SMCC Receives Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recently awarded South Mountain Community College (SMCC) for their Safety, Leadership, and Planning initiatives. AACC honored SMCC at their Awards of Excellence Gala on April 30, 2018, in Dallas, TX.
SMCC has established a Critical Incident Management Team which manages multi-hazard planning and emergency preparedness. The team coordinates all operations and preparedness activities under the guidelines of the National Incident Management System and the Maricopa Emergency Management System.
Every year, SMCC hosts a campus safety awareness event for attendees to practice proper responses to emergency situations. In partnership with Arizona State University's Emergency Preparedness Department, SMCC has also held trainings and simulation drills. During a time when safety is critical, it is vital for schools and institutions to be implementing emergency-preparedness initiatives.
“AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 2-year associate degree-granting institutions and more than 12 million students. AACC promotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; success access, learning, and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education," according to the AACC website.