MCCC Happenings Newsletter April 2024

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April 2024

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Spring Cultural Celebration

MCCC has a number of events coming up; check them all out at the links below.

Don't forget the "Spring Cultural Celebration: on Monday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the MCCC Courtyard. It is sponsored by the new MCCC Multicultural Student Association. It will include a DJ and dancing, a folkloric dance group, cultural activities and food tastings. Contact for more info.


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Register Now for Summer

Students who register for summer not only graduate sooner, they are more likely to graduate, period. Summer Semester is a great option for current, new and “guest” students. Registration is underway, and classes begin May 13. There are plenty of online choices, and sessions are short – most are 8 weeks.

"Summer classes offer many advantages," said Director of Student Success Gerald McCarty. "They are short and concise, offer smaller class sizes that allow more one-on-one time with the instructor, allow students to catch up from previous reduced course loads, and bring students closer to graduation."

Browse Summer Classes

Registration Info

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Fall Registration Begins April 8

Fall classes begin Wednesday, August 21, 2024 and end Monday, December 9, 2024

Open Registration begins on April 8, and the Fall Course schedule will be posted on myWebPal.

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National Pi(e) Day

Scott Behrens

On March 14, more than 250 Monroe High School ninth grade students visited MCCC for a presentation on dual enrollment opportunities, small group rotations among lecture experiences, hands-on career exploration sessions, lunch with an MCCC student panel, and an activities fair. Because it happened to be National Pi Day, which recognizes the mathematical constant π (the first three digits are 3.14), Katie Navock, MCCC director of enrollment designed an opportunity for students to throw pies in the face of a few familiar faces from MCCC and MHS — including Dr. Scott Behrens, MCCC VP of Enrollment Management and Student Success, who seemed to enjoy the gag just a little too much!

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Life-Saving Medication Comes to MCCC

Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is a life-saving medication that is now available at MCCC.

It can reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioid medications, when administered in a timely fashion and before emergency medical services arrive on the scene. Naxolone can be administered by persons/bystanders without any medical training or authorization. More than one dose of naloxone may be required when stronger opioids like fentanyl are involved or if the victim subsequently overdoses after the first administration. For this reason, each naloxone box contains two doses of the nasal spray.

The boxes of Narcan/naloxone will be available in all campus buildings and free to anyone in the coming weeks.

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Healthy Minds Survey Opportunity

Monroe County Community College has partnered with the University of Michigan and the Healthy Minds Network to offer the Healthy Minds Survey to all MCCC students beginning April 1, 2024. HMN is one of the nation’s premier research organizations that contribute to adolescent and young adult mental health. HMN is dedicated to improving the mental and emotional well-being of young people.

You will receive an email with the survey link the week of April 1. The survey is brief, and your responses will remain anonymous. The data received from the survey will help to identify trends in student mental health on campus.

All students who complete the survey will receive a $10 gift card. Once you complete the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter your information, and a gift card will be sent to you.

Thank you so much for completing this important survey!


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Introducing our New Virtual Design and Construction Certificate Program

MCCC's Applied Science and Engineering Technology Division is thrilled to introduce an innovative new Virtual Design and Construction certificate program designed to provide a fast-track path to expertise in this dynamic field. With a streamlined curriculum that can be completed in just two semesters, this program offers a focused and efficient route for individuals looking to enhance their skills and pursue exciting virtual design and construction opportunities. 

The VDC certificate program is made up of 16 credits strategically crafted to equip students with the essential knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in the industry. Through specialized courses and hands-on projects, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and technologies shaping the future of construction and design.

The certificate program curriculum covers a range of topics, including virtual design and construction, building information modeling, 3D modeling and visualization techniques, construction project management in virtual environments and scheduling.

By immersing students in real-world scenarios and industry-standard tools, the program ensures that they graduate with the expertise and confidence to thrive in various virtual design and construction roles.

Furthermore, it is designed to be flexible and accessible, catering to both full-time students and working professionals seeking to enhance their credentials. Whether students are looking to jumpstart their careers or advance to the next level, our Virtual Design and Construction certificate program provides the perfect opportunity to achieve their goals efficiently and effectively.

For more information, contact Dr. E. Emrah Kazan, associate professor of construction management technology program at (734) 384-4113 or


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Student Club: MCCC Christ-centered Community

Did you know the MCCC has a student club called the MCCC Christ-centered Community?  It's mission is:

To create a loving, Christ-centered community that is active on the college campus.

To create an atmosphere where the message of Jesus can be shared at the college with gentleness and respect.

To celebrate, study and explore the biblical scriptures and apply them to our lives.

To be transformed to look, act and speak more like Jesus through events, Bible studies and acts of service to others on the college campus, to the greater Monroe community and beyond.

On April 29 from 2:30-3 p.m., MCCC's Christ-centered community will host a reading of the Sermon on the Mount.


For more information on upcoming meetings or to in join, contact Tim Curry, advisor, at

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MCCC offers mental health services on campus in partnership with Monroe Community Mental Health Authority. The services include:

Mental health screening:

  • Referrals
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Advocacy

Linking and coordinating to the following resources:

  • Counseling / Therapy
  • Health services
  • Financial Assistance
  • Housing
  • Social Services
  • Other services and natural supports


Amber Kreichbaum

Amber Kreichbaum is the coordinator of the services for MCMHA on MCCC's campus. Her goal is to remove the stigma attached to the word mental illness and encourage students to feel comfortable seeking treatment.

Her office is in Founders Hall and can be reached via email at or by calling 734.457.6014. She looks forward to working with anyone in need and wants all students to know that her door is always open.

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Disability Services

Students with disabilities may be eligible for classroom and test accommodations to provide access to all college facilities and programs. Accommodations are intended to “level the playing field” as much as possible, so the student with a disability has an equal opportunity to succeed. Access is provided while maintaining high academic standards.

Disability Services coordinators are available to assist students with disabilities in all aspects of their educational planning. Students can meet with a disability services coordinator in the Student Success Center to request accommodations, plan their schedule, obtain career and transfer information and receive collaborative services with outside agencies.


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