About the College
For 50 years, Montgomery County Community College has grown with the community to meet the evolving educational and workforce development needs of Montgomery County. The College's comprehensive curriculum includes 100+ associate degree/certificate programs, as well as specialized workforce development training and certifications. Students enjoy the flexibility of learning at the College's thriving campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, online through an extensive array of e-Learning options, or at the brand new Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale. The College also offers first-responder training programs at the Public Safety Training Campus in Conshohocken. Supporting its mission to offer high-quality, affordable and accessible educational opportunities, the College is funded by the County, the State and student tuition. Governed by a 15-person Board of Trustees appointed by the Montgomery County Commissioners, the College is fully accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
About Our Students
The College's students are as diverse as their communities. Approximately 27 percent of the student body is comprised of ethnic and racial minorities, and close to 60 percent is female. The average age of a Montgomery County Community College student is 25, and 65 percent of all credit students are enrolled part time, with many of them attending evening classes. Because 83 percent of the College's credit students live in Montgomery County, their success directly impacts the success of the local economy. The impact of our students is felt long after they graduate. According to the College's 2012 graduate survey, 64 percent of alumni are employed in Montgomery County, and 95 percent are employed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, 55 percent indicated that they acquired a new job or obtained a promotion since graduating, and 99 percent said they met their educational goals.
According to a recent study, Montgomery County Community College contributes significantly to our county's economic growth. Here are some examples of our impact.
- For our work to improve student learning outcomes and reduce barriers to student access and success, the College is one of only 73 institutions nationally designated as an Achieving the Dream Leader College.
- For the fifth consecutive year, Victory Media named the College a "Military Friendly School," ranking it among the top 15 percent of all higher education institutions in the country for support services provided to veterans and active military personnel. More than 500 veterans were enrolled at the College during the 2012-2013 academic year.
- The College is one of only 43 institutions in the country selected to participate in the Gateway to College National Network, a nationally recognized dropout prevention and recovery program for high school students. In fall 2013, the first cohort of Gateway to College students began the program at the College's Central and West campuses.
- In 2013-2014, the College awarded a record 374 scholarships valuing over $300,000 to students through the Foundation.
- The College has Dual Admissions / Core-to-Core Transfer Agreements with 29 colleges and universities, including Saint Joseph's University Lehigh University, and Widener University all signed in the last year. The College also signed its first-ever international Dual Admissions Transfer Agreement with Dongseo University, a private university located in Busan, South Korea.
About Our Academic Programs
In order to meet the diverse needs of our student body and community, the College offers five associate degrees (A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.F.A. and A.G.S.) as well as a number of certificate and certificate of completion programs. Several degree and certificate programs are delivered entirely online or in a hybrid format that combines classroom and online learning. The College also launched its Virtual Campus this fall, which provides instruction and all student services online for a pilot group of certificate programs.
The College stays in sync with the industry and educational demands. Our faculty led development of a modernized general education core curriculum that shapes students' experiences through 13 learning competencies designed to help them communicate, solve problems, integrate knowledge, and place value on self and others.
The College also continues to modify programs to meet new Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Committee (TAOC) recommendations and to position our graduates for optimal transfer and employment. In the past year, we bolstered our Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree program, as well as our Engineering Science, Engineering Technology and Criminal Justice programs, and our Human Services program earned its first-ever national accreditation from the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE).
This fall, the College opened its brand-new Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, Pa., in support of its growing Culinary Arts programs. The 15,000-square-foot facility features four state-of-the-art kitchens and equipment, three SMART classrooms, a retail shop for coffee and baked goods, and a first-floor patio for dining and grilling.
About Our Faculty
The College takes great pride in its 190 full-time faculty, all of whom are dedicated to student learning and respected professionals within their fields. With a student-faculty ratio of 19:1, students get individualized attention from nationally recognized scholars, scientists, artists, educators, economists, volunteers, musicians and authors. Three of the College's faculty have earned the distinction of Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching over the past decade. And while the College's faculty are accomplished and active in their fields, their commitment to student learning is their first and foremost professional priority.
About Our Workforce Development Initiatives
Local and regional employers consistently look to the College to help them meet their evolving workforce training needs. As a WEDnetPA partner, the College's Center for Workforce Development (CWD) has assisted more than 400 local companies maintain and manage more than $10 million in workforce development grants over the last decade.
Through our CWD, the College is an active member of the Global Corporate College—a consortium that has resulted in significant opportunities for us, such as the training of TSA employees at the Philadelphia airport. The CWD also provides training for APICS, the Association for Operations Management, and is a partner in the Upper Perkiomen Valley's PerkUp Workforce Development Consortium.
The College is also part of JobTrakPA, a statewide community college initiative that is providing critical training in high-demand industries to displaced workers in Pennsylvania. Funded by $20 million Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT), we are in the process of introducing new rapid retraining programs in Advanced Manufacturing and Health Care Technology.
In addition, the College remains active in its support of emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses in Montgomery County. Three years after opening its doors, our Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) is near capacity, with several new businesses poised to exit and begin creating jobs in our community.
About Our Cultural and Community Impact
The College continues to host and support a growing number of community activities on our campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown. Our Central Campus is the hub for such regional events as the LiveStrong Challenge Philly and the American Kennel Club Terrier Dog Show, and our West Campus continues to anchor the Borough's downtown revitalization efforts through our partnerships with area superintendents and community leaders.
The College has been a driving force in development and launch of Creative MontCo, a civic initiative that strives to shape the cultural and economic future of Montgomery County's diverse communities. And the College's own arts programming draws more than 10,000 patrons annually to our Lively Arts performances, Art Galleries, and student productions.