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MCCD Helps to Create STEM Series

In early 2014, the then Superintendent of New London Schools, Nick Fischer, introduced MCCD to Kate McCoy, a teacher leader at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School. Under the leadership of principal Alison Burdick, Ms. McCoy is working with the school’s STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). This introduction resulted in MCCD creating a series of presentations by professionals for students participating in Bennie Dover Jackson’s voluntary after-school STEM program.

These sessions were designed to inspire students by demonstrating the real-world importance of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students are encouraged to pursue these disciplines in their education and future careers. We are grateful to the following presenters who took the time and effort to share their expertise and experiences with these wonderful kids.

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  • Larry B. Olsen, Captain, US Navy (ret) – “Submarines, Nuclear Power & STEM”
  • Rives Potts, President and COO, Brewer Yacht Yard Group – “Sailing Around the World Aboard Carina”
  • Ralph Wood, Chairman, Audubon Society of CT – “How to Define and Solve Problems in a Systematic, Thorough Manner That Endures” (two seminars)
  • Ray Zelek, President, Zelek Electric Co. – “Solar Power”
  • Russ Bingham, MD (ret) – “STEM & Emergency Rooms”
  • Dick Shriver, former Director, Telecommunications and Command & Control, Dept. of Defense – “Communications, Telecommunications, and Calculating the Speed of Light”
  • Michael Perks, former British Merchant Seaman, “Inventions that changed the World”

MCCD is continuing this program this spring with some new topics and presenters. It is expanding to include a class of Renzulli students as well as the STEM participants.

MCCD Featured in the New London Day


“They come from different career experiences. Among them are lawyers, authors, school founders, leaders of international development programs, dog trainers, financial managers and business owners, both present and retired.

But the founding members of a new mentoring group say they are united in a mission: to find those in need in the community and help them.

The volunteers of the Mentoring Corps for Community Development aim to draw upon their own experiences and skills – or reach out to experts – to help others. They not only assist their hometown of Old Lyme but also forge connections across the state and in Rhode Island.”

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MCCD Partners with IESC

Connecticut entrepreneurs and small or big business owners in need of guidance have a new resource available to them! In early August of 2013, MCCD signed an agreement with Washington-based International Executive Service Corps (IESC).

What is IESC?
IESC is a business consultant referral organization, which has access to more than 10,000 senior level volunteer and paid experts throughout the United States. Three hundred of these volunteers live in Connecticut and Rhode Island! The group was established in 1964, by David Rockefeller and others, as a non-profit organization, using private sector volunteers to assist economic growth around the world. They have completed more than 24,000 managerial and technical assistance projects for thousands of companies in 120 countries!

IESC’s agreement with MCCD is their first in the United States and may serve as a blueprint for other states as well.

Entrepreneurs and business owners In Connecticut may now request help from an IESC consultant by applying to MCCD. MCCD will then assist the client in finding a perfect consultant match and in managing the relationship. A modest fee is required by IESC. With fifty years of experience helping small and medium sized enterprises, IESC is well situated to work with MCCD to bring its senior-level experts to assist businesses in Connecticut.
Contact us and learn more about this exciting partnership and the ways in which an IESC expert might help you and your business.