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SMCC STUDENTS AWARDED A TOTAL OF $2,500 FOR BUSINESS VENTURE PITCHES
PHOENIX, Ariz. – May 17, 2016 – Congratulations go out to the South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Community Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) Spring 2016 Student Venture Pitch Competition (SVPC) winners! The SVPC is funded by MariSol Federal Credit Union to support local entrepreneurial opportunities.
Student Entrepreneurs 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.
First place winner Kerry Taft, Owner of business FitBox, formerly known as PT Kerry Dance & Fitness Studio, was awarded $500 for her venture pitch. Taft’s passion for fitness began as a child, growing up in foster care and needed something to do. Taft had always been interested in music so she started dancing. Teaching dance classes eventually turned into teaching fitness classes. Taft loves helping others so this was the perfect platform for her. Taft’s business specializes in promoting self-worth while teaching mothers and children specifically the benefits of having a healthy, active lifestyle that is fun.
With the prize money, Kerry plans on expanding FitBox to offer online personal training and online fitness classes. “I have many goals for my business and a well-planned timeline. Within the next year, I will be operating my business out of a larger facility. I will also have a large and steady pool of online memberships as well as offering free boot camps and fitness classes for families in my community”, says Taft
Runner-up Maria Gonzalez was awarded the second place prize of $400 for her call center business. Student entrepreneurs Ana Murley, Qwner of an Off-roading education business and Carl Fulton who owned a taxi service to support a half-way house both tied for third place prize of $300. Karina Baker, mobile yoga for kids and Markel Sumler, HIV/AIDS education services, both tied for fourth place each winning $200. Fifth place prize of $100 went to David Luna for his DJ & Audio services business.
The next Student Venture Pitch Competition will be held in Fall 2016. The competition 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.
SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S DR. SIAN PROCTOR FEATURED IN TV SERIES BY STEPHEN HAWKING
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Dr. Sian Proctor, geology professor at South Mountain Community College (SMCC), was selected to participate in GENIUS, a television series by Stephen Hawking The first episode is scheduled to air on PBS Wednesday, May 18, 2016. In the series, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking shows ordinary people how to think like a genius. Dr. Proctor is a volunteer participant in Episode 2: “Are We alone?”
Dr. Proctor is also one of nine individuals selected for the 2016 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP). The program brings amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and K-16 formal and informal astronomy educators to US astronomy facilities in Chile. In June, the ambassadors will travel to Chile and visit Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), Gemini-South Observatory, and the Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA). While at these facilities, ACEAP Ambassadors will receive extensive training about the instruments, the science, and data products, and the will also learn about communicating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts. When they return home, the Ambassadors will share their experiences and observatory resources with schools and community groups across the US.
Along with being a geology professor, Dr. Proctor is also a sustainability professor at SMCC. Throughout her adult life she has pushed herself to take on new challenges and to learn new things that she can bring back into the classroom. She has traveled and taught around the world, and was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program. She was on the 2010 Discovery Channel reality TV show called The Colony. In 2013 she lived for 120 days in a NASA funded Mars Simulation called HI-SEAS. Dr. Proctor’s experiences during the HI-SEAS mission and on The Colony taught her how to live in unique environments with limited resources. During the summer of 2014, Sian spent four weeks in Barrow, Alaska as a PolarTREC Teacher studying coastal erosion and risk management.
For those who want to learn more about this exciting new science, Dr. Proctor will be teaching Introduction to Planetary Science (GLG105) the coming fall 2016 semester.
For more information about “GENIUS”, visit http://www.pbs.org/genius-by-stephen-hawking/home/
For more information about “ACEAP”, visit https://public.nrao.edu/look-deeper/aceap
Hope College and Career Readiness Academy Ground Breaking Ceremony
Please join us for this new chapter in SMCC history.
South Mountain Community College (SMCC) and the Maricopa County Regional School District (MCRSD) will break ground on the Hope College and Career Readiness Academy on April 7, 2016.
