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5 Ways to Reduce First-Day Jitters in K-12 Students

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:47pm

By Mary Ellertson


You and your child are shopping for new clothes, picking out backpacks, filling them with crayons, paper and other school supplies, finding the perfect lunchbox – this can only mean it’s the start of a new school year! Dealing with a new classroom, new teacher, new school, and making new friends can create mixed feelings for both parents and children alike.

Here are 5 ways to help reduce potential first-day jitters, and ensure you’re all on track for a successful school year:

1. Return to School Year Routines

Summer break is a wonderful time for renewal and laid back schedules. However, think about returning to school year routines a couple weeks before the first day of class. This may include going to bed a little earlier, setting the alarm clock to wake up a little earlier, and establishing good eating habits.

2. Visit the School, Classroom, and Meet The Teacher before the First Day of School

Most schools hold an open house before the year begins. This is the perfect time to familiarize your child with the school. Locate the bathrooms, playground, cafeteria and the library. Knowing the school campus and environment will help them feel more comfortable on their first day. Visit the classroom and meet the teacher. This helps set the stage for a strong communication partnership between you and the teacher. Finally, find your child’s desk and check out different parts of the classroom. Take a picture of your child at their new desk and talk about it later at home. All of these activities will help dispel fears of the unknown.

3. Share Your Excitement about Learning

Share your excitement about learning new things. Remember together this past summer’s learning. Enthusiasm and curiosity create motivation. Motivation creates passion. And passion promotes excitement about the learning to come.

4. Set Goals for the School Year

Encourage your child to set learning goals for the academic year. Establishing goals provides a sense of purpose. Knowing how to set goals develops a lifelong mindset which results in building self esteem and confidence. Dream big and with hard work it will happen!

5. Organization is Key

Think out your morning routines the night before. You might lay out clothes, prepare lunches, have backpacks ready to go and set by the door so the morning is as stress free as possible.

Finally, don’t forget to keep reading together every night. This is one of the most important habits we can instill as parents. Children who read are children who succeed! If you have a younger student at home, check out the newest Pigeon book, The Pigeon has to Go to School by Mo Willems.

The Education Department at Scottsdale Community College wishes everyone a successful and fun filled year of learning!

Mary Ellertson served 15 years in the classroom as a teacher, and today she is an Education Professor and Program Director for Teacher Certification as part of the Scottsdale Teacher Education Program (STEP) at Scottsdale Community College. STEP is a one-year teacher certification immersion program. For more information, visit https://www.scottsdalecc.edu/programs/education-scc




SCC Introduces New Programs for Fall 2019 Semester Addressing Local Workforce Development Needs

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 4:12pm

Responding to local employers’ desired job skills for a range of occupational requirements, Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is launching new certificate of completion programs for event management, entrepreneurial studies, real estate and administration of justice studies in corrections and victimology in its Fall 2019 semester. In addition, SCC is expanding its partnership with Northern Arizona University to offer a four-year bachelor degree in biology on its Scottsdale campus.

“At SCC, training students to be as successful as possible in their chosen career path is our number one priority,” said Chris Haines, Interim President of SCC. “Our diverse program offerings, affordable tuition, expert faculty, small class sizes and easy credit transfers make SCC the ideal choice for learners of all ages to excel in career and technical education.”

The new certificate programs at SCC are:

Meeting and Event Management – This 18-credit-hour program prepares students to work in the role of a meeting planner for the hospitality, corporate and non-profit industries. Students learn the coordination of transportation, event logging, exhibit and meeting space, audio-visual services, web-based materials, food and beverage, and a wide range of educational resources, public speakers and entertainment options.

Entrepreneurial Studies – The 10-credit-hour program teaches students how to launch a successful company and develop, pitch and execute new products or business ideas. Areas of study include an overview of entrepreneurship, raising capital, business start-up opportunities, building financial security, and writing a basic business plan.

Real Estate: Prelicense – At six credit hours, this program specifically prepares students to qualify to take the Arizona Real Estate Licensing exam and for a career in real estate. Beginning in 2019, the Arizona Department of Real Estate has approved online prelicensing education classes.

