Red is in. As China emerges as a dominant force in world trade, it’s attracting many suitors —including Mesa Community College.
MCC President Larry Christiansen said Tuesday the college is working with the People’s Republic of China to provide medical safety training to health officials in preparation for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Chinese officials “want to have a safe environment,” Christiansen said.
No contract has been signed, but Christiansen said he anticipates that MCC will know by June whether it can provide a 30-hour, non-credit course to the Chinese.
Christiansen guessed that a deal isn’t far off. “We’re probably at the 53-mile post of a 100-mile run,” he said.
Christiansen shared news of the developing relationship with China after a meeting of the Maricopa Community College District’s governing board.
Also Tuesday, the board, on a 4-to-1 vote, approved an 8 percent increase in tuition for its 10 community colleges next school year:
• Arizona residents will pay nearly $1,950 for a full year of classes, or a total of 30 credit hours.
• Out-of-state students will pay $17 more in surcharges than the current $198.
• Semester registration fees for each student will increase to $15, up from the current $5.
Jerry Walker was the only dissenting board member. He said the district should use other funding sources to pay for its growth and staffing needs.