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Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 3:30 pm

Kyrene schools announce Meet the Teacher dates/times

Kyrene schools (kindergarten to eighth grade) will begin the 2010/11 school year on Monday, Aug. 9.

Middle schools have scheduled Meet the Teacher night from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, and elementary schools will host Meet the Teacher night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug 5.

All parents and children are encouraged to attend as this will be a time for the students to receive their teacher assignments, see their classrooms and meet their teachers.

For more information, go to www.kyrene.org.

Part-time spots available at Ahwatukee Preschool

Are you looking for a wonderful social and learning environment for your child? Ahwatukee Preschool is offering affordable part-time preschool for children ages 3 to 5, and a few openings are available in the morning or afternoon classes. The preschool is located at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St.

For more information, call Diane at (480) 893-2531.

GCC offers free workshop for job seekers

GateWay Community College will host an interviewing techniques workshop from 5 to 6 p.m. July 20. The workshop is free and open to the public and will be in the Career Center, Room MA1152, in the Main Building on the campus of GateWay Community College at 40th and Washington streets.

For more information or to register, call (602) 286-8158.

Sentinel Boosters raffling cruise

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School is sponsoring a Sentinel Booster Club Cruise Raffle, and the winner will receive his or her choice of a Caribbean cruise Jan. 8 to 15, 2011, or an Alaskan cruise Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, 2011. The cruise is for two people, with airfare to port included.

Chances are $250 each, and only 200 chances will be sold. The drawing will take place Sept. 3 during the Varsity home football game, and the winner does not need to be present to win.

Tickets are available in the Advancement Office or Spirit Store at Seton Catholic Preparatory (1150 N. Dobson Road, Chandler) or online at www.setoncatholic.org. Proceeds will support the completion of the stadium complex.

GCC earns national rankings for healthcare and nursing graduates

Community College Week's annual Top Associate Degree Producers List, which ranks the top 50 producers nationwide, ranked GateWay Community College for both Nursing and Healthcare related programs. Community College Week is a leading independent publication for community, technical and junior colleges nationwide.

Based on information from the 2008/09 academic year, Community College Week ranked GateWay 28th in the nation among community colleges that offer associate degrees in Nursing, having increased the number of graduates from the previous year by 23%. The same list ranked GateWay 31st in the nation among community colleges that offer associate degrees in Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences, having increased the number of graduates from 388 to 390.

For more information about GateWay's specific healthcare programs, visit www.gatewaycc.edu/Healthcare. To learn more about GateWay's nursing programs, visit www.gatewaycc.edu/Nursing. For details about Community College Week, visit www.ccweek.com.

Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Office announces Night of Hope fundraiser

Friends and supporters of the Diocese of Phoenix's Catholic Schools will gather for the third annual "Night of Hope, Our Children's Future" fundraising dinner event at 6 p.m. Oct 23 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. All proceeds will benefit the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Endowment Fund.

Besides the proceeds from the cost of a ticket ($100 per person and up), Night of Hope will add to the endowment fund by offering sponsorship opportunities for local businesses the night of the event. Last year the event raised more than $75,000.

For more information, visit www.catholicschoolsphx.org and follow the Night of Hope link.

More Maricopa Community College students eligible to save tuition money at ASU

A partnership program between the Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University is now available to more students majoring in more subjects than ever.

The Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) has been expanded from 31 to 50 of the most popular majors among Maricopa Community College students who transfer to ASU. That means Maricopa students who sign up for a MAPP can potentially save thousands of dollars in tuition throughout their student years. They can do so by taking part in a cost-saving incentive at ASU called the Tuition Commitment Program that provides predictable increases of no more than 5% on tuition during completion of their bachelor's degree at ASU.

The MAPP is an excellent option for students who are decided on a major and plan to transfer to ASU to earn a bachelor's degree. This program includes the specific coursework that allows students attending one of the Maricopa Community Colleges to transfer to ASU without loss of credit. Each MAPP represents the pathway a student in a specific major must take to be able to seamlessly transfer from a Maricopa Community College to ASU. Along the pathway, students will earn an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and a transfer associate's degree.

