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Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Cummings will speak at the Opening Session of MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) at Middlesex Community College’s Bedford Campus at 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 27. Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Middlesex Community College will feature entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Cummings as the keynote speaker in the spring Opening Session of MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) at 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 27, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

MCC’s MILES program offers stimulating, interactive daytime seminars and workshops – with no term papers, tests or grades – for active, older adults ages 55+. This Opening Session provides community members an opportunity to learn more about MILES and the courses being offered – and is a good opportunity to meet instructors and peers. Light refreshments will be served.

Cummings became a serial entrepreneur, and then a philanthropist, after working all over the country with two national consumer-products firms. In 1970, he founded the suburban-Boston commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties, which quickly grew from one small building to a portfolio of more than 100 modern buildings today.

Along the way, he accumulated uncommon wealth, much of which he and his wife, Joyce, have been actively disbursing through the Cummings Foundation, which they established in 1986. Bill and Joyce Cummings were the first Massachusetts couple to join the Giving Pledge, an international philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet.

MILES Spring 2019 Session runs Monday through Thursday, April 1 through May 9, on the Bedford campus. Most study groups meet from 2 to 4 p.m., in one-, two- or five-week sessions, and are facilitated by individuals with expertise in their field. Workshops and seminars focus on topics such as art, the environment, health, history, literature, movies, and technology.

Each MILES course is $15 – with a maximum of $95 for the semester if you register for seven or more courses. All MILES participants enjoy free use of the MCC Fitness Center and library.

For the complete schedule of MILES courses, contact Lauren Ellis at 781-280-3669 or visit To register for MILES courses, call 1-800-818-3434.

Discover your path at Middlesex Community College. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in Massachusetts, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs – plus hundreds of noncredit courses – on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!


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