WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- It's enrollment time at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), with most credit classes set to begin August 28. The college welcomes students of all ages, at all stages of life, in both credit programs and noncredit business and personal enrichment programs.
Mercer's classes meet days, evenings and weekends at the suburban West Windsor campus and the downtown Trenton James Kerney campus. Lunchtime courses are also offered in Trenton. Distance learning through The Virtual Campus provides courses via the Internet and cable TV. In addition to the regular semester, courses are also offered in 10-week, 7-week and 5-week sessions.
This summer marked the opening of a new addition to the James Kerney campus, which provides a 2000 square-foot glass-walled addition housing a lobby, security booth and a classroom. The downtown campus serves more than 2,700 students each year.
Mercer offers more than 60 associate degree programs designed either for transfer to four-year colleges or entry into career fields. New this fall is a program for those who enjoy both cooking and science. Called "Culinology," it combines the two disciplines and leads to Rutgers University's Interdisciplinary Food Science program. Culinology is one of Mercer's many unique programs, which include Aviation Flight Technology, Exercise Science, Entertainment Technology, Ornamental Horticulture and Funeral Service.
Also new this fall is a "music and sound technology" concentration in the college's Entertainment Technology program, offered in addition to "lighting and sound technology." In Digital Media Arts, students may concentrate on 3-D animation, digital imaging or web design.
Mercer's Transfer Office assists students who plan to continue their education after they complete an associate degree. The college holds dual admissions agreements with Rutgers, Rider, The College of New Jersey, Montclair State, NJIT, Penn State Abington and Saint Peter's College, enabling students to transfer directly into their junior year. Mercer's credits also transfer to other colleges nationwide. Without leaving Mercer's campus, students can earn a bachelor's or master's degree through Fairleigh Dickinson University, which offers courses in Business and Hospitality Management.
For assistance with college financing, Mercer's Financial Aid professionals are ready to help students apply for federal, state and local grants, loans and scholarships. High school graduates who rank in the top 20 percent of their graduating class are eligible for free community college tuition through the NJSTARS program. These students must take 12 or more credits and must enroll within two years of high school graduation.
In addition to credit degree programs, Mercer offers year-round noncredit courses for career development and personal interest. The Center for Training and Development provides corporations with customized training programs. The college's high-tech Conference Center at Mercer hosts meetings and conferences for area businesses and government, and offers a tiered 219-seat auditorium, meeting rooms and excellent cuisine.
Students may register for fall in person at the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, or the James Kerney Campus, North Broad and Academy Streets in Trenton, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For classes that begin Aug. 28, the last day to register without late fees is Aug. 23. Online registration is available to previously registered students at www.mccc.edu. New students should call the Admissions office at 570-3795.
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