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!









Wednesday, June 19, 2019

NASM & CGCC Partner to Boost Personal Training Careers


















The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) announced a strategic academic partnership to deliver the top health and fitness curriculum and training methodology in a hands-on, classroom setting for new certified personal fitness trainers.

“True to our mission of providing students with a solid educational foundation, our goal is to create the premier fitness training school allowing for an in-depth educational experience,” said Dr. Greg Peterson, CGCC President. “To achieve this objective, we knew it was critical to align ourselves with the fitness certification program that would best prepare our students for a successful career as a professional fitness trainer. We chose to partner with NASM because of its reputation as an industry leader.”

NASM, a global leader in personal training certification, sports performance training and injury prevention and recovery, is the premier certifying body and education authority for Certified Personal Trainers (CPT). Accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the NASM CPT credential is the preferred choice of top health clubs and fitness facilities around the world.  Students who complete the certified personal trainer program earn a variety of health and fitness skills, including:

  • Conducting accurate fitness assessments
  • Recruiting and retaining clients
  • Developing evidence-based exercise programs
  • Teaching and demonstrating proper techniques
  • Empowering, challenging and motivating clients toward an improved quality of life

“Through this collaboration with Chandler-Gilbert Community College we’re making our CPT program much more accessible and creating a long-term career path for health and fitness professionals looking to advance their education,” said Andrew Wyant, president of the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

After completing and passing the NASM-CPT exam, graduates have the opportunity to pursue flexible, and financially rewarding careers in a variety of settings such as multi-purpose health clubs, corporate fitness centers, independent business operators, community centers and more.

“We are excited to provide the opportunity for students to learn the NASM Personal Training curriculum through face to face instruction with hands-on learning experiences,” said Dr. Kim McGee, Exercise Science Program Director at CGCC. “It is our goal to help students start a career in personal training while making a college degree achievable. Students in our personal training program will earn credit towards an associates degree in Exercise Science as well as gain transferable credit to four-year universities, including ASU, NAU and GCU.”

Students interested in becoming a NASM certified personal trainer at Chandler-Gilbert Community College should contact Dr. Kim McGee at kimberly.mcgee@cgc.edu.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Ways to Pay for College
















We understand that the process of paying for college involves many steps. Because tuition & fees are due before classes start, we have compiled the following list of payment methods accepted by CGCC.


Learn your estimated total cost of attending CGCC. Taking into consideration everything from tuition and fees to books and supplies, transportation and dependent expenses, the net price calculator is an easy, quick and convenient way to estimate yearly educational expenses. The calculator also estimates the total financial aid a student will receive, if eligible, and deducts that amount for the estimated net price.



Financial aid is available to you based upon your eligibility. College financial aid comes in many forms such as grants, scholarships, student loans and work-study opportunities. You can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at any time. Anticipate 6-8 weeks for the processing time from submitted application to financial aid awarding. Learn more about financial aid programs here.  The FA code for CGCC is 030722.

If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please call 1-855-622-2332 or email financialaid@cgc.edu.



By signing up for a payment plan, you secure your seat in your class and can make smaller monthly payments toward your tuition rather than paying all up front. Sign-up for a payment plan to hold your class(es) on the day you register. Sign up for the monthly payment plan (administered by Nelnet Campus Commerce) using your Online Student Center. This requires a $15 deposit and a $20 Nelnet non-refundable enrollment fee for a total of $35. These fees must be paid on the day of registering for class(es) to secure your class(es). When you sign up, you will receive a monthly payment schedule of equal monthly payments based upon your payment time frame



A variety of scholarships are available to CGCC students.

These scholarships are only available to CGCC students. Each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements and application process.

CGCC students can also earn scholarships from the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. The Foundation has two main scholarship cycles in February and September of each year. Special scholarship opportunities may come available throughout the year. Students only need to complete one application per academic year to be considered for a variety of scholarships.

The CGCC Honors Program provides the opportunity for academically motivated students to participate in challenging and rewarding educational experiences. The Presidents’ Honors Scholarship is for incoming, first-year college students. It covers in-state/in-county tuition up to 15 credit hours (plus the $15 registration fee) per semester. The Honors Academic Achievement award is for current Maricopa Community Colleges students who have completed at least twelve (12) college credits and are maintaining at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA.  It will assist with tuition, registration and/or books.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Chandler-Gilbert Students Shine at Artists of Promise
















The Artists of Promise is an annual gala and exhibition honoring the Chancellor Award Winners of Maricopa Community Colleges' student competitions in creative writing, dance/choreography, fashion design, film/media arts, music composition, instrumental music, vocal music, theatre design, theatre performance and visual arts. The 2019 Artists of Promise gala and exhibition was held at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix.
We’re proud of the seven CGCC students who were honored at this year’s event.
Music
Jerilynn Wilkins, Second Place, Piano Solo
Tanner Hawks, Third Place, Music Competition
Victor Flores, Jr., First Place, Male Classical Vocal
Calvin Smith, Jr., Third Place, Male Classical Vocal
Theatre
Hannah McKinnon, Third Place, Female Actor
Noah Weiss, Honorable Mention, Male Actor
Visual Art
Kelsey Petrosky, Entrant

With his first-place award in the Male Classic Vocal category, Victor Flores, Jr. was invited to perform at the gala. Victor performed “Du bist wie eine Blume” by Robert Schumann and “Ideale” by Francesco Paolo Tosti.
Congratulations to all of our honorees!

For more information about the Artists of Promise, click here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CGCC to Host Update from Washington




















Join us on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:10 a.m. for this special event organized by the Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Chandler-Gilbert Community College! 

Update from Washington gives you the opportunity to hear directly from our policymakers. The special engagement will feature special guests:

  • U.S. Senator Martha McSally
  • U.S. Representative Greg Stanton
  • U.S. Representative Andy Biggs
  • Moderated by: Jason Bagley, Director, State Government Relations for Intel

Event Schedule:
  • 7:10 a.m.: Check-In, Refreshments, Innovation Fair & Networking
  • 8:00 a.m.: Doors Open
  • 8:30 a.m.: Event Begins
The event will include an innovation fair, highlighting the work and achievements of students and faculty from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa Community College and Scottsdale Community College.

Location: 
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Performing Arts Center 

Register: 
Click here to register Today! 

How to Submit High School Transcripts














Follow these steps to upload high school transcripts for course placement at the Maricopa Community Colleges, including CGCC.

1. Visit my.maricopa.edu.

2. Hover over "Services" in the top navigation and click "Placement."














3. Click the "High School Transcript Submission Form" button. Note: If an official high school transcript is required for financial aid or a program application, you must have the official transcript sent directly from your high school to the Admissions & Records/Enrollment Services office on your campus.




4. Log in with your MEID and password.














5. Complete the form, filling in the college you wish to attend, your email address, phone number and date of birth.

6. Enter your graduation information—drop down boxes will appear depending on your answers.









7. Click "Choose File" to upload your high school transcript (either a scanned or photographed image). Make sure it is legible.









8. Click "Next" to proceed to the electronic signature page.










9. Complete the electronic signature by filling in your first and last name and clicking "Sign Electronically."