In Northwest Arizona, attending community college isn’t just common. It’s downright trendy. Full-Time Student Equivalency, which is how colleges in Arizona measure enrollment of full- and part-time students, increased 2 to 5 percent in most Arizona community colleges between 2003 and 2005. At Mohave Community College, though, which operates campuses in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, enrollment increased by 22 percent.
Since 2001, the number of students enrolled full-time at the rural, two-year school has increased more than 140 percent. MCC’s 11,000 students can earn associate degrees in a wide variety of disciplines, from liberal arts to industrial technology. Arizona State University, North Arizona University, the University of Arizona and the University of Phoenix all accept MCC’s Arizona General Education Core degree as a transfer block, encouraging many community college students to continue their education at a four-year university. MCC also has partnerships with universities across the country to accept transfer credit toward a bachelor’s degree. MCC was established in 1971 and has been accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges since 1981. T
he community college offers multiple libraries, supported by a collection of more than 75,000 items such as books, audio books, maps and art prints. The library’s reference section offers a wealth of information for student research, including encyclopedias, almanacs, indexes and other sources of information.
For students preparing to graduate or move on to a more advanced degree, the career collection provides information about various professional fields and the education they require. The library also provides access to a number of Internet-based career databases, as well as online academic and informational resources. Finally, the periodical section of each library branch contains the most recent edition of a variety of newspapers, as well as more than 400 magazines and journals. Parents of younger kids can rest easy as well, thanks to an array of both public and private school options available in the two cities.