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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.

Dr. Jerome Garrison Sr.

Posted by on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Dr. Jerome Garrison Sr.

Honored at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Dr. Jerome Garrison Honored at MLK BreakfastPHOENIX, Ariz.– On January 15, South Mountain Community College (SMCC) faculty member and Division Chair of Communication, Fine Arts & Social Sciences, Dr. Jerome Garrison, Sr., received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award at the 30th annual MLK Awards Breakfast “Celebrating the Dream”.

Dr. Garrison is a lifelong educator and learner with a sincere passion for the community. He has played an intricate role in building SMCC’s Music and Fine Arts programs in an environment that provides opportunity and fosters student success.

Dr. Garrison has been instrumental in helping build the arts community: he started the annual Messiah performance in 1987 and led the SMCC design team to build the Performing Arts Center in 2003. In 2008, Dr. Garrison was given the South Mountain/Laveen Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Service Award for his involvement and commitment to the community.

Additionally, Dr. Garrison has helped raise over $300,000 for the SMCC Students Achieving Radiant Success (STARS) Foundation Scholarship. He continues his dedication and passion for providing college opportunities to students by recently organizing a community board of directors to plan and implement fundraising for STARS.

Dr. Garrison’s personal quote – “The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.” -Tom Peters, Business Writer.

Aspen Institute College Excellence Program

Posted by on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Aspen Institute College Excellence Program

South Mountain Community College named as one of the
top 150 community colleges in the nation

January 26, 2016 – Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named SMCC as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than seven million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.

“Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility in our country,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “This competition is designed to spotlight the excellent work being done in the most effective community colleges, those that best help students obtain meaningful, high-quality education and training for competitive-wage jobs after college. We hope it will raise the bar and provide a roadmap to better student outcomes for community colleges nationwide.”

A full list of the selected colleges and details on the selection process are available at

Scholarship Opportunities

For the first time, the 150 Prize-eligible institutions are also invited to nominate exceptional students enrolled in their best middle-skill STEM programs for scholarships. Up to 50 Siemens Technical Scholars will be selected from programs that provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in manufacturing, energy, health care, and information technology. A partnership between the Siemens Foundation and the Aspen Institute, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program intends to help our nation’s community colleges and their business partners bridge the gap between projected shortages of skilled workers and the millions of high-demand jobs in these STEM industries. Scholarship winners and the programs that deliver rigorous training enabling their success will be announced in fall 2016. For more information and to view video profiles of 2015 Siemens Technical Scholars, go to:

SMCC and 149 other community colleges announced today were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:

  • Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)
  • Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)
  • Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students)

SMCC has been invited to submit an application to the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence containing detailed data on degree and certificate completion (including progress and transfer rates), labor market outcomes (employment and earnings), and student learning outcomes.

Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.

The Aspen Prize is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Siemens Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.

The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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.

Bilingual Nurses Wanted

Posted by on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Bilingual Nurses Wanted

Information Session Starting Soon

PHOENIX, Ariz.– January 26, 2016 – South Mountain Community College will be accepting applications to its award-winning Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP). The program is designed to increase the number of nursing graduates who speak, read and write English and Spanish fluently.

BNFP is a collaboration between South Mountain Community College, Phoenix College and ASU.

It is anticipated that each Fellow will complete an AAS in nursing and obtain a nursing license within three years after acceptance into the program. A BSN option is also available with ASU.

To qualify for the program and receive an application, students must speak, read, and write English and Spanish proficiently, have a high school diploma or GED, be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid social security number, and place in or is prepared to take ENG 101, CRE 101, and MAT 140.

Information sessions at South Mountain Community Main Campus, Student Union
Thursday, Feb. 11 | 5 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 5 | 10 a.m.
Thursday, Apr. 7 | 5 p.m.

For more information call 602.243.8256 or email

Healthcare Career

Posted by on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Healthcare Career

Get Your Healthcare Career Started in One Semester!

PHOENIX, Ariz.– January 15, 2016 – Learn how to get your healthcare career as a Pharmacy Technician in one semester. South Mountain Community College Pharmacy Customer Service Technician 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 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 sessions at South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center
TUESDAY, FEB. 2 | 5:30 PM
TUESDAY, FEB. 16 | 5:30 PM
TUESDAY, FEB. 23 | 5:30 PM

Information sessions at South Mountain Community Main Campus, Student Union

For more information call 602-243-8217 or email

The Dream.US Scholarship

Posted by on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on The Dream.US Scholarship

Three Maricopa Community Colleges Selected as Partner Colleges to Offer The Dream.US Scholarship

PHOENIX, Ariz.– January 13, 2016 – GateWay Community College, Phoenix College, and South Mountain Community College have partnered with The Dream.US, an organization that provides scholarships for first-time college students and community college graduates.

