MCCC to Host Fall Career Fairs in Blue Bell and Pottstown

Montgomery County Community College will hold career fairs at both its Central Campus in Blue Bell and West Campus in Pottstown this fall. The career fairs are free of charge and are open to the public, and will feature up to 15 area businesses and organizations that are looking to recruit for part-time, full-time, temporary and seasonal employment, as well as for internships. 

At the Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, career fairs will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 5. The fairs will be held in the Parkhouse Hall Atrium with the exception of the Nov. 13 fair, which will be held in the Advanced Technology Center Atrium.

At the West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown, career fairs will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 in the South Hall second floor lobby. In addition, the Annual West Campus Career Expo, featuring up to 50 employers, will be held in the South Hall Community Room from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Businesses and organizations that wish to participate in the career fairs can register at or by contacting Cindy Cerruti in the Office of Career Services at 610-718-1802 or

MCCC Opens New University Center in Downtown Pottstown

There is plenty of great news coming out of Montgomery County Community College in recent weeks. In the next few posts, I will be passing it along. There are many different reasons to check out what Montco is offering to residents of the region – education, the arts, a leg up in a job search, and major contributions to Pottstown’s revitalization. You name it, Montco is doing it.~Sue Repko

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) celebrated the opening of its new University Center on Aug. 21, expanding its West Campus to the former AAA East Penn building at 95 South Hanover St., and building on its vision to create a thriving urban campus in downtown Pottstown.

First introduced in 2006, MCCC’s University Center offers an entrepreneurial approach to expanding higher education opportunities for residents of the Tri-County region. Through partnerships with four-year institutions – Albright College, Chestnut Hill College, Temple University and Villanova University – students can choose from eight bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degrees and one graduate certificate.

During the event, MCCC President Dr. Karen A. Stout addressed the importance of expanding access to higher education opportunities for the region.

“Before we introduced the innovative University Center model, our graduates had to travel to the greater Reading and Philadelphia areas to continue their education in baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. However, for many of our students and community members in the Tri-County region, this commute simply isn’t possible,” she said. “Therefore, the University Center becomes more than a place where our partner institutions lease space to teach their classes on our campus. It becomes part of a much larger pipeline in terms of building student access to higher education.”

Charles Roberts, alumnus of both MCCC and Albright College, shared his personal educational journey through the University Center.

“I cannot begin to tell you where I would be without having the University Center. I was able me to attend class as a working adult and as someone who could not attend class the traditional college way.  I may never have attempted a bachelor’s program unless the University Center existed,” said Roberts, who has since earned a master’s degree from Gwynedd-Mercy College and who works in MCCC’s Enrollment Services department.

Dr. Lex O. McMillan III, president of Albright College in Reading spoke about the longstanding relationship with MCCC, describing it as a “thriving, healthy partnership.”

“Montgomery County Community College has the largest onsite degree completion programs of our satellite campuses,” he told the roomful of attendees. “In the 2011-12 year, 6,135 credits were transferred from MCCC, and 130 Albright students are enrolled in the degree completion program (at the University Center).”

The University Center project is made possible through a public-private partnership and lease agreement with Vesper Property Group, the building’s owner and developer. The new 10,500 square foot facility includes six classrooms with smart and videoconference technology, a student lounge and reception area. The entire facility is secured through electronic card access, and a front desk concierge is available to greet students and answer questions.

In addition to creating a new home and identity for the University Center, the new facility frees up existing classroom space at MCCC’s North and South halls – space that is greatly needed to accommodate an unprecedented 60 percent enrollment growth at the West Campus over the past five years.

For more information about the University Center, visit here.

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Photo above provided by MCCC:  MCCC President Dr. Karen A. Stout (center) cuts the ribbon for the new University Center facility. She is joined by (from left) MCCC and Albright alumnus Charles Roberts; Representative Marcy Toepel; MCCC Board of Trustees Chairman Michael D’Aniello; Albright College President Dr. Lex O. McMillan III; Senator John Rafferty; Representative Tom Quigley; Montgomery County Commissioners Vice Chairman Leslie Richards; and Vice President of MCCC’s West Campus Dr. Steady Moono.

Parents: MCCC’s Green STEM Camp Seeks Pottstown Middle School students for FREE summer program

Students: Do you ever wonder what a scientist sees through the microscope lens in the laboratory? What actually lives in the water and soil around us?

Montgomery County Community College is offering a free one-week opportunity from June 25-29 for Pottstown middle school students to step into a lab and find out.

For the second year, the College is hosting this free G-STEM—Green Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—camp at the West Campus in Pottstown, as the result of a $10,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank.

Students will get to do a variety of hands-on activities, including collecting water samples, gathering specimens and making observations during field explorations. In the laboratory, students can examine the miniscule life and microbial diversity that can only be seen with through the magnification of lenses.

At the conclusion of the week, the students get to their data and discoveries through Power Point presentations.

“What makes this program truly unique is that it is done at a community college with middle school students within five days,” said Program Director Dr. Davi Gonzales. “Usually, these types of programs are done by research universities with much older students.”

