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Muskegon Students Learn Knowledge is Power

Muskegon Community College is committed to lifelong learning.

By Livability on May 13, 2021

Courtesy of Muskegon Community College

For nearly a century, Muskegon Community College has supported student success, economic growth and community engagement along Michigan’s western shore. 

A cornerstone of the dynamic region, MCC is celebrated for its academics, workforce training, state-of-the-art facilities and arts programming. 

“We’re consistently at the top of the state of Michigan for community colleges,” says MCC President Dale K. Nesbary, Ph.D., adding the school is also highly ranked by national benchmarking firms assessing educational quality and value. 

The acclaimed nursing program routinely receives top honors. “In the most recent sitting, 100 percent of our nursing students passed the national NCLEX exam required to practice,” Nesbary says of the notoriously difficult test. 

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Courtesy of Muskegon Community College

MCC has invested millions of dollars in new educational centers to support student and community needs. The Sturrus Technology Center is home to high-tech manufacturing programs and includes the Lakeshore Fab Lab with 3-D printers, robotics, laser etching, metal milling and other specialized equipment that’s available to area residents and entrepreneurs. 

“A recent EMSI (Economic Modeling Systems Inc.) analysis found Muskegon Community College has a quarter-billion-dollar impact on the west Michigan economy,” continues Nesbary. “We believe that’s proof positive that we are helping move our region forward.” 

Additionally, the report found 1 of every 67 jobs in a three-county area is supported by MCC activities. 

“We have 81 academic programs,” he says of the college’s reach, adding more than 80 percent of registered respiratory therapists working in the region graduated from MCC. 

The community also is bolstered by workforce training to enhance manufacturing skills and share operational best practices. “Recently we’ve supported 150 businesses in our region,” Nesbary adds. 

Nesbary says the college offers arts, athletics, museums and community interest programs you might not otherwise have. 

“Having a college in a community makes all the difference in the world,” concludes Nesbary, whose dynamic institution is ready to support the region during the next 100 years. 

Learn more at Muskegon Community College

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