To the Student

Welcome to MCC & Your College Success Text

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You made it! You’ve already shown the perseverance and dedication necessary to get into college. Maybe your path here from high school was short, or maybe you’ve had many life experiences since your time in high school. Either way, welcome to Monroe Community College. We’re so glad you’ve chosen MCC!

MCC History

Innovation has always been at the heart of Monroe Community College. For more than 60 years, MCC has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of its students and community. The College has developed new and exciting degree programs, created unique educational and workforce initiatives, and built contemporary urban and suburban campus facilities.

Established in 1961 as a unit of the State University of New York, Monroe Community College was a vision shared by a handful of industrious and determined business people, community leaders, and government officials. Local physician, Dr. Samuel J. Stabins, wanted to prepare students to work in local hospitals and health care facilities, so the first Board of Trustees was comprised of Rochester’s finest professionals in medicine, business, education, and law. Building 10, where the gym is located, is named after Dr. Stabins.

During the early months of 1962, Dr. Leroy Good was hired by the board as MCC’s founding president. Good, who already had successfully established community colleges in three other states, would make his mark in Rochester as well. Building 2, the MCC Library, is named after Dr. Good.

On Sept. 19, 1962, the doors of MCC’s original campus in the former East High School at 410 Alexander Street swung open and welcomed 720 students. Three years later, in June 1965, MCC became the first college in the nation to receive accreditation within three years of its founding. In 1968, the College responded to increasing enrollment by moving to a new campus on East Henrietta Road in Brighton on what used to be a dairy farm.

In 1974, comprehensive training of the region’s first responders began at the new 49,000 square foot, $26-million Public Safety Training Facility (PTSF) on Scottsville Road. Located across from the airport, the PTSF was created through a collaboration of regional emergency response organizations and Monroe County.

Over the years, MCC became the fastest growing community college in the state, increasing enrollment during the 1980s by more than 41 percent. In 1991, the College announced plans for a second campus to serve a steady influx of students. The Damon City Campus, named in honor of longtime Trustee E. Kent Damon, opened its doors the following year in downtown Rochester to educate students in law, criminal justice, human services and K-12 teaching. To meet the needs of students to juggle college and family, the MCC Child Care Center opened in May of 1991 and was named after trustee Richard M. Guon.

In 1997, MCC opened the Applied Technologies Center, a 53,000-square-foot, $6.4-million facility on West Henrietta Road, serving some of the fastest-growing industries in the nation. About 1,000 full-time and part-time students, many of whom are employed in local industry, learn the latest methods in optical fabrication, precision machining, automotive technology, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

In 2002, MCC began comprehensively training the region’s first responders in a new 49,000-square-foot,  regional emergency responder training complex. The Public Safety Training Facility on Scottsville Road,

In 2003, MCC’s Housing and Residence Life program was launched with the dedication of the Alice Holloway Young Commons, named in honor of our distinguished founding trustee, board chair, and chair emerita. She was one of the first African-American teachers in the U.S. A prominent and active woman now in her 90’s, Dr. Young continues to be engaged in the MCC community and attends key events on campus. In Fall 2007, Canal Hall was added to the commons, which is located on the north side of the Brighton Campus.

In December 2003, responding to the tragedy of Sept. 11th, the College launched its Homeland Security Training Institute to address the educational needs of those across the region faced with responding to natural and intentional disasters. Three years later, the College answered the county’s call to provide education, training, and resource development in the agriculture industry, and MCC’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Institute was launched in January of 2007.

In 2008, MCC welcomed the new, LEED Silver certified Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing as well as the PAC fitness and recreational facility, named after alumna, Pamela Ann Chesonis, ’79.

In 2011, MCC’s Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services division was established, and in 2015 the Association of American Colleges and Universities selected MCC as one of 10 community colleges for the Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project, leading to its national and state leadership in Guided Pathways, which resulted in MCC launching the Schools @ MCC in 2016.

In 2017, MCC’s Downtown Campus opened at 321 State Street to meet evolving educational needs of people throughout our region, and in 2022 , state and county leaders and regional partners joined MCC in opening the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center at our Downtown Campus.

Carrying on the vision of its founders, MCC continues to provide a quality education at an affordable price. Today, the College offers more than 100 outstanding academic programs taught by award-winning faculty members for a much lower cost than private colleges. Since 1961, more than half a million people have been inspired by MCC. The traditions of innovation and value will continue for many years to come.

Rooted in its history, MCC will continue to respond to the changing requirements of the local community.

Transitioning to MCC

Most students feel a sense of excitement and enthusiasm, along with a bit of anxiety, as they begin classes, especially in their first semester. In many ways the beginning of each semester is a fresh start. It is an opportunity to learn and grow. You’ll meet new people, have new experiences, and be inspired to attain high standards. The transition to college is full of exciting opportunities and challenges.

This book, just like this course, is intended to be a resource for you as you navigate your transition to college. Each chapter is designed to help you think about important issues in college life. Some of the ideas will be relevant immediately, and others will be of use to you as you move through your educational career. You may want to keep using this text as a resource throughout your time at MCC.

As the required text for this class, all students can access it online free of charge via Brightspace.

This College Success textbook is organized so that each chapter focuses on two or more related issues important to college students, and most chapters have four separate sections. Here’s an overview:

Chapter 1: Starting Smart

encourages you to value class time, learn about how you learn, think through your communication, and check out some of the technology you’ll use in college while also learning about college policies and resources.

Chapter 2: Setting Goals

investigates mindsets and motivation and gives you the opportunity to find out more about yourself as you set some short-, mid-, and long-term goals.

Chapter 3: Time & Space

helps you achieve your goals by giving tips for organization, avoiding procrastination, creating study spaces, and balancing college and life.

Chapter 4: Career Exploration & Pathways

offers you an opportunity to think about who you are and where you are going within and beyond Monroe Community College, including career development, networking, professional identity, Schools @ MCC, and advisement and registration.

Chapter 5: Student Finances

focuses on personal finance, budgeting, and paying for college.

Chapter 6: Learning & Studying

explores deep learning, taking notes from readings and lectures, developing presentations, and preparing for and taking tests.

Chapter 7: Diversity & Inclusion

honors the diverse student body at MCC and explores privilege and the definition and benefits of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Chapter 8: Thinking, Communicating, & Problem Solving

examines critical thinking, utilizing problem-solving, and effective interpersonal communication.

Chapter 9: Health & Wellness

delves into personal wellness issues, such as eating well, getting enough rest, managing stress, exercising, avoiding substance abuse, and maintaining mental health.

This College Success course is one step along your journey through higher education. It is the hope that this text and course will offer you a solid foundation for future opportunities and challenges. By being open to hard work and new experiences, collaborating with classmates, and accessing college resources, you are on your way to a successful college experience.

Again, welcome to MCC. We are glad you are here.

The most up-to-date version of this text is available to students online through their College Success (COS) course’s Brightspace space. It is also available online at the following address:

In addition to this electronic copy of the text, students can purchase the reasonably priced hard copy PDF version of the College Success text from the MCC Bookstore. Although the PDF version does not include interactive content such as videos and quizzes, it does provide a convenient alternative if you lack Internet access at times. It facilitates participation in class activities and enables you to practice the active reading strategies that turn your texts into valuable, personalized resources to which you can refer all the way throughout your educational journey.


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