Muskegon Community College, designed by Alden B. Dow, features an enclosed court, with Four-Mile Creek flowing under the wings of the building and through the court. The 111-acre campus is made up of the Academic Complex, the Technology Building, the Hendrik Meijer Information Technology Center, the Bartels-Rode Gymnasium, the Stevenson Center for Higher Education, and the Frauenthal Foundation Fine Arts Center.
The campus is bounded on the west by U.S. 31; on the north by Stebbins Road; on the east by Quarterline Road; and on the south by Marquette Avenue.
Parking—Two large parking lots serve the campus. The main lot is located south of the Academic Complex, and may be entered from Marquette Avenue or from Quarterline Road. The North lot is located north of the Stevenson Center, and is entered off Quarterline or Stebbins Roads.
Handicapped parking spaces—Handicapped parking spaces are available in the parking lot near the main entrance and also near the Technology Building in the back parking lot. Students needing special parking are urged to apply for a reserved space in this area through the Business Office, Room 114.
Room Numbers—Entering the main building, the rooms are numbered in the 100s, with even numbered rooms on the right side of the building and odd numbered rooms on the left. Stairs or elevators will take you DOWN one level to rooms numbered in the 200s. The bottom level is below this with rooms numbered in the 300s. Rooms in the Umbreit Library complex are numbered in the 400s. The rooms in the Technology Building are numbered in the 500s.
Any room with a four-digit number is located in the Stevenson Center for Higher Education. The numbering strategy is similar to the main complex with rooms on the top level numbered in the 1100s, second floor rooms in the 1200s, and the third level (bottom) numbered in the 1300s. The main entrance to the Center for Higher Education can best be accessed by utilizing the back parking lot (second entrance off of Quarterline Road).
Housing—Responsibility for housing rests with the student. Muskegon Community College does not own or operate housing units for students, nor does it assume responsibility for supervising or administering off-campus housing.
Classrooms—More than 70 classrooms and laboratories are available on campus, completely furnished to meet the needs of their particular disciplines. Additional classrooms, labs and conference facilities are located in the Stevenson Center for Higher Education which is attached to the main academic complex on the east side of the building.
Technology Building—This building houses classrooms and laboratories for automotive mechanics, electronics, welding, and metallurgy, as well as machining and foundry facilities, also equipped for their separate disciplines. Three drafting (CAD) classrooms are located in the Academic Complex, and Graphic Reproduction Technology facilities are located in the Stevenson Center for Higher Education complex.
Campus Bookstore—The Barnes & Noble campus bookstore is located near the main entrance of the Academic Complex. The store is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., except Fridays and during the Spring and Summer Sessions, when it closes at 4:00 p.m. Spring and summer evening hours of operation are posted once determined.
Food Service—Food service is provided by the Bookside Bistro, located next to the bookstore. It is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30am - 8:00pm, Friday 7:30am - 1:30pm, and closed on Saturday and Sunday. The Bistro is closed during part of the Summer Session, but vending machine services are available.
Frauenthal Foundation Art Center—At the heart of the Frauenthal Art Center is the 344-seat Overbrook Theater and adjacent art gallery, where works by students, faculty, and guest artists are exhibited. The Center also includes a large rehearsal room for band, orchestra, and chorus, practice rooms, and a listening library where students may enjoy recordings. The Center also has 12 electronic pianos for instruction and practice.
Bartels-Rode Gymnasium—The Bartels-Rode Gymnasium is a separate building, south of the main parking lot. In addition to housing a large, multipurpose gymnasium, this building also houses the physical education and athletic offices, a fitness center and several teaching stations. Outdoor tennis courts are west of the building. Outdoor volleyball courts are east of the gymnasium. The baseball diamond and softball field are located south of the gymnasium.
Hendrik Meijer Library Information Technology Center—Formerly the Allen G. Umbreit Library, the new Hendrik Meijer LIT Center continues to provide instructional materials and information services to support the curricula offered by the College and to meet the informational needs of students, faculty, staff and administration. The library extends these services to the community and serves as a catalyst in the lifelong learning goals of the citizens of Muskegon County and the greater West Michigan area.
Internet computers are available on the main floor of the library and on the second floor information commons for student research and assignments. Wireless access is also available. Students must sign in to use the computers and agree to the MCC Acceptable Use Policy.
The book collection, arranged according to Library of Congress Classification, currently exceeds 60,000 volumes. Other materials include magazines, newspapers, videocassettes, and CDs. The majority of our newspaper, periodical, and journal subscriptions are available in electronic format via our numerous online databases. The library also subscribes to other online databases that support faculty and student’s research needs. Most of these databases are available to students and staff from off-campus.
Professional librarians are on duty to assist students and the general public. Special services include interlibrary loan, photocopy machines, group study rooms, a quiet reading room, a workstation for visually impaired persons, and both group and individual orientations. A one credit hour course, English 234D (Library Skills/Research Skills) is offered during the fall and winter semesters.
Hours for the library during the fall and winter semesters are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During spring and summer, the hours are shortened.
Students and Muskegon area residents may apply for a free library card which is required to check out materials. Applications are available at the Public Services Desk and require a valid State of Michigan driver’s license or identification card.
Media Services— Instructional support services including procurement and scheduling of audio, video, photographic, and graphics reproduction equipment are available to students and faculty. Professional assistance in the selection, production, and use of all types of media materials is also available from the Media Services facility located in the Muskegon Center for Higher Education complex.
Carr-Fles Planetarium— The Planetarium features four shows a year in its domed theater. Its free public showings are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Special showings for organized groups and schools are also available. The planetarium is closed during July and August.
Observatory— The Muskegon Community College Observatory is located at the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System, 8301 White Road. The Observatory facility, which was dedicated in the fall of 2001, was created to complement the College’s astronomy program, as well as serve as an additional resource for area recreational stargazers. Public viewings will be scheduled for clear evenings during the months of April through October.
James L. Stevenson Center for Higher Education -- The Muskegon Center for Higher Education was officially renamed the James L. Stevenson Center for Higher Education in 2001 to reflect the former president’s role in bringing the vision of the Center to reality. The 93,500 square foot building, constructed contiguous to the main academic facility on campus, houses a unique academic consortium comprised of Muskegon Community College, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, and Western Michigan University. The Center contains 40 classrooms/conference rooms including a computer classroom and laboratory, a large conference room, a large lecture hall, and a science room.
A catering kitchen on the second level accommodates food service needs for banquets, meetings, conferences, and receptions. Communication technology advancements allow for a variety of instructional delivery systems. Each room in the facility is wired for voice, video and data transmission. Teleconferencing and integrated distance learning technology is available as well.
The Muskegon Community College Graphics Design Department, Media Services Department, and the Television Studio are all housed in the James L. Stevenson Center for Higher Education.