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New Frontiers Coronavirus message

Dear New Frontier members:

We are now officially in uncharted territory with the COVID-19 virus.  Since most of us are in the high-risk group it is obvious the way to prevent or reduce the incidence of getting or spreading the virus is to literally stay at home, wash hands and utilize social distancing if we must go out.   Therefore, the New Frontiers Council has decided to suspend all current or planned classes for the remainder of the semester.   The Spring Membership Meeting, Picnic and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon have also been canceled.

We will have an officer at-large member elections at a later time.

We are in contact with instructors about re-scheduling their classes to the summer or fall so that there will be an opportunity for you to participate.  The Curriculum committee is exploring the possibility of delaying the current summer proposal deadline and will send out an email with more specific information soon. 

Membership refund?  The short answer is no, but we will be discounting the membership fee for FY 2020-21 for both the full and partial year. Since part of your membership goes directly to MCC we will negotiate with them to make this work for all of us

New Directions:
We are exploring ways that we could move some courses online.  An example would be watching a TED Talks and then discussing it online.   If you have this type of technical knowledge, i.e., chat rooms, zoom, etc.,  then contact Allan Zisner ( our webmaster, and we can start developing a process immediately. 

Other educational opportunities:

  • Several museums have an interactive tour you can take (   
  • Call a friend and catch up on their lives, but do not sit in front of the TV all day. 
  • Read books, then you can share your recommendations.
  • Grandparents: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

We hope all our members are feeling well and if not, hopefully you will recover soon.  We will get through this if we continue to work together and be kind to one another.

Thank you for understanding,

Dan Taylor, President
New Frontiers
March 24, 2020

Welcome to New Frontiers!

Welcome to New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning! We hope you enjoy every moment you spend with us, whether it be attending classes or participating in a social group or attending a function like our annual picnic. Sit back, relax and enjoy. Since this is a totally volunteer organization, we also ask you to think about assisting with the planning, presenting, organizing at some point in the future when you are comfortable doing so. When each of us does a little, we can accomplish a lot!

Office of Community Partnerships

  • New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning is a peer-led membership organization
  • New Frontiers is a program of Mesa Community College's Office of Community Partnerships
  • There are about 500 New Frontiers members
  • New Frontiers offers over a hundred Non-Credit classes each semester at Mesa Community College campuses of Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain along with other East Valley locations
  • New Frontiers provides numerous volunteer hours for Mesa Community College as well as in the community

Among the many benefits of being part of our organization are:

  • Classes offered year-round during three semesters
  • Social activities, including our holiday party and annual picnic
  • Volunteer opportunities with New Frontiers organization and Mesa Community College
  • Discounts to local museums
  • Discovering new, lifelong friendships!
  • Free Microsoft Office 365 for Students

New members are always welcomed!

Welcoming message from Dan Taylor,
President of New Frontiers

Thank you for clicking on this website. One way we measure the pulse of our members is through surveys. The most recent one had 50% of our membership responding with the following information:

  • 50% of our members learned about New Frontiers from friends
  • 93% consider it relevant to them
  • 95% feel that it meets their needs
  • In terms of classes many of our members want more technology-based classes, i.e., cell phones, computer software and photo organizing

In order to continue to be successful we have developed a direction for the future:

  1. Increase methods of communication among the membership, Council and MCC to enhance the role of lifelong learning in the East Valley.
  2. Continue to expand the range of classes through innovation, technology and vision.
  3. Focus on making New Frontiers the ultimate volunteer experience.
  4. Enhance the New Frontiers Council structure and experience to foster leadership and sustain the vision.
  5. Expand the relationship and connection with Mesa Community College.

Come Join Us!

Joining New Frontiers is one of the best decisions you can make for your life-long learning and social well-being as well as for meeting new friends and having fun!

You may become a member anytime, although we especially recommend joining in September or January so that you can enjoy an entire semester of classes and social events. You may sign up online, call the Mesa Community College Continuing and Community Education Center at (480) 461-7497(480) 461-7497, or become a member in person at our Open House events held at the beginning of each semester.

A New Members Coffee is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, providing newcomers with an overview of New Frontiers and an opportunity to meet other members. Check our Calendar for dates and times.

An annual membership (includes fall, spring and summer semesters) costs $80.00 starting on September 1st and ending on August 31st.

A Spring-Summer membership costs $60.00 starting on January 1st and ending on August 31st.

Have Questions? Please see our FAQs page!

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