HLC Self Study
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Collaborative Partnerships

Estrella Mountain Community College’s structures and processes facilitate strong relationships with various community partners. Collaborative ventures that promote student success exist with other higher learning organizations and education sectors (e.g., K-12 partnerships, articulation agreements, 2+2 programs). College partnerships with local high schools provide students access to occupational/career training programs specifically mapped to employment opportunities in the local area and robust career planning tools and services that allow students to build educational and career plans.

By being responsive to individuals and to the community, Estrella Mountain provides innovative and alternative ways of learning so that students are better able to achieve their educational and career goals. Collaborative partnerships have been developed in response to constituency needs in the areas of outreach and access programs, occupational training and career planning and policies and practices to increase university transfer.


Estrella Mountain Community College is committed to serving its community and underrepresented student populations. The College’s Recruitment area works collaboratively with local schools in developing programs and facilitating services to connect prospective students with opportunities to increase their knowledge and awareness of the College. Recruitment programs bring high school students to the College to visit with faculty and staff, learn about services, address any concerns they may have, and to encourage those students to attend Estrella Mountain. 

During the 2010-2011 academic year, Estrella Mountain Recruiters conducted 192 visits to local schools and communicated with approximately 1,700 high school seniors. Recruiters served 86 middle school students and other prospective students through various campus tours. An example of a program designed to meet the transition needs of high school seniors is Senior Saturday. Programs designed to meet the transition needs of new college students include Pre-advisement Workshops (PAWS) and New Student Orientation (NSO). From August 2010 through May 2011, 1,477 students attended Pre-advisement Workshops. During the 2010-2011 academic year, 1,318 students participated in a New Student Orientation.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is an important higher education option that Estrella Mountain offers to qualified students at local high schools. It is a collaborative program with Academic Affairs, Occupational Education, Student Services, and local high schools in Estrella Mountain’s service area. The Maricopa County Community College District is currently engaged in a process to restructure Dual Enrollment into a regional model. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Dual Enrollment at Estrella Mountain served over 1,300 students in 26 high schools. Completion rates have averaged over 90 percent since 2006, and during the last academic year, the program provided approximately $55,000 in tuition assistance, an amount which represents receipt of 200 grants.