Founded in 1970
Established in 1970, MORGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S service area covers 11,500 square miles in rural Eastern Colorado. The main campus and administrative services are located in Fort Morgan. MCC has center locations in Bennett, Burlington, Limon and Wray, supporting communities and school districts in the service area. To better serve the dispersed population in rural settings, MCC offers extensive distance learning options in addition to traditional classroom offerings.
President: Dr. Curt Freed
Dr. Curt Freed has worked in the community college setting since 1994. He has been a tenured faculty member teaching human services, a dean for career and workforce development, a dean for health sciences, and previously served as the Vice President for Instruction at Whatcom Community College (WCC) in Bellingham, WA. Prior to joining WCC, Dr. Freed served as the Vice President for Instruction at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA. In recent years, Dr. Freed gained experience developing baccalaureate programs in the community college setting as well as significant experience in workforce and economic development. He has served as the workforce development chair for a local community health alliance and is an active partner in the economic development community. Dr. Freed holds a BS in Psychology, MEd in Counseling and Guidance, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration. For his dissertation, Dr. Freed studied the role of emotional intelligence in community college leaders. He stresses the importance of relationships and compassion for others throughout his work. Dr. Freed believes that success comes from the ability to help the college and community feel well-cared for in an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and growth of others.
Enriching Lives and Empowering Excellence:
As the decade began, MCC was named one of America’s Top 50 Community Colleges by the Washington Monthly. The following are examples of how MCC has continued this excellence since then:
- For the sixth consecutive year, MCC was named a “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Only 24 two-year colleges in the country are selected for this recognition. In addition, MCC was named an “Honor Roll” college (one of only four in its size category) for achieving exceptionally high scores in several workplace satisfaction categories.
- The Denver Business Journal announced that Morgan Community College is ranked No. 1 in the state, based on an August 2016 WalletHub report that lists the nation’s best and worst community colleges. The ranking is based on cost and financing, education outcomes (including first-year retention rate, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, credentials awarded and student-faculty ratios) and career outcomes (return on educational investment and student-loan default rates).
- In an April report submitted to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE), MCC was recognized as the rural community college with the highest minority completion rate for the 2014/2015 academic year. MCC’s minority completion rate in AY 2014-15 was 19.1% and its increase in minority awards totaled 30.6% from AY 2013-14 to AY 2014-15. The College received a $250,000 award from the Colorado Community College System for its achievement.
- MCC celebrated its 44th commencement in May 2016, with 416 students completing degrees or certificates. Over 57 hometowns, mostly from eastern Colorado, were represented. In addition, 27 students completed their GED.
- First-year nursing student Jonathan Seib received a Regional Student Nurse Nightingale Award and was recognized as an exceptional student leader.
- MCC once again partnered with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance for lower income families through the Tax Help Colorado program, helping participants claim almost a million dollars in refunds in Eleven MCC students and volunteers trained in tax return preparation and helped serve 424 community members.
- Twenty-eight HOSA students (future health professionals) competed in the state conference in March 2016, with 15 students qualifying to move on to the national competition in June 2016 at Walt Disney World in Orlando,
- Ten MCC students competed at the 2016 state Skills USA Conference in the fields of Automotive Service Technology, Collision Repair, and Welding. MCC brought home three gold medals; those students will advance to the national competition in June 2016 in Louisville, KY.
- MCC’s Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) offered over twenty artistic/cultural events to the community during its 2016-17 season, bringing guest performers, speakers/authors, visual artists and more to the region.
- Staff and faculty awards were to Jennifer Newman, social science faculty member (Faculty Member of the Year); Robert Doriss (Adjunct Faculty of the Year); Kathy Frisbie, Associate Dean of Health Occupations & Nursing, (Crystal Apple Award); Tracy Schneider, Controller (Administrator/Professional-Technical Employee of the Year); and Annette Lebsock, Accounting Technician II (Classified Employee of the Year).
- Julie Nichols, Career Pathways and Adult Education Director, was recognized for receiving the “Making a Difference in Education Award” by the Fort Morgan Times.
- The College’s Center for Arts and Community Enrichment partnered with Sleeping Dog Media to produce a documentary on Glenn Miller’s formative high school years in Fort Morgan. The film, “Glenn Miller: The Birthplace of His Music” was previewed at the community-wide Swingfest event in July 2016 and was broadcasted on Colorado PBS in December 2016.
Fall 2016 Headcount Enrollment: 1,474
Academic Year 2016 Instruction
- Full-time Faculty: 31 – 34%
- Adjunct Instructors: 60 – 66%
Some of Our Community Partnerships Include:
- Area Service Clubs (Lions, Optimist, Rotary)
- Area Municipalities
- Centennial and East Central Superintendent’s Councils
- Area Chamber of Commerces
- Colorado Plains Medical Center
- Arts for Colorado (state-wide arts advocacy
- Community FORT
- East Morgan County Library
- Eastern Colorado Regional Workforce
- Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center
- Morgan County Economic Development Corporation
- Morgan County Workforce Education Consortium
- Northeast Colorado Economic Development Advisory
- Progressive 15 Education Committee
- Small Business Development Centers
- RE-3 Business Advisory Board
- United Way