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Mount Wachusett Community College

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Mount Wachusett Community College
Motto Start near...Go far
Established 1963
Type Community
President Daniel M. Asquino
Students 4,170 (2006 est.)
Location Gardner, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates: 42°35′34.64″N 71°59′0.61″W / 42.5929556°N 71.9835028°W / 42.5929556; -71.9835028
Campus Rural
Nickname MWCC, The Mount
Mascot Mountain Lion
Website www.mwcc.edu

Mount Wachusett Community College is a two-year community college in Gardner, Massachusetts. It offers associate degrees as well as a transfer program for students to earn credits for transfer to other colleges. MWCC offers more than 40 academic programs that allow the students to earn an associate degree of science, associate degree of arts, associate of applied science, or a certificate.

Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central Massachusetts. The 269-acre (1.09 km2) main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, Athol, Orange, and Devens. The college offers over 40 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education/GED programs, education and training for business and industry, English for speakers of other languages, and noncredit community service programs. MWCC students enjoy many support services and resources including the Fitness and Wellness Center, the Academic Support Center, and the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount. Courses are offered in the day, evening, on weekends, and online.

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[edit] Sustainability

The college has been praised for its use of renewable energy, winning the National Wildlife Federation's "Chill-Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming" competition in the spring of 2007.[1]

Renewable energy technologies at the college include: Solar PhotoVoltaic panels originally producing 5 kilowatts and upgraded to 97.24 kilowatts in September 2009.[2] and a biomass plant which heats the college by burning waste woodchips.

The college also uses a biomass gasification generator, where woodchips are turned into combustible gases, which are used in a gasoline engine, powering a generator that produces 50 kilowatts of electricity. This is a research and development project contracted with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Two Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines were activated in March 2011 which are expected to generate 97 percent of the college's annual electricity demand.[3]

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