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South Mountain Community Library Invites You to Celebrate

Posted by on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on South Mountain Community Library Invites You to Celebrate

PHOENIX, Ariz.– The South Mountain Community Library will be celebrating an anniversary. Five years ago in September, South Mountain Community College and the City of Phoenix opened the doors to the library.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary, you are invited to attend a special event that includes remarks from the SMCC President, Dr. Shari Olson, the Phoenix City Librarian, Rita Hamiliton, elected officials, and the Friends of the Library. Stop in and have some coffee and pastries on us!

While you are there, take a look at the nationally acclaimed library building, all the great books, DVDs, CDs and more. Library cards will also be available.

“This is a community that values learning and access to information,” Dr. Shari Olson, SMCC President said. “South Mountain Community Library provides all sorts of ways to support those values — books, films, magazines, downloadable digital materials, databases and a variety of programs.

“We are a library focused on service — we have research librarians, a materials request and reserve system, and a website that allows you to easily search all of our resources, keep up with our calendar and ask a quick question.”

Fifth Anniversary Celebration
Where: South Mountain Community Library, 7050 S 24th St, Phoenix 85042
When: September 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Contact: For more information, contact Melodie Moore, 602.305.5874

About the library
South Mountain Community Library is one of a just a few libraries in the nation that serves simultaneously as a community college library and a public library. Students and faculty from South Mountain Community College use library resources and the facilities as their research and information center. SMCL also serves children, teens, and adults as the 17th branch of the Phoenix Public Library system. Employees from both organizations staff this unique building and patrons have access to almost all of the resources that both organizations have to offer.

About South Mountain Community College
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, the Guadalupe Center, and 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. Learn more at

Celebrate Your Right To Read

Posted by on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Celebrate Your Right To Read

South Mountain Community Library Celebrates National Banned Books Week

PHOENIX, Ariz.– September 20, 2016 – What does The Holy Bible, Looking for Alaska by John Green, and Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James have in common? They are all on the top 10 most frequently challenged books in 2015.

Sponsored by the American Library Association and groups of authors, teachers and publishers, National Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1) honors and draws attention to the freedom to read and the freedom to seek and express ideas — even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Books recognized during this week have been challenged because of alleged racism, offensive language, sexual content and religious viewpoint.

South Mountain Community Library will celebrate National Banned Books Week with the third annual Read-a-Thon program on September 27, from 11 AM-2 PM in the Library Community Room. Everyone will have the opportunity to read or listen to short selections from a challenged or banned book.

Participants will enjoy desserts and drinks and have the opportunity to win a raffle prize as they hear “A Conversation with Scholars,” featuring a panel of Honors students discussing censorship & related issues, moderated by Nancy Deegan.

The South Mountain Community Library will have a display of banned and challenged books, which can be checked out as well as alternative art examples of what might happen to a book someone wants to prevent others from reading. Stop by and see if your favorite book is on the display.

This drop-in event is open to the public and includes an opportunity to win a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. To participate in the open reading, choose a one-minute selection and a brief explanation as to why your chosen book was banned or challenged.

The late Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, a frequently challenged, classic novel about book burning in a future society, once said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

Celebrate your right to read Banned Books Week, September 25-October 1!

National Banned Books Week event is sponsored by the South Mountain Community Library, South Mountain Community College Honors Program and South Mountain Community College Diversity Committee.

About South Mountain Community College
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, the Guadalupe Center, and 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. Learn more at

Social Entrepreneurship Program

Posted by on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Social Entrepreneurship Program

Arizona State University Poder Program Offered at Two Maricopa Community Colleges to Empower Underserved Students

Social entrepreneurship training expands to provide opportunities for low-income, underserved communities.

PHOENIX, Ariz.– September 1, 2016 – A June 2016 independent report released by Intel Corporation and Dalberg Global Development Advisors estimated that an additional $470 to $570 billion in new value for the U.S. technology industry could be generated through full representation of ethnic and gender diversity. Recently, organizations, non-profits, companies and universities are working towards new commitments and programs to support inclusive entrepreneurship in the U.S.

Arizona State University (ASU), supported by grant funding from the Cisco Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), and community college partners are providing an innovative, comprehensive learning experience to help local underserved students gain entrepreneurial and digitization skills through the ASU Poder program.

Poder (Spanish for “to be able to” and “power”), is a five-week social entrepreneurship training program that launched during the spring 2016 semester at South Mountain Community College (SMCC). The program allows underserved community college students to create solutions to pressing societal problems using digitization skills acquired through Cisco curriculum while receiving career and college preparation training to succeed educationally.

“Entrepreneurship can be transformative both personally and professionally,” said Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation at ASU. “The ASU Poder program combines entrepreneurship training with digitization skills. This can be an enabling combination whether someone is seeking to start their own venture or simply gaining the skills to be better problem solvers and critical thinkers.”

Twenty-five students participated in the first cohort of ASU Poder. The program will continue to be offered on SMCC campus through the fall 2018 semester with plans to expand to another community college campus each semester. Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) will begin offering ASU Poder at their Union Hills campus this fall 2016 semester.

“ASU’s Poder program is quite empowering for our students. The program’s focus on social entrepreneurship and the Internet of Everything allow students to gain entrepreneurial and digitization skills that can be used to maximize their positive impact on the community and the world,” said Kishore Dash, who is leading the newly established Entrepreneurship Education Center at PVCC.

“True to its name, Poder is an empowering program for those in the idea or start-up phase of entrepreneurship,” said Kerry Taft, a spring 2016 Poder participant. “I am in the growth phase with my business and was still able to learn some new, creative ways of looking at entrepreneurship.”

