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Alternative Learning Options

Dual Enrollment

The MCC Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to enroll in select MCC courses at a substantially reduced tuition rate.* Courses count for both high school and college credit and are taught at the student’s high school by high school teachers in partnership with a designated MCC faculty member. Credits may fulfill an MCC degree or certificate requirement and may also be transferred to other colleges. Both high school and college faculty are involved in the development and implementation of Dual Enrollment courses.

The MCC Dual Enrollment Program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). Programs accredited through NACEP have demonstrated the courses offered in high schools are as rigorous as those offered on campus, thereby supporting student achievement and postsecondary success.

For more information about the program, including a complete list of partner high schools, visit the Dual Enrollment webpage.

* Note: The reduced tuition rate is only available for courses offered at high school locations and when student register for less than 11 credit hours per semester.

International Studies
The MCC international course offerings may vary from year to year, depending on student demand. These courses are open to MCC students, students from other colleges and adults interested in experiencing education in international settings. They may be taken for college credit (3 credits each course) or audited. (Auditors are charged the same tuition as students earning credits.) Students must be at least 18 years old by departure date.

For more information contact our office of Global Education & International Services.

Intersession is an abbreviated session offered in January that gives students a chance to complete a three-credit course between Fall and Spring semesters.

Online Learning Programs
Many MCC students take some coursework online. Some distance learning involves Internet-based assignments in courses that meet in traditional classrooms each week. We call such courses “web-enhanced.” Other courses are mostly online, requiring students to come to campus only occasionally; for example, for laboratory work or for testing purposes only. We call these courses “hybrids.” Still others are offered entirely at a distance via the web.

Through Open SUNY, MCC offers more than 100 courses and 40 degree programs for which students are never required to come to campus. Each of these distance learning options is offered to be sure courses are available in the ways and at the times students learn best. For more information contact our Virtual Campus Center for more information about Online Learning.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
The College grants prior learning credit for course work successfully completed. There are six types of PLA.

Special Studies Courses
Sequential Course Numbers 080-089, 180-189 and 280 through 289 are Special Studies Courses. Sequential Course Numbers 080-089 represent inputed credit.

Special Studies is a general heading for experimental courses or those for which the demand is untested, unknown, immediate or temporary. A Special Studies course may be a general elective or an elective in the areas of Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, Natural Science or Health/Physical Education, with the approval of the respective division.

Summer Sessions
Summer credit courses start at various dates and are offered days and evenings at both MCC campuses. Enrollment is open to any student who has satisfied course prerequisites. Summer Session courses are taught at an accelerated pace.

Time-Shortened Courses
Time shortened courses maintain the same academic standards, in-class instructional hours and cover the same content as courses taught in the traditional 15-week semester, but in fewer weeks.