Member Spotlight – Maricopa County Community Colleges District

September Member Spotlight

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick has been a formal mentor in the Maricopa County Community Colleges District’s Women Leadership program for 15 years and an informal mentor for countless people who aspire to achieve higher education. “I consider the community at large my work space. Mentoring and learning together with others is a lifelong commitment.” – Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor, Maricopa County Community Colleges District 

Chancellor Image for September Member Spotlight

Dr. Harper-Marinick, Chancellor 

Name of College: Maricopa County Community Colleges District 
City and State: Tempe, Arizona
Year Established: 1962
NISOD Liaison: Steven Crawford 

NISOD Liaison

      Steven Crawford, District Director, NISOD Liaison

Member Spotlight Question and Answer 

When did Maricopa County Community Colleges District become a NISOD Member?
Maricopa County Community Colleges District (MCCCD) has been a member since 1996.

Why is Maricopa County Community Colleges District a NISOD Member?
NISOD provides high-impact programming, publications, and professional development opportunities focused on facilitating the success of students.

Which NISOD benefits does Maricopa County Community Colleges District use the most and how?
MCCCD staff take advantage of the NISODirect, annual conference, webinars, and the NISOD Excellence Awards.

Interesting News Happening at Maricopa County Community Colleges District

Forbes Named MCCCD Among “America’s Best Employers for Women”
Forbes named MCCCD among “America’s Best Employers for Women,” ranking in the top 20 among 300 employers nationwide. According to Forbes, MCCCD is ranked #19 in Best Employers for Women and #4 in the Education Industry. MCCCD is also the only Arizona-based employer included on the list.

Transforming the Student Experience
Maricopa County Community Colleges District is transforming the student experience. The MCCCD Transformation focuses on three key areas:

  • Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support
  • Industry Partnerships
  • Enterprise Performance

The Transformation will make career and academic pathways clearer, more consistent, and connected to the jobs of today, preparing students for success in a rapidly changing career landscape.

Every month, NISOD turns the spotlight on the effective ways member colleges use NISOD benefits. These member colleges exemplify NISOD’s mission of improving teaching, learning, and leadership, with the ultimate goal being to increase student success.