Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Announces Carolyn Warner to Be Honored at 13th Annual Heroes of Education Event

Submitted by mat2050794 on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:08

(October 5, 2017) Tempe, AZ - Carolyn Warner, Founder and Chairman of Corporate// Education Consulting, Inc.,  has been named as the 2018 honoree of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Heroes of Education award.  This award, celebrating its 13th year, is given to a champion of public education in Arizona and recognizes those who have a proven personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities.

Scottsdale Community College students earn 1st-place honors at state DECA Career Development Conference

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:29

Held at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, the Arizona Career Development Conference brought together more than 100 DECA student members from across the state. They competed via business simulations, individual and team case studies and prepared business presentations. Their performances were judged and scored accordingly by business professionals from throughout the Valley.


South Mountain Community College Recognized for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:41

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has named South Mountain Community College (SMCC) one of five community college awardees of the inaugural Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge College of Excellence Award. SMCC received the honor for collaborating with the community to spur innovation and job creation.

Maricopa County Community College District Named to Forbes’ List of Best Employers

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:40

TEMPE, Arizona – Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has been named to the Forbes 2017 list of America’s Best Employers.

“Maricopa is proud to be recognized as one of America’s top employers,” said Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick. “This is a reflection of the caliber of faculty and staff we have across the system and their collective commitment to serving our students and communities.”

Maricopa Community Colleges Launches Sanford Institute of Philanthropy to Serve Arizona Nonprofits

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:38

Arizona (06/05/2017) – The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is pleased to announce it is joining the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy network by opening its own affiliated Institute dedicated to helping nonprofits significantly increase their fundraising capabilities and positive impact in Arizona. Based on the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T.

South Mountain Community College Hosts a Talent Show for the STARS Campaign to Support Student Financial Demands

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:14

PHOENIX–Students Transformed to Achieve Radiant Success (STARS), a scholarship foundation, is coordinating auditions in September for a talent show in October at South Mountain Community College (SMCC), to raise money for student scholarships.

“STARS is ensuring we’re going to have a bright future for generations to come,” Dr. Jerome Garrison said, Founder and Chairman of STARS foundation and Division Chair of the Communications, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences Department at SMCC.

Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Honored at Valley Leadership’s Annual Luncheon

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:11

TEMPE, Arizona – The 68th woman to be so named, Dr. Harper-Marinick joins fellow influential women leaders, including Arizona Governor Rose Mofford, United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and Phoenix Mayor Margaret Hance.

“I am filled with gratitude for this recognition,” said Harper-Marinick. Selected by a committee of past honorees and community leaders, recipients have actively contributed to Valley Leadership’s mission to enhance the ability of leaders to serve and strengthen the community.

Maricopa County Community College District Named to Forbes’ List of Best Employers

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 15:44

“Maricopa is proud to be recognized as one of America’s top employers,” said Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick. “This is a reflection of the caliber of faculty and staff we have across the system and their collective commitment to serving our students and communities.”

Tony Award-winning musical "Avenue Q" to be staged by Scottsdale Community College Music Dept. in April

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:13

The talented student cast navigate their lines, music and dance and use puppets too! While not recommended for children under 14 because of mature themes, the play by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez is for adults who grew up with Bert and Ernie and friends and have a great sense of humor.


The performances are free to attend and open to the public. Seating in the school's Performing Arts Center is first come, first served.


Maricopa Community Colleges Celebrate Student Success and Diversity with Cultural Convocations

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:53

For Immediate Release
April 27, 2017 – Tempe, Arizona

Convocations celebrate students who participate in various cultural groups, including Asian Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, Veterans, Hispanic, Black/African-American, and American Indian. The following events are open to graduates, their families, and the public.
Reservations are required and can be made online at

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation to Present Heroes of Education Award April 26

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:56

TEMPE, Arizona – 

Heroes of Education award winners are champions of Arizona public education, providing leadership and support for numerous initiatives that support Maricopa Community College students.

“Ioanna is an ally and an inspiration to all those who believe in the power of education, which makes her the ideal recipient of the Heroes of Education distinction,” said Christina Schultz, President and CEO of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

Maricopa Community Colleges Showcases Excellence in Student Art Performance and Creative Writing

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:09

TEMPE, Ariz. – April 13, 2017 -- Public attendance is welcome and free at the Elemental Cultural Arts Festival on April 13 and the Artists of Promise event on April 27.

The inaugural Elemental Cultural Arts Festival spotlights talented students, scholars and community artists who will express their art in vocal expression (storytelling, spoken word), movement (dance), vision (street art, photography), and sound (beat-making, DJing, ensemble).

Twenty-Six Students from Maricopa Community Colleges Named to All-Arizona Academic Teams

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Tue, 03/07/2017 - 16:15

TEMPE, Arizona — Phi Theta Kappa, American Association of Community Colleges, Arizona Community Colleges, Arizona Board of Regents and USA TODAY help these exceptional students reach their educational goals by awarding scholarships and issuing tuition waivers to Arizona’s three universities: University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.

