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McHenry County College (Public/Two-Year)

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McHenry County College (Public/Two-Year)

8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, Ill. • www.mchenry.edu

Since 1967, McHenry County College (MCC) has been the area’s choice for a high-quality, affordable and fully accredited and transferrable education. It was recognized for having the highest enrollment and growth rate in the state, and in Fall 2010, voted a “military-friendly” institution by G.I. Jobs magazine. MCC has 104 full-time instructors and an average of 225 part-time instructors per semester. Nearly 80 percent of its award-winning faculty hold master’s degrees, and 15 percent hold doctorates.

The heart of MCC is indeed its students, whether they come to start a new educational path, finish a dream that was sidetracked or try something new. Faculty and staff are dedicated to assisting students with the completion of degrees or certificates, so that they are prepared to move successfully into a new career or transition smoothly to a four-year institution.

At MCC, excellence is the goal. Students who move onto a four-year institution are proven to be better prepared than those from other schools. According to recent statistics compiled by the Illinois Shared Enrollment and Graduation database, administered by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, MCC students who transferred to four-year colleges and universities during the 2007-2008 academic year earned an average GPA of 2.98, compared to an average 2.91 GPA by students who began their postsecondary education at that four-year college.

As part of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference of National Junior College Athletic Association, MCC men’s and women’s teams have earned 17 conference championships and produced 11 All-Americans and 10 professional players over the last 15 years. In 2006, its women’s basketball team was NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year. In addition, MCC offers on-campus activities and more than 25 student clubs.

The honors group Phi Theta Kappa and the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program help MCC students to develop leadership skills. Through the College Consortium of International Students and the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs, MCC students may participate in study-abroad programs in more than 30 countries.

MCC’s student population is diverse, with various multicultural student groups on campus as well as its FOCUS workshop program. Through service learning, MCC students learn about civic responsibility while participating in community programs.

MCC’s focus is individualized learning, from the student-to-teacher ratio in classes to flexible course offerings. This engaging environment stimulates more critical thinking and decision-making skills, better preparing students for what lies ahead. ❚

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