Celebrating 50 years

Improving Lives Strategic Plan
Mohave Community College has been helping improve lives and communities for 50 years. One of the best ways to spotlight the college is to summarize what we do, and what we plan to do.
50th anniversary booklet
When you buy the Mohave Community College 50th Anniversary Book you are helping local students achieve their higher education and career goals. A three page digital sample of the book can be viewed here.

TIMELINE

1970

MCC was established as a county college by a vote of the people in October. Recognizing the vastness of the service area, the first board of governors made a commitment to establishing three main campus sites.


1971

In June, J. Leonard and Grace Neal donated 160 acres of land where the college’s first facilities were developed.

1972

MCC held its first graduating class of Practical Nursing students. The first class was made up of 24 women and one man.

1973

Fall of 1973, MCC began to offer classes in academic areas, including university transfer courses, leading to associate of arts and associate of applied science degrees.

1974

MCC'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.

1975

MCC increased its faculty and staff to meet the demands.

1976

1976 MCC received its first major federal grants. A $76,500 National Science Foundation Grant was applied for and received to develop science labs for the college and a $36,000 grant was received to allow the college to develop Office Education Learning Centers.s

1977

Student Activities Council held its third Annual Miss MCC Beauty Pageant where the winner would represent MCC in the Fiesta Bowl Queen Competition. Miss MCC for 1977 was Jean Orewyler from Mohave Valley. She was the first to wear a tiara made of copper and turquoise, designed and created by the MCC jewelry department.

1978

MCC received the approval from the State Board of Nursing to offer an Associate of Science in Nursing.

1979

The Ford Motor Company provided valuable support for MCC and gave a $10,000 grant for computers.

1980

In September, the college laid out plans for building permanent facilities at NCK, BHC and remolding at LHC. The total cost was $2.5 million and was financed by using saved student fees, state matching funds and revenue bonds.

1981

MCC received full accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

1982

The Board of Governors approved the development of a telecommunications system to link the three main campuses together electronically.

1983

MCC received full accreditation for an Associate of Science in Nursing.

1984

Northern Arizona University announced that it would offer courses through MCC’s telecommunications system in the spring semester.

1985

"College for Kids," a new summer program where Kingman and Bullhead City kids were able to enroll in two week classes like “Creating with Clay," "Exciting World of Computers," and "T.V. Special Effects"

1986

MCC celebrates 15th anniversary by hosting various activities, like hosting an Autumn Festival and taking a group photo.

1987

MCC entered a contract with the Bullhead City Casino Gaming School to provide training for individuals who wish to work in casino industry in Laughlin, Nevada.

1988

The college began plans to expand the telecommunications system to Colorado City, linking the upper 1/3 of the college’s service area to the other MCC campuses.

1989

MCC expanded its nursing program to Arizona Strip. Expansion would bring locally trained nurses in some Arizona and Utah rural areas.

1990

MCC announced a collaboration with county high schools to set up ACE program which allowed instructors to hold college level classes at high schools.

1991

MCC added new classroom buildings in all southern campuses and hosted ribbon cuttings at each campus. The ceremonies also coincided with the 20th anniversary.

1992

MCC was evaluated by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and was awarded a 10-year accreditation.

1993

MCC expands campuses. The governing board approved to give campuses a new look which included new classroom buildings at LHC, replace or remodel various trailer-type buildings at NCK, BHC and LHC. Expansion project cost was $4 million.

1994

MCC held two graduations for the first time because of growing audiences. The first ceremony was for students earning certificates and the second for those earning degrees.

1995

MCC received a quarter of a million dollars by Grace Neal and Arthur Arnold for the wildlife habitat project. Monies were used for landscaping. Plans included a garden that would attract wildlife, an arboretum and "a nature trail that winds its way through Mohave Sonoran and Great Basin Desert."

1996

Don Laughlin donated his deed to his ranch home in the Hualapai’s and 20 acres of adjacent property near Kingman, valued more than $1.1 million.

1997

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the NAU-Mohave building on the Kingman campus. The building opened in November and housed interactive TV studios, a computer lab, classroom and six offices. The project cost $550,000. In 1998 MCC established partnership with NAU. The partnership consisted of sharing resources by allowing NAU to utilize space at Mohave campuses, NAU can focus on providing programs with its resources, rather than constructing new facilities.

