Mesa Counts on College, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announced this week three projects that will receive money to increased post-secondary completion among Mesa’s youth. The selected proposals, which total $19,000 in funding, were submitted by Chicanos Por La Causa, the Mesa Community Action Network and Randy Payne of the Dobson High School’s counseling staff. http://www.mpsaz.org/news/articles/20477/mesa-counts-on-college-awards-grants http://www.msnbc.msn....
Mesa Community College plans a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 16 to kick off construction of a performing arts center that will totally transform the old Harkins theater and Fuddruckers restaurant on Longmore Road.
Family column by MCC’s Edgar Callirgos. Page 2.
Young actress appears in MCC’s Theatre Productions.
Tres and Matt Kwilosz are body builders and MCC students.
The MCC Theatre and Film Arts Department has announced its 2012-13 season at the Theatre Outback. Performances include: "The Dining Room" by A.R. Gurney in September; "Zorro (Z) or the Curse of Capistrano, an original adaptation written and directed by Oscar Giner for December; "Caucasian Chalk Circle" by Bertolt Brecht in January/February; and "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Marin McDonagh in April.
National Junior Disability Championships are happening this week at MCC. More than 200 athletes from Arizona to Thailand registered for this year's week-long championships, which kicked off with an opening ceremony and social Sunday. This is the third time the games, expected to inject about $700,000 into Mesa's economy, have come to the city since 1997.
The number of universities calling the East Valley home is going up again with Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Penn., signing on as the fourth college in downtown Mesa. Wilkes joins Westminster and Albright colleges in the new Mesa Center for Higher Education, 245 W. Second St. Benedictine University will have its own campus at 225 E. Main St. More important, the four schools join A.T. Still University Medical School and ASU Polytechnic, Mesa Community College, Carrington College, Everest...
Longtime Arizona resident and educator Jo Wilson has been tapped to help lead Benedictine University's western expansion of its values-based Catholic higher education to Mesa, Ariz. http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/education/article_2a90db0a-d2cc-11e1-b461-0019bb2963f4.html
Guest Commentary by Kathy Bareiss of MPS on Mesa Counts on College