Eligible Attendees can apply for one of the eight scholarships.

$500 Scholarships*

Thursday, March 31, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Southern and Dobson Campus

1833 West Southern Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85202

Directions to Campus

Register for ThunderDay Register for swag and a drawing for $100 in school supplies

Mesa Community College ThunderDay

Join the Fun!

Join students, families, friends, and others considering higher education at Mesa Community College's ThunderDay 4–7 pm Thursday, March 31, 2016 on our Southern & Dobson Campus.

We'll have interactive demonstrations, food trucks, games for the kids, robotics, live music, fashion shows, rattlesnakes, and more. If you're eligible, you can also apply for scholarships and discover all the ways MCC makes attending an award-winning community college so affordable.

Get a personal look at our unique campus and see for yourself why MCC is the smart choice. Student success is our first priority, and at ThunderDay you'll meet faculty who are passionate about exceptional learning experiences.

Put your future on a fast track. Find out how exciting it can be at MCC!

Band performing on stage Thor the Thunderbird and students Artist and her artworks Planetarium Fish in coral reef tank DJ performing Students posing for photo Dance demonstration Art faculty member Dresses from the Fashion program


Curious about our place in space? Ask questions. Watch sky simulations. Activities for youngsters, too!


Try throwing an atlatl spear like a Paleolithic-era hunter. You can even join geography students using sensors to probe temperature differences between objects or using geospatial technologies to create a map of campus art pieces. From old weapons to advanced technology, you’ll discover Anthropology is full of surprises!


Tour backstage, learn about lighting, sound, make-up and more frompros who know it all.

Life Science

Get up close and personal with all kinds of critters! See how a coral reef supports sea life in our reef tank. Check out our rattlesnake collection. See human anatomical models used in anatomy and physiology classes. You can even take a tour of our labs and learn a bit about biotechnology!

World Languages

Have some fun! Try a free, foreign language mini-lesson. You’ll also discover what your name looks and sounds like in another language!

Multimedia & Game Technology

Learn all about the only program that combines being a movie director, recording producer and animator all in one! The multimedia professional is a creative and technical talent who integrates text, graphics, animation, audio and video to produce dynamic, multi-sensory experiences. Our experienced, highly accomplished faculty helps students break into one of today’s most fascinating fields.

Audio Production Technologies

See how they mike a drum kit, tweak a music mix or grab the feed of a remote telecast – check out all the high tech wonders in MCC’s Studio 28!

Health and Wellness

Tour the Health and Wellness facility and learn about healthy living from experts! This facility is an intriguing blend of nursing and exercise science. Get hands-on experience with advanced simulations, use our Bod Pod and Metabolic Measurement System to quantify the human body’s composition and rate of energy expenditure. Come get a peek at the future!

Food Trucks

Fill up on fab food from Tia Rosa’s & Down Under Foods!

Networking and Security

Want to try outwitting outlaws? Learn to install and maintain firewalls, create/delete user accounts, and build out custom-designed networks. You’ll enjoy a career that’s always on the cutting edge.


Find out more about our Business, Real Estate and Disney College Programs.

Fashion Merchandising and Design

Get your career in fashion off to a fast start at MCC. From textiles and clothing construction to design and merchandising, you can learn it all under the supervision of a working professional!


Check out the fusion of engineering and art in this groundbreaking program! Students build a custom guitar from the basics – no kits. They create each element and ultimately produce a beautiful, high-performance instrument while learning about manufacturing, science and engineering. You’re sure to admire the incredible guitars on display!


Our Honors Program faculty helps students delve deeper into any subject they study. Learn how you can gain a fuller, more meaningful understanding of course material and how it can be indispensable to your success.


Investigate how students have created amazing three-dimensional models.


Whether you’re a finger-snapper, toe-tapper or freewheeling dancer, be sure to check out the latest, greatest music at ThunderDay!


See how our future teachers will work with kids in school. Give your children hands-on learning experiences.

Art Gallery

Tour MCC’s art facility and see our first show: 50 Years of Collecting. The exhibition will highlight artwork in a variety of mediums including works by Rachel Bess, Alexander Calder, Enrique Chagoya, Mark Klett, William Wegman and more in our brand new, state-of-the-art gallery.

MCC Southern & Dobson Campus on a map

Come on down! Bring your family, friends and neighbors to the most eye-opening, unexpected and enjoyable event of the year – ThunderDay is almost here! Don’t miss it!

This could easily be the most entertaining, enlightening day of the year at Mesa Community College. It’s not just about learning, it’s learning about all the interactive methods, futuristic technology and exceptionally innovative, engaging and highly motivated faculty at MCC. Meet instructors who make subject matters come alive while giving students hands-on experiences using the latest equipment. They are amazing. You’ll never have a dull moment!

Come explore your future. Find out what goes on behind the scenes in the MCC Theatre, check out guitars made by our students, gaze across the galaxy inside our Planetarium and a whole lot more. From art and anthropology to computers and live animal exhibits, you’ll discover there’s more to explore than you’d think!

There’s no charge so there’s no excuse to miss this incredible event. Put ThunderDay at MCC on your calendar today!

Have any Questions?

If you have any questions about the ThunderDay events, please feel free to call our Outreach and Recruitment office at 480-461-6392.

Scholarship Details

Please note that the scholarship application will only be available at the event.

* Eligibility requirements for the $500 scholarship:

  • Award Amount: $500 award per student (limited to one per family)
  • Deadline: 5pm on Friday, April 1, 2016
  1. Submit the completed scholarship application during MCC’s ThunderDay event at the registration table, OR before 5pm on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Enrollment Services.
  2. Enrollment Services are located at the Enrollment Center, Bldg 39 at Southern and Dobson Campus or Mesquite Building, M-113 at the Red Mountain Campus.
  3. Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2016-2017.
  4. Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  5. Must be an Arizona resident or have lawful immigration status as determined by Maricopa Community Colleges District.
  6. Must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours during Fall 2016.
  7. Must be enrolled at Mesa Community College by June 30, 2016 (NO EXCEPTION).
  8. Must maintain a 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (if continuing student).

Build Your Future. Not Your Debt.

Keep more money in your pocket by starting your educational journey with us. MCC’s average annual tuition is 75% less than what many other in-state colleges and universities charge. At $86 dollars per credit hour, you will be embarking on a first-rate education at an affordable cost.

Whether you plan to transfer or enter the workforce upon completing your education with MCC, our highly qualified faculty will prepare you for your next step. Student success is our number one priority.

Attend ThunderDay. Learn about the many reasons why starting at MCC is the smart choice.