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Tuition Assistance Available for Adult Students

Michigan residents 25 years of age or older can apply for the Michigan Reconnect program, which helps pay for training for non-traditional students who want to earn a certificate in the skilled trades or an associate degree.  “This is a great opportunity – a wonderful gift to Michigan residents – that eliminates one of the biggest concerns about going to college – the cost,” noted MCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Kelley Conrad.  Read more about the Michigan Reconnect program


Boys & Girls Club to Purchase Lakeshore Fitness Center

The MCC Board of Trustees accepted a $1.17 million purchase offer by the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore.  The Lakeshore Fitness Center has been a financial challenge for the college since it purchased the facility in August 2015 from the Muskegon Family YMCA as part of MCC’s community-focused health and wellness initiative, which included the construction in 2017 of the Health and Wellness Center on campus.  Over the past five years, MCC has invested more than $2.5 million in the acquisition of the building, repairs, and purchase of equipment, and another $2.5 million in operating losses.  Read more about the sale of the Lakeshore Fitness Center. 


Thank You for Helping Identify MCC’s Guiding Values

Over the past few months, students, employees, alumni, and community members participated in surveys to help identify MCC’s most important guiding values.  Ninety-three percent of respondents agreed that the following values are important or very important to supporting our mission and students:  Learning, Integrity, Excellence, Collaboration, and Kindness.  The Board of Trustees endorsed the new values at the January 2021 board meeting.  See MCC’s mission, vision, and values.


Free Tutoring and Mentoring Supporting Students

In addition to expanding many other services to support students during these challenging times, MCC’s Tutoring Center launched a new mentor program to assist students with time management, organization, technology, and other areas to support academic success.  Read more about the MCC Tutoring Center.


MSU Collaboration Yields Forestry Program

In support of MCC’s institutional goal #6, “provide viable courses, programs, and delivery options that address the changing needs of a diverse community,” MCC joined forces with the Michigan State University Department of Forestry to launch a new program for those interested in working in forestry.  Read more about this program.


Seven Directions Management Program

Working with Little River Casino Resort, MCC launched Seven Directionsa two-year management development program that began in January 2021.  It combines experiential learning onsite at the Resort with academic studies at MCC leading to a related associate degree or certificateLearn more about this program.


MCC Continues to Provide Safe, High-Quality Education

MCC continues to update our services to protect student and community health while providing a high quality and supported educational experience.  We expanded Wi-Fi hotspots, immediate online counseling, and other services to support students and help them attain their educational goals.  Learn more about how we are supporting students during the pandemic


Reimagining a Brighter Future

To better address the evolving needs of our students and communities, MCC’s current strategic plan will conclude six months early on December 31, 2021.  Over the next few months, MCC’s Implementation Advisory Team will collect suggestions for topics we should explore as we develop MCC’s 2022-27 strategic plan.  If you have suggestions, or would like to get involved in the planning process, let us know at


Strategic Plan On Track to Meet Goals:  61 Initiatives Completed

Despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, Muskegon Community College continues to meet the goals outlined in MCC’s strategic plan, set to conclude six months early on December 31, 2021.  To help meet evolving student and community needs, we expanded the plan to include 18 new objectives that support remote-working, online learning, and local health care efforts.  Review our progress in meeting community-driven goals.


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