About MCC

A Destination for Excellence

As one of the largest of the 12 Connecticut community colleges, all of which are part of the state system of community-technical colleges, Manchester Community College strives to continuously set and raise the expectations of a community college education.


Manchester Community College advances academic, economic, civic, personal and cultural growth by providing comprehensive, innovative and affordable learning opportunities to diverse populations. We are a learning-centered community committed to access, excellence and relevance.

Shared Values

MCC believes in:

Shared UnderstandingShared ResponsibilityShared Leadership


Academic excellence, technology-rich classrooms and learning spaces, flexible schedules, small class sizes and low tuition provide a quality education that’s accessible to all who wish to learn. Programs are designed to fit the varying needs of students. Classes are held days, evenings, weekends and online – in both traditional and accelerated formats – and they prepare students for entry into a growing career field or transfer to a baccalaureate institution for further study. Formal agreements with the state’s universities provide ease of transfer and maximize credits awarded. Financial aid is also available, including comprehensive packages of grants, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities.

Partnerships with local business, and faculty members with both academic and professional credentials, provide an experience that extends beyond the classroom and connects students with practitioners in their field. In particular, the Institute for Community Engagement and service learning initiatives strive to sustain existing community relationships and foster new partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the college and community and are supportive of the college mission. Through numerous campus activities, student volunteerism, and a staffing commitment to community engagement, Manchester Community College partners actively with businesses and community organizations in order to:

  • Develop a clear understanding of the needs of shared constituents
  • Evolve program offerings to maintain relevancy
  • Link more effectively to the communities and people served

More than 200 faculty and staff hold leadership roles in their communities – in business associations, civic groups, faith communities and a host of volunteer organizations. Community groups interested in learning more about MCC or any of the disciplines or programs it offers can arrange for a faculty or staff speaker from the college’s active Speakers Bureau.

2015 Aspen Prize

MCC is an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College.

2013 Top Workplace

MCC was recognized as one of the Top 150 National Workplaces for 2013.


MCC is a member of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.

2012 Top Workplace

MCC was recognized as one of Connecticut's Top Workplaces for 2012.

AST Building

A Higher Standard for Success

The college community has identified areas of strategic importance and the objectives needed to achieve these goals. The key areas of focus are:

Academic Excellence

MCC is committed to demonstrating the academic rigor of its programs and courses, and to enhancing the quality of learning, teaching and student support.

Integrative Learning and Holistic Student Development

The college community has a shared understanding of learning goals that tie together general education, program coursework and co-curricular opportunities into a cohesive whole.

Workforce Development

MCC develops academic and training programs that are responsive to the existing and emerging workforce needs of the region.

Community and Civic Engagement

MCC engages in partnerships with the businesses and communities surrounding the campus by responding to requests for programs designed to enrich the civic and cultural lives of area residents.

Educational Partnerships

The college strengthens its relationships with other units of higher education in order to aid transfer. MCC’s relationship with Great Path Academy, a middle college magnet high school, models best practices in curriculum alignment, college readiness and student support.


MCC actively protects its assets and continually seeks to develop new resources. MCC’s reputation, human resources, physical spaces and capital assets, technology infrastructure, sources of alternative funding and accreditation are all critical components of its mission of student success.

College Culture

The college community intentionally builds its capacity for shared understanding, shared responsibility and shared leadership.

A Diverse Academic Offering


MCC offers associate in art and associate in science degrees in more than 40 disciplines. The college’s occupational programs prepare graduates for entry-level employment in positions that require foundational knowledge and practical skills, while transfer programs are equivalent to the first two years of study for a bachelor’s degree. Areas of study include:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Office Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science and Technology
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Fine Arts
  • General Studies
  • Health Careers
  • Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts
  • Human Services
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

The liberal arts/general education core is an integral part of every degree program. Through a variety of courses across disciplines, students are exposed to the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences. These courses help students to think logically, flexibly, creatively and critically. This common core curriculum provides the opportunity for students to develop skills in written and oral communication, and to gain an awareness and understanding of both the human and natural worlds.


MCC also offers programs of a shorter duration that focus on developing and strengthening occupational skills in each area of study, resulting in the awarding of a certificate. The certificate programs range from 6 to 30 credits, and some may be completed in as little as one semester.

Continuing Education

Through the Continuing Education division, MCC offers a wide variety of credit-free certificate programs that focus on the occupational skills needed to secure employment. Examples include: Certified Nurse Aide, Emergency Medical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Microsoft Office 2007, Oracle Database Administrator, AutoCAD 2011, A+ Essentials, Network+, Precision Machining, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Principles and Practices of Real Estate and much more.


  • MCC graduates are guaranteed admission to the Connecticut State Universities (CSUs). The transfer compact between MCC and the CSUs provides special opportunities for students to complete an associate degree in a program designed for transfer.
  • Incoming students who have fewer than 16 college credits may enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP), a collaborative program with the community colleges and the University of Connecticut, provided they maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and graduate with an associate degree. The GAP provides MCC students with access to more than 50 majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the School of Business, offered by the University of Connecticut.
  • MCC also partners with Eastern Connecticut State University to offer a bachelor of general studies degree completion program in which MCC graduates can continue their studies seamlessly at ECSU.
  • MCC graduates have successfully transferred to over 100 public and private universities, in Connecticut and throughout the country.

