Monroe Community College

For the community college in Monroe County, Michigan, see Monroe County Community College. For the proprietary college, see Monroe College.
Monroe Community College, State University of New York
Motto Inspiring Every Day.
Type Community college
Established 1961
President Anne M. Kress
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 18,977[2]
Location United States Brighton, NY, US
43°06′07″N 77°36′52″W / 43.10186°N 77.614374°W / 43.10186; -77.614374Coordinates: 43°06′07″N 77°36′52″W / 43.10186°N 77.614374°W / 43.10186; -77.614374
Campus Suburban
314 acres (127 ha)
Colors Gold and black         
Sports Basketball Soccer Baseball Hockey Lacrosse Softball Swimming Golf Volleyball
Nickname Tribunes
Affiliations National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III

Monroe Community College is a two-year college of the State University of New York, located in Monroe County, New York. The college has two campuses, one in the town of Brighton and another, the Damon City Campus, in the City of Rochester. The College also encompasses the Applied Technologies Center, programs at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility, and has courses online and at four extension sites in East Rochester, Greece, Spencerport, and Webster. It was founded in 1961.


The origins of Monroe Community College took place in 1961, when a well known local physician, Dr. Samuel J. Stabins (1901 - 1989)[3] recognized the need to prepare students to work in local hospitals and health care facilities, and founded MCC. MCC became part of the SUNY system, and its program offerings were expanded to prepare graduates for employment or transfer to four-year institutions. The College’s first home was in The Rochester’s former East High School at 410 Alexander Street, had been condemned by the city as a fire hazard, forcing the school to make renovations. On September 9, 1961, the original campus re-opened, with an enrollment 720 students.

Three years later, in June 1965, MCC became the first college in the nation to receive accreditation within three years of its founding, however, due to increasing enrollment, the college had overflowed its capacity and was looking for a new home. In 1968, the college moved to its present campus on East Henrietta Road in Brighton. In 1991, the College announced plans for a second campus to serve a steady influx of students. The Damon City Campus, named in honor of longtime Trustee E. Kent Damon, opened its doors the following year in downtown Rochester, and educates students in law, criminal justice, human services and k-12 teaching.

As of 2010, MCC has served more than a quarter of a million people. Within the past several years, MCC has welcomed the additions of the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing and the PAC fitness and recreational facility to help meet evolving educational needs of people throughout our region.


MCC comprises two campuses: the 314 acres (127 ha) main campus in the Town of Brighton, New York and the Damon City Campus housed on the fourth floor of the Sibley Building. MCC also offers classes at the Applied Technologies Center for automotive technologies, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and precision tooling and machining. The college also trains law enforcement, fire safety, and emergency medical services personnel at the county Public Safety Training Facility.

MCC Main Campus
The Sibley Building houses the Damon City Campus
The Applied Technologies Center
Aviation accident training area at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility

Organization and administration

Dr. Anne M. Kress
Monroe Community College graduation at the Blue Cross Arena

President: Dr. Anne M. Kress[4]

Presidents of the College
Name Title Tenure
LeRoy V. Good President 1961 – 1972
George A. Glasser Interim president 1972
Moses S. Koch President 1973 – 1981
George A. Glasser Interim president 1981
Peter A. Spina President 1982 – 1999
R. Thomas Flynn Interim president
November 1, 1999 – February 8, 2000
February 9, 2000 – August 2008
Lawrence W. "Larry" Tyree Interim president August 2008 – July 5, 2009
Anne M. Kress President July 6, 2009 – present

Academic profile

Students studying at Monroe Community College

Today, Monroe Community College hosts a diverse student body enrolled in 83 degree and certification programs.

Of the approximately 41,000 students who take classes through Monroe Community College annually, more than 65 percent are under 25 years old, and more than half are women. The majority of students are enrolled in certificate and degree programs. In addition, the college trains the area's workforce through open enrollment and corporate training programs, serving small to mid-size employers such as Melles Griot and large employers including Kodak and Xerox.

Many students opt to take a "2+2" transfer program, in which they enroll in a program to earn their associate Degree in two years with the intent of transferring to a college or university — primarily the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Saint John Fisher College, Roberts Wesleyan College, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, Nazareth College, or the Eastman School of Music — to complete a bachelor's degree.

Graduates of MCC have moved on to more than 100 different schools. In 2005, 2,680 people graduated from the college. Of those who transferred to another college, 62 percent chose one of the region's four-year colleges and universities. Of those graduates who enrolled at MCC to prepare for a career, 89 percent stayed in the greater Rochester area and found work in many local industries

Student life

MCC student campus center

Students maintain a regular newspaper, The Monroe Doctrine, which includes both a bi-weekly print version and an online version which can be accessed at . The radio station (closed circuit/web feed only) is also student operated and there are 57 student clubs and organizations for students to participate in.

The Student Association, of which all currently enrolled student life fee-paying students are members, is governed by the Brighton Campus Student Government Association (SGA) and the Damon Campus Student Events and Governance Association (SEGA). These governing bodies promote the general welfare of the student body, provide programs of educational value to the college community and promote, within the college, a spirit of harmony among students, administration, staff and faculty. These two governing bodies work closely together to actively engage students from both campuses in the life of MCC.

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is the events organization at MCC. The CAB sponsors on-campus activities such as Freestyle Fridays, Fall Fest and Spring Fling. CAB also brings in Guest Speakers to present on various current issues facing students.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, has a chapter on the MCC campus. Alpha Theta Iota helps connect students to campus activities and scholarship opportunities available to Phi Theta Kappa members. The chapter also participates in the Honors in Action Study Topic and the College Project to remain a 5-star chapter.

MCC offers smart classrooms, interactive videoconferencing capabilities, eight electronic learning centers (the largest of which has 100+ workstations), the Warshof Conference Center (open to the public), dental clinic, fitness and dance studios, a new synthetic turf field, and a variety of dining and restaurant options on campus. Brighton Campus is one of the few college campuses that is nearly completely enclosed. The Brighton Campus, along with the Applied Technologies Center on West Henrietta Road, is completely wireless; while most of the Damon City Campus is equipped with 'hotspots.' In 2008, a 56,000 sq ft (5,200 m2). athletics facility – the PAC Center – was added to the Brighton Campus.

Monroe Community College residence halls

Unlike most U.S. community colleges, MCC provides residence halls for on-campus living. In 2003, the Alice Holloway Young Residence Halls opened on the Brighton Campus. Today, four more buildings have been added: Alexander Hall, Canal Hall, Pioneer Hall, and Tribune Hall. Each housing facility is equipped with modern technology services and has a strong sense of community.

Community programs

In addition to academics, MCC supports programming that provides solutions to community needs. They provide a G.E.D program,[5] a support network for parents and infants called 292-BABY,[6] and an AmeriCorps program called Rochester AmeriCorps.[7]


The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Tribunes.

Notable people




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