Academics

The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for providing comprehensive, high-quality educational opportunities that are responsive to community needs and meet the intellectual, personal and professional needs of a diverse student body. The College provides a full range of degree and certificate programs that respond to the transfer, career, and lifelong learning educational needs of the citizens of Northern Worcester County.

Academic Calendar

The 2016-2017 academic calendar is available online at this link.

Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center provides free tutoring to MWCC students seeking assistance with their course work. Tutoring takes place in the Academic Support Center space of the LaChance Library on the Gardner campus and also in allocated spaces on the Leominster and Devens campuses.

Math and writing tutoring is available on a drop-in basis at the Gardner and Leominster campuses.  Writing tutors can help students learn and apply the basic principles of effective composition for writing projects in all classes, including formatting citations for written assignments.  The math tutors provide assistance in mathematics from arithmetic to calculus and statistics as well as assistance with the mathematical concepts in courses in the natural and social sciences and business.

Other subjects are available by appointment.

Online tutoring is available to all registered MWCC students through eTutoring where students can live chat with tutors and upload papers for review.  Students can access eTutoring via iConnect.

Information about campus locations, available services and hours of operation can be found at the MWCC Academic Support Center.

 

Adult Basic Ed, Workforce Development & Noncredit Courses

High School Equivalency Test (formerly GED)

Mount Wachusett Community College offers the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™)*exam in both the paper and computer based versions. Students must be at least sixteen years of age to test and students must present a valid picture id at the  time of testing. Students who are under the age of eighteen must obtain a withdraw letter from the last high school they attended stating they officially withdrew.  The HiSET™ program is available in English or Spanish; the computer-based exams feature a test-taker-friendly design. The program also provides a number of accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs. To apply for accommodations go to hisetssd@ets.org or call 1-855-802-2748.

HiSET™ offers a full battery of tests for the package price of $100.00. The bundle includes free practice tests to help the student prepare, as well as two retests per subtest.  Each retest is offered at a discounted price of $10.00 each if taken within a 12-month period. Students are able to purchase each subtest individually at a higher cost.

Students must register online at www.hiset.ets.org  or call ETS customer service at 1-855-694-4738.

*Information directly from ETS/ HiSET™ website.

Regional Adult Education Center

The Regional Adult Education Center at Mount Wachusett Community College offers free classes in Basic Literacy, preparation for the new High School Equivalency Exam (HiSET) and three levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at five area locations in North Central Massachusetts.  In addition, we have a Distance Learning (DL) component for those residents unable to attend classes in person.  The classes are offered in Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster and Winchendon and enrollment is open throughout the year.

For information on specific site location course offerings, please contact the program coordinator at 978-630-9259 or visit MWCC's Regional Adult Education Center.

All classes are made possible by grants received by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education office, North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board/Employment Links, Inc., and the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation.

Workforce Development

The Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development offers technical training courses, preparation for certification examinations, and recreational classes to individuals and businesses.  Classes are available throughout the year at all MWCC campuses and local businesses. The primary goal of the division is to provide North Central Massachusetts residents a wide variety of courses and programs.  Our classes are designed to prepare individuals for a certificate, an associate degree, job entry, or promotion. Customized training can be tailored to suit the needs of groups, organizations, and businesses/industries. For information about customized services, contact the Director of Workforce Development at 978-630-9563 or visit MWCC Workforce Training.

Non-Credit Courses

MWCC offers noncredit courses that enhance your home, work, and personal life. Classes are offered days, evenings, or online. Browse our noncredit course offerings or download a current noncredit bulletin.

Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit

To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 30 credits at MWCC for completion of an associate degree (15 credits under special circumstances and with permission of Department Chair/Division Dean/Vice President of Academic Affairs). A maximum of 30 credits (45 credits under special circumstances and with permission of Department Chair/Division Dean/Vice President of Academic Affairs) may be transferred into MWCC, including courses from other colleges, CLEP, DSST, AP, life experience, armed services (with some exceptions), and Career Vocational Technical Education Linkages (CVTEL). Students must earn a minimum of 15 credits at MWCC for completion of a certificate program and may only earn 7 credits from alternate methods. Students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program might not be eligible for life experience, police academy, armed services or CVTEL credits; and are limited to six credits total from CLEP and DSST.