Hope College and Career Readiness Academy will provide disconnected youth in South Phoenix with an opportunity to return to school and receive specialized training while obtaining their high school diplomas.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7 | 10:00 AM
South Mountain Community College
7050 S. 24th Street | Phoenix, AZ 85042 (See map for event location)
Event is open to the public.
COLLEGIATE DECA CLUB STUDENTS SHINE AT STATE CONFERENCE
PHOENIX, Ariz. – March 2016 – On February 27, fifteen South Mountain Community College (SMCC) DECA club students attended the State Career Development Conference at Grand Canyon University. The students competed against seven other universities and colleges in various business fields. Ryan Lindale took first place in Professional Sales and Christopher Villagrana took third place in Accounting.
Georgina Mendoza, Kaiya Henderson, Jazmine Bustillo, Glydel Jabagat, Jonathan Raus, Angel Chavez and Ryan Lindale qualified for the International Career Development Conference. The seven students will compete at the conference to take place in Washington DC on April 15 – 20, 2016.
SMCC DECA also won an award for the largest Collegiate DECA chapter in Arizona with 58 members. Barbara Gonzalez, Club Advisor and SMCC Faculty, received the award for Collegiate DECA Advisor of the Year.
On March 8 and 9, SMCC DECA members, Georgina Mendoza and Kaiya Henderson were selected to participate in the MLB Diversity Business Summit.
Both students plan to major in Sports Management, Mendoza stated, “It was an amazing experience. I gave my resume to all of the teams there and networked with all of them.”
For more information about SMCC’s Collegiate DECA or Business programs visit, www.southmountaincc.edu.
2016 State Conference
Kaiya Henderson | Business Summit
Georgina Mendoza | Business Summit
SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESENTS “MUSIC UNDER THE STARS,” A FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT
PHOENIX, Ariz. – March 23, 2016 – The South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Music Program presents “Music Under The Stars” featuring special guest artist, R&B Diva Laydee Jai. The outdoor concert will spotlight its talented students, as well as community performers.
Laydee Jai has been performing locally in the Phoenix area for over 30 years, well known for her style of R&B, Top 40, and Old School music.
The performance will be led by Performing Arts Division Chair Dr. Jerome Garrison, the groups performing will include the SMCC Community Concert Band, Day Jazz Band, the Latin Jazz Band and guest performance by the Arizona State University Mariachi Ensemble.
Open seating for the free concert will be on the lawn of the college’s Performing Arts Center Amphitheater. Spectators are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs, and picnic in the shade of the SMCC Performance Hall.
Friday, April 1, 2016 | 5:30 p.m.
The SMCC Performing Arts Center Amphitheater is located on the east side of the Main Campus, at 7050 S. 24th Street in Phoenix, just north of Baseline Road.
Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend. Admission is FREE!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit southmountaincc.edu or call 602.243.8382
COUNSELING AND MENTORSHIP RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY AND STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS
PHOENIX, Ariz.– March 2016 – Are you a local entrepreneur or small business owner wanting guidance and advice expanding or starting your business? South Mountain Community College’s (SMCC) Community Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) offers free counseling and mentorship resources daily.
Entrepreneurs in Residence | Marketing and business Plans
Monday & Wednesday | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence | Technology and Business Process
Monday | 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
SBDC – Small Business Development Centers | Business Analyst
Tuesday | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
SCORE | Certified Score Mentor
Wednesday | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
MariSol Federal Credit Union | Loan Officer/Credit Review
Wednesday | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
ASU Skysong Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
First Wednesday of the month | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
For full schedule and contact information visit: southmountaincc.edu/cec
SUMMER FUN AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Applications are being accepted for STEM Summer Camps
PHOENIX, Ariz.– March 1, 2016 – Are you looking for a STEMulating summer experience for your eighth or ninth grade student? South Mountain Community College is currently accepting applications for its Technology Summer Camp.
