Middlesex County College
Middlesex County College is a community college with its main campus located in Edison, New Jersey, United States. Founded by the Middlesex County Board of Elected Freeholders in 1964, the two-year college serves the needs of Middlesex County, as well as surrounding communities. The college also maintains two urban center campuses, one located in the Civic Square government and theatre district of New Brunswick and one in the city center of Perth Amboy. The current president of Middlesex County College is Dr. Joann LaPerla-Morales, who took the position in 2005 after the retirement of Dr. John Bakum.
|President||Dr. Joann LaPerla-Morales|
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The college is built on a portion of the former Raritan Arsenal, constructed in 1917 for the United States Army. The arsenal was closed in 1963, and in 1964, the county officially founded the college, naming Frank Chambers the first president to help design the new college. The school first opens its doors for classes in September 1966, with 1,500 students enrolled. In 2015, there were incidents of unexploded ordnance being found on campus suspected to be from the former arsenal.
The college offers more than 700 courses in 100 different degree and certificate programs with 21 specially designed transfer programs. Its mission is to provide access to an affordable, quality education for diverse students and to promote lifelong learning opportunities to strengthen the economic, social and cultural life of the community. The college has 206 full-time and 346 part-time faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. Full-time, part-time and online classes are available. Popular transfer colleges and universities include Rutgers University, College of New Jersey, Columbia University, Kean University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and New York University. Student activities include art exhibitions, athletics, campus radio, clubs and organizations, civic engagement, student newspaper and theatre. There are 85 computer labs with more than 1,750 computers.
Tuition for county residents is $103 per credit hour. Tuition for out of county residents is $206 per credit hour. Federal financial aid is available in the form of Pell grants, work study programs and direct loans. Students must complete their free application for FAFSA. The MCC Foundation offers over 100 scholarships for students attending the college.
Men’s sports include soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, golf, track and field. Women's sports include soccer, softball, basketball, cross country, volleyball, and track and field. The Physical Education Center has a swimming pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and a dance studio. There is a weight training room with treadmills and stairmasters, which are available for students, faculty, and college alumni.
The college has a child care center for children ages 2–5 years old. It provides a high-quality, developmentally appropriate atmosphere for learning. Children are provided with breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack at no additional charge. Classrooms are age-graded, with one qualified teacher and at least one assistant in each room, based on class size. Tuition is based on the child's age, and the number of days attended per week. Applicants for reduced fees must be full-time students, employed full-time, or participating in a job training program.
- James M. Cahill, mayor of New Brunswick
- Joseph Danielsen (born 1965), politician who has represented the 17th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2014.
- Dave Meads (born 1964), former MLB relief pitcher who played for the Houston Astros.
- Jim Norton (born 1968), comedian, actor and radio personality
- Nancy Pinkin, politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2014, where she represents the 18th Legislative District.
- Danny Pintauro (born 1976), actor from the TV show Who's the Boss attended and graduated from Middlesex County College
- Vincent Prieto (born 1960), politician, who served as the 170th Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, from 2014 to 2018.
- Ahmad Khan Rahami, suspect in the 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings (did not graduate)
- Tom Scharpling (born 1969), television writer and host of The Best Show radio program
- James Vallely (born 1954), television producer, and screenwriter, who was a writer and consulting producer for Arrested Development.
- Laurence S. Weiss (c. 1919-2003), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1978 to 1992, where he represented the 19th Legislative District.
- Lily Yip, USA Olympian in table tennis
- A Message from the President, Middlesex County College. Accessed December 12, 2017.
- Bodas, Jay. "New MCC president plans to stay for a while", Sentinel-EDM Bews, July 20, 2005. Accessed December 12, 2017. "LaPerla-Morales, 58, became the sixth president of Middlesex County College (MCC) at the beginning of the year, continuing a career in higher education as both teacher and administrator that has spanned 35 years.She is paid an annual salary of $147,000 and replaces John Bakum, 65, a 37-year veteran of the college who served as MCC president for eight years."
- Loyer, Susan. "Five decades and counting", Courier News, April 13, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2017. "Middlesex County College, which was established by the county in 1964 and opened its doors to its first students in 1966, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new book and an April 19 Community Open House & Expo. The college, which in its first year had about 1,500 students in nine degree programs, today attracts about 13,000 students annually to its more than 100 degree and certification programs. Located at the former site of the Raritan Arsenal, the college also boasts about 50,000 alumnus."
- "Vintage Ammo Unearthed at New Jersey College Campus". NBC New York. WNBC-TV. Sep 6, 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- Child Care Center, Middlesex County College. Accessed April 4, 2017.
- Mayor’s Office, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Accessed April 4, 2017. "Mayor Cahill is a lifelong resident of New Brunswick. He was educated at St. Peter’s Elementary and High Schools and earned an Associates Degree from Middlesex County College."
- Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D) , New Jersey Legislature. Accessed December 12, 2017. "Education: A.S. Middlesex County College (Marketing, Art and Design)"
- Tufaro, Greg. "Royals draft former Monroe star Dini, Rutgers LHP McCoy", Courier News, June 10, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2017. "The only player from Monroe to reach the Major Leagues is former Houston Astros pitcher Dave Meads, a 1981 graduate of the high school who also played at Middlesex County College."
- AssemblywomanNancy J. Pinkin (D), New Jersey Legislature. Accessed December 12, 2017. "Education: A.A.S. Middlesex County College (Applied Science)"
- Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D), New Jersey Legislature. Accessed December 13, 2017. "Education: Middlesex County College (Construction Code Technology)"
- Dunphy, John. "E.B. native wins Emmy for best comedy writing", Sentinel-EBS News, September 29, 2005. Accessed December 13, 2017. "East Brunswick native Jim Vallely (l), a writer and consulting producer for Fox’s “Arrested Development,” and executive producer and series creator Mitch Hurwitz show off their Emmys following the Sept. 18 awards ceremony.... Following the birth of his daughter Tannis in 1975, he attended Middlesex County College, Edison, and New York University before finally heading to California in 1982."
- Pallone, Frank. "Tribute To Laurence Weiss", Congressional Record, Volume 140, Number 139 (September 29, 1994). Accessed September 24, 2015. "Mr. Speaker, the story of Larry Weiss is one of the great American success stories.... The Weiss family settled first in Jersey City, then Carteret, where Larry went through the public schools and graduated from the high school.After attending Middlesex County College and operating a service station in Newark, NJ, Mr. Weiss enlisted in the Army in 1940."
- "Yip (continued)", Asbury Park Press, February 2, 1993. Accessed April 4, 2017. "In the rest of her time, she's enrolled at Middlesex County College, studying computer science."