MCCC to host Spring Open House events

By Eric Devlin
Prospective students and their families are invited to attend Montgomery County Community College's Spring Open House events. Photo by Eric Devlin

Prospective students and their families are invited to attend Montgomery County Community College's Spring Open House events. Photo by Eric Devlin

Celebrate spring’s blooming flowers and warming temperatures by attending a Spring Open House at Montgomery County Community College.

MCCC is delighted to invite prospective students and their families, as well as the community as a whole, to its three Spring Open House events in person at Blue Bell and Pottstown Campuses and online.

“This spring, we're celebrating open house season at Montgomery County Community College,” said Michael Harcum, Director of Admissions and Recruitment. “As part of our plan to build a strong future, we invite everyone – prospective students, families, and the community – to explore our beautiful, renovated campuses and online programs. We're excited to showcase our amazing faculty, diverse programs, and the support services that make Montco such a valuable resource.”

“Looking back,” he continued, “I wish I knew what I know now about starting college. If I had considered a community college like Montco first, I could have saved a significant amount of money before transferring to a four-year university.”

New this year is Project Re-Connect. The program is a financial resource for residents of Pennsylvania (with specific focus in Chester, Berks and Montgomery Counties), for students seeking to re-enroll. Harcum called it an opportunity for students to start fresh at the College.

“Re-enrolling can be challenging for students, especially if they needed to step away due to financial restraints,” he said. “Project Re-Connect can put you in touch with experts, who can help provide a pathway back to Montco and back to accomplishing your goal of a college education.”

Pottstown Spring Open House April 13

Pottstown Spring Open HouseThe Spring Open House series kicks off on the first floor of South Hall at Pottstown Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown, Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Attendees will meet with faculty, administrators, and current students to learn about the programs and services available at the College. Prospective students and families can receive information on topics like Financial AidSupport ServicesAcademic ProgramsWorkforce Development, and Transfer PartnershipsCampus Tours will also be available. To register, visit the landing page.

MCCC also welcomes employers and employees to the open houses to learn more about its 100+ programs, flexible schedules and online courses. Through MCCC’s Prior Learning Assessment, working students may qualify for credits or waiver of courses, depending on experience and training, allowing them to get a head start on earning an associate’s degree.

“Kick off your Spring Open House experience at the newly renovated South Hall Student Commons,” said Katherine Browna, Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment. “This modern space is designed for flexible learning, and it's just the beginning. You can also explore nearby facilities like the Mustangs eSports arena, game room, fitness center, and the Science on a Sphere exhibit. Plus, all these amenities are conveniently located close to classrooms and labs in the building.”

In nearby North Hall, attendees can tour the Sound Recording and Music Technology studio, theater, machine shop and Wellness Center, which features an array of holistic support services.

Blue Bell Spring Open House April 27

Following that at Blue Bell Campus, in the Health Sciences Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, the College will host its open house Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to learning information about the College and visiting each of the open buildings on campus, students interested in Culinary Arts  or Baking and Pastry Arts will have an opportunity to speak with faculty from The Hospitality Institute, who will be hosting demonstrations.

Visitors will also be able to view the progress of the incoming Hospitality Institute, which is currently under construction and slated to open in the fall of 2024 for students in the baking and pastry, culinary arts and Tourism and Hospitality Management programs.

The information fair will be held the Health Sciences Center atrium, where attendees can connect with faculty and administrators from academic units, support services and student life. Guests can take self-guided tours through the Health Sciences Center's labs and clinical spaces and see how these state-of-the-art facilities prepare students for exciting careers.

The Science Center will also be available for visitors to explore labs and classrooms. The Advanced Technology Center will feature the recording studio, The Mix Room at Montco, Montco Radio and the TV studio.

Attendees can immerse themselves in creativity at the Fine Arts Center, where they can visit the gallery and peek into studio art classrooms.

The open houses information fair will be located in the Health Sciences Center. This is a great opportunity for guests to connect with faculty from the College's academic units and administrators from the College's many support services and student life offerings. 

College Hall will be open and include options to participate in a Hospitality Institute culinary demonstration, meet current students, view the library, check out the Mustangs eSports pavilion, and connect with Admissions & Enrollment Services team members for assistance with application and enrollment questions.

Free swag will be offered at both the Pottstown and Blue Bell events to guests at check-in.

Online Spring Open House May 2

During the online open house Thursday, May 2, 6-7 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to learn about flexible programs, discover affordable ways to pay for college, listen to informative presentations and ask questions during Q&A sessions and more.

The hour-long presentation will remain published online after the event ends throughout the year for those unable to attend.

“As always, the online open house is about the ease of accessibility,” said Harcum. “This is an ideal option for those unable to make an in-person open house. While there’s no substitute for getting on campus, our online open house does a tremendous job of showcasing all of what Montco has to offer.”

Harcum encouraged everyone to attend all three open houses to fully appreciate all of the opportunities at MCCC.

“Whether you’re a prospective student thinking about college in the future or maybe you’re looking to decide right now,” he said, “the fall semester registration opens March 21 (March 20 for veterans). We would love to have you join our Montco family.”

In addition to faculty, both the Pottstown and Blue Bell open house events will feature representatives from student services including AthleticsStudent LifeDual Enrollment/Early College, the University CenterACT 101 Scholars Program/ Partnership on Work Enrichment and Readiness (POWER) Program, Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS), Upward BoundVeteran Services, Career & Alumni Engagement, Wellness Center, Adult Learner/Prior Learning Assessment, English as a Second LanguageLibraries & Academic SupportInternational Students, Dental Hygiene (DHG) Clinic Services, DHG Students (to be located with Student Support), Financial Aid, Equity, Diversity, and Belonging, Enrollment services, Academic Advising and Workforce Development.

At the open houses, students and families can learn how MCCC makes college education affordable and accessible for everyone. Students who earn their associate degrees at a community college and transfer to a four-year school can see a substantial tuition savings.  Beyond lower tuition rates, MCCC also awards over 500 scholarships a year.

Also, through MCCC’s Two for One Tuition Program, Montgomery County employees, their spouses, domestic partners and dependents up to 26 years of age, are eligible to receive a tuition waiver for one free course for every course they take, both in-person or online, paid in full.

For more information about paying for college, visit the landing page. For more information about the Spring Open House events, visit the landing page or contact the Admissions office.