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2019-20 Catalog 
2019-20 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2019-20 Catalog

Manchester Community College Mission Statement

Manchester Community College advances academic, economic, civic, personal and cultural growth by providing comprehensive, innovative and affordable learning opportunities to diverse populations. We are a learning- centered community committed to access, excellence and relevance.

Guiding Principles

Shared Understanding • Shared Responsibility • Shared Leadership


MCC Facts

College founded in 1963. Great Path Academy middle college high school opened Fall 2009.


  • MCC serves over 15,000 students a year.
  • 48 percent of the credit students come from the primary service area of Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield/Storrs, Marlborough, South Windsor, Tolland, Union, Vernon/Rockville and Willington.
  • Spring 2019: 5,359 students (credit only); 3,033 (full-time equivalent).
  • Fall 2018: 6,003 students (credit-only); 3,508 (full-time equivalent).
  • Average age: 25; 54 percent women; 31 percent full time.
  • MCC serves “returning students” with associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees with workforce  training and skills enhancement, special advanced certifications or retraining in a new field.
  • Approximately 49 percent of the credit students are from under-represented racial and ethnic groups.
  • The Division of Continuing Education serves over 5,200 credit-free and 3,800 credit extension students each year.
  • 280 students in inter-district magnet school, Great Path Academy, in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.


  • MCC has 456 teaching faculty.
  • Faculty earned degrees from over 100 institutions, including MCC.
  • 39 full-time faculty and staff are graduates of MCC.

Degrees and Certificates

  • MCC offers associate in art and associate in science degrees in over 40 disciplines. Broad areas of study include: accounting, business, business office technology, computer information systems, computer science and technology, engineering science and industrial technology, general studies, health careers, hospitality management, human services, humanities and the liberal arts and sciences.
  • MCC also offers programs of a shorter duration in each of the areas listed above, resulting in the awarding of a certificate. The certificate programs range from 6 to 30 credits, and some may be completed in as little as one year.
  • Through its Continuing Education division, MCC also offers a wide variety of credit-free certificate programs. Examples include Certified Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Microsoft Office Specialist, Real Estate Principles and Practices, Personal Trainer and many more.
  • MCC has graduated over 25,000 students since 1965. Thousands more students have transferred to baccalaureate institutions prior to receiving their associate degree


  • MCC graduates are guaranteed admission to the Connecticut State Universities. The transfer compact between MCC and the Connecticut State Universities provides special opportunities for students to complete an associate degree in a program designed for transfer.
  • Incoming MCC students or students with up to 15 transferable credits at MCC may enroll in the UConn Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP). A 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average, (3.3 for the School of Business) and an associate degree in Liberal Arts is required in order to qualify under the terms of this agreement. Upon completion of an associate degree, students may then go on to UConn and major in one of more than 50 majors offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or School of Business.
  • MCC graduates have successfully transferred to over 100 public and private universities, both in Connecticut and throughout the country.

CSCU Transfer Ticket Programs

Connecticut’s twelve community colleges, four state universities and Charter Oak State College have partnered to offer a low-cost pathway to a bachelor’s degree.

Students pursuing a Transfer Ticket associate degree will be paired with an academic advisor at each institution and know exactly which courses to take. The degrees can be attained without incurring extra expense or requiring extra credits. After completing a Transfer Ticket associate degree, students can transfer to any Connecticut state university - as a junior - confident that they have only half of the degree requirements remaining in their major. All degree and transfer requirements, as well as other information, can be found at: http://www.ct.edu/transfer

For additional information about the Transfer Ticket programs, contact: Robert Turner, Jr., Student Services Center, SSC L120, Manchester Community College; Great Path; MS#8; Manchester, CT 06045-1046; rturner@manchestercc.edu, 860-512-3320


  • Annual budget: $55 million.
  • 2017-18 tuition and fees: $4,356 for full-time, in-state students.

Facilities, Programs, Special Events and Community Activities

  • Raymond F. Damato Library open to the public, SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, bookstore, Cougar Cave cafeteria, Tower Café, Child Development Center, College Career Pathways, career and counseling services, cooperative education, Academic Support Center, MCC Foundation, transitional programs, customized training for businesses, Excursions in Learning youth and family programs, credit-free courses, Organization of Active Adults, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Dehn Gallery, Viscogliosi Entrepreneurship Center, fitness center, Bicentennial Band Shell, and numerous student organizations.
  • MCC hosts various seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and guest speakers each year.
  • Home of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit.

Accreditations and Memberships

Manchester Community College is accredited by the Board of Regents and by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.  Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425-7785

Twelve programs of study offered by Manchester Community College have been awarded national accreditation. The Early Childhood Education program and the Child Development Center have been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Foodservice Management and Culinary Arts programs have been accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute Accrediting Commission. The Music Studies program has been accredited by the National Association for Schools of Music. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The Paralegal program has been approved by the American Bar Association. Respiratory Care Program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Manchester Community College’s thirty-six credit Dental Assistant certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. The Radiation Therapy and Radiography programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The college is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the American College and University President Climate Commitment, The College Board, League for Innovation in the Community College, several chambers of commerce, Campus Compact, the Council for Resource Development, the National Council on Student Development, the New England College Council and several other organizations.

This catalog of Manchester Community College is provided as a source of information for prospective students and does not constitute a contract. It is prepared in advance of the academic period during which it is to be in effect; therefore, the college reserves the right to make necessary changes in any of the information appearing in the catalog. 

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

Manchester Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; religious creed; age; gender; gender identity or expression; national origin; marital status; ancestry; present or past history of intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability; veteran status; sexual orientation; genetic information or criminal record. The following person has been designated to respond to inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Debra Freund, Chief Diversity Officer (Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator), Manchester Community College, Great Path, MS #9, P.O. Box 1046, Manchester, CT 06045-1046, SSC L277.

Manchester Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. 

Photo and Videotape Policy

Manchester Community College, MCC on Main, and the college’s Marketing and Public Relations department often take or commission photos and videotapes of students, faculty and staff, visitors and event attendees. These images are taken in the gallery and classrooms, as well as in the public spaces. MCC reserves the right to use these photographs/video clips as a part of its publicity and marketing efforts. Students who enroll in MCC courses and community members attending events at MCC on Main and MCC on Main do so with the understanding that these images might include them and might be used in college publications, both printed and electronic, social media, print advertising, direct mail, electronic media and other forms of promotion.