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We thought we would share a fall message from the Coordinator for the Mesa College Promise program.

My name is Lisa Cartwright-Harris, and I am the Education and Workforce Coordinator for the City of Mesa. As part of my role, I am the city’s liaison for the Mesa College Promise, an initiative created by Mayor John Giles in 2020 to increase educational attainment in Mesa.

The Mesa College Promise is a public-private partnership that provides two years of tuition-free education at MCC for qualified Mesa residents who graduate from an accredited high school or GED program. With funding from the City of Mesa, Mesa businesses and local philanthropists, Mesa College Promise is filling funding gaps not covered by federal financial aid and scholarships.

Can You Help with Backpacks?

Tuition is just one barrier students in limited-income households face in attending college. Many lack the means to buy essential school supplies. To help alleviate additional financial expenses, we are asking for a donation of 200 new backpacks by August 15th.

I have attached a Mesa College Promise flyer with pertinent information about the program. Please feel free to contact me with questions about the Mesa College Promise. I can be reached at 480-644-6495 or by email at

Thank you for supporting the Mesa College Promise and the community of Mesa.


Lisa Cartwright-Harris

Education and Workforce Coordinator
City of Mesa