Corrections – This 15-credit-hour program is designed for students intending to pursue careers in various correctional components of the justice system, including parole, probation, jail and prisons. The focus is on broader learning about the correction function in the context of overall administration of justice system.

Victimology – At 15 credit hours, the program is suited for students who are interested in pursuing a course of study specifically focused on crisis intervention, community services, and victim rights, as part of the administration of justice studies.

“The SCC leadership team constantly engages with local enterprise to determine the evolving job skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce,” says Dr. Stephanie J. Fujii, Vice President of Academic Affairs for SCC. “These deep relationships within our community, along with the broad hands-on work experience of our faculty, help ensure that SCC continues to develop curriculum-rich educational programs that benefit both students and employers.”

Separately, SCC is offering students the ability to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Arizona University through the 2NAU Pathway Program, a partnership between NAU and Arizona community colleges, starting with the Fall 2019 semester. Students can earn their associate degree at SCC and then a bachelor of science degree in biology from NAU, while taking all coursework for the four-year program on the SCC campus. SCC and NAU offer similar four-year programs in elementary education, hotel and restaurant management, and interior design.

Registration for the Fall 2019 semester runs through August 16, and classes begin August 17. For additional information on the new programs, phone 480-423-6700 or visit the respective program pages on the SCC website:


Meeting and Event Management Certificate:



Entrepreneurial Studies Certificate:



Real Estate: Prelicense Certificate:



Corrections Certificate:



Victimology Certificate:



Biology Degree (Bachelor of Science Degree from NAU):



About Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is student centered with a focus on active, engaged and intellectually rigorous learning. The College is known for high quality, accessible educational opportunities and innovative teaching, learning and support services. SCC serves about 10,000 students a year, offering more than 100 degrees and 60 certificates of completion in diverse occupational areas. At only $85 per credit hour, SCC is one of the most affordable colleges in Maricopa County, and the average class size is only 16 students. Through a partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, SCC is honored to be the only two-year public higher education institution located on Native American land. For more information, phone 480-423-6700 or visit www.scottsdalecc.edu.


Scottsdale Community College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. SCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District.

The Maricopa Community Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, http://www.maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.



The Advantages of Taking a Summer Class

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 6:52am

Enrolling in a summer class or two can be a solid choice for working professionals and high school and college students alike, while other individuals simply enjoy the pleasure of learning a new hobby or area of interest. Working professionals can stay current in their field while investing in their career growth. High school and college students can take a class during summertime, even if they are enrolled in a different program, saving them time and money along their educational journey.

Attending a local community college, like Scottsdale Community College, can be a solid choice since tuition is affordable at only $85 per credit hour and many scholarships, grants and financial aid resources are available.

Today many high school students attend SCC as part of a dual enrollment program so they can earn high school and college credits simultaneously. SCC has agreements with many local high schools, and coursework is offered in occupational and academic areas. Enrolling in a class over the summer, and beyond if so desired, helps reduce course duplication and can be instrumental in developing early occupational skills.

College students currently attending or looking to attend other educational institutions can take courses at a much lower cost and then transfer to a wide variety of public and private universities seamlessly. SCC offers degrees designed specifically to transfer and participates in many transfer agreements with colleges and universities.

Learners can choose specialized instruction working toward a high-demand career opportunity or general education and graduate with a certificate or associate’s degree or transfer into a four-year university, if desired. For students who are undecided about their major, taking introductory coursework enables them to begin their educational journey while they work with skilled academic and career advisors to determine their future academic pathway.

For working professionals, continuous learning is critical to staying competitive in many industries. Enrolling in summer school can provide the additional training and skills needed for career growth and advancement. For certain certificate programs, simply completing one or two courses can provide the technical competency needed to help master a new skillset – and that can potentially lead to higher pay and increased job responsibilities.

