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    Jun 13, 2024  
MCCC College Catalog 2023-2024 
    
MCCC College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Monroe County Community College



History

Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the state of Michigan and student tuition. The Monroe County Community College District was formed on June 29, 1964, by the electors of Monroe County. On July 3, 1964, the district was given statutory authority under the provisions of Michigan Act 188 of the Public Acts of 1955 to function as a community college.

The 210-acre Main Campus is centrally located in Monroe County with easy access to Detroit and Toledo. The college’s Whitman Center is located in Bedford Township near the Michigan-Ohio border.

Monroe County, Michigan

French missionaries came to this territory as early as 1634. The river that flows through the center of the city of Monroe was named the River Aux Raisin because of the many grapes growing in the locality. A trading post and fort were established here in 1778. Francois Navarre was the first white settler in 1780. The first settlement was called Frenchtown, when about 100 French families came here from Detroit and Canada. The American flag was first raised in Michigan in Monroe in 1796. In 1817, Frenchtown was renamed Monroe by Governor Lewis Cass in honor of President James Monroe. St. Antoine’s Church on the banks of the River Raisin was the second church in the state.

Monroe County is located at the west end of Lake Erie and has a population of approximately 150,000. Parts of the county are industrialized, but much of it is also devoted to agriculture. The Port of Monroe is located on the St. Lawrence Seaway and could lead to increased business and industrial expansion. A modern hospital is located within the county. There are many opportunities to attend the church of one’s choice.

Cultural and recreational facilities are available in the county and in nearby areas. The county is within easy driving distance of Detroit, Ann Arbor and Toledo. Other institutions of higher learning nearby include the University of Michigan (40 miles), Eastern Michigan University (35 miles), University of Toledo (20 miles), Wayne State University (35 miles) and the University of Detroit-Mercy (35 miles).

Mission Statement

Monroe County Community College enriches lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences.

MCCC accomplishes its mission through:

  • Post-secondary pathways for students who plan to pursue further education
  • Occupational programs and certificates for students preparing for immediate employment upon completion
  • Curriculum that prepares students to effectively communicate, think critically, and be socially and culturally aware
  • Comprehensive student support services
  • A wealth of opportunities for intellectual, cultural, personal and career enhancement
  • Training and retraining to meet the needs of an evolving economy
  • Key partnerships to enhance educational services and opportunities

Vision Statement

Monroe County Community College will be recognized for our student-focused service, academic excellence, affordability, innovation, community responsiveness and student success.

Core Values

These core values form our attitudes and guide our behavior:

  • Student-focus: Execute student-centered decision making
  • Excellence: Offer high-quality educational opportunities, programs and services
  • Accessibility: Offer ease of access to educational opportunities, programs and services
  • Affordability: Provide affordable educational opportunities, programs and services
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Celebrate the individuality and diversity of our students, community, nation and world
  • Respect: Practice equity and mutual respect
  • Stewardship: Manage our resources with efficiency and integrity to ensure the long-term health of the college and infuse responsible, sustainable and transparent practices throughout all operations and programs
  • Outreach and Engagement: Advance a culture of engagement and collaboration
  • Relevance: Offer relevant educational programs through innovation and responsiveness

Accreditation

Monroe County Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Copies of documents regarding accreditation may be reviewed in the Office of the Vice President of Instruction.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
www.hlcommission.org
(800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462
Email: info@hlcommission.org

Program Accreditations

The following MCCC programs have earned specialized accreditation:

  • The Associate of Applied Science - Nursing program at MCCC, located in Monroe, Michigan is accredited by the:

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at: http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

  •  The Respiratory Therapy (CoARC #200295) Associate of Applied Science degree program at MCCC is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) 
264 Precision Blvd
Telford, TN, 37690
(817) 283-2835 
www.coarc.com

  • The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science degree program is accredited by the:

Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs
of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC)
1401 H St. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
202-232-8777 or 800-424-2460
www.naeyc.org

Philosophy

Monroe County Community College is dedicated to the philosophy that the nation’s most precious resource resides in the diverse knowledge and abilities of its citizens. The college endeavors to provide educational opportunities to enhance this knowledge and refine these abilities.

