The MCC Story

Photo of MCC's Brighton Campus

Monroe Community College’s commitment to achieving high academic standards for local students began on day one — a July afternoon in 1961 when our founding trustees met for the first time in downtown Rochester. Chairman Dr. Samuel J. Stabins led the college’s first board, comprised of nine of Rochester’s finest professionals and leaders appointed by Monroe County and New York state. Their passion was simple: to start an exceptional community college to educate students and prepare them for rewarding and successful careers with local employers. The vision continues today as MCC helps fulfill our community’s promise.


The college’s first president, Dr. LeRoy V. Good, arrived with the goal of educating “people to live successful lives … so they could get good positions in the Rochester area.” Under Dr. Good’s leadership, MCC opened its doors to 720 students in the former East High School at 410 Alexander Street. With the bar set high, MCC quickly became one of the country’s most innovative junior colleges and a vital community resource, serving a growing number of students who saw MCC as the first stop towards a four-year degree and professional success.


Increasing enrollment led to the need for a new, larger campus. MCC’s new home was opened in Brighton in 1968 to meet the needs of 4,000 students. MCC became the fastest-growing community college in the state, increasing enrollment during the 1980s by more than 41 percent. Today, the college serves more than 17,000 students across four primary locations and satellite campuses.


As one of the leading community colleges in the country, MCC is an extraordinary and dynamic learning community committed to excellence, achievement and innovation.


Our golden story continues.