Thursday, May 11, 2017

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Honors 2017 Teal & Silver Recipients

Community leaders recognized for their contributions to CGCC!

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) honored their 14th Annual Teal & Silver award recipients during a breakfast event at the college's Williams Campus on Tuesday, May 9. Ten winners were recognized for their dedication and support of CGCC students, employees, programs, services and the college community.
The 2017 Teal & Silver Award recipients are:   
• Bill Rotondo, Chandler Christian Community Center-Community Organization Partner
• City of Chandler & East Valley Jewish Community Center-Community Organization Partners
• Cynthia Nannetti, CGCC Law Enforcement Training Academy Instructor-Community Leader
• Diane Fernichio, Step Up Schools Mesa-K-12 School Colleague
• Dinah Guy, Highland High School-K-12 School Colleague
• Orbital ATK-Business Partner
• Rosanne Shaw, Chandler High School-K-12 School Colleague
• Southwest Airlines-Donor Partner
• Troy Rundle, ASU Vet Success-University Partner
• Violet Nelson, Chandler High School-K-12 School Colleague

“The community leaders and businesses honored with a Teal & Silver award provide Chandler-Gilbert Community College and its students with vital support that improves their experience and contributes to their success,” said William Guerriero, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Interim President “Whether through direct interaction, funding for scholarships, or support for the college and its’ programs, we are truly grateful for their involvement and dedication.”
The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Teal & Silver Awards program was created to recognize the contributions of individuals who support Chandler-Gilbert Community College through various efforts. Recipients positively impact the college by assisting with the program or service improvements, supporting creative and innovative ideas, improving the quality of the college experience, support the delivery of instruction, providing resources or assisting with cost-saving measures and advocating for the college in media, with elected officials and in the community.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s 14th Annual Teal & Silver recipients were honored May 9 at celebration breakfast event at the college’s Williams Campus in Mesa.
Back row from left to right: Leah Powell, City of Chandler, Mike Miller, Southwest Airlines; Rick Kettner, Orbital Sciences; Bill Rotondo, Chandler Christian Community Center-Community; Diane Fernichio, Step Up Schools Chandler Hadassah Baldinger, East Valley Jewish Community Center; Dinah Guy, Highland High School; Violet Nelson, Chandler High School and Troy Rundle, Arizona State University Veteran’s Success Program.
Front row from left to right: Rabbi Michael Beyo, East Valley Jewish Community Center; Nachie Marquez, City of Chandler; Niki Tapia, City of Chandler; Cynthia Nannetti, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy and Rosanne Shaw, Chandler High School.

Monday, May 8, 2017

CGCC Men’s Golfers are Headed to Nationals

Congratulations to Coyote men’s golfers Michael Marreel (sophomore) and Tommy Sullivan (freshman) for their achievements on the course this season. Both golfers recently qualified for nationals and will represent Chandler-Gilbert Community College at the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Golf Championship tournament May 23-26. The event will be held at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa.  Results can be found at under the men's golf results and schedules tab.
Michael was named second team all-conference this year with a scoring average of 73 while Tommy lead the Coyotes with an average scoring of 75. Both golfers will compete for a national championship title alongside some of the best collegiate golfers in the nation.
On behalf of the entire CGCC community, congrats on your accomplishments and good luck at nationals. Go Coyotes! 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CGCC Women’s Golf Members Qualify for Nationals

The Coyote women’s golf team is headed to nationals! Three of the four members qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Golf National Championship May 15-18. The tournament will be held at the Chateau Elan Golf Course in Duluth, Georgia north of Atlanta.

Second year players Mariola Szmit and Emily Reader along with freshman Taryn Simmons will be representing CGCC and Arizona for the national event. Anahi Buck came up just short in her attempt to make nationals by just nine one hundredth of a point.

All four team members have made tremendous strides on the golf course leading CGCC to its most successful season yet! “I couldn’t be more excited for our team and the success they’ve had on the course this season,” said Coach Mark Underwood. “I look forward to nationals and hopefully bringing home a championship title to CGCC.”

On behalf of the entire CGCC community, congratulations on your accomplishments and good luck at nationals. Go Coyotes!

CGCC to Recognize Teal & Silver Recipients

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) will honor the 14th Annual Teal & Silver award recipients during a breakfast event on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:30 a.m. at Higley Room, Williams Campus.

