College Comes to Westbrook High School

College Classes Coming to Westbrook: Westbrook Superintendent of Schools Pat Ciccone and Middlesex Community College President Anna Wasescha recently inked an agreement for a satellite college program at Westbrook High School.
College Classes Coming to Westbrook: Westbrook Superintendent of Schools Pat Ciccone and Middlesex Community College President Anna Wasescha recently inked an agreement for a satellite college program at Westbrook High School. Photo by Becky Coffey/The Courier

For shoreline students seeking a college campus closer to home, Middlesex Community College (MxCC) is opening a new satellite site at Westbrook High School (WHS).

Starting for this spring term, MxCC will for the first time have a satellite shoreline campus where community members can take college courses for credit.

"It was a nice coincidence. Both shoreline students and area political leaders expressed interest in having a shoreline college location," says MxCC President Anna Wasescha.

Westbrook Superintendent of Schools Pat Ciccone and Wasescha cemented the new collaboration with an agreement-signing ceremony before the holiday break.

This is the second time that Middlesex Community College has ventured out to offer college classes for credit on the shoreline. For about 10 years, the college offered a few classes in Old Saybrook, but enrollment in those subjects dwindled and the program was discontinued. The new satellite college program will offer a broader range of college classes for credit.

"We're very excited to be back on the shoreline," says MxCC Business Division Chair Donna Leonowich.

Six college courses will be offered at the WHS satellite campus site during the spring 2014 term. All will be taught by MxCC faculty.

Five of the six courses-Introduction to Business, Public Speaking, English Composition, Freshman Seminar, and Intermediate Algebra-will be offered for community college credit. One course, Introduction to Algebra, will be offered on a non-degree basis.

To sign up for the math or composition classes, students must have taken the pre-requisite class. As an alternative, students can demonstrate comparable knowledge through a placement exam. On class registration day, the college offers placement exams to allow students to demonstrate sufficient background to register for the college credit class.

Earlier this week, MxCC representatives held a special registration event at WHS as a convenience for shoreline students. Placement exams were offered along with the opportunity to register for classes.

Students who missed the satellite site registration day can still register for WHS-site classes through MxCC's Middletown campus registration process.

Spring term classes at all MxCC locations will begin the week of Jan. 22 to 27.

Classes are scheduled at WHS for one of four time slots: 5 to 6:25 p.m. or 6:35 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday or on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

For information about how to register for classes, call the Records Office at MxCC at 860-343-5724 for assistance or visit http://mxcc.edu/registration.

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