MCC Facts

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How We Impact Lives & Communities


In Monroe County, graduates with an MCC associate degree will earn $9,100 more annually on average than those with only a high school diploma.

93 percent

of MCC career program graduates with full-time jobs stay in our region

14.8 percent

average annual rate of return on investment for taxpayers




The average student’s income increases by $4.40 for every dollar the student invests in his/her MCC education.


average annual rate of return on investment for students
(costs recovered in 8.5 yrs.)

737.3 Million

in annual income added to Monroe County from the
MCC-educated workforce

An MCC student reading to a preschooler at the Monroe Community College Downtown Campus Horizons Summer Camp


Several key initiatives through which MCC helps underrepresented and/or at-risk learners achieve academic success include:

  • Be a Healthy Hero Summer Camp (for Grades 1-12)
  • Liberty Partnerships Program (for Grades 7-12)
  • Science and Technology Entry Program (for Grades 7-12)
  • Upward Bound / Upward Bound Math and Science (for Grades 9-12)
  • Greece Early College High School (for Grades 9-12)
  • Rochester Early College International High School (for Grades 9-12)
  • Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) (for Grades 9-14)
  • College-readiness program in the World of Inquiry School (for Grades 11-12)
  • Pathways to College (for nongraduates to earn a high school equivalency diploma through college credit)




In grant awards that support MCC facilities and programs benefiting students, faculty and staff; plus $71.2 million in federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds used to help students overcome financial emergencies and to defray the college’s expenses associated with the coronavirus pandemic.


  • ESL Charitable Foundation grant creating opportunities for individuals to earn their high school equivalency diploma while also completing a one-year certificate at no cost. They also receive various support to prepare them for college-level introductory courses. Additionally, the grant benefits students returning to complete their degrees | $4 million
  • Finger Lakes Performing Provider System grant to help cover tuition costs and basic needs of students in identified health care and human services pathways | $4 million
Instructor in Monroe Community College Workforce Development demonstrating a technique to a student using a medical training mannequin

Marjorie Crum, MCC Associate Professor of Graphic Design, lecturing in a class.
Jonathon Little, MCC Associate Professor of Geography, working with a mapping student.


  • Librarians Anjali Parasnis-Samar and Alice Wilson were recognized by the Association of College & Research Libraries in 2021 for their significant achievement in creating an innovative program that helps students enhance their scholarly research skills.
  • Marjorie Crum (shown at top left), associate professor of graphic design, is the 2021 recipient of the national League Excellence Award for exemplifying exceptional teaching and leadership.
  • Jonathon Little (shown at bottom left), associate professor of geography, was honored by the United States Agency for International Development and YouthMappers in 2021 for going above and beyond in mentoring and supporting MCC’s Mapping Corps Club student members.
  • MCC faculty and staff have received 145 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards recognizing excellence in teaching, faculty service, professional service, librarianship, classified service, and scholarship and creative activities.
  • English Professor Elizabeth Johnston earned the 2021 Rattle Chapbook Prize for her poetry/prose collection “Imago Dei.”
  • English Professor Angelique Stevens won grand prize in PRISM international’s 2020 Creative Non-fiction Contest for her essay “Ghost Bread.”Lucy Behr and Misty Yarnall earned national honors for a fictional short story and a one-act play respectively in the League for Innovation’s 2019-20 Student Literary Award Competition.


  • Cited for its certified nurse assistant program as a model for career preparation, MCC is one of the top six U.S. community colleges offering quality non-degree workforce programs that lead to good-paying jobs and career paths. (New America)
  • MCC’s psychology associate degree and dental assisting rapid track certificate are among the nation’s best online programs. (
  • MCC is ranked among the top 20 community colleges in New York state for affordable, quality education. (WalletHub)
  • MCC’s nursing program is one of New York state’s top associate degree programs in nursing in 2021. (Nursing Schools Almanac)
  • Graduates of MCC’s nursing, radiologic technology, surgical technology, dental hygiene and emergency medical services programs perform well above state and national averages on certification and licensure exams, achieving pass rates of 93.5% or higher in 2019-20.*
  • MCC was one of five U.S. colleges selected to participate in the New Learning Compact Institute focused on advancing learning-centered and equity-minded practices on campuses. (Every Learner Everywhere)
  • MCC is the first U.S. community college to achieve accredited status for its Public Safety Department in 2020. (Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies)

*Latest data available

Two male MCC EMS students in front of ambulance simulator at the Public Safety Training Facility in Rochester, NY.

MCC President Dr. DeAnna Burt-Nanna and MCC Board Chair Allen K. Williams with group of workforce students at site of new FWD Center in Rochester NY.
MCC Graduate at commencement with her two young children and husband.

Inspiring the Way Forward

  • Opening in early 2022, the state-of-the-art Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center within MCC’s Downtown Campus will offer increased opportunities for diverse residents of the Finger Lakes region to access technology-oriented, industry-driven education and training for high-demand careers in a 21st-century economy. Fast-track programs will enable individuals of all ages to earn micro-credentials and progress toward an associate degree.
  • MCC is helping raise completion rates for single-mother learners by 30% by 2024. As one of the top online providers in the SUNY system, MCC responds to the needs of many student-parents who prefer online courses and remote access to services to better balance school and family/work responsibilities. MCC served more than 1,604 student-parents in fall 2021.

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