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February is Black History Month!

To learn more about events and opportunities happening at MCC and in our community, please check back to the T-Bird Times. More events will be added throughout the month.  

BHM Recognition Basketball Game

Feb 17 | 2:00 and 4:00 pm | Theo Heap Gym

Mesa Community College will highlight Black History Month as MCC Basketball takes on the Glendale Gauchos! Join us for halftime performances, BSU club recognition, and fun giveaways!

Roots of Salsa

February 21 | 1-3 pm | M200

Join us to learn about the West African roots of the salsa genre, and the joys of the Caribbean. Presentation led by Student Ambassador, Cy'anne Beasley. *Red Mountain campus

Matriarchs of Washington Park & Future Matriarchs

February 1 - April 1 | Get Tickets

The MCC Gallery presents:

MATRIARCHS OF WASHINGTON PARK: The African American Women Who Persevered Through Racism in Segregated Mesa

by Independent Curator Bruce Nelson

Featuring paintings by Todd Bailey, Brie Bartz Bordeaux and Carla Keaton &

FUTURE Matriarchs:  The next generation of Matriarchs in their respective communities who provide us a glimpse into a more hopeful future for Black Women

Curated by MCC Artist-In-Residence Antoinette Cauley

Featuring artists Mia B. Adams, Shaunté Glover, Khandra D. Howard, Carla Keaton, Brianna Noble, Rhyan Johnson, Camryn Simone, Shoreigh Williams, Rae Wilson and Zybrena

Please join us for a Reception on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.  

Western Region Council on Black American Affairs: The Unapologetically Black and Educated Conference

April 17 - 19 | Reserve a Spot

The Unapologetically Black and Educated Conference sponsored by the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs (WRCBAA) seeks to place the focus squarely on the measures, methods, and approaches that are underway and can be taken to boldly and courageously support the success of black students.

The two-day conference explores the various facets and means by which this goal can be accomplished through the roles black educators have on campuses both within and outside the classroom.

Math Club Meeting

February 20 | 3:00-4:00 pm | MS 101 (S/D campus)

Join the Math Club as they have a fun conversation about the math behind the Pokemon core video games. We'll play our favorite Pokemon games and some Smash Bros on the Nintendo Switch. Everyone is welcome!

University Transfer Workshops

Feb 20 | 1:30-3:30 pm | S/D Campus- LA 3N

Feb 21 | 12:30-2:00 and 2:00-3:30 | RM Campus= DW 133

Feb 23 | 10:00-11:30 am | Live Online at this link

Foundations for Student Success will be hosting three University Transfer workshops next week across both MCC campuses! Students should take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to learn about transfer offerings from local colleges.

Connect with MCC staff and university representatives to learn more about transfer opportunities, requirements, procedures, financing your path, and application assistance. 

ASU, NAU, U of A, GCU : University swag provided!

Computer Science Club Meeting

February 22 | 3:00-4:00 pm | MC 114 (S/D campus)

Join the Computer Science Club for a two part exploration of GIT. It is the intersection of design and technology and involves project based learning and teamwork. 

~Stay up to date with the club~

Join the discord: 

Email the advisor:

Working Wednesdays with Career Services

February 21

10:00 am-1:00 pm in the Student Lounge

Local employers and campus resources will be on campus to network and speak with students, staff, and the community looking for jobs or internships.

Focus of each event:

2/21: Business, Entrepreneurialism, Management and Computer & Information Technology Fields of Interest.

We Care Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb 21 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | Red Mountain Campus

The next We Care Wednesday fresh food distribution is taking place at the RED MOUNTAIN campus on Wednesday, Feb 21. It will take place from 10 am-12 pm in outside the Mesquite and Desert Willow buildings, and is free and open to the public! Enter campus on Red Mountain Way off of McKellips Rd. *Food available while supplies last.

*Flu shots will also be available at this event, provided by Maricopa County Public Health.

This is a drive-through distribution.

The next We Care Wednesday at Red Mountain will be on March 6 from 10 am-12 pm (walk up distribution in the Navajo Room).

