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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.

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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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.

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.