Thursday, September 12, 2019

CGCC Wins 2019 AASHE Sustainability Award












The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) announced Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Food Waste Recycling Project as the recipient of the 2019 AASHE Sustainability Awards in the Associate/Two-year Institutions category for outstanding achievements in sustainability. 

This year, AASHE received 350+ entries that resulted in 11 winners in four categories. Winners will be recognized during the Opening Ceremony at the annual AASHE Conference & Expo in Spokane, Washington on Oct. 27. Entries were judged on overall impact, innovation, stakeholder involvement, clarity and other criteria specific to each category.

“We are honored to win the 2019 AASHE Sustainability Award. Our Food Waste Recycling Project not only exemplifies our commitment to sustainability, it also showcases our emphasis on collaboration across disciplines,” said CGCC President Dr. Greg Peterson. “An outstanding team of students, faculty and staff brought this project to fruition, and the entire Chandler-Gilbert community will benefit from their dedication to the Food Waste Recycling Project.”

The CGCC Food Waste Recycling Project is a grant-funded campus-wide ongoing collaborative project that offers deep, cross-disciplinary, experiential student learning via an innovative solution for CGCC’s food and green waste. With the support of campus facilities, this program has established a receptacle system that facilitates separation of food waste generated on campus. A collaborative group of biology and engineering students, with guidance from faculty, have designed a unique organic waste digester machine that will recycle food and green waste into a nutrient-rich liquid fertilizer, which will be used to maintain campus grounds.

Through collaborative biology, art, English, and communications projects, students have begun a marketing campaign that promotes a “sustainability mindset” by changing the behavior of how the campus community handles their waste through increasing awareness of what happens to our food after we dispose of it. CGCC students play an integral role throughout this project, which offers a unique opportunity to practice translational science, bringing innovative ideas to the public while fostering critical thinking and confidence in their innovative potential.

“The Food Waste Recycling Project highlights both the research and implementation strategies and methods at Chandler-Gilbert and addresses the global need for sustainable waste management,” said CGCC Dean of Instruction Gabriela Rosu. “Winning the 2019 AASHE Sustainability Award is a huge honor and will help raise awareness for this innovative solution to one of the world’s most significant challenges.”

“The 2019 award winners demonstrate an inspiring passion for solving some of the world’s most complex challenges. They are truly pioneering the campus sustainability movement,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. 

To learn more about AASHE’s Sustainability Awards programs, please visit http://www.aashe.org/get-involved/awards/.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Ten Tips For Fall Semester Success




















Saturday, August 17 marked the first day of Fall Semester. It’s time to say goodbye to “Old Town Road” and hello to Pecos Road, Tahoe Avenue, Alma School Road and Ellsworth Road. While we have plenty of parking for your car or bike, your horse will have to stay at home.

Whether you’re a first-time student or returning to campus, we want you to have a successful semester. We’ve compiled a list of tips and resources to help you enter the new year with confidence.

1. Plan Ahead to Score a Prime Parking Spot: The new semester promises plenty of packed parking lots, so we recommend you arrive early to secure a prime spot. Use our campus maps to find the lot closest to your classes. Students at our Williams Campus are required to display a valid 2019-2020 parking permit. Learn how to get your permit here.

2. Fuel Your Brain: At the Pecos Campus, the Coyote Cafe features a variety of food options as well as hosting a local restaurant on-site each week. The café is located at in Bradshaw Hall (between the Library and Coyote Center). You'll find their menu, upcoming features and hours of operation here. Grounds for Thought, under the Ironwood Bridge, offers coffee drinks, smoothies and quick bites to eat on the north end of campus.

