Mohave Community College (MCC) is a comprehensive community college located in Mohave County, Arizona. Mohave County is the fifth largest county in the U.S. and is situated in the northwest corner of Arizona on the shores of the Colorado River and bordering California, Nevada, and Utah. The college service area is approximately 13,311 square miles with a population a little over 200,000 (U.S. Census 2010).
Mohave Community College was established as a county college by a vote of the people in October 1970. Recognizing the vastness of the service area, the first Board of Governors made a commitment to establish three main campus sites. In June 1971, J. Leonard and Grace Neal donated 160 acres of land where the college’s first facilities were developed. The college then began operating out of temporary facilities in Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City. In 1972, land was acquired through the Bureau of Land Management for the development of facilities in Bullhead City; in the same year, the Lake Havasu City Campus was developed on the site of an old printing facility that was purchased by the College.
In the early years, MCC courses were occupational in nature but, soon after the college was established, the college began developing academic programs including university transfer courses. In 1974, Mohave Community College’s plan for integration into the state system was signed into law, and the college became part of the Arizona State System of Community Colleges.
In 1981, MCC received full accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA); during the following year, the college received accreditation of its associate’s degree nursing program. In 1988, the college expanded its telecommunications system to the North Campus in Colorado City, connecting the northernmost section of the county to the three southern campuses. Colorado City is located on the Arizona-Utah border on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. This area, referred to as the Arizona Strip, includes 7800 square miles of land and a sparse population that was, for most of its history, cut off from the rest of the state and county. The difficulty of access created by the Grand Canyon was bridged by the advent of telecommunications, making access to post-secondary education possible for every resident in the entire county.
MCC offers classes at four campuses as well as distance education opportunities throughout the county and beyond. In 2010-2011, Mohave Community College had approximately 11,046 students (unduplicated headcount). This is a significant increase from the college’s first year in 1971, when it opened with only 27 courses for 1,068 students (duplicate headcount).
Bullhead City Campus
Bullhead City is a popular river community located along more than 10 miles of the Colorado River, attracting a large summer population of boat and water sport enthusiasts. The largest city in the county, Bullhead City’s 59 square miles include a range of housing from exclusive residential developments to riverside trailer and RV parks where snowbirds from northern states and Canada roost for the winter months. Across the river in Laughlin, Nevada, Bullhead City’s residents and visitors can play in resort hotels and casinos while sharing both the fun and revenue of annual events such as the Bullhead City River Regatta, with its upwards of 30,000 participants expected in 2013, and the renowned River Run, an annual spring motorcycle rally in Laughlin, Nevada.
Located in northwestern Arizona, Bullhead City is driving distance from many national attractions including the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Bullhead City’s residents and visitors boast about year-round sunshine and shirtsleeves weather, but the arid desert climate does range dramatically depending on the season. Summers can include days as hot as 110°F while winter days range between 65 - 75°F. Winter nights can approach freezing temperatures, and summer heat waves have reported temperatures over 120°F. Spring and fall seasons are the most popular when the temperatures are comfortable and outdoor activities including golf, motorcycling, team sports, jet-skiing, fishing, and boating can be enjoyed.
The Bullhead City campus houses a library, a computer center, and a bookstore, as well as the new Legacy II building that is home to the Radiologic Technology program and the Emergency Medical Technician program. This building includes state-of-the-art biological science facilities including an autoclave. The Legacy I building houses a state-of-the-art clinical lab and classroom facility to support the Dental programs as well as the Nursing program. Both buildings were funded by the BHHC Legacy Foundation, a local philanthropic foundation that supports many expansion projects on the Bullhead City campus. Other programs unique to the Bullhead City campus are the Automotive Collision Technology program and the Culinary Arts program.
Kingman is the Mohave County seat and has an area population of more than 50,000 residents within its 30 square miles of arid desert, mountains, and rivers. Located on historic Route 66, it is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead. With excellent nearby outdoor resources including 1,000 miles of freshwater shoreline, the 8,000-foot-high Hualapai Mountains, many surrounding wilderness areas, rugged desert mountains and historic mining camps, there are choices galore for outdoor buffs including hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife observation. Kingman’s elevation, at 3,336 feet, provides an ideal southwestern climate that is neither too hot nor too cold. Summer days rarely reach 100°F and winter days range between the mid-50s to the lower 60s; however, winter nights have been known to fall below freezing temperatures and snow flurries occasionally create a beautiful – if short-lived – winter scene.
Kingman has a rich past, colored with gold, silver, copper, and turquoise. The area’s mining history draws people from all corners of the world, and the nearby town of Oatman has one of the few gold mines still in operation in the Southwest. Kingman’s history includes a significant contribution to the war efforts during World War II when the Kingman Army Airfield, a U.S. Army Air Force (USA-AF) airfield, was founded as an aerial gunnery training base. More than 35,000 soldiers and airmen were trained in Kingman until after the war when the airfield served as a model reclamation site for obsolete military aircraft.
