In 1962, Mid Michigan Community College was still a dream amongst residents of Clare and Gladwin Counties, but within three years, that dream would begin its path to reality. The Citizens Advisory Council, created by the two counties that year, began studying whether a community college would be financially realistic.
By 1965, the council decided a community college would be an asset to residents of Clare and Gladwin Counties and within months the Michigan Department of Public Instruction gave the project of building Mid Michigan Community College its seal of approval.
The community then voted in favor of the community college in September 1965, giving the go-ahead to begin construction on the 25th community college in Michigan. Construction would begin in 1968, the same year classes began at the college’s temporary campus in the Clare County Building and in the nearby community of Mt. Pleasant.
A year later, Mid Michigan Community College began serving community college students on its brand-new campus in Harrison while continuing to maintain its Mt. Pleasant campus. More than three decades later, in 1993, the Mt. Pleasant campus purchased a state-of-the-art office building that was converted to classrooms.
The Herbert D. Doan Center for Science and Health Technologies was unveiled in 2008 and is home to the college’s ever-expanding allied health and nursing programs.
Today, Mid Michigan Community College continues to grow to ensure it provides students with a world class education as its population has soared from its initial 196 students back when the college first opened to 6,000 current students.
A diverse student population calls Mid Michigan Community College its academic home: Students range in age from 18 to 60 and come from a range of Michigan counties with female students outnumbering male students by 10 percent.
A member of the Academic Quality Improvement Program, a sector of The Higher Learning Commission, Mid Michigan Community College offers more than 50 majors leading to the associate’s degree. The academic programs provide students either the foundation they need to enter the workforce immediately upon graduating or to transfer to a four-year institution. Students may also opt for certificate and training programs leading to credentials in fields such as automotive, early childhood education, welding, and practical nursing.
Associate degrees are offered in such traditional academic majors as accounting, pre-engineering, and science as well as more modern majors, including entrepreneurship and small business management.
Mid Michigan Community College also recognizes the ever-increasing need for specialized educational programs. The college now offers a two year training program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), in conjunction with several other Michigan community colleges, and admits only select few qualified students each year.
Students, who intend to transfer to a four year institution upon graduation from Mid Michigan Community College, will work closely with an academic advisor to ensure they take courses that will transfer to another college or university.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Mid Michigan Community College makes a college education accessible to everyone with its open admissions policy. Students at Mid Michigan Community College include high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the college’s dual enrollment program, high school graduates, and transfer students.
High school graduates
Applicants who will be freshmen at the college are required to fill out an application form, which they can print out at the school’s official website or complete online, and have their high school transcripts sent directly to the admissions office from their high school. Before new students can register for classes, they must first attend a mandatory orientation. Students may also be required to take placement tests to determine in what math and English classes they will be placed.
The dual enrollment option allows high school juniors and seniors, with their high school’s permission, to study at Mid Michigan Community College. Generally, the school district in which the student attends high school pays the student’s cost of admission. If the school district is unable to pay the cost, the student must find a way to pay for the classes himself or herself.
Transfers students must follow a similar process to new students: Fill out an application form, which can be downloaded on the school’s official website or online; have all high school and college transcripts sent directly to the college; and attend a mandatory orientation. Transfer students may also be required to take English and math placement tests.
Once that process is complete, new transfer students can register for their first classes. To ensure that all transferable credits transfer to Mid Michigan Community College, students are encouraged to bring a copy of their unofficial transcripts with them at the time of registration. This will ensure that, if the school has not yet evaluated the official transcripts, students will not register for classes they have already taken the equivalent of at their previous institution.
Community college is often an attractive educational option for students because it provides the same quality education at significantly lower costs. However, many students still need the assistance of financial aid – scholarships, grants, and loans – to fund their studies at Mid Michigan Community College.
Students may be eligible for one of the college’s many scholarships, including endowed, annual, and institutional scholarships, with awards ranging from $200 to $1,600. The college raises money, to help students fund their education, through the Mid Michigan Community College Foundation which, to date (May 2011), has raised $875,000.
The Bicknell Family Nursing Scholarship is awarded to nursing students who hold a 3.3 GPA or better and who have financial need while the MMCC Scholarship and Grant Fund is awarded to full-time students with a high GPA.
A full list of scholarships can be found on Mid Michigan Community College’s official website.
Grants are financial gifts typically awarded to students who demonstrate significant financial need. (Many scholarships require that students apply for grants as part of the scholarship application process.) The Federal Pell Grant, the most common federal grant, is calculated according to several factors, including the cost of tuition, whether the student is part-time or full-time, if the student attends the whole academic year or only for a portion of the academic year, and how much the student’s family is expected to contribute to tuition and expenses.
To determine eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant, students must fill out the FAFSA form annually, which is available at http://www.fafsa.org.
Loans and Work Study
Sometimes students require additional financial help to pay for costs that scholarships and grants don’t cover. Student loans offer that financial assistance. The most popular student loans are the Federal Stafford Loans and the Parent Plus Loan.
To be eligible for the Federal Stafford Loan program, students must be taking at least six credit hours and be working toward a degree or certificate.
The Federal Work Study program allows students to earn the extra money they need to pay for college expenses by working part-time for approved employers, including the college itself. Students interested in taking part in the Work Study Program can contact the Financial Aid Office on campus.
A commuter-only school, Mid Michigan Community College offers student a rich on-campus life with plenty of activities to keep them busy during their downtime from studying. Student activities are plentiful on campus with something for everyone. Business majors can join fellow future businessmen and businesswomen at the Business Professionals of America Club; environmentalists have the Environmental Club; and gamers can opt for the Gaming Corner. Academically exceptional students may be invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.
Students who want to stay in shape or to get in shape can join the Mid Michigan Community College Recreation and Fitness Center, which features state-of-the-art equipment. The Recreation and Fitness Center, which is free to all students carrying three or more credits, includes locker rooms, free weights, treadmills, and bikes.
Those students who would rather hang out than relax have just as many options. The Recreation and Fitness Center also features pool tables, computers, video games, a big screen television, and vending machines.
Events are also held on campus year around with students being invited to enjoy hot chocolate or go snow tubing in the winter or dancing in the spring.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The Lakers have represented Mid Michigan Community College since its founding in 1968. Back then, the Lakers fielded only a men’s baseball team and a men’s basketball team. Today, the program, which went on hiatus for a number of years, has returned and has grown to include men and women’s soccer teams and a women’s basketball team.
The athletics program, which remains too small to become a member of The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), is technically comprised of club sports. As more sports teams begin to start play at Mid Michigan Community College, the Lakers will earn eligibility to become members of both the NJCAA and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.
Still, during the Lakers’ history, the teams have given the Mid Michigan Community College community plenty to cheer about. In 2010, the men’s soccer team captured the title of Lake Michigan College Tournament champs.
Students who prefer not to play competitive sports may want to join one of the many athletic clubs on campus, including the golf club, the karate club, the archery club, the bowling club, and the mountain bike club.
Field, Susan. “Mid Michigan Community College Offers MRI Training.” Morning Sun [Central Michigan] 10 May 2011. Print.
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