ASMCC Red Mountain Meet & Greet

Tuesday, Feb 27 | 10:00 am-11:30 am | Red Mountain Campus

The next We Care Wednesday fresh food distribution is taking place at the RED MOUNTAIN campus on Wednesday, Feb 21. It will take place from 10 am-12 pm in the Off Red Mountain Way, outside the Mesquite and Desert Willow buildings, and is free and open to the public! *Food available while supplies last.

*Flu shots will also be available at this event, provided by Maricopa County Public Health.

This is a drive-through distribution.

The next We Care Wednesday at Red Mountain will be on March 6 from 10 am-12 pm (walk up distribution in the Navajo Room).

CTE: The World of Work Open House

February 23 | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm | Southern and Dobson Clocktower

The 2024 CTE World of Work Open House will expose current MCC students and approximately 500+ prospective students from all over the East Valley to MCC’s programs. Students will connect with academic programs, potential employers, and career paths through the presence of business and industry partners.

Pi Day Fundraiser

Now through March 1st! 

Have you ever wanted to Pie your math professor or tutor? Now's your chance! The Math Club is holding a fundraiser in honor of Pi Day (3/14). For $1, you can buy a ticket for a participating instructor or tutor. The instructor with the most tickets will get a pie to the face! 

Tickets can be purchased for $1 at the front desk of the Math Department (MC building) from now until March 1.  

Come learn about the Math Club at their next meeting on 3/5 from 3:00-4:00 pm in MS 101. 

Basketball Spirit Night: Red Out

Saturday, March 2 | 2:00 pm/4:00 pm

Support your MCC Thunderbird athletes at this Spirit Night game at the Theo Heap Gym. Admission will be free and we want you to wear RED! The women's game starts at 2 pm, and the men will play at 4 pm. Bring all your friends!

Concessions will be sold by the Student Support Foundation and profits will go directly to the SSF Emergency Fund to help students pay for college related expenses. 


Register for zoom link: CAH takes place every Tuesday from 12-1 pm. See below for information about the upcoming workshops.

Civic Action Hour

Working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference; promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. 

Feb 20: Arizona First! 

Beverly Elliott from the African American Museum of Southern Arizona will share Historical Impact.

Feb 21: EngageMe Workshop: Monarch Waystation Workshop

February 21 | 12-1:30 pm in the Thunderbird Think Tank (38-608 A/B) 

Charlotte Fornasiero will lead a workshop on the Monarch Waystations at MCC.  Reserve your spot here . This is an approved Honors Co-Curricular event.

Feb 27: What's on the Ballot-2024

A 2024 elections overview with Avery Xola

Mar 5: Homelessness in Arizona by St. Vincent de Paul and Andre House

Morgan Dirks and David Palladini discuss homelessness in Arizona

Music Business Fireside Chat with Ben Goldsmith

February 21 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Meeting Link

You’re invited to join MCC’s Music Business Program for a virtual fireside chat with Ben Goldsmith where we’ll explore Ben’s recent 15-track debut album, The World Between My Ears, and what it takes to become a successful artist, major label singer-songwriter and festival headliner. Ben will share insider tips for students on how to get started in live performance and touring; how to hone your music production skills to work in the studio with professional teams; and what it takes to be affiliated with artist management and a major record label/music publisher. 

Psychology Evening Lecture

February 28 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | SC 11E (Southern and Dobson)

Join us for a Psychology evening lecture with two psychologists speaking on sleep and dreams. Presented by Dr. Al Silberman and Dr. Scott Silberman.

Astronomy Nights at MCC

Join us on the first Friday of each month for our Planetarium Shows!

6:00-10:00 pm in the MCC Planetarium | Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.

There will be four shows throughout the course of the evening, starting at 6PM and starting every hour with the final show at 9PM. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the entrance to the planetarium. To guarantee seats for a particular show, tickets are available for reservation for $3 each. 

Semester Schedule

Mar 1: Mars: The Ultimate Voyage

Apr 5: Totality!

May 3: Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd

Gilman International Scholarship 

Deadline: Thorsday March 7, 2025

Interested in studying abroad this summer? Pell Grant recipients are eligible for the Gilman International Scholarship of up to $5000! Deadline to apply for the Gilman Scholarship for the Summer 2024 Study Abroad Programs is March 7. 

