MCC unveils new technology when fall semester begins today

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Mohave Community College enrollment clerk Meghan Huicochea helps Deanna Davis with her financial aid paperwork Friday at the school.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR> Mohave Community College enrollment clerk Meghan Huicochea helps Deanna Davis with her financial aid paperwork Friday at the school.

KINGMAN - The lawns have been mowed. The floors have been deep cleaned. The furniture has been wiped down and put into place. The light bulbs have been checked.

New technology devices have been tested. New directional signage has been erected. And faculty has been putting the finishing touches on courses.

Mohave Community College is ready to start its fall semester on Monday.

"This is always an exciting time of year for us. We love to welcome new and returning students back to campus and to their online courses," said Dr. Fred Gilbert, dean of MCC's Neal Campus-Kingman. "We know this start of the fall semester puts them one step closer to achieving their career dreams,"

Dr. Andra Goldberg, who teaches computer information systems courses on the Kingman campus and also is president of the college's Faculty Council, said professors are putting the finishing touches on their course preparations.

"We introduced a new online system for students to access course materials for the summer semester and it's working really well," she said. "Our faculty who are returning from their summer breaks have been finalizing their preparations in this new system, making sure their contact information is updated, and uploading the course syllabi. We're very excited to start the fall semester with the new technology that we have. We think it will have a great impact on student learning."

In addition to the new online system, Kingman's chemistry students will notice new instructional equipment for the start of the fall semester. The college was able to purchase a new autoclave for sterilization and new cameras from grant funding.

Another change for the fall semester is new signage around the Kingman campus to help direct students during new building construction and renovation projects. The college expects to complete the projects for the start of the 2016 school year.

"We hope students will be understanding and patient with some of the campus construction changes this year," Gilbert said. "Once completed, the new building and renovations will be a substantial upgrade that is anticipated to ease their campus lives with these improvements."

Although MCC's 16-week semester begins today, the college is continuing to enroll new and returning students into a 12-week accelerated semester that begins on Sept. 16.

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