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)

Students who pass Advanced Placement (AP) examinations and earn a score of three or higher may receive credit for the appropriate course or courses offered by the college. Official transcripts from the College Board, with official exam scores, are required.

Valor Act Academic Credit Evaluation Policy

Mount Wachusett Community College demonstrates its commitment to veterans seeking to pursue postsecondary education through its policies, practices and services.  Consistent with the Massachusetts Valor Act signed into law on May 31, 2012, the College has established the following policies to support veteran students in their educational and professional endeavors:

  • MWCC will award academic credit to matriculated students for prior learning based on students’ previous military occupations, military training, coursework and experiences, as these credits apply to their declared programs of study.
  • MWCC will determine the award of academic credit during the admissions process through a preliminary review and a final, conclusive and comprehensive credit evaluation upon the submission of official transcripts, official standardized test score reports and other relevant documentation prior to a student's enrollment.
  • The required procedures for determining credit for military occupation, experience, training and coursework shall be clearly described and published to provide transparency to prospective students.

Procedures:

  • Prospective or currently enrolled students seeking to receive college credit for prior learning based on past military occupations, training, experience or coursework should begin the process by the timely submission of official transcripts and documentation to the Records Office in advance of the start of classes.  Students can request their military transcripts be sent to MWCC by visiting to the Joint Services Transcript website.
  • Once official documentation is received, the college will use the following methodologies to assess, evaluate and award academic credit for prior military related experiences:
    • ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
    • CLEP Examinations
    • DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
    • Credit for prior learning evaluation as described in the MWCC Prior Learning Policy

Credits awarded by the college for prior learning based on military experiences will be recorded on the native MWCC academic transcript and applied toward degree or certificate requirements consistent with all other MWCC academic policies.  Credits transferred as part of the MassTransfer Block will be honored consistent with the terms of MassTransfer. When certifying a transferring or graduating student for the purpose of MassTransfer, these credits shall be included in this review and submitted to the receiving institution for its use in facilitating the transfer process.

Campus Contact:

The Director of Veterans Services (978-630-9408) shall serve as the initial point of contact for purposes of the Valor Act Credit Evaluation Policy.  The MWCC Veterans Success Center will provide academic advising and counseling in advance of the student’s admission to the college.  The MWCC Records Office will complete the credit evaluation process once official documents are received and consistent with the process described herein.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) examinations allow students to earn college credit by demonstrating their subject knowledge. CLEP exams can help students graduate in less time at lower cost. Examinations are administered by computer.

Consult an academic advisor before registering for a CLEP exam, as not all exams will transfer or be beneficial to your program.  Transfer credit is granted when the college receives an official score report from the College Board.  The minimum scores set by MWCC are available from the Advising Center.  For more information about registration and fees, as well as a complete list of approved exams available at MWCC, please contact Testing Services at 978-630-9244 or click here to visit the Testing Services website.

DSST

DSST tests allow students to earn college credit by demonstrating their subject knowledge.  DSST may help students graduate in less time at a lower cost.  Tests are administered by computer.

Consult an academic advisor before registering for a DSST test, as not all exams will transfer or be beneficial to your program.  Students receive their scores immediately after completion of the exams.  Transfer credit is granted when the college receives an official score report from DSST.  The minimum scores set by MWCC are available through the Advising office.  For more information about registration and fees, as well as a complete listing of DSST titles available at MWCC, contact Testing Services at 978-630-9244 or click here to visit the Testing Services website.

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL)

Credits may be earned in some programs for college-level learning acquired through work or informal educational experiences.  If interested in earning credits for prior learning, students must first meet with an academic counselor to evaluate if Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is a viable option. The student and the academic counselor will review specific course syllabi to determine if the student has mastered the learning outcomes associated with the course(s). Once this determination has been made, the student will register for the free self-directed Portfolio Development Course. Students will begin the course by creating an alignment chart to aid in the completion of their portfolios. Students will then collect and digitize artifacts which demonstrate they have learned the course content. Complete portfolios will include critical reflection in which students articulate the connections among the artifacts and the learning objectives. Finally, students will submit their portfolios for faculty evaluation. Students are charged $100 for each portfolio submitted for review. Portfolio review costs are not covered by financial aid or other forms of tuition waivers. The credits earned through prior learning may not transfer directly to other colleges or universities. Prior learning credit cannot be applied to the Criminal Justice program.

