Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College’s (MCCC) 210-acre main campus is centrally located in Monroe County with easy access to Detroit and Toledo. MCCC offers more than 34 degrees, 28 certificates, and abundant transfer programs for students. Additionally, 73 percent of the full-time teaching and counseling faculty have earned graduate degrees, and 21 percent have earned post-graduate degrees. MCCC’s educational programming is designed to serve industry demands through the Nuclear Engineering Technology, Alternative Energy Certificate, Construction Management Technology Certificate, Non-destructive testing, Information Assurance Technology, Green Building course, and many other programs, certificates, and programs at the heart of the energy industry.
New programs at MCCC include the new MCCC Nuclear Engineering Technology Program which was created through a partnership with DTE Energy, as well as the Alternative Renewable Energy Program created via support from the DTE Energy Foundation. Additionally, through a partnership with DTE Energy, a Heavy Industrial Construction Certificate was launched in 2009, designed for more experienced construction personnel who wish to upgrade their skills and gain entry into management positions with large industrial employers, as well as new entrants into the field. This is an active and ongoing partnership that was started in cooperation with DTE Energy who evaluated the viability and value of this certificate program. DTE Energy also provides ongoing commentary through this programs advisory committee. Major accomplishments at MCCC include:
- The installation of a 500mw Solar Array through the DTE Energy SolarCurrents Program with support from DTE Energy employee Darrick Whitaker
- A U.S. Department of Labor Community Based Job Training Grant to establish a Welding Center of Expertise and deliver accelerated training in two ten-week modules resulting in industry recognized American Welding Society beginning QC-10 and advanced QC-11 certifications to help fill the void in skilled welders across energy, advanced manufacturing, and heavy construction industries
- An agreement with Ventower Industries, a full service fabricator and supplier of utility scale, wind turbine towers located in Monroe, to provide customized training and education
As Michigan’s economy continues to transition into high-growth sectors, it will require an educated and well-trained workforce. The addition of MCCC’s new state-of-the-art Career Technology Center will further the college’s capacity to develop programs to meet the needs of a globally competitive workforce. The Center will serve as an indispensable tool to attract new employers and create future jobs in the region by supplying a pool of qualified candidates capable of meeting the needs of evolving industries. With some estimates of a 25-30 percent attrition rate on skilled trades over the next 5 years, the college enthusiastically embraces the possibility of jointly working with labor and DTE Energy to ensure workforce needs are fully met.
Additionally, the DTE Energy Foundation supported a proposal to help create an Alternative/Renewable Energy Program at MCCC, and the college has an ongoing relationship in the jointly developed NUET program. Other support from the DTE Energy Foundation, DTE Energy and DTE Energy Corporate Services includes various scholarships, employee matching and sponsoring campus/community cultural arts programming for individual and season events.