Thursday, June 25, 2020

A New is Launching on July 1

Mark your calendars for July 1 when we launch the new CGCC website! This new site is designed with current and prospective students in mind. We conducted student surveys and focus groups to learn what they wanted from our website, and that feedback was used to organize and design the site. Take a look at some of the features of our new, user-friendly site.

Take with You
The new is built for the on-the-go student. The site is mobile responsive, so you’ll have the same access to content and navigation whether you’re on a computer, tablet or cell phone. No more pinching to zoom in and out of pages!

Easy Navigation and Accessible Links
We’ve added students’ most frequented links in multiple places on the new site. At the top of the desktop view, you’ll find links to Canvas, My.Maricopa, Academic Calendar, CoyoteConnect, Locations, Library and Find a Class, as well as links to request more info about becoming a student and getting started in the enrollment process. 

You’ll also find many of these links, plus financial aid, in the navigation of the mobile view and on the left side of the desktop view.

The main navigation is divided into Admissions, Academics, Student Resources, Campus Life, Community and About sections. Each section has a drop-down with links to individual pages and is accessible from any page on our site. 

The robust footer highlights our four locations, links to our social media accounts and even more links to our most frequently viewed pages. 

Tailored Web Journeys for All Students
Are you a new student hoping to enroll at CGCC for the first time? A returning student looking to continue your education at CGCC? Maybe a high school student seeking to take advantage of our early college programs? Or a student who wants to take classes at CGCC before transferring to a university to complete your bachelor’s degree?

No matter where you are in your educational journey, we’ve created a quick-start guide for you. Simply click your student type to find a guide tailor-made for students like you.

News You Can Use
The news feature brings the latest CGCC updates right to the homepage. Here you can read about recent awards, new programs, student success and tips and resources for current and prospective students.

All of Our Events Under One Roof
In the events section, you’ll see the three most upcoming events. Clicking the “View All Events” button will allow you to view all of our events, with details and registration links easily available.

We hope you enjoy the new! Be sure to check out our new site when it goes live on Wednesday, July 1.

Alumnus Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers star, nominated for Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

Andre Ethier, one of the best athletes to play for Chandler-Gilbert Community College, has been nominated to the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Inductees will be announced at a later date according to the Hall. Ethier, one of the best pure hitters in baseball, played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring in 2018. And while he went on to stardom in Los Angeles, Ethier stayed true to his roots. “During his playing days, Andre would work out with our players often,” said Russ Luce, Coyotes head baseball coach. “He’s very active with our players and in giving back. He would help them on the field and with chasing their dreams.”

“We are so proud to call Andre Ethier a Coyote,” said CGCC President Dr. Greg Peterson. “Andre’s nomination to the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame is a testament to not only his skill on the diamond, but also his care for the community. His desire to help current CGCC baseball players with their skills and as a mentor has been invaluable.” 
Luce said Ethier would give of his time and money, making financial contributions to support the program. “When he was still with the Dodgers, he would workout at Chandler-Gilbert because he lived near the campus,” Luce said. “He lives further away now in Phoenix, but before that he would have players to his house on a regular basis. He would work with the outfielders on mechanics of the position and with hitters, talking about and showing his approach at the plate. He also showed them how he changed his approach through the game too. He provided mentorship and it was a big deal to our players because he accomplished what they want to (by going to MLB).” The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes who have recognition and distinction in sports and have “brought fame and honor to the State of Arizona through outstanding sporting accomplishments or contributions” according to the Hall. Nominees must be native Arizonans and immediately recognizable as Arizonan. Ethier was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft out of Arizona State University where he transferred after his CGCC career. At CGCC, Ethier batted .468 and had 94 hits, including 32 doubles. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2001. Ethier, who was traded by the A’s to the Dodgers in 2005, played his entire Major League career in Los Angeles. In his major league debut, he hit a double and walked against his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The next night, he hit his first career home run against the San Diego Padres. During his time with the Dodgers, Ethier batted .308 in his rookie season of 2006 and averaged .285 over the course of his career with more than 1,300 career hits. He was an All-Star (2010, 2011), a National League Silver Slugger (2009) and a Rawlings Gold Glove winner (2011).
He retired in 2018 after leg and back injuries limited his playing time in 2016 and 2017.
Game 7 of the 2017 World Series was the last game he played. That series, won by the Houston Astros, is considered tainted by some around baseball because of the Astros’s sign stealing scandal. During his MLB playing career, Ethier put together a 30-game hitting streak in 2011.
Since the CGCC baseball program began in 2001, 43 former Coyotes have made it to professional baseball including Ethier, Colorado Rockies’ Eric Young Jr., Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (Japan Pacific League) Dennis Sarfate and former Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez. The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame induction will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Energizing family-like discussions goal of new Hopes & Fears monthly series

The kitchen table seems to be the place where the real conversations happen in a family. It’s a communal space. Everyone eats. Everyone has a place. There’s always room for one more person to join.

