Higher Education Partnership Programs

In addition to the many traditional transfer opportunities available to MCC students, the college also partners with three universities in unique programs allowing occupational students to transfer to a high quality baccalaureate program. In all transfer programs, be sure to see an MCC counselor for details.

  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Michigan State University

Ferris State University

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Ferris State University partners with MCC to provide opportunities to complete a bachelor’s degree locally and affordably. Some programs allow students to take up to 90 credits at MCC and 30 credits at Ferris to earn their bachelor’s degree. These programs are available through a combination of community college courses and Ferris State University courses delivered in Grand Rapids and/or online coursework.

Business Administration
This program prepares students for the rapidly changing nature of the work environment in business, government, and other nonprofit organizations. The program is designed to equip graduates not only for entry-level positions, but also for advancement as well. Building upon a core of business courses, the program features a tight sequence of major courses; however, the program also provides the flexibility to specialize in an area of interest for the student.

Business Administration-Professional Track
The Business Administration-Professional Track provides a degree completion program in Business Administration for students who have prior coursework containing a professional or occupational emphasis (i.e. Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing, Cosmetology and many others).

Computer Information Systems
Computers and information systems are essential in many aspects of business, industry, and life. Individual business departments, corporations, or multi-national enterprises need professional, highly skilled computer systems problem-solvers to keep them operating at peak efficiency. The CIS curriculum provides a broad understanding of core business functions, competency in computer programming, knowledge of information technology infrastructure, and a sound foundation in systems analysis and design.

Computer Information Technology
This curriculum prepares you for several industry certifications such as: CompTIA’s: A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, and Microsoft’s System Administration Certification (MCSA). Transfer your MCC courses and complete your bachelor’s degree with a combination of Ferris courses in Grand Rapids and/or online.

Criminal Justice
This Generalist option prepares the student to seek federal, state and/or local Criminal Justice agency employment or admission to law school or graduate school, and it gives students an education with a broad focus in Criminal Justice. The program offers small class sizes, usually between 15 to 30 students, and our degreed faculty members have extensive Criminal Justice experience and utilize a pragmatic approach to prepare students for a career in Criminal Justice. The most common positions for graduates of this program are: police officer, corrections officer, community correction officer, probation officer, detective, federal agent, and investigator for a multitude of public and private agencies and/or corporations.

Early Childhood Education
In the Early Childhood Education program, students will study important topics such as early childhood development, nutrition, first aid, and children’s literature. Students will also receive a broad educational background by completing general education courses in English, mathematics, humanities and sociology. This degree does not prepare students to become certified teachers; however, graduates of the Early Childhood Education major find positions in Head Start programs, Great Start Readiness Programs, day care center, or family day care homes, elementary schools, hospitals, recreation centers, or other child related businesses.

Industrial Technology and Management
If you have technical education, technical training, an apprenticeship or military training in your background and you’re looking for a career move to production supervision, sales engineering, production planning, quality, engineering supervision, project management, continuous improvement, an administrative role or advanced technical position, this degree is for you.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Manufacturing or Quality Concentration This curriculum offers instruction and practical experience in all facets of manufacturing engineering. Study through hands on applied coursework/projects in quality control, manufacturing methods, industrial engineering, plant layout, automation, and uses of lean allows graduates to participate in the design of a total product manufacturing system. A quality concentration is also available for those seeking to become Quality Engineers.

Product Design Engineering Technology
Focusing on all facets of the design process, our Product Design Engineering Technology program will provide you with versatile design skills that apply to a wide range of industries. You will begin with conceptual drawing and move through the creation of complex layouts, prototypes and the integration of manufacturing principles into your design.

Grand Valley State University

GVSU logoTransfer Connections provides services to students who transfer to Grand Valley State University from other colleges and universities with assistance including transfer advising and navigating the academic and cultural landscape of the university.

Services focus on supporting a successful transition, helping transfers build connections and community, and assisting students as they explore and pursue their academic and career goals.

For more information or to schedule an appointment go to Grand Valley State University, Transfer Connections (www.gvsu.edu/transferconnections) or call (231) 777-0505 or (616) 215-9067 or visit Grand Valley State University (www.gvsu.edu/ce) our office on the MCC Campus Room 1309C, Stevenson Center for Higher Education.

Nursing-RN to BSN
This degree is designed for associate degree and diploma RNs who want to further their education. To participate in this program, you must have an RN license and a 2.5 minimum GPA. Financial aid is available and may include concurrent enrollment at both institutions (online format).

Michigan State University

MSU IAT logoAgriculture
Michigan State University partners with MCC to provide opportunities to students interested in Agriculture programs. MCC offers two degrees, the AAS in Agriculture and the AAS in Food Processing Technology, which combine MCC courses with one of four certificates available from MSU: Agriculture Operations, Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management, Landscape Management, and Food Processing and Safety. For more information, call (231) 777-0576 to speak with the Muskegon Program Coordinator of the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Nursing-RN to BSN
MSU WordmarkA concurrent enrollment agreement provides a seamless pathway for MCC students to enroll at MSU while they are completing their associate degree program and to directly enter the MSU online RN to BSN program. MCC graduates who are accepted will benefit through the facilitation of a smooth transition from their associate degree in nursing into MSU’s online Bachelor of Science in nursing program.