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May 26 15

SMCC Student Club to Develop a Mobile App

South Mountain Community College (CC) “Digital Connect” club has been awarded a learning grant to develop a mobile app and student digital newspaper for the college. Phi Theta Kappa students have already published the inaugural edition of “Cougar Today”, the student newspaper, as a PDF that will morph into the digital newspaper.

Business and Information Technology division faculty Stephen Hustedde, Niall McCarthy, and Maria Bailey-Benson along with Language Arts division faculty member Camille Newton, submitted submitted the application for the 2015-2016 Learning Grant project and were awarded $11,880 for the proposed project.

“South Mountain CC has made strides in building a programming/mobile apps development program and a business entrepreneurship program”, said Stephen Hustedde. “We have programming and design students who need and want more real-world experience. An obvious solution is to develop a mobile app and a digital newspaper deployable to mobile devices in-house, placing students with faculty oversight to provide additional learning and instruction, while helping students build upon their portfolio to secure gainful employment.”

The club project will focus on four interwoven teams – a mobile-app design/development team (programming students), a digital publication design team (web and graphic design students), a content team to write for the newspaper as well as the app (journalism/English students), and a business/entrepreneurship team that provide project management, marketing, and surveying of student needs/desires in the design process (business/entrepreneurship students).

The Digital Connect project will kick-off July 1, 2015 and will begin recruiting students August 20, 2015. For more information contact Stephen Hustedde at stephen.hustedde@southmountaincc.edu.

May 19 15

South Mountain Community College Career Education Students Have A New Scholarship Opportunity

Phoenix, AZ – May 18 – South Mountain Community College (South Mountain) is now offering tuition awards and test certification reimbursements to students enrolled in a My Career Certificate of Completion program.

To apply for the tuition award, students must be enrolled in their final class that will complete their certificate at South Mountain, maintain a grade of C/P or better, meet attendance requirements for the course and apply prior to graduation. Students interested in the test certification reimbursement must have attended South Mountain after October 1, 2013, completed the test between May 1, 2015 and December 18, 2015, and submit completed test results and proof of payment with application.

“We are delighted to announce this scholarship, which reflects the importance of career education at South Mountain,” says Shari Olson, South Mountain president. “We are committed to a whole-person approach, which provides students with the knowledge, skills and tools to effect real change in their workforce and their community.”

Gladys Hernandez, real estate student and test certification reimbursement applicant, said that this grand affords her the opportunity to focus on preparing for the test. “I don’t have to worry that I won’t be able to take the test due to financial considerations,” she said. “I am thankful that South Mountain is supporting my education and helping me achieve my career aspirations.”

The Walmart Brighter Futures Project and the League for Innovation in the Community College made this scholarship program possible. For more information about the program, contact the MyCareer Advisor at mycareer@southmountaincc.edu.

May 14 15

Announcing Business Micro-Finance Program with Community Partners

South Mountain Community College Community Entrepreneurship Center announces new partnership program with Marisol Federal Credit Union (FCU and smallMatters organization. This new signature partnership program provides entrepreneurship students the eligibility to apply for a micro-finance business loan from $500 to $2500 with MariSol FCU upon completion of the 16-credit program.

MariSol FCU is a community development financial institution that serves modest income people in Maricopa County. “We are committed to financial inclusion and empowerment by expanding access to affordable and equitable financial services for all,” said Robin Romano, CEO of MariSol FCU. “MariSol believes strongly in encouraging entrepreneurs. They are the backbone of the business community and need more support from same community.”

smallMatters is a social think tank organization focusing on healthy communities, environmental aesthetics, and service technologies; dedicated to teaching people the art of community organizing. The partnership with South Mountain Community College Community Entrepreneurship Center is part of the organization’s Artisan Food Guild project.

When asked how the partnership program prepares entrepreneurs for success, Bruce McHenry, business faculty and Community Entrepreneurship Center director said, “Three of the biggest obstacles for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses are access to information, resources, and capital. This unique partnership helps overcome these barriers by providing entrepreneurs with the education, skills, connections, and eligibility for their first business loan, which is the hardest to get. Having these tools helps increases an entrepreneur’s likelihood of success and growth”.

For more information about the Business Micro-Finance Program call 623.282.1194, email mybusiness@southmountaincc.edu or visit, southmountaincc.edu/mybusiness.

May 13 15

2015 Commencement Ceremony

South Mountain Community College’s spring commencement ceremony will be held Friday, May 15 at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street. The ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m., with Alfredo Gutierrez as the keynote speaker.

Gutierrez currently serves on the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board, representing District 5 and an active supporter of the Latino community.

Gutierrez served the citizens of Arizona as a Senator from 1972 to 1986. During his tenure, he, along with Burton Barr, Art Hamilton, and Governor Bruce Babbitt, led the reorganization of State government from a rural, southern-inspired governance model to a modern, forward-leaning decision structure. Since leaving the Senate, Mr. Gutierrez has worked in public relations, issues management and authored a book. He has frequently been asked to speak on the issue of immigration history and immigration reform and continues to advocate for public schools and immigration reform.

Student speaker BriAnna Schrimpf, valedictorian, will also be featured at the ceremony. Schrimpf has maintained a 4.0 and was a star athlete on the softball team – ranking #1 in the conference and #8 nationally for homeruns. She is graduating with an associate’s degree in nursing.

