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Award Winning Culinary Studies

Culinary Student

The Culinary Institute of Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) boasts award-winning faculty and students.  During summer 2012, Chef Christopher Cwierz, adjunct faculty in Baking and Pastry, competed in the International Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, as a member of a United States regional team.  His team received the Bronze medal in a competition of 62 countries, ranking in the top 20 in the world. 

JRN201 Students Help Put The Lion's Perspective on the Map

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students of the Journalism 201 class, News Writing, produced most of the content published in the inaugural issue of The Lion’s Perspective this spring semester.

The introductory journalism course gave the students an overarching view of the journalism career field, ranging from journalism ethics, proper interview techniques, different journalism writing styles, and the emergence of social media.

Powerful Learning Experiences Through Active Learning

Students Engaged in Active Learning

More than ever before, the world of information sharing is changing. Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) meets the challenge with active and collaborative learning to better students’ educational experiences.  

Where learning was once a one-way street between the student and instructor, many educators are now engaging learners by connecting lessons to everyday experiences as a tool for learning, and using real-world problems and hands-on activities to stimulate critical thinking.

Alexander Andrews: Not A Typical Professor

Movement and Meditation Practice During English Class

Imagine sitting in a room, eyes closed, and a soothing voice directing you to breathe slowly, to inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. A rhythm soundtrack plays gently in the background. With each inhale you grow more conscious, more aware; each exhale pushes your stresses and anxieties away. Slowly you open your eyes, stand up, and walk around the room. The dreamlike state you feel is reflected on the faces around you. The music changes, becomes more energetic. You feel awake. Where are you?

High Demand Causes Long Waiting Lists in Nursing Program

Nursing Student During Practical Training

Seeing students in scrubs is not an uncommon sight at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), as nursing degrees and certificates are in high demand.

New students thinking of entering the field may find it daunting because of the wait time, requirements and overall commitment, but getting informed is the first step in the right direction to entering the Nursing Program.

EMCC is one of eight Maricopa Community Colleges that offers these programs and certificates and it is the closest college for prospective students in the West Valley.

A Closer Look at the Study of Psychology at EMCC

Psychology Studies at EMCC

Today, psychology is a popular field of study. According to, psychology ranked number two on its list of “Top 10 College Majors,” second only to Business Administration and Management/Commerce.

Psychology is the applied, or cognitive, approach to studying mental functions and behaviors in an academic setting. In this field, some psychology majors may choose to conduct field research. Others decide to use their knowledge for the benefit of people around them by entering a clinical setting or having a private counseling practice.


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