The college’s Continuing Education Division provides programs relevant to changing community needs and promotes the college as a focus of lifelong learning. Each year more than 6,000 area residents enroll in credit and credit-free courses, seminars and workshops, as well as participate in the many cultural activities and special educational services offered through this division. The Continuing Education offices are located in the Learning Resource Center in the John V. Gannon Continuing Education Center.
Business and Industry Services
As part of a collaborative effort of the state’s 12 community colleges, the division provides businesses with training and educational services. It works closely with business and industry, as well as agencies and school districts, to provide both credit and credit-free, on-campus or on-site instructional programs for employers. Popular training areas include manufacturing and technology, computer skills and applications, presentation skills, basic skills, English as a second language, management and supervisory skills and Lean business enterprises.
The Director of Business and Industry Services works with area companies to seek funding for custom training. In addition, through the Office of Institutional Development, grant funds are sought to support special projects, expand services to specific groups in the communities, and to allow the development of new curricula to meet changing technologies.
Special Sessions: The Continuing Education Division administers Summer Session and Winter Intersession. The Summer Session includes three-week, six-week and eight-week day, evening, weekend and online courses that are offered from May through July. Winter Intersession courses meet for a three-week period immediately after Christmas.
Credit-Free Certificate Programs
Credit-free certificate programs have been developed by faculty and area professionals to provide a strong foundation of practical and up-to-date information that can assist students in developing skills for their current jobs or for new careers. These programs are hands-on with a small student-teacher ratio and are taught by professionals in the field.
Current certificate programs include Certified Nurse-Aide, Emergency Medical Technician, Veterinary Assistant, A+, Network+, Microsoft Office, Oracle Database Administrator, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Precision Machining and Real Estate, for those seeking to develop marketable job skills in those fields.
In addition to credit courses, the Continuing Education Division administers an extensive credit-free program. Each semester more than 300 credit-free courses are offered for career and personal development, cultural enrichment and contemporary living. Courses are offered days, evenings, weekends and online throughout each semester. A transcript can be issued upon written request.
Excursions in Learning
Excursions in Learning is an enrichment program for children ages 5-14. Creative, high achieving students can explore the sciences, mathematics, history, culture, the arts, language arts and computer technology through hands-on, experiential learning. Special Saturday programs are offered in the spring and fall semesters One-week culinary camps, one-week leadership academies, and one-week engineering camps are offered in July, and a two-week summer academy is offered in early August.
Off-campus courses are offered at studios, parks, schools, museums and community sites in the region as well as MCC on Main, the arts and education center in downtown Manchester. The course offerings are designed to meet the specific needs of the employers and residents of the area. The Division continually seeks to establish new off-campus sites to respond to business and community needs.
Organization of Active Adults
The Organization of Active Adults (MCCOAA) is composed of adults 50 years of age or older who share common interests in educational and cultural opportunities. Short courses designed specifically for this age group are offered through the Continuing Education Division, and special social and cultural events are scheduled throughout the school year. While some Association members are students of the college, it is not a requirement for membership.
Brochures and catalogs are published periodically by the Continuing Education Division to provide schedules of educational offerings and registration information. These are available at the John V. Gannon Continuing Education Center (Learning Resource Center, room LRC B147) and on the MCC website.
Registration for courses offered through the Continuing Education Division may be done online, in person, by fax or by mail. Registration by telephone is also available for credit-free courses at 860-512-3232. Credit-free courses are open to everyone, regardless of educational background, on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Courses may be taken individually or as part of a planned program of study.