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Academic and Career Pathways

Choosing your Career Path at Metropolitan Community College

With 120+ degrees and certificates grouped into 8 Academic and Career Pathways, the path to your future begins at MCC. Each Academic and Career Pathway is designed to introduce you to broad fields of study and help you identify potential majors and careers.

We will help you design a plan to meet your career goals, whether your plan is to enter the workforce directly after graduation or transfer to a four-year university to continue your studies. We provide personalized advising to help you choose a path, stay on the path and graduate. And if you change your mind along the way, your MCC success network will help you move to a career path that's right for you.

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Whether it is the technicians who keep our homes cool, the mechanics who keep our cars on the road, or the technicians that keep our factories and critical infrastructure running; we depend on professional technicians who have mastered the skills of their trade. At Metropolitan Community College, students in the Applied Technology & Manufacturing Pathway receive practical, hands-on training from instructors with real-world experience in state of the art labs. You’ll develop the skills you need for high-demand, high-paying careers in our region.

Degrees Available in the Applied Technology & Manufacturing Pathway:

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) are designed to provide you with the skills to enter the workforce after you graduate from MCC. We offer a variety of Associate of Applied Science Degrees in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Certificates are an accessible, affordable and fast route to enter the workforce in less time than it takes to complete a degree. The credits earned in these certificate programs apply towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree in that area. MCC offers a variety of certificates in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Do you love studying languages and culture? Do you enjoy analyzing literature, film, and art? Do you live to create? Express yourself and choose from a broad range of creative careers with the Arts, Humanities, Language and Communication career pathway. Careers include social media, acting, graphic design, communications, journalism, and art. As our world becomes ever more global and interconnected, we will need professionals to facilitate cross-cultural communication. Develop cultural awareness and critical thinking skills that will serve you through a lifetime of career mobility.

Whether your creative calling involves designing, communicating, performing, or producing, Metropolitan Community College offers a path for you to channel your talents into a rewarding career.

Degrees Available in the Arts, Humanities, Language, & Communications Pathway:

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) is MCC’s largest transfer degree, designed for students intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Popular majors in this Academic & Career Pathway are:

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) are designed to provide you with the skills to enter the workforce after you graduate from MCC. We offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree in this area:

Certificates are an accessible, affordable and fast route to enter the workforce in less time than it takes to complete a degree. MCC offers a Certificate in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Do you want to begin a career in accounting, business management, sales, or finance? Have you ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur? Prepare to thrive in the ever-changing global economy through the Business Pathway. Careers include accounting, management, project management, logistics, retail management, hospitality, and human resources. Develop skills in communications, inclusiveness, integrity, initiative, ethics and leadership — all critical to success in business.

Whether you want to pursue a bachelor's degree or go directly into the workforce, MCC's Accounting & Business Pathway provides the industry-relevant knowledge and specialized technical skills you need to start or advance your career.

Degrees Available in the Business Pathway:

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) is MCC’s largest transfer degree, designed for student intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Popular majors in this Academic & Career Pathway are:

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) are designed to provide you with the skills to enter the workforce after you graduate from MCC. We offer these Associate of Applied Science Degrees in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Certificates are an accessible, affordable and fast route to enter the workforce in less time than it takes to complete a degree. The credits earned in these certificate programs apply towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree in that area. MCC offers these Certificates in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Do you love helping people learn things? Ignite young minds and pursue a fulfilling career in teaching through the Education Academic & Career Pathway. This pathway prepares you to teach in early childhood, elementary, and secondary school settings. Choose from options depending on the age group and subjects you wish to teach. Learn to apply your skills and personality to becoming an effective, inspiring educator.

Degrees Available in the Education Pathway:

Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) one of MCC's transfer degrees, lays the foundation needed for teacher certification and is fully transferable to teacher education programs at colleges and universities across the state. Students who complete the AAT will be required to meet all entrance requirements of the educator preparation program at the institution they transfer to, including grade point average and/or testing requirements. Students will be exposed to the full spectrum of primary education and can specialize in teaching:

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Music, Art, Physical Education, Foreign Language or Family and Consumer Science Education
  • Secondary/High School Education
  • Special Education

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) are designed to provide you with the skills to enter the workforce after you graduate from MCC. We offer these Associate of Applied Science Degrees in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Certificates are an accessible, affordable and fast route to enter the workforce in less time than it takes to complete a degree. The credits earned in these certificate programs apply towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree in that area. MCC offers these Certificates in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Are you interested in exploring possible fields of study? Metropolitan Community College’s Exploratory Pathway provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. You can tailor your coursework to your evolving interests. On this pathway you’ll be encouraged to investigate and explore areas of creative, intellectual, and professional interest and to work closely with your Academic Advisor to successfully complete the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.

MCC’s Associate of Arts degree provides a well-rounded educational foundation that prepares students to select majors/career paths and transfer to a four-year college or university. Core curriculum courses taken at MCC are transferable to any public college or university in the state of Missouri. We’ve also secured specific transfer agreements with colleges and universities across the country.

MCC provides students with the diverse skill set many employers in industry, business, non-profit, social services, and government are looking for in potential employees. They recognize the importance of the "employability skills" the liberal arts provides — skills such as effective communication speaking effectively, critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy — and the value of a well-rounded education.

Degrees Available in the Exploratory Pathway:

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) is MCC’s largest transfer degree, designed for student intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program.