At the Williams Campus, the Roadrunner Cafe offers breakfast, grilled, and deli options for breakfast and lunch each day. You'll find their menu and hours of operation here

Last year we launched the Coyote Cupboard at both the Pecos and Williams campuses. The Coyote Cupboard is a food pantry with non-perishable and household items and school supplies available to any CGCC student. Learn more here

3. Use Your Cell Phone: Need to find a class or access campus maps at the drop of a dime? You can access your student resources right from your mobile device. Download the MyInfo app and access your:  
  • Class Schedule
  • Campus Maps & Room Information
  • Financial Aid Award Status
  • Holds on Your Account
  • Messages
  • Textbook Information
The MyInfo app is available on Google Play and the App Store.

4. Enjoy Some Quiet Time in the Library - Our Pecos and Williams libraries aren’t just places to find books. They boast quiet spaces for you to relax before, after or between classes and study rooms for group work. Our librarians are available to assist you with research projects and can help you find materials from other libraries.

5. Stay Safe with the RAVE Guardian App - Our Public Safety and Campus Police recommend that all students download the RAVE Guardian app on Google Play or App Store.  The app allows you to create a network of trusted safety guardians, set safety timers to alert police and family, submit anonymous tips, and have one-touch access to contact campus police. The convenience of storing safety processes in one app can save you precious seconds in an emergency. Learn more about the RAVE Guardian app here.  

6. Get Involved - Getting involved in campus clubs helps students build leadership skills, strong friendships, networking connections, life experiences and a powerful resume. Building a network of peers who can walk this college path alongside you is a key element of setting yourself up for success. Browse our student clubs and organizations here

7. Leverage Tutoring Resources - Get acquainted with the level of support that's available for on-campus tutoring services. You'll find that our learning centers offer both drop-in and appointment-based support. Find both locations and times for the Pecos and Williams campuses here

8. Utilize the Computer Lab - The computer labs at our Pecos and Williams campuses are open to all CGCC students. The labs are equipped with both Macs and PCs with specialized software to help you complete your coursework. Printers are also available for a small fee. Our computer lab staff can help you format your papers, find resources and use online applications. The computer labs are located in Bradshaw Hall, Room 123 at the Pecos Campus and Bridget Hall, Room 116 at the Williams Campus.

9. Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy - Counseling Services are available at our Pecos and Williams campuses. The mission of CGCC Counseling is to promote student development by facilitating personal growth, career decision making and academic success. Counseling Services can assist with academic concerns (time management, test anxiety, college transition, etc.), goal setting, career counseling and connections to resources in the community. Students can schedule free private appointments with our highly-trained counseling staff.

The Coyote Fitness Center at our Pecos campus is a 4,000 sq. ft. facility, offering a full line of cardiovascular exercise training equipment, resistance training machines and a complete free weight training section. Our Fitness Center staff have degrees in exercise science or a related field and are here to help you achieve your personal health and fitness goals. Students can join the Coyote Fitness Center for just $25/semester.

10. Slow Down - Many of our students are holding jobs in addition to studying. While you're running from one location to the next, we recommend you schedule some time to slow down and visit the Student Center Pavilion at our Pecos campus and Bridget Hall at our Williams Campus to unwind. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Coyote Kickoff Helps First-Year Students Prepare for College
















Coyote Kickoff is Chandler-Gilbert’s new student orientation for all new-to-college students.

What to Expect 
The tailored, two-hour orientations are intended to ease the transition into college. Benefits of attending Coyote Kickoff include:
  • Learning about college resources and support
  • Learning how to access and navigate the online student center
  • Meeting with academic advisors and discussing degree requirements
  • Meeting other new college students
  • Registering for first semester courses with dedicated support
  • Establishing payment arrangements to secure enrollment
Coyote Kickoff’s small-group format allows for a more personal, hands-on enrollment process where students can feel comfortable asking challenging questions. Due to these small groups, Coyote Kickoff sessions fill quickly. Please register for a session as far in advance as possible.

“Coyote Kickoff is one of the first steps students take in their college experience,” said Dr. Felicia Ramirez-Perez, CGCC Dean of Enrollment Services. “We know this is important to students and their parents, so we work hard to listen, learn and educate our students during this time to make their first student experience meaningful.”