In addition to serving up traditional academic programs in business, science, communications, English and many more, SCC offers career and technical degree programs in film/theater, fine arts, criminal justice, interior design, nutrition, hospitality/tourism, and computer information systems, just to name a few. Coursework is available on campus, online or a combination of both, depending upon what best suits the student’s needs. Learn more about SCC’s 100+ degrees and certificate programs.

Students can expect the same robust curriculum and educational opportunities on par with other accredited academic institutions. Almost 70% of SCC faculty members have a master’s degree and 26% have a doctoral degree. The average class size is only 16, helping ensure personal interaction and a strong learning experience with the instructor.

So why not learn something new this summer and use summer to your advantage? Scottsdale Community College is here to help.

Summer Semester begins May 28. To get started, phone 480-423-6100 or visit here.

Go to the main SCC website.




SCC Business School Hosts Accounting Game Night

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 1:20pm

“Who knew accounting could be fun?”  

This comment was overheard from many Scottsdale Community College Business School students ​following the first Accounting Final Review Game Night on April 25.

Eighty-six students checked in and were provided a passport to stamp when activities were completed. Students who filled their passport got to spin the wheel for prizes, which included gift certificates to the campus bookstore. Accounting instructors and tutors facilitated the tables while other Business School faculty and staff helped run the event.

The room was set up casino-style with each five interactive tables featuring a specific review topic or class. Interactive tables included flashcards, journal entries, trial balance, financial statement and posting to T-accounts.   

Three additional tables specific for ACC 111, 112, and 212 had 30 to 40 multiple choice questions on a PowerPoint presentation. Students held up paddles (a, b, c, d) to display their answer and received a stamp when correct.

Pizza, water, cookies, and candy were provided during breaks and the evening ended with an accounting Bingo exercise. 

“Accounting Game Night was a vision we had for years,” said Business School Chair and Accounting Professor Sue Sandblom. “Our new building provided the ideal opportunity and the students appreciated the evening.  They provided valuable feedback (mainly wanting Accounting Game Night to be longer and happen more often). Plans are already in place for next semester.”

Learn more about SCC’s Accounting degree and certificate programs here.


Cyber Security Camp for High School Students

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 1:22pm

Know of a student grade 9 through 12 interested in cyber security? Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is hosting a 4-day Cyber Security Camp for those wishing to learn the fundamentals and basic ethical hacking techniques. The camp provides hands-on training at SCC’s state-of-the-art Computer Information Systems (CIS) Networking Lab. On the final day of camp, students will compete in teams to see if they can “crack the rack” by hacking into the cloud network.

The Cyber Security Camp runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 10 through June 13 at SCC’s campus.

For more information and to register, contact Professor Ron Monroig at ron.monroig@scottsdalecc.edu or 480-423-6696.

View the Cyber Security Summer Camp flyer.

To view SCC’s extensive Computer Information Systems degree programs and courses, click here.


Cooking Camp for Future Chefs

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 1:14pm

The sound of giggling along with deep concentration emerges from the kitchens at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). It’s not the latest coeds, but kids 11-15 years old enrolled in the college’s wildly popular annual summer Simply Cooking Camp for Kids. Here, aspiring young culinarians create a series of made-from-scratch meals. Campers prep and produce items they can recreate at home with a strong focus on healthy cooking techniques and ingredients.

“One of the best ways to teach kids about eating right is to actually get them into the kitchen preparing healthy, delicious meals themselves,” said Mark Dow, SCC’s Culinary Arts program lead. “Having a fun, positive experience with healthy foods is important to setting kids up for choosing good nutrition throughout their life.”

SCC offers three skill levels for camp: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Parents can enroll their kids for one or all three for a summer of fun and food. Camp sessions are offered in morning and afternoon blocks. Camp classes are non-credit.

The registration cost is $225 per camper. Students receive a logo apron, chef’s hat, printed recipes and experience preparing food in a commercial setting. Each camp session is limited to 15 students.

All camp classes are held at SCC in the Applied Sciences Building, Culinary Arts Kitchen at 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (Use Entrance 4 and Park in Lot H).