The Kingman campus boasts a newly renovated Welding Technology facility and science laboratory. A few miles from campus, near the health care hub of the community, the Detroit Avenue Center was built by the MCC Foundation on land donated to MCC by Dr. John Lingenfelter and his late wife Diana to support the Nursing program. The new facility includes technology-enhanced classrooms, an interactive television classroom, a nursing lab, and a simulation lab featuring SimMan® and SimBaby®. Many of the college-wide services and administrative offices are located on this campus.
Lake Havasu City Campus
Home to the world-famous London Bridge, Lake Havasu City is both a water lover’s paradise and a desert lover’s dream. Founded in 1964, the 42-square-mile city was incorporated in 1978 and now has a population of 55,000. With more than 350 days of sunshine per year, Lake Havasu City is ideal for golf, boating, and desert tours. Lake Havasu City features exceptional water sports, including fishing, skiing, kayaking, and house-boating. Lake Havasu City is also a popular “spring break” destination for university students from all over the nation; it has been featured during MTV’s Spring Break coverage twice and is likely to land another spot in the future. The city also hosts many sporting events from the International World Jet Ski Final Races to the Western Winter Blast pyrotechnics convention.
The Lake Havasu campus is home to the Hodel library that is open to the public. Students and faculty alike enjoy the variety of campus art installations including one dedicated to the study of local geology. A newly renovated state-of-the-art science facility supports a respected science department where faculty and students engage in active research projects in and around the Lake Havasu area.
In 2012, Arizona State University opened a four-year college campus which enables local graduates of MCC to continue their education locally. Program offerings unique to the Lake Havasu campus are the Physical Therapists Assistant and Surgical Technologist programs.
North Mohave Campus
The North Mohave campus is located in Colorado City, adjacent to Hildale, Utah, its twin city across the border. Located in far northwestern Arizona, on the Arizona-Utah border in what is called the “Arizona Strip,” Colorado City is a gateway to the stretch of unspoiled land separated by the Colorado River’s Grand Canyon and the state of Utah. Colorado City has a four-season climate with low temperatures in the low 20s and high temperatures around 90°F in the summer. Its elevation above 5,000 feet provides opportunities for residents to enjoy winter sports including downhill and cross-country skiing. Summer days are perfect for hiking the Vermillion Cliffs while other nearby local attractions provide insights to the local history and culture. The Arizona Strip outside of Colorado City offers access to many natural wonders, attractions, and outdoor activities, and is favorably located near St. George, Utah, and both Zion and Bryce National Parks.
The North Mohave Campus provides area residents with a broad range of general education courses that articulate to area colleges and universities. The Nursing, Elementary Education, and Fire Science/EMT programs are particularly robust and many students opt to complete their coursework using innovative technologies including a relatively new collaborative delivery system, a face-to-face interactive video classroom technology that is increasing in popularity due to the flexibility it provides while still creating a classroom-like environment for lectures and discussion.
MCC Extended Campus
The MCC Extended Campus (eCampus) is a natural outgrowth of MCC’s commitment to serving all constituencies. The eCampus offers for-credit distance education courses and programs. Online courses are available via collaborative software to provide students with the ability to attain their educational goals from anywhere, at a time or place that is convenient for them. In addition, through its Corporate Outreach office and Small Business Development Center, the eCampus offers corporate and individual trainings, continuing professional education courses, and many other offerings and services that reach beyond traditional campus delivery.
MCC is committed to remaining current and innovative in the technology opportunities it offers both faculty and students. Together with staff from the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), the eCampus staff regularly investigate new technologies to ensure students experience the maximum potential of today’s learning environments.
Extended campus students are served by instructional and student services professionals who are under the leadership of the eCampus dean. Instruction is guided by an academic chair under the Dean of Instruction to assure quality and adherence to college-wide curriculum and assessment. Students attending from a distance are provided with the same services and quality curriculum as students who attend ground classes. MCC has resident faculty members who are a part of the eCampus and who focus specifically on MCC Online courses and their optimal delivery.
Two programs, Chemical Dependency Studies and Paralegal, are offered exclusively through eCampus delivery. Many other programs are available through a mix of both ground and eCampus course offerings.
Mission, Goals, Value Statements, and Vision Statement
Mission Statement: The mission of Mohave Community College is to be a learning‐centered institution, serving all constituencies, inspiring excellence through innovation and empowering students to succeed.
Goals: Mohave Community College strives to provide high quality, affordable and accessible higher education to all who seek it. Educational: Support an academic learning-centered community through implementation of quality teaching initiatives, professional development, integration of learning technology, development of partnerships, delivery of effective student support services, and by providing accurate information and advising. Cultural: Become a conduit between businesses, organizations, foundations and the arts to strengthen understanding of the world through education. Civic: Promote active citizenship within the college community. Resources: Provide resources needed to achieve the mission and vision.
