2011 – 2012
Water to the People - Bottled water not only is overpriced, but also has numerous negative environmental impacts. Water to the People!, which formed from a college club called the Green Society, would like discourage the use of these devastating plastic waste products, installing a reusable water bottle fill station at the Mount Wachusett Community College. This water bottle fill station will offer the student body an alternative to buying bottled water as well as promote the use of reusable water bottles. In the future, Water to the People! plans to hold an annual reusable water bottle fundraiser as well as actively participate in the Green Society’s fundraisers, such as the their annual Earth Day Celebration, and Spring/Fall plant sales.
2012 – 2013
Carry On Don't Ever Stop (C.O.D.E.S.) - Members of C.O.D.E.S understand the pain and suffering that bullied children face every day. As past bullying victims themselves, they felt compelled to create a program in their school district that would help put an end to the senseless violence and emotional trauma that goes unnoticed in many social circles and in school. In order to do this, the Venturers have created a series of workshops and team building exercises that they deliver to groups of students who have been bullied. The workshops aim to help each young person cope with their experiences and to also build their confidence as individuals moving forward. The group plans to create an anonymous email hotline for bullied students, as well as raise funds for a scholarship that they hope to award to a graduating senior who has fought through adversity and will be going to college.
2014 – 2015
Learning Beyond The Classroom - As they came to the end of their time at MWCC, the students of Learning Beyond the Classroom wanted to give back to the many professors who helped them progress on their journey to a more successful future. After seeing the tiny, messy and worn-down faculty lounge that all of the adjunct faculty share, the students decided to work with the MWCC staff to help redesign the lounge to better support the faculty. Not only will the adjunct professors now have a better space to work in, but they will be able to better support the students through their class needs.
STEM Starters' STEM Fair - What started as an academic group of 23 college students participating in MWCC’s STEM Starter Academy resulted a Venture project aimed to helpchange the future of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in North Central Massachusetts. Fueled by a love of the STEM fields, their goal is to bring a STEM-themed fair to a local middle as a means to promote STEM fields as future career paths in a fun and educational way in hopes that the younger students will return to the classroom with a new-found excitement to learn.
Team MAP (Mentor Assistantship Program) - As they came to the end of their time at MWCC, the students of Learning Beyond the Classroom wanted to give back to the many professors who helped them progress on their journey to a more successful future. After seeing the tiny, messy and worn-down faculty lounge that all of the adjunct faculty share, the students decided to work with the MWCC staff to help redesign the lounge to better support the faculty. Not only will the adjunct professors now have a better space to work in, but they will be able to better support the students through their class needs.
Tournament for Troops - Inspired by the service and sacrifice that the members of the military make for their country, the members of Tournament for Troops have taken it upon themselves to better help the Veterans at MWCC by providing them with free laptops to help with their education. The team will be raising the money for this program by hosting an annual hockey tournament that will face Veterans and their family members from here in North Central Massachusetts against the alumni members of the Boston Bruins.
2015 – 2016
Mountain Lions Carpooling - Working through their Freshman Year Experience class, the members of Mountain Lions Carpooling decided that the best way that they could give back to the MWCC community is to help make a difference for all those who depend upon public transportation at the college. In order to take a stand on the issue, these students created a very interesting new event at the college called the MWCC Student Transportation Summit. This event not only gave the students a chance to meet with a member of the MART staff and discuss their issues, but also work to raise money and support for greater public transportation and carpooling efforts at MWCC. The proceeds from their event will pay for gas cards for students who carpool and they will be working with Student Services to create carpooling spots in the MWCC parking lot.
Student Bus Rider Organization - As students who rely upon the MART system as the primary means to get to their classes at MWCC, it is of utmost importance for these students to ensure that the system gets as much support as possible to maintain consistent service throughout the school year. Through their Venture, these students hope to create a public transportation advocacy group which can help lobby local and state government officials for greater funding as well as work with MART to implement new solutions that will ease the issues student commuters face.