For camp details, including dates and times, please contact Donna Medina at 480-423-6578 or donna.medina@scottsdalecc.edu.

To enroll, visit the SCC Admissions office or call 480-423-6100.

View the Junior Chefs Camp flyer.

To view SCC’s extensive Culinary Arts degree programs and courses, click here.

Two SCC Students Named as 2019 Recipients of the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation’s CIS Network Operations and Security Scholarship

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:03am

In 2016, the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) was awarded a $700,000, multi-year grant from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. This grant included the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Virtual Data Center, and the renovation of the adjacent classroom space. This new learning environment was intended for hands-on instruction, lab work, and experimentation in computer networking, virtualization, and cloud computing. This virtual environment will also serve as the platform used for the CIS Department’s Cyber Security Program.

In addition to funding the capital expenditures for new construction and cutting-edge computer systems, $250,000 was earmarked for CIS student scholarships and internships. The first two of these scholarships were awarded this January.

Gary Krainz, SCC CIS student, 2019 recipient of the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation’s CIS Network Operations and Security scholarship.

The CIS Department at SCC is excited to announce that Gary Krainz, along with fellow SCC CIS student David Brown, have been named the 2019 recipients of the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation’s CIS Network Operations and Security Scholarships. Each was awarded $2,500 for the Spring 2019 semester.

When asked how this scholarship will impact his learning experience, Gary Krainz (pictured top right), SCC CIS student responded, “I want to put it as bluntly as possible. This scholarship, to me, is the sun shining through a cloudy day, the snow one sees at the top of an Arizona mountain, the glimmer of hope that helps stop the walls from caving in!”

Gary continues, “Personally, I’ve felt that technology and knowledge go hand-in-hand. Technology is a never-ending process that requires the individual to be a lifelong learner.” Gary is an ASU graduate who returned to SCC and will earn an Associate in Applied Science in Network Administration in Spring 2019. “Knowledge has been one of the few things I’ve found myself constantly seeking,” he remarked. “It helps my mind focus and gives me direction.”

Dave Brown, SCC CIS student, 2019 recipient of the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation’s CIS Network Operations and Security scholarship.

David Brown (pictured bottom right), the second scholarship recipient, adds, “It means the world to me that I’m viewed as someone who can help make a difference in the world. I plan on using this gift of a scholarship to see where this academic year takes me.”

Both students are truly eager to complete their CIS degrees and make an impact on the world.

The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation’s CIS Network Operations and Security Scholarships will be awarded each semester.

To learn more about this scholarship,

Professor Ron Monroig
Occupational Program Director

Visit the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation  to learn more about scholarships available to Maricopa Community College students.

Scottsdale Community College’s Business Student Wilson Okwuobu Wins Entrepreneurial Contest

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 9:04am

(Scottsdale, Ariz.)  When Wilson Okwuobu enrolled in Scottsdale Community College’s Business School, he was not expecting to be the winner of $20,000 in cash and business services two months later.  That’s exactly what happened when Okwuobu won The Big Pitch.   

The Big Pitch is a student entrepreneurship program run by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), a business incubator located on the GateWay Community College Campus. One of the program’s goal is to help one student from MCCCD launch their business and get into revenue.  In addition to cash and business services Okwuobu earned access to CEI’s business advisers, investors, private events, and facilities.

The Big Pitch competition was open to all Maricopa Community College students across the district. Each college sent a representative to the competition.  Okwuobu will represent Scottsdale Community College and the District at state-wide competition where additional cash and business services are prizes. Okwuobu, who hopes to transfer to Arizona State WP Carey School of Business, credits his faith, family and SCC for the opportunity.

“I am extremely excited to have made my family and SCC Business School proud. I am also thankful to all who made this possible and especially my adviser” said Okwuobu.

Lisa Farmer, Okwuobu’s adviser and faculty at SCC’s business school, was impressed with his idea. “Wilson’s innovative business concept, progressive entrepreneurial spirit, and strong work ethic made him the stand-out candidate in the Big Pitch Competition.  I am so proud of his effort and determination.”

