MCCC Happenings Newsletter February 2023

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February 2023

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Upcoming Events

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


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The Value of Joining Clubs

By Alison Gallardo, High School Liaison and Student Groups Coordinator 

My name is Allison Gallardo. I am the new High School Liaison and Student Groups Coordinator here at MCCC. I work with the high school counselors and the dual enrollment students. I will also work with all of the student clubs on campus and oversee Student Government. 

Allison Gallardo
Allison Gallardo

Student clubs help students find/build a community, network, make friends and meet new people. They can enhance a student’s communication skills, promote the development of creative thinking and also teach students how to work effectively with others. Club activities can help students develop a sense of unity and teamwork. They can also help students develop social skills.

Student clubs are usually made up of a diverse set of students who share common interests. Students can meet different types of people through student club involvement. It is also fun to be around others who share similar interests. Clubs can even bring a student out of their shell and help students discover more about themselves.They give students responsibility and help them become more independent.

If you are a student here on MCCC’s campus, I really hope you consider joining a student club.

Student Government Meeting

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Student Support Services Available in the Student Success Center

There are a many support services available to MCCC students in the Students Success Center, which is located in Founders Hall (Building F). Among them are:

Tutoring: Trained student tutors and faculty specialists work with students both individually and in small study groups. Student tutors are students who are proficient in the courses they tutor and are recommended by their instructors. Faculty specialists have credentials that are similar to those of our faculty, and many have experience teaching at MCCC or other colleges or universities. In general, faculty specialists have years of experience helping students succeed.

Support for Students in Specific Occupational Programs: Perkins Occupational Populations Support Services are funded through the Carl D. Perkins Grant. 

Supplemental Instruction: Supplemental instruction is an academic support program that uses peer-assisted study sessions to enhance student success in historically difficult courses at MCCC. Subject areas typically supported include business, sciences and math.

Disability Services: The Disability Services Office coordinates accommodations for persons with documented disabilities who are enrolled in credit and non-credit classes or attend college-sponsored programs and events.

Mental Health Screenings and Referrals: MCCC partners with the Monroe Community Mental Health Authority to provide mental health screenings and referrals to students. MCMHA counselors are available to serve students on MCCC’s Main Campus Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Student Success Coaches: Student Success Coaches work with students to help them to identify and utilize their strengths, empowering them to succeed and accomplish their academic goals.

Testing Center: MCCC’s Testing Center is a quiet and secure place for prospective students, current students and the surrounding community to take a variety of tests. The center offers high-quality testing services in a pleasant, accommodating, accessible and technologically advanced environment. 

Introducing MCCC's New Coordinator of Student Success, Amanda Althouse

One of the newest additions to the Student Success Center is Amanda Althouse, MCCC's coordinator of student success. 

Amanada Althouse
Amanada Althouse

Althouse holds a bachelor's degree in professional communications from Siena Heights University and an associate degree from MCCC. She previously worked at Orchard Center High School where she served in a number of roles over the years working with students to help identify and assist with barriers to success while supporting their goals for the future.

In her new role at MCCC, she will coordinate the operations of the Student Success Center, working with staff and students to ensure that appropriate academic and student supports are being utilized and helping students to be successful.

Althouse lives in Monroe with her husband and 4-year-old son. She enjoys reading, being outside and spending time with her family. 


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Give Blood!

American Red Cross graphic of hand holding: Communities Coming Together, Blood DriveThe American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Warrick Student Center dining room.

To schedule your appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS.

You can also visit and enter code: MONROECCC.


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Apply Now: $400,000 in Scholarships Available for 2023-24 Academic Year

MCCC has announced $400,000 of scholarship funding available for the 2023-24 academic year.

The online scholarship application is available now at Returning and prospective students are encouraged to apply now for over 200 available scholarships for the upcoming academic year. 

You have until March 1, 2023, to complete their scholarship application; however, it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible. Not all scholarships are need-based or require a high grade point average or full-time status. Many are program specific and are available in all traditional and technical career training programs. 

