President James C. Mabry
President Mabry & MCC Students
President Mabry - Commencement 2015
President Mabry at the 2015 PTK Induction Ceremony

March 26, 2020

MCC Community:

I hope this finds everyone in the MCC community safe and well. I know many of you and your families are adjusting to new routines and a new work/life balance.

Everyone on the senior leadership team understands that this pandemic will get worse before it gets better. Our first priority is always protecting the health and safety of our college community. To that end we have, in a very short period of time, transitioned more than 95% of college employees to remote work. We are doing everything we can to move off campus what can be done off campus.

We have previously communicated that we will be working almost entirely remotely until further notice, but we anticipate and are planning to be working remotely through the semester. At this time, we are not considering bringing employees back to campus. As this situation evolves, we will continue to assess our plans and communicate with the college community. Additional details will be forthcoming.

A few employees remain on campus to maintain critical services and facilitate the necessary move to remote work. All employees who need to come to campus have been informed about practicing appropriate social distancing and safety measures.

Our second priority is meeting our mission of access and success for all students. I cannot adequately express how impressed and grateful I am for how quickly everyone was able to adjust to our new reality. The speed with which we have moved to remote teaching, learning, and working is quite stunning. This amazing pivot has only been accomplished through the sustained creativity, hard work, and collaboration by everyone at the institution. What we have learned and what we have accomplished in the last few weeks has given the institution new and different ways, to serve our students.

I acknowledge that moving the operations off campus has been full of challenges. Senior managers have worked diligently to address and overcome each of these challenges, one by one. Every day, more people get connected so that they can perform work functions remotely. This includes the distribution of 60 laptops and 150 network access tokens so that additional staff members can work remotely. We have another 150 laptops on order and are continuing to identify and implement additional ways staff to connect to the college.

To provide student support, the MCC 800 number has been redesigned to direct inquiries to the appropriate individuals who are now able to assist from remote locations. Each day, additional campus and support services are adjusted, redesigned and reconnected in new and creative ways to support our community. Additionally, this week, the College began distributing 250 ChromeBooks to students who need a computer to complete their academic studies. Together with all you have done, we are confident that we will be able to help our students complete their courses.

Thank you all for your dedication to our mission and support for student success. And thank you for supporting each other and our entire community. We will get through this together.

Please stay healthy.

Jim Mabry
Middlesex Community College


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