Monroe Community College (MCC) was founded in 1961 as a constituent of the State University of New York based on a vision that was shared by a group of select government officials, diligent business people as well as community leaders. This also came at a time when community colleges had begun, offering most of the people who had been locked out of higher education an opportunity to re-live their dreams.
The college has grown from its humble beginnings to admit hundreds of thousands of students over the years. Today, the student population at MCC stands at over 41,000 with a remarkable reputation as a center for academic excellence. MCC constitutes two main campuses: the Brighton Campus that covers an expansive 300 acre location away from the confines of the city, and the Damon City campus which lies on a 200,000 square foot area in downtown Rochester.
The Brighton campus houses most of the major facilities, among them sixteen academic, athletic and administrative buildings as well as residential halls and the MCC Child Care Center. The Damon City Campus, on the other hand, is ideal for students who live and work within the city and would like to take Saturday, evening, and summer and weekday classes.
Besides the campuses, Monroe Community College has also included an Applied Technologies Center which conveniently offers courses at its Public Safety Training Facility as well as online courses through it extension sites in Webster and Greece.
The Monroe Community College is known for its ability to integrate coursework and unique, enriching experiences from abroad opportunities such as field visits to BBC in London in a bid to understand media practices and cooking Italian recipes in Tuscany. This college is also credited with training the working masses of the area through the specially designed corporate training programs and also open enrollment that is beneficial to small and medium sized companies among then Xerox and Kodak.
The academic division of MCC offers bachelor’s degrees, Associate degrees and certificate programs across it’s over 80 academic and career programs which are presided over by faculty members who are icons of excellence in their specific fields. MCC’s academic diversity will perfectly satisfy your interests and goals either on a full time or part time basis.
MCC offers a dual admission program, commonly referred to as 2+2 cooperative degree program, in collaboration with select colleges. The 2+2 program means that students who are admitted to this program at MCC will upon completion of the requisite courses for an affiliate degree be allowed to transfer to the over 20 affiliate colleges with full junior status in order to complete a bachelor’s degree. Other programs of study include transfer programs, 1+1 articulated degree program, certificate programs, career programs, and college options for adults.
The college also has an online learning platform through which some associate degrees in Business administration, Criminal Justice and Liberal Arts and Sciences-General Studies can be taken entirely online.
Students who are seeking to expand their horizons could also enroll at the institution’s special Honors institute which emphasizes developing a personal link with a faculty member as a way of mentoring them throughout the period they will be undertaking their degree course at MCC. This is a prestigious opportunity because students get exposure and personal attention.
MCC received its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the body that accredits degree granting universities and colleges within the Middle States region covering Delaware, Maryland and New York among others. The curricula offered by MCC has also been approved and registered by the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education.
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MCC takes pride in its Office of Workforce Development program that mainly focuses on training for the workforce. This program targets government, industry, business, and non-profit organizations as well as individuals with the aim of offering education and training to those seeking fresh careers or need to upgrade their skills. Some of the areas covered include driver training, health care, information technology, business and professional, skill assessment and credentialing and skilled trades.
Admission to MCC is open to students from Rochester City as well as other cities around the US and other countries as well. Applications can be made online at www.monroecc.edu
Applications to MCC are received on a continuous basis even though early applications serve as an assurance of acceptance, especially for applicants to high demand programs, as long as the prospective students meet all the other admission criteria. Applications for programs such as Radiologic Technology, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting must be received by January 31 while those for Nursing should be received by January 31 for the fall semester and October 31 for the spring semester.
All applications must be submitted with a non-refundable admissions fee, high school and college transcripts, and score reports for general equivalency diplomas. Other standardized tests such as SAT are not a requirement but could assist the admission committee in their decision-making. Interviews may be conducted in the event that the admission committee would like to clarify or get more information from the applicant.
International students who wish to attend MCC must submit their applications using the student visa (F-1) having satisfactorily met all other admission requirements. An information packet and application form can be obtained via the college’s website, while the requirements for the program to which you are applying to are outlined in the catalog. International applicants must attach proof of how they will meet their financial needs if admitted to the college. Also, applicants who are from countries where English is not the first language must also send their results for Test of English as foreign language.
Other categories through which prospective students could seek admission include early admission, students who have earned a high school equivalency diploma, students without a high school diploma, ex-offenders and second-degree candidates, among others.
Students at MCC who are not able to fully cater for their financial needs are entitled to Financial Aid. In order to assist its students, MCC takes part in the New York state financial aid programs as well as Federal Title IV to substitute its institutional scholarship budget. Since initiating this program, the college has disbursed over $22,000 in financial aid.
Other programs through which MCC facilitates financial aid to its students include Federal Pell grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study, aid for part time study, and special state scholarships, among others.
Detailed information on the scholarships available at MCC can be obtained from the college catalog.
MCC students have an association that is governed by the Damon Campus Student Events and Governance Association (SEGA) and the Brighton Campus Student Government Association (SGA), whose membership comprises all the students who pay the student life fee. These bodies are mandated to promote the welfare of their members by offering programs which have educational value and promote harmonious living among administration, students, faculty and staff. The election of the student government leader who is also entitled to vote on the College’s Board of Trustees is conducted during spring. Students who wish to vie for this position must be enrolled, have an average grade point average of 2.75 and maintain six credit hours.
The students also have the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development that coordinates extracurricular activities such as athletics as well as clubs and organizations that improve the quality of life on campus.
Students who wish to reside on-campus are required to send in accommodation requests to the College and the Housing and Residence Life Office in advance. The residence halls are managed through the MCC Association Inc, which is a non-profit organization.