Apr 2023: Cape Cod Community College – Preparing the Next Generation

First Friday Video Series

Join Cape Cod Community College president Dr. John Cox; Rick Bsharah, chair of the engineering sciences and applied technology department; and their colleagues to learn about the college’s commitment to STEM and the groundbreaking strides it has made in these educational fields in recent years.

The First Friday talk will take place in the atrium of the college’s Lorusso Applied Technology Building, the first LEED-certified green building ever built with state dollars. The talk will include a tour of the Frank and Maureen Wilkins Science Center, a 37,000-square-foot building that opened last fall and is a flagship hub for STEM education in the Commonwealth.

President Cox will open the discussion, which will highlight the college’s state-of-the-art robotics program, IT program, and more.

About Dr. John Cox

Tapped to lead Cape Cod Community College on July 1, 2012, Dr. Cox has been at the forefront of bringing innovation to the educational institution, which was founded in 1961.

Dr. Cox’s influence can be witnessed in the expansion of the college’s technical education programs, including the FAA-approved accelerated aviation maintenance program, which has received $1.95 million in state support to acquire airport hangar space for classrooms; $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor; and $300,000 in National Science Foundation funding.

His latest accomplishment saw Dr. Cox oversee the successful completion of the Frank and Maureen Wilkins Science and Engineering Center, which broke ground in July 2018 and was opened to the public in September of last year. The $38 million project puts Cape Cod Community College at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and math education. The opening of the center coincides with several newly related college programs including a “Blue Economy Degree” in applied economics of coastal and ocean environments, and a biotechnology certificate program.

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