independent study request forms are available in the Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development. The request form must be signed by the dean of the division, the vice president of academic affairs, and the vice president of lifelong learning and workforce development before the course is considered approved. An official letter will be sent to the student stating that his/her request is approved or denied. Students should not begin work with the instructor until they receive their official notice.

International Education Opportunity

Tomorrow’s workforce must function in an increasingly interdependent global economy. That is why, in increasing numbers, students are choosing to make study abroad a part of their academic experience. MWCC is a member of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), one of the oldest and largest international education consortia, linking more than 170 fully-accredited US colleges and universities in a partnership dedicated to advancing international/intercultural perspectives in higher education. Through its member colleges and universities, the CCIS sponsors more than 35 study abroad programs around the globe each year, for a semester, an academic year, or a summer.

Students enrolled at MWCC may elect to spend part of their academic career at one of the following locations and receive credit from the college. Programs of study are located in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and other countries. Interested students should contact the coordinator of international studies.

Internships & Cooperative Education

A number of academic disciplines provide the opportunity for students to engage in an internship, many of which are community-based in nature. Service-based internships are an opportunity for students to enhance their academic knowledge with practical hands-on experience in their chosen field, while also making an impact in the community. In addition, students are able to forge connections and network within the community prior to graduation. In certain disciplines, students may earn 3 academic credits by completing a minimum of 120 hours of service in addition to classroom-based training over a semester. In other disciplines, students may earn 4 credits by completing a total of 150 hours of service in addition to classroom/training over a semester. Work performance is assessed by the student’s site supervisor who submits a performance evaluation at the end of the semester. Grades are determined, in part, by the student’s progress in completing measureable objectives written in conjunction with the student’s site supervisor. Students are required to attend an orientation and a series of seminars, designed to enhance their educational work experience by addressing a variety of professional issues. MWCC reserves the right to issue a failing grade to any student who does not successfully complete any component of his or her internship experience.

Internships are integrated directly into the curriculum of a course; cooperatives are used as an elective. In order to qualify to take part in an internship, a student must have completed all core curriculum courses and have the permission of the instructor. In order to qualify for a co-op, a student must have completed 21 college-level credits and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

All internship students are expected to participate in their placement search and, when placed, conduct themselves in a professional manner and comply with host site policies, as well as state and federal laws. For more information, call 978-630-9219 or visit mwcc.edu/democracy and click on ‘Students.’

Mass Colleges Online

MWCC participates in the Massachusetts community colleges e-learning network, Mass Colleges Online. This collaboration makes other community college quality online learning courses offerings available to MWCC students with the ease of registering for an MWCC course. These courses complement MWCC distance learning offerings to make it easier for a student to complete his/her program of study. Computer with Internet access is required. Some courses require specialized software.

Online Courses

MWCC’s online courses provide students with the opportunity to continue their education via the Internet. The center of this “anytime, anyplace” learning mode is each course’s interactive website permitting the instructor and students to collaborate online. These Internet courses allow students to receive and submit assignments, take self-corrected quizzes and exams, participate in class discussions, and explore supplementary Internet resources on the student’s time schedule. Although most web courses do not require on-campus visits, they do require self-discipline and dedication to complete the course requirements during the semester. Computer with Internet access is required. Some courses require specialized software.

Self-paced Modular and Distance Courses

Self-paced modular and distance courses are designed for students who wish to learn at their own pace. Students taking these courses will use a variety of instructional tools and materials. For example, students taking modular courses may need to use computer software and/or other equipment, audio and/or video tapes, textbooks and/or other printed materials. Permission of the instructor will be needed prior to registering for these courses. Also, learning materials will be provided by the faculty/advisor at the start of the course.