January 6, 2021
Like most of you, I am observing the shocking events occurring at the US Capitol Building.
On behalf of the entire Mount Wachusett Community College community, I want to express our shock and dismay at the events that are unfolding in the U.S. Capitol. Never have I ever imagined I would witness this. To see the U.S. Capitol forced into a lock down and the very inside of the House chamber—a sacred space—being breached is frightening and heartbreaking.
As Americans, we have historically had great faith in peaceful transfer of power. It is my fervent hope that our nation finds its way back to the ideals that have defined us as Americans.
Our community college, founded originally to serve all will continue to do so. In fact, community colleges have long been known as democracies colleges. It is my hope and expectation that we find a way to come together in mutual respect and understanding as we find our way toward healing.
James Vander Hooven, Ed.D.