No tickets are necessary to attend the graduation ceremony. For more information on the ceremony, call 602.243.8000.

May 12 15

SMCC Students Awarded a Total of $2,000 for Business Venture Pitches

Venture Pitch

Congratulations goes out to the South Mountain Community College Community Entrepreneurship Center Spring 2015 Student Venture Pitch Competition (SVPC) winners! Marisol Federal Credit Union funded the 2015 Student Venture Pitch Competitions and has partnered with the college to support entrepreneurial opportunities.

14 student participants pitched their business concepts, many already established, to a panel of distinguished judges, which included Chuck Newton from SCORE, Robin Romano, MariSol Federal Credit Union CEO, and Dr. Garret Westlake, Associate Dean of Student Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University.

Participants had three minutes to provide an overview of their businesses, describe their customers, and outline the benefits their business would gain from the prize money. Prizes were awarded for first through fifth place, audience choice and best business idea with social innovation.

The Spring 2015 winners of the SVPC are as follows:

  • First Place $500 Jason Wasser
  • Second Place $400 Lisa Leon
  • Third Place $300 Jenna DeCoite
  • Fourth Place $200 Belinda Escalante
  • Fifth Place $100 Lakesha Harris
  • Social Innovation $250 Belinda Escalante
  • Audience Choice $250 Jenna Decoite

The next Student Venture Pitch Competition (SVPC) will be held in Fall 2015. The SVPC is open to all SMCC students registered for a minimum of three credit hours during the semester and who own or are ready to start a business.

For more information about the many opportunities available through the South Mountain Community College Community Entrepreneurship Center visit southmountaincc.edu/mybusiness.

May 5 15

SMCC Business Students Excel at International Conference

Business Students Excel at International ConferenceSouth Mountain Community College Collegiate DECA members competed in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida, April 18 through April 21 after qualifying at the Annual State DECA Career Development Conference. Students included John (Gus) Barnes, Juan Gonzalez, Bryan Florendo, Cassandra Votion and Georgina Mendoza. South Mountain Community College DECA came home with multiple medals, and received the Leadership Passport Executive Award. Gus Barnes received the Leadership and Academic Honors Award.

For the competitions, Bryan Florendo placed in the top 10 in Accounting. Juan Gonzalez placed in the top 10 in Human Resource Management. The team of Juan Gonzalez, Gus Barnes and a student from Estrella Mountain Community College placed in the top 10 for their work on an Entrepreneurship Case.

Six Arizona colleges and universities were represented at this conference. South Mountain Community College had the most top 10 finalists from all six Arizona schools.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. For more information about the South Mountain Community College chapter or to get involved, visit southmountaincc.edu.

Apr 23 15

Paws 4 a Study Break at South Mountain Community Library

Paws 4 Study Break

Join Barney, Maddy and Ringo at the South Mountain Community Library Thursday, May 7 for a study break. The library will be hosting the stress management event for students before finals weeks. Therapy dogs, Barney, Maddy, and Ringo from the Paws 2 Read organization will join Amy Torgerson, South Mountain Community College Counseling Faculty to help ease the stress of studying for finals.

Ms. Torgerson will provide stress advice and last-minute research assistance. The library will provide healthy study snacks. The event is free and open to the public.

South Mountain Community College President, Dr. Shari Olson supports the event saying, “It’s important for all of us to take time to nourish our well-being. Our canine companions help us do that every day. I hope all our students have a chance to participate in this wonderful event.”

Don’t work like a dog! Paws 4 a study break and spend a dog-day afternoon at the South Mountain Community Library!

WHEN: May 7, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Apr 17 15

Want More Than a Job? Want a Career?

Create the Future You Want at
South Mountain Community College

With more than 50 degrees and certificate programs available, students can create the future they want at South Mountain Community College. South Mountain Community College MyCareer programs prepare students for entry into the job market and provide a firm academic base for continuing their education at a four-year college or university. If you’re ready to reach your potential and are looking for more than a job, South Mountain Community College is the place for you.

MyCareer programs offer industry certifications, job placement, and entry-level salary ranges from $20,000 – $50,000 per year in industries with projected employment growth of 8 – 32 percent. All MyCareer programs at South Mountain Community College can be completed in as little as one semester to two years with job placement upon completion of the program.

MyCareer programs include:

  • Accounting
  • Cisco Networking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graphic and Web Design
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Retail Management
  • Microsoft/Linux
  • Mobil Apps
  • Real Estate
  • Music Business
  • And many more

To learn more about myCareer Programs call/text 623.282.1194, email mycareer@southmountaincc.edu or visit, southmountaincc.edu/mycareer.

 

Apr 15 15

U.S. Attorney’s Office Selects South Mountain Community College Student for Internship

Maribel Paz South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Student Maribel Paz has been selected for an internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Maribel is in her second semester at SMCC pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. Maribel’s career goals include becoming a police officer, detective, and, eventually an attorney.

The position with the U.S. Attorney’s Office will include administrative work, conducting research on criminal cases and participating in courtroom hearings. “I discovered my passion for criminal law and the justice system in high school when I participated in the Teen Court program,” said Maribel. “This is the perfect internship for my career goals.” Maribel even inspired her math teacher to pursue a career in law, and he is now a student in the law program at Columbia University.

