Macomb Community College is a fairly comprehensive community college in a suburban setting, offering a wide range of associate’s degree and career programs, and also providing a means for its many non-traditional students to carry on their studies to earn a bachelor’s degree without having to move off to a four-year institution.
While the college’s main campus is in Warren, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, the college also has about five other campuses offering courses to students, including a University Center that allows Macomb students to work toward four-year degrees in partnership with Wayne University.
A key mission of the college is to help Michigan residents adjust to the new work force demands of Michigan’s economy, which is becoming less reliant on the automobile manufacturing sector, although that sector remains an important part of the Michigan economy.
Macomb Community College offers more than 200 degree and career certificate programs. Career certificate programs give students a credential in a specific employment field they can use to demonstrate to employers they have a recognized skill in this field. Career certificate programs allow workers to quickly gain certification in career fields, allowing them to quickly find a new job if they’ve been displaced from an old one, or increase their value to their current organization.
The most popular degrees at the college are liberal arts, health professions, business marketing and engineering technology.
The college has done a lot of work in expanding its training program for first responders in recent years. In the mid-90s, Macomb Community College opened a Fire and Emergency Services Training Center on a satellite campus. By 2003, the program had grown and a Public Service Institute was opened to provide training for emergency first responders from throughout the U.S.
The college maintains libraries on its main and south campuses, allowing students ample research and study facilities.
Macomb Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The NCA accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.
Macomb Community College has some impressive rankings. The college ranks among the top two percent of community colleges nationwide for the number of associate degrees awarded each year. In Michigan, the college is the state’s largest associate degree grantor.
The college has worked on a number of local work force development initiatives aimed at improving the struggling economy of Michigan. Recently, Macomb Community College received a $428,000 grant from the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan to develop the defense industry in southern Michigan. The college will work with the U.S. Department of Defense and other stakeholders to see what components of the defense industry would best fit in the area’s economy, and how the work force can be developed to meet the needs of the defense industry. The college is also currently in its second year of a three-year, nearly $5 million grant from the Department of Labor to prepare local residents for jobs in the defense industry.