That shared space and sense of community is the driving force behind Hopes & Fears, a new monthly series designed to amplify the voices of our Black students and their families, our faculty and our alumni. With the goal of engaging an entire community, these monthly evening sessions will bring together a wealth of voices from within the Black community to create a space where all can have restorative conversations that reveal both our hopes and fears. 

The first session will be Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. and will focus on Black youth. The session will be live streamed on CGCC’s YouTube channel.

“We were thinking about all of the black and brown students that we serve and how they might be feeling during these unprecedented times,” said Michael Greene, CGCC’s director of Student Life & Leadership team. “We wanted to provide a safe space for them and to support them.  A space to demonstrate to them that the college cares about them as they engage in their communities. To encourage them that they are not walking through this alone - they are supported by allies, peers, and advocates throughout our college. “

“Our goal with this monthly series is to initiate conversations that truly reflect our experience today,” Greene added.

The leaders of the series felt the responsibility to engage with the “community” to discuss the history, the pain and the systemic injustice. More importantly, to create a dialogue for change and hope. Through this need to engage in a conversation for healing - a virtual series was created. 

“History and current events show that without awareness nothing gets solved,” said Dr. Belinda Ramos, CGCC psychology faculty. “Therefore, it is a privilege to be a part of a community that comprehends, in order for all lives to matter, we must understand that Black Lives Matter.

“Now, more than ever we need to join together at a figurative table, where our youth, our future leaders, can face their fears head-on and share their hopes and dreams for a healed world. At times the discussions may provoke discomfort. But I hope we can be OK with uncomfortable feelings and use the conversations as opportunities to model mental strength and reinforce what CGCC values most: creating learning experiences and growth opportunities for our diverse communities.”

“I look forward to the next step and doing the next right thing in our very own backyard - the East Valley.”

The series will explore the state of our nation, injustice and systematic racism, and its impact on the Black community. The goal of the series is to promote dialogue aimed at fostering hope and healing while also exploring ways that our community can collectively move forward. 

“I fear that minorities (specifically Americans of African descent), women and under-served students avoid STEM careers because they don’t feel welcomed,” said Nichole Neal,  Physical Sciences and Engineering faculty member. “They don't feel seen and many don't think they matter.  
“In order to effect change, we must understand what we fear,” said Neal.  “I am hopeful that these ‘kitchen-table conversations’ will result in change. I want people to know that you not only have a seat at this table, but you sit in a chair that has legs. This means you are welcomed and you will be seen! You matter and you will be heard!”

Make sure you pull up a chair at the kitchen table and join us for conversations each month.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Celebrate Juneteenth with these books, documentaries, podcasts and more

Today, we honor Juneteenth, the commemoration of June 19, 1865, when enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas, learned of the end of the Civil War nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Yes, that’s correct - nearly two and a half years later! To date, three states do not mark Juneteenth as a holiday - Hawaii, North Dakota and South Dakota. has petitions to push for Juneteenth to be recognized as a holiday in all 50 states. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth here

In honor of Juneteenth, we have gathered a list of books, writings, podcasts and films that will help enrich our understanding of the struggle for equality and the fight against systemic racism. Systemic racism is a type of oppression that is embedded within the structure of society’s institutions, such as education, the criminal justice system, housing, media and the financial sector.

This list, curated by Dr. Belinda Ramos, CGCC psychology faculty, and Marie Huntsinger, CGCC sociology faculty, allows for a wide range of multimedia experiences and learning opportunities.