This weeklong program will introduce students to technical careers through hands-on activities. Your student will:
Create a mobile app
Learn basic programming and computer networking
Participate in cyber challenge competitions
South Mountain’s STEM camp program can help fill your child’s summer break with fun and engaging learning opportunities. The Technology Summer Camp offers a variety of interesting science, technology, engineering and math activities designed to keep young brains entertained and stimulated throughout the summer.
For more information on camp sessions and to apply, visit southmountaincc.edu/STEMcamp.
Application deadline is March 25, 2016.
This camp is possible through a partnership with the Gila River Indian Community. Space is limited so apply early!
Dr. Mark Spencer Makes International Headlines with Co-Authored Paper on Evolution
Dr. Mark Spencer, science faculty at South Mountain Community College (SMCC), recently co-authored a paper on the changes that have occurred in the skull during human and non-primate evolution, focused on the mechanics of feeding.
This collaborative research paper addresses the anatomy of a recently discovered species of hominin – the upright-walking ancestors and relatives of living people. It highlights an evolutionary shift that occurred at the origin of our lineage toward having jaws that were less powerfully built, indicating changes in diet 2 million years ago.
“Science is my passion,” said Mark. “I recognize the value it has within our society – being scientifically literate empowers people, both as a community and as individuals.”
Two articles have recently highlighted his research:
- Biting off more than it can chew: human ancestor struggled to eat hard foods
- Early humans had ‘glass jaws’ that could have cracked from biting nuts: Fossils dispute claims a 2 million-year-old species ate hard seeds and tree bark
Dr. Spencer has been teaching at SMCC since 2012. Prior to this he was at Duke University, University of Colorado, Denver, and Arizona State University.
“As an educator, I always focus on opening up new interests and opportunities to students. Although I have taught all levels, including Ph.D. students, I most enjoy teaching introductory courses – helping students to overcome their anxiety about science and watching them make connections between what they learn and their own lives is immensely rewarding to me.”
“Teaching at South Mountain has been a wonderful opportunity. Because the classes are kept smaller, I get to know my students and work with them to advance their understanding of science while pursuing their varied goals,” Mark stated.
South Mountain Community College Mobile Pantry Distribution Schedule
South Mountain Community College employees and students will help their community by packing FREE boxes of food as volunteers for the St. Mary’s Food Bank Mobile Pantry Distribution.
Fresh fruit and vegetables will be available for all families or individuals in need. The Mobile Pantry is open to the public and free of charge. No identification or qualifying is required.
The Mobile Pantry takes place every two weeks from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center.
Distribution dates for the spring 2016 semester are as follows:
March 4 and 25
April 1 and 15
South Mountain Community College is located at 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, just north of Baseline Rd.
ASU PODER TRAINING PROGRAM TO BE PILOTED AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PHOENIX, Ariz.– February 22, 2016 – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) is the first community college to pilot Arizona State University’s (ASU) Poder program. Poder is a social entrepreneurship training program offered at no cost to SMCC students by ASU, with the support of Cisco-sponsored Silicon Valley Community Foundation grants.
Over a period of four weeks, students will learn to apply entrepreneurship skills to solve community problems, while also learning personal success strategies and how to use technology to maximize your positive impact on the world.
Poder is an active, supportive, and non-lecture based program. The Poder training can be applied to non-profit and for-profit projects oriented toward societal impact.
Participating in Poder involves attending four coaching/self-growth meetings and completing self-paced virtual modules. Students will also have the chance to enter a competition for seed funding of up to $5,000 to launch or grow their own project. The Poder training can be applied to non-profit and for-profit projects oriented toward societal impact.
All students enrolled at South Mountain Community College are eligible to apply for the Poder Program. Students from all majors and fields of study are encouraged to apply and there are no GPA restrictions.
Students may be at any stage of existing projects, or may create new projects during Poder. No entrepreneurship experience required to participate.
The projects can be of any scope and nature. For example, projects may be related to social services, food, and restaurant, retail, medical, civic engagement, environmental, art and performance, education, technology, etc.