Maribel credits her experience at SMCC as a work-study student and the resources available in the career services center that prepared her for the five-panel interview and qualifications required for the internship.

“I cannot wait to start learning more about my future career and putting my education into practice,” stated Maribel.

Apr 1 15

Earn Free College Credits

Summer STEM Program Opportunities to Earn Free College Credits Now Accepting Applications

South Mountain Community College (SMCC) offers two summer program opportunities for students pursuing STEM degrees to earn college credits for free.  The SMCC Bioscience Summer Camp and the Minority Male Summer Institute are now accepting applications.

In the Bioscience Summer Camp students learn about scientific applications, laboratory techniques, and moral issues associated with Biotechnology and earn four college credits. Expand your career and college options, while getting paid to earn four college credits that meet general education Natural Science requirements at universities and colleges across the country.

Biotechnology is one of the 21st century’s hottest careers, and experience in this field looks good on a resume or college application. As part of the camp, students will take field trips and get behind-the-scenes looks at Tgen and ASU’s Biodesign Institutes.

The Minority Male Summer Institute (MMI) is a program that was created to promote study and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to graduating minority male high school seniors.

Male students of color continue to be under-represented in the career fields of science and technology. The MMI was designed to make it easier for these students to get started in college and begin a potentially rich and rewarding career path while earning five college credits in just five weeks.

Both programs run May 26 to June 25, 2015 at the SMCC main campus located at 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix.  For detailed information and application to these programs visit, southmountaincc.edu or contact Yvette Espinosa at 602.243.8090.

Mar 25 15

Emily Alcazar Named 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar

EmilyAlcazar

South Mountain Community College student, Emily Alcazar, has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. As a Bronze Scholar, Emily will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion.

SMCC President, Dr. Shari Olson, nominated two students for the All-State-Community College Academic Team. To make the final selection, an independent panel of judges considered outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service. “This award demonstrates the exemplary accomplishments and work of Emily and the SMCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter,” stated President Olson.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held nationally and internationally at the Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Mar 13 15

New Pharmacy Certificate Program

New Pharmacy Certificate Program at South Mountain Community College

Beginning Fall 2015 South Mountain Community College will offer a new Pharmacy Customer Service Technician program to train and prepare students for a career as a qualified professional. Pharmacy Technician is rated as one of the “best healthcare jobs” according to the U.S. News 2015 rating of best careers. The median pay for Pharmacy Technicians in Arizona is approximately $31,656 annually and projected job growth is faster than average.

The Certificate of Completion in the Pharmacy Customer Service program will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the retail pharmacy environment. Courses will cover federal and state pharmacy regulations and pharmacy services, including prescription dispensing and drug distribution and control. Emphasis will be on providing quality customer service and using effective communications and interpersonal skills when dealing with pharmacy customers and personnel.

Day and evening tracks are available. The day track is full-time, one semester (16 weeks) track. The evening program is 24 weeks to completion. Classes will be held at the Guadalupe Center located at 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Dr.) in Guadalupe.

To qualify students must have a High School diploma or GED, apply to the program, and attend one of the information sessions to receive an application.

INFORMATION SESSION DATES:
MONDAY MARCH 30 and TUESDAY, MARCH 31
Both sessions are 6 – 8 p.m. at SMCC Guadalupe Center | Room GC 125/126. For more information call 602-243-8217 or email pharmacytech@southmountaincc.edu.

Mar 6 15

Women’s Expo Event

Success of South Mountain Community College Clothing Drive Spurs Women’s Expo Event

South Mountain Community College Women’s Clothing Drive received an overwhelming response from the campus and community. English faculty member, Dawn Thacker, said “We received approximately 100+ items, enough to combine into several dozen complete professional outfits for our women students.” As a result, the college will hold a Women’s Expo on March 31, 2015.

The donated professional clothing items will be distributed to students during the event. Events stations during the expo include:

  • “What To Wear” Fashion Show
  • Professional Make-up Tips
  • Resume Writing
  • Career Exploration
  • Business Card and Website Creation
  • Interview Preparation
  • Guest Speakers
  • Personal Elevator Pitch Coaching
  • Strengths Coaching

The Women’s’ Expo will take place at the main campus in the Student Union Courtyard, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more information contact, Maria Bailey-Benson, maria.bailey-benson@southmountaincc.edu or
Dawn Penich-Thacker, dawn.thacker@southmountaincc.edu

Mar 5 15

Collegiate DECA’s Competitive Events

Collegiate DECA’s Competitive Events

Collegiate DECA’s Competitive Events Program allows students to put their experience, skills and knowledge to the test while representing their college or university. Students compete for top international honors in one of 24 different competitions. Collegiate DECA competitive events recognize student achievement, provide opportunities for traveling to conferences and networking with peers. The Collegiate DECA Competitive Events Program is recognized for helping to prepare students for their professional careers–in all events students are judged by business and industry professionals.

Saturday, February 21SMCC Collegiate DECA sent ten students to the Annual State DECA Career Development Conference. Seven students competed in role plays and exams. Other schools represented include ASU, UofA, GCU, GCC, Estrella Mountain and Scottsdale Community College.

SMCC swept the Accounting competition. Bryan Florendo won best role play, best exam, and came in first overall.Cassandra Votion, placed second and Jonathan Raus placed third.

