Scholarship contest opens new program at Mohave Community College

KINGMAN - Mohave Community College is kicking off its newest associate degree program with a live art competition.

Contestants will have one hour to plan, design and visually communicate a word or concept for a chance to win one of 12 scholarships for MCC's new visual communications program of study.

The contest will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. June 6 on MCC's Neal-Campus Kingman, 1971 Jagerson Ave. The college's Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City campuses will offer the competition at the same time.

Entry forms are due at the campus dean's office by 4 p.m. Thursday. There is no fee to enter, and more than $10,000 in scholarships are up for grabs. Entry forms are available at Mohave.edu/viscomm or at the campus dean's office. The public is invited to attend and watch the competition.

Andra Goldberg, a computer information systems instructor at the Kingman campus, said MCC is offering the new degree program to give students a chance to study locally for high-demand careers. They include graphic, landscape, industrial and architectural designers. Goldberg said high school graduates often are recruited by expensive private art schools, where graduates receive certificates in graphic design with no option to transfer to a four-year degree program.

"The art and computer information systems faculty have worked together for many years and are really excited to see this degree program come about," said Goldberg. "We're giving students a great opportunity to fill needs in advertising, public relations, marketing and animation. Compared to private schools, MCC can offer this degree for a fraction of the cost.

"There's no reason a student has to leave Mohave County and pay more money. We're state-of-the-art here."

During the competition, contestants will be given a box of items that must be included in the design, and they will be able to use resources of their choosing from an art supply table.

A panel of artists and designers will judge the artwork on presentation and the creative use of all the items from the box.

First-place winners from each campus will receive a $600 scholarship, while second- and third-place winners will get $500 and $400, respectively.

From the first-place winners, a grand-prize winner will be chosen to receive an additional $2,120 scholarship.

The scholarships can only be used at MCC for tuition and fees for the new visual communications degree.

For more information about the contest or visual communications program, call (866) 664-2832.

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