TEMPE, Arizona, October 22, 2018 – The Maricopa Community College students now have the opportunity to learn to code thanks to a new partnership announced with Galvanize Inc.
The Denver-based data science and software engineering school and the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) have launched a new program allowing students to earn academic college credit at South Mountain Community College for completing the Galvanize Web Development Immersive (WDI) program.
Through this partnership, students who complete the WDI program can earn up to 12 credits (nearly a full semester of academic credit). Students can then choose to enter the workforce immediately, continue pursuing their education or begin working while saving up to enroll in a four-year university.
“We continue to invest in the potential and future of our students and local community.” said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor. “We are proud to be creating opportunities for our students to launch into successful careers as software designers, system analysts and leaders in technologies that are changing the world.”
Arizona’s more than 8,000 technology companies support 168,000+ jobs and pay $15.7 billion in wages in 2016, according to a study performed by EImpact, a Portland-based web-based research firm. Arizona’s technology sector is thriving and contributing to an estimated $28.5 billion to Arizona’s economy.
“This partnership represents the merging of traditional and immersive education to meet the growing needs of our skills-based economy,” said Al Rosabal, Galvanize CEO. “By providing pathways in education for traditional and non-traditional students, we are able to meet the needs of our changing population.”
South Mountain Community College and Galvanize are hosting a celebration in honor of this partnership on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 9 am. Join Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick and Galvanize CEO Al Rosabal as they announce this joint effort.
The event will be held at South Mountain Community College's Community Entrepreneurship Center, located at 7050 S. 24th Street, Room BE-160, Phoenix, AZ. Parking is available in front of South Mountain Community Library or SMCC Performing Arts Center. To view a campus map, click here.
Media Contact: Bruce Battle, SMCC PR and Marketing Manager at (O) 602-872-7904 or (C) 661-210-6617
About Galvanize: Galvanize is a technology learning platform and community for data scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. With nine campuses across the U.S., innovative startups, aspiring students, and large enterprises benefit from a dynamic learning community. Our faculty and flexible blended-learning platform, which combines online education and in-person training, provide the most relevant and in-demand technology skills for consumers and enterprise organizations. Galvanize members include first-time entrepreneurs, growing startups, and Fortune 500 companies looking to advance their technology skill sets. Become a member or enroll in an immersive course by visiting the Galvanize.com. Follow us: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
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 more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.