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MCC connects the community: Event brings students, staff, employers to campus

March 30, 2019 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — There’s a big ol’ world out there, but Mohave Community College brought it to Bullhead City on Thursday.

The second Connecting the Community event served as a meeting place for high school and college students, college faculty and area employers.

Campus Dean Carolyn Hamblin, one of the event’s organizers, said the goal was to connect people with the careers they want, as well as connect employers with the workers they need.

MCC faculty from various departments were on hand to discuss courses that provide the skills needed for many careers.

“We tend to silo ourselves into our own little pieces of the world,” Hamblin said. “But we’re all together.”

She said former Dean Shawn Bristle was the force behind the event, which was a success in its first year.

“All the stakeholders involved saw the value in it, and that it’s an incredibly positive event,” Hamblin said.

She said that when she started in the position last spring, “all I heard was the question ‘are you going to have ConCom again?’”

She said for this year, MCC got its students more involved, as ambassadors, helping vendors and interacting with the high school students (and some eighth-graders).

Hamblin said the idea was to give young people ideas about the futures that are available to them.

“What I want them to know is that there are so many career opportunities here that they may not have ever thought about,” she said. “I want them to know about college programs that they may not have considered for themselves, but are open for these students.”

For example, she said, many in the community may think of jobs at Dot Foods as exclusively truck driver positions, but the company also has human resources staff.

She said a success would mean students finding out about opportunities they may not have been exposed to.

“I want them to go home with maybe a vision for themselves,” Hamblin said.

Kenneth Ratner said he was checking out both job openings and available college programs.

“I’m just looking to see what kind of opportunities there are,” he said.

Employers at the event included the Aquarius Casino Resort, the U.S. Census Bureau and Mohave Electric Cooperative.

College programs in the spotlight included fire science, biology and culinary arts.

MCC’s partners for ConCom included Tristate Pain Institute, Airgas and Western Arizona Regional Medical Center.