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MCC will not raise tuition, planning transition back to on campus services

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MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College will not raise tuition next year, keeping it among the most affordable in Arizona.  The college board of trustees on Friday voted to approve the recommendation of college President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein and keep tuition at $81 per credit hour.

“This is the seventh year in a row the college has not raised tuition because we want to ensure students in the MCC District have access to affordable higher education and career training,” said Dr. Klippenstein.  “Providing affordable access to higher education means more people can get the education and services needed to help improve their lives, and our communities benefit from a more educated workforce.”

An MCC graduate can expect to earn approximately $725,000 more in his/her career than a person in Mohave County who only completed a high school diploma, according to economic research conducted by EMSI, a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data.

The college also announced Friday it plans to transition more in-person services back to its four campuses, and offer more on campus classes combined with its popular live remote options.  During the transition back to the campuses the college will continue following all health and safety measures recommended by state and federal health agencies.

Nearly two dozen Student Services employees will begin the transition back to campus on March 22.  Those employees are primarily front office staff who can assist people with the admissions and enrollment process. 

They will provide in-person services from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays at each campus Student Services building.  In Bullhead City it is in campus building 200, Colorado City campus building 100, Lake Havasu City campus building 200 and at the Neal Campus-Kingman building 300. 

The college virtual services will also continue, and people are encouraged to call 866-MOHAVECC to determine if the assistance they need can be conducted online or over the phone prior to driving to campus.

Many employees have been working on campus throughout the pandemic including many administrators, lab faculty and facilities staff.  Most employees have been telecommuting. 

The college plans to offer more on campus classes beginning June 1, which is the start of summer semester.  Currently, the college has many classroom labs on campus, while other classes are in the live remote and online modalities. 

High school students in Mohave County who are currently finished up their sophomore, junior and senior years can also take college classes at MCC through the Summer Bridge program.  Tuition for the high school students is covered by an MCC scholarship, and the classes are offered in live remote, on campus and online formats.

“This is such as great way for high school students to get college credits at no financial cost to their parents,” said Dr. Klippenstein. “It’s also a very valuable opportunity for these students and their parents to learn how to cross that bridge from high school to college.”

MCC also plans to hold its 2021 Commencement Ceremony in-person on May 14 at the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse in Bullhead City.  As details are finalized, more information will be posted on the college commencement webpage at Mohave.edu/Graduation. 

The college will begin enrolling students in summer semester on March 29.  People are encouraged to fill out the free MCC application now, so they are prepared to enroll in the classes they want to take before those classes fill up.  The free application is available online at Apply.Mohave.Edu, or by calling 866-MOHAVECC (866-664-2832).