About MWCC

Over the past half-century, Mount Wachusett Community College has built a tradition of providing innovative undergraduate education, workforce development, personal enrichment, and community service to North Central Massachusetts, and beyond. Rooted in the community since 1963, the college now serves approximately 12,000 credit and noncredit students each year at its 269-acre main campus in Gardner and satellite campuses in Devens, Leominster and Fitchburg. An award-winning, national leader in the area of renewable energy and sustainability, MWCC is also nationally recognized for its veterans’ services, civic engagement and K-12 partnerships.

MWCC offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs, transfer agreements with public and private colleges and universities for students continuing on for a bachelor’s degree, adult basic education/HiSET programs, industry and technology training, and personal enrichment programs. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and other industry-specific accrediting organizations. Amenities for students and the public include the Fitness & Wellness Center, Theatre at the Mount, and the LaChance Library. For more, visit About MWCC.

Our new Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) wing is currently under construction and will expand MWCC's lab and student study space to include:

  • eight new classrooms and laboratories
  • four lab prep rooms
  • 24 new faculty offices
  • enhanced audio/visual equipment
  • wireless capabilities

New STEM technologies will include:

  • Projection microscopes with 60” flat screen monitors
  • Atomic absorption and infrared spectrometers
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance equipment
  • Laser physics analysis lab

Accreditation

Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so, in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the NEASC is not partial, but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the NEASC should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact the association:

Commission of Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
209 Burlington Road, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
781-271-0022

Please note: certain programs have additional industry specific accreditations. See individual program information.

Campus Locations

MWCC’s main campus is in Gardner and its satellite campuses are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens.

MWCC’s facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities who may require accommodations to participate fully in program activities should contact the program director or the coordinator for students with disabilities at 978-630-9120.

Vision

Mount Wachusett Community College is the college of opportunity and a model of teaching and learning excellence.

Mission

MWCC is a lifelong learning community dedicated to excellence in education and responsive to the changing needs of the communities we serve. Our focus is the preparation of individuals for lives of fulfillment, leadership, and service in a diverse and global society. We are committed to engaging students in rich and challenging learning opportunities within a small college atmosphere that is known for its personal touch.

Shared Values

Mount Wachusett Community College is a community of learners where all are welcomed, valued for their individuality, and applauded for their unique contributions to making the college a special place to learn, work, gather, and grow.  Students, faculty, and staff recognize the importance of diversity in sustaining a rich, healthy, and vibrant environment and affirm the following values that unite us as a collective body and guide our daily interactions.

Human Potential:  We believe that every member of our community (student, faculty, staff, and service area resident) has the potential to learn, grow, develop as an educated and engaged citizen, and lead meaningful joyful lives.

Pursuit of Excellence:  We strive for excellence in all that we do as an institution, within divisions, departments, and as individuals. We continuously assess our performance and set challenging goals and standards to attain the best possible service to our community.

Mutual Respect and Trust:  We treat each member of our community as a valued person deserving dignity, respect, equity, and trust. Through words and actions, we accept differences, share perspectives, and honor the trust placed in us as demonstrated by our honest and ethical words and actions and cooperative and collaborative work.

Institutional Integrity:  We hold ourselves and others accountable for forwarding the vision, mission, and priorities of the college and living by our mission driven principles. We hold ourselves and others accountable for supporting and advancing each other, the organization, and the individuals that we are pledged to serve; for acting professionally; for fulfilling commitments, demonstrating good judgment, assessing our effectiveness and applying facts to continually renew as individuals and as a college.

Considerate Open Communication:  We readily share information and ideas, encourage the exchange of ideas and opinions, listen without judgment, speak honestly and respectfully, and freely and productively engage in discussions.

Creativity and Responsible Risk Taking:  We motivate ourselves, students, and colleagues to think creatively in the face of challenge, try new ideas and approaches, and are innovative recognizing that responsible risk taking is vital to innovation, growth, and advancement.

Cooperation and CollaborationWe look beyond self-interest and work for the greater good of the whole by being positive and active participants and contributors to the realization of common goals, encouraging and supporting others, being helpful in difficult situations, and building consensus to achieve results.

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Strategic Goals

1. Access

We commit to building access to opportunities for learning for all and creating new linkages that increase the region’s college-going rate, improve affordability, increase participation among diverse and nontraditional populations, increase college enrollment, and increase the opportunity to develop skills needed for employment.

2. Success

We are a community of learners in which all students, faculty, staff, and administrators are active participants in the principles of lifelong learning and where engaged teaching and learning form the foundation for improved student outcomes, demonstrated by increased rates of completion, retention, graduation, transfer, and acquisition of career skills.

3. Learning

We provide innovative, effective teaching and superior quality in academic programs and pedagogy. We seek to impart to students a comprehensive general education, up-to-date and industry driven knowledge, and the ability to make an impact on their lives and community. Collaboratively, we shall continuously strive to improve our academic offerings by being responsive to industry needs through comprehensive outcomes assessment as well as implementing and sustaining innovative teaching and learning strategies and policies; and by supporting and developing a college faculty who focus their development and practice on employing exemplary teaching, learning, and advising strategies.

4. Progress

We will devote our efforts and resources to demonstrate effectiveness and efficiency in business operations that lead to institutional self-sufficiency. Further, we shall serve as a prominent driving force and resource in the region in the areas of economic development, leadership, and innovation.