Message from the President

Dr. Ernest Lara As we commemorate our 25th anniversary of helping students achieve their dreams, transform their lives and celebrate their success, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is proud to recognize the remarkable achievements of students, alumni, employees, industry partners, and community members who have made this institution a true college for the community.

Estrella Mountain began as a small but innovative learning center in an Avondale shopping center in 1990. Working under the leadership of the Maricopa County Community College District, Estrella Mountain sought to bring learning opportunities closer to home for West Valley residents. When the College officially opened in 1992, Estrella Mountain was poised to become a higher education leader in one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation.

Estrella Mountain has since grown to be a premier institution locally, regionally and nationally. In 2016, the College was recognized as an Aspen Award finalist for the fourth consecutive time, the only college in Arizona to achieve this distinction. Our outstanding staff and faculty continue to lead the way in higher education, winning numerous awards and recognition for pioneering programs and practices to improve the futures of students through teaching, learning and caring.

EMCC strives to offer accessible and innovative learning experiences, academic and occupational degree pathways, job training programs, community education opportunities, and engagement and support programs at our campuses in Avondale and Buckeye, including our new location in partnership with the West-MEC Southwest Campus that opened in 2016 to serve students pursuing manufacturing, distribution, energy, and information technology security degrees.

For 25 fulfilling years, the staff and faculty of Estrella Mountain have worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for learners to fulfill their educational goals. By both embracing challenges and honoring triumphs, we have defined our learning journey as one based on integrity, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and sustainability. The future is one filled with great promise, and we are inspired by the opportunities that lie ahead for current and future students, and the alumni who have built a legacy of excellence for Estrella Mountain.

Thank you for making your success our success.

Ernest A. Lara, Ph.D.