Monday, March 23, 2020

Virtual Enrollment Team


We know you have many questions and concerns as we transition to a new learning format in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Student success is one of our guiding principles at Chandler-Gilbert, so we want to provide you with as many resources as possible to ease the uncertainties during this time. One of these resources is our Virtual Enrollment Team accessible via texts. Your texted questions will be automatically directed to the correct department where a helpful staff member can assist you. 

Our enrollment team can support you with questions regarding the following enrollment services:
  • ACE (keyword: ACE)
  • Admissions & Registration (keyword: Admission)
  • Dual Enrollment (keyword: Dual Enrollment)
  • Financial Aid (keyword: Financial Aid)
  • General Help (keyword: Coyote Chat)
  • Coyote Kickoff (keyword: Kickoff)
  • Hoop of Learning (keyword: Hoop of Learning)
  • New Students (keyword: New Students)
  • Registration (keyword: registration)
  • Scholarships (keyword: Scholarships)
  • Student Business Services (keyword: Cashier)
  • Testing (keyword: Testing) 
Text us at 480.351.2221 with questions about any of the above and we'll respond as promptly as possible. Our staff is available Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Should you reach us after hours, we’ll reply during the following business day. 

COVID-19 Update: Community Resources, Class Information, and Support Services

Dear Chandler-Gilbert Community,

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these uncertain and challenging times. 

Please note:
  • In-person and hybrid classes are temporarily postponed and will convert to online instruction on Monday, April 6, 2020.
  • If you are currently enrolled in any in-person/hybrid courses, your instructor(s) will be contacting you with further instructions.
  • To make it easier for you to stay connected and access your online/hybrid classes, see our list of internet/WiFi solutions and learn from extensive tutorial guides provided on the Canvas student homepage
  • Current online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • College student support services are only available remotely or virtually.

Continue to check your email regularly, your instructors will provide you with information on how your classes will be conducted and how you will access your assignments/exams. 

If you are experiencing concerns about your health and well being, food or housing insecurity, financial stress, or anxiety -- you are not alone! We are available to help.
Support Services and Community Resources
Additional Resources include AZ 211 - Get Connected. Get Answers and Find Help Phoenix .

We are adding more resources on a regular basis to assist you in meeting your individual needs. Please reference the Basic Needs Assistance website for more information during these difficult times.

The staff and faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College are diligently working to continue to provide high-quality learning experiences and support for you as you continue your academic journey. We are able to assist you virtually (e.g., online, phone, email, etc.). You can access the majority of our services , tools , and connect with staff for additional support . You may also reference our website, cgc.edu

Please reference the COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information. If you need support and/or have questions please email covid19@domail.maricopa.edu .

Sincerely,

Dr. Greg Peterson
CGCC President

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Spring Semester 2020 Class Schedule Update

Dear Chandler-Gilbert Community,

Thank you for your continued support for one another and our community during these challenging times. We are concerned for your well-being and the health of our college and broader community.
Based on the continuously evolving status surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, MCCCD has decided all online courses will continue as scheduled and all in-person and hybrid classes are now postponed through Sunday, April 5, 2020.
What does this mean for you?
      In-person and hybrid courses will resume in an online/alternative delivery format beginning on April 6, 2020, and will be offered in this format through the end of the semester.
      Your instructors will be contacting you with information about how your class will be continuing. Please check Canvas for your classes and information.
      As you already know, all current online classes are continuing as scheduled.
      We recognize that there are some courses and learning experiences that cannot be delivered in an alternative format, and we are currently identifying solutions. These classes might include classes with field experiences, service learning, student teaching, practicum, and clinical experiences. Should your specific course not be offered online by April 6, 2020, you will be contacted prior to that date with further instructions.
      A potential two-week extension for the end of spring semester for some courses is being considered by some instructors.  If this affects you, your faculty will inform you how this impacts your specific course.
If you need accommodations for a disability, please connect with a Disabilities Resource Coordinator here.
Please continue to check your Maricopa email address, follow us on social media and check http://cgc.edu for up to date information.
Additionally, the District Office and Colleges have identified resources to support students in transitioning online, such as:
      anywhere computing - learn how you can virtually set up meetings with faculty and other students.
Please note that your college will not be providing in-person services on campus until further notice. Information about how you can access college services will be available on our website. Should local health authorities or other government officials mandate a different policy allowing the opening of campuses, you will be notified.