In other categories, John (Gus) Barnes won best role play in Restaurant Management placed third overall. Juan Gonzalezwon third place in Human Resource Management, and the team of Georgina Mendoza and Kaiya Henderson received a participation award for their work on a Sports & Enertainment Marketing case.

Five SMCC students qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference that will be held April 18 – 21 in Orlanda, Florida. To qualify they had to place and receive a score of 70 or higher. The students that qualified include: Bryan Florendo, John (Gus) Barnes, Juan Gonzalez, Georgina Mendoza and Kaiya Henderson.

Congratulations to all!

Feb 20 15

Awards Gala

South Mountain Community College Student Life & Leadership Director, Landres (Buddy) Cheeks To Be Honored At Awards Gala

Arizona Common Ground (AZCG) will honor South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Student Life and Leadership Director, Landres (Buddy) Cheeks at their First Annual Awards Gala, “A Night of Impact”, on February 21, 2015, 6 – 10 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore.

Mr. Cheeks will be one of six individuals that will be honored based on the impact that they have made in their communities through their demonstration as engaged citizens, humility and devotion.

Frantz Beasley, President/Co-Founder AZ Common Ground, said “Buddy has been a supportive and collaborative resource to AZCG in their efforts to provide support and services for at-risk youth and adults returning to communities following incarceration.”  Through awareness, education, and support services, re-entry youth and adults are able to rebuild their lives and contribute to the safety of our communities.

“The award recognition of Buddy is also an extension to SMCC for the quality of education, services and opportunities provided to students who may have lost hope in life, said Beasley. Our ultimate goal is to prevent crime and advocate for victims of crime within Maricopa County.  SMCC and Buddy Cheeks support that goal through their services.”

SMCC President, Dr. Shari Olson said, “Buddy’s dedication to making a difference in our students’ lives is demonstrated through the programs and activities he develops for students as the Director of Student Life and Leadership. He continually looks for ways to educate and involve our students in the areas of community engagement, civic responsibility, leadership and volunteerism.”

Feb 19 15

SMCC to Host 2015 Hermanas Latinas STEM Conference

This year, South Mountain Community College (SMCC) in partnership with Arizona Public Service (APS) and Intel Corporation, will host the third annual Hermanas Latinas STEM Conference on Friday, February 27, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Nationally, the low number of students pursuing education and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has become a critical concern, but beyond that fact is the even lower likelihood that Hispanic females will enter STEM fields.

The annual Hermanas conference provides a positive environment where young Latinas can interact with successful Latina professionals, receive encouragement to continue their education, attend college, and eventually graduate with a degree that prepares them for a STEM career or advanced education.

The event features fun, interactive hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, and an education resource fair. In the past, students have conducted their own experiments in biology (strawberry DNA), mathematics (Barbie® bungeejumping), and engineering (with marshmallows). Students will also have the opportunity to win one of several raffle prizes.

Space is limited each year, and the registration deadline is February 20th for young Latinas who would like to participate. Call the Recruitment Office at 602.243.8000 or see your high school counselor for more information.

SMCC is a STEMJobsSM designated college offering job alignment, placement, and diversity in the college’s STEM programs. Some SMCC STEM programs are two years in length with annual average starting salaries of $30,000-$50,000. For information about SMCC STEM programs visit southmountaincc.edu.

Feb 13 15

2015 All-Arizona Academic Team

Two South Mountain Community College Students Selected For Prestigious All-Arizona Academic Team

Phoenix, AZ – February 11, 2015 – Outstanding South Mountain Community College (SMCC) students Emily Alcazar and Kristi-Lee Mathiesen have been named to the prestigious 2015 All-Arizona Academic Team. In addition, both 4.0 students placed in Arizona’s first team and are automatically considered for the All-USA Academic Team.

The SMCC Honors Program announced that President, Dr. Shari Olson nominated the students – who will be honored with fellow All-Arizona candidates at a luncheon on Wednesday February 18, 2015 at the Hilton Mesa.

Emily and Kristi-Lee will both receive four semesters of tuition waivers to the Arizona state university of their choice courtesy of the Arizona Board of Regents and a scholarship from SMCC in the amount of $1000.

Both full-time students are active members of SMCC’s Alpha Eta Delta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.  According to Dr. Shari Olson, “The All-Arizona Academic Team competition provides pathways for our academically talented students to transfer to Arizona universities.  Emily and Kristi-Lee exemplify the type of dedication and commitment to academics and community leadership. South Mountain Community College is proud support these students in achieving their best and continuing their education.”

Emily AlcazarEmily Alcazar is the Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Membership. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa she participated in the SMCC Chapter’s ‘Honors in Action” project. Emily also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and received the Honors College Honors Achievement Award.

Emily is majoring in Industrial Engineering and is set to transfer to Arizona State University, with plans to pursue a career in as an industrial engineer in the manufacturing environment.

“I was thrilled when I found out that I got first placement for the All-AZ Academic Team”, says Emily. “I am so glad that all of my effort and hard work has paid off. I am also very grateful to be a member of the All-AZ Academic Team because it will give me many amazing opportunities.”

Kristi-Lee Mathiesen Kristi-Lee Mathiesen is majoring in Associates of Arts at SMCC with plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University and pursue a career as an elementary school teacher or middle schools science teacher.

