MCC Adds Three New Programs

If you are following your bliss, you are enjoying ...that life within you, all the time.

Joseph Campbell, American mythologist, writer, & lecturer

What do you want to do with your life? Where will your bliss take you? Before the fall 2012 semester began, MCC was offering more than 90 degree and certificate programs, including an undeclared option to help you figure that out. From construction technology and criminal justice to hotel management and liberal arts, the diversity of MCC’s programs was already impressive. And now, the College has added three new programs to the list: Sustainability Studies, Solar Thermal Technology and Sport Management.

“Global warming promises to be THE issue for this generation,” said Matt Fox, associate professor, transitional studies. According to Fox, the Sustainability Studies program draws upon the strengths of the liberal arts tradition, engaging students in an ongoing academic discussion on those issues that may cause significant environmental, social and economic upheavals over the coming decades. Sustainability Studies is best suited to students interested in transferring into biology or other natural science programs, public policy, law or education.

Students who pursue the Sustainability degree will take courses such as Environmental Sociology and General Ecology that focus on the issues, topics and disciplines encompassing the subject. “It’s a program meant for those who have a passion about the well-being of our planet,” said Fox.

Designed for students interested in gaining an entry-level position as a solar thermal installer or a service technician currently employed in the HVAC field, this certificate provides the essential information and training to install and work with solar thermal systems. It also prepares students to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Solar Thermal Entry Level Certification Exam.

And here’s some news: jobs that require solar thermal skills are on the rise. “As fossil fuel prices continue to rise and available fossil fuel resources decrease, the need for green skills will become even more essential,” said Kevin French, chair of MCC’s Applied Technologies Center. “The technological advancements in this evolving industry demand that we keep our students well-trained in clean energy skills.”

Students interested in careers in athletic administration, minor and major league sports, facility and event management, sport promotion, equipment development and retail, and client management can now pursue MCC’s Sport Management Degree.

According to Liz Kelly, professor, physical education, this degree is designed for students who have an interest in sports and fitness from a business management perspective. “It’s a very popular and growing field,” said Kelly. “With this degree, students are better armed to transfer and be successful in the sport management program at a 4-year institution such as SUNY Cortland and Fredonia and the College at Brockport.”

Sustainability Studies. Solar Thermal Technology. Sport Management. Three very different directions with a common goal: to help all MCC students find their own individual success, and follow their bliss – wherever it may lead.