Meet Your Neighbor: Renee Mesnik

Meet Your Neighbor is a feature of the Independent that introduces readers to a community member. To receive a profile form or to nominate a neighbor , send an e-mail to Renee Mesnik is site coordinator for the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road. For more information, visit

Name: Renee Mesnik.

How long have you worked in education?: 19 years.

What brought you to the Communiversity at Queen Creek?: Being a part of the team to launch the Communiversity has been exciting because it truly is an innovative higher education model that brings quality postsecondary education opportunities and services to east Valley residents.

In what ways has it helped the community?: The Communiversity provides higher learning opportunities that are affordable, convenient and accessible. Students can complete certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees through in-person and online courses. They can also take advantage of community workshops, in-person advisement and testing center services, such as CLEP, CompTia, GED, Exam Proctoring and much more – all from one convenient location.

What is your vision for the Communiversity?: The vision of the Communiversity is to engage east Valley residents who have a passion for learning, whether that be degree seekers or lifelong learners who want to take an occasional class or workshop.

What is your top priority for the Communiversity this winter/spring?: Our top priority is to increase awareness about the programs and services we provide and to develop other educational pathways and services that will help meet this community’s ever-changing needs.

How can the Communiversity help students to reach their academic aspirations?: The Communiversity was designed specifically to help students seamlessly transfer into higher learning programs of study offered by our academic partners: Rio Salado College, Chandler Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.

Who is a good fit for the Communiversity?: Anyone with a passion for learning, from high school to college students, professionals and lifelong learners.

What do you most enjoy about this location?: This community is active and engaged, especially the town of Queen Creek. They are eager to take part in the development of the Communiversity and the programs and services we offer to residents.

What do you want the residents of Queen Creek to know about the Communiversity?: We offer certificate-to-degree pathways in business administration/management, communication and liberal arts, early childhood, healthcare and human services, justice studies and teacher education – and can help students get started in any stage of their learning career. I welcome anyone who is interested in pursuing higher learning to come in for a tour and meet with our team to learn about ways we can help them achieve their educational goals.

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