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Explore Your Future

Posted by on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 in News Releases | Comments Off on Explore Your Future

College Preview Day for High School Students

Are you a high school student thinking about going to South Mountain Community College? Would you like to learn more about SMCC’s academic programs and career pathways? Do you have questions about how to fulfill your future college and career goals? Then SMCC Cougar Day is for you!

South Mountain Community College will be opening its doors to high school students on Friday, February 12 to come and participate in a half-day introduction to our programs and services.

During Cougar Day you will:

  • Get valuable information on how to get ready to attend SMCC
  • Go on a campus tour
  • Spend time interacting with SMCC faculty and staff
  • Get answers to your questions regarding coming to SMCC
  • Have fun!

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is included. Registration is required.

Event details:

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center,
7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix
Register: Christopher Erran, 602.243.8346 or

All-Arizona Academic Team

Posted by on Monday, December 14th, 2015 in News Releases | Comments Off on All-Arizona Academic Team

Two SMCC College Students Selected for Prestigious All-Arizona Academic Team

Mickey Diamond Diaz

Mickey Diamond Diaz

Ronald Turner

Ronald Turner

Outstanding South Mountain Community College (SMCC) students Mickey Diamond Diaz and Ronald Turner have been nominated to the prestigious 2016 All-Arizona Academic Team by SMCC President, Dr. Shari Olson. By being nominated, both students are automatically placed on the All-Arizona Academic Team, which awards them with four semesters of tuition waivers to any one of the three Arizona public universities.

Mickey Diamond Diaz was inducted into the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during the Spring 2015 semester. Soon after, he was elected as Alpha Eta Delta’s Vice-President of Service, where he presided over swearing in new members for the fall Induction Ceremony. In addition to his work in Phi Theta Kappa, Diaz was selected as South Mountain Community College’s Chancellor’s Scholar for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Diaz plans to transfer to Grand Canyon University Honors College this fall, and earn a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He aspires to become an automotive journalist.

Ronald Turner is a member of the SMCC Honors Program, a Foundation Scholarship award winner, and a member of the SMCC Alpha Eta Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Turner is majoring in Sustainability at SMCC and plans to transfer to Arizona State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability while continuing to work in the behavioral health field with at-risk youth.

Both students will be honored, along with fellow All-Arizona candidates, at the annual luncheon to be held April 2016.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually

For more information about the Alpha Eta Delta, the South Mountain Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, visit

Carbon Footprint

Posted by on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in News Releases | Comments Off on Carbon Footprint

South Mountain Community College Engages in an Effort to Reduce its Carbon Footprint

Look behind the athletic fields. South Mountain Community College has started construction on a 180,000 square-foot solar array that covers just over 4 acres.

These 2,812 ground-mounted PV modules are expected to produce approximately 1.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year of operation – enough to fulfill the electrical needs of 160* average sized homes per year – and nearly 35.5 million kilowatt hours over the next 20 years, which is an anticipated savings between $750,000 to $1.7 million** for the College.

Installing the 858-kilowatt array is one way to decrease our reliance on non-renewable forms of energy. The college, like the rest of the surrounding community, still relies on non-renewable sources of energy like coal, natural gas and oil for most of our electricity. This is why it is so important to reduce our energy use through efficiency upgrades and conservation practices by faculty, staff and students.

“The ongoing sustainability efforts of the College will provide value to the community for years to come,” said SMCC President Dr. Shari Olson. “The solar array is just one of several sustainability initiatives that SMCC has undertaken to not only off-set energy use and costs, but to help move forward the thinking and development of green technologies and jobs.”

The electricity produced by this array will ensure the College’s access to low cost energy over the next 20 to 30 years. The array will be owned, operated and maintained by SolarCity.

This installation will also enhance existing SMCC academic programs focused on green jobs, innovations and sustainability. Students in these programs will be able to track in real time the energy production of the array and the benefits of harnessing a renewable resource.

“Not only is the array a highly visible product that connects students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, math and land use, it is tangible evidence of our commitment to sustainability,” stated Dr. Olson. “We are looking forward to the Go Live date for the array and reducing our carbon footprint.”

The array is expected to go live in early 2016.

*Typical home with an average annual electric use of 12,000 kWh.
**Based on historical 30 year SRP escalation data (0.5%-4.0%).