2016-2017 Academic Catalog w/Addendum

About MCC

MORGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE is one of 13 colleges comprising the Community College of Colorado System (CCCS). Morgan Community College is located on I-76, 80 miles northeast of Denver approximately 100 miles east of the Rocky Mountains. Morgan Community College provides quality lower division and occupational education through innovative and non-traditional delivery to an 11,500 square mile service area in eastern Colorado. The College serves this vast, rural, agricultural area from its main campus in Fort Morgan and through four sites located 75 to 150 miles from the main campus. Students are enrolled in traditional classes, distance learning including multiple fiber networks and online classes.

As a member of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), Morgan Community College is governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) established by the 1967 General Assembly of the State of Colorado and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of NCA.



Morgan Community College is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission can be reached at: 

The Higher Learning Commission

230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Telephone: (312) 263-0456 or 1-800-621-7440 

Web: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org 

The college operates under the jurisdiction of the Community Colleges of Colorado (CCCS). MCC Students regularly transfer credits to state colleges and universities within Colorado.

Program Accreditation

Programs Accredited By Special Agencies


Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE)



National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF)




State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE)




Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Emergency Medical Services & Prevention Division



Colorado State Board of Nursing; Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)




Colorado State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training


Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

MCC participates in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), one of three recognized pathways to accreditation recognized by the Higher Learning Commission. AQIP’s goal is to infuse the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities in order to assure and advance the quality of higher education. AQIP allows an organization to demonstrate that it meets The Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and other expectations through processes that align with the ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving continuously to improve their performance. By sharing both its improvement activities and their results through AQIP, an organization develops the structure and systems essential to achieving the distinctive higher education mission it has set for itself - and the evidence to enable the Commission to reaffirm accreditation.

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Colorado Community College System (CCCS) President

Dr. Nancy McCallin, President
Colorado Community College System (CCCS)

The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE)

Richard E. Martinez Jr., Chair, 6th District, (Unaffiliated)

Dr. Russ Meyer, Vice Chair, 4th District, (D)

Presley F. Askew, Board Member, 7th District, (R)

Maury Dobbie, 2nd District, (R)

Jim Johnson, 5th District, (R)

Dr. Byron McClenney, 2nd District (D)

Theresa Pena, At-Large, (D)

Ken Weil, 1st District, (D)

Danielle Armstrong, Non-Voting Board Member, SSAC Representative

Candace Garrod, Non-Voting Board Member, SFAC Representative

Advisory Council

MCC has a seven-member college advisory council, composed of residents from our service area who meet with the MCC President, in compliance with statute and State Board Policy (B.P. 2-25). The purpose of the college advisory council is to:

  • Advise the College President and the Board on the long-term educational needs of the area served by the college and on other matters identified in statute. (see C.R.S. 23-60-206);
  • Serve as liaison between the college and area employers in order to facilitate assessment of employment, training and educational needs of the service area;
  • Serve as liaison between the college and local school boards, county commissioners, city councils, other local elected officials and other relevant groups or person;
  • Promote the college’s programs and services among the communities and constituencies in the college’s service area.

Advisory Council Members

Mary Zorn, Chair, Retired Educator

Geoff Baumgartner, Vice Chair, REA, Communications Specialist

Mike Berryhill, Morgan Federal Bank, President

Jeff Durbin, Stratton School District, Superintendent

Dawn Garcia, Eastern Workforce Region, Regional Director

Betty McKie, Retired Vice President of Instruction

Robert Sachs, Retired Principal

Program Advisory Committees

MCC Associate Deans (Business/Applied Science and Health Occupations) and faculty of Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE) work in conjunction with Program Advisory Committees made up of community members, area business persons, and professionals who have expertise in that program. The Advisory Committee members review changes and new programs and courses along with the faculty and provide input from the business community on what is needed in the workforce. Their participation is a vital asset to the college and its students as they keep programs abreast of new technologies and practices as well as needs of the businesses in the service area.

Curriculum Committee

The MCC Curriculum Committee reviews and recommends changes in content of and policies for Associate of Arts, Science, Applied Science and certificate courses. The committee is formed of faculty representatives and Associate Deans, along with the Vice President of Instruction. The committee emphasizes a systematic analysis leading to innovative curricula that meet college goals and accreditation standards. The Committee is also charged with dissemination of curriculum and program changes throughout the college and advises about the effect of college policies upon courses and programs.

Mission, Vision, Values


We partner with students in imagining, believing, and achieving their goals.


We commit to providing relevant learning by responding to evolving student and community needs.


We value the individual, learning, excellence, integrity, innovation, and the community in everything we do.

Strategic Commitments 2015-2020


MCC provides students with diverse pathways to learning.


MCC partners with students in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and values.


MCC delivers quality instruction that enables students to develop critical thinking, creativity, and personal/professional responsibility.