Study Abroad with MCC!

Experience the world. Study abroad! Earn up to six credits while exploring the language and culture of locations such as France, Ireland, Puerto Peñasco, Japan, Italy, and Namibia (Africa).

 Study abroad programs are available to students, employees and community members. Find out about programs, scholarships, and financial aid. Dream Big. Set Goals. Take Action!

The International Education Department is now accepting applications for the following 2024 study abroad programs:

Nice, France - Application deadline: March 1, 2024

Athlone, Ireland - Application deadline: March 1, 2024

Florence, Italy - Application deadline: February 2, 2024

Fukuoka, Japan - Application deadline: February 2, 2024

Puerto Peñasco, Mexico - Application deadline: March 1, 2024

Namibia (Africa) - Application deadline: March 1, 2024

Apply early to avoid getting on a waitlist!!

For information on all of the summer study abroad programs, visit

Upcoming Theatre and Performing Arts Events

Odds & Ends Concert

February 27 | 7:00 pm | MCC Performing Arts Center

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit this link.

Jazz Combo - Free Lobby Concert

February 29 | 12:00 pm | MCC Performing Arts Center

For more information or to RSVP, visit this link. 

Desert Echoes Flute Project Concert

March 1 | 7:30 pm | MCC Performing Arts Center

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit this link.

Invincible Ones

March 1 -23 | MCC Theater

March 1 - 2, 7-9, 22 at 7:30 pm & March 2, 9, 23 at 2 pm. For more information, visit this link.

Choir and Vocal Jazz Concert

March 4 | 7:30 pm | MCC Performing Arts Center

For more information, visit this link. 


The Foundations for Student Success is offering student success workshops during the fall semester. Workshops are free and are conducted both online and in person. These sessions are open to all students. For more information, please visit this site.  

*The Thunderbird Think Tank is located adjacent to the Testing Center on the Southern & Dobson campus.

Topic: University Transfer (see flyer above)

2/20/24 | 1:30 pm | LA 3N (Southern & Dobson)

2/21/24| 12:30 PM First Session |  2:00 PM Second Session | DW 133 (Red Mountain)

2/23/24 | 10 AM | Online: Click here

Topic: Overcoming Procrastination? ....Maybe Later

3/4/24 | 12:00 pm | Thunderbird Think Tank (Southern & Dobson)

3/8/24| 10:00 am | Online: Click here

Thunderbird Athletics

Support the MCC Thunderbird Athletes at one of their upcoming HOME games

Pride of Maricopa Conference

Friday, March 1 at Mesa Community College

Be sure to reserve your free ticket by clicking here

We are excited to bring back our annual Pride of Maricopa Conference in person again this year.

Pride of Maricopa is the largest internal LGBTQIA+ training event in the District and is open to all Maricopa staff and students as we continue to create a safe and inclusive environment. This year's event will center around the theme “Empowering our Community.” 

Join us as we educate, celebrate, and explore the ways the LGBTQIA+ community can become stronger - together!

When and Where

Friday, March 1 | 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. | MCC So/Do campus

The conference is FREE and a great educational opportunity.  Check out all of the incredible things happening at this year’s event. 

Be sure to reserve your free ticket by clicking here

Women's Self Defense Workshop

Wednesday, March 6 | 1:30 pm | S140 at Red Mountain

Black belt instructors from Kajukenbo Martial Arts will be teaching a Women's Self Defense workshop for anyone interested in learning how to protect themselves if they are ever in a dangerous situation.

Please come dressed in comfortable clothing so you can practice the skills being taught. We hope you will join us for this important and useful seminar! 

Red Mountain Madness!

March 6 | 10:30 am-1:00 pm | Saguaro Mall at the Red Mountain campus

You're invited to join us at Red Mountain for our annual Red Mountain Madness spring party. It will include: 

Stick around after to attend a Women's Self Defense Workshop in S140, which starts at 1:30 pm. Free and open to anyone who would like to learn how to stay safe and defend themselves!

