News for Muskegon Community College Friends and Stakeholders June 2021

MCC Accepts the College Vaccine Challenge

Muskegon Community College joined the national COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, an initiative coordinated by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.  As a participant and a Vaccine Champion College, MCC reaffirms its commitment to educate all campus community members about the availability of COVID-19 vaccines and how to access them, and to encourage everyone to receive a vaccine.  In support of the challenge, MCC President, Dr. Dale Nesbary, participated with webinar with Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House officials, and other college presidents.  Read more about MCC’s efforts to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and about the challenge

U.S. Senator Peters Tours MCC’s Sturrus Technology Center

U.S. Senator Gary Peters visited the Muskegon Community College Sturrus Technology Center on Monday, May 3, as part of his City of Muskegon tour focusing on downtown redevelopment.  He toured the facility with MCC President, Dr. Dale Nesbary, and learning firsthand about the community opportunities available at the Lakeshore Fab Lab and through courses offered in MCC’s Applied Technology Department.  Read more about Senator Peters visit or watch the video he made while at MCC.

Student Wins $10,000 Sarnicola Award for His Business Idea

As a diehard baseball player growing up and playing in North Muskegon, Alex Slocum would sometimes “swing for the fences” and take his best shot at a home run.  Now studying at Muskegon Community College, he pitched a seemingly long shot idea this spring for a sports business venture that has just earned him the prestigious $10,000 Sarnicola Entrepreneur Award, which the College presents to an MCC student whose entrepreneurial concept is judged the best in an annual competition.  Read more about Alex and the Sarnicola Entrepreneur Award.

MCC Shares Pandemic Response Experience with Regional Leaders

Muskegon Community College President Dale K. Nesbary was selected to join a panel of higher education leaders from across the Midwest to discuss the response and impact of COVID-19 on educational institutions. Read more about how MCC responded to meet needs during the pandemic

MCC Aims to Improve Regional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

MCC is taking steps to transform the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) landscape in Muskegon, Ottawa and Newaygo counties.  Earlier this year, the College created a DEI Task Force comprised of local, state and national leaders in the field. The group is charged with developing a strategy and processes that will establish MCC as the West Michigan educational hub for assisting organizations who seek help in developing a DEI strategy and training for their respective companies.  Learn more about MCC’s dedication to improving regional equity.

College Takes Next Step Process of Returning to Campus

With declining COVID-19 positivity rates in the region, MCC announced its transition on Monday, June 14, to Phase 5 in its six-phase Campus Plan to Reunite.  The shift, which comes just one month after MCC moved from Phase 3 to Phase 4, marks the first time the College has reached Phase 5 since the Plan to Reunite was established last year. The goal is to reach Phase 6 and a complete return to new normal operations. Learn more about the post-pandemic transition plan.

Nearly 350 High School Students Participate in Senior Visit Days

Senior Visit Day is an opportunity for local seniors to meet with admissions representatives and get assistance with student orientation, placement testing, academic counseling, and registration for fall classes.  These annual events are one of the measureable objectives that support goal #3 of the strategic plan, which aims to “Improve collaborations and outreach with K-12 partners and prospective students to provide clear pathways to higher education opportunities.”  Read more about Senior Visit Days.

Foundation for MCC Board Updates

Keria Shineldecker and Tom Harryman joined the Foundation for Muskegon Community College Board of Directors.  The board’s executive committee includes Arn Boezaart, President; Edgar Watson, Vice President; Kathy Moore, Treasurer; Renee Johnson, Secretary; and Diana Osborn, Immediate Past President.  Learn more about the FMCC at

Strategic Plan on Track for Completion 6 Months Early

Despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, MCC continues to meet the goals outlined in the MCC 2017-2022 strategic plan.  To date, dedicated employees have completed 74 strategic projects, including 18 new initiatives that were added to support remote-working, online learning, and local health care efforts.  Review our progress in meeting community-driven goals.

Stakeholders Engaged in Development of New Strategic Plan

Students, employees, and community stakeholders will meet July through October to identify new goals for the Muskegon Community College 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.  Share your input and learn more about the process at

Jayhawk Athletics

The Jayhawk Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams won the Region 12 Championships and will compete in the NJCAA National Tournament in Wichita, Kansas and Evans, Georgia.  The Men’s Golf team finished their year with a 19th place finish at the NJCAA D2 National Tournament in Plymouth, Indiana.  The Jayhawks had 11 teams qualify and participate in national championship competition this year. Read more at  

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