The college offers its programs and services within a framework of ethical integrity in all relationships and practices.

The college believes that liberal admissions requirements are an essential part of its philosophy.

The college admissions policy affords equal opportunity for all qualified individuals for higher educational experiences.

Assessment Philosophy

Assessment at MCCC is a systematic and comprehensive examination of the college mission. Relevant academic and non-academic activities will be used to determine if the mission mandates continue to be met. Assessment illustrates that the college is committed to improving in all areas, particularly the central institutional mission: teaching and learning effectiveness.

Assessment of student learning at MCCC is faculty-driven and enables the institution to demonstrate objectively and reliably that students are learning key skills, competencies and attributes. Attainment of these key skills, competencies and attributes is necessary to allow students to achieve their educational, personal and professional goals such as transferring to complete a bachelor’s degree and beyond, securing competitive-wage employment and being productive citizens.

Assessment also provides our constituency with an ongoing reporting mechanism that indicates high-quality performance at an institution where public resources are effectively expended for the betterment of the MCCC district. The assessment process provides an appropriate, self-determined accountability mechanism that provides assurances that MCCC continues to meet its institutional mission of preparing students to meet their goals. Assessment of student learning also provides a clear avenue for reporting results to MCCC’s institutional and program accrediting
organizations, to the State of Michigan and to the Department of Education.

Policy Statement on Illegal Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

The Community College District of Monroe County, Michigan affirms its desire to create a work and study environment for all individuals that is fair and responsible. The college endeavors to support an environment that will support, nurture and reward career and educational goals on the basis of relevant factors such as ability and work performance. The college believes that illegal discrimination and sexual harassment are inconsistent with a supportive environment, and as such, endorses all applicable state and federal legislation, which includes the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (Michigan) and the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Federal) involving prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment and in the utilization of education facilities.

It is therefore the policy of the college that no employee or qualified person participating in a college-sponsored program, service or activity shall be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, height, weight or veteran’s status.

It is furthermore the policy of the college that any illegal acts of discrimination or sexual harassment of students or employees will be considered as unacceptable and impermissible conduct. Such acts will not be condoned or tolerated by the college. The college will investigate any allegation of illegal discrimination or sexual harassment. If inappropriate behavior is found to have occurred, prompt remedial action will be taken. Any employee found to have engaged in prohibited discrimination or sexual harassment is subject to immediate discipline up to and including termination, and any student found to have engaged in prohibited discrimination or sexual harassment is subject to immediate discipline, up to and including expulsion.

No employee or student will be disciplined or retaliated against for making a good faith complaint or request for investigation pursuant to this policy.

The college’s Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator and Compliance Officer for discrimination and sexual harassment is the Director of Human Resources, Monroe County Community College, 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Michigan 48161, phone 734.384.4245. For procedural information, please see the website at www.monroeccc.edu.

Policy Statement on Social Security Number Privacy

The State of Michigan Public Act 454 of 2004 establishes regulations to help ensure the privacy of student Social Security numbers. This includes the proper use, disclosure and disposal of student Social Security numbers. The Community College District of Monroe County, Michigan will follow procedures to ensure that these requirements are met. For procedural information, please see the website at www.monroeccc.edu.

Main Campus

Campbell Academic Center

Named for MCCC’s first president, Dr. Ronald Campbell, and renovated and expanded in 2022, the Campbell Academic Center is the focal point of the campus. This two-story building contains classrooms, faculty offices, the Library and a small theater.

Career Technology Center

The 60,000-square-foot Career Technology Center houses programs related to applied sciences and engineering technology curricula. It provides infrastructure to support state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space required to deliver instruction and skills necessary to secure highgrowth, high-demand and high-paying jobs.

