Welcome to Manchester Community College. This handbook is designed to answer the questions most frequently asked by students about services, programs, expectations, and procedures. More detailed information and procedures are available in the College Catalog, in other areas of the MCC website or on the Connecticut Community College’s student information system at http://my.commnet.edu.
If you do not find the answer to your questions in the handbook, please contact a returning student, a student senator, or a faculty or staff member who will be more than happy to help you.
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Please note: The College reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the information listed in this publication.
Manchester Community College is committed to access and equal opportunity. Should you require special accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs offered, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 860-512-3320. Alternative formats of this material may be provided upon request.
From the Dean of Student Affairs
On behalf of the Student Affairs Division, I would like to welcome you to Manchester Community College. The services provided by our division are designed to support students from “the parking lot to graduation”. These services include: admissions, financial aid, registration services, counseling, advising, transfer counseling, career services and placement, athletics and fitness, student activities, minority and international programs, probationary services, services for students with special needs, assessment testing, veteran services, health services, the bookstore, food services, and the child development center. These areas, and other support areas of the college, are intimately connected with your success in the classroom and attainment of the academic goals you have established for yourself.
Research has proven that students who develop a meaningful connection with an individual employed by the college they attend are more likely to be successful than those that do not. This individual may be a faculty advisor, a counselor, club advisor, librarian, office worker, etc. – basically, an individual you trust, feel comfortable talking to, and that supports your success here at MCC. With this in mind, I strongly encourage you to identify this individual early in your college career – this semester. I did this early in my college career and I found that the individual helped me avoid a number of pitfalls that could easily have been barriers my college success. Know that the faculty and staff of MCC are willing to serve in this capacity. JUST ASK!
Research also has indicated that students who are engaged in co-curricular activities, events, clubs and programs that occur outside of your classroom instruction – are more likely to be successful in college. I am aware that many of you may feel “pressed for time”: juggling your coursework, family obligations, part-time or full time work, and other commitments. I strongly encourage you to “make time” to participate in the co-curricular activities taking place at MCC. This may be going to a lecture on an issue impacting your community or attending the Student Art Show. It may be playing flag football once or twice a week in our intramural program. It may be your serving as a member of the student senate or as an MCC Ambassador. Or, perhaps as a mentee in our Brother-to-Brother or Sister-to-Sister programs or as a reporter for our school newspaper, The Live Wire, or as a DJ on our campus internet radio station, ICE.
This is your college and your college journey – take full advantage of it and experience it fully. We’ll be here for you each step of the way.
Have a great semester!
G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D.
Dean of Student Affairs