MCC celebrates Red Mountain Campus 20th anniversary

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Mesa Community College is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Red Mountain Campus with a month of festivities. The kick-off event, scheduled from 4 – 6 p.m., Nov. 2, 2021, at Red Mountain, features a Native Blessing, multicultural entertainment, music, food and fun. Popular academic departments such as Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), biology, dental assisting, nurse assisting and more will be there with gear, critters and other visuals to answer questions about career choices. A highlight of the afternoon will be the traditional group aerial photo commemorating the 20th anniversary.

4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
Red Mountain Campus 7110 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, AZ. 85207

For more information about MCC Red Mountain Campus 20th anniversary events during the month of November visit

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Lora Lassitter at 480-461-7475 or

Opening its doors to higher education with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October 2001, the Red Mountain Campus quickly became renowned for its location – 98 acres of Sonoran Desert where Mother Nature serves as instructor, classroom and learning habitat. A spring-fed wetland, known as a cienega, was created as a refuge for endangered plants and animals. Partnerships with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden allow the cienega to be a living learning environment enabling students to be involved in conservation and habitat preservation research while networking with wildlife professionals.

The Red Mountain Campus’ recognitions include the National Wildlife Federation’s 2016 Wildlife Habitat Certification, North American Native Plant Society’s 2014 Founders Conservation Award; Arizona Game and Fish Department 2012 Heritage Grant, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Sustainability (Saguaro building).

Guiding principles for the Red Mountain Campus focus on three academic pillars: health sciences, education and liberal arts and sciences. These academic pillars include a Certificate of Completion (CCL) or associate’s degree options as well as courses and programs that transfer to a bachelor’s degree pathway with one of Arizona’s three state universities.

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