The Fall Fest welcome back barbecue and activities fair will take place Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the patio near the South Cafe. Entertainment will be provided by Grupo Fantasia in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Activities include caricatures, henna tattoos, cotton candy, various novelties and the student club expo, as well as a free barbecue that begins 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.

MWCC offers short-term accelerated programs that students can complete in as little as 2 weeks, as well as 6-week, 1-year, and 2-year options that fit your life and employment needs. All of our programs provide you with support services that help you apply, interview and get a job in a career field with tremendous job growth opportunity. Information sessions are held on most Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Devens campus. To register for an upcoming information session, call 978-630-9883.

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 at the Gardner campus on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. A family and support network orientation will take place evening at 6 p.m. Orientation for day students will take place Thursday, Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fitness & Wellness Center. A session for student veterans will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Lion’s Den Student Center.


Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount continues its2016 season with the Tony Award winning musical, Hairspray. Performances are February 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 21  at 2 p.m. This production will take place at Oakmont Regional High School in Ashburnham , as renovations to the theatre continue.

You can’t stop the beat! Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion — to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do? Only in Hairspray!

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased at the TAM box office at 978 630-9388 or online at

Each summer, nearly 800 children and teenagers from throughout the region participate in Mount Wachusett Community College’s Adventure Academy. This year, the college is offering more than 30 classes and sports programs between June 27 and Aug. 5.

Classes include Legos, beginning veterinary medicine, American Girl, theater, pottery, painting, sculpture, forensic science, dinosaurs, rockets, basketball, soccer and martial arts. A majority of the classes are taught by area elementary school teachers on summer break and incorporate lessons in STEAM (science technology, engineering, art and math) education. MWCC’s Adventure Academy is offered to children ages 5 to 18 and includes all supplies and materials. Lunch is provided for students attending full-day classes.

Among the new offerings this year is an Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel course for teens age 16 and above, adults and art teachers.

For more information and to register, visit, call 978-630-9525 or email



Members of the MWCC community will join dozens of teams at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life taking place at the college beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 10 and continuing until 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. The Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the ACS and the Gardner Relay is recognized as the largest in New England and one of the largest in the country.

Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino, Alumnus of the Year, Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke, and Service Above Self Award recipient, Raymond J. Martino, president and CEO of Simonds International, will be among the speakers during the college’s 51st commencement on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m.  in the Fitness & Wellness Center. MWCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society is conducting its 13th annual Project Graduation and will be collecting donations of nonperishable food prior to the ceremony for distribution to local food pantries.

Evening of Excellence

May 4, 2016

The academic achievements of MWCC students will be celebrated Thursday, May 12 during the annual Evening of Excellence. The event will take place at the DoubleTree in Leominster and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and an awards ceremony. Students will be honored with merit and scholarship awards during this special ceremony.

MWCC’s 43rd annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony will take place Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Students will be welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a fellow nurse, a family member, a friend, an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member.

MWCC’s Dental Programs Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the South Cafe of the Gardner campus. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting program will be recognized.