Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) is an initiative of the Michigan Community College Association and the 28 Michigan community colleges. The MCO manages this website providing a consolidated listing of online courses from all MCO member colleges and provides a single site to initiate the enrollment process for students. Students can enroll for courses at other colleges through the Michigan Colleges Online site, complete the course from another "Provider" college while maintaining their status at their home college and continue to receive Home college support services. All credits earned at "Provider Colleges" transfer back to the student's "Home College".
The mission of Michigan Colleges Online is "to connect the teaching and student support capacity of Michigan community colleges so learners can access affordable, high quality learning experiences whenever and wherever needed."
Extending convenient, affordable access to higher education opportunities has been a long-standing mission of Michigan Community Colleges. This collaborative project started in 1999 and was created by the Michigan Community College Association in cooperation with the 28 Michigan community colleges. It was designed to serve traditional community college students as well as those who are not served by a community college, but who need what community colleges have to offer, including those who are bound by: geography, physical handicap, time constraints or technology deprivation.