Sincerely,

Dr. Greg Peterson
President

Monday, March 16, 2020

An Update from CGCC Leadership



















Dear CGCC Students,

We wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that Spring Break for in-person, on-campus classes has been extended through March 20, 2020. Please note that online classes will continue as scheduled. During this time, college offices and services will be available to provide you with assistance.

Updates will be coming later this week in regards to your classes, CGCC campuses and other on-campus services. Please watch for further email communications from your faculty and CGCC administration regarding completing your coursework.

Please know that we are committed to ensuring that you are able to complete all of your Spring 2020 courses allowing you to achieve your academic and career goals.

For updated information about COVID-19 and MCCCD, go to: maricopa.edu/coronavirus. CGCC will also provide updates on Facebook (@chandlergilbertcc), Twitter (@chandlergilbert) and Instagram (@chandlergilbertcc).

MCCCD continues to actively consult with the Maricopa County Public Health Department and monitors information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the situation with the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) is constantly evolving, at this time, there have not been any reported cases within the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) or CGCC’s community of students, faculty, and staff.

If you are not feeling well, please take care of yourself, follow the recommended precautions, and contact your medical professional.

We care about your well-being, as well as everyone around us.

Be careful. Take the proper precautions. Stay healthy.


Sincerely,

CGCC Leadership

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

CGCC and President Dr. Greg Peterson Honored By Phi Theta Kappa

From left to right: Griffin Lynch, Natalie Brockman, Robin Bozik, Ryan Cain, Dr. Greg Peterson, Keziah Tinkle-Williams, Maggie Smith, Coco Feutrier, Garrison Smith



























Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) recently honored both CGCC President Dr. Greg Peterson the local College PTK chapter. Dr. Peterson was selected as a PTK Paragon President and the local Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter was officially named a 2020 Reach Chapter.

The Paragon Award honors new college presidents who have shown strong support for student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students at their college. Recipients are nominated for the award by the students on their campus. Dr. Peterson is one of only 28 awardees from more than 500 eligible college presidents. He, along with the other recipients, will be recognized during PTK Catalyst 2020, the Society’s annual convention, April 2-4 in Grapevine, TX.

“I am honored to receive the Paragon Award for New Presidents,” said Dr. Peterson. “Student success is a core value at Chandler-Gilbert. Being nominated by students and recognized by PTK is truly an outstanding accolade. I share this award with our dedicated faculty and staff who share my passion for student success. As a PTK alumnus, I am proud of our current PTK students and the growth of our chapter. I congratulate them on being named a 2020 REACH Chapter.”

“Dr. Peterson’s leadership and emphasis on student growth is an asset for our college and the Chapter,” said Ryan Cain, CGCC Student Services Director and PTK Chapter Advisor. “Local chapter PTK Students were passionate about nominating Dr. Peterson because of his commitment to creating an inclusive environment, participating in their events and highlighting their successes, and his overall commitment to students at CGCC. They truly value his positivity and his tireless efforts to promote student success at CGCC.”

The REACH program honors PTK chapters that focus on Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors. The REACH Rewards program encourages membership by rewarding chapters who achieve or exceed 15 percent for their membership acceptance rate. More than 121,600 students across the world became PTK members in 2019. The 2020 REACH Chapters will receive free graduation stoles for their members.

“We created this program because we believe strongly in the mission of Phi Theta Kappa and want as many students as possible to receive the benefits of membership,” PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “Increased opportunities to apply for scholarships and engage with their peers and key faculty members lead to higher completion rates, and students get those opportunities through PTK.”

“We are thrilled to be named a 2020 REACH Chapter,” said Cain. “Increasing awareness about the benefits our students receive as PTK members is an important goal, as it allows us to welcome more students into the fellowship. As PTK advisors at CGCC, we strive to create opportunities for our students to develop their full scholarship potential, enrich their academic experience through projects which positively impact the college and the community, and support them as they work towards goal completion. We look forward to continuing to grow the Alpha Sigma Nu chapter with more promising leaders and scholars.”

PTK students have a 91 percent student success rate of completing an associate degree or transferring to a four-year school. Members have access to $2 million in competitive scholarships through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and additional scholarship opportunities through local chapters.

