North Central Missouri College is like a lot of community colleges in that it prepares students to enter directly into the workforce and it gives them the foundation, at a considerably lower cost, they need to transfer to a four year college or university. But North Central Missouri College sets itself apart from other community colleges, many of which are strictly commuter schools, by allowing students to live in residential halls on campus, providing them with a rich, all-around college experience.
North Central Missouri College, which recently graduated its largest class of 370 students, has been a staple in the small community of Trenton, Missouri, for more than eight decades as it works “to assist individuals in our educational/business community to attain their goals through open admission, reasonable costs, progressive curriculum and services— delivered by a caring, competent staff in a safe, technology-rich learning environment.”(NCMC Mission Statement)
The college is currently in the midst of an aggressive fundraising campaign, which dates back to 2005, to continue providing students with a quality educational experience. Funds raised for “Invest in the Vision” will go to expanding a new building for the Allied Health and Life Sciences departments; to adding a new building specifically for the Agriculture and Natural Resources departments; to adding more parking and sprucing up the landscaping; and to renovating Geyer Hall, the school’s main building.
Named one of the top 120 community colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute in 2011, North Central Missouri College offers associate’s degrees, allowing students to enter the workforce upon graduation or transfer to a four-year college or university, where they generally will enter with junior status. Students may opt for an associate of arts degree or an associate of arts in teaching degree, which require 62 credits, half of the typical bachelor’s degree requirements.
Students working toward an associate of arts degree must complete predetermined credit hours in a variety of disciplines. Nine credit hours, for example, must be completed in communications courses; nine credit hours are required in the humanities, such as literature, fine arts, and philosophy; and students must complete three hours of math courses and managing information. A complete list of course requirements can be found on the college’s official website.
The associate of arts in teaching is geared toward students who want to transfer to a four year institution in Missouri where they will major in education. Students in the program must meet specific requirements to graduate, including maintaining an overall 2.5 or higher grade point average, successful completion of all courses in the program, and a minimum score of 235 on the College Basic Academic Subjects Exam (CBAS).
Those students who do not plan to transfer upon graduation from North Central Missouri College might opt for the associate in applied science degree. The curriculum does not meet transfer criteria as it is specifically for students who want to enter the workforce upon earning their degree.
Community members and students who want to take classes online may now do so with North Central Missouri College’s distance education options. While the college does not offer full degree programs online, students can take classes online, which are administered through the Blackboard online learning platform.
North Central Missouri College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
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North Central Missouri College, like the majority of community colleges, adheres to an open door admissions policy. That means students who meet one of three criteria will automatically gain acceptance to the college:
- Applicants who have earned a high school diploma, a GED, or homeschoolers who can verify successful completion of their high school program, gain automatic acceptance.
- Transfer students may earn advanced standing status if they left their previous college or university in good standing.
- High school juniors and seniors are eligible for study at North Central Missouri College either as visitors or as part of the college’s dual enrollment program, which allows them to take college-level courses.
Applicants who meet the admission criteria must fill out an online application and pay an application fee (which was $15 as of May 2011) while applicants to the nursing program must pay a $20 application fee and fill out a separate program application.
Required supporting material includes high school and college transcripts, if applicable, and SAT or ACT scores. Those applicants who have not yet taken the SAT or ACT must do so before they can register for classes.
International applicants are required to complete an international student application, submit a $15 application fee, and also fill out an application for an F-1 Visa that will allow the student to come to the United States to study.
Applications for the fall semester are due in mid-August while applicants must submit complete application packages by late May for the summer semester.
More than 80 percent of students at North Central Missouri College receive financial aid in some form, including grants, scholarships, and loans with the college offering close to two million dollars in scholarships to students annually.
Students may be eligible for academic, departmental, allied health, academic, or general scholarships. The Board of Trustees Scholarships and the NCMC Employee Recognition Scholarship provide financial assistance to full-time students with a 3.25 GPA or above who are earning their first undergraduate degree. Recipients can renew the award, which runs from $100 to $600, provided they remain enrolled at the college on a continuous basis.
The Maude Ryan Memorial Scholarships and the Serve Link Home Care Scholarships, both worth between $1,000 and $2,000, are awarded annually to health students. The Maude Ryan Memorial Scholarships are designated for nursing students while the Serve Link Home Care Scholarships is open to students in the medical assistant, PN, ADN, and EMT-Paramedic programs. Both scholarship programs require recommendations from a member of the faculty.
High school graduates from Livingston County, who demonstrate financial need, are eligible for the Allen Moore III and Anne B. Moore Scholarships; students 23 and up may apply for the Elizabeth M. Barton Scholarships provided they apply for the Federal Pell Grant; and the NCMC Foundation/General Scholarship Fund awards $350 scholarships to applicants with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
In addition to scholarships, students are also encouraged to apply for federal grants, including the Federal Pell Grant.
North Central Missouri College also participates in the Federal Work Study Program, which allows students to work minimal hours a week on or off-campus. The money made from the Work Study can then be used for tuition, books, or other expenses.
Finally, students who do not have enough funding through scholarships, grants, and the work study program may want to apply for loans. Federal student loans, such as the Perkins Loan and the Parents Plus Loan, are a popular option. Students may also apply for alternative loans from banks like Chase and financial companies like Sallie Mae.
To be considered for most financial aid, including need-based scholarships, students must fill out a FAFSA annually.
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Whereas many community colleges cater strictly to commuters, North Central Missouri College offers on-campus housing for those students who want the full college experience. The college features two residential halls: Ellsworth Hall is home to 76 male students while 76 women call Selby Hall home.
All rooms in both halls are fully furnished with a bed, a dresser, a desk, a mirror, and a sink. Students are encouraged to decorate their rooms to make them feel more at home and can bring their own microwave and mini-fridge, if they want. Great Western Campus Dining serves three meals daily, and diners can choose from an eclectic menu.
Students who opt to live on campus will have to sign academic year leases, and alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited in the residential halls.
Because housing is assigned to those who apply first, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to secure a room.
Student activities play an important role in college life, particularly on the campus of North Central Missouri College. Aspiring actors can join the NCMC Players; psychology and sociology majors have the Psychology/Sociology Club while future nurses can get involved with the Student Practical Nurses’ Organization or the Student Nurses Association for ADN. The college is also home to Phi Mu Epsilon, the college’s lone sorority.
Politically-minded students might want to run for a position with the Student Senate. Open positions are filled during an election in the early part of the fall semester.
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Playing in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the North Central Missouri Pirates field a men’s baseball team, a women’s fast-pitched softball team, and men and women’s basketball teams.
The college’s athletic department also hosts camps for grade middle and high school athletes. Participants in the fast-pitch softball camp, for example, may reside on campus for its duration and have the opportunity to hone their skills with their peers and under the direction of the team’s head coach.
Students who prefer to play in non-competitive sports rather than intercollegiate competition may want to sign up for the intramurals volleyball program.
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