Founders Hall

Founders Hall opened in 2020 and was designed with student success in mind, featuring state-of-the-art learning environments and enhanced student services. It is home to the Student Success Center, where students can access Tutoring and Learning Assistance services, Disability Services and the Testing Center. It features multiple small group study rooms and collaborative seating areas, state-of-the-art classrooms, a large open computer space,open tutoring space and more. Founders Hall is also home to the college’s Business, Computer Information Systems, Graphic Design and Art programs.

Gerald Welch Health Education Building

Named for MCCC’s second president, the Gerald Welch Health Education Building houses the Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing, PN to RN and Respiratory Therapy programs and laboratories. It also is home to MCCC’s physical education courses. The facility also features a large multi-purpose room/gymnasium, dance-aerobics room and the Fitness Center.

La-Z-Boy Center

The La-Z-Boy Center provides exciting opportunities for students and the community and is flexible enough to respond to three equally important needs - cultural arts programming, customized training for business and industry, and unparalleled space for community activities and conferences. The 575-seat Meyer Theater within the La-Z-Boy Center permits for a broad range of performances that require high-end lighting, sound production, set design and staging.

Life Sciences Building

The Life Sciences Building houses programs, laboratories, classrooms and offices related to the physical and natural sciences. It is also home to the college’s Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education programs. The building also contains two small, auditorium-type lecture halls and a climate-controlled greenhouse. A 2,500-square-foot student collaborative space was recently added to the facility for individual and group study.

Warrick Student Center

The Warrick Student Center is home to the Office of Admissions and Guidance, the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, and other administrative offices, as weel as the Campus Store, dining room, student lounge and recreation area, community-use conference rooms also used as classrooms, culinary arts classrooms, Student Government room, Safe Space/Multicultural Student Center and a beautiful courtyard. 

Library

The Library provides access to online resources and print materials selected to support the college curricula and independent research. MCCC students, faculty and staff have library accounts that allow them to check out materials and access online resources. Monroe County residents are able to check out physical items and use databases on campus. The Library Discovery Search tool allows users to search the library catalog and all databases at once. A complete list of all databases can be found in our  A-Z Database List, including ProQuest Central, Academic Search Complete, JSTOR and many more. Reference librarians provide both individual reference help and information literacy instruction for all divisions. Library staff can be reached at 734.384.4204 during open hours, by emailing askalibrarian@monroeccc.edu or through the MCCC Library Chat Reference found on the Library homepage. The Library Research Guides provide research tutorials and resources for many courses and research topics. The Library is located in the Campbell Academic Center and includes five group study rooms, collaborative spaces with display monitors and whiteboard walls, individual study spaces, printing, Wi-Fi, computer access, books, DVDs, journals and more. The Library regularly hosts author discussions, book clubs, workshops and displays.

Student Success Services

The Student Success Center provides academic support services as well as services to students with disabilities. The goal of the SSC is to help students improve their classroom performance and achieve academic success and independence. All SSC services are free to enrolled MCCC students. Most of the SSC services are provided in Founders Hall (Room F-148). Appointments can be made in person in the SSC, by calling 734.384.4167 or online at https://tutor.monroeccc.edu. The Writing Center is located in the Campbell Academic Center (Room C-203).

Tutoring

Tutoring is available for many MCCC courses. Most tutoring is performed one-to-one (in person or online). When requested, group tutoring is also available. Appointments are encouraged to ensure a specific time is reserved for you; walk-ins are accepted. Academic coaching is another tutoring option available for assistance in all courses.

Supplemental Instruction

Group study sessions are led by a trained student leader for selected courses. The leader attends class, takes notes, reads the assigned materials and conducts two study sessions per week (in person or online). The scheduled group study sessions are informal and have been proven to be quite helpful.

