The next step toward creation of a new opportunity for high school students in Mesa was taken this week when students at Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center (AAEC) Early College High School – Mesa began their school year. While a new AAEC campus is being built on Longmore Road, immediately adjacent to Mesa Community College’s campus on Southern Avenue, 1833 W. Southern Ave., students and staff occupy classrooms in the college’s library.
“This is an educationally-inspiring setting for our students,” said AAEC Principal Eric Stevens, adding that he expects the setting, combined with the school’s academic rigor and carefully managed concurrent college enrollment, will create a successful first year for his students.
AAEC already partners with MCC at its Red Mountain campus on McKellips Road, 7110 E. McKellips Road. There, and at four other AAEC campuses, students graduate with an average of 42 college credits transferrable to an Arizona university, with 25 percent learning a college degree. These statistics, consistent across different campus locations and student populations, are an ongoing feature of AAEC’s 20-year history in the Valley. The opportunity to get ahead – in coursework, in all it takes to navigate the pathways of higher education, and in realizing personal goals – is at the heart of AAEC’s program.
“We’re pleased to welcome our AAEC-Mesa pioneers,” Stevens said.
AAEC is an Early College High School that prepares young adults for success by promoting lifelong learning through rigorous academic instruction, promoting social responsibility and employability, and providing motivated students the opportunity to earn college credits while completing high school requirements. For more information, visit aaechighschools.com.