Mesa Community College offers free college credit for automotive industry credentials

MESA, Ariz. – Jan. 19, 2023 — Mesa Community College (MCC) is now offering college credit for individuals with select certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

MCC will apply up to 42 credits, at no cost, toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Service, depending on the ASE certifications held.

The Automotive Industries Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is one of several currently available to individuals with industry certifications.

Interested individuals must be enrolled in MCC. Those who are not already students should visit the enrollment center either online or in-person to obtain a Maricopa Enterprise ID (MEID). The MEID is needed to complete the final step in the online PLA application.

Michael Voss, MCC Dean of Instruction, provides stewardship for many of the college’s occupational programs. “It is our hope that the new addition to our PLA programs will help automotive professionals earn a degree and further their careers,” Voss said. “MCC strongly believes that individuals with industry recognized credentials deserve to earn college credit and have the opportunity to apply their prior learning towards the next step in their educational pathway.”

A PLA represents an opportunity to industry professionals who hope to further their education and career. More information and a link to the PLA form can be found on the MCC Automotive Service web page under “Resources for You.” (

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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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Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 19, 2023