Motlow State Community College (MSCC) is a community college in rural Moore County, Tennessee. The school is named after financial contributors the Motlow family, of the Jack Daniel Distillery, who helped found the school in 1969.
Today, more than 5,000 students attend classes on the 187-acre main campus or one of the branch campuses in McMinnville, Fayetteville, Smyrna, and Sparta. The catchment area for MSCC includes the counties of Bedford, Warren, Cannon, White, Coffee, Van Buren, DeKalb, Rutherford, Franklin, Moore, and Lincoln.
MSCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
A range of both career track and transfer track students study in over a hundred specializations at MSCC. Academic departments include Business and Technology, Education, Humanities, Languages, Mathematics, Natural Science, Nursing and Allied Health, and Social Sciences.
The university offers a variety of academic programs to fit many student profiles. Remedial classwork is available for those needing assistance to get up to college level classwork; English as a Second Language for recent immigrants; part-time weekend and evening degree coursework for students with jobs, young children, or other significant obligations; distance learning opportunities for those who wish to study from home; and educational services that extend into the schools, prisons, and workplaces within their catchment area. Students who have been in the workplace, especially those working in their field of study, may receive credit for life experiences, therefore shortening the amount of time they need to be in college to complete a degree.
In conjunction with Tennessee State University, MSCC offers a 2+2 Criminal Justice program. Students in this program earn an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from MCC, then go on to complete their junior and senior years as TSU students. All classes, including the two final years, take place on the Motlow Moore County campus. Furthermore, students may choose from traditional, online, interactive, or hybrid classes to complete this degree.
The 2+2 Elementary Education program allows students to move seamlessly from earning an Associate of Science in Teaching degree to the Tennessee Tech program. They then finish a bachelor’s degree on the Motlow campus.
Adult College Express
The Adult College Express (ACE) Program is geared towards working adults who wish to complete a degree within two years. Most classes in the ACE program meet one evening a week for 4 hours. Students are expected to work independently and keep their focus on the program, as well as meet one additional night a week for group study.
MSCC shares their online library catalog with the Tennessee Innovative Network, which includes Pellissippie State, Tennessee Technological University, Volunteer State Community College, and Roane State University. Students may use their library cards to reserve or check out books from any of these educational instiutions.
The library’s online databases give students access to the full text of over 100 reference books; 55,000 ebooks; and 11,000 magazines and journals. These databases can be accessed remotely with a password, allowing students to research school projects and papers from home.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The Presidential Student Leadership Institute is a training program for students who wish to learn the principles and theories of leadership. Involved participants must be enrolled full-time with a GPA of at least 2.5. Students will take important roles in major projects with community leaders, practicing their skills as they take on increasing levels of responsibility.
MSCC has a focus on international enrichment. The components of international enrichment include study abroad opportunities and diverse, multicultural foci in classes such as economics, psychology, and sociology. Study abroad programs are offered through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. Students who elect to study abroad during the summer are eligible for the scholarship money to do so—the Gilman Scholarship and the Global Ambassador Scholarship both fund significant numbers of students every year. Applicants must have already completed 12 academic hours at MSCC including most of the developmental studies courses, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and have already obtained a passport.
Twice a year, MSCC sponsors international cultural fairs, exposing both students and members of the wider community to the foods, music, and arts of many peoples around the globe. Gilman and Global Ambassador Scholarship winners are asked to give presentations about their study abroad experiences at these events.
In keeping with its mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, MSCC offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Tennessee, MSCC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
Student Financial Aid Details
Clubs and Organizations
There are several student organizations on the MSCC campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. These groups include the Veterans Education Transition Society, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Biology Club, Phi Theta Kappa (an academic honors fraternity), and the Student Nurses Association, among several others. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletics department at MSCC is known as the Bucks and the Lady Bucks. The Bucks compete in the NJCAA and the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association. Men’s sports include basketball and baseball. Women’s sports include basketball and softball.
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