1998

MCC offers educational opportunities to out of county residents. Colorado River Compact permits residents of Mohave, La Paz, Yuma, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California to attend any community college in the compact.

1999

MCC Nursing program placed fourth in the state among all nursing programs for the 1998 licensing exam pass rate, according to Arizona State Board of Nursing. With 42 out of 44 students passing their state board licensure exam, 95.5%, Mohave’s registered nursing students ranked above the national average of 85.2% and the state average 90.5% with its pass rate.

2000

Groundbreaking ceremony for the two-story complex at LHC that houses the library, 2+2 program and bookstore. Jointly financed by MCC, NAU and MCC Foundation. The complex will provide 16 additional classrooms.

2001

Music program was implemented. Scholarships and coordinator position made possible by MCC Foundation.

2002

Surgical Technician received full accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs. In the first graduating class of Surgical Technology students, nine students received certification.

2003

The board approved for MCC to offer a Dental Hygiene program and enrollment started in the Spring of 2004. Shortly after the dental assisting program was offered in 2005.

2004

MCC partnered with local high school districts to offer college courses at the high school to be counted as college and high school credit. MCC and the Colorado River Union High School District developed an agreement that will serve as a model for similar agreements with other Mohave County high schools.

2005

The Kingman campus placed a plaque on the wall around the pond, which was completed by maintenance staff and R.J. Esquerra, mason. Esquerra contributed to the college one-half of the cost of his labor. The plaque reads: This wall is provided by the Mohave Community College Foundation and R.J. Esquerra in honor of Raymond B. Esquerra, Pioneer of Mohave County.

2006

Kingman Regional Medical Center and MCC teamed up for a CNA scholarship. Students in the CNA program were able to get tuition reimbursed and healthcare workshop costs by KRMC. The initiative was in hopes to increase the number of local CNAs and hope they would move onto the nursing program.

2007

Lake Havasu City campus debuted Rocks of Mohave County exhibit. Doyle Wilson and Tim Montbrainel Traveled all over the county to collect the boulders.

2008

MCC and NAU announced a new opportunity for students, the Dual Admissions Agreement. Students were offered the opportunity for admission into NAU and to enroll in concurrent classes.

2009

MCC was approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer full certificates and degrees through distance and online education.

2010

MCC celebrated the opening of the Detroit Avenue Center for nursing instruction with a ribbon cutting and grand opening in September. Dr. John and Diana Lingenfelter donated the land to the MCC Foundation and made the construction of the center possible.

2011

MCC Governing Board approved to offer a Radiology Technology program and agreed with the Legacy Foundation to help construct a new facility in Bullhead City to house the program.

2012

Two new degree programs were added, Associate of Science in Engineering and Associate of Arts in Secondary Education, with approval by the MCC Governing Board.

2013

MCC enters I-40 corridor agreement with Northland Pioneer College and Coconino Community College to maximize available educational resources through common and complementary resources of each institution.

2014

MCC partners with BHC, BHC chamber, Harrah’s to provide 5 MCC business students internships to gain real world experiences.

2015

Hodel Library in Lake Havasu City underwent a renovation that included new carpet, shortened bookshelves to improve accessibility, new furniture and a rearranged layout to maximize public space. The library celebrated its 10 year anniversary in March from when it was renamed the Hodel Library

2016

The major construction project at Mohave Community College this year is the Neal Campus Kingman new student center (bldg 300) and the 200 building renovation. During the project, faculty were relocated to several different buildings with plans to move into their new offices in the 200 building just prior to the end of the spring term.

2017

The North Mohave Campus held a groundbreaking for its new building. The facility includes a cutting-edge nursing classroom and laboratory, business incubator, & multipurpose community room.

2018

MCC honors veterans by creating educational centers solely for them. The centers were part of a $5,000 grant from the nonprofit group Support Education & Employment for Vets, known as S.E.E.4VETS.

2019

MCC debuts electrician program and new building on Kingman campus.

2020

The world was hit with a pandemic that forced the college to close and think of innovated methods, such as videoconferencing to safely continue classes and strategic planning during the pandemic.



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