New online tool aids career and education decisions

MESA, Arizona – Feb. 27, 2019 – Mesa Community College releases a customized version of Emsi Career Coach, a web-based tool which uses comprehensive labor market data to help students match their interests to specific occupations and identifies available academic programs to achieve their career goals.

In addition to compiling rich, Valley-specific workforce data such as occupational growth and wage information, Career Coach presented by MCC includes an assessment based on personality and strengths to help users explore careers.

“It is important to align careers with education and training to help people make informed decisions when planning their future,” said Michael Voss, MCC Dean of Career and Technical Education. “It is our hope that anyone who is considering a career change or needs help identifying a career will use our tool.”

Transitioning military service members can use their military occupation code to match their current job with civilian occupations.

“It is our hope the availability of MCC Career Coach will excite curiosity and provide necessary information to guide individuals toward courses and programs that will prepare them to meet the demand of our current and emerging industries in the Valley,” said Voss.

There is no cost or login necessary to access the current Arizona labor market and wage data or the online assessment to explore careers based on personality and strengths provided in the Career Coach tool.

Emsi Career Coach, customized for MCC, is accessible at

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Mesa Community College is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 community colleges in the United States 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 and at its two campuses 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 with a diverse student body, including more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries, who enrich campus learning experiences. 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

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

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

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019