Mesa Community College president Shouan Pan
After searching for a new home since it was forced out of space in 2010, Mesa Community College has moved its culinary studies program to a sister school, Scottsdale Community College.
Beginning this fall, some 200 MCC culinary students will transition to SCC. Since 2010, the program has been meeting at Dobson High School after getting the boot from the East Valley Institute of Technology in 2010.
James Mabry, vice president of academic affairs at Mesa Community College, said it would have cost at least $2 million to properly retrofit existing commercial restaurant space.
It would have cost even more to establish a culinary program on the Mesa campus, he said.
Instead, the culinary night program will meet at the Scottsdale campus, when SCC’s own culinary program is not using the facility, he said.