To sign up for the program, contact your school counselor immediately, complete and submit the application form. The camp’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Lunch is provided.

If you are interested in science and the environment, this program is for you. For additional information, contact Dr. Davi Gonzales at or 610-718-1883.

Healthy Lifestyles EXPO today at MCCC’s Pottstown campus

The Healthy Lifestyles EXPO takes place today, Friday, April 20 from 9:30am-1:30pm at Montgomery County Community College, West Campus, 101 College Drive in Pottstown. The EXPO is sponsored by State Representative Quigley’s Office, Montgomery County Community College, the Mercury, & TriCounty Community Network.

EXPO Workshops for Seniors & Caregivers 

Presented by the TCN CARE & Environmental Awareness Programs

10:00am – 10:30am – Saving Money with Medicare, Presenter: Virginia Cox, Boyertown Area Multi-Service

10:30am – 11:00am -Elder Law & Guardianship, Presenter: Robert Slutsky, Robert M. Slutsky Associates

11:00am – 11:30am -Senior Living Options, Presenters: Stacey Petroff, Home Instead Senior Care & Shirlee Barlow, Columbia Cottage Assisted Living

11:30am – 12:00pm-Financial Needs of the Older Adult, Presenter: Charles Delaney, Aging & Adult Services of Montgomery County

12:00pm – 12:30pm-Veteran’s Affairs Benefits, Presenter: Kathy Martin, O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei

12:30pm – 1:00pm –How to Make a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan, Presenter: Dr. Lewis Cuthbert, Alliance for a Clean Environment

MCCC, Verizon Foundation to Present Domestic Violence Awareness Program

To help increase awareness of the signs of domestic abuse, Montgomery County Community College and the Verizon Foundation will be presenting the documentary film, “Telling Amy’s Story,” on Wednesday, April 4, from 12-1:30 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

The community is invited to attend this free, informative program. Refreshments/light lunch will be served. For more information and/or to register to attend, please contact

The film documents the domestic abuse of Amy Homan McGee, a Verizon Wireless employee and mother of two who was abused and then murdered by her husband in 2001. Detective Deirdri Feshel, of the State College, Pa., Police Department, narrates Amy’s story, highlighting the steps that could be taken to stop a similar situation.

Representatives from The Women’s Center of Montgomery County and Laurel House will have information tables and will be available to answer questions after the film presentation.

The College, through using this film, wants to inform students and the community about the warning signs of domestic violence and abuse, the importance of contacting authorities and the availability of support services and community resources.

For more information about domestic violence, visit the Women’s Center of Montgomery County’s website at or the Laurel’s House website at   If you or someone you know needs help, contact the Women’s Center of Montgomery’s 24/7 hotline at 1-800-773-2424 or the Laurel House’s hotline at 1-800-642-3150.

Creative MontCo wants your input!

Are the arts important in your life and the life of your family? Do you spend time and money to learn how to paint or play an instrument or knit a sweater? Do you enjoy going to galleries, performances, or outdoor festivals? Would you like to see a few cafes with open mics in your downtown? Does the perfect nut roll or shoo-fly pie make you want to write poetry? Does a surprising piece of whimsical art in a public place bring a smile to your face?

Car Art!

These are just some of the ways that arts and culture touch our lives, and Montgomery County would like to hear from you about what specific places and activities are important to you in your town and throughout the region. Check out the survey here.Last fall Montgomery County launched a large-scale planning process called Creative MontCo. Their website bills Creative Montco as “a bold partnership of community members and organizations developing a comprehensive cultural and creative economy plan for communities throughout the county. Creative MontCo is dedicated to making Montgomery County a more vibrant place to live, work and play.”

The beautiful thing about the arts – besides just being, well, beautiful – is that arts and culture can be an economic engine for a local economy. All over the country, there are towns, small cities and even neighborhoods within larger cities, that have discovered their identities as centers of art, culture, and history and they have generated jobs and stabilized their tax base by understanding, expanding, and promoting their assets.

The Creative MontCo Steering Committee is being led by Montgomery County Community College president Dr. Karen Stout. The County has hired some really knowledgeable planners – The Cultural Planning Group – who understand how arts and culture can be good for residents and visitors alike and can stimulate economic growth.  They have have been surveying and meeting with artists, organizations, and groups ever since to find out what residents like, what they want more of, and what they envision for their towns in the way of arts, and culture, which I take to include historic and heritage resources as well as the natural environment (i.e., parks). 

To me, the term “culture” gets at the history of a place and how that is reflected today in the people that live there, the work they do, the traditions that live on, and the natural and built environments that are tied to all of that. For me, “the arts” includes any creative endeavor, including, say, beautiful cupcakes or the really old mosaic tiles in many of the entryways of the stores in downtown Pottstown.

So… what arts and cultural activities and events are important to you? Please take a few moments NOW to respond to their survey here.  And feel free to spend some time at Creative MontCo’s website, reading what others have to say and sharing your vision for the creative future of your county. 



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