About MCC

2010-2015 Strategic Plan

In today’s changing economic, cultural and technological landscapes, planning for the future is critical. To face the future head on, Muskegon Community College has updated its Strategic Plan to meet its goal of being "the first and best choice" for educational opportunities.

The process of updating this defining document began in 2009 with a call from President Nesbary for all MCC staff to participate. Beginning with an initial organizational meeting, Dr. Nesbary outlined the ground rules and current national, regional and local research results, issues and trends. A subcommittee structure was established giving each a series of charges to guide the planning process. A number of committee and subcommittee meetings were held, both on and off campus, over the following months. These meetings brought together MCC staff, Board of Trustee members and community stakeholders and focused on specific hopes, fears, strengths, priorities, trends, and competition.

The committees charge was to discuss, review, strategize and develop the plan priorities. As predicted by Dr. Nesbary at the opening organizational meeting, tough questions were addressed and honest discussions revealed opportunities. These discussions resulted in data, community input and ideas that were further refined into five Strategic Plan Priorities and corresponding goals, all developed in support of the College’s Mission, Vision, Guiding Values, and Guiding Principles.


2010-2015 Strategic Plan (PDF document)

MCC Strategic Planning Committee:

Dale K. Nesbary Ph.D – President
Diana Osborn – Executive Vice President of Administrative Services, retired
John Bartley Ph.D – Geology Faculty, Faculty Co-Chair
Leona Adams, Administrative Secretary, Academic Affairs
Mike Alstrom, CIO Office of Information Technology, Ellucian
Sally Birkam, Dean of Student Success & Campus Outreach
Janie Brooks, Vice President of Student Services
Kelley Conrad, Counseling Coordinator
Jordan Conrad, Muskegon Community College Student
Steve Cousins, Superintendent, Reeths-Puffer School District
Tina Dee, Director of Community Relations
Joe Doyle, Vice President of Administration
Steve Edwards, Administration, Reeths-Puffer School District
Ed Garner, Muskegon Area First
Tom Harryman, Instructor, Creative and Performing Arts Department
Aaron Hilliard, Director of Human Resources
Dorothy Lester, Board of Trustees, Chair
Marty McDermott, Director of Athletics
Anne Meilof, Director of Institutional Research & Grants
Michael Mieczkowski, Custodial
Jim Nesbitt, Independent Consultant/Trainer
Tom O’Brien, Director of Business/Industrial Service Center
Shawn Scott, MCC Student, Bay Window
Teresa Sturrus, Vice President of Academic Affairs
John VanWyck, Frontier Communications/Foundation for MCC Board
Andy Wible, Instructor, Creative & Performing Arts Department
Brenda J. Mitcheltree, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Services


Community Ascertainment Survey

In October 2010, Muskegon Community College conducted a community ascertainment survey in Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa Counties. Results were gathered online and via telephone from a modest size of 500 respondents, who represented the general public, current MCC students, recent MCC graduates, prospective MCC students, high school faculty/counselors/principals and the business community.

The findings were organized into five sections: Perceptions of Community Colleges and Related Issues, Evaluating Muskegon Community College, Facts about Muskegon Community College, Information, and Demographics. 

To view the complete report, click here.