Responding to Workforce Needs

MCC has the flexibility to develop programs for emerging community needs. Recent and pending additions include:

  • Adolescent and Geriatric Addiction Counseling
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dietician
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Multimedia Studies and Graphic Design
  • Polysomnography
  • Radiology Technology
  • Substitute Teacher Preparation
  • Sustainable Energy
  • System Technician
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Video Production
  • Web Technology


Manchester Community College is accredited by the Board of Governors for Higher Education and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Seven programs of study offered by MCC have been awarded national accreditation by their respective accrediting bodies. These include:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Foodservice Management
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Care
  • Surgical Technology

A Commitment to Student Success

At MCC, the staff and faculty are committed to helping students achieve their educational, personal and career goals by providing essential and comprehensive support services. These services provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and serve to motivate students towards the successful completion of their college education.


MCC offers a broad spectrum of support services, including counseling, advising, tutoring, transitional programs, and services for international and minority students. It also provides a wide range of service learning opportunities, in which students fulfill their classroom objectives by volunteering in local organizations. Career services and cooperative education internships provide students with the guidance and resources they need to achieve their career goals – both while in school and after graduation.


MCC’s library, located in the Learning Resource Center, holds over 60,000 volumes, has a strong reference collection, subscribes to over 450 periodicals, and has online access to a wide range of databases. The collection is organized to support college programs of study and provide students with additional information and enrichment resources outside of required course work. And, as a member of the Connecticut Library Consortium, the library provides students with access to more than 12 million titles.

Student Life

Participation in activities outside the classroom is an integral part of the college experience, which is why MCC has more than 35 student clubs and organizations, including an award-winning newspaper, The Live Wire; academic honor societies, including Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges; business organizations and professional clubs; social groups and cultural organizations; and a vibrant student government.


Manchester Community College has an impressive technological environment for classrooms. The college has over 100 intelligent classrooms, with an additional 25 having advanced instructor capabilities; 20 classrooms have full wireless capability, as well. Areas that are particularly technology-rich include: language labs, science labs, network and systems labs, math labs, speech classrooms, respiratory care lab, manufacturing lab, culinary arts kitchens, open computer labs, the library, Culinary Arts Center, GPA Community Commons, and the SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium.

A College Snapshot


Gena D. Glickman
PhD, University of Maryland
MS, Johns Hopkins University
BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art


MCC has 473 teaching faculty. They have earned degrees from over 100 institutions, including MCC, from which 39 full-time faculty and staff are graduates.


  • The average age of an MCC student is 25.
  • 52 percent are women and 47 percent are full-time.
  • MCC serves “returning” students – with associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees – with workforce training and skills enhancement, special advanced certifications, or retraining in a new field.
  • Approximately one-third of MCC credit students are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
  • 100 of Connecticut’s 169 towns are represented in MCC’s student body.
  • MCC currently has students from more than 20 countries and, over the past 15 years,
  • MCC’s international students have represented more than 70 countries


MCC serves more than 16,000 students a year. Currently, more than 7,500 credit students are enrolled in the college each semester. The Continuing Education division serves more than 7,000 credit-free and 2,500 credit extension students each year. Additionally, the college’s middle college high school, Great Path Academy, has 280 students in grades 10, 11 and 12.

Towns Served

The college’s primary service area includes the towns of Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield/Storrs, Marlborough, South Windsor, Tolland, Union, Vernon/Rockville and Willington.

Financial Aid

MCC awards more than $10 million annually in federal, state and private aid. This includes a mix of merit-based and need-based aid, comprising grants, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities.

Degrees Granted

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science

MCC has graduated over 25,000 students since 1965. Thousands more students have transferred to baccalaureate institutions prior to receiving their associate degree.


The Frederick W. Lowe Building, now the Lowe Student Services Center, was dedicated in 1984; the Learning Resource Center opened in 2000; and the SBM Charitable Foundation Building, which houses the Arts, Sciences and Technology Center, opened in 2003. Great Path Academy, the college’s middle college high school, opened Fall 2009.


The college’s annual budget is $52.5 million: 38 percent from State support and 62 percent from tuition and fees, grants and contracts.

MCC Foundation

The MCC Foundation helps Manchester Community College enhance the quality of existing programs and fund the development of new programs. It raises funds from private sources to support scholarships and college programs, and funds the acquisition of equipment that enhances college offerings. Additionally, the Foundation helps build a network of community support in the region served by MCC, promotes better public understanding of the college and encourages increased public involvement in educational, cultural and community activities.


The MCC Foundation holds an endowment of approximately $1.9 million, with total assets of $2.4 million.

Economic Impact

Students expand Connecticut’s economic base through their added skills, which serve to make them and the businesses that employ them more productive.

  • Connecticut residents with an associate degree earn an average of $45,400 annually, 26 percent greater than those with a high school education or less.
  • Those with community college degrees are more likely to stay in the state after they graduate.
  • Associate degree holders are 10.5 percent more likely to be employed either full- or part-time than those with a high school diploma or less.
  • The activities of MCC’s current students contribute more than $25 million in taxable income to the Connecticut economy each year.

Choose MCC

For admissions information, contact the admissions office at 860-512-3210 or plan to attend one of the monthly admissions information sessions.

Last Update: March 25 2014
For additional information, contact: Admissions at 860-512-3210