For students who want to get their first taste of college in a community college with a big campus feel, or non-traditional students who want to improve their job prospects by taking courses at a cutting edge career preparatory school, Mesa Community College has a lot to offer.
Mesa Community College is the flagship community college in the state of Arizona. The college has four campuses in beautiful Mesa, AZ — two full service campuses, the Red Mountain and Southern and Dobson campuses; and two additional campuses, one in downtown Mesa and the other near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Programs and Degrees Offered
Mesa Community College offers more than 200 degree, career certification, transfer and other programs, making it one of the more well-rounded community colleges in the state of Arizona.
Mesa has a strong focus on academics and is the leading feeder institution for Arizona State University. The college also stays true to its mission of preparing students for the workforce by offering a number of career and certificate programs that can help students become more marketable in today’s globalized, fiercely competitive labor market.
Mesa has degree programs in traditional academic areas such as English, business, education, psychology and many more and has career programs in web design, nurse assisting, mortuary assisting, etc. The wide range and balance of programs make Mesa able to serve the diverse needs of its community college clientele. The most popular majors at Mesa Community College include traditional liberal arts majors and licensed practical nursing.
Mesa has a very well-regarded veterinary technology program. For the last three years, graduates of the program have had a 100 percent pass rate on national and state board certification examinations.
Because of the work schedules, families and other unique needs of many community college students, traditional 9 to 5 classes aren’t an option, and attending night classes may be a hardship too. Like many community colleges around the country, Mesa Community College is ramping up its online course offerings to make a quality education accessible to all students, regardless of their family or work schedules.
Most of Mesa Community College’s online classes are offered in a hybrid format, which means students must come to the college for a few classes and tests, but the majority of the coursework is done online. Online course work demands a little more motivation and self-direction from students, but for many, it is very convenient and helpful.
Mesa Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The NCA accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.
College review sites typically give Mesa Community College high marks for its online course options, the availability of its professors and the quality of its research labs. In 2009, the college opened a new, $20 million physical science building.