– For the third consecutive year, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) has been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges in the nation, according to a study released by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. MCCC is one of only 18 community/technical colleges selected for this national recognition.
According to NISOD’s website, the annual award “recognizes community and technical college exceptional commitments to diversity (including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, class, veterans, and thought) through best-in-class student and staff recruitment and retention practices, inclusive learning and working environments, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities.”
MCCC is dedicated to fostering a welcoming campus community, embracing diversity and ensuring equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment practices.
“This award recognizes the ongoing commitment and work of our faculty and staff to make Montgomery County Community College a friendly, comfortable place for everyone,” said Dr. Kevin Pollock, MCCC President. “We are pleased to receive this award for the third consecutive year.”
One way MCCC promotes diversity is through its Faculty Diversity Fellowship program. This program provides minority scholars in the early stages of their careers with the opportunity to develop their teaching skills at MCCC while they continue to work on or complete their terminal-level degrees. Faculty fellows receive mentoring from colleagues, and in return, they participate as mentors in MCCC’s Minority Student Mentoring Initiative.
Additionally, MCCC launched its OneMontco Unity Series for 2017-18, which featured a yearlong series of diversity-related events, activities and speakers. The series started with a Unity Rally followed by the presentation of the nationally acclaimed program, “The Defamation Experience,” an interactive courtroom drama that explores the issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law. Other events included the Presidential Symposium featuring astronomer Dr. Derrick Pitts and his discussion about the diversity of the universe, International Day and an English as a Second Language (ESL) fair.
As a symbol of the College community’s commitment to diversity, the 2018 graduates, as well as faculty, administrators, staff and trustees, wore multi-colored diversity cords at the Commencement ceremony.
In addition to MCCC, other colleges honored include Central Piedmont Community College, Coastline Community College, Community College of Allegheny County, Community College of Aurora, El Centro College, GateWay Community College, Greenville Technical College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lone Star College-University Park, McLennan Community College, National Park College, Northwest Vista College, Pierpont Community and Technical College, Pitt Community College, Rochester Community and Technical College, Wake Tech Community College and Western Texas College.
NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. Since 1984, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has been the nation’s premier publication covering the issues pertaining to underrepresented minorities in American higher education.
About Montgomery County Community College
For more than 50 years, Montgomery County Community College has grown with the community to meet the evolving educational needs of Montgomery County. The College’s comprehensive curriculum includes more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as customized workforce training and certifications. Students enjoy the flexibility of learning at the College’s thriving campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, at the Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, and online through a robust Virtual Campus.
As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, the institution is positioned at the vanguard of national efforts to increase completion, improve learning outcomes, and remove barriers to access for students. The College also is recognized regionally and nationally for its sustainability leadership, work with military veterans, community service and service learning opportunities, and use of classroom technology. For more information, visit http://www.mc3.edu.