The Dream.US is a multimillion-dollar National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers, created to help immigrant youth who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status achieve their American dream of completing a college education.

Information sessions will be hosted at GateWay Community College and Phoenix College to cover eligibility requirements, the application process and provide additional information about this unique opportunity.

These sessions are free and will be held on the following days:

GateWay Community College
Monday, Jan. 25, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m.
Information sessions at GateWay Community College will be held in the Career Center (IE1234).

Phoenix College
Saturday, Jan. 18, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 – 8 p.m.
Information sessions at Phoenix College will be held in the Hacienda Room.

South Mountain Community College
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5 – 6 p.m.
All information sessions will be held at South Mountain Community College in the Library Community Room (L162/163)
For additional information, contact Rosa Cota at

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Feb. 15, 2016.

For information regarding eligibility for first-time college students and community college graduates, visit:

Venture Pitch Winners

Posted by on Friday, January 1st, 2016 in News Releases | Comments Off on Venture Pitch Winners

$2,000 Awarded to 2015 Venture Pitch Winners

Venture Pitch Winners
On December 8, South Mountain community College (SMCC) hosted its biggest Student Venture Pitch competition yet! More than 100 people attended and 15 student entrepreneurs pitched for the opportunity to win funds to help with their businesses and innovations.

Winning pitches ranged from a sustainability company for recycling glass to an inspirational vision that would bring art to local youth. In all, five student entrepreneurs received funding to help with patents, research and development, marketing and materials.

“This program provides students with the confidence they need to promote their business ideas,” said Community Entrepreneurship Center Director Bruce McHenry. “By developing a powerful pitch, they can ask for funds for additional funding sources and develop businesses that will transform the community.”

Fall 2015 winners:

  • First Place $500 Richard Newsome
  • Second Place $400 Brandon Catour
  • Third Place $300 Kent Kramer
  • Fourth Place $200 Louis Allen
  • Fifth Place $100 Ryan Lindale
  • Social Innovation $250 Brandon Catour
  • Audience Choice was a tie awarding $125 each to Richard Newsome and Ryan Lindale

Thank you to Marisol Federal Credit Union for funding the 2015 Student Venture Pitch Competitions and to the judges – Chuck Newton from SCORE, Robin Romano, MariSol Federal Credit Union CEO, and LaTrica Woods, Mahogany Xan Consulting.

Military Advanced Education & Transition

Posted by on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 in News Releases | Comments Off on Military Advanced Education & Transition

South Mountain Community College Selected as a Top School in Military Advanced Education & Transition’s 2016 Guide to Colleges and Universities

SMCC Selected as a Top School in MilitaryMilitary Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded South Mountain Community College the designation of a Top School in its 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide was released late this December, and is available online at

The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

Now in its ninth year of publishing the Guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

With input from an advisory board of educational and government experts, and criteria based on recommendations from the VA and military services, MAE&T’s Guide to Colleges and Universities provides the foundational information a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs.

“Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active service members and those who have moved from the military to their civilian careers, helping them find the school that best fits their plans for the future,” said Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s editor. “We think this year’s Guide is our most comprehensive to date, thanks to our newly established advisory board. The board evaluated the drafts of the questionnaire, made pages of notes and suggestions and helped to redefine questions for clarity. We thank them for their thoughtful edits and additions to our process.”

Not only is the 2016 Guide printed in the December issue of Military Advanced Education &Transition, but also published in a searchable database online. Students will have access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.

“While we realize that all schools are unique, we focus our annual survey on the best practices that make a true difference to service members and student veterans,” said Fodel. “These best practices have been asserted by various higher education groups and reinforced by veteran groups, and we consider our survey to be the most detailed and informative in the industry.”

Visit for online access to MAE&T’s 2016 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education & Transition.

About Military Advanced Education & Transition:

Military Advanced Education & Transition ( is the journal of higher education for service members and veterans making the transition from military to the civilian sector.

Covering issues and hot topics in higher education, career trends, transition assistance, innovative programs, and schools of special interest to the military, MAE&T focuses on news and resources that will empower a military student to pursue a quality education and rewarding career. MAE&T serves education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the service members they counsel. Published 10 times yearly, MAE&T’s editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights, service member, school, and program profiles, and periodic special reports.