Parent Resource 
Space limitations also prevent us from accommodating parents and guardians at Coyote Kickoff. Our Parents Resource Guide contains information about registration, financial aid and other resources available to parents and students.

Requirement
Students who have earned college credit through ACE, Dual Enrollment or Hoop of Learning programs and are now high school graduates are required to attend Coyote Kickoff. Student veterans using VA benefits are required to attend a separate veterans-only new student orientation. Transfer students are not required to attend.

Tips for Success
Available at Pecos & Williams Campuses
Coyote Kickoff sessions are held at our Pecos and Williams campuses. Students can register for Coyote Kickoff here. For more information, visit cgc.edu/kickoff or email Recruitment@cgc.edu.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Make Your Law Enforcement Career Happen
















About the East Valley-based Law Enforcement Training Academy
Chandler-Gilbert’s Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) is a fully certified police academy located at our Williams campus. CGCC is home to one of just two LETA programs in the Maricopa County Community College District.

LETA is an intense, highly accountable and challenging training program certified by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZ POST). The program meets Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 – 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. for 11 months.

The program is designed to develop skills in eight functional areas: introduction to law enforcement, law and legal matters, patrol procedures, traffic control, crime scene management, community and public relations, report writing and police proficiency. Graduates who pass the AZ POST comprehensive exam at the completion of the 11-month program will be eligible to be a certified peace officer in Arizona.

Respected East Valley Program with Benefits to Graduates
LETA is a part-time program, meeting for 17 hours per week during the evenings and weekends. This gives recruits the flexibility to attend the academy while keeping a full-time job, unlike other police academies that require a full-time commitment. LETA is open to those not currently affiliated with a police department, allowing non-sponsored recruits to enter the academy and be hired upon completion. LETA recruits benefit from the same, low-cost tuition ($85 per credit hour) as all CGCC students.

LETA is a widely known and respected program in the East Valley and across Arizona. Our relationships with local police departments provide LETA graduates with opportunities at top agencies. Our faculty consists of current and retired commanders and officers with more than 80 combined years of law enforcement experience. Students are consistently trained on current POST standards and real-world scenarios

“Law enforcement is a career where you can give back to the community you serve,” said Jon Terpay, Director of CGCC’s LETA. “It's made up of men and women who made a commitment to serve with honor and integrity. CGCC-LETA has a 97% hire rate with agencies all over the State of Arizona, and the average starting salary for law enforcement is more than $50,000 per year with a 25-year retirement. It’s a fast-paced, rewarding and noble career.”

Survival of the Fittest 
Not only do recruits need to excel in the classroom, but they must also have the ability to meet the physical demands of law enforcement. Program candidates should be able to run 1.5 miles in less than 15 minutes and complete a minimum of 25 push-ups and 30 sit-ups prior to entering the academy. Students must pass the Peace Officer’s Physical Aptitude Test prior to certification. This test includes five timed events: 6’ solid wall climb, 6’ chain-link fence climb, 99-yard obstacle course, body drag and 500-yard run.

Application Process
“One of our goals is to encourage a diverse group of applicants to enter LETA,” said Gabriela Rosu, Dean of Instruction at CGCC. “We believe police departments should represent the communities they serve to build trust and relationships with their constituents.”

Students can be sponsored by a law enforcement agency or enroll as a non-sponsored recruit. Sponsored recruits are required to undergo a background investigation by their respective agency. Non-sponsored students must complete a background investigation through the academy. Recruits must be at least 21-years-old at the completion of the program. Learn more about the application process here. You’ll also find FAQs here.

LETA applications are due on August 5. For more information and to request an application packet, visit cgc.edu/LETA.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

CGCC Partners with Johns Hopkins University for Engineering Innovation

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) selected CGCC as a partner for the Baltimore-based university’s Engineering Innovation program. Engineering Innovation is a summer program for high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in engineering. In the program, students learn to think and problem-solve like engineers and have the opportunity to earn JHU credit. CGCC is the only school in Arizona, and one of just 15 locations in the country, to host Engineering Innovation.

