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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.

Officials from Middlesex County College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have created a joint degree program that links the Associate in Science in Biotechnology Program at Middlesex with the Biochemistry Program at NJIT. Students who enrollin the program spend two years at Middlesex; if they graduate with a 2.75 grade point average and are recommended by the department chairperson, they are automatically accepted into the Biochemistry program at NJIT as juniors."This has two advantages for our students," said Uma Narayanan, coordinator of the Biotechnology program at Middlesex. "First, it eliminates the admissions process at NJIT - they don't have to apply. Second, because the major at NJIT is biochemistry, it gives them a few more options if they'd like to concentrate more on the chemistry aspects of the field."The accord is the third biotechnology agreement Middlesex has signed; the first two were with Rutgers University and St. Peter's College.NEW NURSING TRANSFER AGREEMENT WITH KEAN UNIVERSITY Officials from Middlesex County College and Kean University recently signed an articulation agreement that provides seamless transfer for graduates of the Middlesex nursing program who transfer into the bachelor's of nursing programat Kean.Students may take the Kean classes on the Middlesex campus."Actually, they can take classes at Middlesex, or on the Kean campus, or anywhere Kean is offering nursing courses, including Ocean County College, Bergen Community College or Raritan Valley Community College," said Michelle L. Foley, director of the nursing program at Middlesex. "This makes getting your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree convenient. It can also be done full time or part time, as many of the students will be working at the time."Professor Foley said Kean had an excellent faculty, low tuition and scholarships.programthat Foundation Awards 203 ScholarshipsThe Middlesex County College Foundation awarded 203 scholarships in 2010-2011. Donors and scholarship recipients met at the annual community celebration. From left to right: Valerie Latham, Affinity Federal Credit Union; Linnaea Serzan & Gina Giacobbe, scholarship recipients; and Beth Degnan, Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation.Offiiiicials Offiicials