In total, the college offers 70 associate degree programs in addition to 30 credit certificates at its campuses and through MercerOnline.

MCCC offers free tutoring, academic advisement, and assistance with state and federal financial aid programs, grants, loans, and scholarships. Scheduling includes the traditional 15-week semester plus semesters of 10, eight, and five weeks. There are day, evening, and weekend hours.

Continuing this fall are bachelor’s degree programs offered for MCCC graduates on the West Windsor campus: William Paterson University offers programs in education, liberal studies, psychology, and business administration; Fairleigh Dickinson offers programs in business, hospitality, communications, and criminal justice; and Felician College offers a nursing program.

Credits earned at MCCC can be transferred to four-year state colleges, and MCCC also holds transfer agreements with other colleges nationwide.

The college will host an information session about how to begin at MCCC and transfer for a four-year degree on Wednesday, October 17, at 6 p.m. in the student center on the West Windsor campus. To register call 609-570-3244.

For those who wish to enter into a career immediately after earning their associate degree, MCCC offers programs such as Physical Therapist Assistant, Law Enforcement, Entertainment Technology, Paralegal, and Graphic Design.

Highly motivated students can enter the college’s honors program, open to eligible freshmen, which provides an enriched college experience for high-achievers. Honors graduates have earned major scholarships to top colleges such as Stanford, Mount Holyoke, and Drexel.

Continuing in 2012 are faculty-led study tours, which took students to Costa Rica last spring and South Africa this summer. Tour destinations for next year include Costa Rica, parts of Eastern Europe, and the Yucatan Peninsula. Study abroad for a full semester is also available. For details visit www.mccc.edu/studyabroad.

For more information about all of MCCC’s credit and noncredit programs, visit www.mccc.edu or call the Enrollment Services office at 609-570-3795. Previously registered students can register online.

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MCCC’s Center for Training and Development has been given a new name — the Mercer Institute of Management & Technology Training — and a new role in an effort to better reflect the custom training and development services it offers.

For more than 30 years, Mercer Institute has been providing customized training and development programs to help corporate and community organizations address a wide range of strategic challenges.

The institute is now working in partnership with organizations focusing on employee development and improving business processes. Their business professionals design a plan, develop required programs, and give customized training to employees at the client site or in the college’s conference center.

The trainers for the programs have real-world business experience and specialize in areas such as biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, government, service, healthcare, manufacturing, and nonprofit.

“A lot of companies are going through change right now. Some have no succession planning. For others there are challenges associated with changing technology,” says institute Director Elaine Weinberg. “Whatever their reasons, companies turn to us for help. We provide training solutions and can help build and execute a 12-month program, plan and deliver a single training course, or provide one-on-one executive coaching with instructors who have the needed technical expertise in leadership, technology, and communication.”

Organizations served by the Mercer Institute in recent years include ETS, Cenlar, Catholic Charities, Learning Ally, and MedAvante.

In 2006, The McGraw-Hill Companies began a partnership with Mercer Institute to create a customized program to build the technology and leadership skills of information management and human resources employees.

“Nowhere has the commitment to developing talent at The McGraw-Hill Companies been more tangible than the inception of The McGraw-Hill Institute at Mercer County Community College,” said Maureen Marshall, human resources director. “Mercer offered excellent faculty who were knowledgeable and current with business and marketplace trends.”

“We’ve been able to provide substantial training opportunities for our staff as we have more than doubled in size in the US and opened offices in Moscow and Munich,” said Jeanne Davie, vice president of human resources at MedAvante, which has worked with Mercer Institute since 2007.

“Leveraging our consultative, flexible approach and our world-class facilities, Mercer Institute serves organizations across industries,” says Weinberg. “We listen carefully, we recommend thoughtfully and we deliver reliably. We are unique in this region.”

Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, Box B, Trenton 08690; 609-586-4800; fax, 609-570-3845. Patricia Donohue, president. www.mccc.edu.

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