The college aims to lead the way to success in the local and global community.
As an educational, economic, cultural and workforce engine for the East Valley, Mesa Community College (MCC) has contributed to individual and community success for more than half a century. The largest of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District of metropolitan Phoenix, MCC delivers an affordable and quality opportunity to earn degrees, certificates and workforce training to advance career goals as well as transfer to four-year institutions via state, national and international education partnerships.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, MCC’s more than 30,000 students are served annually online and on two campuses – Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) State approval for the Nursing Programs is provided by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN). The MCC Evelyn H. Warren Child Development Lab and the MCC Children’s Center are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Meeting the needs of the business community with exemplary employees, MCC offers Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that equip students with the knowledge and skills for today’s jobs. Partnering with government, business, high tech and advanced manufacturing companies, CTE programs are cutting edge, in-demand, innovative and strategically networked with employers. MCC remains dedicated to enriching lives and serving the community locally and globally by providing education of the highest quality, at the most affordable cost.
Students pursue coursework at two campuses, additional learning sites and the MCCCD IT Institute in the East Valley as well as Internet classes, offering easy access for a diverse community
MCC has provided outstanding transfer, career, and service programs to the East Valley of the Phoenix Metro area for more than half a century. Built in 1965, the Southern and Dobson Campus is a focus for education and community involvement. Red Mountain Campus is situated on 100 acres of the beautiful Sonoran Desert in Northeast Mesa. Opened in 2001, this campus offers an intimate college environment with well-equipped classrooms, leading-edge technology, and outdoor teaching spaces.
A Hub of Educational Activities
The educational programs offered by Mesa Community College include associate’s degrees, certificates in many fields transfer to a four-year university, or courses to satisfy one’s passion. With day and evening classes on two campuses plus more than 500 online programs, students can easily find classes to fit their schedules. The college also provides hybrid classes to students; who divide class time into online and on campus.
Promoting a Vibrant Campus
Since its establishment, MCC has focused on continually innovating and enhancing their instruction and services. Whether it’s revising its student service processes, developing accredited online degrees and certificates, or renovating buildings with the latest technology, MCC’s goal is student success. In addition to academic excellence, MCC offers a full collegiate experience with acclaimed athletics, student government, study abroad, international scholars, and student clubs. MCC students enrich the community with nearly 22,000 service-learning volunteer hours each year. Contributing to the community cultural scene, the arts at MCC present acclaimed dance, theatre and musical performances. As well as multidisciplinary art exhibits. Planetarium shows and many other free educational and entertainment activities are enjoyed by the general public either free or for a very affordable fee.
Dr. Richard J. Haney became the seventh President of Mesa Community College on July 1, 2018. His primary responsibilities are as an ambassador for MCC as well as to provide vision, leadership and direction for the planning and operation of all aspects of the college’s programs and services. Haney has more than three decades of educational experience from high school instruction to higher education leadership.
Throughout its illustrious journey, the college has achieved many remarkable landmarks.
Some of its noteworthy achievements include:
- 2018 Aspen Institute Top 150 Community Colleges
- Selected by Apple as one of 8 colleges in the nation for its App Development course
- First Arizona community college to offer Blockchain certificate
- National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat at Red Mountain Campus
- Carnegie Foundation Recognition for Community Engagement
- 2018 Best Online Schools – Arizona
- Number 12 in the Top 50 Best Value Online Community Colleges by Value Colleges
- Washington Monthly Magazine Best for Adult Learners College
- Red Mountain Campus received a North American Native Plant Society Conservation Award
- President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Promoting a Vibrant Campus
Since its establishment, MCC has focused on continually innovating and enhancing their instruction and services. Whether it’s revising its student service processes, developing and offering accredited online degrees and certificates, or renovating buildings with the latest technology, MCC’s first goal is student success. In addition to academic excellence, MCC offers a full collegiate experience with acclaimed athletics, student government, study abroad, international scholars, and student clubs. MCC students enrich the community with nearly 22,000 service-learning volunteer hours each year.
Contributing to the community cultural scene, the arts at MCC present acclaimed dance, theatre and musical performances as well as multidisciplinary art exhibits. Planetarium shows and many other free educational and entertainment activities are enjoyed by the general public either free or a very affordable fee.
Over the years, the college has produced many graduates who have been very successful at various walks of life such as:
- Joan Sullivan Garrett, Founder and CEO of MedAire began her career with a nursing degree from Mesa Community College in 1978. She is today a recognized leader committed to providing emergency medical care to people in remote locations throughout the world.
- Dave Schneider is the President of Zap Water Technology Inc.
- Karl Schroeder is the President of Safeway’s Northern California Division, he manages nearly 270 stores in California, Nevada and Hawaii.
The college provides opportunities for financial assistance to qualifying candidates. More than $38 million was awarded last year to 8,473 students. Moreover, scholarships were awarded last year to 3,547 students.
Collaborations and Career Opportunities
MCC has transfer partnership with more than 45 universities across the nation including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University. MCC’s Pathway to STEM partnership with Grand Canyon University enables students to start at MCC and earn a GCU Bachelor of Science entirely on an MCC campus. As they complete freshman and sophomore courses with engaged and highly rated faculty, students acquire the study, research, and classroom skills that make the final two years of their four-year degree even more attainable.
Transfer pathways with MCC’s university partners put students on the most direct path to their bachelor’s degree. Students pay 75 percent less than at most four-year institutions and save on free services that can quickly add up on other campuses, such as admission, parking, tutoring, placement testing, career advising, counseling, and assistance in job searching.
The college’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are renowned for being affordable, boasting teaching and advising industry experts, providing flexible schedules, offering valuable skills, and helping with job placement.
Value Added Education
MCC provides the best value for obtaining a Career and Technical certificate or degree. This is because:
- Labor market data and insight from industry advisory boards are used to develop curriculum
- Courses, taught by industry-experienced faculty, align with current and emerging industry needs
- Student-friendly course schedules allow students to quickly achieve their goals
Graduating students are well prepared for rewarding careers and transfer to universities.