Values Statements: Building a Better Tomorrow through Learning: Learning is the core of the Mohave Community College mission. We acknowledge the importance of continuous learning to ensure the best possible future for everyone.
- Accountability for the Future: The decisions made today affect individuals in the future. At Mohave Community College, we accept responsibility for our actions and decisions. We hold ourselves accountable to our students, our communities, and to the generations who come after us. MCC decisions will be designed to fulfill our vision for the future, aiming to achieve reliable, long-term improvements over short-term expediency.
- Integrity: We remain committed to our values. Our decisions are consistently and courageously made in alignment with our convictions. We consciously foster an atmosphere of openness and trust, making data-driven decisions that are balanced by a cultivated sense of compassion.
- Responsiveness: We take pride in flexibly responding to our changing environment, promptly providing programs that are needed by our students and communities.
- Quality: We aim for excellence in all that we do while embracing the concept of efficiency.
- Providing a Supportive Environment: Mohave Community College is committed to student success. We show respect to all and work to overcome barriers to honesty, trust and sincerity. We take pride in providing friendly service to our students and communities.
- Having Fun: We embrace the concept of having fun and finding joy in our work and services.
Vision Statement: Mohave Community College is recognized as the center of educational, cultural and civic activities by the communities it serves.
MCC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the 19-state North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), an agency based in Chicago, Illinois, and has been since 1981. Accreditation is renewed every 10 years. Mohave Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 312.263.0456.
The Mohave Community College Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 404.975.5000, Fax 404.975.5020. The Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, 4747 N 7th St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85014, 602.771.7888.
The Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727.210.2350. The Mohave Community College Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician programs are certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, 150 North 18th Ave., Suite 540, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602.364.3150.
The Mohave Community College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312.440.2500, or at the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
The Mohave Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 757.210.2350.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mohave Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
The Mohave Community College Radiologic Technology program accreditation is in process through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182.
General Education Philosophy
MCC recognizes that learning is a lifelong process of analysis and synthesis through which students incorporate into their own world views the traditional and cumulative knowledge of human experience. MCC’s general education curriculum has been designed to expand students’ awareness of the diversity of human knowledge and accomplishment and to expand their conceptual framework beyond that of any single academic discipline. MCC’s general education curriculum provides a foundation for students in the academic areas of knowledge and provides students with the skills necessary to successfully navigate in a complex and diverse world. The general education curriculum at MCC is designed to provide students with the following:
- Aesthetic Sensibilities
- Communication Skills
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Cultural Sensitivity
- Global Awareness
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Techniques of Inquiry
- Technological Competency
Equal Opportunity Policy Statement
Mohave Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, color, race, religious preference, age, disability, national origin, veteran status or any other legally protected class in any of its policies, practices, or procedures, and it is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. For more information, contact the Human Resources Office at 928.757.0835, 1971 Jagerson Ave., Kingman, AZ 86409. Grievance procedures are available at the Mohave Community College libraries in Bullhead City, Colorado City, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy Statement
Mohave Community College is committed to providing equal access to educational, social, and career opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities. The college offers assistance such as information, resources, services, and auxiliary aids to accommodate each qualified person with a documented disability on an individual and flexible basis. The Executive Vice President, Dean of Student Services, and Director of Human Resources act as ADA coordinators for the college to oversee compliance in the areas of facilities, student accommodations, and employment practices.
Mohave Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunity, educational opportunity, and advancement to individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected class in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The equality of employment opportunity for all persons must be consonant with all applicable provisions of state and federal laws. The college shall promote equal opportunity and treatment on a continuing basis through a positive and ongoing affirmative action program. See the MCC Diversity webpage for further information.
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments
Mohave Community College is committed to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, 20 U.S.C. §1145g). The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees is prohibited. Violating or failing to comply with published rules and regulations of conduct on college property or during a college activity and/or being under the influence of, using, selling, possessing, or distributing any illicit drugs or alcohol on college property or as part of any of its activities is subject to disciplinary action.
Additionally, local, state, and federal laws prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Conviction for violating these laws can lead to imprisonment, fine, probation, and/or assigned community service. Students convicted of a drug- and/or alcohol-related offense will be ineligible to receive federally funded or subsidized grants, loans, scholarships, or employment.
Mohave Community College fully subscribes to and cooperates with the local, state, and federal authorities in the enforcement of all laws regarding the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
Safety on Campus
As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, MCC files a statistical report each year on all criminal activity that has occurred on MCC campuses. As the report indicates, MCC campuses have been exceptionally safe in recent years. MCC has also implemented a college-wide crisis plan, as well as plans for each campus that outline procedures for how MCC administrators, staff, and faculty should deal with potential emergencies. MCC takes additional steps to ensure student safety by employing night security guards, off-duty police officers during times such as registration when student stress runs high, and part-time administrators on each campus to handle any emergency situations that may arise for faculty or students between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The Clery Act requires MCC to disclose statistics on crimes committed on and near its campuses for the previous three years. See the MCC Crimes Statistics Report.
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