50 Years of Thinking Big
Founded in 1964, Montgomery County Community College leads the way in "Thinking Big" about higher education.
A recognized national leader in innovative programs, ideas and approaches, the College offers high-quality education that is accessible and affordable.
The College also boasts a nationally recognized, award-winning faculty who are dedicated to working closely with students (20:1 student-faculty ratio) throughout the learning process.
The College's comprehensive curriculum includes more than 100 degree and certificate programs, as well as a virtual campus (with several online and certificate programs), a Center for Workforce Development (offering 10 customized training platforms), continuing education and career training programs. All of these programs leverage the College's nationally ranked use of innovative technology.
The College was named by Achieving the Dream as a Leader College—placing it in the top 6% of all community colleges to receive this recognition.
In 2014 the College received Achieving the Dream's prestigious Leah Meyer Austin Award for its work toward improving developmental education outcomes, college readiness and student persistence.
Students earn a cumulative six dollars for every dollar they invest in their education at the College and a 16.3% return on their investment.
The College has earned the “Military Friendly School” designation for five consecutive years—positioning it among the nation's top 15% of colleges.
The College is one of only two Pennsylvania community colleges and 43 institutions nationwide selected to participate in the nationally recognized Gateway to College program for at-risk high school students.
Every dollar of state and local tax money invested in the College yields a cumulative $21.60 benefiting all Pennsylvanians.
In 2011 the College was one of only five institutions nationwide to earn Second Nature's Award for Excellence in Climate Leadership for its comprehensive sustainability initiatives.
The College's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies was recognized in 2012 with the National League for Innovation's National Innovation of the Year award for its ongoing collaboration with the Woman-Owned Business program.
The College earned a 2011 Hewlett Foundation Scaling Innovations Grant to replicate its unique developmental math course at other colleges nationwide.
Fostering a culture of high-tech education, the College ranks among the top five community colleges in the nation for its use of technology.
Encourages students to be responsible citizens, with more than 1,400 students engaging in nearly 12,300 hours of service learning initiatives with more than 30 local organizations.
Provides a study-abroad experience as part of its international dual admissions transfer agreement with Dongseo University in South Korea.
Launches unique partnerships such as Drexel@Montgomery County Community College, which will enable students to take classes as part of a fully aligned, integrated Drexel University bachelor's degree program at Central Campus.
Has earned a Greater Valley Forge Management Association platinum-level sustainability award for the third consecutive year.
Recognized for having three faculty members selected as Pennsylvania Professor of the Year.
Has hosted four Fulbright scholars since 2006.
Provides nearly 30 dual admission/core-to-core partnership agreements and dozens of program-to-program agreements with four-year institutions.
Offers professionally accredited programs in fields as diverse as education, fire science and medical technology.
Provides increased earnings for students completing their associate's degrees, yielding an average career midpoint income of $60,800—more than a third higher than high school graduates.
Expands Pennsylvania's tax base by more than $80 million.
Saves Pennsylvania taxpayers $3 million per year in social costs.
Provides an educated, trained workforce for the county and state, with nearly two-thirds of its graduates working in Montgomery County and 95% working in the state.
Bolsters the Montgomery County economy with more than $52 million in net added income.
Gives local and state taxpayers a 7.2% rate of return on their investment in the College.
Provides mentoring support for at-risk minority students through the Minority Student Mentoring Initiative.
Offers dual enrollment pathways for high school students to earn transferable college credits before graduating, including the College Pathway Academy for Health Professions for Phoenixville High School students.
Boasts an alumni base of more than 55,000 members, with 68 Alumni Hall of Fame recipients.
Has received three National Science Foundation grants used to expand and develop STEM programs.
Offers engineering students the chance to conduct research, explore nanotechnology and create unmanned electronic aerial vehicles through the QuadForge Project.
Recognized in 2010 as one of 10 centers in the country whose early childhood education program is exemplary in engaging diverse families.
Offers higher education opportunities at the University Center through partnerships with prestigious four-year institutions.
Boasts a new Culinary Arts Institute with state-of-the-art kitchens and equipment, three SMART classrooms and a retail café/bakeshop.
Provides leading-edge, high-definition digital audio production, television and video facilities.
Recognized for its visionary leadership, with College President Dr. Karen A. Stout earning an Association of Community College Trustees' Chief Executive Officer Award in 2012.
Has welcomed high-profile performing artists from across numerous genres through its annual community Lively Arts series for more than a quarter century.
Features local and nationally known artists exhibiting works in two professional-level galleries.
Provides training each year for more than 6,700 first responders, including police officers and EMTs.
Provides computer technology training and management to 10 local Cisco Academy Training Centers as a Cisco Regional Academy.
Awarded 374 student scholarships valued at more than $300,000 in 2013 through the College's Foundation.
Partners with more than 200 local companies to provide customize workforce training and manage workforce development grants.
Ranked in the nation's top 50 community colleges for the number of degrees conferred in science, technology, education and communications.
Offers opportunities for students to earn their bachelor's degree through the Bucknell University Scholars program.
Became the first community college in Pennsylvania to sign the College Completion Commitment.
Partners with the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board to offer an accelerated GED preparation program from which nearly 830 students have graduated.
Offers a Virtual Campus with seven completely online programs.
Provides community facilities and has hosted such prominent speakers as Hillary Rodham Clinton and former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Offers a campus student body diverse in age and ethnic backgrounds.
Offers seven National Junior College Athletic Association-sanctioned athletics programs.
Boasts a state-of-the-art observatory for student and community astronomy exploration.
Offers nearly four dozen clubs and student organizations along with such service opportunities as the Habitat for Humanity alternative spring break.