April 23, 2014

Arizona Community College Welcomes California Students

 

A community college in western Arizona has an important message for students in California who can’t find open classrooms: 

"Come on over. We would love to have you," said Michael Kearns, president of Mohave Community College (MCC), located just over the border in Mohave County, Arizona. “And we have plenty of room."

MCC has started preparing a marketing campaign in hopes of reaching Southern California students who are at risk of either being turned away from their local two-year college or placed on a long waiting list. 

Cash-strapped community colleges in California are reportedly facing another $300-million cut if Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget plan is not approved. The state already has cut community colleges by $809 million, or 12 percent, over the past three years.

Gov. Brown’s proposal includes a tax initiative that would create $309 million in new money for community colleges, but it will require voter approval in November. 

Last month, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott released a statement calling for support of Brown’s budget proposal.

“It’s clearer than ever that voter approval of the governor’s tax initiative in November is the only way to avoid the further dismantling of the California Community Colleges,” Scott said, adding “… We’ve been forced to shut the door on hundreds of thousands of potential students who are hungry for a college education.

“California’s economy and growth are dependent on the education and skills of our workforce. Further trigger cuts in January could be the breaking point financially for some colleges and, at a minimum, will severely limit our ability to effectively provide students with career training, two-year degrees and transfer preparation to four-year universities,” said Scott.

Meanwhile, Mohave Community College continues to expand its facilities as officials expect to have openings in virtually all academic and technical programs, including nursing, culinary arts, dental hygiene, electrical technology, public safety, education, HVAC, paralegal, X-ray technology, surgical technology, medical assisting, welding, truck driver training, pharmacy technology, business, computer information systems and much more 

MCC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, career programs are accredited by various agencies and agreements are in place with 19 university partners who accept MCC’s associate degree as equivalent to their own lower division coursework.

Students can complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and return to California, continue at an Arizona university or apply anywhere in the country 

“We are not trying to compete with California,” Kearns said. “We just want those students out there who have been turned away to know that there is another option not too far from home.”

Mohave Community College, which had more than 700 graduates earlier this month, has campuses in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, Kingman and Colorado City, plus a fast-growing online campus. The number of students who earned an associate degree in 2012 increased by 26.4 percent over last year.

Interested students can learn about the programs offered at Mohave Community College by visiting the college website at www.mohave.edu and clicking on “Academics.”