Mitchell Community College (MCC) has been educating residents of Iredell County in the state of North Carolina and surrounding communities since it was chartered in 1852 as a Presbyterian college for women. In the early years, faculty of the Concord Presbyterian Female College in downtown Statesville placed heavy emphasis on music and fine arts. This focus continued as the College evolved into Mitchell College in 1917, and when the College became a junior women's college in 1924. Many of Iredell's young men found their dreams of a college education slipping away in the Great Depression, and Mitchell College responded by welcoming these men to campus in 1932. Mitchell continued its evolution and in 1959 became an independent community college operated by the Mitchell College Foundation and recognized by the state. Mitchell Community College became the 57th member institution of the North Carolina Community College System in 1973. MCC’s Main Building is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article entitled A Community College, Deeply Rooted, Evolves to Survive by Lawrence Biemiller in October 2016 which showcases MCC’s evolution to stay relevant, competitive and unique. The article can be read at the following link: http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Community-College-Deeply/237951.
For Fall 2016, Mitchell Community College had a total semester curriculum unduplicated count of 3,088 students. There were 1,920 students within the transfer/general education area, 1,039 students with the career/technical education area, and 129 students within special credit. Sixty-eight percent of MCC students received financial aid. MCC has eight college transfer programs, twenty-six associate of applied science degrees, ten diploma programs, and forty-one certificate programs. MCC has eighty-five full-time faculty members and 110 part-time faculty members.