Academic Foundations

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Kate Smith
Kate Smith
Academic Foundations


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Division of Academic Foundations where you will find an array of exciting courses and programs.

Our faculty and staff strive to help our students meet their goals by encouraging them to use the College’s tremendous resources, participate in academic advisement, and utilize the Division’s learning and writing centers. We believe that building positive relationships between faculty, staff and students, cultivates academic success. Our academic departments feature flexible scheduling, late start classes, and on-line learning at multiple campuses and extension sites.

Our division offers you the opportunity to:

  • advance your foundation skills of reading, writing and math through the Transitional Studies Department;
  • expand your knowledge about College resources through College Orientation Seminar (COS);
  • enhance your fluency of foreign languages, American Sign Language and English for Speakers of Other Languages through the ESOL/Foreign Languages Department;
  • support your coursework and improve your academic performance by participating in the Academic Support Services tutorials through the Academic Foundations Learning Centers and the Writing Center;
  • enroll in MCC courses while still attending high school through the School to College Alliances’ Dual Enrollment program;
  • grow your knowledge and experience of sustainability with the new Sustainability Certificate, Degree, or 2+2 program;
  • receive advisement and support through the Hillside Navigator Program if you are a Hillside Work Scholarship graduate;
  • become “College Ready” while in High School. If you are an East High School student, apply for the College Readiness program at East High.

Please go to each program’s website for more details. If you have any questions, please call me at 292-2341 or contact me at so I can help you meet your goals and find success at MCC!

Kate Smith, Dean



Location & Contacts

Brighton Campus

Building 11, Room 261D
Hours: M-F 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Phone: (585) 292-2022
Fax: (585) 292-3876