ASU Poder students are eligible to compete in the Cisco Innovation Challenge where they can win up to $5,000 in seed funds to launch or grow their social entrepreneurship projects.

“Poder provides culturally-responsive social entrepreneurship training to better serve underserved community college students,” said Bruce McHenry, business faculty, and director of the Community Entrepreneurship Center at South Mountain Community College. “We are looking forward to continuing the collaboration with ASU and sharing best practices as the program rolls out to other Maricopa colleges starting this fall semester.”

Applications for the ASU Poder program are available at and accepted on SMCC and PVCC campuses through September 16, 2016. Questions and additional information can be sent to

About ASU

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good and assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

About Cisco

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to

Cisco CSR gives people the skills they need to thrive in a connected world. We empower them to harness technology to solve global problems and speed the space of social change. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter @CiscoCSR

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, we engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at

About South Mountain Community College

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, the Guadalupe Center, and 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. Learn more at

About Paradise Valley Community College

Founded in 1985, Paradise Valley Community College, one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, offers transferable academic courses as well as job-specific occupational training. The Union Hills campus is located just west of the SR51 Union Hills exit, at 18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032. PVCC at Black Mountain, serving the far north Valley, opened in August 2009. PVCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA). Learn more at: The Union Hills campus is the site of the recently-opened Entrepreneurship Education Center that offers short-term certificates in entrepreneurship, workshops, networking, and guest speakers from the business community. Learn more at

An Evening With the STARS

Posted by on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on An Evening With the STARS

South Mountain Community College Hosts an Evening With the STARS

PHOENIX, Ariz.– August 24, 2016 – On Friday, September 16, South Mountain Community College presents An Evening with the STARS to raise money for the Students Transforming to Achieve Radiant Success scholarship fund.

We invite you to join us for a performance by the Harmony Project Phoenix, a research-based multi-year mentoring program for low-income youth that uses music as a means of positive development and social inclusion. The orchestra is comprised of over 100 youth that is dedicated to enriching their lives through music.

Then the evening will conclude with Johnny K and Kompany. Join them as they take the stage to bring the audience a touch of simplicity and timelessness as they perform the standards and music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Date: September 16, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25, a portion of each ticket goes directly to the Maricopa Foundation for scholarships

For more information visit Purchase tickets at

Mobile Pantry

Posted by on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Mobile Pantry

South Mountain Community College Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Begins Friday, September 2

PHOENIX, Ariz.– August 23, 2016 – 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 7:00am – 9:00am at the South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center.

Distribution dates for the fall 2016 semester are as follows:
September 2 and 16
October 7 and 21
November 4 and 18
December 2 and 16

South Mountain Community College is located at 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, just north of Baseline Rd.

myCareer Orientation

Posted by on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on myCareer Orientation


PHOENIX, Ariz.– July 28, 2016 – At South Mountain Community College (SMCC), Career and Technical Education programs are about more than landing a  job, they’re about landing a career you love. The myCareer Orientation will introduce potential students to exciting careers in business, accounting, social media, starting a business and living the life of an Entrepreneur. Learn about these career options and more at SMCC’s myCareer Orientation, and discover your career path.

Meet with faculty, academic advisors, learn about scholarships and tour the myCareer facility. The myCareer Developer will talk about employment needs – salary, economic outlook, and potential employers. The myCareer Developer is a unique resource at SMCC connecting students with industry positions. Offering over 25 myCareer programs, your future is waiting for you to start at SMCC.


AUGUST 17, 2016 | 12:00 PM (includes pizza)


Free and open to the public.

RSVP: or 602.872.7809

For more information about myCareer visit,

250 New Citizens

Posted by on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on 250 New Citizens


PHOENIX, Ariz.– June 22, 2016 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at South Mountain Community College Monday, July 4, 2016, SMCC GYM, 9:00 a.m.

The Honorable Roslyn O. Silver, U.S. Federal Judge for the District of Arizona will preside over the ceremony and administer the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens.

The 250 citizenship candidates originate from the following 57 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bularia, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, People’s Republic, Colombia, Congo, Congo-Kinshasa, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Libya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, ST. Vincent –Grenadines, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USSR, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia.

This ceremony is part of USCIS’ annual Independence Day celebration. This year, USCIS celebrates our nation’s 240th birthday by welcoming more than 4,000 new U.S. citizens in more than 50 naturalization ceremonies across the country from July 1through July 4.

USCIS is asking new citizens and their families and friends to share their experience and photos from their ceremonies via social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow on Twitter @uscis.

For media inquiries, contact Maria Elena Upson, USCIS Public Affairs Officer, 602.462.2503

NOTE: Media should plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.


Posted by on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on PHARMACY TECHNICIAN


PHOENIX, Ariz. – June 1, 2016 – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Pharmacy Customer Service Technician program is accepting applications for the fall 2016 cohort. The first information session about the program and application process will begin June 2, 2016.

The program trains and prepares students for a career as a qualified professional. 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.

The 24-week program runs in the evening and all classes are 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 application information.

Information sessions will take place at SMCC main campus and Guadalupe Center.

June 2 | 5 – 7 p.m. | GC124
June 21 | 5 – 7 p.m. | GC124

June 16 | 5 – 7 p.m. | LRC106
July 7 | 5 – 7 p.m. | LRC106

Applications must be received by July 25, 2016. Space is limited.

For more information call 602-243-8217 or


Posted by on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on STUDENTS AWARDED $2,500


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.

Kerry TaftFirst 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


Posted by on Monday, May 9th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on DR. SIAN PROCTOR


Dr. Sian ProctorPHOENIX, 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

For more information about “ACEAP”, visit