Celebrating SMCC as a Hispanic-Serving Institution
National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week | September 14 – 20, 2020
In 2018-19, 80.2% of students at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) were a part of a minority group, enriching our campus with culture, diversity and a unique perspective into how we approach equity on campus. 56.2% of minorities on campus were Hispanic or Latinx, proudly designating SMCC as a Hispanic-serving institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
SMCC in collaboration with Phoenix College and Gateway Community College offer the Bilingual Nursing program for English and Spanish speaking students looking to join the healthcare field.
As students complete the fellowship, our bilingual future-nurses move forward to complete the nursing program at one of our sister colleges, kick-starting their career in nursing.
This program highlights and celebrates language, it’s students and the impact bilingual nurses make in healthcare community.
Want to join the SMCC Bilingual Nursing Fellowship?
To join the program, students must meet the following fellowship requirements:
- Speak, read and write English and Spanish proficiently. (If you are selected for an interview, the interview is bilingual!)
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid social security number.
- Achieve college level placement into English, Reading, and Math.
- Attend all curriculum as scheduled at SMCC.
- 3.0 GPA in prerequisite course (some exceptions apply)
- Apply for Admission at South Mountain Community College (https://admissions.maricopa.edu/)
MECHA de SMCC is a Latinx student ran organization focused on cultural awareness, community, education, and political activism.
SMCC Students part of MECHA organize to support community initiatives such as toy drives for migrant children, support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and undocumented students, as well as campus events focused in celebrating Latinx culture on campus.
South Mountain Community College women’s soccer head coach Nicole Acosta has been playing soccer since she was four, and that lifelong love of the game has led her to the Cougars for the 2020 season. A former standout at Paradise Valley Community College and Arizona State University, Acosta understands the value and pride community college athletics...
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions. Because of HACU’s exemplary leadership on behalf of the nation’s youngest and fastest-growing population, the Association rapidly grew in numbers and national impact.
Today, HACU represents more than 500 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and U.S. School Districts.