Certificates in this area include:

As many as 1 in every 4 new jobs over the next decade are expected to be in healthcare, making it one of the country's fastest-growing career fields. Health care workers make a difference in the lives of others each day, whether it's caring for patients, assisting a family through a difficult medical situation, conducting health screenings, or working behind the scenes to keep medical facilities operating smoothly.

Serve others and choose from dozens of rewarding careers through the Health Science Academic and Career Pathway. These high-demand careers include nursing, medicine, dental, medical coding/billing, physical and occupational therapy, and allied health fields. You'll work in a team-oriented environment, applying your compassion and skills to improve people's lives. To meet the expanding demand for qualified health professionals, these programs combine classroom instruction, laboratory experience and clinical practice to assure that students obtain current, high-level skills.

Degrees Available in the Health Sciences Pathway:

Associate of Science (A.S.) is one of MCC transfer degrees, designed for student intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program to become:

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) are designed to provide you with the skills to enter the workforce after you graduate from MCC. We offer a variety of Associate of Applied Science Degrees in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Certificates are an accessible, affordable and fast route to enter the workforce in less time than it takes to complete a degree. The credits earned in these certificate programs apply towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree in that area. MCC offers a variety Certificates in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Did you grow up wanting to be a hero? To help pull a person from a burning building or protect the public from criminals? Heroes make a difference in our lives every day. Choose from an array of people-focused careers in the Social Sciences & Public Service Pathway, including criminal justice, public service, economics, social work, law enforcement, fire science, politics, government, and homeland security. Help serve others while developing a deeper understanding of societal institutions.

Degrees Available in the Social Sciences & Public Service Pathway:

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) is MCC’s largest transfer degree, designed for students intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Popular majors in this Academic & Career Pathway include:

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) are designed to provide you with the skills to enter the workforce after you graduate from MCC. We offer these Associate of Applied Science Degrees in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Certificates are an accessible, affordable and fast route to enter the workforce in less time than it takes to complete a degree. The credits earned in these certificate programs apply towards the Associate of Applied Science degree in that area. MCC offers these Certificates in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Do you like solving problems? Curious about the world we live in? Enjoy working with animals? Do you like working with computers and technology?

Stay at the forefront of emerging technologies with a high-demand career through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathway. STEM is one of the fastest growing industry in the nation and earning your degree will lead to well-paid positions and long-lasting careers in a job market that is expected to grow at nearly twice the pace as non-STEM workers. The average income of a STEM career is 26% higher than that of a non-STEM career. Develop your intellectual curiosity, logical reasoning and collaboration skills.

Degrees Available in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Pathway:

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) is MCC’s largest transfer degree, designed for student intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Popular majors in this Academic & Career Pathway include:

Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) is one of MCC's transfer degrees, designed for students intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Popular majors in this Academic & Career Pathway include:

Associate in Computer Science Degree (A.C.S.) is one of MCC's transfer degrees, designed for students intending to transfer to complete bachelor's degree. Popular majors in this Academic & Career Pathway include:

  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Technology

Associate in Engineering Degree (A.E.) is one of MCC's transfer degrees, designed for students intending to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree in engineering. Popular majors in this Academic & Career Pathway include:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) are designed to provide you with the skills to enter the workforce after you graduate from MCC. We offer a variety Associate of Applied Science Degrees in this Academic & Career Pathway:

Certificates are an accessible, affordable and fast route to enter the workforce in less time than it takes to complete a degree. The credits earned in these certificate programs apply towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree in that area. MCC offers these Certificates in this Academic & Career Pathway:


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Metropolitan Community College gives you the most value by offering over 120 programs.

More than simply being a low-cost option we deliver you high-quality educational experiences and support, personalized attention, stellar facilities and a great path towards a college degree or a great job.

You can graduate here with an Associates Degree and then transfer credits to a four-year school to continue your education. Or you can earn your technical certificate and begin your career.

MCC Continuing Education programs promote lifelong learning through community education, short-term workforce training and professional development courses. Our programs meet students where they are and provide the opportunity for personal enrichment, workforce readiness and career advancement.

Whether you are between jobs, looking to advance, or just starting out in the workplace, our training and certificate programs are designed to get workers the training they need—fast.

View MCC's Continuing Education Opportunities

Available Non-Credit Classes

Applied Technology & Manufacturing Pathway

  • ABB Robotics
  • Dock Workers
  • Building Technology
  • Building Maintenance
  • Industrial & Engineering Technology (INTE)
  • MSSC
  • Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1)
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
  • PMMI
  • Production Technician
  • Machining
  • Soldering/Electronics
  • ToolingU
  • Welding

Business Pathway

  • Apprenticeship Train the Trainer
  • Bookkeeping
  • Customer Contact Professional
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Manufacturing Leadership
  • National Retail Foundation/Customer Service
  • Risk Management
  • Warehousing

Health Sciences Pathway

  • Certified Medication Technician
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Community Health Worker
  • Environmental Health & Safety – Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Health Information Management (HIM) Test Prep
  • Infection Control
  • Insulin Administration
  • Level One Medication Aide
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Patient Care Technician (PCT)
  • Phlebotomy

Social Sciences & Public Service Pathway

  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Emergency Planning and Response
  • Fire Safety
  • Paralegal CEUs
  • POST

STEM Pathway

  • CAD/Revit
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Hardware and Networking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Literacy
  • Drone Piloting
  • Drone Repair
  • GIS
  • Metallurgy/Material Testing
  • OSHA Health Hazard Awareness
  • Surveying

*Salaries and opportunities can vary by local market conditions. For more information, visit United States Department of Labor.