Early College Academy Southern & Dobson Campus

Southern & Dobson Campus

Early College Academy Application

DEADLINE to submit application
April 29, 2022

Online ECA Application (English)
Online ECA Application (Spanish)

Each applicant must request a recommendation for the ECA program from one of their current teachers. Teachers can complete this recommendation form.

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

Review the 3-year program of study applied to the AZ general education curriculum reqiurements for college degrees. Some variation may applied based on the student's year in high school when they start the program and individual student credit needs.

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


SWU250: Mindfulness for Stress Management 3.0 Elective or PE 0.5



EDU115: Digital Literacy for Teaching and Learning 3.0 Elective or Fine Art 0.5



CIS105: Survey of Computer Information Systems 3.0 Elective or Fine Art 0.5
Spring SOC101: Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Elective 0.5
Spring EDU292: Art of Storytelling 3.0 Elective 0.5
Grade 11 Juniors
Semester College Course College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall ENG101: First-Year Composition 3.0 Junior English 0.5
Fall HIS103: U.S. History to 1865 3.0 American History 0.5
Spring CRE101: College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 3.0 Junior English 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

PHY101: Introduction to Physics (non-STEM majors), OR

GPH113: Introduction to Physical Geography


Physics (Physical Lab Science), OR

Earth and Space Science (Physical Lab Science), OR

Spring ENG102: First-Year Composition 3.0 Senior English 0.5
Spring ENH112: Chicano Literature 3.0 Senior English 0.5

Orientation and Programming

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