To be eligible for the Tuition Commitment for the 2009-10 academic year, students must sign up for a MAPP with an academic advisor at their community college before May 14.

To get started, students should visit www.maricopa.edu/alliance and click on "Getting Started on a MAPP."

In addition to the Tuition Commitment, Maricopa students who participate in the MAPP also are eligible for the Alliance Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to Maricopa Community College students who have completed an associate's degree with a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Register now for fall classes at CGCC

Registration for fall 2010 classes at Chandler-Gilbert Community College is now underway. To check out the fall 2010 class schedule, access my.maricopa.edu. Fall classes begin Aug. 21.

Registration for classes is available in person at the college's Pecos Campus (at Gilbert Road and Loop 202 in Chandler) or Williams Campus (southeast of Power Road and the Loop 202 in Mesa); over the phone by calling CGCC Admissions and Records at (480) 732-7320; or online at my.maricopa.edu. To set up an advisement appointment, call (480) 732-7317.

Training provided to convert medical offices to electronic systems

Phoenix College and GateWay Community College (two Maricopa Community Colleges) were recently notified by The Los Rios Community College District in California that they have been named a part of a consortium of 14 colleges to receive a portion of a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is designed to train individuals to provide assistance in the installation and use of computerized health information systems in hospitals and medical offices. The electronic systems are meant to replace traditional paper methods.

A pilot group of 14 GateWay Community College students have completed the program and are looking for paid internships to serve as a bridge between the classroom and practical work experience. Companies currently involved or moving into any aspect of the electronic health records industry are encouraged to consider GateWay students for internships.

For more information on the Systems Analysis for Practice Management Program or how to contact students for internships, call Heidi at (602) 286-8931 or John at (602) 286-8594. For information on the grant or the Health Information Technology program at Phoenix College, call Bonnie at (602) 285-7149.

Deadline extended for scholarships to assist single parents returning to college

A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to single parents who have returned, or will return, to college after a break of at least one year due to family demands or other commitments. The deadline for application for these scholarships has been extended to Aug. 2.

South Mountain Community College has teamed with Dorrance Scholarship Programs to establish the scholarship program designed specifically for single parents. Awards are available for as much as $4,000 annually, for a maximum of six semesters (three years), and are renewable.

For details on the scholarship program requirements and application, visit www.dorrancescholarship.org. Those interested are invited to call SMCC Program Advisor Christopher Erran at (602) 305-5607 or e-mail him at christopher.erran@smcmail.maricopa.edu.

South Mountain Community College is located at 7050 S. 24th St., just north of Baseline Road.

MPHS boot camp for incoming freshmen

A boot camp for incoming freshmen will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, and Friday, Aug. 6, at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road.

All incoming freshmen are required to attend both days of camp, which will feature team building activities, time management, assemblies, reading and note taking strategies, active listening skills, scavenger hunt, multiple intelligence and true color assessments and technology training.

Lunch will be provided. Buses will run following the 2010/11 morning bus schedule. Visit www.tuhsd.k12.az.us and click on Departments & Transportation for pick up times and locations.

To register, e-mail your student's full name and T-shirt size (adult s, m, l, xl, xxl) to Mrs. Keller at mkeller@tushd.k12.az.us by Wednesday, June 30.

Former CGCC administrators endow scholarship funds

Two former Chandler-Gilbert Community College administrators are making college possible for students who may not otherwise have been able to pursue their dream of a higher education.

Former CGCC president Dr. Maria Hesse and former Vice President of Academic Affairs Lois Bartholomew endowed scholarship funds last fall, which inspired the launch of the college's "Be the Connection Student Scholarship Campaign." The goal of the campaign is 100 percent employee participation, along with contributions from community partners. The campaign has raised more than $80,000 to date to fund these scholarships, and the Arnette S. Ward General Scholarship fund.

The Maria L. Hesse Service and Leadership Scholarship Fund is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the college and the community, and the Lois M. Bartholomew Emergency Scholarship Fund is awarded to students faced with unforeseeable emergency needs.

For more information or to donate to the Be the Connection campaign, access www.cgc.edu/betheconnection or call (480) 732-7030.

