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Middlesex Community College Expands to Westbrook High School

Starting this January, Middlesex Community College will offer college courses at Westbrook High School, perfect for shoreline residents seeking an affordable education that is close to home.

Six evening courses will be available Monday through Thursday. Students can take a full semester of courses at Westbrook High School or just take a few courses to ease their commute. Additionally, high school students that meet the prerequisites of the courses can get a head start on their college education.

MxCC is not new to the shoreline. Since 1983, the College has offered courses in Old Saybrook, and later, in Clinton.

“Course offerings have dwindled over the years on the shoreline,” said Mensimah Shabazz, director of academic initiatives. “However, community demand prompted a conversation with administration at Westbrook High School. It was the right time to revamp course offerings at a new location.”

Many shoreline towns are in MxCC’s service area. Since Westbrook is centrally located on the shoreline, it was the ideal location. The facilities are state-of-the-art and are similar to what a student can expect at the main campus in Middletown.

“Expanding to Westbrook was the right choice for us as a college,” said Dr. Steven Minkler, dean of academic affairs. “We are happy to be back on the shoreline. We anticipate strong enrollment and hope to make this a long-term offering for our students.”

To make registration easier for residents of the shoreline area, administration is planning an advising and registration day in the coming month at Westbrook High School. For more information, or to register for courses, visit mxcc.edu/shoreline.

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.

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