Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Achieve60AZ Alliance Formed to Boost College Degree and Certificate Attainment

Last week, a community-based alliance of business, philanthropic, and education organizations came together with AZ Governor, Doug Ducey, to announce a statewide goal to increase the educational attainment of all Arizonans. 

Today, only 42% of residents (ages 25-64) in the state currently hold a post-secondary certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or higher – that is fewer than four out of every 10 working adults. Post-secondary completion must be top priority in Arizona in order to boost economic prosperity and national and global workforce competitiveness.

The goal - to ensure that 60% of Arizonans 25 and older have a certificate or college degree by 2030 - is the charge of the alliance. The partners that have joined Achieve60 believe in the value and power of education to change lives and positively influence society. 

Arizona community colleges are proud partners of Achieve60 and are perfectly positioned to address the achievement gap.  Statewide, community colleges serve more than 300,000 students each year, confer more than 43,000 certificates and degrees, and transfer nearly 11,000 students to in-state universities.

The Maricopa Community Colleges alone, offer programs in 95% of the highest demand occupations in the Greater Phoenix area. Each year, nearly half of our 27,000 graduates leave a Maricopa college with an Associate’s degree or a Certificate of Completion in an occupational area of study. 

Relevant workforce training is imperative, but student success goes far beyond the classroom.  The K-12 bridge programs, university transfer pathways, developmental education courses, tutoring, advising, mentoring, and career guidance that community colleges offer are crucial to the success of our students.  The collective effort of the community colleges and the entire Achieve60 alliance will result in greater awareness of the importance of post-secondary education, a knowledgeable and innovative workforce, a higher standard of living, and a thriving business community.

I encourage you to go to to learn more. 

Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CGCC and Maricopa Community Colleges Offer Support and Guidance to ITT Tech Students

In response to the recent closings of three ITT Tech campuses in Maricopa County, the Chandler Gilbert Community College and the Maricopa Community College District are offering support, advice, and academic counseling to the affected students who are in various stages of academic degree or certificate completion.

Chandler Gilbert Community College encourages former ITT Tech students to contact us or the Maricopa Community College nearest them to help them navigate their transition, or complete the online ITT Tech Student contact form. Doing so will ensure that each student will receive individual attention and academic advisement. In this process, enrollment specialists will help students navigate academic program selection, transcript review, and financial aid needs.

Students who complete the ITT Tech Student contact form will be contacted within approximately 7 business days. Access the form by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you at Chandler Gilbert Community College or at any of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Dodging Bullets" Solo Show Coming to CGCC Performing Arts Center

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Performing Arts Department is excited to host “Dodging Bullets,” the acclaimed solo show featuring Arizona State University Professor David Barker on Friday, October 7 at 7pm at the Pecos Campus.

Born from a very real, tragic and life-altering experience, David Barker’s latest work is as personal as it is extraordinary.  It is personal in that this solo performer plays ten different roles, including his own mother, in order to immerse the audience in the moment when his brother-in-law tried to kill Barker and his sister.  The quality of Barker’s performance and the fact that everything actually happened to him, an average middle-aged guy who at the exact time of the incident was searching for a meaningful experience in life, makes the show extraordinary.

“We are thrilled to welcome Professor Barker to CGCC and look forward to his performance,” said Randy Wright, Performing Arts Director at CGCC. “Barker’s performance is powerful, entertaining and very real. His ability to transform into10 different characters is astonishing, and we encourage the community to take advantage of this opportunity to see him live.”

On the fateful day of the attack, Barker accompanied his sister and 15-year-old niece on a stop at his recently-divorced sister’s home to pick up asthma medication for his niece. “I went along to protect my sister,” Barker said. “We approached the house and Dr. Jack, my sister’s ex, appeared at the front door and ordered me to leave. Dr. Jack is a high-strung control freak, so when I refused to leave he attacked me.  We grappled briefly and he ran back into the house. My sister, niece and I were in complete shock. He came back with a gun and began to fire.”

This true story plays out with cinematic twists and turns including SWAT teams and arrests as well as the more intimate and revealing story lines of Barker’s parents’ declining health and the trauma he suffered as a result of the Dr. Jack incident.  At the end of this thrilling 65-minute journey, the audience dynamic with Barker is transformed; he is no longer just an actor on stage, but a person with whom you just shared a unique experience. 

A Q&A session about the experience will take place immediately following Barker’s performance. Leslie Marna, Director of My Sister's Place in Chandler, a non-profit formed to serve victims of domestic violence, will lead the discussion in an effort to increase awareness of the organization’s mission.

Admission is free!  Do not miss out on your chance to see Dodging Bullets. The event will be held inside the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center located at 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler, AZ 85225.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at CGCC

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, CGCC is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Festival on Thursday, October 13 from 11 am to 1 pm inside the Student Pavilion. The event will feature samples of Hispanic foods, entertainment and information about local Hispanic community organizations.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The CGCC event is sponsored by the Hispanic Student Organization, Office of International Education Program and Student Life.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event or CGCC's Hispanic Student Organization, please contact Greg Wojtovich at 480.857.5213.

CGCC is Hosting Desert Code Camp 2016

Calling all Coders! Chandler-Gilbert Community College, in partnership with the Southeast Valley .NET User Group and the City of Chandler will host “Desert Code Camp” on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at CGCC’s Pecos Campus in Chandler. 

The Desert Code Camp is an intensive, all-day, technology conference where participants immerse themselves in the most cutting edge coding trends and leading software of our time.  Students and regional software development professionals will be together for a full day in seminars, presentations and networking events. 

Furthermore, this is a free event that is part of an international trend in which peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines focus on coding and software development.  In doing so, they learn tips and tricks on new technologies and discover new approaches to problem solving. 

More than 100 sessions are currently slated, ranging from Game Development, HTML5 and Linux Operating Systems to Software Development using Java, .NET and Ruby on Rails.  Participants are encouraged to visit the official event website,, in order to: 
•    Check out the list of the sessions at
•    Create an account at
•    Let us know you are coming at

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please reach out to Joseph Guadagno at or dial (602) 293-6767.

We look forward to seeing you at camp.  Sign up today!

Project 3D Upcoming Events

The Office of Student Life and Leadership kicked off the Project 3D forum series on September 13 with the official launch event inside the Student Pavilion at the Pecos Campus. A variety of local civic organizations including the Arizona Democratic Party, Arizona GOP, League of Women Voters, East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese American Phoenix Chapter gathered to educated students on key political issues and register them to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Project 3D creator and CGCC student Curran Vinson was featured on 12 News where he discussed the vision behind the events and his hope to inspire students to get involved in political change. Click here to view the 12 News segment.

Upcoming Project 3D

•    9/27/2016 - “This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land”: Politics of the Wall, 7pm- 8:30pm Agave Community Room
•    10/5/2016 - Project 3D and Rock the Vote Event, 11:30am - 1pm, Student Pavilion
•    10/18/2016 -Shots Heard Around the World: The Politics of Gun Control in America, 7pm - 8:30pm Agave Community Room
•    11/1/2016 - Social Justice, Diversity, and the New American, 7pm - 8:30pm, Agave Community Room

The voter registration portion of Project 3D is being conducted in connection with Rock the Vote, a non-partisan group that focuses on educating and registering young voters and getting as many as possible to turn out to the polls. This event will include live entertainment, food and guest speakers.

The Project 3D forums are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact or call 480-732-7150.

Monday, September 19, 2016

CGCC Student featured on Channel 12 News

Curran Vinson, CGCC Student. Photo credit: 12News
CGCC student Curran Vinson was featured on 12 News last Thursday to promote the launch of Project 3D. Check out the story here!