The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC), composed of 34 citizen commissioners, and established by the City of Tucson/Pima County government, advises, makes recommendations, and serves as an advocate in all the areas as they affect the educational welfare of the citizens of Tucson and Pima County. The Regional College Access Center (RCAC) is a program of the MEC. RCAC's Co-Chairs are Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothchild and Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias. The RCAC provides culturally relevant comprehensive higher education preparation information and assistance with a specific focus on students who are the first of their family to attend post-secondary education programs.
Number of Students Served:
City of Tucson, Pima County Government, State - Governor's Office, Federal, Fundraising
The RCAC's mission is to facilitate the access to and success in college for all Pima County students, from low-income households or who are the first in their family to attend post secondary education programs.
Goals include: Preparing for College - Increase awareness of college and career preparation opportunities provided by public and private elementary, middle and high schools, college, Universities and community programs throughout Pima County; Paying for College - Provide information on federal and state financial aid and local/national scholarships; Graduating from College - Increase awareness of college and university summer transition and on-campus support programs designed to help students adjust to first year in college, receive academic and social support and guide students toward college graduation; Supporting Workforce Development - facilitate the access to career preparation resources.
Leadership, Career Counseling, Financial need counseling, Student Internships
College and Postsecondary Planning:
Middle School (6-8):
High School (9-12):