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Student Challenges

MCCCD Raises Tuition

MCCCD Tuition Increased

Following in the wake of a dramatic reduction in state funding, the cost of tuition for Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students was raised $5 per credit hour, taking the cost of a credit from $76 to $81. The 6.5 percent increase was passed almost unanimously by the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) governing board.

Preparation Reduces Long Wait Times in Advisement

Preparation Reduces Long Wait Times in Advisement

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students can expect to spend more time at Komatke Hall than they would like. The wait to see an advisor currently takes upwards of an hour due to students walking in without preparing for the meeting.

EMCC is a growing campus and according to Linda Scott, Director of Career and Education Planning, the ratio of students per advisor is about 850 to one which has led to long wait times to see an advisor.

Peace and Quiet in a Vocal World

Peace and Quiet in a Vocal World

Did you ever have that problem of walking into the library, in anxious need of a computer in a quiet spot; however, there is only one left, and as you swoop in to snatch the seat, someone is talking on the phone loudly?  

Thanks to EMCC and the finished construction of the Estrella Hall remodel, the new building has created a sanctuary for students. It is quiet and peaceful when you walk through the doors.

Is There a Meeting Today?

Is There a Meeting Today?

How does it happen that I always arrive at an event on time, maybe even a few minutes early, and no one is there? Then I have to wait, and wait, and before you know it, my day has gone by—wasted. Punctuality in scheduling school events at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) has become an issue due to the disorganization, irresponsibility, and lack of professionalism of the event organizers who leave innocent students hanging.

EMCC Women’s Golf Team Looks Back on a Successful Season

Women’s Golf Team Looks Back on a Successful Season

In April 2013, the Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) Women’s Golf Team hosted its first Arizona Community College Athletic Conference tournament at the Palm Valley Golf Course. 

The EMCC Women’s Golf Team played every Monday at the Palm Valley Golf Course in preparation for the tournament and Head Coach, Steve Almanza, thought that the home-turf advantage would help.

The practice gave the players familiarity and consistency in a game that can be tricky at times.  

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.

Finding Work upon Graduation

Job Prospects

Graduation is what every student awaits after all the long hours of studying, tests, and homework. Students are full of excitement, pride, and, currently, fear about the economy.

This fear is fueled by articles like the one by Hope Yen in the Huffington Post, which was entitled, “In Weak Job Market, One in Two College Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed.”

Job Prospects for Post Secondary Education

EMCC Career & Transfer Center

With the need rising for a degree, more people are going back to school to secure their future. However, finding a job after graduation fills many college students with anxiety.

Students spend four or more years working towards their degree and sometimes graduate wondering where they’ll turn next. According to The Associated Press, “about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed.”

Breathing Easy Thanks to BreatheEasy

BreatheEasy Campaign

When given the choice between healthy or unhealthy, the choice should be obvious. Most people know that smoking cigarettes causes many diseases, including cancer, emphysema, and heart disease to name a few. In an effort to promote healthy living, the Maricopa Community Colleges created the BreatheEasy Initiative. BreatheEasy requires all Maricopa Community College campuses to be 100 percent smoke and tobacco free. This initiative came into effect July 1, 2012.


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