Fall 2021 Semester at MCC

Muskegon Community College remains committed to keeping our students, faculty, staff, and college community safe while continuing to provide the high-quality education that has been a Muskegon Community College hallmark for nearly 100 years.

As we begin the Fall 2021 semester at MCC, we are in Phase 5 of our Plan to Reunite the Campus (see Six Phases below), which means that we are teaching the most in-person classes in more than a year. At the same time, we are also continuing to offer courses that are a hybrid of in-person and remote, as well as classes that are entirely online.

Click here to learn how MCC courses are being taught in-person, online or through a combination of both.

Our students are able to access all services remotely via phone, email, or virtual meetings. Prospective and returning students will find all the necessary contact information regarding applying, enrolling, testing, etc. at www.muskegoncc.edu/youcan.

For those wishing to meet in person with a staff person, click here for the most up-to-date listing of in-person office hours.

This semester, we are allowing some student-related in-person events to take place on the MCC campus. Safety protocols remain in place for everyone whether visiting or studying on our campus.

The safety of MCC students, employees, and visitors continues to be the college’s top priority. Face masks are required for all persons on campus. Social distancing should be maintained while on campus when possible.

We have plexiglass shields in service areas and our classrooms and labs are configured to ensure social distancing. Our excellent Physical Plant staff continues to disinfect, clean and sanitize campus spaces following strict protocols.

Vaccine Champion College

Vaccination Champion CollegeMuskegon Community College (MCC) joined the national COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, which was announced on June 2 by White House officials.

As a participant and a Vaccine Champion College, MCC reaffirms its commitment to educate all campus community members about the availability of COVID-19 vaccines and how to access them, and to encourage everyone to receive a vaccine.

Fall 2021 Academic Calendar

FALL SEMESTER 2021
Fall Classes Begin August 23 (Monday)
Labor Day Break September 6 – 7 (Monday – Tuesday) No Classes
Fall Classes Continue September 8 (Wednesday) – November 23 (Tuesday)
Thanksgiving Break November 24 – 28 (Wednesday – Sunday) No Classes
Fall Classes Continue November 29 (Monday) – December 4 (Saturday)
Final Exam Days December 6 – 11 (Monday – Saturday)
Final Grades Due December 15 (Wednesday) by 10:00 a.m.

Six Phases of MCC Plan to Reunite the Campus

MCC is currently in Phase 5 of the Plan to Reunite the Campus, which is a living document designed to be flexible based on the local, state and regional pandemic status. The plan will be conducted in steps, with the most important focus being the safety of our students, our employees and our community. View the Six Phases of the MCC Plan to Reunite the Campus.

Campus Health and Safety Protocols

Please Practice Social DistancingMCC’s top priority is to keep the college’s community safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So, as we continue to transition back into the workplace, it is important that all individuals maintain a safe and healthy environment for learning and working.

While on campus, the following actions are required:

  • Completing an online health form before coming to campus
    Each day, employees and vendors complete a daily health/safety screening form prior to being granted access to campus.  Should they have any symptoms or be at high risk they will be asked to self-isolate and be provided further instructions. Employees must complete the electronic Daily Health/Safety Screen on MyMCC within two hours prior to arriving on campus. This short screening is easily completed on a computer or smartphone.
  • Face coverings
    Everyone is required to wear a face covering while in Muskegon Community College campus facilities.
  • Social distancing
    Staying six feet from others must be maintained, whenever possible, in classrooms, hallways, restrooms and other common spaces.

Supporting Good Public Hygiene Practices 

MCC has strategically placed hand sanitizing stations in public spaces across campus. To assist efforts to protect the health of the community, MCC community members should take the following preventive measures to help avoid infection:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve, and wash hands
  • Frequently disinfect surfaces with wipes.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to highly affected states, countries or regions in the world.

Campus Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting

Campus health and safety depends on all of us. We can and will impact the campus community by taking personal responsibility when it comes to precautions and safety protocols.

Muskegon Community College Physical Plant is continuing its augmented cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures in an effort to provide a healthy campus environment. Following guidance from CDC, and OSHA, staff will prioritize services to help in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The Physical Plant is dedicated to the health and safety of our campus community. Disinfecting protocols have been heightened throughout the entire campus in accordance with CDC guidelines in an effort to make sure all horizontal and vertical surfaces, along with critical touchpoints, will be addressed on a daily basis.

This daily activity would include but not limited to:

  • Entrances
  • Classrooms
  • Learning spaces
  • Restrooms
  • Entrances
  • Stairwells
  • Corridors
  • Common/public spaces
  • Elevators
  • Lounges

Physical Plant continues using electrostatic disinfecting application devices to apply Sniper Disinfectant and Vital Oxide to augment cleaning and sanitation procedures on campus. To support these efforts, the custodial department has introduced Electrostatic disinfecting application devices. The electrostatic applicator gives a negative charge to the disinfecting This facility is regularly disinfectedsolution as it exits the nozzle, allowing an even coat of solution that sticks to a targeted surface with 360-degree coverage. This is in conjunction with current disinfecting and sanitizing products. These solutions destroy microorganisms, disrupting the growth process and making it unable to reproduce, effectively destroying potentially harmful organisms. The product is safe for skin, clothes and the environment. When applied, it does not produce harmful byproducts or produce VOCs.

The Physical Plant is applying a new product, MicrobeCare, to further enhance our cleaning and sanitizing protocols. The product creates a barrier that kills 99.99% of microbes, prevents mutation (superbugs) and minimizes the spread of bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and yeast on a wide variety of products and surfaces. MicrobeCare is safe and has proven results in highly sensitive healthcare environments. The extended residual benefits of the product make it a positive investment in providing a healthier campus.

This product is being applied to all touchpoints within buildings, including but not limited to light switches, handrails, door handles, counters, vending machines, tabletops, chairs, computer keyboards, restroom fixtures, elevators, entries, etc. to combat the possible exposure to COVID-19.

Classrooms and Conference Rooms
Classrooms and conference rooms will be sanitized daily.

Hand Sanitizing Stations:
Wall- and stand-mounted hand sanitizing stations have been installed in common accessible areas.

Physical Plant – Custodial Operations
Custodial Staff will focus on frequent cleaning of high touch points throughout the day. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily.  Crews will wipe down common areas, including tables and furnishings, and will also sweep, mop and vacuum. Disinfection equipment and procedures will be utilized following appropriate guidelines.

  • Classrooms will be sanitized daily by custodial staff.
  • Offices will have limited service per the established building and users schedules.
  • Trash will be removed daily as needed.
  • Departments and lab spaces will be responsible for sensitive or unique equipment including but not limited to computer screens and keyboards.

Air Quality
Physical Plant continues to follow ASHRAE and OSHA guidelines while performing equipment service on HVAC equipment to mitigate COVID-19. These include increased ventilation and outside air intake, increased occupancy schedules, inspection frequency, replacement of air filters, cleaning/sanitizing/disinfecting and maintenance of the systems.

MCC Planning and Emergency Response Team

Since March 2020, MCC Planning and Emergency Response Team members have met regularly to plan for and implement any necessary actions surrounding the college’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Using public health and CDC guidance, the team makes recommendations to the President’s Cabinet. The team is led by Provost/Executive Vice President Dr. John Selmon with representatives from Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Student Success, Physical Plant, Financial Services, Marketing and Communications, Information Technology, Compliance, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, College Services, Athletics, Institutional Research and Grants, and Strategic Initiatives.