There are many outstanding institutions of higher learning in the North Suburban Chamber region, including Middlesex Community College with campuses in Bedford and Lowell. Middlesex offers 76 degree and certificate programs in Health, Human Services, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Technologies, as well as postgraduate programs, many noncredit courses and professional development opportunities, and summer camps and academies. Many area companies also take advantage of the on-site Business and Industry training programs Middlesex offers.

The largest community college in the Commonwealth, Middlesex has partnered with more than 40 schools, businesses and other organizations to bring many exceptional programs to its communities. The college also sponsors annual international fellowships for its students to China, Spain and the Netherlands. Through the MCC Foundation’s annual Celebrity Forum fundraiser, high profile speakers such as Walter Cronkite, Colin Powell, George and Barbara Bush and Rudy Giuliani have entertained Middlesex supporters at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. A Boston Globe editorial stated “Middlesex stands out as an example of the impact a successful community college can have on the lives of those it serves.”