Scottsdale Community College’s Business School  currently offers degrees and certificates in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Marketing, Retail Management, Real Estate and Social Media Marketing.  Future programs include Entrepreneurial Studies, Tax Preparation and Human Resources.

Scottsdale Community College is nationally recognized for its quality academics, service learning & leadership, civic engagement and innovative educational programs, which include university transfer, undergraduate research, career and technical programs and workforce development. The college serves about 10,000 students annually, offering more than 80 degree and certificate programs. SCC is one of 10 colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District.


CONTACT: Lisa Farmer, Faculty
Scottsdale Community College Business School

Congratulations to our SCC Robotics Team!

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 9:06am

Last Saturday, the SCC Robotics team competed at the Southwest VEX U Regional Tournament in Prescott, AZ. The competition included Arizona teams from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, ASU Polytech, Grand Canyon University, as well as teams from Colorado, California, and South Dakota. SCC placed as very respectable 4th. This result was particularly notable this year, since very few community colleges have been able to compete on the national level due VEX mandated hardware/software updates and rule changes (the big guys simply have more available resources).

The SCC members included: Renee Sailus, Judith Rosenke, Adam Leidinger, Julio Acosta, and Mamali Saranjam. If you see them on campus, congratulate them.

More pictures/videos will be posted on: https://www.facebook.com/SCCRoboticsClub

SCC Planetarium Show – Ultima Thule and the New Horizons Encounter

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:53am

After a successful flyby of Pluto three and a half years ago, the New Horizons Spacecraft had a close encounter with Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, otherwise known as “Ultima Thule” on New Year’s Day, 2019.

This presentation will discuss the New Horizons mission, its results and the latest from the Ultima Thule flyby, including just released information about Ultima Thule, and featuring special music by Brian May, guitarist for the rock group Queen, professor of Astrophysics and New Horizons science team collaborator.

When: March 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

Planetarium shows are free by reservation and are open to anyone 9 to 99 years old. The Planetarium is in room NS-400, on the Northeast side of the SCC campus.

Reservations can be made at the Eventbrite website here:

Chancellor’s Student Forum – Tuesday, March 5th at 11:30 a.m. in the Turquoise Room (SC-164)

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:15am
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick will be hosting a student forum and you are invited!

Students are invited to attend and engage our Chancellor in meaningful dialogue about Maricopa Community Colleges.


March 5, 2019
11:30 a.m.


Scottsdale Community College
The Turquoise Room (SC164)
9000 E. Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

For more information

To RSVP or ask questions, please email: michele.gama@domail.maricopa.edu

Vortex Creative Writing and Art entries due by Friday, March 8

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 7:36am
Announcing SCC’s Annual Vortex Creative Writing and Art Competition!

This competition is open to all SCC students. Please share the information with any student who might be interested.

The deadline is 11:30 p.m. March 8th. Each student has one submission that can include up to 3 entries in art and one submission that can include up to 4 entries in writing. Students can edit or change their entries until the deadline by deleting their entries and resubmitting them. Contest guidelines are online at https://weba.scottsdalecc.edu/forms/vortexcontest.

Writing: Students may submit 1 entry in each genre
Creative Non-Fiction (Essay) – 3,000 word maximum
Poetry – All forms
One Act Play/Screenplay – 3,000 word maximum
Short Story – 3,000 word maximum

This year, the Scottsdale branch of the National League of American Pen Women will give a $500 award to the author of the first place Creative Non-Fiction entry.

Art: Students may submit 3 pieces of art.
Two and Three Dimensional Art
Computer Graphics & Digital Photography

Art must be submitted in JPEG format sized at least as a 5”x7” (or as large as possible) with 300 dpi.

Native Voices and Visions

Native students can submit one submission in art and one in writing (the instructions are the same as for the writing and art above). For additional information, please contact ana.cuddington@scottsdalecc.edu. A $500 scholarship will be awarded in each genre.

The deadline is March 8th.

