Mesa Community College to Open New Center for Economic Education

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Mesa Community College’s Department of Economics, in partnership with the Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE), will open a new Center for Economic Education at MCC on January 1, 2012.

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Mesa Community College (MCC) is one of the 10 regionally accredited Maricopa Community Colleges.

The new Center for Economic Education at MCC will provide quality training for teachers in the Phoenix-metro area that are tasked with teaching Arizona’s K-12 Economics Standards and the new economics course now required for high school graduation.

Mesa Community College’s Department of Economics, in partnership with the Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE), will open a new Center for Economic Education at MCC on January 1, 2012.

The MCC Center for Economic Education is part of a nationwide network of university and community college-based centers which provide teacher training and curriculum development for America’s K-12 schools. The new Center at MCC is the sixth in the United States to be housed at a Community College.

"The Center for Economic Education at Mesa Community College will help strengthen economic understanding and financial literacy throughout Arizona and by partnering with economic educators across the country we will empower teachers, students and community members to better understand the world through the economic way of thinking,” stated Greg Pratt, MCC Economics Faculty and Interim Director for the MCC Center for Economic Education.

MCC’s Center for Economic Education will improve economic literacy of current and future citizens of the state by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-12 classes. The Center will conduct workshops, seminars, for-credit classes and other professional development opportunites for educators. In addition, the Center will act as a clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemnation of economics based curriculum, lesson plans, activities and other resources that K-12 educators can easily implement into literature, math and science lessons already being taught.

Debbie Henney, Arizona Council on Economic Education Executive Director commented, “The new Center for Economic Education at MCC will provide quality training for teachers in the Phoenix-metro area that are tasked with teaching Arizona’s K-12 Economics Standards and the new economics course now required for high school graduation. This center will serve as a model that can be replicated to take advantage of the vast community college network in Arizona to reach educators across the state that have been historically underserved.”

The MCC Center for Economic Education is in the planning processes to host the 2012 ASET conference – Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial on Saturday, February 4th. This event will showcase the new MCC Center and economic training for K-12 teachers.

About Arizona Council on Economic Education

The Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE) is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded to promote economic literacy in Arizona. The ACEE provides resources for training to public and private K-12 teachers in Arizona, empowering educators to teach their stuents how economics relates to their lives as a worker, citizen and consumer.

*About Mesa Community College*

Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students to succeed in a local and global community. Mesa Community College is one of 10 colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District.

Please direct media inquiries to Angela Askey at aaskey(at)mesacc(dot)edu or Sally Mesarosh at mesarosh(at)mesacc(dot)edu or the MCC Office of Institutional Advancement at (480) 461-7445.

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