W. P. Carey School ranks among best business school values

Because of the recession, everyone's looking for a bargain. When it comes to a college education, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks among the best values. In a new list, Bloomberg BusinessWeek names the W. P. Carey School among the Top 20 public business schools for "Return on Investment."

The new rankings for undergraduate programs compare the amount of money spent on annual tuition with the median base salary students receive at graduation. Not surprisingly, public schools were much better bargains than private schools overall. However, even among the public schools, the W. P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 17 in the nation. It's the top ranking for any Arizona school and third highest for any public school in the western United States.

Undergraduate students graduating from the W. P. Carey School of Business average an impressive $6.54 for every dollar spent on annual tuition.

The W. P. Carey School of Business has received several other recent high rankings, further demonstrating the excellence of the school. The W. P. Carey MBA is ranked among the Top 30 MBA programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The evening MBA program is ranked Top 25 among part-time MBA programs. The school was also just named Top 25 in the world for business school research productivity, according to the University of Texas at Dallas.

‘How to Choose a Catholic School' booklet available

A booklet entitled "How to Choose a Catholic School" is available online through the Diocesan Web site at www.diocesephoenix.org/catholicSchools/schoolchoice.htm.

A booklet can be obtained by calling (602) 354-2345.

Produced by the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office, the booklet provides a practical vehicle for interested parents to decide which of the 25 Catholic pre-schools, 29 Catholic elementary schools and six Catholic high schools are right for their families.

Learn to write magazine and newspaper stories online

Victoria Hay, a former associate editor of Arizona Highways Magazine and former business editor of Phoenix Magazine, will teach a fully online course in magazine feature writing, English 235, "Magazine Article Writing," Oct. 18 to Dec. 10 at Paradise Valley Community College.

Hay, author of innumerable magazine and newspaper articles, has also published several books, including The Essential Feature and the best-selling Math Magic, coauthored for math whiz Scott Flansburg.

To sign up, go to my.maricopa.edu, or call (602) 787-7000 and register for English 235, Section 58235. For residents of Maricopa County, tuition is $71 per credit hour.

Awaken your employment status with a career in sleep disorders technology

Are you tired of your current career or employment status? Revitalize it and train to become a Polysomnographic Technologist at GateWay Community College in just eight months. Beginning this May, GWCC will offer a new certificate program in Polysomnography Technology (PSG); the only such program in the state of Arizona. The PSG program will train students to monitor and analyze patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and various parasomnias.

For details, contact an advisor at (602) 286-8183 or visit www.gatewaycc.edu/Programs/Polysomnography.

CGCC receives national recognition for community service, named to President's Honor Roll

Chandler-Gilbert Community College has been named for the fourth year in a row to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 732-7030.

SMCC earns continued accreditation

As it celebrates 30 years of helping students to achieve their educational goals, South Mountain Community College has received formal notice from the Higher Learning Commission that it has been granted continued accreditation as an institution of higher education. Official notice was received by the college in a letter issued by the commission on Dec. 16, 2009.

Since the fall of 2006, college faculty and staff have been laying the groundwork for SMCC's successful re-accreditation. Key to this effort was a two-year self-study, through which the college reviewed and assessed its performance and achievements.

For additional information about the college, visit http://southmountaincc.edu.

CGCC offers engineering degree

Created in partnership between Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Glendale Community College, the Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology degree will enable students to enter the workforce as an entry-level engineering aid upon graduation from the two-year program.

CGCC and GCC worked with local industry, including Honeywell, Avnet, AeroSpec, SRP, ATL Incorporated, Medtronic and Sundt Construction to create a degree program that meets the current employment needs of the engineering industry.

CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.

For more information about this program, contact Bassam Matar at (480) 732-7139.

SMCC offers GED high school equivalency testing

South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering GED testing for individuals who do not have a high school diploma and are seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must bring a notarized letter of consent from a parent or guardian, along with an official letter of withdrawal from their last school attended. The GED testing fee is $75, with a $15 re-test fee for each subject area. Testing is by appointment only, and pre-registration is required prior to testing. Pre-registration takes place on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Testing takes place on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tests are available in English, Spanish and large-print. Special accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities.

For more information, call (602) 243-8188.

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