10 Children’s Books Celebrating Juneteenth is a list of books to share with elementary, middle and high school students.

How To be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race   by Ijeoma Oluo

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

13th on Netflix (Netflix, YouTube) - Criminal justice system and the war on drugs. (Rated TV-MA)

Always in Season (PBS) - An exploration of the history of lynching in America that tracks the mob violence from its origins to the death of a teenager in 2014. (Not Rated)

I Am Not Your Negro (Kanopy) -  Features the unfinished writings of James Baldwin on racial inequalities. (Rated PG-13)

Race: The Power of Illusion  ( Older, three-part series on the construction of race and racist policies in the U.S. (Not Rated)

The House I Live In (PBS) - Criminal justice system and war on drugs. (Not Rated)

1619 Series - The New York Times examines the history of slavery and what this legacy has left behind.

Code Switch - Code Switch is National Public Radio’s podcast hosted by journalists of color that explores the issue of race. 

Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by foremother of Intersectionality Theory Kimberlé Crenshaw

Seeing White - “These are great lessons for those of us working to dismantle our ‘othering’  consciousness based on race, as well as conceptualizing whiteness from the inside out.”

Unlocking Us - Is best-selling author BrenĂ© Brown’s look at the ideas, stories, experiences, books, films, and music that reflect the universal experiences of being human.

Blackish (ABC) - A successful Black family lives in the white suburbs and examines how the members navigate  the space between Black and white culture, as well as the grey area in between.  This episode had a good explanation of Juneteenth. (Rated TV-PG)

Dear White People (Netflix)- “Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, this Netflix-original series follows a group of students of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The students are faced with a landscape of cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics.” (Rated TV-MA)

Watchmen (HBO) - Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the  "Watchmen" takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 34 years after the original story. After a white supremacist attack on the local police department, which leaves only two surviving cops on the beat, laws are passed that allow the cops to hide their identities behind masks. One of these cops, Angela Abar, adopts the identity of Sister Night and fights racists while dealing with the decades-long legacy of the vigilantes. (Rated TV-MA)

When They See Us (Netflix) - Fictionalized but based on a true story of the Central Park 5. (Rated TV-MA)

From passionate pleas for reform to poetic turns of phrase, these talks take an honest look at everyday realities of Black Americans and illuminate the way forward.

Juneteenth 2020: Stay Black and Live Free, Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 6 PM ET | Eventbrite. 

Juneteenth: (Free Virtual) Community Day - The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. 

Critical Media Project - Clips from various media platforms to spark discussion on media representation. Each clip also includes discussion prompts. Black Lives Matter Anthology A collection of selected poems addressing racial injustice, human rights, the right to protest, and imagining a more perfect union. 

Marvel Comics Black Storytellers Free digital access to 100 Marvel comics created by Black writers and artists. 

Articles/Opinion Pieces:
Brent Staples in the New York Times “How Blackface Feeds White Supremacy”

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Message to our College Community

A message to our college community

Dear Chandler-Gilbert Community College Community, 

In these troubling times, we have witnessed multiple instances of violence toward African Americans in our country including the recent death of George Floyd in Minnesota. My heart is heavy experiencing the pain and hurt reverberating across the nation and our state, filling communities with fear and uncertainty. 

Too often this story has played out in our nation. Too many lives have been needlessly lost. We have seen the impact of systemic racism in our country and in our community. We acknowledge as a College that this has impacted the lives of our students, faculty, and staff and has caused feelings of anxiety, trauma, and anger. 

I am heartened that so many in our community have spoken up, sending a message of love and support to our hurting colleagues and students. CGCC’s values have never been more important, and I am asking you to join me in a commitment to putting our core values of diversity, inclusion and integrity into action. ​We ​stand in support and solidarity with all of our community and will not tolerate racism and acts of hatred. 

For our students, if you need someone to talk to during these challenging times, we have professional counseling faculty available at each college to listen and assist you. 

Together, we will ensure our values envelop all members of our college community. Please look for more information soon on our next steps, including details on upcoming listening sessions opportunities with faculty and staff at CGCC. 


Dr. Greg Peterson, President
Dr. William Guerriero, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Veronica Hipolito, Vice President of Student Affairs
Jenna Kahl, Associate Vice President of Community Relations
Bradley Kendrex, Vice President of Administration and Finance
Dr. Bernadette La Mazza, Associate Vice President, Business Operations
Dr. Felicia Ramirez-Perez, Dean of Enrollment Services
Gabriela Rosu, Dean of Instruction, Academic Affairs
Chris Schnick, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Academic Affairs
Dr. Anne Suzuki, Dean of Student Development

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tips for Summer Semester success

After spending the past few months adjusting to remote or online learning, this summer semester 2020 could feel like “same song, different verse” but with one big exception: You are now an expert at online learning!

