GRC-U is an opportunity for young adults to give back to their communities while gaining experience that prepares them for the workforce. Participants volunteer in various capacities in order to experience a well-rounded breadth of knowledge and capabilities. In addition to earning volunteer hours, participants engage in career readiness workshops. This program enables young adults to gain experience before entering the workforce and/or applying to college.
The Optimist Honor Roll Laptop Award Banquet provides a free laptop to graduating seniors who have made the honor roll every quarter beginning in the 8th grade.
This community-based initiative brings together representatives from K–12 and postsecondary education, business and industry, nonprofits, and the Town of Sahuarita to pursue a shared vision and leverage resources so that all students have access to college and career readiness programs and receive two years of paid tuition at Pima Community College. The initiative exemplifies the SUSD mission, “Working as a Team to Help Every Student Succeed.”
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The Education and Workforce Development Roundtable is a centralized body reporting to the City Council that streamlines and coordinates efforts to advance Mesa’s education and workforce development goals, including but not limited to:
- Increasing and maintaining enrollment in education programs, including in early childhood, vocational, trade, and postsecondary education programs.
- Improving completion rates of education, vocational, and trade programs.
- Achieving higher educational attainment, including increased attainment of professional certifications and licenses and postsecondary degrees.
- Expanding job opportunities.
- Building successful careers, a competitive workforce, and a strong local economy.
- Providing equitable access to work and learning opportunities, resources, and support so that all can participate, prosper, and thrive in Mesa’s vibrant community and workforce.
The Roundtable works in partnership with experts in education, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and Mesa residents to advance these goals.
The Mesa College Promise is a commitment from the City of Mesa to its residents that all eligible graduating high school students can attend Mesa Community College for two years with Arizona resident tuition and fees fully funded. Students must be Mesa residents, show financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and have at least a 2.0 grade point average. The program is supported by funding from corporations, businesses, and a match from the City of Mesa.
Mayor Nicholls’s vision to enhance accessibility to higher education culminates in plans for the Yuma Multiversity Campus (YMC). Mayor Nicholls serves as chairman of the YMC’s Governing Board, which includes multidisciplinary industry leaders from throughout the community who are working to develop a centralized campus in Yuma. The YMC will offer a full range of baccalaureate programs, utilizing the academic programs and specialties offered by the state universities and local community colleges.