Improving Lives, Improving Communities
Mohave Community College brings many significant positive benefits to the citizens of Mohave County, and since 1971 has helped more than 63,500 students earn more than 105,000 associate degrees and/or higher education certificates. Many of those graduates are currently working in the Mohave County region, making positive contributions to our communities. In addition to these graduates, thousands of students have benefited from the College non-credit courses offered through the Community & Corporate Education division. As you can see on the map, the College district covers all of Mohave County and includes partnerships that allow high school students to earn college credits at no cost through the dual enrollment program.
MCC students spend $1 and receive $6
For every $1 a student spends on their education and skills training at MCC, they receive $6.10 in higher career earnings! On average, MCC graduates who chose to immediately enter the workforce earn between $42,640 to $65,000 thousand a year. Graduates who choose to pursue a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate after MCC typically see even higher career earnings.
Students find that once they start at MCC, the path to a bright future starts to take shape. Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy started taking MCC classes when he was a student at Lake Havasu High School. Retired Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson used the college Veterans Services to help him get on the path to success. Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop was a single working mother when she started at MCC. The college’s flexible schedules helped her succeed.
Hear from them and many others in their own words on the We Are MCC page.
The College helps communities throughout the region
MCC has an estimated $154.9 million positive annual impact on the Mohave County economy equal to the sum of the operations spending impact, the student spending impact, and the alumni impact. This contribution that the college provided on its own is almost as large as the entire Utilities industry in the county.
The total economic impact can also be expressed in terms of jobs supported, which would be 2,755 county jobs, using the jobs-to-sales ratios specific to each industry in the county. This means that one out of every 29 jobs in Mohave County is supported by the activities of MCC and its students. In addition, the $154.9 million, or 2,755 supported jobs, stemmed from different industry sectors. For instance, among non-education industry sectors, the spending of MCC and its students and the activities of its alumni in the Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation industry sector supported 559 jobs in FY 2021-22. If the college did not exist, these impacts would not have been generated in Mohave County.
MCC Alumni contribute $122.3 million
Former MCC students contribute to their local communities in many ways. On the economic end, research shows MCC alumni generate $122.3 million dollars annually in additional income spent in our local communities.
Over the years, students have studied at MCC and entered or re-entered the workforce with newly-acquired skills. Today, thousands of these alumni are employed through the region.
MCC alumni are also community leaders. Mayor Cal Sheehy, Kingman Unified Schools Superintendent Gretchen Dorner, Havasu Police Chief Troy Stirling, Retired Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson and County Supervisor Jean Bishop are just a few. MCC alumni make a positive impact in our region and, if past is prologue, current and future students will be community leaders who help shape our region in the decades to come.
96% of MCC graduates surveyed in 2022 agree, the college did an excellent job preparing them for a career and/or pursuit of continuing their higher education at a university.
Information above is based on data collected by MCC Institutional Research Division, and Lightcast, a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data.