Credit Enrollment (All Campuses)
- 21,419 unduplicated headcount
- 10,831 credit FTEs
- 26 average student age
- 57% female
- 26% minorities*
- 84% county residents
- 20% county public 2011 high school graduates enrolled
- 70% 2011 graduates transferred to four-year institution
- 25% five-year increase in unduplicated headcount
- 26% five-year increase in FTEs
Non-Credit Enrollment (All Campuses)
- 9,363 unduplicated headcount
- 40% female
- 60% male
- 17% minorities*
West Campus Enrollment
- 5,077 unduplicated credit headcount
- 812 unduplicated non-credit headcount
- 61% female
- 39% male
- 18% minorities*
- 71% county residents
- 58% five-year increase in duplicated headcount
Enrollment figures based on 2011-2012 academic year.
*Minority figures exclude international students, unreported and other students.
Montgomery County Community College has two thriving campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, as well as first responder programming at the Public Safety Training Campus in Conshohocken. In 2011, the College served more than 30,782 credit and non-credit students. With a 21:1 student-faculty ratio, the College boasts a nationally recognized, award-winning faculty committed to working closely together with students in the learning process. The College’s comprehensive curriculum is comprised of 85 associate degree/certificate programs in 59 areas of study, including eight complete degrees and one certificate offered entirely online, a rigorous Honors Program, and specialized workforce development and continuing education programs.
Measures of Success
- 100% of the College’s 2011 graduates reported that they met their educational goal according to our graduate survey.
- The College was named a 2011 Achieving the Dream Leader College for our work to improve student learning outcomes and reduce barriers to student access and success.
- The College was one of only five institutions in the country to earn the
2011 Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership from Second Nature for its commitment to sustainability practices and education. We are an active member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), joining more than 664 schools across the country in pledging to become carbon neutral by 2050.
- For the fourth consecutive year, G.I. Jobs magazine named the College as a “Military Friendly School,” ranking it among the top 15% of all higher education institutions in the country for the support services provided to veterans and active military personnel. More than 500 were enrolled at the College during the 2011-2012 academic year.
- For the fifth consecutive year, the College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation
for National and Community Service. In 2011, 3,336 students, faculty and staff engaged in more than 15,252 hours of service learning and community service initiatives. We were also recognized as an “Institution of Character” by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) based on the service activities of Mustangs athletes.
- Community College Week ranks the College in the top 50 community colleges in the nation for the number of degrees conferred in the Science Technologies, Education and Communications clusters.
- The League for Innovation in the Community College selected the College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, in collaboration with our Woman-Owned Business (WOB) program, as a national Innovation of the Year award recipient for 2012.
- More than 9,000 first responders (firefighters, emergency medical specialists and police officers) were provided with training and certifications through the College’s Public Safety Training Unit in 2011, and the College’s Municipal Police Academy graduated 133 cadets.
- Students benefit from 24 core-to-core transfer agreements, guaranteeing full transfer of the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees to leading colleges and universities.
- The College secured more than $10 million in grants during 2011-2012.
- In 2011-2012, the College awarded a record 175 scholarships valuing
over $200,000 to students through the Foundation.
- The College’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) partnered with more than 200 local companies last year to customize workforce training and management of workforce development grants.
Workforce and Community Development
For local and regional employers, Montgomery County Community College serves as a valuable resource to meet their evolving workforce training needs. As a WEDnetPA partner, the College’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) maintained and managed more than $10 million in workforce development grants to assist more than 400 local companies during the last decade.
Through our CWD, the College is an active member of the Global Corporate College — a consortium that has resulted in significant opportunities for us, such as the training of TSA employees at the Philadelphia airport. The CWD also provides training for APICS — the Association for Operations Management, as well as for clients like the Valley Forge Casino.
The College is also part of JobTrakPA, a state-wide community college initiative that is providing critical training in high-demand industries to displaced workers in Pennsylvania. Funded by a $20 million Department of Labor Trade
Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant,
we are in the process of introducing new rapid retraining programs in Advanced Manufacturing; Energy Distribution, Production and Conservation; and Health Care Technology.
In addition, the College remains active in its support of emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses in Montgomery County. Two years after opening its doors, our Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) is near capacity, with several new businesses poised to exit and begin creating jobs in our community.
As we provide educational and training resources to the community, students provide much needed human resources to the County and the State. According to the College’s 2011 Graduate Survey, 64 percent of alumni are employed in Montgomery County and 97 percent are employed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In 2011, the College introduced a new general education core curriculum that enables students to explore and develop common skills, knowledge and values necessary to be successful in our local and global communities. The new core shapes students’ experiences through 13 learning competencies, including communication, analytical and quantitative skills; computer fluency; information literacy; intellectual heritage; aesthetic sensibility and the arts; physical and
life sciences; behavioral and life sciences; exercise and health sciences; civic responsibility; sensitivity to global perspectives and cultural and social diversity; and ethical reason and behavior.
The College continues to stay in sync with the industry and educational demands by modifying programs to meet the new Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Committee (TAOC) recommendations and PA Department of Education (PDE) requirements. For example, the College replaced its Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs with Education in the Early Years (birth- grade four) and Education in the Middle Years (grades four-eight) associate’s degree programs that better position students for transfer and PDE certification.
In addition, we introduced new certificate programs in Public Relations and Homeland Security, and an Associate in Applied Science degree and certificate program in the growing field of Virtual Assistance.
State-of-the-Art Learning Spaces
The College’s students are educated in state-of-the-art learning spaces with leading-edge technologies and tools to prepare them for the future. Over the past year, we completed full-scale renovations to Parkhouse Hall and College Hall at the Central Campus, where we also opened a “green” parking lot for drivers of energy efficient vehicles and carpoolers, and established the former 202 House as a Veterans Resource Center at the Central Campus.
At the West Campus, we re-developed the former “AAA building” at 95 S. Hanover St. in Pottstown into a state-of-the-art University Center through a public/private partnership with Vesper Realty. And, we continue to partner with the Schuylkill National and State Heritage Association to develop the former “PECO building” at 140 College Drive into a state-of-the-art Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center.
In March 2012, the College broke ground on its brand new Culinary Arts Institute, located in the Towamencin Town Square Complex. Slated to open its doors in 2013, the Institute is positioned to be the premiere training resource for future culinary and pastry arts professionals in this growing industry. The Culinary Arts curriculum emphasizes hands-on, lab-based learning in a profes- sional kitchen setting, balanced with academic courses and cooperative internship training. The Institute, which has already received Middle States affirmation as an additional site, will also support a variety of non-credit courses for the culinary enthusiast and professional development.
Cultural and Community Impact
The College continues to host and support a growing number of community activities on our campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown. Our Central Campus is the hub for such regional events as the LiveStrong Challenge Philly and the Ameri- can Kennel Club Terrier Dog Show, and our West Campus continues to anchor the Borough’s downtown revitalization efforts through our partnerships with area superintendents and community leaders.
The College has been a driving force in the development and launch of Creative MontCo, a civic initiative that strives to shape the cultural and economic future of Montgomery County’s diverse communities. And the College’s own arts programing draws more than 10,000 patrons annually to our Lively Arts performances, Art Galleries, and student productions.