Community colleges are centers of educational opportunity. Beginning nearly 100 years ago, they are a uniquely American invention that put publicly funded higher education at close-to-home facilities.
West Shore Community College was established by a vote of the people in the college’s district on March 6, 1967. The College offers a comprehensive general education curricula designed to meet the needs of students desiring to transfer to senior institutions, and many occupational programs are available for students desiring to pursue immediate employment.
The college continues to serve the community as a valuable partner for business and industry, community organizations and cultural programming by bringing more resources, grants, programs and special events to the region.
Many of the college’s employees are active participants in community organizations, civic causes, charity events, service clubs, and economic development initiatives. The administration meets regularly with state and local leaders and governmental representatives. To remain current with cultural, economic and education developments, the staff regularly attends symposiums and conferences with other educational institutions and professional organizations.
More than personal participation, the college brings new dollars and new economic resources to the area while continuing to give students a quality, affordable education.
The college’s “home base” is 360 beautiful acres of rolling timberland, located at the intersection of North Stiles and Sugar Grove Roads in Mason County. Students in the northern portion of the college district are served through the Manistee County Education Center, on US-31, just north of the city of Manistee.
Since its creation nearly 50 years ago, the college has been an inclusive institution that welcomes all who desire to learn, regardless of wealth, heritage, or previous academic experience. The process of making higher education available to the maximum number of people continues to evolve at 1,173 public and independent community colleges across America.
Thousands of people visit the campus throughout the year to use recreational facilities, attend numerous special events and activities. In addition to concerts, plays, art exhibits, historical presentations and readings, thousands of district-wide school children attend special programs designed specifically for younger audiences.
The college is working in concert with community leaders to assess the region’s strengths and opportunities with a goal to develop new business recruitment and retention strategies and to be a catalyst for new jobs.
In order to serve and respond quickly to the needs of the business community, the college regularly reviews its occupational programs and offerings to assure that existing needs are being met, but to also anticipate future training, certification, and degree needs.