Who We Are

What defines a community college?

  • We grant associate degrees and certificates.
  • We specialize in workforce development and technical education.
  • We're partially funded by local property taxes, in addition to tuition, state and federal funding.
  • We're open access, meaning we accept every student regardless of their college readiness.
  • We're created by a vote of our community, and we are not a part of state government.
  • We serve the needs of a defined local region.

Independent and locally focused

Unlike in some states, Missouri's community colleges are not a “system” with a centralized administration under one governing body. Instead, we are 12 separate and independent local colleges, with a history of working together to meet both state and local needs. As local entities, each college’s academic and workforce training programs mirror the local economy by design. Our service regions cover the entire state, allowing us to serve every Missourian and every Missouri business.

The Association

Through the Missouri Community College Association, the state’s 12 community colleges come together to share ideas and advance common goals. Unlike states that have systems, Missouri’s community colleges each have their own board of trustees who make decisions for the college. Still, there are times when statewide decisions need to be made, and that’s where the association comes in.

Your voice in the state capitol
From college funding to the maintenance of your retirement system, we’ve got your back in the Capitol.


Your source for news and trends
When something big is happening in the state that could affect your college, we make sure you’re in the loop.


Your place to hone your skills
We’re expanding our professional development opportunities to make our programming more relevant and accessible.


Your connection to your peers
Through MCCA, you can connect and share ideas with your peers across the state.