Eleven winners will be recognized for their efforts and support of CGCC students, employees, programs, services and the college community. The 2017 Teal & Silver Award recipients are:

  • Bill Rotondo, Chandler Christian Community Center-Community Organization Partner
  • City of Chandler & East Valley Jewish Community Center-Community Organization Partners
  • Cynthia Nannetti, CGCC Law Enforcement Training Academy Instructor-Community Leader
  • Diane Fernichio, Step Up Schools Mesa-K-12 School Colleague
  • Dinah Guy, Highland High School-K-12 School Colleague
  • Orbital ATK-Business Partner
  • Rosanne Shaw, Chandler High School-K-12 School Colleague
  • Southwest Airlines-Donor Partner
  • Tel Tech Network-Technology Partner
  • Troy Rundle, ASU Vet Success-University Partner
  • Violet Nelson, Chandler High School-K-12 School Colleague

The CGCC Teal & Silver Awards Program was created by former president, Dr. Maria Hesse, to recognize the contributions of individuals who support Chandler-Gilbert Community College through various efforts. This year's recipients positively impact the college by assisting with the program or service improvements, supporting creative and innovative ideas, improving the quality of the college experience, support the delivery of instruction, providing resources or assisting with cost-saving measures and advocating for the college in media, with elected officials and the in the community.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CGCC Student Takes Aim and Wins National Archery Championship

Twenty-two-year-old marketing major Nathan Yamaguchi represented Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) with precision and pride at the 2017 US Indoor National Championships placing first in the Collegiate Sr. Male Recurve division.  Nathan was one of about 140 collegiate archers competing on March 4-5 and he pulled from a quiver full of experience to come out on top again. 

Nathan was eight-years-old when he first picked up a bow and arrow and quickly showed prominence on a national stage.  “I won my first National title when I was 13, and then won my second at 14,” he recounted.  “I have been a member of multiple national teams and a few Youth World Championship teams. Most recently, I won a silver medal at the Jr. World Field Championships in 2014.”  The tournament win this March is Nathan’s first National Champion title since the age of 14 and he is thrilled to have done it at CGCC.

When asked why he is so passionate about this more obscure sport, Nathan shared that “archery is great because I can control how I perform, and cannot blame anyone else for it. I am responsible for my own performance and no one else’s.” 

If baseball is a game of inches, archery is a game of millimeters. Archers shoot at a 40-cm target, which is divided into 10 scoring rings at 18 m (about 60ft). At the competition, they shoot a total of 120 arrows over the course of two days with each arrow being scored out of a possible of 10 points.

Nathan recently switched to the Collegiate Sr. Male Recurve division from the Sr. Male Recurve division once he started at CGCC. This division is for those individuals who are 20 and older and attending college full time.  “My focus has been heightened in this division since I am also in school,” explained Nathan. “With less time for everything, every minute counts more.  As a result, my performance has sharpened and that is partially what I credit for this win

Tips to help you ace finals!

We know finals week can be stressful. Don’t worry, we are here to help! Here are some helpful tips to ace your finals:

1. Ask for help.
The CGCC Learning Center offers tutoring services on a drop-in basis for select courses. This is a great way to get primed for your toughest exams. Check out locations, hours and more information here.
2. Create your own study guide.
While many teachers provide a study guide, creating your own can help you understand the material better. Outlining the important information you need to learn can be very helpful.
3. Ask questions.
Your teachers are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives.
4. Attend the review session.
Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on.
5. Take breaks.
You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.

Remember to get a good night's rest the night before your exams and eat a healthy breakfast the morning of. Breakfast fuels the body! All the best on your finals.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CGCC Faculty Member & Local Author Hosts Live Reading Event

Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s (CGCC) Creative Writing Department proudly presents their very own David Muñoz in a unique storytelling event featuring his newest book "Insanities, Soundness, and Reality: A collection of short stories told perhaps by the same person” on Tuesday, April 25. During the event, Muñoz, a Philosophy & Religious Studies faculty member at CGCC, will read highlights from his book and discuss inspirations for his stories and characters.
“Insanities, Soundness, and Reality” is a collection of contemporary short stories spanning several years of Muñoz’s writing into lessons and humor about identity, sexuality and the quest for belonging. It is a manuscript about an alcoholic Irishman, a dying man, a woman with postpartum depression, and all of it, with a signature of authenticity, that makes the reader think very carefully about the subtitle of the book: A collection of short stories told perhaps by the same person.

Following the reading, books will be available for sale for $10. The event will be held inside the Cholla Hall Room 110 on the Pecos Campus from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. We hope you can join us at this unique event!

