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Collegiate DECA

Posted by on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Collegiate DECA


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,

State Conference
2016 State Conference

Kaiya Henderson
Kaiya Henderson | Business Summit

Georgina Mendoza
Georgina Mendoza | Business Summit

Free Outdoor Concert

Posted by on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on 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!

Visit or call 602.243.8382


Posted by on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on COUNSELING AND MENTORSHIP RESOURCES


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.

Resource Schedule:

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:

Summer Fun

Posted by on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Summer Fun


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

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

Posted by on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Dr. Mark Spencer

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:

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.

St. Mary’s Food Bank

Posted by on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on St. Mary’s Food Bank

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
May 6

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

ASU Poder Training Program

Posted by on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on ASU Poder Training Program


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.

See informational flyer for additional information. Applications are due on Friday, March 18. For more information and to apply visit,


Posted by on Friday, February 19th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

The Miracle March and the Climax of the Civil Rights Movements

PHOENIX, Ariz.– February 17, 2016 – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) International Services is proud to present Dr. Keith Miller, English Professor, Arizona State University.

Dr. Miller will present on the topic of The Miracle March and the Climax of the Civil Rights Movement. Hear about the daughter of Charles Billups, pioneer in the civil rights movement and others who dramatically reshaped and improved American life.

DATE: February 25, 2016 | Two Sessions
LOCATION: South Mountain Community Library | L163
SESSIONS TIMES: 1 – 3 PM and 7 – 9 PM

Event is free and open to the public.

2016 STEM Conference

Posted by on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on 2016 STEM Conference

South Mountain Community College to Host 2016 Hermanas Latinas STEM Conference

PHOENIX, Ariz.– February 17, 2016 – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) in partnership with Intel Corporation, will host the fourth annual Hermanas Latinas STEM Conference on Friday, February 26, 8:00 a.m. – 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® bungee-jumping), and engineering (with marshmallows). Students will also have the opportunity to win one of several raffle prizes.

Applications are now being accepted and space is limited. For young Latinas who would like to participate, see your counselor for more information, or contact SMCC recruitment at 602.243.8000.

SMCC is a STEMJobs 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

Performing Arts

Posted by on Friday, February 12th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Performing Arts


PHOENIX, Ariz.– February 12, 2016 – Each year South Mountain Community College (SMCC) presents two signature performing arts events to honor and celebrate Black History Month.

The SMCC Storytelling Institute presents the 6th annual “Return to the African Village”on Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Experience this enchanting performance journeying to an African Village through the arts of storytelling, drumming, and dancing.

This year the annual extravaganza explores the connections between Africa and Brazil featuring Grupo Axe Capoeira Arizona, Storytelling Institute Faculty and Students, and Community Storytellers.

Come early for Oya’s Market featuring “Bead for Life” from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and available on Eventbrite at or at the door. All tickets are general admission.

For more information about this event contact:
Liz Warren at 602.243.8026 or Marilyn Torres at 602.243.8022

The SMCC Music Department proudly presents the Spring Jazz Festival featuring the multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, arranger and composer Johnny Britt. Performances also include SMCC’s very own Day Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Jerome Garrison and the SMCC Latin Jazz Band under the direction of Eddie Gaona. Britt will be performing songs from his forthcoming album “Marvin meets Miles”.

The festival starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and available on Eventbrite at The event is free to Students with college ID. All tickets are general admission.

For more information about this event contact: Desire Howard at 602.243.8382.