MCC fosters a climate of trust, respect, and responsiveness in all professional relationships.


MCC demonstrates excellence as a steward of the public trust in the management of its resources within a safe and secure environment.


MCC encourages both innovation and calculated risk-taking to create opportunities for student success.


MCC builds strong alliances with our students, our communities, and other institutions to improve the quality of life for those we serve.


MCC develops and continuously reviews programs, procedures, and services to support a dynamic learning environment.

Maps, Directions, Addresses & Locations

Morgan Community College’ service area encompasses an 11,000 square mile area of Northeastern Colorado including areas in Adams, Morgan, Kit Carson, Lincoln, and Yuma counties among others.  MCC has a Fort Morgan campus and four satellite centers located in Bennett, Burlington, Limon, and Wray serving the communities and students in their areas.

Fort Morgan Campus

920 Barlow Road

Fort Morgan, CO 80701



Fax: 970-542-3116

  • Accounting Services
  • Administration Offices
  • Anna C. Petteys Student Lounge (Student Center)
  • Aspen Hall (Administration)
  • Birch Hall (Welding)
  • Bloedorn Lecture Hall
  • Bookstore
  • Cedar Hall (Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESL)
  • Cottonwood Hall (Instruction & Faculty Offices)
  • Elm Hall (Automotive and Collision Repair Technology)
  • Learning Resource Center (Library and Testing Center)
  • Spruce Hall (Health/Science Instruction & Faculty Offices)
  • Student Services Office (Admissions, Career Counselling, Financial Aid & Records Office)

Bennett Center

280 Colfax Avenue, Unit #3

PO Box 554

Bennett, CO 80102


Fax: 303-644-4680

  • Serves communities of Agate, Bennett, Byers, Deer Trail and Strasburg
  • Concurrent enrollment option for High School students

Burlington Center

340 S. 14th Street

Burlington, CO 80807


Fax: 719-346-5236

  • Serves communities of Burlington, Bethune, Stratton, Vona, Siebert, Idalia, Joes, Kirk, and Cope
  • Concurrent enrollment option for High School students
  • Computer Learning Center
  • Health Science Technology Program

Limon Center

940 2nd Street

PO Box 729

Limon, CO 80828


Fax: 719-775-2580

  • Serves the communities of Arickaree, Flagler, Genoa-Hugo, Karval, Kit Carson, Limon, and Woodrow
  • Concurrent enrollment option for High School students

Wray Center

32415 Highway 34

PO Box 36

Wray, CO 80758


Fax: 970-332-5754

  • Serves the communities of Wray and Otis
  • Concurrent enrollment option for High School students

Bloedorn Center for Community and Economic Development

300 Main Street

Fort Morgan, CO 80701


  • MCC Foundation
  • Center for Art and Community Enrichment (CACE)
  • CACE Gallery of Fine Art (Lower Level)

MCC/Cargill Workplace Education

1505 E. Burlington Avenue

Fort Morgan, CO 80701


  • Basic Skills, ESL, GED
  • Located on site at Cargill
  • Nationally acclaimed program

MCC History

1970 ~ February 15, 1970, first basic education class of Morgan County Community College held in basement of 300 Main St, in Fort Morgan. Susan Cribelli hired as first MCC instructor.

1972 ~ Greater Gifts scholarship program initiated. First commencement includes five associate of art degrees, four one-year certificates, and 29 Waivered Licensed Practical Nurse certificates.

1973 ~ College joins the state system and is renamed Morgan Community College.

1976 ~ MCC becomes the target of political maneuvering meant to force its closing. An investigation shows outstanding records and performance in every department and the college survives.

1977 ~ Dr. Robert W. Johnson resigns; Robert Datteri becomes second MCC President.

1978 ~ Phi Beta Lambda, national business fraternity wins eight first place awards and chapter of the year at the Colorado State Leadership Conference and then is named National PBL Chapter of the year. Betty Smith of Burlington graduates; Smith is the first student to earn a degree without setting foot on the main campus at MCC. August 1978, groundbreaking ceremonies take place at permanent site on Barlow Road.

1979 ~ "Art in Public Places" program commissions artist John Young to render exterior sculpture, "The Victory of Olaf M" on the west lawn of Cottonwood Hall.

1980 ~ Faculty and staff move to permanent campus located on Barlow Road just south of I-76.

1982 ~ Dr. Larry Carter becomes MCC president. H.B. Bloedorn and Helen Williams are honored at first Founders’ Day event. Alternative High School established. "Learning at a Distance" technology developed.

1987 ~ Dr. Harold Deselms assumes fourth MCC presidency. First coordinator of student activities hired and the modular classroom building is redesigned to serve as the student center. Community Access Cable network, MCC Channel 10 adds to methods of class delivery.

