Mesa Community College

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Mesa Community College
Type Community College
Established 1965
Affiliation Maricopa County Community College District
President Shouan Pan, Ph.D.
Academic staff
340 Residential, 820 Adjunct
Students 25,960
Location Mesa, Arizona, United States
Campus Dobson and Southern Red Mountain
Colors Royal Blue & Red
Mascot Thunderbird

Mesa Community College (MCC) in Mesa, Arizona, is the largest of the 10 community colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, which is the largest community college district in the United States in terms of enrollment.


MCC began in 1963 as a branch of Phoenix College and was granted independent status in 1965.


The college has two comprehensive campuses and additional locations to serve students.

The Arizona Gakuen School (アリゾナ学園 Arizona Gakuen), a weekend supplementary Japanese school, holds its classes at the Mesa Community College Southern and Dobson campus. The school office is in Tempe.[1]

Organization and administration[edit]

March 2008, Shouan Pan Ph.D. was selected as the sixth president of Mesa Community College. He followed interim presidents Bernie Ronan, Wayne Giles and Patricia Cárdenas-Adame after MCC President Larry Christiansen retired in 2007.

Academic profile[edit]

MCC offers more than 200 degrees, transfer, career and certificate programs. Areas of study include Agribusiness, Business, Bio Technology, Computer Science, Dental Hygiene, Electronics, Engineering, Fire Science, Mortuary Science, Nursing, Urban Horticulture and more. MCC is one of the largest transfer providers to ASU while many programs prepare students for immediate entry to the job market. Traditional, online and hybrid courses provide flexibility for students. MCC also offers yoga classes for further flexibility, and advanced yoga training for ultimate flexibility. Additionally, MCC Community Education offers hundreds of non-credit classes providing opportunities for lifelong learning in the arts, technology, fitness and personal development for all age groups.

MCC is accredited by the North Central Association, the same organization that accredits Arizona State University.

Student life[edit]


The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Thunderbirds.

Notable people[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Mesa Community College alumni.


  1. ^ "Application Information" (Archive). Arizona Gakuen School. Retrieved on May 13, 2014. "Arizona Gakuen School 4635 South Lakeshore Drive, Suite 101 Tempe, Arizona 85282" and "Classes will be held every Saturday beginning 4/3/04 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (afternoon classes 12:50 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.) at Mesa Community College (1833 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa Arizona 85202)"
  2. ^ "Kyle Kingsbury MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. 

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Coordinates: 33°23′22″N 111°52′11″W / 33.38931°N 111.86966°W / 33.38931; -111.86966