St. Clair County Community College was first established in 1923 under the name of Port Huron Junior College, changing its designation in 1967 to the version which is recognized today. The school has its main campus at Port Huron, Michigan though there are also outreach campuses in the nearby communities of Imlay City, Algonac, Yale and Bad Axe; it is considered to be one of the most important centers for higher education in the region of Michigan known as “the Thumb.”
Though St. Clair County Community College itself offers degrees only up to the associate level, the school has partnered with several other four-year Michigan universities to offer students the possibility to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees through study at the St. Clair County Community College campus or online.
St. Clair County Community College is accredited for all its academic programs by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Among the academic programs offered by St. Clair County Community College itself are some 55 different certificate and associate degree programs, including transfer oriented programs providing seamless transition into a four-year institution in Michigan or beyond. The school is divided into eight different academic departments, which are: Social Science, Math and Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Health and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Computer & Office Technology, Business Administration and Economics and finally Communications.
Among the associate degrees offered by St. Clair County Community College are those of Associate in Applied Arts and Science (for occupation programs), Associate in General Education, and Associate in Engineering; there are also two online associate degree options, one Associate in Arts and one Associate in General Education.
As mentioned, St. Clair County Community College has alliances with several four-year colleges and therefore students can earn their bachelor’s or master’s degrees without ever leaving the St. Clair County Community College campus. Among the alliances currently established are those with Siena Heights University, Ferris State University, University of Michigan-Flint, and an online alliance with Franklin University among several others.
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There are several important and unique programs at St. Clair County Community College that give the school a good deal of its prestigious local and regional reputation. For example, the nursing program and nursing continuing education program have both established a standard of excellence, and nursing graduates from St. Clair County Community College tend to score well above state and national averages on licensure examinations. Other programs such as those at the Workforce Training Institute and the Fire and Emergency Training Institute offer students and members of the surrounding communities more important opportunities in terms of expanding their skills and knowledge.
Given the school’s status as a community college, St. Clair County Community College enforces an open admissions policy as is typical of school’s of its nature. Though admissions requirements and expectations vary depending on who is applying, for the typical high school graduate or GED holder the admissions procedure goes as follows: first a student applies either through the online form (preferred) or by sending in the print-out application form; then the student completes the online orientation procedure using the username and password given by the school; next applicants must complete the academic assessment tests (ACT or COMPASS, the latter being the preferred option) to determine their level in the key areas of reading/writing and math; and finally applicants must set up an academic advising appointment to establish what program will be pursued and how to go about registering.
The average age of the students at St. Clair County Community College is 26, and there are some 6,000 students (give or take) being served each year. Full-time enrollment is claimed by slightly over half of the student body in a given semester, and most students are pursuing majors/degrees that will be applied towards transfer to a four-year institution.
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There are several different sports teams available for students to participate in at St. Clair County Community College, all of which are known as the Skippers. The teams compete within the Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association. At present, the teams being fielded by the school include women’s volleyball, women’s and men’s basketball, baseball & softball, and finally men’s golf.