High School Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements between the college and area secondary schools provide coordination of technical education during the last two years of high school with the first two years of postsecondary education. These agreements state the conditions and criteria that must be met by graduating high school seniors to receive advanced placement and college credit. MWCC’s Career Vocational Technical Educational Linkage program provides students with an option of enrollment in various career programs. For more information on High School Articulation Agreements, please visit the MWCC Division of Access and Transition.

Alternate Course Delivery

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 15 credits with a 2.0 QPA or higher to participate in an independent study. Some courses cannot be granted as an independent study. Other courses not available for independent study are Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, 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 Academic Affairs. The request form must be signed by the dean of the division and the vice president of academic affairs 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.

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 2 academic credits by completing a minimum of 80 hours or 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 measurable 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 or co-op experience.  Students who conduct an internship at a nonprofit organization that meets a community need are eligible for recognition at graduation in the form of a pin (20 hours) or medallion (40 hours).

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.

Students may earn 3 credits by completing a cooperative education experience.  To qualify for cooperative education, a student must complete 21 credits in their major and maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and have an open elective. The student is responsible for securing an approved placement prior to the start of the term.  An application must be completed and approved prior to registering for the cooperative education experience.

All internship and co-op 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 the MWCC Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement.

Online Courses

MWCC‘s online courses provide students with the opportunity to continue their education via the Internet.  Courses are instructor led and follow the same semester schedule as traditional courses. Students have the flexibility to complete their work on their own time but must meet the course schedules and assignment deadlines outlined by their instructors. All specific course information such as how to reach the instructor, what work is expected, and deadlines to turn in assignments and take tests will be found in your course site.  A computer with Internet access is required.  Some courses require specialized software.  Please check with the course instructor for details.

Self-paced Modular/Competency 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.

Computer Labs

The MWCC campuses offer 39 computer labs. Several are designated for specific programs such as Graphic and Interactive Design and Advanced Manufacturing. The majority are general purpose computer labs that students may access when classes are not in session. The Gardner, Devens, and Leominster campuses provide open labs for student use throughout the day.

On the Gardner campus, there are more than 50 computers in the library that are available during library hours. The computers are networked to printers which take print cards, change and dollar bills. Printing costs 10 cents per page. Scanning to email is free on the library printers. All computers have flash drive ports and DVD/CD drives. Headphones are available for loan at the Circulation Desk on the main level. The two computer labs on the lower level of the library are staffed by Lab Assistants Monday-Thursday 7:30-4:30 (Fall and Spring semesters) and Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:00 (Summer). Lab Assistants can help with basic computer needs (opening, saving and printing documents, basic formatting questions, etc.).

MWCC provides students with a 24/7 phone helpdesk support for technology issues at 1-866-520-7129. The Gardner campus Helpdesk is located on the lower level of the library, and staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM.

Honors Program

(non-degree program)

The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to study and learn in a challenging educational environment. Students benefit from a learning community with small class sizes, teacher-student mentoring, team-taught interdisciplinary courses, and access to a fully-equipped Honors Center. Honors students receive a tuition waiver during their final semester, special recognition at graduation, and “Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar” designation on official transcripts. The Honors Program is a great opportunity for students seeking transfer to a competitive four-year college/university or seeking additional intellectual challenges. The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NCHC), and is approved as a Commonwealth Honors Program by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE).

Commonwealth Honors Program Status

All MWCC Honors courses are transferable as Honors courses within the Massachusetts public higher education system, and graduates of the Honors Program are guaranteed acceptance into the Honors Programs at four-year Massachusetts public colleges and universities.

Admissions Requirements

Incoming students – Students are welcome to commence their academic program as a member of the college’s selective Honors Program. Students entering MWCC should have an exemplary high school record that includes:

  • Combined (critical reading, mathematics, and writing) SAT Reasoning Test scores above 1650 or combined (critical reading and mathematics) SAT Reasoning Test scores above 1100,
  • a high school QPA of 3.3 or higher
  • and/or a high school class rank in the top 15 percent.1
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Class rank to be determined after six or seven completed high school semesters by the sending secondary school.

Candidates must schedule an interview with the Honors Program coordinator for consideration.

