The Maricopa Community Colleges Honor Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel

TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 10, 2020 In celebration of Veterans Day, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) proudly honors veterans and active members of the military with events across many of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

"We are honored to celebrate our military service members and veterans, who have all made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our nation's freedom," said MCCCD Interim Chancellor, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. "As we celebrate Veterans Day, we recognize the military personnel who are also our staff, students, faculty, friends and family. On behalf of the Maricopa Community Colleges, thank you for your service."

At all 10 of the Maricopa Community Colleges, services for military personnel, veterans, and their dependents are designed to offer the highest quality assistance. MCCCD offers a variety of certificates and degrees to assist veterans with career and educational goals, workforce development, and preparation for university transfer, as well as a variety of support services. This allows veterans and active duty students to devote more time to their education and translate military training and experience into a rewarding career.

MCCCD is also committed to finding innovative ways to help veterans progress in their careers. In collaboration with the Microsoft Imagine Academy, U.S.VETS, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Slalom, and the Institute for Digital Progress, the Maricopa Community Colleges launched the Microsoft Veteran Certification Program, specifically designed for veterans throughout the Maricopa IT Institute. The program prepares students to take the Microsoft Office 2019 Excel Expert certification and covers a variety of topics, including how to manage and format data, use advanced formulas, validate and audit data, analyze data, use simple macros, and collaborate with others using Excel.

In addition, all of the Maricopa Community Colleges have received the Veteran Supportive Campus designation by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, in addition to the District being a partner organization of the Military/Veteran Resource Network.

The Maricopa community is invited to attend the below events to celebrate our nation's military veterans, including ceremonies, celebrations, discussions and donation drives.

MVET's Veterans Day Celebration

November 10, 2020

Virtual Event | 1 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 832 9886 9500

Passcode: 195059

Join the Maricopa Veteran Education Taskforce (MVET) for a virtual Veterans Day celebration. Hear from guests including Vietnam veterans Ron Smith, SSgt, Marines and Robert Bureker, Retired CW04, Navy EOD as they share their stories of service. There will also be military trivia and a friendly challenge among all the Maricopa Community Colleges to crown the winner of the first annual MVET Challenge.

Veterans Week Events

November 9-13, 2020

Virtual Events | 12 - 1 p.m.

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Join GateWay Community College for a week's worth of events all discussing the theme of perseverance. Gain insight into how the military service of veterans has prepared them to persevere through life's challenges.

Hear from speakers including:

  • Monday, 11/9: Dr. Swaba – Communications Faculty and Guest Alumni
  • Tuesday, 11/10: Mario Salinas – Operations Manager at Deer Valley and Caris Hall – Children’s Learning Center Coordinator
  • Wednesday, 11/11: Veterans Day
  • Thursday, 11/12: Representative from Phoenix Vet Center – At Risk Veterans/Vet Center Services
  • Friday, 11/13: American Legion Representative

Homeless Veterans Relief Drive-Thru Event

November 9-10, 2020

Drive-Thru Event | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

PVCC Union Hills Campus

18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032

For its annual community service project, Paradise Valley Community College has partnered with Project Veterans Pride, a local Veteran organization that works with primarily low-income and homeless male veterans, to host a drive-thru event where students, staff, faculty, and community members can drop off donated items to help Veterans in need.

Items to be collected include:

  • Personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, baby wipes, diapers, feminine hygiene products, razors, etc.)
  • Non-perishable food (canned goods, granola bars, cereal bars, etc.)

Veteran Success Panel

November 10, 2020

Virtual Event | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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In recognition of Veterans Day, SMCC's MEN Chapter, Women Rising and Veterans Club will be hosting an afternoon of discussion, knowledge and recognition with a panel of courageous Veterans.

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Media Contact: Dasi Danzig, 480-268-6766, dasi.danzig@domail.maricopa.edu

About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.