“We’re honored to partner with an institution as renowned as Johns Hopkins for Engineering Innovation,” said Dr. Greg Peterson, CGCC President. “This partnership emphasizes the quality of engineering and STEM programs at CGCC and our ability to leverage institutional relationships to provide the best opportunities for our local community and high school students.”



Engineering Innovation launched in 2006 with the goal of educating students about careers, internships and educational opportunities in engineering. Students complete lab activities in civil, chemical, electrical/computer, mechanical engineering and materials science. They also take quizzes, write a research paper, learn about engineering economics and present a response to a request for proposal.

“Engineering Innovation is excited to partner with Chandler-Gilbert Community College in bringing our pre-college engineering course to Arizona,” said Dr. Karen Borgsmiller, Director of Engineering Innovation. “We value this collaboration and our shared desire to inspire more youth to consider careers in engineering.”

Engineering Innovation is hosted at the CGCC Williams campus and taught by Angel Fuentes, Chair of the CGCC’s Physical Sciences and Engineering division. The inaugural program semester began on June 17 and culminated in a national graduation ceremony held across all commuter program locations, on July 18. Students meet four days a week and study curriculum developed by JHU.

“This is an incredible opportunity for high school students in our community and the entire Phoenix-area,” said Fuentes. “Participants work together to solve problems, develop necessary work skills for an engineer and grow academically from the knowledge they gain from a world-class research institution. Coupled with CGCC's highest engineering student transfer rate to the Arizona universities, these students are getting an opportunity of a lifetime and being productive about their future.”

For more information on Engineering Innovation, visit https://ei.jhu.edu/.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

CGCC Students Honored at Maricopa Student Research Conference
















At Chandler-Gilbert, we pride ourselves on experiential learning and student research opportunities. At most four-year universities, students may not have these hands-on research projects until their third or fourth year of school. However, experiential learning is part of every student’s experience at CGCC. Recently, two of our students exemplified these experiential learning and research principles at the Maricopa Student Research Conference. This event gives students the chance to present their original research in humanities and social behavioral sciences, occupational education, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in a conference setting.

Jeremy Mattas and Amber Toy both earned scholarships as a result of their research, highlighting the unique scholarship opportunities available to Maricopa Community Colleges students. Jeremy placed first in the Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Oral Presentation category for his “Speculative Consequences of Transcendence and Immortality” presentation and received a $1,000 scholarship. Amber placed third in the S.T.E.M. Poster Session for her “Dying to Look Good” campaign and received a $500 scholarship.

Jeremy Mattas
Jeremy’s “Speculative Consequences of Transcendence and Immortality” presentation stemmed from his appreciation of life. He believes the lifespan of the average American is not enough time to accomplish everything they hope to achieve. Jeremy believes that advances in technology, partnered with making lifestyle changes, can extend our lifespans and improve our quality of life.














Amber Toy
Amber’s “Dying to Look Good” campaign focused on personal care products used by millions of people every day. She presented tips and apps to check the toxicology ratings of chemicals in soaps, shampoos and other personal care products. Her goal was to teach others how to shop clean by finding healthier alternatives.















Congratulations, Jeremy and Amber, and thank you to our student research faculty members, Sujatha Krishnaswamy, Crystal Theaker and Paul Wren.

To learn more about the Maricopa Student Research Conference, visit https://www.estrellamountain.edu/conferences/student-conference. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

2019 Commencement Recap



On Friday, May 10, Chandler-Gilbert honored the Class of 2019 at our 28th annual Commencement Ceremony at Sloan Park. More than 300 graduating students, as well as Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Lewis and Maricopa Community Colleges Board Member Kathleen Winn, were in attendance. Watch the complete ceremony below and view our photo album from this celebratory evening. Congratulations to the Class of 2019!