Media Coverage

Throwback Thursday: Rail History as Mesa Line Opens

Published Thursday, August 20, 2015

A celebration of the light rail line to downtown Mesa on Saturday, Aug. 22 will feature informational panels on the history of Mesa, including info on what building served as the first home to Mesa Community College. Throwback Thursday_ Rail history as Mesa line opens.pdf

In-State Tuition Helps 'Dreamers,' Some Say Not Enough

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015

After graduating from Tempe’s McClintock High School in 2005, German Cadenas applied to ASU but was denied admission. “At that time, they were treating undocumented students like international students,” said Cadenas, who moved to the U.S. from Venezuela with his mother when he was 15. “They wanted me to go get a visa, and I couldn’t go back.” Since community colleges were more affordable, Cadenas attended Mesa Community College using donations from family friends. Read more: In-state...

Non-Traditional Student's Life a Lesson to Others

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MCC alum Cindy Wong had a lot of obstacles to overcome as a youth – some that have taken decades to reconcile. She's now a scholarship student at ASU. Read her story: Non-traditional student's life a lesson to others _ ASU News.pdf

Coverage of Trio Grant: Extra $23.4 Million in Student Support Services Grants To Benefit 36 States' College Students

Published Monday, August 17, 2015

More than 100 institutions in 36 states will benefit on the additional $23.4 million in Student Support Services grants announced by the U.S. Department of Education just recently. MCC is a recipient of an additional fund, one of the seven (7) Federal TRIO Programs that aim to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds, low income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities, foster care youth or homeless children and youth succeed from middle school to...

Mesa Named Best Big City in Southwest in 2015 by Money Magazine

Published Monday, August 17, 2015

Mesa named Best Big City in Southwest in 2015 by Time, Inc.'s Money Magazine. (Number 10 of 50). The 5 Best Big Cities _ Money.pdf

Valley Native Gets 'Wicked'

Published Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Land of Oz is returning to ASU Gammage with the beloved musical Wicked. Stepping onto the Yellow Brick Road as part of the ensemble and as the understudy for Glinda and Nessarose is East Valley native, Beka Burnham. After starring in productions at Mesa Community College and Greasepaint Youtheatre, the aspiring actress moved to Boston to study musical theater at The Boston Conservatory at the age of 17. Valley native gets ‘Wicked’ - East Valley Tribune_ Theater.pdf

15 Things to Do this Fall for a Successful School Year

Published Friday, August 14, 2015

"Showing up for class and taking notes is only half a loaf of [the college] experience," says Patrick Burkhart, provost of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Burkhart is quoted in an article about how to make this year a successful school year. "It's about that time. New college students are getting ready to pack up and head to the dorm. Or they may be returning to school after a long hiatus, juggling the demands of working and family while getting prepared to log into their first...

Tricia Melfy Named Head Volleyball Coach

Published Friday, August 14, 2015

The University of Minnesota, Morris has announced the hiring of Tricia Melfy as head volleyball coach. Melfy comes to Morris with 17 years of volleyball coaching experience at the high school, community college, club and university levels, assisting at Minot State University last season.  As the Mesa Community College (Mesa, AZ) head volleyball coach, she turned the program around from winning 10 matches total in three previous years to four consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins. Mesa...

Coverage of Free Workshop Helps Students Navigate College Process

Published Friday, August 14, 2015

 The first workshop of the 2015-16 college prep workshop series will be held from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd.  The City of Tempe has partnered with Tempe Union High School District, Tempe Elementary School District, ASU,Grand Canyon University, Mesa Community College, Northern Arizona University, Rio Salado College, University of Advancing Technology and University of Arizona to create College Connect. The community-based program has...

BYU Speech Mentions Duane Oakes

Published Thursday, August 13, 2015

Terry R. Seamons, President of the BYU Alumni Association, spoke about Duane Oakes at his August commencement address. Partial quote: "Through an educational career he has devoted himself to keeping the legacy going of the things he learned at BYU. He stayed involved." Becoming What Our Heavenly Father Wants Us to Be - BYU Speeches.pdf