MCC, MALC partner to teach elementary students about college and career choices

Published by The Bee News

September 29, 2021

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MCC, MALC partner to teach elementary students about college and career choices

MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College has partnered with Mohave Accelerated Learning Center (MALC) to get elementary children to start thinking about college.  Fifth grade students from MALC visited MCC’s Bullhead campus Tuesday to learn about the various Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provided in their community. Students were able to make pico de gallo with culinary, and tour automotive service technology, welding, dental hygiene, HVAC and art classrooms.

Danette Bristle, MCC Executive Director of Center for Teaching & Learning, is spearheading the program, The Fifth Grade Academy, and working with local area schools to make sure students are prepared for college while still in grade school. The program will also teach students about MCC’s General Education, Allied Health, Nursing and CTE programs.

Bristle said, the partnership coincides with MCC’s Strategic Plan, strategy 2, to bring academic programs and workforce development partnerships. The strategy focuses on building sustainable programs and building a college-going culture, so there’s a pipeline of students prepared to go to college.

“This partnership with MCC and MALC is about trying to open the door to the possibility that these students can go to college, and we’re trying to send that message early and get them engaged at an early age,” said Jason Gee, MCC Associate Dean of Instruction for Career and Technical Education.

Gee and Haley Edens, MCC recruiter, will be speaking at MALC’s parent night about what MCC has to offer and engage with parents, and answer any questions they may have about the college admissions process.  MCC has over 80 degrees and certificates to choose from, and many students start at MCC and transfer to a four-year university with little to no debt. Other students start at MCC and graduate going straight into a career.

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Mohave Accelerated Learning Center students were taste testing the pico de gallo they made while visiting MCC’s Culinary program for taco night during MALC’s Parent’s Night.

Alana Johnson, MCC’s Culinary lead culinary faculty, was teaching students about the different areas of the culinary industry they can work in if they choose the culinary and hospitality career path.

Richie Mitten, Automotive Collision Repair lead faculty, talks to MALC students about the different components of the automotive collision industry, and all the colors used.

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