At Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), athletics, technology, and academics have come together to form a successful esports program that promotes equity and collaboration.
During a virtual EDUCAUSE 2020 session, faculty from MCCC offered a look at the college’s program, along with tips for those hoping to bring esports to their own campus.
MCCC developed its varsity esports program in the hopes that it would demonstrate a culture of equity and inclusion that directly relates to the mission and goals of the college, faculty said.
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The team’s motto is: “In esports, ‘e’ is for everyone.” Teams include students of all skill levels and offer opportunities for growth.
“We engaged our IT department immediately when exploring this,” said Jim Stasik, director of enterprise infrastructure services at MCCC. After visiting several esports facilities at other institutions, the MCCC team visited Microsoft’s esports and gaming studio to get a better vision of the critical IT components needed to start the school’s program.