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Muskegon Community College

Muskegon Community College is a community college located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd., Muskegon, Michigan. The College offers 41 Associate Degree programs and 48 Certificate programs, and is known for its transferability and value.


221 S Quarterline Rd

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Muskegon Junior College was established by the Muskegon Board of Education in 1926 and was housed on the third floor of what was then the new Muskegon High School. It was a pioneering effort, since only four other two-year institutions existed in Michigan at the time. By 1934, enrollment of both the College and the high school had grown beyond the capacity of a single building. The Junior College, therefore, moved into the former Hackley School in downtown Muskegon across from Hackley Park (now the Board of Education Building). It was appropriate that the College should occupy the old Hackley building, which had been presented to the public schools of Muskegon by Charles Hackley after fire had destroyed the original Central School. The city�s First Citizen believed that a community was obliged to offer its youth the kind of training which would enable them to earn a good livelihood and at the same time contribute to the well-being of the community. At the time of its move into this facility and for 17 years after, Muskegon Junior College was primarily geared to those students intending to complete at least four years of college. Muskegon�s reputation in this field of the "college transfer" program was an enviable one, and continues to be so today. Then in June 1951, after an enabling act by the Michigan Legislature, the name and educational scope of the College was changed. "Muskegon Junior College" became "Muskegon Community College," thereby reflecting the expanded nature of the College�s programs. They were broadened to serve a larger number of students with a wider variety of interests. Courses were added in retailing, the vocations, the technical fields, public health, and the trades. These courses enabled young men and women to prepare themselves for a specific field of employment in two years of training beyond high school. There was no shrinking of the transfer program, only an expanded curriculum to serve a larger segment of the community. In the post World War II years, enrollment climbed quickly and the Community College "campus" had to grow accordingly. The Muskegon Board of Education, which still operated the College, utilized available space in many of its buildings, and rented other community facilities when enrollment exceeded the capacities of those buildings. By the early 1960s, enrollment had topped 2,000 and the College was operating full-time at Hackley, Vanderlaan, and Wilson schools and part-time at eight other locations. The time had come for another step in the development of the College. The Board of Education formed a Special Citizens Committee to study the entire program and make recommendations. The Committee proposed that the College be separated from the public school system, that a county-wide community college district be created, that a board of trustees be elected to plan, build, and operate the school, and that millage be voted in sufficient amount and for enough years to build and operate the College. In April 1963, the county overwhelmingly approved the recommendations of the committee and elected the first Board of Trustees. The elected board went to work immediately and by September of that year had purchased the 111-acre (0.45 km2) campus on which the College exists today. Alden B. Dow and Associates was named architect and by the summer of 1965 drawings were completed and construction begun. The Vocational-Technical Wing was completed and occupied in the fall of 1966 and the following September the entire complex was placed in service. Formal dedication ceremonies were held October 22, 1967, with Dr. Ashley Montagu, one of the world�s foremost anthropologists, delivering the dedicatory address. The first addition to the new campus was the Frauenthal Foundation Fine Arts Center, completed in 1968 and named for the Muskegon industrialist whose gift had made the Center possible � A. Harold Frauenthal. When the new district was created, the name of the College was changed to Muskegon County Community College; but in the spring of 1969, at the request of the Board of Trustees, the State Board of Education approved changing the name once again to Muskegon Community College. With an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students, the College exists today in its eighth decade of service to area citizens. January 1995 opened a new era of educational opportunity with the completion of the Stevenson Center for Higher Education on the campus of Muskegon Community College. The Center houses upper level courses and programs offered by Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, and Western Michigan University. These institutions, along with Muskegon Community College, have formed a "consortium" to coordinate offerings to meet the needs of West Michigan residents. The 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2) facility represents about one-third the size of the main building and was constructed to complement existing architecture. Attached to the main building near the Technical Wing, the James L. Stevenson Center for Higher Education contains the latest in communication technology with all of its 35 rooms connected via fiber optics for voice, video and data transmission. In addition to housing the educational programs of the consortium member institutions, the Center is also the new home for MCC's Media Center and Graphic Design program. Newly opened in January 2006, the Hendrik Meijer Library Information Technology Center offers students and the community the latest in communication capabilities, including wireless Internet access, state-of-the-art library facilities/technologies and classrooms, and an Internet caf�. The 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) facility has three levels overlooking the woods and creek, and offers special services including interlibrary loan, photocopy machines, group study rooms, a quiet reading room, a workstation for visually impaired persons, and both group and individual orientations. In 2010 the Outdoor Learning Center, featuring a green roof, opened to the public. The Center contains many alternative energy demonstration technologies, serving as a laboratory for MCC students enrolled in a certificate program for Wind and Solar Alternative Energy technologies

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Muskegon Community College, an associate degree-granting institution of higher education, is a center for lifelong learning which provides persons the opportunity to attain their educational goals by offering programs that respond to individual, community and global needs. To fulfill its mission, MCC is committed to: Prepare students for successful transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and enable students to pursue higher-level degree opportunities through our local partnerships with university programs. Prepare students in critical thinking, communication and long-term learning skills for the changing challenges of the future. Develop technical and vocational skills necessary to enter and/or advance in the technologically sophisticated workplace of the 21st century. Provide for the assessment and/or improvement of learning skills and attitudes necessary for a successful educational experience. Meet the unique educational, cultural, and societal needs in the community through special courses, seminars, and exhibits. Respond in a rapid fashion to the ever-changing educational and training needs of local and regional business and industry. Stimulate intellectual curiosity, promote humanitarian values and enhance the general educational experiences necessary for persons to function as effective citizens. Create an atmosphere where diversity is acknowledged and encouraged. Provide comprehensive student services that are conducive to student learning and satisfaction in all facets of the college experience and appropriate to an open door community college.



Elmer L. Andersen former Governor of Minnesota, Past President and owner of HB Fuller Company Jesse Bruce 1994-1996 - Award-winning broadcast journalist and longtime Grand Haven, Michigan Radio personality for WGHN FM 92.1 / AM 1370 Steven Rinella 1994 - Author, travel writer and outdoor television host. His work includes The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine and American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Outside, Glamour, O the Oprah Magazine, Petersen's Hunting, Mens Journal,, Bowhunter, New York Times, and the anthologies Best American Travel Writing and Best Food Writing. In 2011 he hosted the 8-part series The Wild Within on Travel Channel. He is currently the host of MeatEater, on Sportsman Channel. David Takitaki 2003-2004 - MCC Instructor, television personality on MCC's TV 98, writer, doctoral candidate and community activist Chris Taylor 1970 - Heavyweight wrestler and Bronze Medal winner at the 1972 Munich Games. Taylor will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in June 2012.