Monday, March 27, 2017

CGCC Concert Choir Hosts Fundraiser for Carnegie Hall Trip

Help make the CGCC Concert Choir dream performance come true by attending a fundraiser performance featuring John Rutter's "Requiem” tomorrow at 7 pm at the Velda Rosa United Methodist Church in Mesa. Funds raised at the event will benefit the choir’s upcoming performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall April 3-7.

Last fall, the CGCC Concert Choir was invited to attend the Mid-America Productions Spring Festival Chorus at the distinguished in Carnegie Hall in New York City.  As one of only four choirs in the nation to receive an invite, this honor arguably places CGCC among the leading concert choirs in the U.S.

Since receiving the invitation, choir members have been diligently raising funds to pay for the cost of the $72,000 trip. Last month, Southwest Airlines donated round trip airfare for each choir member making them one step closer to achieving their goal.

We hope you can join us for this wonderful event. The Velda Rose United Methodist Church is located at 5540 E Main Street Mesa, AZ  85205.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories Come to Life in CGCC’s Production of "Nightfall"

CGCC Performing Arts Department invites you to attend this weekend’s production of “Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe,” a student led production based on the eerie writings of renowned writer Edgar Allan Poe. The play retells four of Poe's most famous works: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” through different styles of storytelling.

“Edgar Allan Poe's work is some of the best-known horror ever written; and after reading Eric Coble’s “Nightfall,” I experienced the desire to bring the material to the stage in a unique way,” said Shaylnn Reynolds, play director and CGCC theater professor. “The cast worked exceptionally hard on preparing for this unconventional production and we hope the audience enjoys our show.”

“The Raven,” the most poetic of the four tales, is told using interpretive movement, shadow play and gloving. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is recounted in the style of 1930-40's black and white horror movies mixed with film noir. “The Tell-Tale Heart” presents a whole new outlook when viewed through the lens of Dr. Seuss.  And “The Pit and the Pendulum” explores the interior of the human brain when the id and subconscious separate and gain sentience.

Immerse yourself in “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” and check your heartbeat at the door! We hope to see you there.

Show Details:
“Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe”
Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center - 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler.
Performance Schedule:
• March 23, 24 & 25 at 7:30 pm
• March 25 at 2 pm

Ticket can be purchased for $10-$12 online at or at the box office by calling (480) 732-7343.

CGCC Student Leaders Attend National Hispanic Conference

Ten members of Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization (HSO) had the distinguished honor of representing Arizona at the 35th Annual United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) National Conference in Chicago February 16-19. Freshmen Isabelle Rosales and Dalia Prado were among the CGCC representatives to join over 6,000 attendees for the unique cultural experience and educational opportunity.

The annual conference was held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago and featured representatives from 40 states including the 10 representatives from CGCC. Conference attendees had the opportunity to meet with recruiters, influential Hispanic leaders, national policy-makers and potential future employers. The conference theme ¡La Luche Sigue! Core Values Never Give Up inspired attendees to inspire positive change in the Hispanic community.

“This conference was so much more than just a networking opportunity for me,” said Prado. “I was inspired, empowered, and motivated to be an activist in my community and work harder in school. The workshops and speeches given at this conference empowered me in finding out more about my identity as a Hispanic woman in this country.”

HSO students participated in workshops on a variety of topics including professional development, diversity and community empowerment; and they attended career and graduate school expos throughout their two-day visit. The students also had the opportunity to participate in discussions about taking pride in their heritage and the importance of unifying as a culture. 

“I will always remember the many themes of this year’s conference and apply them to our community in hopes of bringing us closer together,” said Rosales. “As Chandler Gilbert Community College approaches becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, I will apply the lessons of empowerment to fellow Hispanic students to encourage them to continue to further their education and be a force of change within our community...because Si Se Puede!”

If you are interested in learning more about the Hispanic Student Organization at CGCC contact the organization’s advisor Greg Wojtovich at or 480-857-5213.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Four students from CGCC named to All-Arizona Academic Teams

Recognized for academic achievements and distinguished leadership

CHANDLER, Ariz. –  March 20, 2017 --Four Chandler-Gilbert Community College students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and distinguished leadership at the 2017 All-Arizona Academic Recognition Ceremony on March 9 at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa Hotel. Students Yessica Avitia, Danielle Jones, Adrian Ruiz and Rachel Torne joined 22 other Maricopa Community College District students to be honored for their success.

