Diane Meza selected as director of MCCCD Information Technology Institute at Mesa

Diane Meza MESA, Arizona – May 29, 2019 -- Mesa Community College hires alumna Diane Meza as director of the MCCCD Information Technology Institute (ITI) at Mesa. In collaboration with college leadership, Meza will oversee and direct the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the ITI -- an institute dedicated to building a well-equipped technology workforce -- located at the Mesa Community College Downtown Center, 145 N. Centennial Way, Mesa.

“We are pleased to welcome Diane Meza to our Information Technology Institute at Mesa,” said Dr. Linda Collins, chair of Business and Information Systems at MCC. “Meza is well-qualified to build relationships within the community and ensure the Institute offers students programs that meet evolving industry needs in this cutting-edge industry.”

Classes at the ITI are designed to meet the emerging technological workforce’s demand for talent in areas of app development, big data, cloud computing, mobile and wearable technology, and the Internet of Things. Preparing students for high-demand information technology careers as computer systems analysts, computer programmers, software/app developers, database administrators, network and computer systems and computer user support specialist administrators.

Local employers such as Apple Inc., Blackboard, CenturyLink and HP Inc. have committed support to the Institute in the form of technical assistance, project planning, workshops, and seminars for students and faculty.

Meza will communicate and collaborate with diverse internal and external stakeholders to establish IT assets for the MCCCD through strategic giving campaigns, industry partnerships and grants in support of the mission of the ITI at Mesa and the district.

“In a collaborative effort with colleagues and sector partnerships, it is my goal to create an innovative, sustainable plan that will put our students at the forefront of the technology learning curve, giving them many opportunities for success,” Meza said.

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Media Contact:Dawn Zimmer, dawn.zimmer@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7892

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs online, at its two campuses, the Mesa Downtown Center and additional locations. Through the implementation of Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming ways it champions student success; college completion, university transfer and career attainment for all students. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. The diverse student body includes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training to empower MCC students to compete locally and globally. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Learn more at mesacc.edu.

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District. MCCCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit www.maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.



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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019