A conference at Monroe Community College on Friday has the goal of trying to strengthen mental health support for a diverse student population.

College officials note that the intersection of three crises, COVID-19, economic struggles and racial injustices, has taken a toll on the mental well-being of many college students and also exposed health disparities in communities across the state and the nation.

Monroe Community College has announced its plans to resume on-campus operations for the fall semester. MCC will start resuming those activities in early August.

Officials say their plan for reopening has been approved by SUNY, and it covers the phased restart of on- campus operations, capacity of classrooms and other spaces and flexible teaching options as well as health and safety protocols.

The fall 2020 academic calendar remains the same; it runs from August 26 to December 16.

Monroe Community College says that in response to developments involving the COVID-19 outbreak, it is canceling classes Monday-Saturday, March 16-21.

The college will remain open for students who need access to technology and other support services. Faculty and staff are to report to work.

MCC’s dental clinic is also closed to patients next week.

Monroe Community College President Anne Kress has been selected as president of Northern Virginia Community College.

In a statement on the college's website, Kress called it "a genuine privilege to serve as MCC’s president over the past decade."


Monroe Community College President Anne Kress is a finalist to lead Northern Virginia Community College.

According to the news release on that college’s website, Kress is one of three finalists. Northern Virginia Community College enrolls more than 75,000 at its six campuses and is the largest institution of higher education in Virginia.

Kress has been president at MCC since 2009, and she is also co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

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The union representing hundreds of professors, adjuncts, and non-teaching professionals at Monroe Community College has reached a tentative agreement with the college on a two-year contract.

Union members have been working without a contract since last August.  They're scheduled to vote on the tentative deal March 25.

MCC Faculty Association President Bethany Gizzi is happy about the pending agreement, but  says a settled contract only resolves a portion of the ongoing concerns faculty members have about college President Anne Kress.

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Members of a local group that helps determine how state aid is distributed among various economic development projects got to make their case Friday before some state officials.

Representatives of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council made the presentation at the Brighton campus of Monroe Community College.

Co-Chair of the council, Bob Duffy, who also heads up the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, says that a number of projects on their wish list involve the agriculture and food processing industry.

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Two Monroe Community College alumni returned to the school on Monday to say they will be making a $4 million donation as part of a $50 million campaign to increase the number of scholarships available to MCC students.

Robin and Timothy Wentworth, now living in St. Louis, formerly of Rochester, were 1980 graduates of MCC. The gift from the Wentworths is the largest in the college’s history and will help provide full scholarships to 100 MCC students each year.

The gift exceeds the Wentworths’ previous gift of $2.25 million. MCC plans to name its arts building in their honor.

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9/11 remembrance ceremonies were held across the nation Tuesday including in the Rochester area, where students, staff, first responders and veterans gathered at the MCC campus in Brighton.

The rumble of  motorcycles from the Patriot Guard were among the sounds and sights at the MCC ceremony. That volunteer group often comes to events involving veterans, including funerals, Honor Flight and other activities.

Students at Monroe Community College are expressing outrage after the college launched an active shooter drill on its Brighton campus this week without telling them the lockdown was planned. The college has since apologized for error and said it would ensure all future drills are identified.

Many students took to social media, saying they feared for their lives. They say in today’s climate, all drills should come with a warning. But some critics say such drills are not effective if those involved know there isn’t an actual emergency; they say the anxiety produced by unannounced drills leads people to react authentically and take the instances seriously.

We talk about how active shooter drills should be handled with our guests:

  • Tony Perez, chief of public safety at MCC
  • Kevin Booker, MCC student
  • Irvin Williamson, MCC student
  • Audrey Sample, MCC student