Students interested in exploring the Honors Program may consider enrolling in Honors ENG 102 College Writing II. The course is open to interested students who have completed ENG 101 College Writing I with a B+ or better. Students are also required to obtain a letter of recommendation from their ENG 101 College Writing I faculty member. Enrollment in the Honors Program is not required to enroll in this course, but is encouraged. The course is an Honors level version of the standard ENG 102 College Writing II.

Currently enrolled students – Students should make an appointment to meet with the Honors coordinator to discuss academic preparation and must meet the following requirements:

  • QPA of 3.3 based on a minimum of 12 credits
  • Two recommendations from MWCC faculty.

Program Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.3 QPA. If QPA drops, Honors students are allowed one probationary semester to continue in the program and raise their cumulative average.
  • Maintain a minimum “B” in all designated Honors courses.
  • Complete a math (MAT 143 Statistics or higher) and a lab science course.
  • Complete Honors English (ENG 201 Honors English), after completing ENG 101 College Writing I and ENG 102 College Writing II. Honors English is offered exclusively to Honors students.
  • Two Honors courses:
    • These may be “component” courses already required by a student’s degree program (must be approved as component courses), or specifically designated Honors courses such as Honors ENG 102 College Writing II. A component course requires additional activities such as independent research, one-on-one tutorials, service learning, and/or a special project. Component courses result from a written agreement between a faculty member and a student, approval of the division dean, and the Honors Program coordinator.
  • One Honors Colloquium course:
    • Honors students enroll in the colloquium course after completing ENG 201 Honors English and one of the two required Honors courses. Exclusively for Honors students, the colloquium is interdisciplinary in nature, thematic, designed by MWCC faculty, and approved by the Honors Committee.

Under certain circumstances, Honors Program requirements may be substituted with the approval of the Honors Program Committee.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Mount Wachusett Community College has identified five Institutional Student Learning Outcomes that define the skills that students will be able to demonstrate upon graduation from MWCC. Students will accomplish these outcomes through completing coursework and co-curricular activities on campus and in the community. Through their Program of Study, students will acquire subject matter knowledge in their field that aligns with their Program Student Learning Outcomes.

Upon graduation from Mount Wachusett Community College, students will be able to

1. ANALYZE information to formulate ideas and to solve problems.

1.1 Represent and interpret numbers or words in a variety of contexts;

1.2 Identify a problem and describe the process of solving it using critical thinking skills;

1.3 Analyze and interpret a theory or idea using sound supporting evidence; and

1.4 Evaluate the strength and validity of proposed solutions.

2. COMMUNICATE information, ideas and opinions effectively for a range of purposes and audiences

2.1 Comprehend and interpret various types of written and visual communication;

2.2 Formulate ideas and opinions supported by organized appropriate content;

2.3 Demonstrate active listening strategies in academic and/or professional settings; and

2.4 Write and speak fluently to communicate in English.

3. CREATE original work that demonstrates knowledge of their field.

3.1 Articulate the way creative works reflect the values of the societies that produced them;

3.2 Analyze creative works from a variety of cultures and perspectives;

3.3 Apply creative thinking skills to identify and solve problems; and

3.4 Produce work that reflects originality and innovation.

4. ENGAGE within local, national, and global communities.

4.1 Identify their personal and cultural beliefs and how they relate to the larger world;

4.2 Identify ethical principles and how these principles apply to their fields of study;

4.3 Conduct themselves professionally with people from all backgrounds; and

4.4 Participate as responsible global citizens and engaged members of society.

5. RESEARCH ideas and examine them using current knowledge.

5.1 Identify information needs for a specific purpose;

5.2 Access information effectively, efficiently and ethically;

5.3 Use information effectively and ethically to accomplish a specific purpose; and

5.4 Evaluate information and its sources critically for accuracy, authenticity, and bias.

A capstone course is a graduation requirement for most programs. A student must complete at least 45 credits in his/her program before enrolling in a capstone course. Additionally, a particular program’s curriculum may require an exit examination, a portfolio, or another required method of assessment.

Library

The LaChance Library and Academic Support Center is located at the Gardner campus. The main library houses approximately 40,000 books and also provides access to more than 80 online subscription databases that contain articles from scholarly/academic journals, magazines, newspapers, reference books and eBooks.  There is also an online collection of streaming audio and video available to current students. The Library’s website serves as a portal for all information sources and extensive research guides for many subject areas and courses. The three levels of the library offer space for silent study in addition to group work. On the lower level, there are study rooms that students may reserve for two hours at a time up to one week in advance. In addition to services at the Gardner campus, the library provides research assistance at the Leominster, Devens and Burbank campuses by appointment.

