Within a 30-minute drive of Mesa, there are approximately 550,000+ professionals; 42.2% (age 25+) with an associate’s degree or higher.
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Mesa is home to an impressive array of top-rated educational institutions and collaborative partnerships that focus on producing a workforce that is not only technologically prepared, but also possesses a strong work ethic. Included are the following:
- Mesa Community College: 22,711 students
- ASU Polytechnic Campus: 14,632
- East Valley Institute of Technology: 3,000
- Chandler-Gilbert Community College-Williams Campus: 2,125
- A.T. Still University: 1,230
- Northern Arizona University-Mesa: 1,682
- Benedictine University: 1,000 (projected by 2018)
- Upper Iowa University: 750 (projected by 2018)
- Wilkes University: 425 (projected by 2018)
- Other private and for-profit institutions include: Arizona College, Carrington College, DeVry University, Pima Medical Institute
In Mesa, the focus of K-12 education is "choice." Both public and private schools offer an array of educational options for primary and secondary students.
The K-12 education system in Mesa includes public, as well as a number of private and parochial school systems. Charter schools, magnet schools, international baccalaureate programs, numerous parochial, Montessori, and other options typify Mesa's commitment to education.
In 2011, Mesa Public Schools and Gilbert Public Schools received a "Gold Medal" designation in the Education Quotient (EQ) Ratings, which is published annually in Expansion Management magazine. The Gold Medal is the highest award given, a distinction that only 16 percent of the school districts evaluated receive.