Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Partnership with Quantum benefits veterans

(Photo: Quantum Helicopters)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College's partnership with Quantum Helicopters was highlighted in an Arizona Republic article written by Annie Yu.

Quantum Helicopters established a veterans training program in 1994 according to Quantum Helicopters President Neil Jones. The partnership between Quantum Helicopters and CGCC began in early 2012 and has trained about 50 veterans. Read the full story.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Empty Bowls event raises funds for local families in need

On Thursday, Oct. 30, Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) hosted the second annual Empty Bowls fundraiser event to benefit the Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC). The event was sponsored by members of Student Life and the Service Learning Office. Attendees purchased handmade ceramic bowls for $10 made by CGCC ceramics students with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting CCCC. This year's event raised $4,709 for families in need.

"We are grateful for those who came out to support the Empty Bowls event and to help fight hunger in the local community," said Alexandra Cannell, service-learning coordinator at CGCC. "The goal of Empty Bowls is to bring food to the table for families who are struggling by bringing art to the community. Due to the dedication and participation from our students, we were able to reach that goal."

Event attendees were served a 300-calorie meal which included a cup of hot soup and a bread roll. This light fare meant to signify the average amount of calories a food-insecure person eats in one day.

CCCC's mission and vision is to change lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community and to have a healthy and productive community built on a foundation of dignity and hope. Each year CCCC distributes over 15,000 food boxes with enough food to feed over 50,000 adults and children.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Vocal major places first in state and regional competitions

Vocal student major Sam Loose took first place in two recent competitions. The Valley of the Sun National Association of Teachers of Singing Musical Theater Auditions was held Nov. 7-8. Loose took first place in Divisions 21-23. He also won the Arizona’s Rockin’ with Talent competition on Oct. 25, walking away as the adult talent division winner as well as the overall winner by singing “Stars” from Les Miserables.

“I was thoroughly surprised when they announced I was the overall winner,” said Loose, who received a cash award and an all-expense-paid trip to Branson, Miss. to open for The Duttons. “Although I appreciate the awards, especially the cash as a full-time student, I’m most pleased that people still enjoy live music and the art of stage performance.”

Loose has performed in many of Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s productions including "Seussical" (in which he was nominated for a Zoni award as the Cat in the Hat), "The Fantasticks," "A Christmas Carol" and others. He will graduate in May and plans to apply to Juilliard, New York University and other universities well-known for their musical arts programs.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chandler-Gilbert ranks 15 in Chandler Top 100 companies

Chandler-Gilbert Community College was ranked 15th in the 2014 Chandler Chamber of Commerce Top 100 companies in Chandler. The ranking is based on the physical presence in Chandler and/or infrastructure, number of employees in Chandler and Arizona, and being a stakeholder in the community. View the entire list online.