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American Indian Student Center

American Indian Student Center (AISC)

The American Indian Student Center (AISC) was established in 2016 under the Learning Division at South Mountain Community College. AISC was created to assist American Indian and Alaska Native students in achieving both academic and personal success. By supporting students with one-on-one mentoring and academic guidance, AISC improves individual lives, enhances the overall college experience, and builds partnerships with tribal communities, tribal and local organizations, and tribal agencies.

AISC’s Vision: The vision of AISC is to assist American Indian students in advancing their educational goals, maintaining cultural engagement, and providing opportunities.

AISC’s Mission: American Indian Student Center is a multicultural center that encompasses a culturally-relevant approach to foster outreach and retention.

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Core Cultural Values


Recognizing that every tribe is unique.


Dedicated to achieving student success, well-being, and cultural balance.


Building strong relationships toward a better future.

AISC can support you!
AISC can support you!

Our center offers many services to help you succeed such as:

  • Assistance with Enrollment and Registration
  • Cultural Awareness Activities
  • Student Retention Programs
  • Community Resources
  • Financial Aid Advisement - Tribal Scholarships, Private Scholarships, Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)
  • Academic Counseling and Advisement
  • Leadership and Engagement
  • Student Led Clubs

Get involved with AISC!

Get involved and take advantage of all SMCC opportunities!

Gerard Begay
Your connection to the American Indian Student Center:

Gerard Begay
American Indian Student Center Coordinator

Harmony | Learner | Responsibility | Context | Achiever

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