HLC Self Study
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Community Engagement

In addition to the various community advisory boards that serve the College, Estrella Mountain personnel frequently participate as representatives in the following West Valley community organizations to help gain a greater understanding of the needs and expectations of the surrounding communities:

  • Arizona Town Hall
  • Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • WestMarc
  • Buckeye Chamber of Commerce
  • Estrella Rotary Club
  • Hispanic Leadership Forum del Oeste
  • West Valley Educational Think Tank
  • Goodyear Education Committee
  • West Valley Arts Council

Legislative Outreach

Estrella Mountain Community College, through coordinated efforts with the Maricopa County Community College District, ensures that legislators understand and support the College’s mission as well as that of the entire District. College leadership maintains relationships with local elected officials through informal and formal meetings and partnerships. Legislators are often included in college events in which community members are invited.

Open to the Public

Estrella Mountain’s external constituents participate in activities and co-curricular programs that are open to the public. Information is disseminated to the College’s constituencies through the Campus Updates newsletter, as well as various West Valley newspapers, to keep the community informed.

Facilities

The College’s facilities are available to and used by the community. The facilities are utilized by many community groups, as shown on the campus R25 calendar system. Examples include workshops, orientations, Home Owners Association meetings, testing, Rotary, Kiwanis, clinics, and banquets. The College’s facilities are also used by the internal community, as shown on the R25 calendar system. Types of usage include workshops, forums, orientations, student club activities, and group meetings. Because of college and community growth, demand for space is challenging and requires those constituencies seeking use of facility space to make their requests early.