Early College Academy (ECA)

Interested in ECA?

Choose the Early College Academy that matches your high school:

Southern & Dobson Campus

  • Dobson, Mesa, and Westwood students
  • Includes Early College Teacher Academy

Southern & Dobson - ECA

Red Mountain Campus

  • Mountain View, Red Mountain, and Skyline students
Red Mountain - ECA

Contact Early College Academy


Southern & Dobson

Office Location: GC 54B

Read the FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Early College Academy

What is the MCC Early College Academy?

ECA is a unique opportunity for high school students to begin their college experience. Eligible students enroll in classes that meet high school graduation and college degree requirements.

What are the benefits?

Provides students an opportunity to experience college in a structured environment.
Opportunity to complete college courses typically taken during the first year of college.
Gives you the flexibility and time to take courses in line with your major, participate in college opportunities, and work part-time without slowing down your progress after high school.
Statistically, students enrolled in early college programs are more likely to attend college after high school and complete a degree.
Provide students with workshops focusing on personal growth, study skills, and career exploration.
Integrated reading, writing, and math boot camps.

Do I qualify?

  • Must be a current freshman attending one of Mesa Public School District Schools
  • Must have a 2.0 or higher GPA

***Even if you think you might not fit all the requirements, we still encourage you to apply and let us decide.

Early College Academy Informational Session Video

To get more information on the Early College Academy program, watch this video:

Application Tools

  • When applying, be sure to use your personal email address
  • Be sure to have the information for the individual that will provide a recommendation for you (Recommenders should be individuals outside of your family such as a teacher, counselor, church leader, coach, employer, etc.)
  • To submit a recommendation form for the ECA program, click here. (an account will need to be created, please use the same email address that the student provided)
  • Have an unofficial copy of your most recent high school transcript ready

Application Timeline


Early College Academy:
Southern & Dobson Campus

This program serves Mesa Public School students from Dobson, Mesa, and Westwood High Schools. Early College Academy courses at this campus are mostly taught by bilingual, Spanish-English speaking faculty. The classroom is a space for making connections across languages and deepening student understanding of content.

More details

  • Spanish language proficiency is not required
  • Course apply broadly to MCC and transfer degrees
  • Reduced tuition

Early College Academy:
Red Mountain Campus

This program serves Mesa Public School students from Mountain View, Red Mountain, and Skyline High Schools. The program is open to all students; however, students interested in exploring or pursuing a career in allied health fields are strongly encouraged to participate.

More details

  • Course apply broadly to MCC and transfer degrees
  • Reduced tuition