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MCC aquires 3-D printing technology

MCC’s new 3-D printers

MCC’s new 3-D printers are capable of creating many objects.

Mesa Community College now has new state of the art 3-D printing capabilities, the result of a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) grant.  “MCC was issued a STEM grant as a part of an effort to better align the manufacturing curriculum with the needs of industry, and to assist students with a seamless transfer to a university, through a wonderful new program called Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute,” said Dirk Begell, resident trained and certified lab technician for 3-D printing technology.  Since the need for 3-D printing technology is increasing in many industries, the need for knowledgeable technicians is creating job opprtunites for graduating students.

“Applications for this technology are being discovered in more academic scenarios than just manufacturing,” said Begell. “Departments at MCC such as Architecture, Automotive, Interior design, Electronics, Drafting/Design, Dental Hygiene, Fashion Design, Mathematics, and Engineering have all expressed great interest in the 3-D printers.”  Begell described 3-D printing as something that saves time, money, and allows any kinks to be worked out of a product before it is produced.  In order for MCC students and staff to learn about this new technology on campus, there will be orientation sessions held during May.


EVENTS On Campus

Art Student Show

April 30, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Elsner Library, first floor lobby

Come and check out a wonderful display of art by Mesa Community College students. Visit Events and News on the MCC website for a full list of exhibit hours.

Admission: Free

3-D Printing Orientation Sessions

May 4, 1 p.m. and May 8, 5 p.m.

TC 107, Southern and Dobson Campus

Find out how MCC’s new 3-D printers will be incorporated into our curriculum. Learn about the history and applications of 3-D printing, current technology and capacity available at Mesa Community College, a brief tutorial on protocols and procedures for using these resources, discuss modular curriculum and integration, and experience a demonstration of the 3-D printers. Sessions last one hour.

Admission: Free


May 15, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

MCC Southern and Dobson Campus, center courtyard

Join Mesa Community College’s graduating class of 2015. All family and friends of graduates are welcome.

Admission: Free



EVENTS  Off Campus

Phoenix Cinco de Mayo Festival

May 2, 2 p.m. – midnight and May 3, noon – 10 p.m.

200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix

Come out to downtown Phoenix and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy plenty of food, drink, fun, and live music.

Admission: $5, $10 after 5 p.m.


Swing Dance on Main Street

May 8, 7 p.m.

One Oh One Art Gallery, 101 West Main St., Mesa

Every Thursday in May, One Oh One Gallery will hold dance lessons of all kinds; East Coast Swing, Charleston, and freestyle dancing to DJ’s and even live bands. All ages welcome!

Admission: $8 for lesson and dance, $5 for students



Train Concert

May 26, 7 p.m.

Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix

The band Train will be having a concert here in Phoenix this May. They will be joined by Matt Nathanson and The Fray.

Admission: $25-$79, visit Visit website



The Phantom of the Opera

May 27, 7:30 p.m.

ASU Gammage

The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber is coming to ASU Gammage. After marking its 25th anniversary on Broadway, “The Phantom of the Opera” is reimagined in this all-new touring production.

Admission: $20-$150, visit Gammage Box Office or Visit website



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kind of technological distractions do you see on campus?


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Dean Hernandez

“Computers, cell phones, and headphones. All these forms of technology keep us connected to everything but each other.”






Brian velasco

Brian velasco

“People are on their phones everywhere on campus. In class, in the library, in the parking lot. It seems like a nonstop thing.”






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Nicole Hudson

“People are on their phones everywhere on campus. In class, in the library, in the parking lot. It seems like a nonstop thing.”