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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 & Communication

Business & Information Technology

Engineering/Manufacturing & Industrial Technology 

Health Services

Human Services

Math & Science

Arts, Humanities & 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. While still requiring a high degree of analytical thinking, careers in the arts, humanities and communication pathway are often associated with creativity, innovation and an understanding of past and popular culture.  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. 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
Art
Advertising and Public Relations
Broadcasting
Communications
Dance
English
Film and Video Production
Humanities
Journalism
Languages (Spanish, French, German)
Music
Philosophy
Theater

Business & 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, marketing, and office administration.  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
Computer Information Systems
Computer Networking
Computer Science
Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance
Graphic Design
Hospitality Management
Human Resources
International Business
Management
Marketing
Medical Office Management

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. For more information, click on the links below or contact the MCC Counselor Lisa Ribbe at (231) 777-0362 or lisa.ribbe@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

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.  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

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
Dental Assisting/Hygiene
Dentistry
Dietetics
Heath Sciences

Medical Assistant
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

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. Individuals in the human service field work in a variety of careers such as psychology, social work, education, government and law. 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 – Trefny Chelesvig at (231) 777-0362 or trefny.chelesvig@muskegoncc.edu

Math & Science

Individuals who enjoy science and math are often analytical thinkers that prefer to examine evidence to assist in demonstrating a theory or outcome. This pathway includes a broad spectrum of careers in areas such as agriculture, astronomy, the biological sciences, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics and many more. Whether it’s finding a cure for a disease or making our world more sustainable, people who are interested in science and math often bring a curiosity to their field that assists them in making our world a better place. 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
Agriculture
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Conservation
Environmental Science
Fisheries
Geography
Geology
Physical Science
Wildlife
Zoology