New Opportunities This
Fall at MCCC:
It's enrollment time at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), with most credit classes set to begin August 30. Groundbreaking opportunities this fall include free tuition for qualified high achievers, bachelor's and master's degrees offered on the MCCC campus, and a new transfer option.
High school graduates who rank in the top 20 percent of their 2004 graduating class are eligible for free community college tuition through the NJSTARS program, proposed by Governor McGreevey last February. Students must take 12 or more credits and must enroll within two years of high school graduation. Up to five semesters will be covered if academic criteria are met.
Also new this fall is an agreement with Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) that will enable students to complete bachelor's and master's degrees right on the MCCC campus. The two bachelor's degree tracks are "Business and Technology" and "Hospitality Management." The Master of Science degree will be in "Hospitality Management Studies." Classes will be offered in the evening and on Saturdays.
A new transfer agreement with Penn State Abington provides an opportunity for graduates of MCCC’s Business Administration program to transfer seamlessly into a bachelor’s degree program there. Partial scholarships are available based on academic standing. The Abington campus is approximately 45 minutes away from MCCC’s West Windsor campus.
Also new is a “Flexible Learning” program that enables students to complete an associate degree in Business Administration in 18 to 24 months. Classes are offered in 8- to 10-week sessions and core courses are offered primarily on weekends.
Many degree programs at MCCC prepare students to transfer into the junior year at a four-year college, while others are designed for entry into a career field. Mercer holds Dual Admissions Agreements with Rutgers, Rider, The College of New Jersey, Montclair and NJIT, and its credits transfer to other colleges nationwide. More than half of Mercer’s graduates continue their education in bachelor’s degree programs. In all, Mercer offers 65 associate degree majors, including studies in health careers such as nursing and medical lab technology, business, information technology, engineering, the liberal arts and sciences, radio and television, the visual and performing arts, and architecture. Programs unique to the region include aviation, horticulture and funeral service.
Mercer’s classes meet days and evenings on both the West Windsor and James Kerney campuses, and lunchtime courses are offered in downtown Trenton. Distance learning is offered through The Virtual Campus via the Internet and cable TV.
“Fast Track” courses consolidate a full semester into seven- or ten-week sessions. Students may be eligible for “Credits for Life Experience,” which are awarded on an individual basis for prior training, personal study, completion of a proprietary school program, or military service.
Fall 2004 registration is available in person at the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, or the Kerney Campus, North Broad and Academy Streets, Trenton, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Except for additional late-starting classes, the last day to register without late fees is August 24. Online registration is available to previously registered students at www.mccc.edu. New students should call 609-586-0505.