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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.

Mission

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 Understanding — Shared Responsibility — Shared Leadership

Overview

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.

Membership

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

Hartford Consortium for Higher Education

2012 Top Workplace

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


Strategic Goals: A Higher Standard for Success

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.

Academic Excellence

MCC demonstrates academic excellence and rigor in its programs and courses, and continually improves the quality of learning, teaching and student support.

  1. Develop and enhance curriculum to meet student and workforce needs
  2. Create and implement a comprehensive assessment plan
  3. Enhance Academic Support services

Student Success and Enrollment Management

MCC is a college where all students develop a clearly identified pathway to meet their educational goals.

  1. Every student will have a meaningful relationship with a staff or faculty member that results in a clearly identified pathway to meet students’ educational goals
  2. All members of the college community understand how their work contributes to enrollment management and student success
  3. Develop policies and procedures and curricula that support a successful first year experience for all students
  4. Invest in expanding  all student support services
  5. Develop a systemic enrollment management model and recruitment strategy to increase credit and non-credit enrollment, including non-traditional students and offerings

Partnerships

MCC meets the needs of our students and stakeholders by leveraging the collective creativity, experience, and commitment of the college community and our regional partners.

  1. Expand and develop connections with local and national governmental, cultural, business and educational institutions
  2. Promote the work of MCC faculty, staff, students and alumni in the community
  3. Develop a culture of philanthropy with internal and external partners

College Culture

MCC is a world-class organization where we intentionally build our capacity for shared leadership, shared
understanding, and shared responsibility. The college fosters a culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion.

  1. Develop an effective communication plan to support student success, faculty, staff and external stakeholders
  2. Foster innovation by delineating a clear path from idea to implementation
  3. Celebrate our diversity and inclusiveness by investing in our programming, clubs and mentoring
  4. Promote an environment of civility and collegiality among members of the college community

A Diverse Academic Offering

Degrees

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.

Certificates

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.

Transfer

  • 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

Accreditation

Manchester Community College is accredited by the Board of Governors for Higher Education and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), 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.

Resources

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.

Library

MCC’s library, located in the Learning Resource Center, holds over 52,000 volumes, has a strong reference collection, subscribes to over 400 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.

Campus 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.

Technology

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.


Choose MCC

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


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