But to make things go smoothly here are a few tips to keep you on the road to success:

Make it your space

Create a “school” space: Let’s face it, remote or online learning is not the same experience as being in a classroom. While some of us may be challenged by the transition because we prefer classroom settings, the new format doesn't have to impact your ability to learn. Here’s how you can adapt to make your cool school space work for you: 
  • Lower your expectations for how fancy this space needs to be. Most of us are not working from a fancy home office. 
  • Be creative with your options - think repurpose and resourcefulness. Crates to support your computer monitors or a stable stack of unused books can make the space more comfortable. 
  • Make sure that you find a space that is quiet and well lit. We recommend natural light during the day if possible. 
  • If quiet is not an option, plug in those headphones for maximum focus. 
  • Make sure you have enough outlets so you can keep your laptop and phone charged. There’s nothing worse than a battery dying while you’re turning in that essay at 11:55 pm! 
  • A desk and comfortable chair or lapdesk make balancing school work much easier. Don’t have a desk? Get creative, use an empty dining room table or take over a kitchen countertop. Bring in a foldable table from the garage - we know a few school staff and faculty  who’ve done all of the above.
  • Add your personal touches to the space. Perhaps a small plant (real or fake) and desk decor (repurposed of course). And small toys can be a welcome distraction when you are, um, um, um, searching for the right word!
  • Need supplies? Connect with free stuff groups on Facebook for a no-contact pickup or ask friends or family. If challenged by lack of technology, reach out to your instructor to connect you with our Basic Needs Coordinator who can connect you to resources for students with a variety of needs.
  • Set aside time every day to work on schoolwork. Consider blocking time on your calendar or putting up a sign on your door not to be disturbed so you can focus on your learning. 
  • Once your work is done, get out of that area, close down the shop for personal or other business. If you need to do other work on the computer, try to move to a new area after your study block. 

Eat to win

Fuel Your Brain: While our on-campus options are closed to keep everyone safe we suggest that you make sure you are starting your day with a good breakfast. Your brain can’t concentrate if your stomach is hungry!

We recommend applying these tips, shared by Rutgers University, for eating while studying:
  • Don’t skip meals because of classes and work. Plan your meal breaks, they are important. When in a rush, grab a protein or granola bar or a piece of fruit.
  • Stock up on healthy options rather than junk food. This will reduce the temptation around you. 
  • Be careful what you drink. Avoid unnecessary sugar or caffeine. If you are thirsty, drink water!
  • Choose foods rich in protein and simple sugars to keep your blood sugar levels relatively stable. 
  • Eat from all food groups. The more colorful the plate, the better. And think portion control.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be 50% of your daily consumption. They have natural sugars which the body processes more readily to keep you on the path to health and learning.

Check out for more details about constructing a healthy diet.

Get me Tech Support!

Leverage tutoring and computer lab resources: Get acquainted with the level of support that's available for tutoring services. You'll find that our learning centers offer appointment-based support even if you aren’t on campus. Here are just a few of the questions they can help you with: 
  • Calculus got you down? Feeling like all those physics equations have you flying off into the wrong vector? Math tutoring is here to keep the numbers orderly.
  • Maybe you want to be the next Hemingway or Delia Owens. The tutoring center can help your sentence structure sing.

And don’t forget, if you need tech support to navigate your transition to remote learning, the computer lab team is available to walk you through any concerns. You can reach them here for virtual assistance with the following: 
  • If you are having trouble accessing Canvas, MyITLab or any other learning resource.
  • Help with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access, Google Meet, Webex or Adobe products
  • Need help resetting a password, zip files, connecting to WiFi, uploading documents and general computer support.

Healthy mind and body

Keep your mind and body healthy:  Even while practicing social distancing you can stay healthy by walking, running, stretching or following our weekly #workoutwednesday videos. As our summer heat moves us all indoors, these free videos will get you moving. Studies have shown that working out releases brain chemicals which can keep your mind healthy as well.

If you have COVID-19 related concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips as well.

While your brain isn’t a muscle, you can still make it stronger. Here are a few positive mental health tips from the University of Michigan Health Service:

  • Surround yourself with good people. Strong family or community connections can lead to a healthier you.
  • Volunteer your time in a socially distancing responsible way. Helping others can help you feel good.
  • Practice coping skills like journaling, taking a walk or finding something funny to laugh about. Laughter truly is the best medicine.
  • Break up your routine. Doing the same things at the same time can lead to monotony. So stimulate your brain with a different route for your walk or plan a trip for your post-COVID time!

