McLennan Community College


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Did you know …?

McLennan Community College was the first junior college in Texas to incorporate the word “community” in its name.

In the late 1960s, Chester Hastings, the first dean of instruction at MCC, suggested a Scottish Highlander for MCC’s mascot to commemorate the early Scot founder of McLennan County, Neil McLennan. In the mid-2000s, MCC students voted to name the Highlander, Mac.

Campus History

In September 1966, the newly established McLennan Community College welcomed 855 students to its temporary location at the James Connally Air Force Base, the current location of Texas State Technical College (TSTC). Earlier that year, MCC purchased a historic property previously owned by Waco lumber magnate William Cameron. This lush and tranquil land has a rich history dating back to the Huaco (pronounced like the city “Waco”) Indians.

In January 1970, MCC hosted its grand opening at its permanent location here in northwest Waco on the former Cameron estate.

MCC also owns Highlander Ranch, at 196-acre horse farm located about 5 miles from campus. We also invite you our Emergency Services Education Center, a 43-acre educational complex near the Waco Regional Airport, which houses academic programs like criminal justice, fire protection, law enforcement, and paramedicine.

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