Press Releases

Locally based financial institution provides scholarships for first-generation college students

Published Monday, August 12, 2019

TruWest Credit Union and Mesa Community College Announce Partnership MESA, Arizona – August 13, 2019 -- TruWest® Credit Union and Mesa Community College (MCC) are excited to announce their partnership to support success in higher education and financial literacy of students. The Tempe-based credit union has donated $25,000 to the MCC First Year Experience program, providing scholarships to...

Dr. Lori Berquam, new MCC EVP of Academic and Student Affairs

Published Monday, July 29, 2019

MESA, Arizona – July 29, 2019 – Mesa Community College is pleased to announce Dr. Lori Berquam as its Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. She assumes her new duties today, July 29, 2019. In the newly created role, Berquam will work collaboratively with faculty and staff in strengthening a culture committed to the success of all students. As an integral and actively engaged...

MCC Performing Arts partners with Act One Culture Pass, expands access to the arts 

Published Thursday, June 6, 2019

MESA, Arizona – June 6, 2019 – The Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts and Music departments partner with the Act One Culture Pass Program to expand the community’s access to MCC performing arts.  The Act One Culture Pass program is a partnership between Act One, public libraries and arts/cultural institutions. The program offers library cardholders free admission for two people to...

New MCC Flute Choir, summer project and festival

Published Monday, June 3, 2019

MESA, Arizona -- June 3, 2019 – Mesa Community College and Desert Echoes Flute Project (DEF) present the first All-Arizona Flute Choir. The most outstanding high school flutists from Arizona were selected by audition to form a unique flute orchestra. This provides a unique opportunity for musicians to play with the best high school flutists in Arizona and work with four outstanding directors,...

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

Published Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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...

Gilman International Scholars study abroad with MCC

Published Tuesday, May 28, 2019

MESA, Arizona – May 28, 2019 – The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, awards four Mesa Community College students to participate in MCC study abroad programs. Terry Deese (Mesa), recipient of a $2,500 scholarship, will learn about tropical biology and photography in the Costa Rica study abroad program. Desiree...

CCAMPIS grant assists with childcare costs for student parents

Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019

MESA, Arizona -- May 22, 2019 – Mesa Community College and GateWay Community College Children’s Learning Centers are recipients of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant. The grant provides $58,368 a year for four years to support student parents attending college at each location. MCC and GWCC join two additional Arizona colleges -- Arizona State University and Central...

Branded guitar supports STEM education

Published Thursday, May 16, 2019

MESA, Arizona – May 16, 2019 – Mesa Community College students have built their first custom-branded electric guitar for a corporate client. Space Age Auto Paint Store in Mesa receives the first MCC-produced, custom-branded guitar, handcrafted by MCC students Jason Shepard of Prescott Valley and Veryl Law of Mesa with assistance from Palmerino Mazzucco, MCC faculty instructor for the guitar...

Life science faculty discovers new salamander species in Arizona

Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019

MESA, Arizona – May 14, 2019 – Mesa Community College faculty member, Dr. Andrew Baldwin, has discovered a non-native to Arizona species of salamander near the Tonto Creek State Fish Hatchery in Payson. Baldwin’s findings were published in the Herpetological Review in March 2019 by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, of which he is a longtime member. Ensatina eschscholtzii...

Mesa Community College provides professional development for P-12 teachers

Published Monday, May 6, 2019

Dr. Annapurna Ganesh and Julie Garner MESA, Arizona – May 6, 2019 -- Having a high-quality teacher at the front of the classroom is the single most critical factor today in student success. Not only does Mesa Community College prepare future teachers, it provides options for practicing educators to maintain their teaching credentials. Both preschool teachers and K-12 public educators are...

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