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Career Pathways

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) (Most are not designed to transfer to a 4 year college/university)
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 to a 4 year college/university)
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.

Arts, Humanities and Communication

Careers in the arts, humanities and communication pathways appeal to those who place a great deal of value on self-expression, personal experience, imagination and creativity. If you are planning on pursuing a career in the creative and performing arts, music, philosophy, journalism, broadcasting or other related fields, this pathway may be for you.

Business and Information Technology

Careers in this pathway relate to all aspects of business and computer information technology.  These careers may include, but are not limited to, accounting, computer networking, software development, digital game design, entrepreneurship, graphic design, management, and marketing.

Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology

Careers in this pathway are related to the technologies necessary to design, develop, install and maintain physical manufacturing systems. These include engineering and related fields, architecture, mechanics and repairers, manufacturing technology, precision production, electronics, construction trades and related industries.

Health Services

Careers in this pathway are related to the promotion of health and treatment of disease.  These include research, prevention, treatment and health related technologies.  Health care professionals are in high demand locally and nationwide.

Human Services

Human Services is focused on helping people overcome adversity through strength-based approaches that empower them to reach their full potential. Human Service Professionals help people to advance lives, help those in need, and educate future generations.

Math and Science

Individuals who enjoy math and science are often analytical thinkers that prefer to examine evidence to assist in demonstrating a theory or outcome. This pathway includes careers in areas such as agriculture, astronomy, the biological sciences, chemistry, environmental science, and mathematics.