MCC Designated a National Issues Forum Center

Manchester, CT ( October 7, 2011)…Manchester Community College is the first Connecticut-based institution to be certified as a National Issues Forum center for public policy. The National Issues Forum participants include a wide range of organizations that promote nonpartisan public deliberation in communities across the country.

MCC’s Institute for Community Engagement and Outreach conducted a moderator workshop on September 30 in partnership with Reverend Josh Pawelek of the Unitarian Universalist Society in Manchester on a long term project about the achievement gap. The workshop on September 30 worked with MCC faculty and staff in concert with community members.

Manchester Community College engages in partnerships with the fifteen communities surrounding its campus and beyond. MCC offers and responds to requests for education, career placement, service learning, training, programming, service projects and technical assistance designed to enrich the economic, civic and cultural lives of area residents and prosperity of our businesses. One of the goals for the Institute for Community Engagement is to sustain existing partnerships and form new relationships.

For additional information on the Institute for Community Engagement and Outreach, please contact Linnette Velazquez at 860-512-2900 or by e-mail

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes,, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.