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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Celebrating SMCC as a Hispanic-Serving Institution

National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week | September 14 – 20, 2020

Hispanic Population as Minority

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).

Hispanic Population

SMCC is proud to celebrate the National Hispanic-Serving Institution Week by highlighting the wonderful community on campus, and our community.

Highlighting the Latinx Community on Campus

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.

This program helps future nurses by providing unique preparation to support the Spanish-speaking community in health-related communication.

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 (

To learn more about the Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program, contact:
Loida Gutierrez
Allied Health Programs Coordinator


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.

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To support MECHA de SMCC:
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Nicole Acosta Making a Difference at South Mountain Community College

Nicole Acosta

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...

HACU Logo HACU Logo 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.