Blueprint for College Success Workshop

“Blueprint” is a free workshop designed for all college students, particularly those students without recent classroom experience. All MCCC students are welcome to attend. The workshop topics include:

  • Adapting to the academic demands of college
  • Time management and goal setting
  • Learning preferences
  • Note-taking skills
  • Test-taking skills and test anxiety
  • Math skills

Please visit the college website for Blueprint workshop information. Call 734.384.4167 to register for access to the virtual workshop.

Writing Center

Student writing fellows assist with all stages of the writing process from pre-writing to revision and editing. The writing fellows are students who have demonstrated writing ability in ENGL 254 (Advanced Composition). Many courses at MCCC are assigned a writing fellow. Assistance on any writing project is also available in the Writing Center, which is located in the Campbell Academic Center (Room 203). For more information visit https://www.monroeccc.edu/writing-and-presentation-services.

Testing Center

MCCC’s Testing Center is a quiet and secure place for prospective students, current students and the surrounding community to take a variety of tests. The center offers high-quality testing services in a pleasant, accommodating, accessible and technologically advanced environment. The Testing Center is also staffed with Support Specialists to provide assistance with Brightspace, college Wi-fi and password resets or logging on issues in Brightspace, email or WebPal. For more information visit https://www.monroeccc.edu/testing.

Disability Services

Students with disabilities may be eligible for classroom and test accommodations to provide access to all college facilities and programs. Accommodations are intended to “level the playing field” as much as possible, so the student with a disability has an equal opportunity to succeed. Access is provided while maintaining high academic standards.

Disability Services Coordinators are available to assist students with disabilities in all aspects of their educational planning. Students may schedule an appointment with a disability coordinator in the Student Success Center to request accommodations, plan their schedule, obtain career and transfer information and receive collaborative services with outside agencies.

Process for Requesting Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  1. Under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (2008) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, an individual with a disability includes any person who has a physical, learning, behavioral or psychological impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  2. To begin the accommodation process, please complete the public accommodation request form at https://monroeccc-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/.
  3. Eligibility for services will be determined by information gathered from the student interview and documentation provided.
  4. Any documentation and information that the student can readily share during the initial appointment, such as accommodation history; educational or medical records, and reports and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, teachers or an educational system is helpful. Examples of documentation may include a psychological evaluation, 504 Plan, IEP (Individual Education Plan), SOP (Summary of Performance) or report of teacher observations.
  5. The student interview will focus on how the condition substantially impacts the student in the academic environment. This interactive process will enable the counselor to determine how the disability is connected to a barrier and if an accommodation would provide access.
  6. Information gathered during the initial interview may be reviewed by the Disability Services Review Committee. If recommendations are included in the documentation, they will be considered together with the total assessment, the specific program and class, and information provided by the student during the interview. Appropriate accommodations will be determined on an individual basis.
  7. Students will receive a student confirmation letter in the Accommodate system with approved accommodations and policies and procedures. Students must electronically sign this letter to confirm receipt of the letter and review of policies and procedures.
  8. It is the responsibility of the student receiving an accommodation to:
    • Notify or leave a message with Disability Services if the student will not be attending class due to a disability-related absence by calling 734.384.4167.
    • Use the same procedure to notify Disability Services if the student has difficulty with any accommodation (e.g., notetaker, scribe, interpreter).
  9. All accommodations are provided free of charge. Cooperative agreements through a third party (e.g., Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Services for Blind Persons) will be considered.
  10. Any loaned equipment must be returned to the Disability Services Office within one week of the end of the semester. Failure to return equipment will result in a financial hold on the student’s record.
  11. Accommodations are made on an individual basis each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to submit request through the Accommodate system each semester accommodations are desired. Accommodations are not retroactive, so it is best to submit a request prior to the start of each semester.
  12. Non-credit students seeking accommodations must meet with a Disability Services Coordinator each time they register for a class.
  13. Student confidentiality will be observed and no documentation or information will be released without the student’s written consent.
  14. Reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate individual needs. However, this is not a guarantee that accommodations will be provided exactly as requested.

