Career Pathways

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An academic pathway helps to organize degrees and certificates into a field of interest. Please review the Career Pathways below to find out how Muskegon Community College can help you reach your professional goals.

Descriptions of Degrees and Certificates at MCC

Please review the degree descriptions to gain a better understanding of the academic programs offered at Muskegon Community College.

  • Certificate Programs
    Short-term programs designed to help students gain vocational skills or upgrade skills.
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)
    This degree is focus on specific vocational areas and is designed to prepare students for work. This degree is not typically designed as a transfer degree, however individual classes from this degree may transfer to other colleges or universities.
  • Associates in Science and Arts (ASA) Degree (Designed to Transfer)
    These degrees are designed to transfer to a four year college or university. The degree includes liberal arts courses & electives and includes the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). With careful planning, the ASA degree helps you to have most of the general education requirements completed before transferring to the four-year college.

Exploring Career Pathways

Please explore the list of pathways and academic disciplines below to help you identify a possible career. MCC counselors are available to meet with a student based on the specific career pathway in which she or he is interested.

  1. Arts and Communication
  2. Business, Management, Marketing and Information Technology
  3. Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology 
  4. Health Services
  5. Human Services
  6. Natural Resources and Science

1. Arts and Communication

Is this career path for you?
Are you a creative thinker?  Are you imaginative, innovative, and original?  Do you like to communicate ideas?  Do you like making crafts, drawings, playing a musical instrument, taking photos, or writing stories? For more information, click on the links below or contact MCC Counselor Karen Hicks at (231) 777-0362 or karen.hicks@muskegoncc.edu.

Academic Disciplines
Art
Advertising and Public Relations
Broadcasting
Communications
Dance
English
Film and Video Production
Humanities
Journalism
Languages (Spanish, French, German)
Music
Philosophy
Theater

2. Business, Management, Marketing and Information Technology

Is this career path for you?
Do you enjoy being a leader, organizing people, planning activities, and talking? Do you like to work with numbers or ideas?  Do you enjoy carrying through with an idea and seeing the end product?  Do you like things neat and orderly?  Would you enjoy balancing a checkbook, following the stock market, holding an office in a club, or surfing the Internet? For more information, click on the links below or contact MCC Counselor Trefny Chelesvig at (231) 777-0362 or trefny.chelesvig@muskegoncc.edu.

Academic Disciplines
Accounting
Administrative Assistant
Business
Computer Information Systems
Computer Networking
Computer Science
Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance
Game Design
Graphic Design
Hospitality Management
Human Resources
International Business
Management
Marketing
Medical Office Management

3. Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology

Is this career path for you?
Are you mechanically inclined and practical?  Do you like reading diagrams and blueprints, and drawing building structures?  Are you curious about how things work?  Would you enjoy painting a house, repairing cars, wiring electrical circuits, or wood working? For more information, click on the links below or contact MCC Counselor Larry Visconti at (231) 777-0362 or larry.visconti@muskegoncc.edu.

Academic Disciplines
Alternate and Renewable Energy
Architecture
Automotive
Aviation
Computer Aided Design
Electronics
Engineering (AAS)
Engineering (ASA)
Industrial and Vocational Arts Education
Industrial
Machining
Materials
Mathematics
Physics
Welding

4. Health Services

Is this career path for you?
Do you like to care for people or animals who are sick or help them stay well?  Are you interested in diseases and in how the body works?  Do you enjoy reading about science and medicine?  Would it be fun to learn first aid or volunteer at a hospital or veterinary clinic?  For more information, click on the links below or contact MCC Counselor Sylvia Hayes at (231) 777-0362 or sylvia.hayes@muskegoncc.edu.

Academic Disciplines
Athletic Training
Dental Assisting
Dentistry
Dietetics
Heath Sciences
Medical Technology
Medicine
Nursing*
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Respiratory Therapy
Speech and Audiology
Veterinary
* Alternate Counselor for Nursing – Seth York. Contact Seth at (231) 777-0362 or seth.york@muskegoncc.edu

5. Human Services

Is this career path for you?
Are you friendly, open, understanding, and cooperative?  Do you like to work with people to solve problems?  Is it important to you to do something that makes things better for other people?  Do you like to help friends with family problems?  Do you like reading, storytelling, traveling, or tutoring young children? For more information, click on the links below or contact MCC Counselor George Sharp at (231) 777-0362 or george.sharp@muskegoncc.edu.

Academic Disciplines
Anthropology
Child Development
Criminal Justice/Corrections*
Economics
Education (Special Education, Elementary, Secondary Teaching, Physical Education)
History
Law
Political Science
Psychology
Social Science
Social Work
Sociology
Recreation
*Alternate Counselor for Criminal Justice – Larry Visconti at (231) 777-0362 or larry.visconti@muskegoncc.edu.

6. Natural Resources and Science

Is this career path for you?
Are you a nature lover?  Are you practical, curious about the physical world, and interested in plants and animals?  Do you enjoy hunting or fishing?  Do you like to garden or mow the lawn?  Are you interested in protecting the environment? For more information, click on the links below or contact MCC Counselor Seth York at (231) 777-0362 or seth.york@muskegoncc.edu.

Academic Disciplines
Agriculture
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Conservation
Environmental Science
Fisheries
Geography
Geology
Physical Science
Wildlife
Zoology