Spring 2010 Stories

MCC Student Wants to Inspire Youth

Cynthia WalkerMesa Community College student Cynthia G. Walker knows what it takes to succeed in a challenging world. As she prepares to graduate with an associate’s degree from MCC this month, she would like to encourage others to pursue their education.

“If I can reach just one individual, they can take that information and teach others,” said Walker, who is a member of the Diné and Cochiti tribes.

Walker has overcome challenges to get to where she is today. She grew up in an unstable family environment and left home at age 18. At that time, she decided to enter college and discovered a supportive environment at MCC’s American Indian Center. Read more...

Joshua McDonald

Joshua McDonaldNot an ordinary high school student, Joshua McDonald, 18, is also a college student at Mesa Community College. As most students prepare for one graduation, McDonald plans for two: one from high school and one from MCC.

McDonald is one of 9 high school students at the Arizona Agribusiness Equine Center who will graduate from MCC this month. The courses he has taken count toward college credit that can transfer to a 2-year or 4-year college. Read more...