MCCCD Ranked No. 5 Best Higher Education Employers Alongside UCLA, Loyola, And Other Leading Colleges For Supporting Women In And Out Of The Population active.
Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), with 10 individually accredited colleges in the greater Phoenix area, was ranked the nation’s number one community college for women in this year’s list of Top Employers for Women published by Forbes.
Additionally, out of 400 U.S. companies included in the list, MCCCD ranked fifth among higher education institutions after Loyola University Chicago (#1), University of Southern New Hampshire (#2 ), University of South Florida (#3) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (#4).
“As one of the largest community college systems in the nation, we are more than just an equal opportunity employer,” said MCCCD Acting Chancellor Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “Rather, we strive to hire and foster a diverse workforce capable of working collectively and responsibly to meet the lifelong learning needs of our diverse students and communities.”
Currently, women make up 58.28% of MCCCD’s workforce, 58.23% are women in leadership positions, and six of the seven elected members of the MCCCD Board of Directors are women. The MCCCD also offers the Linda B. Rosenthal Women’s Mentorship Program, which provides ongoing development of an active and supportive work environment for diverse women at Maricopa Community Colleges. The free employee mentorship program creates opportunities for women to focus on their professional development goals, develop new leadership skills, and learn from college presidents, vice chancellors, and other leaders in the system who share their experience, career path and vision.
“In our system, we provide a variety of resources to our female employee population as their circumstances and needs change,” said Dr. Georgetta Kelly, MCCCD’s Director of Human Resources. “By creating a workplace that supports each of our diverse team members at various life stages, we are able to maintain our mission and values as a leader in higher education.
This year’s ranking by Forbes was compiled through a survey of 50,000 Americans – 30,000 women and 20,000 men – working for companies with at least 1,000 employees.
“As we look to the future and the possibility of offering accredited four-year bachelor’s degree programs, MCCCD will continue to seek pathways that cultivate a diverse, high-performing, and inclusive workforce capable of exceeding the needs of our students and our communities,” added MCCCD Board Chair Marie Sullivan. “At MCCCD, we are proud not only of the diversity of our student population, but also of our faculty and staff who continue to exceed expectations and attribute to the success of the MCCCD across all of our campuses. We are honored by this honor and hope it will serve as a model to be replicated across the country.”