History and location
Mount Wachusett is a public college which serves a total of 29 towns and cities in northern and central Massachusetts. Its main campus is located in the town of Gardner. Gardner is a city in Worcester County, with a population of around 20,000.
This main campus is situated more specifically on Green Street. The college also has facilities in the nearby towns of Leominster, Fitchburg, Athol, Orange and Devens.
The college was established in 1963, and receives its accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Inc.
MWCC offers potential students the chance to study for over 40 associate degree and certificate programs. Most programs centre upon an aspect of vocational or professional training, with examples of degrees being Accountancy and Computer Graphic Design. Certificates are offered in disciplines such as Nursing or Criminal Justice.
Learning and lifestyle
Transferring credit gained from the college to a four-year college is simple, and the process is undertaken by many MWCC students each year, according to information provided on the college's official website.
MWCC, via delivery of its Lifelong Learning & Workforce Development, also offers continuing education opportunities to the wider community in the form of non-credit courses, convenient credit courses and workforce training programs.
Student to teacher ratio
The college also states in its own publicity material that the student to teacher ratio is 15:1, with its faculty devoted almost entirely to teaching rather than research.
Flexible learning hours
There are courses on offer in the daytime and evening, while modular courses allow learning at home, utilising the full range of contemporary online educational resources.
In terms of admissions, MWCC gives priority consideration to legal residents of the state of Massachusetts. It does, however, also welcome out-of-state students. Some of these may also be eligible for admission to the college under the New England Regional Student Program, as long as they are from a neighboring state.
The college is also authorised, under federal law and should it wish, to enroll international students.
Full-time students at MWCC also have access to a state-of-the-art Fitness and Wellness Centre, fully staffed with trained health and fitness staff.
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