Did you think summer break at MCC meant empty classrooms and quiet hallways? Not a chance!
They're called the “lazy days of summer” but around MCC, things were jumping all summer long! Let us tell you about what kept the College moving these last few months.
7,025. That’s how many students earned college credits during summer sessions. Topics ranged from business law at Brighton Campus and biology at Damon City Campus, to brakes at the Applied Technologies Center and firefighter boot camp at the Public Safety Training Facility. Students took all sorts of online courses, too. Nearly 600 classes were taught in 80 days. Now that’s momentum -- MCC style.
With MCC’s 50th anniversary underway, black and gold balloon sightings were the norm. Tribune spirit was reinforced by the friends and companies who pledged $2.2 million to establish new student scholarships and expand MCC programs. One alumnus celebrated by converting his company van to help promote MCC’s optics technology program. And another alum gave us additional cause for celebration: he provided some of the optical magic behind NASA’s Curiosity Rover!
When the dust clears on the south side of the Brighton Campus, our new baseball field (under construction these past months) will emerge, complete with MCC-gold dugouts. And we’ve been busy building in other ways, too: student-athletes and coaches exchanged high fives when our NJCAA athletics program was ranked 6th in the nation. Our colors are black and gold, but we’re proud of our green spots, too, including our new solar thermal technology facilities at the Applied Technologies Center.
Hospitality Management students set off across the globe to dip into the culture, art and history of Italy … and all sorts of flavored olive oils, too. A month later another group traveled to Arizona to explore the Grand Canyon and the mighty Hoover Dam through a new geology field studies course. Others stayed closer to home, excavating the Bittner Farm, the site of MCC’s Brighton Campus, at our Archaeology Field School. Plus all sorts of folks—including students, faculty and staff, and students —took tours of MCC’s future downtown campus at the Kodak properties.
Summer youth camps and programs at MCC were filled with students of all ages. Kindergarteners and first graders from the Rochester City School District spent time with us building upon what they learned during the school year. Older kids picked up new basketball and lacrosse moves at sports camps and explored advanced manufacturing careers at a summer work experience. Some campers explored a Humvee at the Courageous Children's Summer Camp for children and families of military veterans—and one surprised camper was even offered the phone for an impromptu chat with his father who was serving in Afghanistan!
All in all it was a great summer at MCC. We hope yours was equally as great, and we're glad you're back with us. And now that the "lazy" summer is behind us, we can't wait to see what the new academic year brings!