Community College in Arizona Opens Doors to CA Students

California students who wish to enroll in a two-year community college program but can’t find a place due to government cutbacks now have another option. Just a short car-ride away over the Arizona border is the Mohave Community College which is hoping to increase its enrollment by making the California students welcome. The number of such students is projected to grow, due to the additional $300 million in budget cuts which are scheduled to go into effect next fall. The reduced funding has forced California’s community colleges to make drastic cuts in both classes offered and the teaching staff, shutting out a larger number of the state’s residents who wish to attend a local college.

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

In contrast, the Mohave CC is expanding its facilities which will allow the school to accommodate a greater number of students. Convinced that those students can be found in California, the college is preparing to roll out an advertising campaign targeted at Southern California in order to draw them in.

Those who decide to take up Mohave on their offer, can complete their two-year degrees and then transfer those credits and finish out the four-year degree at a college of their choice.

In order to make the proposition more appealing, it will feature testimonials from CA students who have already taken advantage of what Mohave has to offer, and who can share how the college put them on the road to success. One such student, Roxy Hensley, who found out about MCC from a flyer on a bulletin board, graduated from MCC with a Surgical Technology Associate’s degree in 2011 and now works for a private medical office in the Las Vegas area.

“I definitely wouldn’t be where I’m at now without going through the program at Mohave Community College,” she said. “It gave me the knowledge and skills I need out here in the real world. I love what I do. I love being hands-on, and I love knowing that I make a difference.”

MCC even offers options for students who don’t want to take that drive. In addition to the growing number of traditional programs available at the MCC’s four campuses, there is also a growing online campus that allows students to complete their degrees over the Internet.