The Maricopa Community Colleges have many special programs available to students that offer a wide variety of benefits.
Below are just a few of these special programs:
Achieving a College Education (ACE): a nationally recognized program that targets students who may not consider going to college and attaining a baccalaureate degree to be an achievable goal. Upon graduation from high school an ACE student may earn up to 24 transferable college credits.
American Indian Program: The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Native American Programs Initiative is designed to provide support to the Native American students at our colleges. Each year, the MCCCD serves over 3,000 Native American students among its 10 colleges.
Dual Enrollment: an opportunity for high school students to get a head start on college. Dual enrollment courses allow students to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously during regular school hours at their high schools. The credits earned may be transferred to a community college or university upon high school graduation.
Honors: The Honors Program at the Maricopa Community Colleges provides intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for academically outstanding students. Features include specific programs at each college, Honors courses, a lecture series around an annual theme featuring nationally recognized speakers, and Honors scholarships.
Minority Male Initiative: designed to improve retention and degree completion rates by providing a multi-faceted approach, which encourages academic achievement, promotes personal and professional development, and provides support for students to stay in college, graduate, and achieve their goals.
Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy: provides a unique opportunity where students from disadvantaged backgrounds can obtain the resources and financial support needed in order to successfully complete their college education. The Nina Scholars program provides each student with an academic advisor/mentor, as well as a student mentor. This program covers full tuition, fees, and books. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance. The Nina Scholars program is highly focused on all aspects of the success of its student participants.
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