1988 ~ Bennett, Wray, Burlington, Woodlin, Seibert, and Hugo high schools hold MCC courses delivered by television or Op-Tel.

1989 ~ First "distance learner", Barbara Kershaw of Wray, graduates. Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity, chartered.

1990 ~ Associate Degree in Nursing approved. MCC’s Small Business Development Center helps administer disaster relief funds to the victims of a tornado in Limon.

1991 ~ Dr. Richard Bond takes the reins as fifth president at MCC.

1992 ~ MCC signs an agreement for an exchange program with Yamagata Prefectural College of Agriculture in Yamagata, Japan. MCC is granted an unconditional re-accreditation by North Central Association.

1996 ~ Dr. John McKay becomes sixth president of MCC. Expansion of Learning Resource Center begins.

1999 ~ Groundbreaking for Student Center; furnishings provided by the Jack Petteys Memorial Foundation of Brush as a memorial to Anna C. Petteys.

2000 ~ MCC serves seven counties in Eastern Colorado Morgan, Washington, Yuma, Lincoln, Kit Carson, Adams and Arapahoe. More than 3,000 students enroll each year and more than 330 instructors and staff are employed. Renovation begins for Aspen, Cottonwood and Spruce Halls.

2001 ~ Ground is broken for the Automotive Technology building to be called Elm Hall.

2003 ~ MCC’s seventh president, Dr. C. Michele Haney, stabilizes the college after imposed state budget cuts and initiates new accreditation process. Wray Center moves to new building.

2004 ~ MCC offers 50 academic and vocation programs and has enrolled 16,000 students since summer semester of 1987. The college service area includes 11,500 square miles of eastern Colorado with regional centers in Bennett, Burlington, Limon, Wray, and Yuma. Nursing program expands to 83 students.

2005 ~ MCC is one of four colleges in the state community college system to experience increased enrollment. Thirty-fifth Anniversary Celebrations includes Annual Gala and reunion for founders and first students. $2 million capital gifts campaign, "Dream Connections" is announced to Brush and Fort Morgan Chambers of Commerce and the business people of Wiggins. Nursing program courses offered in Wray.

2006 ~ Burlington Center moves into the newly built Burlington Community Education Center. MCC achieves 1000 FTE.

2007 ~ MCC Foundation plans a new Adult Basic Education building to be built on the Fort Morgan Campus. MCC/Cargill Meat Solutions Workplace Education program receives national recognition.

2008 ~ Dr. Kerry Hart becomes the eighth college president. Leadership Academy graduates first class.

2009 ~ MCC Foundation funds a new building on campus, Cedar Hall, for Adult Basic Education, GED and ESL. MCC Nursing Program received national accreditation by NLNAC. MCC Jazz Ensemble created.

2010 ~ 40th Anniversary of MCC. New nursing, health science and technology addition and renovation completed. MCC ranked one of America’s top 50 community colleges by the Washington Monthly.

2011~ Received endowed chair gift from the Williams Family Foundation for Radiologic Technology Coordinator. Established the MCC Center for Art and Community Enrichment. Received the Morgan County Economic Development Committee (MCEDC) Partnership Award.

2012~ A record 100 Students completed their GED with ABE program this year. MCC received the highest quality climate survey ratings at the AQIP Accreditation Strategy Forum, and for the second year in a row was rated a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

2013~ MCC named one of the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" for third consecutive year. El Pomar Foundation awarded MCC a $50,000 grant to implement the college's second entrepreneurial business plan class and competition. The Morgan County Economic Development Corporation presented MCC with the "2013 Investor of the Year Award."

2014~ Viaero Wireless donates $10,000, and the El Pomar Foundation grants $105,000 to support MCC's Business Partnership Program in addition to technology upgrades for the College. MCC Nursing program received national accreditation by ACEN. The Center for Arts and Community Enrichment hosts dedication ceremony for the Dahms-Talton Band Shell. MCC named "Great Colleges to Work For" for fourth year.

2015~ President Kerry Hart was named a Fort Morgan Chamber Star for his service to the community. MCC opens a new welding facility, Birch Hall, on the Fort Morgan campus. MCC named "Great Colleges to Work For" for fifth year. MCC's Center for Arts and Community Enrichment offered over twenty artistic & cultural events and produced a documentary on Glenn Miller's high school connection to Fort Morgan, and how this later influenced his famous big band sound.

Roadrunner Mascot

The roadrunner became a symbol for Morgan Community College early in the College’s beginning. With some saying MCC was like the smart and speedy roadrunner made famous by the cartoon character in Looney Tunes-always one step ahead.

The MCC Roadrunner was officially elected by students, faculty, and staff during spring registration beginning in November 1977. Final approval of the Roadrunner took place on January 9, 1978 by the Morgan Area Council (MCC’s governing body). The new roadrunner was featured on the cover of the 1978 yearbook.


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