Events

Healthcare Programs Info Fair

September 23, 2014

Thinking about a career in healthcare? Mount Wachusett Community College is hosting a free healthcare programs information fair on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gardner campus.

The event will feature information on a variety of academic programs and career fields, including dental assistant, dental hygiene, certified nursing assistant, health information management, medical assisting,  nursing, practical nursing, phlebotomy, physical therapist assistant and radiologic technology.

To register for the information fair, visit mwcc.edu/admissions/hcf.

Fall Film Series: Into the Wild

September 23, 2014

The MWCC Humanities Project and Fall Film Series continue on Tuesday, Oct. 7 with a screening of “Into the Wild” from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. in Room 127 at the Gardner campus.

A 2007 American biographical drama and survival film, “Into the Wild” is based on the travels of the Thoreau-inspired Christopher McCandles, as described in the book of the same name by Jon Krakauer. The film is written and directed by Sean Penn and stars Emile Hirsch as McCandless.

Much like Thoreau, who lived in a cabin for two years to immerse himself in nature and wrote “Walden” based on his experiences, McCandless journeyed throughout the United States with only the most essential supplies, including a journal to document his travels and a copy of “Walden.”

The film screening is the third event of the MWCC Humanities Project, as well as the second showing in the Student-Life sponsored Fall 2014 Film Series.

Established through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the MWCC Humanities Project will feature a full slate of free events spotlighting various works written or inspired by Thoreau. The project also includes a campus-wide initiative at MWCC, as the college works to integrate enduring themes raised by Thoreau into multiple academic disciplines and curricula.

For more information about the MWCC Humanities Project and a full schedule of events, visit http://mwcc.edu/humanitiesproject.

Mount Wachusett Community College is hosting an Advanced Manufacturing Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 3 in recognition of National Manufacturing Day.

The career expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MWCC’s Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center, located at the college’s Devens campus, 27 Jackson Road. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 11:30 and ongoing tours, demonstrations and table displays beginning at 11:45.

Serving as a networking and informational event, the expo will bring together industry representatives and job seekers. Participating companies will accept résumés and highlight career options and training programs. Attendees can tour the manufacturing and skills-training labs and participate in hands-on exercises and individual information sessions.

MWCC opened the Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center in fall 2013 in response to the increasing demand for production workers. Manufacturing accounts for nearly 25 percent of the workforce in North Central Massachusetts, employing more than 14,000 people in the region. The college offers a variety of credit and noncredit STEM programs at its Devens campus, including the Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Readiness Training program, the Analytical Laboratory & Quality Systems Certificate program and associate degree and academic certificate programs in biotechnology/biomanufacturing.

The career expo is free, although reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call978-630-9569 or email Julie Crowley, TAACCCT III Regional Project Manager, atjcrowley@mwcc.mass.edu.

The Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project will continue with the presentation, “What Thoreau Can Teach Us about Climate Change,” on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner. Susan Gallagher, associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a board member of the Thoreau Society, is the featured speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to his work as a writer, philosopher and activist, Henry David Thoreau was a naturalist who observed the first flowering dates for over 500 species of wildflowers in Concord, Mass., between 1851 and 1858. Gallagher’s lecture on Thoreau and climate change is consistent with MWCC’s commitment to sustainable energy, which manifests itself in the college’s wind turbines, solar panels and wood biomass heating system.

“Because he was such a meticulous journal-keeper about local flora and fauna and an amateur cartographer, contemporary scientists have been able to use his observations on nature to help track climate change over the past 150 years,” Gallagher stated while promoting the Thoreau Society’s “Mapping Thoreau Country” project in 2011.

Established through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MWCC Humanities Project will feature free events throughout the academic year that showcase various works written or inspired by Thoreau. The project also includes a campus-wide initiative at MWCC, as the college integrates enduring themes raised by Thoreau into multiple academic disciplines.

For more information about the MWCC Humanities Project and a full schedule of events, visit http://mwcc.edu/humanitiesproject.

MWCC’s Fall 2014 Film Series, presented by Student Life, begins with “In the Time of Butterflies” on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Gardner campus’ North Café. “In the Time of Butterflies” presents a fictionalized account of the lives of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican revolutionary activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.  The Mariano-Barroso-directed film is based on the Julia Alvarez book of the same name and was produced for Showtime Networks in 2001. The film series will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 7 with “Into the Wild.”

Volunteers are needed to participate in MWCC’s United Way Day of Caring project on Thursday, Sept. 18. Coordinated by the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, students, faculty and staff will help package 20,000 meals for local food pantries and veterans organizations. Volunteers will work in 75-minute shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

To volunteer, contact John Day at jday12@mwcc.mass.edu or call 978-630-9255.

Fall 2014 Film Series

September 9, 2014

The fall 2014 Film Series, presented by MWCC’s Student Life office, kicks off on Sept. 25 with the film, In the Time of the Butterflies, which will be shown at 12:30 p.m. in the North Cafe at the Gardner campus. The film presents a fictionalized account of the lives of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican revolutionary activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

The fall film series will continue with Into the Wild on Oct. 7, Bridegroom on Oct. 22, Valentine Road on Nov. 13, We Shall Remain on Nov. 25 and We Were Here on Dec. 1.

All films begin at 12:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Mount Wachusett Community College will host the annual New England Association of College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC) College Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center at the Gardner campus.

This free fair is the largest college fair held in Worcester County during the fall and allows attendees to interact with representatives from approximately 200 public and private colleges and universities, as well as military institutions.

The fair is open to the public. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.mass.edu.

Fall Fest Welcome & BBQ

September 8, 2014

The Fall Fest Welcome & Barbecue will take place Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gardner campus. Entertainment will be provided by Grupo Fantasia in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Enjoy the big chair photos, henna tattoos, caricatures, cotton candy, and other activities, as well as a free barbecue and student club expo beginning at 12:30. The event is sponsored by the Student Life office, CATS (Campus Activities Team for Students) and the Student Government Association and is open to all MWCC students, faculty and staff.

Orientation sessions for new and transfer students will take place prior to the start of the new academic year. Orientation for evening students will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the South Cafe at the Gardner campus. A family and support network orientation will take place Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. in room 127. Orientation for day students will take place Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gardner campus.

In addition, MWCC will host a welcome ice cream social for student veterans on Tuesday Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lion’s Den Student Center Gardner Campus . Information about campus and community resources, the Veterans Group and the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success will be available. Reservations to the veterans’ brunch are required and may be made by contacting Sarah Savoie at 978-630-9408.