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.