Scottsdale Community College receives approval for new bldg. for B-School, Indigenous Scholars Institute

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 16:18

The project, with a working title of the "Cloud Song Center," will meet a longstanding commitment by the college to provide a cultural center for the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and give the college's Business Program a new, expanded space to call home.


Scottsdale Community College Theatre students to perform comedy/parody "Stage Kiss" in March

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 16:35

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 9, 2017 — When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930's melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage.

That's the premise of "Stage Kiss" from playwright Sarah Ruhl. It will be performed by Scottsdale Community College's Theatre Arts students March 3-5 and 10-11. The shows are free to attend with a reservation and open to the public. Get tickets at


Coming to South Mountain Community College: The Soul, Science and Culture of Hope Featuring Rick Miller and Antwone Fisher

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 16:37

PHOENIX, Ariz. —  On Feb., 21, at 6:30 p.m., South Mountain Community College (SMCC) will be hosting a symposium about hope and the power hope has on success.

The symposium will feature Antwone Fisher, the inspiration for the 2002 movie with the same name, exploring his journey from hopelessness to hope through his writings and the film. Following the exploration there will be an interactive discussion, led by Kids at Hope Founder Rick Miller, about the culture of hope and how families, schools and communities can help all youth succeed.

Exhibit at Scottsdale Community College covers three 20th century genocides: Armenia, Holocaust & Rwanda

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 16:38

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Jan. 26, 2017 — 

The traveling exhibit delves deeply into the Armenian mass murders, which occurred in the early part of the century, the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany in the 1930s-40s, and the Rwandan genocide in the mid 1990s. It features photos, archives and historical context of each period and features the work of three historians/curators (Georges Bensoussan, Joel Kotek, and Yves Ternon).

The information panels are in English and French to provide a bilingual experience for visitors.

Scottsdale Community College Library and Center for Native and Urban Wildlife present "The Nature Series"

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:45

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 20, 2017 — 

The Scottsdale Community College Library and the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW) are partnering to present "The Nature Series," highlighting the diverse wonders of the living world. 

A series of exhibits and presentations about nature and biodiversity will kick off Monday, Jan. 23 in Library Room 400C.

Scottsdale Community College student volunteers to help qualified taxpayers prepare and file income taxes

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:43

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 19, 2017 — Scottsdale Community College will offer free help to qualified taxpayers seeking to file their income taxes by the April 18 federal deadline.

For the third consecutive year, SCC has been designated an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site for the 2017 tax season. IRS-certified student and community volunteers will help qualified taxpayers with free tax preparation and electronic filing.

Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board Installs New Members, Elects Officers

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 16:47

Hendrix, elected to represent constituents from District 1, will serve on the Board through December 31, 2020. As a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 2008-2010, he was Vice Chairman of the Commerce Committee and also served on the Education Committee.

Maricopa Community College District Programs Selected as Bellwether Award Finalists

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 16:49

TEMPE, ARIZ. — Jan. 10, 2017 — The Maricopa County Community College District collectively earned four finalist positions at the annual Community College FUTURES Assembly (CCFA) Bellwether Awards competition, to be held January 29-31, 2017. The District’s Veteran Success Project and programs from Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) and South Mountain Community College (SMCC) are three of the 10 finalists competing in the Instructional Programs and Services category; SMCC will also compete in the Workforce Development category.

George Benson Scholarship winners to be honored at Scottsdale Community College Music Showcase Feb. 9

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 16:51

For the sixth year, legendary jazz musician and singer George Benson has been invited to attend and present the scholarship named in his honor to the Music Department's top student. 

This year's recipient is Jonathan Boyd, a classical guitarist. The George Benson Honorary Scholarship recipient receives $1,500 to be used for his or her studies at SCC. For the first time, the committee that chooses the George Benson scholar added an honorable mention selection. Tristan Lauzon, who plays the upright bass, will receive a $750 scholarship for his efforts.

Community Learning Day 2017 focuses on pursuit of careers in health care

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 16:56

This free half-day workshop, kicking off at 9 a.m., provides information on the process and requirements of enrollment, resources and programs to aid in college success, financial options and university transfer partnerships and programs. Registration is required to ensure adequate accommodations for attendees. Register online at, by sending an email to, a text to 623-693-7234 or by calling 602-787-7354.

South Mountain Community College President Elected to National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Board of Directors

Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 16:54

“It is an honor to be selected as a member of the NACCE board,” stated Dr. Olson. “This appointment will allow me to further contribute to expanding entrepreneurialism on a national level. SMCC opened its Community Entrepreneurship Center last year; the Center creates connections to grow and sustain entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing a unique co-learning space where student entrepreneurs collaborate with faculty, staff, and community partners that support entrepreneurship. At SMCC, we are committed to developing and supporting entrepreneurs in our region.”

Maricopa Community Colleges’ Changes Signal Progress

Submitted by mel2065077 on Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:40


TEMPE, Arizona, March 14, 2018 – Maricopa Community Colleges (MCCCD) has a bright future with their one-two punch of savvy budgeting and strategic investments in future programs. The Governing Board’s recent decision to eliminate some programs while bolstering others will guarantee sustained affordable tuition and a world-class education.