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Mercer County Community College Offers New Choices This Fall
Through Expansion of Programs and Facilities


WEST WINDSOR, N.J.  --  Most fall credit classes begin August 27 at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), at campuses in West Windsor and downtown Trenton, and through MercerOnline.   

MCCC offers 70 associate degree programs plus 30 credit certificates, and will begin offering new programs this fall in Fashion Merchandising, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Sustainability.  The college’s specialized programs attract students from the tri-state region who wish to study Aviation Flight Technology, Funeral Services or Horticulture/Plant Science.  

Following MCCC’s long-term Master Plan, construction projects are moving forward at both campuses this summer, with the goal of increasing learning opportunities and providing state-of-the-art educational environments for students.

Projects at the West Windsor campus include renovating three science labs and two prep rooms, and replacing tennis courts, a synthetic turf field, and HVAC equipment in the Physical Education building. The Conference Center’s atrium floor will be replaced, as will the entryway.

Making more efficient use of existing space at the downtown Trenton campus, buildings are being renovated to provide a one-stop Information Center with computers where students can register and work online, a new science lab and a renovated science lab, a new classroom with state-of-the-art technology, a Career Center, and new rooms for student activities, independent study and group work.

A newly acquired building in Trenton, across Broad Street from existing buildings, will add needed space for programs in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and other visual and digital arts. The building will provide space for future expansion of health, science and business programs in Trenton.

Says MCCC President Patricia Donohue, “After listening to student concerns, we are enhancing what they will experience.  They will have a more open, more user-friendly learning environment at the Trenton campus.”

Dedicated to helping students succeed, MCCC offers free tutoring, academic advisement and assistance with state and federal financial aid programs, grants, loans and scholarships.  Flexible scheduling includes the traditional 15-week semester plus semesters of 10, eight and five weeks, with day, evening and weekend hours to accommodate most schedules.

Continuing this fall are bachelor’s degree programs offered for MCCC graduates right on the West Windsor campus.  William Paterson University offers programs in Education, Liberal Studies, Psychology and Business Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Business, Hospitality, Communications and Criminal Justice, and Felician College in Nursing.

New Jersey legislation ensures that community college credits will transfer easily to four-year state colleges, and MCCC also holds transfer agreements with other colleges nationwide.  National statistics say that community college graduates who transfer to four-year institutions do as well as, or better than, students who begin there. 

The college will host an Information Session this fall for college-bound students and their parents, focusing on how to begin at MCCC and transfer for a four-year degree. It takes place on Wednesday, October 17 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  To register call 609-570-3244.

For those who wish to enter into a career right after earning their associate degree, MCCC offers a variety of programs, such as Physical Therapist Assistant, Law Enforcement, Entertainment Technology, Paralegal and Graphic Design. 

Highly motivated students may enter Mercer’s Honors Program, which provides an enriched college experience for high-achievers.  The program is open to eligible incoming freshmen. Honors graduates have earned major scholarships to top baccalaureate colleges such as Stanford, Mount Holyoke and Drexel. 

Continuing for 2012 are faculty-led study tours which took students to Costa Rica this spring and to South Africa this summer.  Tour destinations for next year include Costa Rica, parts of Eastern Europe, and the Yucatan Peninsula. Study Abroad for a full semester is also available.  For details visit www.mccc.edu/studyabroad

For more information about all of MCCC’s credit and noncredit programs, visit www.mccc.edu or call the Enrollment Services office at 609-570-3795. Previously registered students can register online.

The fall 2012 credit course bulletin is online here.

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