A winter chill is just now hitting the air, though winter doesn't begin until Dec. 21. Thanksgiving week is here and Christmas is around the corner. At Mohave Community College, however, the concentration is on spring.
The spring class schedule has been posted online, and printed schedules for distribution around the communities will roll off the presses soon. The schedule includes all credit classes for both university transfer and career/technical programs.
Many MCC programs start new cohorts in the fall and spring, but one course - Automotive Collision Repair - only has a spring start, so students interested in that career field need to start the process for spring enrollment early.
MCC provides education and skills development for certification and employment in more than 40 career areas. A large portion of those programs are in allied health services which usually offer higher-than-average income and excellent job stability.
This spring, students will be completing prerequisite courses for enrollment in the new radiologic technology program that will begin "rad tech" coursework in the fall of next year. There will be a limited cohort of students - around 20 will be admitted - and it is expected to fill quickly.
Other programs that are planned at MCC include Health Information Technology and a pre-Engineering track.
As the college grows and matures, refinements are made; not only to the program and course offerings, but to admissions, enrollment and student services processes as well. These changes help to make the college more effective and help to assure student success and completion.
The college's role is to improve lives by increasing education levels, building a vibrant workforce and, thereby, stimulating the local and state economy. Mohave County residents who are struggling with unemployment or underemployment would be well-served to explore the opportunities for a new career that abound at MCC.
Registration opened on Nov. 8. New students should make an appointment to speak with a career and academic advisor on the nearest MCC campus. Many classes fill quickly, so students should register as early as possible.
For details about program opportunities at MCC, go to www.mohave.edu/programs.
Michael Kearns is the president of Mohave Community College, which serves the people of Mohave County and surrounding communities from four campuses and through MCC-Online. You can send questions for him by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: 1971 Jagerson Ave., Kingman, AZ 86409.