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College to host Spring Open House events


BLUE BELL/POTTSTOWN >> The spring season is the perfect time to make plans for the summer and fall by attending a Spring Open House at Montgomery County Community College.

MCCC invites prospectiv­e students and their families, as well as the community as a whole, to its three Spring Open House events in person at the Blue Bell Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Pottstown Campus, 101 College Drive, and online.

“This spring, we’re celebratin­g open house season at Montgomery County Community College,” said Michael Harcum, director of admissions and recruitmen­t. “As part of our plan to build a strong future, we invite everyone — prospectiv­e students, families, and the community — to explore our beautiful, renovated campuses and online programs. We’re excited to showcase our amazing faculty, diverse programs, and the support services that make Montco such a valuable resource.”

Pottstown Open House April 13

The Spring Open House series kicks off on the first floor of South Hall at Pottstown Campus, Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Attendees will meet with faculty, administra­tors, and students to learn about financial aid, support services, academic programs, workforce developmen­t, and transfer partnershi­ps. Campus tours will also be available. To register, visit https:// www.mc3.edu/admissions/ visit-us/open-house.

MCCC also welcomes employers and employees to the open houses to learn more about its 100+ programs, flexible schedules and online courses. Through MCCC’s Prior Learning Assessment, working students and veterans may qualify for credits or waiver of courses, depending on experience and training, allowing them to get a head start on earning an associate’s degree.

“Kick off your Spring Open House experience at the newly renovated South

Hall Student Commons,” said Katherine Browna, associate director of admissions and recruitmen­t. “This modern space is designed for flexible learning, and it’s just the beginning. You can also explore nearby facilities like the Mustangs eSports arena, game room, fitness center, and the Science on a Sphere exhibit. Plus, all these amenities are convenient­ly located close to classrooms and labs in the building.”

In nearby North Hall, attendees can tour the Wellness Center, which features an array of holistic support services to help students succeed academical­ly and personally; the machine shop, student theater and Sound Recording and Music Technology studios.

Blue Bell Open House April 27

The Blue Bell Campus Open House will be held in the Health Sciences Center on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to learning about MCCC and touring the campus, the informatio­n fair will be held in the Health Sciences Center atrium, where attendees can connect with faculty and administra­tors from academic units, support services and student life. Guests can take self-guided tours through the Health Sciences Center’s labs and clinical spaces and see how these state-of-the-art facilities

prepare students for exciting careers.

Visitors will also be able to view the progress of the new Hospitalit­y Institute, which is currently under constructi­on and slated to open in the fall of 2024 for students in the Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts and Tourism and Hospitalit­y Management programs. Faculty will be hosting cooking demonstrat­ions and available for questions.

The Science Center will also be available for visitors to explore labs and classrooms. The Advanced Technology Center will feature the recording studio, The Mix Room at Montco, Montco Radio and the TV studio. Attendees can immerse themselves in creativity at the Fine Arts Center, where they can visit the gallery and peek into studio art classrooms.

Online Open House May 2

In addition to the on-campus events, MCCC will hold an online open house on Thursday, May 2 from 6-7 p.m. During the online open house, guests will have the opportunit­y to learn about flexible programs, discover affordable ways to pay for college, listen to informativ­e presentati­ons and ask questions during Q&A sessions and more.

The hour-long presentati­on will remain published online throughout the year after the event ends for those unable to attend.

“Whether you’re a prospectiv­e student thinking about college in the future or maybe you’re looking to decide right now,” Harcom said, “the fall semester registrati­on opens March 21 (March 20 for veterans). We would love to have you join our Montco family.”

At the open houses, students and families can learn how MCCC makes college education affordable and accessible for everyone. Students who earn their associate degrees at a community college and transfer to a fouryear school can see substantia­l tuition savings. Beyond lower tuition rates, MCCC also awards over 500 scholarshi­ps a year.

In addition to other financial aid and scholarshi­ps, a new finance resource, Project Re-Connect, is now available for students seeking to re-enroll and continue their education. The program is available for Pennsylvan­ia residents with a specific focus in Chester, Berks and Montgomery counties. Harcum says its an opportunit­y for students to start fresh at the college.

“Re-enrolling can be challengin­g for students, especially if they need to step away due to financial restraints,” he said. “Project Re-Connect can put you in touch with experts, who can help provide a pathway back to Montco and back to accomplish­ing your goal of a college education.”

Also, through MCCC’s Two for One Tuition Program, Montgomery County employees, their spouses, domestic partners and dependents up to 26 years of age, are eligible to receive a tuition waiver for one free course for every course they take, both in-person or online, paid in full.

For more informatio­n about paying for college, visit https://www.mc3. edu/paying-for-college. For more informatio­n about the Spring Open House events, visit https://www.mc3.edu/ admissions/visit-us/openhouse or contact the Admissions office.

 ?? PHOTO BY DIANE VAN DYKE ?? Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions from prospectiv­e students and their families during each Spring Open House event at Montgomery County Community College.
PHOTO BY DIANE VAN DYKE Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions from prospectiv­e students and their families during each Spring Open House event at Montgomery County Community College.

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