Campus Store

Located in the Warrick Student Center, the MCCC Campus Store sells book bags, school supplies, laptops, gift items, greeting cards and Husky spirit wear. All items are available to purchase in the on-campus store location and on the website at https://bookstore.monroeccc.edu/. Orders placed on the website can be picked up in the Campus Store or shipped directly to a student’s residence.

The Campus Store has partnered with eCampus for the sale of all course materials. To purchase from eCampus, use the following link to shop by student’s course schedule at https://monroeccc.ecampus.com/sign-in?ltype=s.

eCampus orders can be shipped to the Campus Store or directly to a student’s residence. A notification will be sent to a student’s email account when the order has arrived and is ready for pick up. Deliveries sent to the Campus Store can be picked up by students during the Campus Store’s open hours. A form of personal identification is necessary for pick up.

Various payment methods are accepted on the eCampus website, such as credit and debit cards, PayPal, financial aid, book buyback credits and credits earned through the Rewards Program.

Students should keep books in original condition (by not opening packages, opening access codes or writing in them) until they are certain there is no need to return them. Check the Campus Store website for refund and exchange policies.

Book buy back is available at any time using the student profile set up on eCampus. The Bookstore may also have on-campus book buy back, typically held at the end of Fall and Winter semesters. Information on upcoming buy backs, including days and times, is available by calling the Campus Store or checking the Campus Store section of the college’s website.

Visit the Campus Storewebsite at https://monroeccc.edu/bookstore for additional information.

Corporate and Community Services Division

The basic mission of the Corporate and Community Services Division is to provide a variety of educational opportunities to adults within the college service area. Courses and programs are designed in response to education and training needs expressed by individuals, community groups, and business and industry, as well as demands for enrichment and recreational activities.

The CCS Division of Monroe County Community College is a comprehensive educational provider to many segments of the community. The diverse offerings and services touch a wide variety of citizens and organizations.

Community service programs and activities are an ongoing part of the division. Community service programs include the presentation of College Supporter of the Year award, as well as other programs that reflect the diverse interests of the community.

Customized Training

The CCS Division plays a significant role in economic development activities throughout Monroe County by providing training programs designed to maintain a competitive workforce. Through contract education with area business and industry, specific training programs may be offered onsite or at the workplace. CCS personnel are regularly involved in county-wide programs with the Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe County Business Allaiance, Michigan Works! and a variety of governmental agencies and organizations dedicated to economic development.

The college does participate in the Michigan New Jobs Training Program, which provides funding to area employers for workforce training.

For information on specific training programs available, or to view a current schedule of training classes, visit the college’s website.

Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning Office provides educational opportunities in a wide range of non-credit, non-degree programs. Through the Lifelong Learning schedule of classes, a variety of classes and programs are offered for professional development in business, computers, construction, real estate, industrial technology, medical skill training and professional licensure. Personal interest, crafts/hobby, sports/recreation and health/wellness classes are also offered for individuals seeking personal development and leisure activities. In addition, summer camps in a variety of topics are offered annually to students in grades K-12.

Evening and weekend class offerings, one-night classes, one-day workshops and an easy registration process that includes Web registration are just some of the many advantages that Lifelong Learning offers to the adult student at MCCC.

For specific class information or to receive a current schedule of classes, contact the Lifelong Learning Office, located within the Corporate and Community Services Division office (Room 286 of the La-Z-Boy Center) at 734.384.4127, or visit the MCCC website.

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Office assists current and former Monroe County Community College students, as well as alumni and county residents, in locating job opportunities in the surrounding employment area. The Workforce Development Office provides information regarding available part-time, full-time, permanent and temporary positions in a wide variety of occupational areas. Student assistant positions in all areas of the college are also available through the Workforce Development Office.

Upon registration with the Workforce Development Office, students and job seekers can obtain job information, post resumes and contact potential employers. They also have access to a variety of job seeking skills seminars, assistance with resumes and reference materials.