Theatre Arts presents…. DOG ACT! a post- apocaylptic vaudeville

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 4:07pm

Written by Liz Duffy Adams, the play follows the adventures of Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog (a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion) as they wander through the former northeastern United States. Zetta, Dog and their little troupe are on their way to a gig in China, assuming they can find it…and survive the journey. A theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre, with five original songs.

The student cast is led by guest director Jodie Weiss, who works at Childsplay where she has been: an actor, a teaching artist, a director, and is currently their Special Events/Volunteer Coordinator.

Jodie has directed and acted with a variety of theatres around the Valley including; Stray Cat Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Scottsdale Community Players, Greasepaint, Childsplay, Phoenix Theater, and the Hale Theater Center – Elsewhere at The Globe, San Diego Rep, La Jolla Stage Company, Oregon Cabaret Theater, and Starlight Musical Theater.

The play is open to the public and free to attend with an Eventbrite reservation.



if you go:

When: March 1, 2, 8 — 7:30 p.m.
March 2, 9- 2 p.m.
Where: Performing Arts Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Admission: FREE with Eventbrite.com registration.

Free VITA Tax Preparation at SCC

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:33am
VITA @ Scottsdale Community College

Who is Eligible? IRS-sponsored, FREE Tax Preparation is available to those generally with income less than $55,000, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Scottsdale Community College
Library LIB-463
9000 E. Chaparral Rd.

Mondays & Tuesdays
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
January 28 – April 5, 2019
Closed March 11 & 12

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
February 2 – April 13, 2019
Closed March 16

What to Bring
  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • Social Security card and SS cards for all dependents or ITIN
  • Birth dates for all dependents
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

IRS Vita Flyer: /news/files/2019/01/IRS-VITA-Flyer-20190130.pdf

Celebrate Black History Month at SCC

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 8:27am
Come join us in celebration of Black History Month Tuesday, February 5

10:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m Black History Mobile Museum (Copper Room)
10:30 a.m. Lecture by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Professor Griff (Turquoise Room)
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chat with Us (Leadership Lounge)

Wednesday, February 13

12:00 p.m. SCC Jazz Ensemble (Cafeteria)

Thursday, February 21

12:30 p.m. Retro Muse Celebrating Black Literature (LC Courtyard)

Wednesday, February 27

11:30 a.m. I AM ROOT Collective spoken word poetry (Cafeteria)

Mark your calendar to stop by the Black History Mobile Museum in the Copper Room on February 5th to see hundreds of Black History memorabilia, artifacts, photographs spanning from slavery to Hip Hop. Please support these inclusiveness events sponsored by the SCC Inclusiveness Council, MEN and Women Rising. See you there!


Time Management and Goal Setting Workshops This Week!

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 8:18am
Is it your goal to be your most successful self this semester? Sharpen your skills, learn new techniques and stay on track toward meeting this important goal by participating in the MINDSET FOR SUCCESS and WELLNESS Workshop Series!

The Time Management and Goal Setting Workshop is open to all those who would benefit from creating a positive action plan for the semester. Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend. 

Thursday, January 31
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 1
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workshops will be held in the Student Center SC-106.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required:
~ or ~
(480) 423-6524

Thank you very much for your support!




MCCCD Creative Writing Contest Deadline: Sunday, November 18, 2018

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 9:41am

Each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges sponsors a district wide competition to encourage and recognize student writers as well as to promote literary excellence. Each year’s publication showcases originality in essay, fiction, one act-play/script, and poetry.

Deadline:  Sunday, November 18, 2018

Entries may be submitted in the categories of essay, fiction, one act-play/script, and poetry.  Entries not meeting guidelines and entry requirements will not be accepted.  Entries from each of the four categories will be blind reviewed by a panel of experts in the corresponding discipline. Winners in each of the categories will be showcased in Passages, a Maricopa Community Colleges annual publication dedicated to the competition. Winners are honored at an annual creative writing awards dinner.