“Congratulation to Yessica, Danielle and Adrian and Rachel’s on being named to the All-Arizona Academic Team,” said William Guerriero, interim president at CGCC. “We commend you on your hard work and determination needed to receive this distinguished honor. We are honored to have you as part of the CGCC community and know you will go on to achieve great success in your academic and professional careers.”

To be considered for an All-Arizona Academic Teams, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, be in good academic standing, be working on an associate degree, demonstrate leadership and be involved on campus and/or volunteer in their communities.

In addition, Phi Theta Kappa, American Association of Community Colleges, Arizona Community Colleges, Arizona Board of Regents and USA TODAY help these exceptional students reach their educational goals by awarding scholarships and issuing tuition waivers to Arizona’s three universities: Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

Judging to select the recipients consisted of three rounds. In the first round, a group of local businesses, civic, education and government leaders reviewed applications and chose the recipients of the award. Only two students are selected from each college campus. The selected recipients’ applications were then forwarded to Washington, D.C., for second and third rounds of judging and scoring by representatives from various federal agencies and national education associations. Those scores were used to rank the students for first, second or third state teams. First Team members receive a $1,000 scholarship, Second Team members a $750 scholarship and Third Team members a $500 scholarship to one of Arizona’s state universities.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Williams Campus

Danielle Jones - Third Team
Transferring to: Arizona State University -- Major: Power Plant Engineering
Jones plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in power plant engineering at Arizona State University. Her 12-year commitment career goal is to earn the Designated Engineering Representative (DER) certification through the Federal Aviation Administration.
Adrian Ruiz - Second Team
Transferring to: Arizona State University -- Major: Nursing
Ruiz plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Arizona State University and become a registered nurse at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and later continue his service to the military and veteran community as a registered nurse at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.

Chandler Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus

Yessica Avitia Santos - Second Team
Transferring to: Arizona State University -- Major: Business
Avitia plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in business at Arizona State University and become a CEO of an international company while continuing to volunteer for organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs and StreetLight USA.

Rachel Torne - Second Team
Transferring to: Arizona State University -- Major: Early Childhood Education/Special Education

Torne plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education
at Arizona State University and become an early childhood teacher for kindergarten-third graders or for an early childhood autism program. Torne plans to simultaneously earn her master’s degree, endorsements for her teaching certificate and be highly involved in the education community.

Monday, March 6, 2017

CGCC Women’s Golf Continue Momentum on the Golf Course

The Coyote women’s golf team continue to make major strides on the golf course. The golfers led by freshman Taryn Simmons placed second in the Estrella College Invitational on February 27 & 28 at Tres Rios Golf Course in Goodyear. Simmons, a graduate of Queen Creek High School, shot rounds of 87/86 for a fourth placed medal finish. Sophomores Mariola Szmit placed seventh while Anahi Buck and Emily Smith tied for eleventh to secure the Coyote’s team finish. “I am very proud of our team and the success we are having this season,” said Coach Mark Underwood. “It will be a golf filled Spring Break for the team as they play back to back tournaments on March 12, 13, 14 and 15!” On behalf of everyone at CGCC, good luck in your upcoming tournaments. Go Coyotes!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Women’s Golf Tees Off Strong

The Coyotes women’s golf team placed 3rd in their second tournament of the season on February 13th and 14th at Hillcrest Golf Course in Surprise.  The team placed third as well in their first tournament at Dobson Ranch Golf Couse in Mesa earlier this month making this a strong start for the CGCC women’s golf program.

The four-member golf team is made up of freshmen Taryn Simmons and  and returning sophomores Emily Smith, Anahi Buck, and Mariola Szmit.

At Hillcrest, Simmons led the way for the golfers shooting 89/89 for a ninth-place individual finish at 178 with Smith and Buck shooting 199 and 211 respectively.  At Dobson Ranch, Szmit finished in fourth place individually shooting an impressive two-day total of 161 while Simmons finished just two strokes shy of sixth place for the lady Coyotes.

"With the talent on this year’s team we have an excellent chance of qualifying all girls for the National Junior College tournament in Georgia in May if we continue to improve,” predicts Women’s Golf Coach, Mark Underwood.  “Mariola played in the national tournament last season; and with Taryn, Emily, and Anahi we are much more competitive this year.”

Coach Underwood’s annual goals include winning conference tournament events and medaling individuals in the top six in each tournament. He also aims to qualify CGCC for nationals and/or qualify individual girls to get them on the recruiting radar for play at the next level after completing their eligibility at CGCC.  Keep up the great work coach and team!