Krisiti-Lee’s community activities include volunteering at Boys and Girls Club, and working with the elderly at a day center in Tempe. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Kristi-Lee served as the Vice President of Communications for Phi Theta Kappa. She also and participated in the SMCC Chapter’s “Honors in Action” project, received the Honors Achievement Award and recognized on SMCC’s President’s List.

When asked about placing on the first team, Kristi said “I was in shock when I first found out I was chosen for All-AZ Academic Team. I knew most of the people who applied and knew they too were all great candidates to win. I had to read my email several times before it sunk in that I was chosen. I am so thankful I was selected. I thought about everything from my life over past couple of years and I was able to get here because of the love and support of my family, friends and the professors at South Mountain Community College.”

For more information about the Alpha Eta Delta, the South Mountain Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, visit southmountaincc.edu/honors/ptk.

Feb 5 15

SMCC Entrepreneurship Center to Host Entrepreneur Forums

Phoenix, AZ – February 5, 2015 – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Community Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) will conduct three Entrepreneurship Forums during the spring semester.

The first of three forums, New School/Non-traditional Entrepreneurs, is Wednesday, February 11, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in the South Mountain Community Library, Community Room. The panel of local entrepreneurs that will discuss the topic of non-traditional entrepreneurship incudes:

  • Tremaine Jasper, owner, operator and blogger of PhxSoul.com.  PhxSoul.com is a Website that informs Phoenix-area residents about African American cultural events, businesses, organizations, educational opportunities, entertainment and much more. Jasper created his business in August 2006 to provide local residents with a daily news and information focused on the African American community.
  • Roosevelt Brown, owner of Velt’s Mobile Detailing. Brown established his mobile detailing business in 1993, when he was employed as a FedEx courier. He liked cars and really enjoyed keeping his cars clean and detailed. So he took a chance, bought a van and some detailing equipment. Within three months Velts Mobile Detailing took off! Now twenty-two years later his business consists of several crews and mobile equipment that travel all over the state.
  • Chelsea Cavender, founder and chemist of SLATHERLotions. As a plant biologist, and SLATHER mixologist, Cavender believes “it’s what’s INSIDE that counts” in her holistic skincare products made with ingredients that are natural, organic, plant-based, and100% non-GMO. Cavender built her business vending at local farmers’ markets and has expanded her online market.
  • Kyle Clayton is a serial entrepreneur, creating and operating a variety of local companies in Arizona that include Jackrabbit Janitorial, Awesome Cookie Company, and Better Creative. Kyle is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

“These forums provide an opportunity for our students and community to develop a comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurship,” stated SMCC President Shari Olson. “This panel in particular brings an important message about entrepreneurship – being passionate about what you do and challenging what is already established can lead to a successful business venture.”

Additional forums are scheduled to take place March 4 and April 8, 2015. Topics will include Young Entrepreneurs Under 30 (March 4) and Franchises (April 8). More details about both forums will be available in coming weeks at www.southmountaincc.edu/cec. All Entrepreneur Forums are free and open to the public.

Feb 4 15

SMCC Faculty and Staff Organize Women’s Professional Clothing Drive

Phoenix, AZ – Feb. 3 – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) faculty and staff identified the need to assist women in preparation transitioning in to new careers. Faculty and staff came together to organize the college’s first Women’s Professional Clothing Drive to take place February 9 – 13, 2015 during Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Clothes can be dropped off in the Student Life and Leadership Office located on the SMCC main campus in the Student Union Building. Hours for drop off Monday – Friday are 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Donation Requirements:

  • Women’s slacks, blouses, jackets, skirts and dresses (no personal garments)
  • Belts, scarves and accessories welcome, but NO SHOES
  • Workplace/job interview appropriate
  • Current fashions
  • Clothing should be in excellent condition
  • Newly dry-cleaned with dry-cleaning tags still attached

Distribution of donated clothing items will be directed through the SMCC Community Entrepreneurship Center, Business and Deca student clubs.

Donated clothing will be showcased during the Women’s Luncheon held in March along with make-up sessions and a “What-To-Wear” student fashion show.

For more information contact, Maria Bailey-Benson, maria.bailey-benson@southmountaincc.edu or

Dawn Penich-Thacker, dawn.thacker@southmountaincc.edu

Jan 29 15

Celebrate Black History Month with SMCC!

Mark your calendar for the exciting performances and events happening at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) during the month of February in celebration of Black History.

Each year SMCC presents two signature performing arts events. RETURN TO THE AFRICAN VILLAGE, “5th Annual Black History Month Event-Oral Traditions Today: Returning to the African Village”. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Auditorium. This performance is presented by the SMCC Storytelling Institute. Event information is available at 602.243.8026.

The SMCC Music Department presents the annual JAZZ FESTIVAL on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.  This year’s festival features special guest, Dmitri Matheny & the SMCC Jazz Ensemble. Jazz Festival start at 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Student Life and Leadership is hosting a variety of community events in honor of Black History month. All events take place at the SMCC Main Campus located at 7050 S. 24th Street.

Jan. 29, 2015: Mr. Kevin Taylor, director of “Black Women Walking” will meet with students on 1/29/15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the LRC Patio to present a facilitated discussion.

