Inspiring since 1961.
Innovation has always been at the heart of Monroe Community College. For more than 50 years, we’ve evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of our students and our community. We’ve developed new and exciting degree programs, created unique educational and workforce initiatives, and built contemporary urban and suburban campus facilities.
Monroe Community College was established in 1961 under founding chairman, Samuel J. Stabins, M.D. MCC’s first Board of Trustees comprised Rochester’s leading professionals in business, health care, education and law as appointed by Monroe County and New York State. That same year, MCC was established as a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) System.
Carrying on the vision of our founders, MCC continues to provide a quality education at an affordable price. Today, we offer more than 100 outstanding academic programs taught by award-winning faculty members for a much lower cost than private colleges. That’s what has made MCC a smart choice for half a century. Since 1961, nearly half a million people have been inspired by MCC. We hope to continue our traditions of innovation and value for many years to come.
Monroe Community College will be the nationally-recognized leader in championing equity, opportunity, innovation, and excellence while transforming students’ lives and communities.
Monroe Community College, through access to affordable academic programs, leads excellence and innovation in higher education, inspires diverse students to transform their lives and communities, drives regional economic development, and builds global engagement and understanding.
MCC’s Core Values
Monroe Community College values integrity, excellence, empowerment, inclusiveness, collaboration and stewardship. These values help guide our behavior as MCC students and employees.
MCC through the years
1961 – MCC is established as a unit of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
1962 – Leroy V. Good, Ph.D. is inaugurated as MCC’s founding president. He had already established community colleges in three other states.
1962 – MCC’s Alexander Street Campus welcomes 720 students.
1965 – MCC becomes the first college in the nation to receive accreditation within three years of its founding.
1968 – A new campus on East Henrietta Road in Brighton opens to meet increasing enrollment needs.
1974 – Comprehensive training of the region’s first responders begins at the new 49,000 square foot Public Safety Training Facility on Scottsville Road.
1980s – MCC becomes the fastest-growing community college in the state, increasing enrollment during the 1980s by more than 41%.
1991 – To meet the needs of MCC’s growing non-traditional student population, the Richard M. Guon Child Care Center opens.
1992 – The Damon City Campus opens its doors in downtown Rochester to educate students in law, criminal justice, human services and K-12 teaching.
1997 – The Applied Technologies Center, a 53,000 square foot facility on West Henrietta Road, opens to serve fast-growing industries such as precision tooling and machining, automotive technology and HVAC/R.
2003 – MCC launches its housing and residence life program with the dedication of Alice Holloway Young Commons, named in honor of Dr. Young, one of the first African-American teachers in the U.S., as well as a founding MCC trustee.
2003 – To address the educational needs of those in the region faced with responding to natural and intentional disasters, the Homeland Security Management Institute opens.
2007 – MCC’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Institute opens.
2008 – The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing opens and earns LEED Silver certification.
2008 – The PAC Center, an academic, fitness and recreational facility named after alumna, Pamela Ann Chesonis, ‘79, opens to support student learning, athletics and overall health and wellness on campus.
2011 – MCC’s Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services division is established.
2014 – Work begins on MCC's new Downtown Campus at 321 State Street.
2017 – MCC’s Downtown Campus opens for classes.
MCC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
MCC is a member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. The League provides direction and leadership for experimentation and innovation in two-year colleges. Its members are recognized as the best community colleges in the United States and Canada.