For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, visit ptk.org.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Ten Tips For Spring Semester Success























Saturday, January 11 marked the first day of Spring Semester. Whether you’re a first-time student or returning to campus, we want you to have a successful semester. We’ve compiled a list of tips and resources to help you enter the new year with confidence.

1. Plan Ahead to Score a Prime Parking Spot: The new semester promises plenty of packed parking lots, so we recommend you arrive early to secure a prime spot. Use our campus maps to find the lot closest to your classes. Students at our Williams Campus are required to display a valid 2019-2020 parking permit. Learn how to get your permit here.

2. Fuel Your Brain: At the Pecos Campus, the Coyote Cafe features a variety of food options as well as hosting a local restaurant on-site each week. The cafĂ© is located in Bradshaw Hall (between the Library and Coyote Center). You'll find their menu, upcoming features and hours of operation here. Grounds for Thought, under the Ironwood Bridge, offers coffee drinks, smoothies and quick bites to eat on the north end of campus.

At the Williams Campus, the Roadrunner Cafe offers breakfast, grilled, and deli options for breakfast and lunch each day. You'll find their menu and hours of operation here

Last year we launched the Coyote Cupboard at both the Pecos and Williams campuses. The Coyote Cupboard is a food pantry with non-perishable and household items and school supplies available to any CGCC student. Learn more here

3. Use Your Cell Phone: Need to find a class or access campus maps at the drop of a dime? You can access your student resources right from your mobile device. Download the MyInfo app and access your:  
  • Class Schedule
  • Campus Maps & Room Information
  • Financial Aid Award Status
  • Holds on Your Account
  • Messages
  • Textbook Information
The MyInfo app is available on Google Play and the App Store.

4. Enjoy Some Quiet Time in the Library - Our Pecos and Williams libraries aren’t just places to find books. They boast quiet spaces for you to relax before, after or between classes and study rooms for group work. Our librarians are available to assist you with research projects and can help you find materials from other libraries.

5. Stay Safe with the RAVE Guardian App - Our Public Safety and Campus Police recommend that all students download the RAVE Guardian app on Google Play or App Store.  The app allows you to create a network of trusted safety guardians, set safety timers to alert police and family, submit anonymous tips, and have one-touch access to contact campus police. The convenience of storing safety processes in one app can save you precious seconds in an emergency. Learn more about the RAVE Guardian app here.  

6. Get Involved - Getting involved in campus clubs helps students build leadership skills, strong friendships, networking connections, life experiences and a powerful resume. Building a network of peers who can walk this college path alongside you is a key element of setting yourself up for success. Browse our student clubs and organizations here

7. Leverage Tutoring Resources - Get acquainted with the level of support that's available for on-campus tutoring services. You'll find that our learning centers offer both drop-in and appointment-based support. Find both locations and times for the Pecos and Williams campuses here

8. Utilize the Computer Lab - The computer labs at our Pecos and Williams campuses are open to all CGCC students. The labs are equipped with both Macs and PCs with specialized software to help you complete your coursework. Printers are also available for a small fee. Our computer lab staff can help you format your papers, find resources and use online applications. The computer labs are located in Bradshaw Hall, Room 123 at the Pecos Campus and Bridget Hall, Room 116 at the Williams Campus.

9. Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy - Counseling Services are available at our Pecos and Williams campuses. The mission of CGCC Counseling is to promote student development by facilitating personal growth, career decision making and academic success. Counseling Services can assist with academic concerns (time management, test anxiety, college transition, etc.), goal setting, career counseling and connections to resources in the community. Students can schedule free private appointments with our highly-trained counseling staff.

The Coyote Fitness Center at our Pecos campus is a 4,000 sq. ft. facility, offering a full line of cardiovascular exercise training equipment, resistance training machines and a complete free weight training section. Our Fitness Center staff have degrees in exercise science or a related field and are here to help you achieve your personal health and fitness goals. Students can join the Coyote Fitness Center for just $25/semester.

10. Slow Down - Many of our students are holding jobs in addition to studying. While you're running from one location to the next, we recommend you schedule some time to slow down and visit the Student Center Pavilion at our Pecos campus and Bridget Hall at our Williams Campus to unwind.