First Year Experience Program

The First Year Experience Program is a year-long college program focused on providing first-year students with the services and support needed to successfully transition to Mesa Community College.

Partnership with TruWest Credit Union

TruWest LogoTruWest Credit Union extends financial support for students participating in the Mesa Community College First Year Experience program by offering financial literacy workshops for program participants and their parents as well as a $40,000 donation to cover school expenses. TruWest’s contributions help with tuition, fees, and textbook costs for participating students; TruWest funds also promote student leadership opportunities through stipends given to FYE ambassadors. Additionally, TruWest has provided part-time employment opportunities for MCC students. TruWest's partnership is integral to the success of our community because it provides stability for our students, so they can focus on learning.

TruWest Financial Literary Session

Benefits of the First Year Experience Program

MCC's FYE Program Earns National Recognition

The National Organization for Student Success (NOSS) has recognized Mesa Community College's First Year Experience program as a Program of Promise.

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  • First Year Experience Program students are placed into cohorts designed to enrich and support their learning experience. Students will take college-level courses along with their learning community.

  • Students will receive a scholarship to apply toward two courses during the FYEP Summer Bridge as well as be given an opportunity to earn additional scholarship funds for one cohort course in fall and/or spring semesters.

  • Leadership development and community engagement

  • Embedded Math Boot Camps and access to Reading/Writing Boot Camp

  • Assistance with major/career exploration and the university transfer process

  • Financial Aid navigation and individualized educational planning

  • Familiarity with the MCC campus, students services, and resources

  • Academic enrichment, career and social activities throughout the year

  • Opportunities to meet new people and form lasting friendships

Who can apply?

  • Recent graduates of Mesa Public Schools

  • First-generation college students and/or those placing into foundational coursework

2023–2024 Program Dates

SUMMER START FALL START
Mandatory Orientation June 21, 2023 Week of August 7, 2023
Summer Session June 26 - August 3, 2023 Not Applicable
Math Boot Camp Included in Summer Session August 2023
Reading/Writing Boot Camp Optional August 2023
Fall Semester begins August 21, 2023 August 21, 2023

Application

This year you can apply online. Please ask the MPS/MCC college advisor at your high school for the registration link or email Ashley Armour (ashley.armour@mesacc.edu) for more information. Your college advisor can help you select cohort classes that work best for your major or field of interest.

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FOUNDATIONS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

PRIORITY DEADLINES: Summer Start: May 15, 2023; Fall Start: July 20, 2023

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