The college uses a simple online application process for all of its private donor scholarships.

Apply Now for Scholarships

You can complete an application in as little as 20 minutes but are encouraged to take their time to ensure a complete, compelling and accurate submission.

Nearly 200 scholarships were awarded last year with awards ranging from $250 to full-ride scholarships that cover all tuition and fees for two years at MCCC.


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Attention Students: Submissions Wanted 

Submit your original poetry, short stories, plays, creative non-fiction and artwork for consideration for the 2023 publication of Images 37, which will be printed and available online at the end of Winter Semester. Only student submissions are accepted.

Images is an annual publication of poetry, prose and art. Faculty members of the Humanities/Social Sciences Division edit the magazine.  Although most of the work chosen for publication comes from the art classes and our creative writing course, this magazine welcomes submissions from all students.

An Images reveal event takes place during April.

Simply email your submissions to: by Friday, February 24, 2023.


Jenna Bazzell (Writing Submissions)
Therese O’Halloran (Art Submissions)

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Heck's Market Food Pantry is Open for Students

MCCC knows that 1/3 of students face very real food security issues; to help with this student need, MCCC offers food pantry called Heck’s Market. 

It is located inside the Dining Hall in the Warrick Student Center. Students can be given access to the food pantry for free grocery items by stopping by The Foundation at MCCC Office (S-154) during regular business hours or schedule a time by emailing:

Heck's Market currently has perishable items that need to be distributed ASAP (milk, juice, cheese and yogurt).

If enough students regularly use the pantry, we will be able to stock more fresh foods and perishable items.  

food pantry door

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Nominate Outstanding Faculty

The nomination process for the 2022-2023 Outstanding Faculty Award has begun and we need your input.

Please consider nominating a full-time or part-time faculty member who you think is deserving of this honor. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 6, 2023.

Additional details regarding the nomination process, including the nomination form, can be found at:


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Join Us for Celebrity Trivia Night

Join local celebrities and friends for an evening of trivia, food, prizes and merriment while supporting One Book, One Community of Monroe County.

The event will take place at Buffalo Wild Wings in Monroe at 1766 N. Telegraph Road on Monday, February 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. The check-in starts at 5 p.m.

The registration fee is $20, $25, or $30 per team ($5 per head). Registration is done by teams of 4, 5, or 6.

There will also be opportunities to purchase tickets for raffle baskets at the event. All proceeds will go directly to One Book, One Community of Monroe County to keep all programming free.

Register a team for the event 


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Tae Kwon Do Classes are Back; Women's Self Defense Seminar Scheduled

MCCC's very popular non-credit Tae Kwon Do classes are back. There are three 4-week sessions offered (A session begins March 9 and another on April 4.). The cost for each four-week session is $60 per person. The Tae Kwon Do classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Welch Health Education Building on the Main Campus. 

In addition, a Women's Self-Defense Seminar will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Welch Health Education Building. The class will cover simple self-defense strategies designed to help women protect themselves from potential attack including how to recognize threatening situations, methods of responding to threatening situations and how to mentally and emotionally gather the confidence needed to survive an attack. The cost is $29 per person.

To register, call the Office of Lifelong learning at (734) 384-4127.

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Updates from the Library

  • The Library is celebrating Black History Month with a display of books and DVDs. All items can be checked out by MCCC students, faculty, staff and Monroe County residents.  
  • It is also displaying items made in the MCCC Makerspace made by MCCC students, faculty or staff.  Valentine crafts
  • The Makerspace and Library are hosting a Valentine’s Day Craft Workshop on February 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Makerspace T-160. Learn to use a Cricut   machine to make a Valentine’s Day card, heart, or box, or create a two-layer Valentine’s rose using our Epilog CNC Laser. No RSVP needed to join, and all supplies will be provided, so feel free to stop by anytime during the event!

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