Requirements, Criterion, Submission Deadline, and How to Submit Entries

Please visit the CaFE site for Competition Requirements, Criterion, and Submission Deadline: https://www.callforentry.org

  • Type “Maricopa” in the Keyword field and click on the “Go” button
  • Click on “View More Info” link to view application requirements, criterion, and submission deadline

Please follow these steps to submit your entries (you may wish to print these instructions).  ALL entries must use the CaFE online application system.   

  • Access the website at:  https://www.callforentry.org
  • Create a CaFE account to submit entries.
  • Click “Register Here” button and follow instructions to create account
  • Return to CaFE home page and click on “Apply to Calls” button
  • Type “Maricopa” in the Keyword field and click on the “Go” button
  • Click on “View More Info” link to view application criterion
  • To submit a student entry, click on “Apply to This Call” link 
  • Log in and follow prompts
  • Record or print out confirmation code
  • Note you should receive a confirmation email

Alli Ortega Empty Bowls fundraiser at SCC is Nov. 28

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:24am

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2018) — “Alli started every day with a smile, and lived a life of kindness, volunteerism and generosity,” said David Ortega, father of Alli Ortega, who passed away at age 31 in 2014. Continuing her spirit, the annual Alli Ortega Empty Bowls event raises funds to fight local hunger and brings awareness to food scarcity issues. For more than 20 years, Scottsdale Community College has hosted the event.

This year, it is Wed., Nov. 28, in the Student Center Cafeteria.

The community event, which is free to attend and open to the public, sells handmade ceramic bowls and a modest meal for $10, with proceeds going to Vista del Camino Social Services. Vista del Camino assists Scottsdale residents in crisis with basic needs and relief for economic and emotional stress.

This year’s event will feature handmade bowls made by middle-school and high school students in the Scottsdale Unified and Paradise Valley Unified School Districts, Scottsdale Senior Centers, Delta Kappa Gamma and local artisans.

In addition to SCC and the school districts, community partners involved in the event are:

  • City of Scottsdale Human Services Department
  • Scottsdale Community Partners
  • Scottsdale Arts
  • Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club

Dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism, this program is named in memory of Alli Ortega, who was a local artist, City of Scottsdale employee, and loyal Empty Bowls volunteer.

A brief program begins at noon, with remarks from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, representatives from partnering organizations, and the Ortega Family.

Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or as long as quantities last). Ceramic bowls will be sold until 6 p.m.

If you’re not able to attend the event, we encourage you to donate at scpaz.org/donate.

If you go

When: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (food served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Where: Scottsdale Community College Cafeteria, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. See campus map

Cost: $10 for most bowls (includes food if bought from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Specialty bowls will be priced as marked.

Scottsdale Community College’s Council of Student Leaders presents “Don’t Guess When You Vote” Oct. 18

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:31am

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 27, 2018) — Partnering with Scottsdale Coalition of Today and Tomorrow (SCOTT), the Council of Student Leaders (CSL) at Scottsdale Community College will host the Scottsdale City Council Candidate Forum Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, from 5 – 7 p.m.

“Don’t Guess When You Vote” is CSL’s goal to educate their peers and the Scottsdale community on better understanding who the candidates are and their plans for the future of Scottsdale. The event will be in Turquoise Room (SC-164) at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256.

CSL hopes everyone can attend and listen to Bill Crawford, Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven, David N. Smith, and Solange Whitehead.

Please RSVP to Laraine@scottsdale.com to reserve a seat. For more information, call (480) 423-6590.

Spirited Greek mythology tale featured in Scottsdale Community College fall theatre production Oct. 19-27

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:33am

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 19, 2018) — Argonautika, an adaptation of the Greek mythology story of Jason and the Argonauts, will be the fall theatre production from Scottsdale Community College’s School of Film+Theatre Oct. 19-27, 2018.

Written by Mary Zimmerman, the play transforms Greek mythology into an array of daunting challenges as Jason’s crew embarks on their first voyage of the world. The journey illustrates the unpredictability, inspiring and overwhelming breadth of emotion from the characters along with lessons on failure and loss with bursts of humor and fantastical creatures.