Southwest Airlines Surprises CGCC Choir with Free Airfare to NYC

Airline helps students make final approach to Carnegie Hall

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Concert Choir received quite the surprise this week, free airfare to New York City! On Tuesday, February 8, the Southwest Airlines Celebration Squad surprised the 44-member concert choir with complimentary round trip airfare to attend their upcoming Carnegie Hall performance in New York City.

The choir was diligently rehearsing for the performance when a Southwest Airlines pilot, flight attendant, employees and members of the local media interrupted their rehearsal session for the surprise. Following remarks from Southwest Airline representatives, choir members unwrapped a jumbo-sized boarding pass revealing free airfare for each choir member to New York City. Students were shocked by the surprise and grateful to the airline for their generosity to help make their once-in-a-lifetime dream come true.

“As incredible as it was to receive this invitation,” explained Marcus Denton, Director of Choral, Vocal and Piano Music Studies at CGCC, “it was only to happen if the choir could raise the funds for the trip.  If not for the generosity of partners like Southwest Airlines this would not have been possible.  We are all very grateful for their support of these students, this program and of the performing arts.”

Last fall, the CGCC Concert Choir was invited to attend the Mid-America Productions Spring Festival Chorus at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City April 3-7, 2017.  As one of only four choirs in the nation to receive an invitation, this honor arguably places CGCC among the leading concert choirs in the U.S. In addition to performing, the students will attend workshops hosted by Dr. J. Edmund Hughes, renowned choral conductor and composer and they will study one of the most revered choral works of the 20th century—John Rutter’s Requiem.

Donations for the Carnegie Hall trip are still being accepted. Anyone interested in sponsoring a student can visit and follow the simple instructions to make your donation. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CGCC Celebrates Black History Month

Chandler-Gilbert Community College campuses have a full lineup of programs and activities this month to celebrate the rich intellectual and cultural contributions made by African Americans in the United States. We have everything from performances and special guests to a gallery reception and poetry reading. See a list of our events below. All events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there

Friday, January 27, 2017

Take Control of Your Education, Attend a Student Success Fair

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is hosting two upcoming Student Success Fairs to celebrate student success and promote graduation. Events will be held at the Pecos Campus on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Student Success Fair is a popular campus event designed to help students achieve their academic goals by providing direct access to information and resources that enhance and nurture the college-going experience. During the fair students, can connect, engage, and learn from CGCC faculty and staff representing nearly 20 different campus services. We encourage all students to join us. Students who engage with all four fair zones will receive complimentary lunch and are eligible for a free CGCC t-shirt.

CGCC to Host Student Etiquette Networking Reception

Dine with style! Chandler-Gilbert Community Career Services is excited to announce its upcoming Etiquette Networking Reception, an event designed to introduce students to proper dining etiquette, business attire, and business conversation. The event will be hosted by renowned business etiquette expert Carol Bory on Thursday, March 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. inside Agave Hall Room 1242 at the Pecos Campus.

Students will enjoy a delightful selection of hors d’oeuvres while sitting at a lunch table hosted by an industry executive who will share your table and offer advice during the reception. The Etiquette Networking Reception is an opportunity to learn how to network professionally while learning critical skills needed to act professionally while dining. Reserve your place with a $5.00 fee paid at the CGCC Cashier’ Office/Coyote Center.

Email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment. Learn more by visiting the Career Services’ website at or contact them at phone at (480) 857-5211. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Rocko the Dog to Receive 'Bucket List' Wish, Earns College Degree

Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s (CGCC) alumni community is now more diverse than ever with the addition of its first canine graduate, Rocko the dog!  Rocko, our lovable four-legged friend, was presented with an honorary "AGEC" (A Generally Educated Canine) degree from CGCC on January 23 during Dr. Regi Munro’s Anatomy & Physiology class.

Earning a college degree was the next item on Rocko’s "bucket list." The 8-year-old Lab mix who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer had been in and out of shelters for years.  Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) says Rocko had been surrendered to their Mesa campus because his owner was moving and could no longer care for him. Last March, he was adopted but returned to the shelter a month later. In May, another person adopted Rocko, but once again he was surrendered — this time because he was sick.

MCACC volunteers have grown attached to the lovable Rocko who has become far more than a companion, but an inspiration.   Especially for Mike Mosteller, Rocko’s new foster parent, a retired U.S. Marine who suffers from PTSD and has found both a friend and a source of therapy in Rocko as a service dog.  “When people hear that I have taken in Rocko, they call me a hero,” shared Mike, “but it’s Rocko and dogs like him who are the real heroes.”  It is this bond with Rocko that led Mike and the MCACC family to make Rocko’s final days his best by creating a bucket list of experiences they felt he would love.