Feb. 3, 2015: The American Red Cross Blood Drive celebrates the accomplishments of Dr. Charles R. Drew, the African American surgeon and researcher who organized America’s first large-scale blood bank and trained a generation of black physicians at Howard University. The American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union. Appointments can be scheduled online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 800.RED.CROSS (sponsor code SMCC)

Feb. 9, 2015: Community Health Day in recognition of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, breaking down ethnic barriers in medicine. Daniel Hale Williams founded the first black-owned hospital in America, and performed the world’s first successful heart surgery, in 1893. Determined that Chicago should have a hospital where both black and white doctors could study and where black nurses could receive training, Williams rallied for a hospital open to all races. After months of hard work, he opened Provident Hospital and Training School for Nurses on May 4, 1891, the country’s first interracial hospital and nursing school.  This event takes place 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the LRC Patio.

Feb.18, 2015: The Arizona Buffalo Soldiers Motor Cycle Club commemorates the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, the all-Black U.S. Army cavalry that secured the western territories and became an integral part of American history. The performance will take place 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the LRC Patio.

For more information about South Mountain Community College, visit southmountaincc.edu.

Jan 7 15

MariSol Federal Credit Union Donates $4,000 to Fund SMCC Student Venture Pitch Competition

Phoenix, AZ – South Mountain Community College’s (SMCC) Community Entrepreneurship Center receives a $4,000 donation from Marisol Federal Credit Union (FCU) to fund student venture pitch competitions (SVPC).

The SVPC provides students the opportunity to take an idea for a new product or business and develop a plan to introduce it to the marketplace or to present new innovations to grow their current business. Participants compete for prize money before a panel of distinguished judges, which include successful investors, entrepreneurs and experienced, entrepreneurial-minded practitioners in the business community.

Each year the SMCC Community Entrepreneurship Center provides students with two opportunities to compete in a venture pitch competition. During the competition, students have three minutes to provide an overview of their businesses, describe their customers, and outline the benefits their business would gain from the prize money. Prizes are awarded for first through fifth place, audience choice, and best business idea with social innovation. MariSol FCU’s donation supports the sustainability and continuation of the venture pitch competition opportunity.  SMCC President, Dr. Shari Olson says, “The donation from MariSol FCU exemplifies the importance of partnerships between the business community and higher education. It is through these partnerships that we are able to increase student success, inspire entrepreneurship and contribute to the economic growth in the South Mountain Community”.

MariSol FCU is a community development financial institution that serves modest income people in Maricopa County.  “We are committed to financial inclusion and empowerment by expanding access to affordable and equitable financial services for all.” said Robin Romano, CEO of MariSol FCU. “MariSol believes strongly in encouraging entrepreneurs. They are the backbone of the business community and need more support from same community.” MariSol supported a similar program at ASU and already supports the same community of SMCC. “This partnership allows us to spread the commitment of financial empowerment to more of the community”, said Robin Romano.

To learn more information about the SMCC Community Entrepreneurship Center opportunities available to students and businesses, visit www.southmountaincc.edu/cec.

For more information about MariSol Federal Credit Union visit, www.marisolcu.org.

Dec 19 14

High School Juniors and Seniors Invited to Explore South Mountain Community College Programs

Phoenix, AZ — South Mountain Community College’s (SMCC) annual “Cougar Day” college exploration event will take place on Fri., Feb. 6, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. All valley high school juniors and seniors are invited to spend the day at the college to learn about the high-quality education programs, opportunities, services and financial assistance options available to students attending SMCC.

Cougar Day is free and will feature information on programs of study such as teacher education, bilingual nursing, performing and fine arts, athletics, music, technology, engineering and bioscience. SMCC is a 2015 STEM designated college for students wanting to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The program also includes motivational speakers, faculty and staff presentations, campus tours, a resource fair, student performances, raffles, giveaways, and complimentary lunch.

Registration for the event is required; students should contact Peter Do at 602.305.5834 or peter.do@southmountaincc.edu.

For more information about South Mountain Community College, visit southmountaincc.edu. To learn more about STEM careers, visit stemjobs.com.


 

South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite locations, SMCC’s Guadalupe site and SMCC’s Laveen site. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

Dec 19 14

SMCC Students Awarded a Total of $5, 278.00 for their Business Venture Pitch

Phoenix, AZ – December 16, 2014 – Congratulations goes out to the South Mountain community college 2014 Fall NACCE/Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurial College in Action Grant Student Venture Pitch winners!

11 student participants pitched their business concepts, many already established, to a panel of distinguished judges, which include successful investors, entrepreneurs and experienced, entrepreneurial-minded practitioners in the business community.

Participants had three minutes to provide an overview of their businesses, describe their customers, and outline the benefits their business would gain from the prize money. Prizes were awarded for first through fifth place, audience choice and best business idea with social innovation.

The Fall 2014 winners of the SVPC are as follows:

  • First Place $1,000 (tie) Terry Smith
  • First Place $1,000 (tie) Rosanna Fierros
  • First Place $1,000 (tie) Tim Gammage
  • Second Place $750 Diana Monell
  • Third Place $400 Jonathan Raus
  • Fourth Place $300 Rose Odhiambo
  • Fifth Place $250 Georgina Mendoza
  • Honorable Mention $100  Kevin Reyes
  • Audience Choice $200 Kevin Reyes
  • Social Innovation $278.25 Tim Gammage

The next Student Venture Pitch Competition (SVPC) will be held in Spring 2015. The SVPC is open to all SMCC students registered for a minimum of three credit hours during the semester and who own or are ready to start a business.

