Accreditation & Our Mission

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Accreditations/Affiliations

Since joining the ranks of other prestigious Michigan colleges in 1964, Southwestern Michigan College has continually expanded its curriculum and now offers more than 30 Associate degrees. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southwestern Michigan College is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. Colleges and universities periodically engage in a process of self-study and external review in order to renew their accreditation status. Southwestern Michigan College completed its self-study and was re-accredited through 2021.

Core Values

The core values of Southwestern Michigan College describe the beliefs that direct the college in all that it does. “Excellence with a Personal Touch” is a working principle guiding our actions. High quality is inherent in all that Southwestern Michigan College does. We have a commitment to be responsible managers of college resources: human resources by promoting growth, satisfaction, and empowerment; financial resources by operating with a balanced budget and investing in the future; physical resources by maintaining a high-quality physical plant. We believe in “Knowledge for all.” As the only institution of higher education in the district, Southwestern Michigan College has the dual responsibilities of providing postsecondary career preparation for those who are seeking immediate employment and college coursework and degrees for those seeking baccalaureate degrees. We have a commitment to being a learner-centered college, developing students through a total college life experience and providing them with 21st-century services. Mission Statement The mission of Southwestern Michigan College is to serve our community by providing affordable local access to high-quality postsecondary career preparation and college education – including the total college life experience.

Programs taught in:
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Associate of Applied Science

Southwestern Michigan College

SMC offers both an Associate in Applied Science and a Certificate in Construction Trades Green Technology. The program is built in three phases: certificate phase, associ ... [+]

Construction Trades Green Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree

About Construction Trades Green Technology

SMC offers both an Associate in Applied Science and a Certificate in Construction Trades Green Technology. The program is built in three phases: certificate phase, associate degree phase and bachelor’s degree phase.

The certificate phase is the ‘hands-on’ phase in which students will spend one year learning construction techniques and code issues and applying their skills in a community construction project such as building a house for Habitat for Humanity or building cabins for a boy scout camp. Students may choose to end their education after attaining the certificate. They will be qualified for jobs as general construction workers. Phase two of the program is the Associate in Applied Science in Construction Trades Green Technology. During this phase, the student learns the science behind construction techniques and the business aspects of contracting. The associate degree qualifies students for jobs as a contractor, safety inspector or crew leader. The optional third phase is transferring to Ferris State University for a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Because of SMC’s articulation agreement with Ferris, 100% of the time, money and effort a student invests in the Construction Trades Green Technology program transfers to Ferris; no time is wasted on classes a student won’t need and students don’t have to catch up on courses after they transfer. A bachelor’s in construction prepares students for commercial work as project superintendents, project managers, project engineers or owner’s representative. Students also have... [-]
USA Dowagiac Niles
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Southwestern Michigan College

This degree is for students who specifically want a two-year accounting degree or plan on transferring to Ferris State University to complete a four-year accounting degre ... [+]

Accounting

Associate in Applied Science

Leading to a Baccalaureate degree in Accounting through Ferris State University

Career Pathway: Business, Management, Marketing & Technology Career Cluster: Finance

NOTE: This degree is for students who specifically want a two-year accounting degree or plan on transferring to Ferris State University to complete a four-year accounting degree. If you wish to transfer to another four-year program, please contact your advisor to determine specific course requirements at the receiving institution prior to selecting options/electives. In order to become a Certified Public Accountant, you must meet an education requirement of 150 semester hours of college education, a work experience requirement, and pass the CPA examination.... [-]

USA Dowagiac Niles
September 2019
Full-time
5 semesters
Campus
Southwestern Michigan College

The SMC curriculum, paired with courses within a particular Michigan State University Certificate Program, prepares students for entry-level employment in agricultural op ... [+]

Agricultural Technology

Associate in Applied Science

Career Pathway: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster: Food Products and Processing Systems, Plant Systems, Animal Systems

The SMC curriculum, paired with courses within a particular Michigan State University Certificate Program, prepares students for entry-level employment in agricultural operations.

Salary ranges vary depending upon the type of position obtained, field of choice and geographic region.

Prerequisites Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites that may not be listed as part of the degree requirement. These are described in the course descriptions. Students will need to demonstrate profitiencies prior to graduation in reading, mathematics and English based on SMC assessment tests, ACT or SAT scores, or by taking the recommended courses. General Education Requirements ... [-]
USA Dowagiac Niles
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
Campus
Southwestern Michigan College

This program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence for ASE Master Technician certification. Individuals possessing ASE certifications should co ... [+]

Automotive Technology

Associate in Applied Science

Career Pathway: Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

NOTE: This program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence for ASE Master Technician certification. Individuals possessing ASE certifications should consult with a program advisor for exemption from certain AUTO classes. This curriculum prepares the students for employment as an automotive service technician in various settings such as automobile dealerships, independent service facilities, franchised repair facilities and specialty shops. Salary ranges vary depending upon the type of position obtained, field of choice and geographic region. Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree through Ferris State University or other four year institutions should contact their program advisor for specifics. For further information on the Ferris State University Bachelor’s degree programs contact the Ferris State University Coordinator.... [-]

USA Dowagiac Niles
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
Southwestern Michigan College

This degree can be used for students who want a two-year associate degree or to transfer to Ferris State University. If you wish to transfer to another four-year program, ... [+]

Business

Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Arts

Leading to a Baccalaureate degree in Business through Ferris State University

Career Pathway: Business, Management, Marketing & Technology Career Cluster: Business

NOTE: This degree can be used for students who want a two-year associate degree or to transfer to Ferris State University. If you wish to transfer to another four-year program, please contact your advisor to determine specific course requirements at the receiving institution prior to selecting options/electives.

This degree can be used as the first step in a career ladder, or to enable persons who are already employed to move up to a mid-level management position with their current employer. It can also be coupled with other professional skills or certificates to allow graduates to move to management positions in those professions.... [-]

USA Dowagiac Niles
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
Southwestern Michigan College

This degree is for those people who specifically, want a two-year criminal justice degree or plan on transferring to Ferris State University to complete a four-year degre ... [+]

Criminal Justice

Degree: Associate in Applied Science

NOTE: This degree is for those people who specifically want a two-year criminal justice degree or plan on transferring to Ferris State University to complete a four-year degree in criminal justice. If you wish to transfer to another four-year program, please contact your advisor to determine specific course requirements at the receiving institution prior to selecting options/electives.

This degree can be used to enable persons who are already employed to move up to a midlevel position with their current employer.

Prerequisites You will need to demonstrate proficiencies in reading, mathematics and English based on SMC assessment tests, ACT or SAT scores, or by taking the recommended classes. Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites. These are described in the course descriptions. ... [-]
USA Dowagiac Niles
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus

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