Early College Academy Southern & Dobson Campus

Southern & Dobson Campus

Early College Academy Application

Priorty DEADLINE to submit application
March 10, 2023

Each applicant must request a recommendation for the ECA program from one of their current teachers.

Students will be informed of their status following the application deadline. There will be additional documents collected from students following their acceptance into the program.

The Early College Academy is a unique opportunity for high school students to begin their college experience as early as the start of their Sophomore year of high school. Eligible students include those with a minimum 2.0 GPA that are currently attending Dobson, Mesa, and Westwood High Schools within the Mesa Public School District.

MCC celebrates the linguistic diversity of the Southern & Dobson campus community. Early College Academy courses are taught mostly by bilingual faculty. The classroom is a space where students and instructors build on their linguistic repertoires--which are the skills and knowledge that a person has of one or more languages--to enhance learning, develop a stronger community, and increase student success. The art below represents a student’s interpretation of Translanguaging: Living in Two Languages as One, Camila Fragoso (2020).

Student artwork interpreting "lives in two languages as one."

The expansion of The Early College Academy to the Southern & Dobson Campus is partially-funded by the HSI-STEM: Enhancing Guided Pathways grant project.

College Classes and High School Credit

Student's year in high school when they start the program and individual student credit needs may require course substitutions.

Grade 10 Sophomores
Semester College Course College Credits High School Class High School Credits


FYE101: Introduction to College, Career, and Personal Success 1.0 - 0.0


CIS105: Survey of Computer Information Systems 3.0 Elective or Fine Art 1.0
Spring SWU250: Mindfulness for Stress Management 3.0 Elective 0.5
Spring COM100: Introcution to Human Communication 3.0 Elective 0.5
Grade 11 Juniors
Semester College Course College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall ENG101/101LL: First-Year Composition and Lab 4.0 Junior English 1.0
Spring HIS103: U.S. History to 1865 3.0 American History 0.5
Spring HIS104: U.S. History 1865 to Present 3.0 American History 0.5
Grade 12 Seniors
Semester College Course College Credits High School Class High School Credits

GPH113: Introduction to Physical Geography


Physical Science with Lab

Spring ENG102: First-Year Composition 3.0 Senior English 0.5
Spring ENH110: Introduction to Literature 3.0 Senior English 0.5

Orientation and Programming

  • Start of semester orientations
  • Personal growth, college success, career exploration, and financial literacy workshops
  • Math and English boot camps
  • Internships for juniors and seniors
  • Student coach peer mentor
  • Dedicated early college advisor and counselor