Library Policies and Procedures

Basic Borrowing Privileges

  • A library card, either a current student ID imprinted with a barcode, or a paper MWCC Library card with a barcode sticker, is required to check out materials.
  • Items are typically checked out for 28 days and can be renewed if no other user is waiting for them.
  • Students may have a maximum of 20 items checked out at one time.
  • Journals may not be checked out of the library. (Exceptions may be made for in-house projects.)
  • Loan periods for reserve materials vary by the specific materials.

Reserve Materials

Instructors may place materials (books articles, videos, etc.) on reserve for their students. These materials are kept behind the Circulation Desk and are checked out to students with a valid library card. The checkout period for items on reserve is determined by the faculty member who assigns the readings. Most items on reserve may be used in the library only and may be checked out for 2 hours.

End-of-Semester Due Dates

All library materials must be returned to the library by the last scheduled day of classes. Students who do not return the items to the library, or do not make arrangements to extend the due date, will have their student records blocked via a Banner hold. Class registrations may be held up and grades will not be available for student review while the hold is in place. Once the items are returned, and the late fees resolved, the hold will be lifted.

Overdue and Lost Items Policy

Overdue fines for materials checked out to students accrue at $.05 per day, with a maximum fine of $2.00 per item. One exception to this policy is materials from the Reserve collection, which accrue fines of $.25 per day, with a maximum of $2.00 per item. The first overdue notice is generated two weeks after the due date, and a final notice is generated four weeks after the due date, with the final notice being a bill for the cost of replacement. The bill states the replacement cost for each item as is indicated on the record for the item; if no cost is indicated on the record for an item, the default replacement cost is $28.00 per item.

Students who receive bills for library materials will have their student records blocked via a Banner hold. Class registrations may be held up and grades will not be available for student review while the hold is in place. Once the items are returned, and the late fees resolved, the hold will be lifted.

Selection Policy

The resources acquired for the Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) Library are selected to meet the teaching, research, and service missions of the College community. The Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as outlined in the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association. It is the responsibility of the Library to ensure that different points of view are represented in the collection.

The Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association states the following: “Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation” (Article 1); and “Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval” (Article 2). The Library also endorses the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Statement, which promotes access to materials expressing all points of view. Inclusion of any resource does not mean that the Library advocates or endorses the ideas or statements found in that resource.

Challenged Resources

Students, faculty, staff, and community patrons of the Library may challenge resources in the MWCC Library. A challenge to a resource in the MWCC Library must be based on the failure of that resource to fall within the Library’s selection and collection development policies, including the commitment to intellectual freedom. Challenged material will not be removed automatically from the collection but will be reviewed in light of the objections raised. When material or resources are challenged, the Library may take one of the following actions: removal of a resource because it is inappropriate, the addition of a resource to balance the collection by providing alternative views, a combination of the above, or no action at all. Those persons wishing to challenge a resource in the MWCC Library will be asked to complete a Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form. The completed form should be submitted to the Assistant Dean of Library and Academic Support Services, who will acknowledge receipt of the form via letter. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will then consider the request, with the assistance of the librarian responsible for collection development in the subject area of the resource. The recommendation of the Vice President will be sent to the Assistant Dean of Library and Academic Support Services, who will make the final decision, and notify the person making the challenge in writing of that decision and any action to be taken. Any appeals shall go to the President of the College.

Confidentiality Policy

MWCC Library adheres to the ALA (American Library Association) Code of Ethics, which includes the following statement: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.” MWCC Library also follows the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 78, section 7, which states “that part of the records of a public library which reveals the identity and intellectual pursuits of a person using such library shall not be a public record.” MWCC Library staff strives to protect the confidentiality of each library user’s records. No staff member shall, at any time, disclose any personally identifiable library user records including, but not limited to, circulation records, patron registration records, patron e-mail and computer records, interlibrary loan requests, or reference requests, to any person other than the library users themselves unless:

  1. The library user has given informed consent (in writing) for another individual to obtain that information; or

  2. An authorized person (MWCC staff member) requires that information for retrieval of overdue library materials or compensation for damaged or lost library materials; or

  3. A law enforcement official makes the request. See below for “Information about the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001.” Library staff is instructed to respond to requests from law enforcement in a very specific manner.

