Northern Arizona University, Mesa Community College and Mesa Public Schools have joined forces to create an innovative P-20 Center on MCC’s campus.

The Mesa P-20 Center will be a landmark effort in which a K-12 district, a community college and a university will offer educational programs in one location.

Plans for the curriculum at the P-20 center are in the works and include existing programs and the design of new programs that would allow for a grade school to grad school experience for students.

“Mesa Community College and Northern Arizona University have had a long and successful partnership, and we’re excited to be a part of this innovative project,” said NAU President John Haeger. “Our participation further demonstrates Northern Arizona University’s commitment to bringing affordable and accessible higher education to all of Arizona.”

Currently, MCC and NAU offer four degree opportunities based in Mesa: Emergency Services Administration (Fire Science), Elementary Education with an ESL content emphasis, Administration of Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies in Public Management.

“I believe education is the cornerstone for strong and vibrant communities,” said MCC President Shouan Pan. “The Mesa P-20 Center will become a pacesetter in P-20 education not only in our community, but on a national level as well.”