MCC Offers Programs for Students Interested in Exploring Communication Careers

MANCHESTER, Conn. (March 27, 2019) – MCC’s Communication program will be open to new students for registration beginning on April 8. Interested students and their families can get information from program faculty at the upcoming MCC Open House, April 2.

Students in the Communication program will learn how humans communicate, cooperate and resolve conflicts verbally and nonverbally. Coursework also covers how technology and media incorporate into human communication. In addition, the program covers hands-on skills that can be applied to a variety of fields related to these topics.

A distinguishing benefit of the program is that students can take part in clubs and activities such as ICE Radio and MCC’s award-winning student-run newspaper, Live Wire. They can gain real-world experience in the newly renovated state-of-the-art Digital Media Production Studio, which includes more than $100,000 in the latest camera and editing equipment and software.

In recent semesters, over 15 students have been placed in paid and unpaid internships at employers such as WILI, MCC’s ICE Radio, WFSB Channel 3, WNPR, the Journal Inquirer, Foxwoods Resorts and Casino, and others. Several of these students received offers of permanent employment after finishing their internships.

Degrees and certificates offered include Communication: Human, A.A; Communication: Media, A.S; Communication Studies: CSCU Pathway Transfer, A.A.; and Journalism Option: Communication, A.S. Students can also earn two certificates within the Communications major – Media Technology and Public Relations — which are new offerings that can lead directly to jobs in the industry.

The Media Technology certificate program requires fewer total credit hours than an associate degree and is designed for students who are interested in technical positions in fields such as radio, television and video production. Students will acquire hands-on skills necessary for working behind the scenes.

The certificate program in Public Relations bridges the disciplines of communications and business. It is designed to appeal to new students considering a degree program in communications, employees in other areas of communication seeking retraining and students with associate or bachelor’s degrees who need rapid certification in the skills necessary for entry-level positions in public relations.

For students who are interested in transferring to one of the five CSCU baccalaureate institutions, MCC offers a Communication Studies transfer pathway. This makes it easy to start coursework at MCC and, upon completion, be guaranteed full junior status with all credits transferred and applied at the senior institution.

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