MWCC Students Begin Fall Classes

Mount Wachusett Community College Student Trustee Gina Vilayphone (from Gardner), MWCC President James Vander Hooven and Student Government Association President Samantha Stiles (of Westminster) stand at the SGA booth as they welcome students back to school.

Mount Wachusett Community College sprang to life on September 5 as classes began at the college’s classrooms in Gardner, Devens, Leominster and Fitchburg.

“The beginning of the semester is an exciting and energetic time on all our campuses. Whether students are brand new to the school or returning for another year, faculty and staff are eager to help them transition into the semester as smoothly as possible,” said MWCC President James Vander Hooven.

The first day of classes began on September 5 for the college’s semester-long courses as well as an accelerated option that allows students to split their semester into two cycles.

While both full-semester courses and Cycle 1 courses begin at the same time, Cycle 1 courses will end on October 25. Accelerated Cycle 2 courses begin on November 1 and wrap up with full-semester courses on December 23. These options allow students to build a class schedule that fits with the rest of their lives, setting them up for success.


The full academic calendar is available online at along with course listings.

A group of students enjoys lunch during the first day of classes.


Phi Theta Kappa Secretary Jerica Washington explains the organization to another student during an orientation event.