Area employers use MCCC’s Workforce Development Office free of charge to post available jobs and access qualified candidates registered with the office. For more information about registering for employment opportunities or posting a job, contact the Workforce Development Office at 734.384.4229 or visit the college’s website.

Whitman Center

MCCC’s Whitman Center, located on Lewis Avenue in Bedford Township, exemplifies the community service commitment of the college. It is available for public use by reservation through the college’s facilities rental process.

Student Organizations and Activities

Monroe County Community College supports student organizations and activities. It is believed that such programs contribute to the overall intellectual, social and emotional development of students. Participation in campus-sponsored activities can be a source of opportunity for 1) leadership development, 2) cultivation of broader interests, 3) recognition of achievements, 4) encouragement of social skills and 5) practice in the skills of citizenship.

Opportunities are available for individuals to participate in extracurricular, student-sponsored organizations and activities and to help organize new programs or direct existing ones. Much of the responsibility for the types of student programs and their management rests with the student body. However, all organizations and activities must have the support of a staff adviser. The following list represents some of the extracurricular student-administered activities that are available at Monroe County Community College:

  • Student government
  • Student clubs:
         Academic interest groups
         Special interest groups
  • Vocal and instrumental music

Contact the Dean of Student Services by calling (734) 384-4183 or emailing gmccarty@monroeccc.edu for more information.

Study Abroad

Monroe County Community College offers students the chance to expand their horizons while completing coursework by visiting and living in other countries and cultures. Program course content and location varies from year to year. Study abroad programs take place during the Summer Semester; announcements regarding the program are made during the prior Summer or Fall semesters. For more information, contact the Global Studies Coordinator.

Campus and Community Events

The college sponsors a wide array of cultural, educational and recreational events throughout the year for students and the entire community.  A monthly calendar of exhibits, demonstrations, lectures, slide shows, concerts, plays, athletic and seasonal events is available, spotlighting well-known regional and national artists. This calendar is mailed annually in the summer to all Monroe County residences. Many events are free and all are open to the public. For more information, to view the calendar of events, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.monroeccc.edu/theater.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is available to all MCCC students and staff free of charge. MCCC Alumni Association members also have access to the facility for a modest annual fee. Located in the Gerald Welch Health Education Building on the north end of the campus, the Fitness Center is equipped with a full range of exercise equipment for cardiovascular workouts and strength training. Lockers and shower facilities are available. Visitors must present a photo ID and complete an orientation session to utilize the exercise equipment. For more information and hours of operation, visit the MCCC website.

Gifts and Bequests - The Foundation at Monroe County Community College

Established in 1998, The Foundation at Monroe County Community College is a non-profit corporation designated by the college’s Board of Trustees as the development and enrichment organization for the college. The Foundation receives and administers private gifts, bequests and donations to benefit Monroe County Community College. The Foundation, through its fund raising activities and financial awards, seeks to enhance the educational, cultural and financial strength of the college.

A board of directors, comprised of distinguished business and community leaders as well as MCCC faculty and staff, develops The Foundation’s policies and activities. Each member brings to the board a unique combination of experiences, skills and perspectives that assist The Foundation in meeting its goal of providing a vehicle for contributions to support college programs and activities.

A portfolio of giving opportunities is available. Each giving opportunity is within a framework that respects the wishes and charitable choices of the donor.

The giving programs enable the donor to receive maximum tax benefits under existing tax laws. Donations may be cash, securities, gifts made through a will or trust, insurance and/or real estate and personal property. The donation may be awarded for specific purposes or given without restrictions to the general fund. Gifts are provided for scholarships, program enrichment, special purchases, faculty/staff mini-grants, special events, physical facilities and other projects that augment high-quality education at Monroe County Community College.

For more information, contact The Foundation at Monroe County Community College at 734.384.4214 or visit www.monroeccc.edu and select the GIVE tab on the homepage.