About the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001

The USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act) expands federal law enforcement’s ability to find out about telephone and electronic communications and to obtain “tangible things,” such as documents and records. Library circulation records, interlibrary loan requests, use of public computers for the Internet, e-mail or chat are records that could be subpoenaed. MWCC Library staff has a prescribed response to requests for information about library users. To learn more about the PATRIOT Act, visit the American Library Association web page for more information about how the PATRIOT Act affects libraries.

Service Learning

Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement programs (including Service Learning)

Service learning is an active learning strategy designed by faculty to contextualize classroom learning while at the same time providing much needed volunteer services to our community partners.  Service learning differs from general volunteerism because the service experience is closely tied to the learning objectives of the course and because students receive partial course credit for their efforts. Students who complete 20+ hours of service learning are awarded a commemorative pin and students who complete 40+ hours of service learning are awarded a service medallion to wear at graduation. Finally, students who perform 100 + hours of service are recognized by as certificate of congratulations from President Asquino. Service learning is accrued over the student’s entire course of study at MWCC and is recorded on the student’s transcript. For more information, speak to your instructor or visit the MWCC Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement and click on "Students."

Students SOS Office

Students Serving Our Students (SOS) is a student created and student led program offered at MWCC to help students succeed. There are many barriers students encounter that affect their ability to succeed in college, including health problems, financial concerns, childcare challenges, and the basic needs for food and or shelter. Volunteer student mentors in SOS are specifically trained to refer our students to community resources that will ensure they are able to be successful in their personal and professional endeavors.

Community Service and Volunteerism

As the catalyst that can spark lifelong commitment to the community service and volunteerism are at the core of the civic engagement movement within the college. In collaboration with Student Life and other organizations and groups both on and off campus, a diverse range of service opportunities are offered for community-minded individuals and groups each year. The Center assists in connecting interested individuals or groups with nonprofits in the region looking for support or volunteerism. What better way to make a difference in people’s lives than to give of your time and talent? For more information, visit the MWCC Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement and click on "Students."

Transfer Information

Transfer advising is offered for students who want to continue their education beyond MWCC. The transfer advisor works with many four-year institutions developing transfer agreements that ease the transition for transferring students. MWCC participates in MassTransfer with Massachusetts state universities and the University of Massachusetts campuses. Additionally, the college has many transfer agreements with private and public colleges established to ensure a smooth transfer process. Annually, students transfer to more than 60 different colleges and universities across the United States. Learn how you can save time and money by graduating from MWCC. Visit the transfer services web page or call 978-630–9109 to schedule an appointment with the transfer advisor. The transfer advisor is located in MWCC Advising on the Gardner Campus and is available by appointment in Leominster and Devens campuses.

3 + 1 Bachelor Degree Completion Program

Earn up to 90 credits at MWCC and then transfer to a specific four-year college or university and earn your baccalaureate degree. In many cases, students can complete the entire 120+ credit bachelor degree without leaving MWCC. To participate in the 3 + 1 program, specialized advising is required. Contact the advising center at 978-630-9109 to schedule an appointment with the transfer advisor.

3 Plus ONE Partners:

  • Bellevue University
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Elms College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Nichols College
  • Regis College
  • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Visit the 3 Plus ONE website.

MassTransfer

Students who plan to transfer to a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts may be eligible to transfer under the MassTransfer agreement which provides transfer advantages to those who qualify. There is no application fee or application essay required if applying via MassTransfer.

MassTransfer has two main purposes:

For more information about MassTransfer, please speak with an academic advisor.

  Transfer of Credit

   Students who meet the following criteria will be guaranteed that a minimum of 60 credits will transfer to a Massachusetts state college or university:

  • Complete an associate degree with a minimum of 60 credit hours exclusive of foundation coursework.

  • Achieve a cumulative QPA of not less than 2.0 (in a 4.0 system) at the community college awarding the degree.

