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  • 16 May 2022 5:54 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    PHOENIX — Just days after announcing a shakeup of finalists for the job, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has named the new president of Phoenix College.

    Kimberly Britt, who has been the vice president of academic affairs at Phoenix College and the accreditation liaison officer at the MCCCD, will take over the top position at the college from Clyne Namuo, who has been serving as interim president since March 2021.



    https://www.abc15.com/news/business/mcccd-names-new-president-of-phoenix-college


  • 5 May 2022 7:18 AM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    Intel, Maricopa Community Colleges partnership encourages inclusion in semiconductor industry.


    Intel is aiming to reduce barriers to employment and grow the potential employee pool in the quickly-growing semiconductor industry through a community college partnership. Intel and Maricopa County Community College District officials hope the partnership will show participants that they have a place in the industry regardless of gender, race or economic background.

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  • 4 Apr 2022 7:00 AM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    Opinion: From 4-year degrees to semiconductor bootcamp, Maricopa County Community College District is offering innovative programs to train in-demand workers.


    Maricopa County Community College District provides the most cost-effective higher education in the state. We are Arizona’s largest workforce training provider in multiple industries.

    Nonetheless, we’re driven to do more by connecting students to innovative programs with sustainable and growing careers. The latest proof: the community college district has selected its first bachelor’s degrees for development.

    The baccalaureate degrees, paved by legislation Arizona lawmakers passed last year, are in seven areas – ranging from programming and data analysis, nuclear medicine technology and computed topography, to early childhood education and dual certification in elementary/special education.

    Over the next year, the district will be creating the courses and requirements for each four-year degree with a goal of offering the new degree programs beginning in fall 2023.

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    These programs will further support our students, many of whom would not typically transfer to a university after earning a two-year degree. Now, they will have the convenience and affordability to continue after their associate degree at one of the district’s colleges.

    Semiconductor, AI programs are cutting edge

    It’ll build on our already impressive track record of innovation and career development.

    Last month, first lady Jill Biden visited Intel in Chandler to highlight continued investments in manufacturing and workforce development as a driving force behind Arizona’s and our nation’s strong economic security and job creation. Leaders from the community college district and Intel briefed Biden about the upcoming Semiconductor Technician Bootcamp partnership that will lead to high demand jobs with competitive wages.

    Responding to Arizona’s rapid expansion in semiconductor manufacturing in recent years, MCCCD identified industry partners to develop innovative and accelerated curriculum, including a series of 10 four-hour classes with nighttime options available.

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    Another example of our cost-effective, cutting-edge education is within the artificial intelligence industry. Just last fall, the district put the certificate and degree in motion for the first artificial intelligence program in the country; we already have plans to expand the program as the first student class begins graduating.

    The program – a partnership of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, Intel and the Arizona Commerce Authority – will not only prepare these students for a lifetime of opportunities but also open doors for employers to quickly tap a prepared workforce.

    Despite challenges, we're finding new opportunities

    The students of MCCCD are among the brightest and hardworking emerging leaders of the modern era, and we continue to capitalize on our investments to further their career opportunities.

    This legislative session, the community college district has led on legislation that appropriates $8.6 million for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and workforce programs. It is yet another example of how the district continues to be a national leader in community college education.

    There is no investment in Arizona’s economic future without investing in our students.

    Through the pandemic, one of the most challenging periods our nation has seen, we have created new, dynamic opportunities for our students, our community and our state. Where we can do more, the Maricopa County Community College District will continue to find a way.

    Marie Sullivan is president of the Maricopa Community College District Governing Board. Linda Thor and Susan Bitter Smith serve as board members. Reach them at marie.sullivan@domail.maricopa.edusbsmith@technicalsolutionsaz.com and linda.thor@domail.maricopa.edu.

  • 30 Mar 2022 7:58 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    First Lady Jill Biden Will Visit Phoenix Wednesday On COVID-19 Vaccine Tour

    First lady Jill Biden is visiting Arizona on Wednesday. She and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will stop in Phoenix as part of a nationwide tour promoting COVID-19 vaccines. 

    Arizona’s rate of vaccination remains below the national average. The Biden administration had hoped 70% of American adults would have at least one dose of a vaccine by the Fourth of July. Nationwide, it’s now about 66% but only about 60% of Arizona adults have had a shot, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


  • 16 Feb 2022 4:55 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    Democrats gave up on President Joe Biden’s attempt to include free community college in his massive social spending plan, dubbed Build Back Better. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, a community college professor herself, made the announcement last week.

    The plan passed the House in November but has stalled in the Senate as Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema — alongside West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — have opposed the price tag on the plan. Since then, Democrats have been cutting proposals from it to try to strike a compromise, including free community college.

    It comes as enrollment is dropping at community colleges here and around the country, and state funding for them has been slashed.

    Rufus Glasper is president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College as well as a former chancellor for the Maricopa County Community College District.

    The Show spoke with him to learn about the decrease and began the conversation with his reaction to the Biden administration dropping this initiative from its signature plan.


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    https://kjzz.org/content/1756284/biden-dropped-his-plan-free-community-college-nonprofit-leader-isnt-giving

  • 15 Feb 2022 5:52 AM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ — The Maricopa County Community College District has named the next president for Scottsdale Community College.

    Eric Leshinskie — who has been serving as the interim executive vice chancellor and provost of the MCCCD, and was previously the vice president of academic affairs at Paradise Valley Community College — was selected after a nationwide search that involved extensive community input, the district said.

    He will step into his new role starting July 1.


    https://www.abc15.com/news/business/scottsdale-community-colleges-next-president-named

  • 7 Feb 2022 6:18 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is hosting in-person and virtual events across many of the Maricopa Community Colleges, exploring topics from anti-racism in the workplace to intersectionality and paying a tribute to Black excellence.

    “The Maricopa Community Colleges look forward to every opportunity to recognize Black and African American culture and history with our students, staff, faculty and community members,” said Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, Interim Chancellor. “This Black History Month, we will celebrate with events that honor the Black community through storytelling, film, panel discussions, and coming together virtually and in-person to honor this rich history.”


    https://azednews.com/maricopa-county-community-colleges-celebrates-black-history-month-with-events/





  • 26 Jan 2022 10:17 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    Three of the four finalists are from out of state and one already works for the Maricopa County Community College District. Public forums to introduce the four finalists will be held on Jan. 31.



    https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2022/01/26/scottsdale-community-college-president-finalists.html

  • 19 Jan 2022 9:21 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    PHOENIX — Taxes from the sale of recreational cannabis during the first year of legality in Arizona resulted in millions of dollars for local community colleges, officials said Tuesday.

    Maricopa County Community College District received $17.1 million from the imposed 16% excise tax on the drug, with the money being used to improve student offerings, the district said in a press release.

    The district said it has earmarked $7.6 million of the funds toward 35 career-specific training programs, with focuses including beauty and wellness, healthcare, and trades and technology.


    https://ktar.com/story/4847657/maricopa-community-colleges-get-17m-from-cannabis-tax-in-first-year-of-legality/


  • 22 Nov 2021 7:13 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    PHOENIX — Maricopa County Community College District is in the planning stages of offering bachelor’s degrees at eight of its 10 campuses in the Valley.

    Community colleges across the state have been given the authority by Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona State Legislature to offer bachelor's degrees after a bill was signed into law this year.


    https://www.abc15.com/news/state/mcccd-planning-to-offer-bachelors-degrees-after-new-state-law

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