Macomb Community College

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Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College Logo
Type Community college
Established 1954
Location Warren, Michigan, Clinton Township, Michigan, USA

Macomb Community College is a multi-campus community college in Macomb County, Michigan, which shares borders with Detroit and Canada. The college ranks in the top two percent nationally for the number of associate degrees awarded each year[1] and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[2]

The College offerings include university transfer, early college, professional certification, workforce development, continuing education and enrichment, and through its nationally acclaimed University Center,[3] which opened in 1991, bachelor's degree completion and graduate level programs. Growing steadily from the first 84 students that showed up for class on Sept. 16, 1954 at Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan, Macomb now serves approximately 40,000 annually.[4]

Macomb holds commencement exercises for its most recent graduates each May and December, selecting a Most Distinguished Graduate from those students with the highest grade point averages to deliver the commencement address.[5]

Because of its location in Macomb County, often cited as a political bellwether,[6] and its reputation for workforce training and retraining,[7] Macomb has been a popular stop for both presidents launching new educational initiatives and presidential candidates on the campaign trail. It has hosted every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan at least once, including President Donald Trump twice in 2016.[8]


South Macomb Community College, as it was first called, was founded by educators from the Van Dyke School District who believed the lack of access to higher education was greatly impeding the success of the county and its residents. The first classes were held after hours in the district's Lincoln High School, with a transfer curriculum developed in collaboration with educators from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

Enrollment at Macomb reached 3,000 by 1962 and with the College rapidly outgrowing the space allotted to it by the school district, its founders developed a plan and a proposal to expand its size and its scope. The go-ahead was given in 1962 when Macomb County voters approved an operating millage to support the Community College District of Macomb, autonomous of the Van Dyke School District. The 20-year operating millage has been reauthorized twice by voters.[9]

After passage of the first millage, an ambitious construction program ensued for the newly named Macomb County Community College. South Campus in Warren opened in 1965, and Center Campus in Clinton Township opened in 1968. East Campus, which houses a training center for police, fire and emergency services personnel, opened in 1996 and M-TEC, dedicated to workforce development, opened in 2002. The College also purchased (and later sold) property in Ray Township for a North Campus that never materialized and previously operated a campus and a satellite in Fraser and Washington Township, respectively. The College shortened its name to Macomb Community College in 1981.


The College offers nearly 200 degree and certificate programs, including those in high tech and high demand fields.[10] Because of the generosity of donors to the Macomb Community College Foundation, there are more than 100 private scholarships to help Macomb students pay for their education.[11] In 2009, Macomb also became one of the first community colleges to join Achieving the Dream,[12] a national initiative aimed at helping community college students succeed. Additionally, the Dreamkeepers Emergency Assistance Fund[13] and the Mall at Partridge Creek Student Assistance Fund, coordinated by the College's Student Options for Success office, provides financial assistance to eligible students in the event of a one-time financial emergency that hinders their ability to continue college.

As a community college funded, in part, by local tax revenue and state appropriations, Macomb is able to maintain a tuition rate that is considerably lower than that of four-year colleges or universities, amounting to a savings of approximately $18,000 for transfer students taking their first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree program at Macomb.[14] Transfer agreements numbering more than 350 help assure that most credits earned at Macomb transfer to other institutions.[15]

Other College Initiatives[edit]

Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), a regional resource and Macomb/Wayne State University partnership funded by the National Science Foundation[16]

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a free resource for entrepreneurs – both Macomb students and community residents[17]

Conference and Event Services, including the Sports & Expo Center: home to the College's men's and women's athletic teams (Monarchs - Michigan Community College Athletic Association members)

Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, Powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co., awarding seed funding to startups in an effort to stimulate regional economical development and job growth[18]

Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center: providing an ever-changing slate of free cultural programming[19]

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts: hosting national recording artists and touring companies as well as local arts organizations[20]

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (inside MTEC): assisting local companies in securing government contracts[21]

History of College Leadership[edit]

  • Max Thompson (educator/co-founder) Superintendent of the Van Dyke School District during the College's formative years
  • Walter Bradley (educator/co-founder) College's First Dean 1954-1963
  • Robert Turner (engineer) College's First President 1963-1967
  • John Dimitry (political scientist) President 1968-1975
  • Robert Roelofs (industrial engineer) President 1975-1979
  • Albert Lorenzo (accountant) President 1979-2008[22]
  • James Jacobs (economist) President 2008–2017[23]
  • James O. Sawyer IV(engineer/educator) President 2017–present [24]

Notable alumni[edit]

Campus Locations[edit]

  • South Campus: 14500 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
  • Center Campus: 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038
  • East Campus: 21901 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
  • MTEC: 7900 Tank Ave., Warren, MI 48092


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  2. ^ "Macomb Community College - Macomb Community College earns reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission". Macomb Community College. 
  3. ^ "Macomb Community College celebrates 25th anniversary of innovative University Center". Macomb Daily. 
  4. ^ "About Macomb". Macomb Community College. 
  5. ^ "Macomb College celebrates 96th Commencement" (12/13/16). Macomb Daily. 
  6. ^ "Will Reagan Dems rally to Trump". Detroit News. 
  7. ^ "President Obama visits Macomb Community College". Detroit News. 
  8. ^ "Donald Trump in Warren". Detroit Free Press. 
  9. ^ "History of Macomb Community College". Macomb Community College. 
  10. ^ "Choose a Program". Macomb Community College. 
  11. ^ "Private Scholarships at Macomb". Macomb Community College. 
  12. ^ "Achieving the Dream". 
  13. ^ "Dreamkeepers Emergency Assistance Fund". 
  14. ^ "Paying for College". Macomb Community College. 
  15. ^ "Transfer Programs at Macomb". Macomb Community College. 
  16. ^ "Center for Advanced Automotive Technology". CAAT. 
  17. ^ "Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship". Macomb Community College. 
  18. ^ "Innovation Fund Powered by JP Morgan Chase". Innovation Fund America. 
  19. ^ "Lorenzo Cultural Center". Lorenzo Cultural Center. 
  20. ^ "Macomb Center for the Performing Arts". Macomb Center. 
  21. ^ "Procurement Technical Assistance Center". Macomb Community College. 
  22. ^ "About Albert Lorenzo". Macomb County. 
  23. ^ "CCRC Board Member James Jacobs inaugurated as president of Macomb Community College". Columbia University. 
  24. ^ "MCC goes inhouse for selection of new president". Macomb Daily. 
  25. ^ "Mark Hackel Bio". 

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