For more information about the SMCC Community Entrepreneurship Center, visit http://www.southmountaincc.edu/business-management/.


South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite campuses, SMCC’s Guadalupe Center and SMCC’s Laveen Center. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

Dec 15 14

Dr. Olson Attends White House Summit, Announces Commitment to Increase Student Success

Dr. Shari OlsonPhoenix, AZ – December 8, 2014 – South Mountain Community College announced new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college as part of the White House College Opportunity Day of Action Summit on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Dr. Shari Olson, South Mountain Community College president, and Dr. Rufus Glasper, chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District, joined President Obama, the First Lady, Vice President Biden and educational leaders from across the country at the summit.

“The collective energy of educators from all over the country came together and formed a collaborative spirit,” said Dr. Olson. “Everyone committed to continue efforts to increase educational opportunities for all students, especially those who are low-income, first-generation and underrepresented. I was honored to represent South Mountain Community College and be a part of this historic day.”

At the summit, South Mountain Community College made the following commitment to improve student success:

We pledge to focus on diverse course delivery options, such as condensed and paired Developmental Education courses, in order to accelerate student progress and success. These delivery options are supported by a new student intake process that includes a mandatory New Student Orientation and student success course.

At the summit, President Obama announced new steps on how his administration will help to support college opportunity, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college.

President Obama has also announced a $1,000 annual increase in Pell scholarships and a new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, limited student loan payments to 10 percent of income, and laid out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition.

Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class.  Today, only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25, compared with 54 percent in the top quartile


South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite locations, SMCC’s Guadalupe site and SMCC’s Laveen site. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

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Dec 8 14

SMCC Announced as 2015 Bellwether Award Finalist

Phoenix, AZ – December 5, 2014 – The Community College Futures Assembly announced yesterday ten outstanding community college programs (in each of its three categories) as the Finalists to compete for the 2015 Bellwether Awards. The Assembly had issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2014, and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. The field of Bellwether nominations was very competitive this year with over 300 Bellwether applications. Prior to the application process, about 1,000 community college programs were nominated from a wide range of agencies including peer institutions, conferences, and the media.

South Mountain Community College was selected as a finalist in the area of Instructional Programs and Services, co-sponsored by the National Council of Instructional Administrators for it’s program “From Rhetoric to Reality: Innovating for Success at a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution”. This category represents programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college. In addition to SMCC, the Maricopa Community College District was also selected as finalists in this category for it’s Maricopa “Millions OER Project: Scaling Use of ExtraOERdinary Materials”.

Representatives from SMCC will present at the Assembly on January 26th, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Winners will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts within each category. The winners will be announced on Jan. 27th at the annual meeting in Orlando.

For more information, consult the Community College Futures Assembly website, education.ufl.edu/futures/

 


 

South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite locations, SMCC’s Guadalupe Center and SMCC’s Laveen Center. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

Dec 3 14

MCCCD Leaders to Join White House Summit on College Opportunity

TEMPE, Ariz. – Dec. 3 – Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges, Dr. Eugene Giovannini, President of Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR), and Dr. Shari Olson, President of South Mountain Community College (SMCC) will join President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit tomorrow, Dec. 4. The Summit will bring together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofits and others that are committed to supporting more college opportunities for students across the country.

This year’s summit will focus on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships to encourage college going, and supporting colleges to work together to dramatically improve persistence and increase college completion, especially for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.

For information on how to cover the Summit, please email Media_Affairs@who.eop.gov and include “College Opportunity Summit Coverage” in the subject line.


About Maricopa Community Colleges and MCOR:

The Maricopa Community Colleges system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain, two skill centers, and several satellite campuses and business/ industry, technical and customized training institutes. It also includes the Maricopa Corporate College, which delivers market-relevant, customized workforce solutions and education for students and employees in virtually every industry sector. Through a strategic business partnership model, MCOR assesses workforce training needs and develops and delivers customized and integrated solutions to meet those needs throughout all levels of an organization. www.maricopa.edu.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Dec 2 14

2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges List Released

2015 STEM Jobs ApprovedPhoenix, AZ December 2, 2014 — South Mountain Community College announced today that it has been designated a

2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM JobsSM media, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities,

South Mountain Community College was among over 1,600 schools participating in the STEM JobsSM survey process. Schools submitting surveys were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions around three key indicators of success: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement, and diversity in a school’s STEM programs. The assessment and rights to the STEM Jobs ApprovedSM Colleges designation were available to qualifying schools. SMCC will be featured in the Winter 2015 issue of STEM JobsSM magazine, along with the entire 2015 list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges.colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth STEM occupations.

“With the list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, President of STEM JobsSM. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like South Mountain Community College as a school leading the way in this area.”

For more information about SMCC’s commitment to students interested in STEM fields of study and careers, visit www.southmountaincc.edu.  For more information about STEM JobsSM ratings, visit www.stemjobs.com.

