MCC Facts

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

Be a Healthy Hero camp participants


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

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




in Grant Awards that Support MCC, Students, and Community Initiatives


  • Office of Naval Research grant for MCC's Defense Engineering Education Program in Optics | $4.4 million
  • ESL Charitable Foundation grant to launch scholarship programs to support MCC students | $4 million
  • Wegman Family Charitable Foundation grant to help alleviate student hunger and basic needs insecurities | $3 million
  • U.S. Department of Education grant to expand student support services | $2.25 million
  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation grant for MCC’s project aimed at increasing the number of area high school students completing career technical education programs | $1.5 million
  • TRIO Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education | $1.5 million
A student shopping in the on-campus food pantry.

Eric Wheeler, Assistant Director of Veteran Services, with a student
Sherry Tshibangu, recipient of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty honor


  • 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.
  • MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter ranks among the top 8 percent of over 1,300 chapters around the world.
  • MCC faculty and staff have received 138 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards recognizing excellence in teaching, faculty service, professional service, librarianship, classified service, and scholarship and creative activities.
  • Assistant Director of Veteran Services Eric Wheeler (shown at top left) received the 2020 Veteran Ally and Advocate Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
  • Business Professor Sherry Tshibangu (shown at bottom left) is the 2020 recipient of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty honor for going above and beyond to support students in and outside the classroom.
  • Thomas Blake, Ph.D. (English), Renee Dimino (Transitional Studies) and Janet Zinck (Hospitality) were recognized for their significant impact on students and the local communities by the national League for Innovation in the Community College in 2019.
  • William Drumright, Ph.D. (History), Jonathon Little (Geography) and Nayda Pares-Kane, Ph.D. (Sociology), were selected as Cornell University’s 2020-21 Community College Internationalization Fellows.
  • Janet Zinck was named 2019 Outstanding Tourism Educator of the Year by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association for her leadership and contributions to the local community and the tourism industry.
  • Alexis Vogt, Ph.D., received the 2020 IEEE Photonics Society Technical Skills Educators Award “for transforming MCC’s optical systems technology program into a national model through teaching, mentoring, leadership, fundraising and outreach.”


  • MCC is cited among six U.S. community colleges as national models for best practices in workforce development. (The Aspen Institute)
  • MCC is named one of the 12 most innovative U.S. colleges for adult learners. (Washington Monthly magazine)
  • Entrepreneurial and Applied Business Studies is among the nation’s top 20 online associate degree programs in entrepreneurship. (
  • MCC earned a 2019-20 Innovation of the Year Award for its student-run information center Trib411. (League for Innovation in the Community College)
  • Graduates of MCC’s nursing, radiologic technology, surgical technology and dental hygiene programs perform well above state and national averages on certification and licensure exams, achieving pass rates of 100% in 2017-18.*

*Latest data available

Peer navigators and Tiberius, the school mascot, at the student-run information center Trib411

An optical systems technology student inspecting lens
Student with family at graduation

Charting the Course

  • A groundbreaking Future of the Technician Workforce Study by MCC’s Economic and Workforce Development Center sheds light on the most-in-demand skills and what the future of work looks like in the Finger Lakes region over the next five years and beyond as current and emerging technologies—including artificial intelligence and virtual reality— transform businesses’ operations. The study is based on extensive input from over 100 industry professionals from 80 regional organizations. Study findings are guiding the collaborative efforts of MCC and area employers in helping bridge the skills gaps and opening doors to family-sustaining careers.
  • By participating in Education Design Lab’s Single Moms Success Design Challenge, MCC is helping raise completion rates for single-mother learners by 30% by 2024. MCC served more than 1,800 student-parents in fall 2020.
  • Through a National Science Foundation grant, two MCC faculty members and an MCC graduate together are developing one of the nation's first A.A.S. geospatial degree programs as well as a micro-credential in response to a demand for geospatial technicians.
  • A new initiative with SUNY Empire State College allows MCC graduates with an associate degree to earn a bachelor’s degree in addiction studies, psychology or business management in a year to fulfill a growing workforce demand.