Life @ MxCC



Middlesex Community College is located in Middletown, CT. MxCC offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, & online. mxcc.edu

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Welcome back, students! Celebrate the first day of classes with Italian ice from Vecchitto’s. They will be at the upper lot from 10:30-1:30 today and tomorrow!

If the class you were looking for is full in Middletown, you still have options! Go to my.commnet.edu for the most updated course availability.

Awesome photo of the Grove, taken by Jill Montinieri. Thanks for sharing!

Check out the progress of the new pavilion at MxCC. Founders Hall is getting a face lift—this beautiful expansion will overlook the forest. Click like if you can’t wait for it to be finished!

Students, sign up for myCommNet alerts to be notified by text, email, or phone call in the event of an emergency or weather closing. Sign up by logging onto myCommNet. If you have signed up before, it is time to verify your contact information so you can be alerted during an emergency.

MxCC’s Center for New Media is producing a series of educational videos on social media called Media Minute. These videos are geared towards businesses that want to get started with social media, but are great for anyone that wants to learn more about it. In this video, you’ll learn about getting started on Twitter. Check it out!

Are you interested in working in the television or film industry? Then a course in Scriptwriting is a great idea! Even if you’re not sure you want to be a scriptwriter, being familiar with how scripts are written is important for anyone looking to work on set as a production assistant, producer, or director. 

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Here are the top three reasons why you should take this course:

1. It’s Online! If you’re looking for a more convenient schedule, our online Scriptwriting class is just for you. If you’re like most students, you are likely taking a few classes and working while you’re in school. You might even be volunteering your time somewhere or doing an internship. Not to mention any family commitments you might have. If that’s the case, an online course offers flexibility because you don’t need to come to campus and sit in a classroom. But remember, an online class requires as much work as an on-ground class. You just have the flexibility to complete your coursework from the comfort of your own home at a time of day that is more convenient for you!

2. Learn From An Industry Veteran! At the Center for New Media, students are given the opportunity to work with award-winning faculty who are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with students. Ms. Barbara Rogers teaches this course. She has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. She has worked as an Script Coordinator, Production Coordinator, Associate Producer, Producer and Writer on various productions throughout her career. For the last seven years she has been Writer/Producer for two Telly Award-winning instructional videos for the Department of Environmental Protection through the MxCC Corporate Media CenterRead more about Barbara here.

3. It’s Valuable! As I touched upon before, scriptwriting is a valuable skill for anyone in the media field. Being able to analyze a script is an essential skill for actors, directors, editors, and even lighting designers!  In addition to film writing, this course also covers writing for news, documentaries, and commercials.  By the end of the class, you will have treatments for a documentary or educational film and completed a 10 minute narrative film.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*111, 3 credits, Scriptwriting, CRN: 3603 Practice and analysis in all aspects of script writing for motion pictures, television and radio. Course covers basic formats as well as techniques for narrative development, story structuring, etc. Prerequisite: ENG*101, ENG*101E, ENG*101ALP, or permission of the instructor. Email Barbara Rogers at brogers@mxcc.edu to see a syllabus or if you have any questions.

Did anyone else capture the stunning sunset at MxCC the other night? @evossoughi did and it’s an awesome photo!

Come learn about our new certificate program, Ophthalmic Medical Assisting, at an open house on Tuesday, August 19 from 7-9 p.m. in Chapman Hall. This unique one-semester certificate program is offered in a hybrid format where course material is covered primarily in online presentations, but includes 12 on-campus clinical segments on Saturdays during the semester, as well as off-campus clinical training.

Come learn about our new certificate program, Ophthalmic Medical Assisting, at an open house on Tuesday, August 19 from 7-9 p.m. in Chapman Hall. This unique one-semester certificate program is offered in a hybrid format where course material is covered primarily in online presentations, but includes 12 on-campus clinical segments on Saturdays during the semester, as well as off-campus clinical training.

A hybrid class is a class that’s part on ground and part online. This fall, MxCC is offering several hybrid classes, including ENG 102, “Literature and Composition.” If you’ve never taken a hybrid class before, there are lots of great reasons to consider taking the plunge!

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1. It’s Like Taking An Online Class, But With A Safety Net

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve probably thought about taking an online class, but you’re not sure if online learning is right for you. Because a hybrid class meets both in a physical classroom and online, it’s a great way for you to try out online learning before going “all in” with a fully online class. You get a deep online experience, but you also meet with your professor and your classmates regularly, which keeps you on track and keeps you from getting overwhelmed.

2. It Fits Your Schedule, But It Keeps You Connected

One great thing about hybrid classes is that they meet less frequently than traditional classes, freeing up some time in your busy life. But because hybrid classes still have consistent, required meeting times, you never have to go too long without having a chance to talk to your professor or the other students in the class. This fall, my ENG 102 hybrid meets every Monday from 2:50-4. Later in the week, we have an online discussion due. If you get confused about something, no problem – we can work it out by email, and we can sit down and resolve the problem face-to-face the following Monday.

3. It Lets You Think Before You Speak

You know that moment in a class discussion when you know what you want to say, but you just can’t find the right way to say it? Class discussions can be fast-paced and nerve wracking, but in hybrid classes, a lot of the discussion happens online. If you’re discussing a difficult poem or a passage from Shakespeare, you have time to think and time to express yourself clearly. A hybrid class gives you the same classroom learning as a traditional class, but it allows you to show off your smarts in an online environment where you can think before you “speak.”

4. Hear Interesting Ideas, Meet Interesting People

Discussions in ground classes can be dominated by one or two very loud voices while others, who may have a lot to contribute, get lost in the shuffle. In a hybrid class you get to hear from everyone by reading their posts, which means you get exposed to more interesting and unexpected ideas. In a fully online class you may never get to meet some of the people you find most interesting, but in a hybrid class, if you find someone’s thinking or writing interesting, you can talk to them about it the next time the class meets.

5. Hybrid Classes Combine The Best Of Traditional And Online Learning

Hybrid classes really combine the best parts of traditional and online classrooms. Hybrids give you the flexible schedule you need, the opportunity to do your best work, and a chance to meet other interesting people just like you. Hybrid classes are a great way to learn, and they’re a great way to try out online learning. Swing by MxCC in Middletown or in Meriden and tell an advisor you’d like to take a hybrid class this fall!

Terry McNulty is a professor of English at MxCC. This fall, he’s teaching one hybrid class: ENG 102, Literature and Composition (CRN 3171). If you have questions about his hybrid class, you can reach him at tmcnulty@mxcc.edu.