Mesa Center for Higher Education

Mesa center for Higher Education

The Mesa Center for Higher Education is located at 245 W. 2nd St. The 53,000 sq. ft. building has been transformed into a shared academic space for new colleges and universities expanding into Mesa. In December 2012, the Mesa City Council approved the construction for the project and the five year lease for Wilkes University.

The first phase of development involved renovating the first floor and lower level, approximately 42,000 sq. ft. This phase consists of 13 classrooms, six labs (engineering and sciences), offices, conference rooms and numerous student study and gathering spaces. The second floor of the building, approximately 11,000 sq. ft., will be reserved for future expansion needs. The light rail extension will help to bring students within walking distance of the new campus and the various other downtown Mesa assets. 

The location was a draw for the schools, which were attracted to the city’s METRO light rail, the Mesa Arts Center and the nearby Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The institutions are also eager to offer educational opportunities to the nearly 260,000 students enrolled in two-year programs within the Maricopa County Community College system.