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  • 22 Jul 2023 8:00 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    The Maricopa Community College system is helping the state’s fast growing semiconductor sector ensure the talent pipeline remains full to meet employers’ demands.

    Three colleges in the system are offering courses as part of the Semiconductor Quick Start program, which can prepare students for entry-level employment in the semiconductor industry in as little as two weeks or 40 hours.

  • 15 Jul 2023 8:00 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    I have been working in education in Arizona for my entire career. I started as a high school math teacher, and in the years since, I have risen to become the chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) – one of the largest community college systems in the nation.

  • 5 Jul 2023 8:44 PM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    PHOENIX — Maricopa Community Colleges are now offering programs to earn bachelor’s degrees.

    Starting this fall, students can enroll in classes and graduate from MCC with a bachelor’s degree through programs like:

    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Data Analytics and Programming
    • Elementary Education and Special Education
    • Information Technology
    • Nuclear Medicine Technology and Computed Tomography
    • Public Safety Administration

  • 24 May 2023 10:48 AM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    Opinion: Arizona has some of the nation's largest hospital staffing shortages. New state funding is helping to address critical nursing needs.

    By: Steven R. Gonzales

    Arizona, like many states across America, is facing a nurse shortage. 

    The pandemic has taken a toll on existing nursing staff due to staffing shortages, employee burnout and retirement. Despite the number of nursing graduates entering the workforce, it is clear that Arizona needs to catch up with current demand levels.

  • 26 May 2022 5:28 AM | Calvin DeVoll (Administrator)

    'Critical Race Theory’ ban would outlaw teaching about the alleged Buffalo shooter’s racist motivations

    The effort to stamp out ‘critical race theory’ would also apply to universities, guest speakers and staff training

    Teachers should not be allowed to explain to their students that the mass murder in a Buffalo grocery story this month was allegedly committed by a white supremacist who targeted and killed Black people in a largely Black neighborhood — and legislation approved Wednesday by Republicans would punish teachers who mentioned that. 

    Mesa Republican state Rep. Michelle Udall said it would “not be appropriate” to explain the motives behind those deaths in Arizona classrooms. And legislation she championed, Senate Bill 1412, would bar educators from teaching that casts “blame based on race, ethnicity or sex” in all Arizona public schools. That, she said, would include instruction on what happened in Buffalo.

    Read full article here.

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Years ago, I would have said no. Now, it's absolutely yes

    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.


    Community colleges still face restrictions

    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 and

  • 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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