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A New, State-Of-The-Art Biotechnology Lab Was Opened At The College. The combined facility is a teaching lab that includes a preparation room, a "clean room" for tissue culture work and dedicated lab space for specialized equipment. The lab will allow students to become proficient in laboratory techniques used in the biosciences industry. Representatives from Middlesex County College and area businesses gathered to celebrate the achievement and to cut the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the lab."This is a great day for the College," said Karen Hays, vicepresident for academic and student affairs. "It is theculmination of a perfect plan: the faculty in the department conceived and designed the new biotechnology program, developed the curriculum, completed transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities providing seamless transfer for our graduates, and then designed the lab. Most importantly, it is a great day for our biotechnology students, who will benefit greatly from their experience in the facility."The New Brunswick Center celebrated its30th anniversary in October 2010. The Center was established jointly by the College and New Brunswick Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the people of New Brunswick by promoting economic and social revitalization. It was aided by an advisory committee comprising representatives from government, business and the community. Originally called the New Brunswick Career Preparation Center, it focused on training programs for the unemployed and underemployed residents of the city.The Center was established in partnership with Middlesex County, which administered the CETA programat that time. CETA, the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, was a federal program in the 1970s and early 80s that provided block grants to state and local governments to support public and private jobs and job training. The New Brunswick Center originally ran the CETA training programs there."The New Brunswick Center has a long and distinguished history of service to people in the city and beyond," said College President Joann La Perla-Morales. "The past 30 years have seen a tremendous revitalization of New Brunswick and we are proud to have been a part of that. The Center has enriched the lives of thousands of individuals. It has been a local treasure, helping people reach their goals. It has a great history, but I think its best days are still ahead."A section of the Instructional Resource Center has been transformed into the Johnson Commons Learning Center dedicated to helping students in developmental courses become more successful.At the ribbon cutting, front row, left to right: Alice Picardo,director of the first year experience initiative and learning center; College President Joann La Perla-Morales; Karen Hays, vice president for academic and student affairs; and Melissa Platt, learning center senior lab coordinator. Back row: Donald Drost, executive director of facilities management; Professor Susan Shulman, Mathematics Department; Professor Lucille Alfieri, English Department; Professor Clairie Vassiliadis, Mathematics Department; Professor Ellen Shur, English Department; and Dan Zimmerman, chair of the English Department.

66Middlesex by the Numbers21%of Middlesex County high school graduatesenroll at MCC.Students in Professor Claire Condie's Introduction to Geology class, from left: Kofi Anim-Wiafe, Salvatore Carrano, Ayaz Mahmood and Iris Torres. Middlesex County College students taking a summer geology course built the first rain garden on campus this summer. Rain gardens are designed to soak up rain water and melted snow from roofs, walkways and roads. During a rain, the garden fills with a few inches of water and allows it to slowly filter into the ground rather than running off to the storm drains. The garden reduces the amount of stormwater discharged directly into the waterways surrounding the College.