Mesa and Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) and Mesa Community College (MCC) are two of 10 colleges, two skill centers and numerous education centers in the Maricopa County Community Colleges District. Together, CGCC and MCC serve more than 60,000 students annually in the East Valley.
Keeping college affordable is a Maricopa Community College priority. With tuition at $84 per credit hour for Maricopa County residents, students pay 75 percent less for 30 credit hours than the average annual tuition for a full-time student attending a state university, according to the Arizona Board of Regents. On top of tuition savings, the colleges offer numerous services at no charge such as free admission, testing, financial aid assistance, academic advising, career planning, tutoring, personal counseling and parking.
When it comes time to pay tuition, there is a wide variety of options including help applying for federal financial aid and grants; student loans; work study; and payment plans. Additional funding opportunities include Maricopa Foundation and MCCCD scholarships, honors achievement awards and the Presidents’ Honors Scholarship.
Students find it is a great choice to begin at a community college and transfer to four-year universities. CGCC and MCC students can take advantage of more than 50 transfer partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the country including Arizona’s three state universities.
Maricopa Community Colleges are renowned for their focus on excellence in teaching, pursuit of learning, dedication to student success and service to their communities. With a strong emphasis on active learning, small classes and hands-on experience, students are engaged by expert faculty recognized for exemplary academic achievements and distinguished teaching. Award-winning professors lead student participation in valuable undergraduate research projects.
Mesa Community College’s honors program challenges students to reach their highest potential through a rigorous multi-disciplinary curriculum supported by related extra-curricular activities. The college offers honors-students-only classes enabling topics to be investigated in-depth. MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter is ranked number two internationally. CGCC boasts the second highest number of honor students in the District and has a five-star Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter.
Both colleges emphasize service learning, which is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful community service with academic instruction. For such service, MCC was honored by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement. Both colleges have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Since 2002, more than 20,000 MCC student and AmeriCorps volunteers have contributed more than 2 million hours to local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
MCC and CGCC each have two state-of-the-art campuses and a learning center providing outstanding transfer, career and technical programs, workforce development and life-long learning opportunities.
Located in the heart of Arizona’s technology corridor, CGCC has a strong emphasis on providing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. The school recently received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for STEM scholarships, and $2 million from a larger $13.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to create programs that prepare students for high-wage, high-skill jobs in the energy field.
The CGCC Williams Campus at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport offers a wide array of general studies and university-transfer courses. The college is proud of new programs in engineering, teacher education, biotechnology, sustainability and ecological literacy, and dietetics and nutrition and as well as its expansion of existing programs in business, computers, humanities, arts and sciences. View a complete list of programs available. As a neighbor to Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, CGCC students benefit by completing their four-year degree in one convenient location.
More than 50 years ago, MCC opened with three buildings and two houses on less than an acre surrounded by farms and undeveloped Mesa. Today, MCC boasts two campuses and multiple locations. The college is continually aspiring to improve by making campuses more inviting, updating technology and providing top-notch facilities such as the stunning and spacious Performing Arts Center and state-of-the-art, new Enrollment Center, the one-stop shop for services such as registration, advising, cashiers, financial aid, parking permits and getting Student IDs.
MCC offers 195-plus programs, degrees and certificates plus partnerships with over 40 colleges and universities so that transferring credits is easy. More than 50 online degrees and certificates are available. The Affordable Colleges Foundation ranks Mesa number 17 in its 40 Top Online Community Colleges for offering the best online learning opportunities at the most affordable price.
The Downtown Center in Mesa meets the needs of the community by focusing on ways to get on a college pathway, workforce development, community outreach and engagement. The Center is home to Continuing & Community Education, Fire Science/EMT program, Mesa Community Outreach Center, Virtual Incident Command Center, the MCC/NAU Connection and the Center for Workforce & Community Partnerships.
Unique Career Paths
Each of the Maricopa Community Colleges offers general studies, university-transfer pathways, Career and Technical Education opportunities plus specialty programs in high demand fields as well as unique niche sectors.
For example, MCC’s Mortuary Science Associate of Applied Science degree is the only one of its kind in Arizona. Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, graduates learn every aspect of the funeral business and are prepared to take a national board examination and meet state internship requirements when they complete their studies.
The Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute at MCC allows students to pursue a certificate or an Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Technology or Manufacturing Engineering Technology. AzAMI was created to help Arizona aerospace and other high tech industry partners stay competitive by providing a pipeline of skilled, career educated employees.
MCC’s Networking Academy program offers industry professionals certificates and degrees in CISCO, Linux and Microsoft Windows. Leading-edge career and technical courses are available to those already in the IT field as well as programs to prepare students to enter the workforce or re-career. Program Director Bob Samson says employers seek out his department’s students even before they graduate. Samson is in a select group of those who train the trainers in the Cisco Networking Academy in North America. A networking student was selected for the national 2015 Cisco Live Dream Team and MCC student teams swept three of eight categories at the 10th annual Avnet Tech Games against more than 200 students in 70 teams from universities and community colleges across the nation.
Like MCC, CGCC is no stranger to specific niche programs. Its Law Enforcement Training Academy is an intense, highly accountable and challenging 800+-hour training program certified by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (Az POST). Upon successful completion of the program and Az POST comprehensive exam, students may become certified police officers.
CGCC’s Aviation and Applied Technologies Division offers FAA approved aviation maintenance and flight programs. An articulation agreement with the University of North Dakota (UND) gives students the opportunity to begin their aviation education at CGCC and then transfer to UND to complete a four-year degree in Aviation. These certificate/degree and university transfer programs meet the aviation industry’s need for well-prepared pilots and technicians. Technical specialties include professional pilot, aircraft maintenance, electronics/avionics and aircraft construction.
The college’s Electric Utility Technology (EUT) program provides students with basic preparation, knowledge and skill-sets in overhead and underground construction and maintenance procedures in this rapidly growing field. The program is designed to produce a highly skilled, well-informed entry-level (apprentice) worker familiar with the tools, materials, and equipment of the trade.
The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.