MCC brings construction trades program to the East Valley

Person wearing a hard hat drilling a piece of lumber on a work table. MESA, Arizona – August 3, 2022 – In direct response to industry needs, Mesa Community College launches Construction Trades program with the Fall 2022 semester.

“We've seen tremendous success in our Construction Management degree and are expanding our support for the industry by adding a Construction Trades program,” said David Cain, Ph.D., MCC Construction Trades program director. “Our Construction Advisory committee stressed the dire need for both men and women to enter the workforce quickly at the ground level.”

A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Construction Trades, with specialization in either carpentry or electrical, may be earned in two semesters. The CCL documents an individual’s competencies for employers with career opportunities for individuals with specialized skills.

“Construction isn’t just about swinging a hammer,” says Cain. “Courses include, in part, learning to use construction calculations, blueprint readings and trade-specific codes,” explains Cain. “We dive deep into the study of construction planning and scheduling, design, leadership skills, problem-solving, ethics and of course OSHA 30 safety.”

The initial eight-weeks of the fall semester, beginning August 23, covers construction safety (CON103), hand and power tools (CON104), construction calculations (CON105) and blueprint reading (CON107, Construction Drawings Introduction). The Foundation of Construction Safety (CON103) is an evening in-person class, the other three are offered online with no specific class days or times so students may progress through the course work at their own pace. The remainder of the first semester features hands-on, in-person training in a new specialized lab at the college’s Southern and Dobson Campus (1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ).

“Our goal is to expand our Construction Trades CCL offerings in the spring to include plumbing and H.V.A.C.r,” explains Cain.

Learn more about the MCC Construction Trades program at

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Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for university transfer, career and technical programs, civic engagement, service-learning and innovative approaches to education. On average MCC students provide 23,000 hours of community service annually. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 25,400 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations through a combination of modalities. MCC is transforming how it champions student success through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution with nearly 50% of its students being the first in their families to attend college. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges; its American Indian Institute serves students from the 22 federally recognized Arizona tribes as well as out-of-state tribes. The diverse student body includes hundreds of international students from around the world. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to attain their goals. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, on the traditional territories of the O'odham, Piipaash and Yavapai Peoples, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit to learn more.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022