Thorsday's Open Mic

March 7 | 12-3 pm | Clocktower at Southern & Dobson 

All students and staff are invited to participate in a performance opportunity showcasing the talent within Mesa Community College

To reserve your space, sign up at this link

Thunderbird Pow Wow

March 9 | 11:00 am-10:00 pm | General Questions: or (480) 461-7931

We invite the entire Mesa Community College Campus community to join us during this celebration where authentic Native American food, Arts and Craft vendors, Pow Wow dancing, singing and drumming will be showcased.

Did you know there are 22 Tribal Nations in the state of Arizona? In fact, there are 574 federally recognized tribes in the United States plus several more that are state recognized. The rich and beautiful cultures of these Nations thrive here at Mesa Community College as MCC hosts the largest Indigenous population of all ten Maricopa Community Colleges.

The collective of students affiliated with the Inter-Tribal Student Organization, will host the 2024 MCC Thunderbird Pow Wow to recognize, honor and celebrate all Indigenous students and their respective communities. This event will take place on Saturday March 9, 2024 from 11am – 10pm at the MCC Southern Dobson Campus, 1833 W. Southern Ave. Mesa, AZ. Gourd Dance begins at 11am and Grand Entry will be at 1pm and 7pm.

Foundation Scholarship NOW OPEN!

The Maricopa Foundation General Scholarship Application opens on March 1, and remains available until April 30. 

Did you know that there are hundreds of scholarships available for all ten Maricopa Community Colleges from the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation?  One application....hundreds of scholarships. Don't miss this important deadline. Click here to apply

Free Tax Preparation

Are you a low or moderate income taxpayer who needs help with your 2023 returns? VITA is here to help! There are sites throughout the valley (including MCC). For comprehensive program information, dates, location maps, and requirements, please visit this link


The Mesa Community College Dental Hygiene clinic offers a full range of comprehensive dental hygiene services at fees less than most private dental practices.  If you're interested in FREE dental hygiene services, please complete this form to be contacted by a student who can answer questions and schedule your first appointment. 

Mobile Health Care Visit

February 28 | March 27 | April 24 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Southern and Dobson Clocktower

The Mobile Health Unit from Native Health will be on campus on the last Wednesday of each month during the spring 2024 semester. 

Services include: Women, men, and child well checks, sick visits and specialty referrals. 

For more information, contact

FAFSA Lab now open!

January 30-March 28

Do you need some help completing your 2023-24 or your 2024-25 FAFSA? This is your chance to get help. RSVP at this link.

CG301 Orientation Room (Southern & Dobson campus)

Tuesdays from 9 am-11 am

Thorsdays from 2 pm-4 pm

Follow the Student Life Instagram for your chance to win Thorsday prizes! @mccthunderbirds


Wear your favorite Thunderbird gear every Thorsday, greet your friends with "Happy Thorsday," and find your own ways to celebrate your Thunderbird pride.  Do you have your Thorsday shirt? Stop by Student Life!




The Mesa Market is a food and hygiene pantry for MCC students. Any student is eligible to visit the Mesa Market for food and hygiene products for free. 

Click this link for a Mesa Market flyer to share with others.

Southern and Dobson Campus

The Mesa Market at Southern/Dobson campus is located in KSC 35S.  Open Monday-Thursday from 9 am-5 pm.

Red Mountain Campus

The Mesa Market at Red Mountain is located in Palo Verde 111.  Hours of operation are TBD. 

We are always grateful for donations to the Mesa Market! Feel free to drop off your donations to the Mesa Market at either campus. 

We Care Wednesday

We Care Wednesday is a food distribution that takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at the Southern/Dobson campus and the third Wednesday of every month at the Red Mountain campus. The distribution happens from 10 am-12 pm* or until supplies run out. The food distributions are open to all students and community members in need of food assistance:

Southern/Dobson : Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1

Red Mountain : Feb 21, Mar20, Apr 17
***No distribution in May

Clubs are an extremely valuable part of a student's experience at MCC. If you are interested in getting involved in a student club, please stay tuned for opportunities to meet our clubs, and consider starting (or reactivating) a new club! We are also seeking club advisors to help support a variety of MCC clubs. Any faculty or staff that are interested in this opportunity are encouraged to reach out to a member of the Student Life team. 

