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MCCCD Board To Vote On 'District Transformation Proposal'

Maricopa County Community College District board members will soon be voting on whether to move forward with a "district transformation proposal." The board got its first look at the plan at a special hearing Tuesday night.

The proposal was developed as a response to declining student enrollment and revenue.

The recommendations were formed by a community task force and included aspects like hiring more student advisors, increasing apprentice programs, and improving district branding and communications.

District Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick presented the resulting proposal.

"If the revenue is not going to increase without a change in business practices and policies and the way we serve the community, then nothing is going to happen or change for the system," Harper-Marinick said.

The proposal would be rolled out over 18 months. It’s expected to cost $26 million in the first year, with funds coming from internal allocations. It received mostly positive feedback from board members.

A decision on whether to approve the plan is expected in the next 2 to 3 months.

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