The first item on Rocko’s list was to be a real fire dog and ride on a fire engine.  Sure enough, on January 13 Rocko joined the Mesa firefighters sounding the siren and cruising through the city on a fire engine drawing the attention of the community.  Rocko’s endearing story was picked up widely by local news outlets and when people learned of his pursuit they wanted to help.

Dr. Munro reached out to the MCACC suggesting that Rocko next check off his dream to graduate from college.  As the chair of the Biological Sciences Division at CGCC, Dr. Munro saw real meaning to having Rocko join her BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology class.

"It is important for me that my students know that all members of their family matter and count.  I impart on my students the importance of balance with school family, friendships, and our pets," said Dr. Munro.  "Also, I was touched by how Rocko and Mike found each other, help to heal one another and bring joy to each others’ lives.  I have many student veterans and several students who have service dogs attend school with them and help to provide emotional support and care.  I found it only fitting that for all our dogs do for us, Rocko should be able to earn an honorary degree of his own."
Dr. Munro, with the blessing of Dr. William Guerriero, interim president of CGCC, e-mailed her bucket list idea for Rocko to MCACC, sharing her reasoning and the connection she felt to his and Mike’s story.  MCACC and Rocko enthusiastically accepted the invitation and at approximately 10:30 am on January 23, 2017 Rocko took one small step for dogs, one giant leap for dog-kind.  Rocko’s tail wagged as Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Munro presented him with an "AGEC" degree in front of a classroom full of students, staff and local news outlets.

What’s next on Rocko's bucket list?  After fighting fires in Mesa and donning his cap and gown in Chandler, Rocko, a die-hard Cubs fan, hopes to run the bases at Sloan Park and lounge in the outfield.  Beyond that, Rocko, Mike and MCACC are hard at work planning the next adventure.

Want to help Rocko cross off his list?  Help him to stay healthy!  Rocko's initial tests for his diagnosis, his chemotherapy medications and doctor’s visits are being covered by Creative Contributions, a local non-profit organization helping shelter animals gain access to full service medical care. Visit to help Rocko and many other animals in need.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Save A Life, Donate Blood Today

Chandler-Gilbert Community College has partnered with United Blood Services to host a blood drive at the Pecos Campus on January 24, 25 & 26 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The United Blood Services bus will be parked on the sidewalk of Queen Creek Mall located south of the Saguaro Building. Visit code: CGCC to schedule your lifesaving blood donation. One donation of blood has the potential to save three lives.

Sign up now!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Get Involved Today!

Discover all the ways to get involved at Chandler-Gilbert Community College by attending the Spring Club Fair on January 24 & 25 at the Pecos Campus. The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Pavilion Patio.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with CGCC club and organization representatives to learn more about their mission, activities and how to sign up for participation. This is a great way to get to make new friends with similar interests and give back to the local community. We hope to see you there!

Click here for a complete list of clubs and organizations.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Welcome Back

Happy New Year! Welcome back to all returning CGCC students. We hope you enjoyed your winter break and are ready for the spring semester. We are looking forward to another fulfilling semester and accomplishing great things. As you prepare to start class, we want to remind you of things in order to help with a smooth academic transition.

Back to school congestion always makes moving around campus challenging during the first week.  Plan for this by allowing yourself extra time to get to class and packing ample patience for fellow students and staff, especially when navigating the Coyote Center, bookstore and surrounding parking lots.

If you didn’t have time to get involved on campus in the fall, now is a great time to get involved by joining a student organization or attending a campus event. Being an active part of campus life allows you to become better connected with your school community and discover new friends with similar interests. For more information on CGCC campus activities visit our Student Life website today!

Finally, we encourage you to start off your spring semester off on the right foot by taking advantage of the CGCC Learning Center. Get primed for your toughest subjects with free tutoring services that are available to students on a drop-in basis for selected courses.  While the emphasis is on providing writing, mathematics and science support, services are available for a wide range of courses at CGCC.  Check out locations, hours and more information here.

CGCC looks forward to sharing more good news with you during the year through the newsletter, social media, the college’s web-site and our new mobile app!
The new CGCC mobile app will be available later this month to download, so keep an eye out.

Again, welcome back and we wish you a successful spring semester!