The Club Hub will have an updated list of student clubs (as we learn which clubs will be active this year) as well as important paperwork, forms, and a list of club connections to various Fields of Interest. 

Banner image for the MCC Club Hub website

Click here to visit the MCC Club Hub!

Get Involved and Get Connected!

Caring Connections Spring 2024

Caring Connections Spring 2024: Week 4 -- Engage

Message to share with students:
Did you know that students who engage in college activities and their communities tend to complete their courses and academic goals more successfully than those who do not? Participation in clubs and activities builds networks and offers opportunities to gain skills and develop leadership qualities you can use in your career. You can get engaged at MCC by:

Engagement with academic support is also vital.

Optional Lesson

Caring Connections Spring 2024: Week 5 -- Life Balance

Student Message:

When we have a balanced life, we are in a better frame of mind for learning and achieving goals. Please be sure to practice self-care, get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise – stretching and short walks can make a big difference. You will need to stay on top of your homework and other responsibilities, of course, but make it a priority to care for yourself at least one small way each day! Here are some suggestions and resources that may help:

Optional Lesson

Caring Connections Spring 2024: Week 6 -- Stop Before you Drop

Student Message

Around this time of the semester you may start to feel overwhelmed with your classes and life in general. Keep your momentum!

If you are thinking about dropping a class, STOP and speak with an advisor, faculty member, or counselor -- especially since withdrawing can impact your financial aid and academic progress. We care about your success, so please stop and seek help before you drop!

Visit to get familiar with the wealth of academic and basic needs services available to help you succeed.

Stay up to date with campus resources and events by checking out the T-Bird Times Newsletter.

Optional Lesson

(A clever video from ASU, about the importance of conferencing with faculty, is linked in one of the class activities for this week.)

MCC Libraries

Find your place at the MCC Libraries!

The MCC Libraries are here to support you whether you’re taking one course or a full load of courses. We have two beautiful libraries with all the resources you need to succeed along with friendly folks ready to help you - come check us out!

Flipster: Your MCC Libraries' Digital Magazine Hub

Flipster is a resource for accessing a variety of bestselling digital magazines.

Explore Nearly 40 Popular Magazines: Flipster offers access to nearly 40 well-known magazines, such as Consumer Reports, Rolling Stone, Time, and People. Whether your interest lies in reports, music trends, or home decor inspiration, Flipster has a curated collection for you.

Seamless Access from Anywhere: Conveniently browse digital versions of your preferred magazines from your desktop, tablet, or phone. For on-the-go reading, simply download the Flipster mobile app from iTunes, the Google Play store, or the Amazon App store. The app is compatible with Android and iOS devices, including iPad and iPhone. Note: In the app, search for "Mesa Community College" and use your MEID and password to login.

Effortless Navigation with Flipster: Unsure where to begin? Watch a short tutorial (3:23) to understand the straightforward process of searching for magazines and navigating the platform.

Ready to Dive In?: Flipster is here to enhance your reading experience. Access, explore, and enjoy the best in digital content—all at your fingertips. Get started here.

MCC Fitness Center Memberships

Start the new semester STRONG! Did you know you can sign up for a membership to the MCC Fitness Centers? They provide membership access to students, employees, and the community, and a membership gives you access to both the Southern and Dobson and the Red Mountain campus fitness centers.  Membership includes cardio and strength training equipment, fitness tools/accessories, access to drop in group fitness classes, personal training consultation and 1 complementary session, knowledgeable staff, day use lockers, clean facilities, and no crowds!

Also available: Community Ed memberships, PED 101/PED 115 classes for credit and a variety of fitness classes. Visit the Fitness Center website for a schedule and more information.

For a FREE ONE WEEK Guest Pass to the MCC Fitness Center, click this link.

For more information on Student Life, visit our website


Student Life is here to help you GET ENGAGED and GET CONNECTED at MCC. 

Getting involved makes a HUGE difference in your MCC experience. Check out Student Life for more information on these opportunities. Visit us in KSC 35S at the SoDo campus or in Mesquite 210 at Red Mountain, or check out our Virtual Student Life Center for more information.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District. The Maricopa County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system,