10 Surprising Career and Technical Programs at MCCCD

Mar, 8 2022

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The month of February is all about celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) and we are proud we have so many CTE programs to applaud. As the largest provider of workforce training in Arizona, our programs prepare students of all background to enter high-demand industries by integrating traditional academic learning with career-focused study. Every day we see Maricopa students experience real-life learning as they explore CTE careers on our campuses. Here are some surprising programs many students never knew they could take at our colleges:

  1. Artificial Intelligence

This program is perfect for students who love learning about machines that can perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. As artificial intelligence technology rapidly accelerates with new tools, technology, and applications, the demand for workforce training also increases. Occupations include business analyst, data engineer, engineer, software developer, architect, and many more. High-profile companies seeking AI skills include Intel, IBM, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, Amazon, and American Express, as well as companies in the semiconductor industry.

  1. Cloud Computing and other Computer Information Technology Programs

Computer information technology is a high-demand career field. If you love learning about smart phone technology, cloud computing, app development and more, this could be the field of interest for you. Our courses provide students with profitable skills that can earn new workers a starting salary of $70,000+.

For the first time, Python Level II will be offered at MCCCD. The course digs deeper into what a programmer can do with Python and also looks at some current trends in the industry using Python for web development, data analytics, networking, cybersecurity, and more.

  1. Equine Science

Turn your love for horses into a professional career in the equine industry. The Equine Science Program prepares you for a career as a horse breeder, stallion manager, equine facility manager, horse trainer, equine nutritionist, extension agent, or equine veterinary technician. With continued education, you can pursue a career as a zoologist, equine scientist, veterinarian, or wildlife biologist. In this program, you will gain practical, hands-on experience and work with renowned horse professionals while learning the skills and knowledge it takes to be a professional. Graduate Carol Hensell said the program allowed her to provide a better life for her own horses, plus she established an Equine Science Scholarship for students.

  1. HVAC Technician

You can enter the workforce quickly with training as a HVAC Technician. The program teaches the principles and practices of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, occupational safety, and electrical concepts. Comfortable temperatures are essential for a healthy lifestyle and technicians receive excellent wages. In this program, students receive real-life training while repairing equipment for elderly Phoenix residents in preparation for the hot summer months.

  1. Nanotechnology

Wondering what will bring tomorrow’s technological advances? Nanotechnology might be the answer. It’s the science of manipulation of atoms and molecules to make new materials and devices. This program provides you with the general principles and foundational skills in the micro/nano-fabrication industry and related manufacturing industries.

Sam Vescio, who always had an interest in science and technology, earned his associate degree in nanotechnology through MCCCD. He now works at Intel as an engineering technician and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

  1. Dental Hygiene

Want a career in allied health? The Dental Hygiene program prepares students to become primary care oral health professionals. A licensed dental hygienist may provide education, assessment, diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services, research, and administrative services that support overall health through the promotion of optimal oral health. Student will learn hands-on skills by providing the public with low-cost dental services. The program prepares students for licensure and board examinations.

  1. Emergency Medical Technician

If you love helping people, a career as an emergency medical technician (EMT) may be for you. An EMT is trained to provide basic life support at the scene of a medical emergency, maintaining basic care of the victim prior to the arrival of advanced life support units and during transport to the nearest hospital. The program can also be the first step toward a career as a firefighter.

  1. Fire Science

If you have a desire to help others and are physically fit and active, consider a career in firefighting. The program will train you in use of safety gear and firefighting equipment, plus prepare you for state and national certification. Our instructors, many of whom have worked directly in the field, will pass on their knowledge of fire behavior and methods to control it, in both the classroom and in realistic, simulated activities.

  1. Administration of Justice

Interested in the criminal justice system, criminology, or forensic science? This program prepares you for a career in crime scene investigation, corrections, law enforcement, homeland security and public safety. Our professors construct mock crime scenes for students, who play the roles of detectives, conducting a “scene assessment,” wherein they go through the crime scene and note their observations.

  1. Hotel and Tourism Management or Hospitality Management

Like to be on vacation? You can learn to evaluate occupational needs in the hospitality industry through study and field experience. Local, private, as well as national food service, lodging, and transportation businesses are explored. To apply learnings to the real world, Glendale Community College holds an annual conference that features education sessions on healthcare food services, with an opportunity for networking with representatives from various industry professionals.


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