2012 Mar 26
For Immediate Release
Scottsdale Community College Transitions Fire Science, EMT and Paramedic Programs to Mesa Community College
SCC Contact: Denise Kronsteiner, (480) 423-6567, email@example.com
MCC Contact: Angela Askey: (480) 461-7892, firstname.lastname@example.org
TEMPE, AZ – The Maricopa Community Colleges today announced the Fire Science, EMT, and Paramedic programs at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) will transition to Mesa Community College (MCC) beginning this fall.
SCC decided to transfer its Fire Science, EMT and Paramedic programs after evaluating a number of factors. The SCC programs would have required a considerable infusion of funds to be brought up to a state-of-the-art level. With the significant investments MCC has made in upgrading Fire Science, EMT and Paramedic facilities and equipment, the college is prepared to provide state-of-the-art education and training opportunities.
"SCC and MCC will provide a seamless transition for our students," said Dr. Jan Gehler, SCC president. "Student Service and Academic professionals at MCC are ready to help our students with the transition by offering advisement and expanded course offerings to accommodate their needs."
Beginning in the Fall 2012 semester, SCC will no longer offer Fire Science or EMT courses. Students currently enrolled in the Paramedic program at SCC will be able to finish the program in December. Students currently enrolled in courses at SCC this spring and summer semesters will be integrated into MCC programs in the fall. The credits they have earned at SCC will be fully transferable.
"Student success is always our top priority in all the decisions we make at the college," said Dr. Gehler. "While we focus on being good public stewards – especially our use of limited resources in these tough economic times – we make decisions based on what is best for the student. Our sister college has their eye on our students' success as much as we do, and that's what matters when all is said and done."
"This agreement will help both colleges and their students," said Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges. "We believe the best way to be good stewards of public funds is to encourage active collaboration and development of regional solutions that enhance the quality and integrity of programs and service to students and the community."
Dr. Shouan Pan, MCC President, added, "In exploring and deciding to proceed with the program transition and consolidation, both Dr. Gehler and I focused on the strengths of our colleges and how to best serve our students and communities. I believe that this is a win-win for students, for Maricopa Community Colleges and for Maricopa taxpayers."