Montgomery County Community College
About Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College is a public college providing associate's degrees and certificates. The school offers programs specifically targeted towards particular careers. Montgomery is located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Blue Bell was originally called Pigeontown for the large amounts of passenger pigeons that used to flock there. In 1840, the town was renamed Blue Bell for the historic Blue Bell Inn. Unisys, an IT company, and Aetna, an insurance provider, maintain headquarters in Blue Bell.
Montgomery County Community College began in 1966 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The central campus was built in 1972 in Blue Bell. The West campus in Pottstown opened in 1996. The school is dedicated to providing the community with quality, career-focused education and is funded by the county and the state.
Montgomery offers an associate's degree in digital design with a concentration in computer graphics. The degree prepares students for careers in graphic design, advertising, and other types of visual communication. Students will typically learn how to use typography, make page layouts, and use computer applications used in the field of graphic design. Coursework includes design, drawing, computer graphics, art history, painting, and studio art.
A digital design degree with a focus on multimedia is also available. The program prepares students for careers in developing multimedia applications for use in marketing, sales, entertainment, web sites, and education. Students will typically use graphic, video, audio, and written elements to create multimedia designs. Coursework is similar to the computer graphics program, but includes more multimedia classes.
Students may choose to earn an associate's degree in electronic game and simulation design. This degree prepares students for jobs as game designers, level designers, or testers of gaming quality. Students learn to create original games and simulations, to use software needed for gaming, to develop professional skills, and to communicate and work within a team. Coursework includes video production, game design, computer programming, audio production, scriptwriting, and media production.
To be considered for financial aid at Montgomery County Community College, students must first be admitted to the school and then fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants available include the academic competitiveness grant, Pell grant, Prosser grant, and WAGE grant. Students may also apply for scholarships like the Foundation scholarships and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) scholarships, offered by the college and the National Science Foundation. Students may also earn aid through the federal work study program and Stafford loans.
Individual departments and colleges at Montgomery are accredited by the appropriate institutions.