  • Complete the following minimum general education 34-credit transfer block exclusive of foundation coursework:

 

MassTransfer Block

Credits
ENG 101
ENG 102
College Writing I
and College Writing II
6
Behavioral and Social Science9
Humanities and Fine Arts9
Natural or Physical Science7
Mathematics3
Total Credits34

The 34 credits in general education, specified above, will be applied toward the fulfillment of the receiving institution’s general education requirements (with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses.) A minimum of 26 additional credits will be accepted as transfer credits by the receiving institution.

Guaranteed Acceptance

Students who meet the above-mentioned criteria AND who graduate from MWCC with a QPA of 2.5 or higher in MassTransfer-eligible programs will be guaranteed acceptance to the appropriate university/college/school/major.

Tuition Reduction

Students who meet all of the above-mentioned requirements AND graduate from MWCC with a QPA of 3.0 or higher will be guaranteed an in-state minimum tuition (not fees) reduction of 33 percent for the first year at the state university. Student will receive 100% tuition waver at any of the University of Massachusetts campuses. If the student maintains a 3.0 QPA for the first year at the four-year institution, he/she will receive an in-state tuition reduction for the second year of attendance. Students transferring into continuing education programs are ineligible for the tuition reduction. The credits of students who transfer but do not meet the conditions of MassTransfer will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis at the four-year state university of University of Massachusetts campus.

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education-Early Childhood and Elementary Education Compacts

The Early Childhood and Elementary Education Compacts apply to students transferring from participating community colleges upon graduation to participating state universities and UMass campuses offering Early Childhood or Elementary Education licensure at the baccalaureate level. Please check the MassTransfer website for eligible programs.

Transfer of Credit to MWCC

Students seeking to transfer credits to MWCC should submit an official transcript from each institution for which he/she is seeking the transfer of credits. Upon receipt of the transcript(s), the college will verify the accreditation of the institution(s); and if comparable regional accreditation exists, the college will review the courses to determine comparability with MWCC courses.

Where an equivalent course exists, credit will be granted for that course with a non-weighted QPA grade being awarded (e.g. TA, TB, TC, etc.). Where no equivalent course exists, but it is determined that the course is eligible for transfer based on college-level work and the applicability toward the student’s declared degree or certificate program, the course will be awarded transfer credit in the field of study most closely aligned to the course. The minimum course grade required for credits to transfer to MWCC is C-. Certain programs of study may have higher grade point average requirements for designated courses in their program. Students should consult their degree requirements for specific program differences. Non-graded course work will not be transferred (e.g. pass/fail courses). Courses taken more than ten years prior are subject to approval. If a student changes a program, the college will re-evaluate transcripts to provide up-to-date information. The maximum number of allowable transfer credits is 50% of the credits required for degree completion in the enrolled program (45 credits under special circumstances and with permission of the department chair, division dean, and Vice President of Academic Affairs).

Determinations of transfer credit will be made within a reasonable period of time after the receipt of the official transcript and all required additional documentation. Notice to the student will be given at the time of the completed evaluation.

Students must receive a grade for a course undertaken at MWCC to qualify to receive an official transcript from MWCC.

Credits earned at non-accredited institutions or institutions with accreditation different from MWCC will receive the following review processes:

  • The student should submit official transcript(s) from the institution(s) for which he/she is seeking transfer credit.
  • The college follows the American Council on Education’s (ACE) published recommendations on the transfer of non-accredited institutional credit,  including military and credit for training programs.  These guidelines are published at the ACE website.

For credits earned from international institutions, the college will follow the guidelines established by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  Students requesting evaluation of transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must obtain a "course by course" evaluation from a credential evaluation service that is a current member of NACES.  Evaluation of such transcripts might also require additional information from the source institution's academic catalog.

The college may, at its discretion, form articulation agreements with non-regionally accredited institutions or organizations that will dictate the transfer of credit for students transferring between them.

In compliance with the most current Massachusetts Quinn Bill revisions, the college may only accept certain credits for criminal justice students and/or courses. This may restrict the college’s general policy for the granting of credit for life experience or military credits in this case.

Any student who feels as though an error or omission has occurred in the evaluation of his/her transfer credit may appeal the situation to the transfer ombudsperson whose responsibility is to ensure institutional compliance with transfer policies and procedures. The transfer ombudsperson is the vice president of academic affairs and she/he can be reached at 978-630-9208. The Transfer Credit Evaluation Team has been established as a standing subcommittee of the MWCC Academic Council with additional representation from MWCC Advising.