MCC is a Net Impact Chapter of the Year

MESA, Ariz. — July 20, 2021 — Mesa Community College is one of five Chapter of the Year recipients selected from among more than 350 international chapters by Net Impact, a global community of emerging leaders who aspire to be effective drivers of economic, social, and environmental change. Chosen in the Undergraduate category, the MCC Center for Community & Civic Engagement’s chapter was recognized for making significant contributions to the community by hosting events focused on democracy and partnering with the nonprofit Feed My Starving Children to host one of the largest service day events in the college’s history.

“We are so pleased the MCC Net Impact Chapter is recognized as a 2020 – 2021 Chapter of the Year,” said Debra Ohlinger, MCC Net Impact Civic Engagement program coordinator. “We’ve received a Gold chapter award each year since 2018. Our chapter’s engagement strategy effectively connected current members and the larger community to ways civic engagement and community service can be incorporated into their daily lives. The chapter conducted long-term and short-term projects helping our students become more engaged citizens while tying the activities to academic learning.”

Net Impact 2020-2021 Chapter of the Year distinctions were also bestowed upon Northwestern University - Kellogg Graduate School of Management; Indian School of Business; New York City Professional Chapter; and the Amsterdam Professional Chapter.

Net Impact said winning chapters were chosen based on their leadership, local impact, and contribution to the broader Net Impact community. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, these chapters demonstrated resilience and inspired change on today’s most pressing issues.

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With over 100,000 members worldwide, Net Impact equips its network to build a more just and sustainable world by engaging with social and environmental challenges to accelerate innovation and orient business toward the greater good.

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. For more than 50 years, the college has served 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 at its two campuses, additional locations and a combination of online formats. Through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, MCC is transforming how it champions student success, college completion, university transfer and career attainment and advancement. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution and nearly 50% of its students are the first in their families to attend college. Its American Indian Institute serves students from the 22 federally recognized tribes of Arizona as well as out-of-state tribes. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges. The diverse student body includes more than 300 international students from 55 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to successfully transfer to a university or compete in the workforce. 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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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 20, 2021