News for Muskegon Community College Friends and Stakeholders February 2022

The Importance of Black History 

Black History Month was created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926.  He believed that if a race had no recorded history, it would lose its traditions and risk having its accomplishments and culture erased. Ken James, MCC’s Chief Diversity Officer, reflects on the importance of Black History MonthRead the article. 

MCC Receives Consumers Energy Foundation $238,200 Grant to Support STEM

MCC received a $238,200 People Award project grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support the creation of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Lab and the hiring of a STEM coordinator to help K-12 students learn about the connection of STEM to skilled trades careersRead more about the impact of this grant.   

Leadership Speaker Series Continues with FSU President on Feb. 22

Dr. David L. Eisler, the Ferris State University president since July 2003, will discuss “Leadership with a small ‘l’” on Tuesday, Feb. 22.  The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the MCC President’s Speakers Series: Lessons in Leadership.  Get event details.

STEAM Along the Lakeshore Planned for Students and Families May 7

Organizers of the inaugural STEAM Along the Lakeshore hope to attract 1,000 students – from pre-K through 12th grade – and their families to downtown Muskegon on Saturday, May 7, to engage in science, technology, engineering, art and math activities.  Read more about this event.

MCC to “Awaken Beauty” Premiere at Overbrook Theater Feb. 17-20

Muskegon Community College is presenting “Awaken Beauty,” a kaleidoscope of songs, poems, scenes and artwork, on Feb. 17-20, in Overbrook Theater.  The 85-minute show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The performance is recommended for ages 12 and up. Get tickets or more information about Awaken Beauty.

Medical Assistant Program Offers Free Education

The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity to attend college for one year, for FREE, while gaining hands-on experience working for a sponsoring healthcare organization; Mercy Health, Mary Free Bed, or Hackley Community Care).  To learn more, contact Dawn Platt, RN, BSN, MCC Allied Health Programs or visit

Snowboarding Origin Traces Back to MCC

Snowboarding began with the invention of the “Snurf Board” in 1965 by Sherman Poppen.  In 1968, Muskegon became home to the annual World Snurfing Classic, which was sponsored by Muskegon Community College.  See more photos of the snurfing competitions in the MCC Archives. 

MCC Exceeds Fall 2021 Enrollment Target

Muskegon Community College exceeded its Fall 2021 semester target by 53 students with 3,695 students enrolled, including a nearly 20 percent increase in past/returning students compared to last autumn. Read more. 

Students Excelling at MCC

MCC places full-time students who achieve a 4.0 grade-point average on the President’s List.  Full-time students who earn a 3.5 gpa are placed on the Dean’s List (or on the Academic Honors List if attending half-time).  See those who earned these honors for the Fall 2021 semester.   

Community Invited to Provide Feedback on 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

Throughout 2021, MCC engaged students, community stakeholders, and employees in a process to develop MCC’s 2022-2026 strategic plan.  These collaborations produced a new 54-month strategic plan that builds on our accomplishments and aims to position Muskegon Community College as the best community colleges in the nation.  All community and campus members are encouraged to provide feedback the new goals at  In addition, students and the community will be invited to join President Nesbary for a feedback session in April.  Information about the new plan is available at

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