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

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

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.
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
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.