Cadence Community Champion: Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick

Cadence Community Champion:
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick
Maricopa County Community College District

Each month, Cadence at Gateway recognizes Arizona leaders working to improve the East Valley region in the business, education, government, non-profit and our faith based community.

This month’s honoree is Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Chancellor. Dr. Harper-Marinick oversees the educational journey for more than 200,000 students in the county including those at Chandler Gilbert Community College, Mesa Community College and Scottsdale Community College.

In her two years as Chancellor, Dr. Harper-Marinick has focused on making career and academic pathways clearer and more connected to current and future jobs, so MCCCD students can fulfill their dreams, and our state’s workforce needs. One example of this is at Mesa Community College (MCC). The college recently launched the nation’s first-ever blockchain certification program. Blockchain is a digital ledger that records, among other uses, transactions made in cryptocurrency. This highly specialized program at MCC was selected by Apple as one of only six in the nation to deliver special coding certificates.

MCCCD is the largest educational institute in the state and the Chancellor is focused on consistent quality education despite ever-changing industry and educational shifts.

She dedicates countless hours of community service and leadership for East Valley non profits and was recognized with the 2017 Woman of the Year Award from Valley Leadership, 2016 Athena Award – Public Sector and 2015 Woman of the Year award from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick for being a Cadence Community Champion, as you create educational and workforce solutions for all students in our region. To learn more about Dr. Harper-Marinick and the Maricopa County Community College District visit

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Photo credit Maricopa County Community College District.