In addition to physical activity and mental health recommendation, CGCC offers assistance to currently enrolled students with identifying difficulties, problem-solving, and decision-making processes related to academic, career, and personal goal achievement. Our counseling faculty do not provide mental health services on campus but can assist with referrals to appropriate community providers as needed. Schedule a phone-based appointment to benefit from support with: 
  • Counseling for academic concerns (time management, college transition, etc.)
  • Goal setting and personal support
  • Career counseling
  • Support during a crisis
  • Resources to help you stay in school
  • Advocacy for students
  • Referrals to campus and community resources 

Put power in the palm of your hand

Scroll over to these mobile tools to make your academic life easier: COVID-19 has taught us all the need to embrace technology to adapt and (hopefully) make life a tiny bit easier on ourselves. There are two key apps we recommend you download and leverage often. 

Canvas is your daily space for communicating with your instructors, accessing your courses, downloading and submitting assignments, and taking quizzes. Your instructor will also leverage Canvas to provide you with assignment feedback. This key resource is available for desktop use here - but convenient for mobile use as well. Here’s a quick tutorial to get you started on becoming a Canvas pro-user. Download the mobile app on Google Play or App Store today.


On MyInfo, you’ll most often use your Student Center on a monthly or semester basis. There you can access your class schedule, outstanding charges and grades. You can also check out your Advising Notes and Degree Progress Report, as well as regularly update your Personal Information Update.  You can see your class schedule, financial aid status, messages, textbook information and more. Download the mobile app on Google Play or App Store today.

Slow down

Take it easy:  Many of you are holding jobs and/or parenting in addition to studying. While you're running from one thing to the next, whether it is your coursework to your job or caring for your family, we recommend you schedule some time to slow down and unwind. Even a 10 minute mindfulness break can help. Here a few ways to slow down: 
  • 2 - 5 - 10 minute meditations: The Calm App is now offering free options for anyone during COVID. 
  • Talk a walk around the block. 
  • Sit out on your patio. 
  • Listen to your favorite playlist. 
  • Call a friend to vent about your homework. 
  • Write a letter to a loved one. 
  • Write a gratitude list. 
  • Spend some time petting your pets (they’ll always be grateful). 
  • Dance like nobody's watching (trust us, it feels great). 
  • Sit still and do absolutely nothing for 15 mins (feels like heaven). 
  • Watch one of your favorite shows (but beware of binge watching past that deadline).
  • Take a long bath.
  • Color or paint. 
  • Read a few chapters in the book you keep by your bedside.

Ask for help

We’re here to help in any way we can. Not sure where to start? Here’s a quick tip sheet to help you locate the best resource to fit your needs. When in doubt, reach out to your instructors - they want to help you succeed and can connect you to specific virtual resources.

Need help? We’ve gathered a list of helpful links for school, home and your well being

Australian fires.
Remote … everything.
Record early heat wave in Arizona.
Murder hornets!
If it’s starting to seem like 2020 is going to be a banner year for chaos, change and stress, fear not. We have gathered a list of resources to help you navigate everything the world is tossing your way. These resources won’t keep the Jumanji murder hornets away, but they should help make your educational path easier during this trying time.

Need help adjusting to remote learning?

Need to contact an academic advisor?

Need help with financial aid?
  • The best way to reach our CGCC Financial Aid office is via email,
  • No internet?  No problem - you can also call to leave them a voicemail at 1.855.622.2332 and they’ll call you back.
  • You can also use the Virtual Enrollment Services Team number at 480.351.2221 to text them for help.

Need help with financial resources?

Need help finding a job?

Need tutoring?
  • All CGCC students now have access to TutorMatch, a new option within the cool BrainFuse online tutoring platform.  TutorMatch allows you to connect with the same awesome CGCC tutors that you used to work with in the Learning Center and Writing Center, now in a virtual format.  Here’s a description of how it works:
  • Once you’re familiar with how it works, bookmark BrainFuse for easy access:

Need to know what to do with your textbooks?

Need help with health, housing or food security?

Need help paying the bills?

Need help getting around town?
  • Valley Metro buses and trains are running reduced schedules because of the ongoing safer-at-home orders. To see the updated schedule:

Need more help?

Need a break or a way to find some peace?