South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite locations, SMCC’s Guadalupe Center and SMCC’s Laveen Center. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

Dec 1 14

Win $1,000 for Your Business

2014 Student Venture Pitch Competition

 

On Tues., Dec. 16, from 2-5 p.m., the second annual Student Venture Pitch Competition (SVPC) will take place in the South Mountain Library Community Room.

You will have three minutes to provide an overview of your businesses, describe your customers, and outline the benefits your business would gain from the prize money. Prizes will be awarded for first through fifth place, audience choice and best business idea with social innovation.

Participants compete for prize money before a panel of distinguished judges, which include successful investors, entrepreneurs and experienced, entrepreneurial-minded practitioners in the business community.

The competition is open to all SMCC students registered for a minimum of three credit hours in fall semester and who own or are ready to start a business!

Applications for the SVPC are available in BE-146 or online at southmountaincc.edu/pitch.

At the spring competition, five students won venture funds:

  • Kyle Stadler (1st, Laugh Addicts)
  • Eric Navenma (2nd)
  • Lisa Springfield (3rd)
  • Richard Newsome (Audience Choice)
  • Sierra Stuart and Kyle Stadler (tied for best social innovation

For QUESTIONS contact:
Bruce McHenry, Business Faculty
Director – Community Entrepreneurship Center
South Mountain Community College
602.305.5810
bruce.mchenry@southmountaincc.edu

Oct 17 14

SMCC Took Home the Honors at National Entrepreneurship Conference

National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship recognizes the President and three students

Dr. Shari Olson

[Phoenix, AZ October 17, 2014]— SMCC President, Dr. Shari Olson, has been named the 2014 Entrepreneurial President by the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

Since arriving at SMCC in 2011, Dr. Olson has made it a priority to focus on entrepreneurship by implementing a strengths-based model that has created a culture where staff, faculty, and students are continually encouraged to find innovative ways to employ their strengths and deeply engage in their work.

“Research has shown that up to 50 percent of jobs will be consultant or freelance by the year 2020. I am committed to providing programs where students can recognize their talents and abilities in order to succeed in an entrepreneurial society,” said Dr. Olson. “It is imperative that we create opportunities for students to learn more about taking control of their path to success and to supporting an entrepreneurial culture across the campus. I’m honored to be recognized by NACCE for my efforts in fostering the principles of entrepreneurship at South Mountain.”

NACCE also recognized student entrepreneurs Diana Monell, Lovelyn Omari and Gus Barnes, who each received a cash prize for their demonstrated innovation and creative accomplishments in businesses they are operating while attending college. All three students were enrolled in SMCC’s Small Business Entrepreneurship classes where they acquired the skills, tools and knowledge needed to succeed in a profit-based business.

“My experience at SMCC afforded me the opportunity to develop my business by cultivating connections with like-minded professionals and students and provided me with the tools and mentor-ship needed to ultimately reach my professional goals,” said Diana Monell. “If becoming your own boss is your passion and is your ultimate goal, I recommend SMCC’s Entrepreneurship program! It will empower you to pursue your dream while giving you the flexibility to further your education.”

The three students won a total of $3,000 in cash made possible by donations from the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) and the C. Lowell Harriss Scholarship Fund.

South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite campuses, SMCC’s Guadalupe Center and SMCC’s Laveen Center. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

Oct 17 14

SMCC Student Entrepreneurs Nationally Recognized

National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship awards three student entrepreneurs

[Phoenix, AZ October 17, 2014]— Three South Mountain Community College (SMCC) student entrepreneurs were honored at the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) conference earlier this month.

Diana Monell, Lovelyn Omari and Gus Barnes received cash prizes for their demonstrated innovation and creative accomplishments in businesses they are operating while attending college. All three students were enrolled in SMCC’s Small Business Entrepreneurship classes where they acquired the skills, tools and knowledge needed to succeed in a profit-based business.

Diana Monell, a bilingual bookkeeper with more than 30 years of experience, realized that she had a skill she could offer the growing number of Latino-owned businesses in greater Phoenix. “I recognized that many small firms had a need for Spanish-speaking bookkeeping services, but could not afford to hire a full-time employee,” Monell stated. “I knew that I could offer these services, but didn’t know how to get a businesses started. Taking the entrepreneurship class at SMCC provided me the guidance I needed to get my business off the ground.” Monell is now the owner of Lady D Bookkeeping Services and has several clients.

Lovelyn Omari already had a loyal following when she took the entrepreneurship class at SMCC. Her expertise and over 15-years of experience in hair braiding had provided her with a list of steady clients and a growing social media presence, but she needed to formalize her business. While in the class, Omari was able to take advantage of the resources offered and set up an official business with the Arizona Corporation Commission. By the end of the class, Asabea Braiding was on its way to becoming a household name in braiding.

AZ180.com was the invention of Gus Barnes. “I wanted to develop a referral site to help people locate local businesses to shop, eat and play where discounts, rebates or points are offered,” explained Barnes. Already understanding the small-business community, he took the entrepreneurship course to develop his marketing strategy and sales pitch.  AZ180.com is live and gives businesses and customers a place to connect.

The three students won a total of $3,000 in cash made possible by donations from the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) and the C. Lowell Harriss Scholarship Fund.

South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite campuses, SMCC’s Guadalupe Center and SMCC’s Laveen Center. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.