Academic and Career Pathways

Choosing your career path at Metropolitan Community College

With 120+ degrees and certificates grouped into eight 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.

Applied Technology and Manufacturing pathway

Arts, Humanities, Languages and Communications Pathway

Business Pathway

Education Pathway

Exploratory Pathway

Health Sciences Pathway

STEM Pathway

Social and Public Service Pathway

Applied technology and manufacturing

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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 and 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. Learn more

Arts, humanities, language and communications

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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. Learn more


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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 and business pathway provides the industry-relevant knowledge and specialized technical skills you need to start or advance your career. Learn more


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Do you love helping people learn things?

Ignite young minds and pursue a fulfilling career in teaching through the education academic and 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. Learn more


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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. Learn more

Health sciences

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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. Learn more

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

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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. Learn more

Social sciences and public service

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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 and 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. Learn more

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