MCC Moves to Phase 4 in Its Campus Re-Opening Plan

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On Monday, May 17, Muskegon Community College returned to Phase 4 of its six-phase schedule that will eventually culminate with Phase 6 and a complete return to the normal operations.

The recent move, which was made by the MCC administration following a recommendation from the College’s COVID Response Team, coincides with the start date of the 12-week Summer Session at MCC.

The change from Phase 3 to Phase 4 allows for a limited increase of small face-to-face academic meetings, recruitment visits, and student services appointments. For a more detailed description of MCC’s six-phase plan and MCC coronavirus-related data and information, visit

“The re-opening of the Muskegon Community College campus will be done in phases, with a continued focus on the safety of our students, employees and community,” MCC President Dale K. Nesbary noted in Spring 2020. “The re-opening plan is a living document with the flexibility to adjust phases based on local, state and regional pandemic status.”

In March 2020, the College suspended face-to-face classes. MCC instituted strict health and safety protocols and established its comprehensive return-to-campus procedures with essential staff working on campus. On August 5, MCC shifted into Phase 3 just prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester with 20 percent of courses having an in-person component. On Oct. 7, moved to Phase 4, but a month later in November, positive COVID numbers spiked in the county and MCC downshifted from Phase 4 to Phase 2. Since Jan. 19, 2021, MCC has been in Phase 3.

Currently, there are no active COVID cases within the MCC campus community. In addition to active cases, the determination of phases is guided by Muskegon Public Health Department guidelines and by campus preparedness.