The MCC-educated workforce adds approximately $602.4 million in income to Monroe County each year.

MCC Again Ranks Among the Top Community Colleges in the Country

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Monroe Community College (MCC) ranks as one of the most productive two-year colleges in the United States, according to a report recently released by Community College Week, a bi-weekly higher education newspaper.

The multi-campus college awarded 2,620 associate degrees in 2012-13, which places it among the top 2 percent of community colleges nationwide in terms of the number of graduates.

The college is 21st among the nation’s two-year colleges in the number of associate degrees awarded, up from 23rd last year. MCC has ranked among the nation’s top 100 community colleges for the past two decades. Data for the report comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics.

“Significantly, CCWeek? recognizes colleges purely by number of degrees awarded, regardless of institution size,” said MCC President Anne M. Kress. “While MCC is a large community college in New York, it is far smaller than many others across the country. That we rank so high on this list speaks to the quality of our College and the commitment of our faculty and staff.”

There are 1,132 community colleges that offer associate degrees in the United States, according to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The State University of New York has five community colleges on the annual Top 100 list: Suffolk County Community College (ranked 10th); Nassau Community College (12th); MCC (21st); Erie Community College (32nd); and Hudson Valley Community College (44th).

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Media Contact:
Cynthia Cooper
Marketing and Community Relations
585-292-3022
ccooper@monroecc.edu

New MCC Program Enables Underserved High School Students to Earn College Credits at No Cost

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Scholarship awards make college education affordable and accessible.

Starting in fall 2014, Monroe Community College will provide scholarships to economically disadvantaged high school students enrolled in dual enrollment courses taken at their high schools.

MCC’s new Inspiring Every Day scholarship program assists students in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties who are eligible for free or reduced lunch and participate in the dual enrollment program, which enables students to earn transferrable college credits while still in high school. MCC offers dual enrollment courses at 52 school and BOCES locations across the counties.

The scholarship awards cover students’ MCC tuition and fees for the semester. Students residing outside of Monroe County must complete a Certificate of Residency form as the scholarship does not cover out-of-county tuition charge.

Students interested in taking dual enrollment courses are advised to consult with their high schools before registering. To register for courses, go to www.monroecc.edu/go/dualenroll. Registration opens Sept. 10 through Oct. 1.

The scholarship program aims to increase opportunities for more high school students to get a jump-start on college. Upon high school graduation, students can use earned credits to accelerate their studies at MCC or at other colleges and universities. Research has shown that high school students who complete college coursework are more likely to graduate from high school and continue their college studies.

For more information about dual enrollment, call MCC at (585) 292-2135.

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Media Contact:
Hency Yuen-Eng
Marketing and Community Relations
585-292-3063
hyuen-eng@monroecc.edu

MCC Awarded State Funding to Prepare Learners for High-Need Careers

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BRIGHTON, N.Y. –Aug. 26, 2014- Monroe Community College is among 37 SUNY campuses that will receive state funding to educate and train students for high-demand careers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

MCC will receive more than $42,000 to expand its curriculum for cloud computing, allowing students to complete courses online toward a cybersecurity certificate. Students studying cloud computing learn to build, test, operate and maintain cloud-based, mobile-enhanced networking and security systems.

The funds are in addition to last year’s state award of nearly $170,000 to develop curriculum for cloud computing and to outfit an existing information and computer technologies laboratory with hardware and software needed to provide the education and training.

The curriculum is embedded in a cybersecurity certificate program that prepares students for employment as specialists in information assurance, network security and cybersecurity.

People who benefit from MCC’s cloud computing courses are students seeking to immediately enter the field as IT technicians, incumbent workers who want to upgrade their skills, and displaced workers looking to change careers. The courses also enable IT professionals to build on their skill sets and stay current with the growing demands and challenges of mobile technologies on computer networks and security.

The Finger Lakes region is projected to have approximately 410 job openings each year in areas related to computer security and information assurance.

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Media Contact:
Hency Yuen-Eng
Marketing and Community Relations
585-292-3063
hyuen-eng@monroecc.edu

15 to Complete Accelerated Training at No Cost This Week, Receive Help Finding Work in Advanced Manufacturing

WHAT: Fifteen displaced workers and military veterans in the nine-county region will complete the accelerated precision tooling certificate program at Monroe Community College this week and receive job placement assistance from the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA).

Developed in partnership with RTMA in response to the advanced manufacturing industry’s immediate need for skilled workers, the six-month accelerated program allows participants to receive education and hands-on training in machining at no cost, earn a certificate in half the normal time and obtain assistance in finding employment within a year. Last year, when the program was launched, 10 of the 13 graduates found employment.

WHERE: MCC’s Applied Technologies Center, 2485 W. Henrietta Road in Brighton.

WHEN: Classes are held from 4 to 10 p.m. weekdays; best opportunities for visuals are between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, through Thursday, Aug. 7.

DETAILS: Findings from the Rochester Area Skill Needs Assessment and Business Climate Survey, conducted by MCC in March 2013 and May 2014, showed that the occupations with the most persistently unfilled positions include advanced manufacturing.

The nine counties in the region are Monroe, Genesee, Ontario, Livingston, Seneca, Orleans, Yates, Wayne and Wyoming.

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Media Contact:
Hency Yuen-Eng
Marketing and Community Relations
585-292-3063
hyuen-eng@monroecc.edu