Kyrene Summer Academy pottery art show at Cerritos

Young artists will be exhibiting wonderful works of art from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary School, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway.

The exhibit will be in Art Room 10 and is the culmination of Kyrene Summer Academy classes. An artist will be on hand to answer questions.


University of Phoenix partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona for First Chance Scholarships

For the fourth year running, University of Phoenix has generously selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona as a partner for the First Chance Scholarship program. First Chance Scholarships honor individuals who have shown desire to improve their lives and the lives of those around them through education. Through its partnership with University of Phoenix, Big Brothers Big Sisters will identify 10 individuals to receive a full-tuition college scholarship to University of Phoenix.

The First Chance Scholarship may be used to earn either an undergraduate or master’s degree at University of Phoenix and may be applied to on-campus or online courses. Eligible recipients include current and alumnus Little Brothers/Little Sisters, high school Big Brothers/Big Sisters, adult Big Brothers and Big Sisters who have been matched with a Little Brother or Sister for at least one year, and staff members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona program. Parents and guardians of Little Brothers and Sisters are also eligible. Applicants must meet the University’s admission policy for their prospective degree, which may be found online at

Applications for consideration are available through June 30 on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona website at

Questions about the scholarships or process may be directed to Susan Wiltfong at or (602) 393-4116.


Kyrene Summer Community Theater students present ‘Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.’

Around 40 students age 11 to 14 will perform the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, and Wednesday, June 30, at Kyrene Altadeña Middle School, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway.

As part of a Kyrene Summer Academy Community Theater class, the students had the opportunity to learn more about performing, staging, voice, choreography and dance, stage make up, props, costume design and more.  

The community is invited to enjoy great entertainment at an affordable price. Tickets, $8, are available at the Kyrene Customer Service Center, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Checks, credit cards and exact change cash will be accepted at the door.

For directions on how to purchase or register for online tickets, go to For assistance, call (480) 783-4044.


MPHS boot camp for incoming freshmen, sign up by June 30

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 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 by Wednesday, June 30.


Summer tech fun at ASU

Remaining summer iD (internal Drive) Tech Camps at Arizona State University will run July 4 to 9, July 11 to 16, July 18 to 23 and July 25 to 30.

Ages 7 to 18 enroll in these fun and challenging, weeklong, day and residential summer camps located at 60 universities in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, visit, call (888) 709-TECH (8324) or e-mail


Kyrene Kindergarten Dual Language Academy sets parent informational meeting

As the 2010/11 school year begins, so will the innovative dual language program for kindergartners at Kyrene de los Niños Elementary School, 1330 E. Dava Drive, Tempe.

Languages are best learned at an early age, and the dual language experience provides kindergarten students with instruction in English and Spanish. Children will gain a strong academic foundation and enhanced self esteem. The opportunity to learn Spanish will be expanded to other grade levels in future years.

Also in 2010/11, Niños will be home to a new program for 3-to-5-year-olds called Bienvenidos Kids Club, a foreign language immersion experience.

Both programs will be explained in more detail at a parent information meeting starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, at Niños. Principal Dr. Ana Gomez del Castillo will present the program and answer questions.

For more information, call (480) 783-3100.


Free educational workshop for parents and children

The Inspire Kids Montessori School invites you and your child to experience early childhood education the Montessori way and will host a free workshop, “Awakening & Sustaining Your Child’s True Nature,” from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler.

The workshop will help improve and enhance parenting abilities, help 2-to-6-year-old children grow academically and emotionally, enhance children’s practical life applications and demonstrate activities that can be implemented at home.

The practical workshop offers a fun and interactive program for parents and children ages 2 to 6 to explore.

Space is limited, so sign up early by calling (480) 659-9402.


Teacher Residency in Teacher Leadership for Special Educators Program

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is challenging teachers throughout the country to transform their teaching practices. It’s tough to achieve equitable outcomes for all students. Disparities in achievement persist for several student groups, particularly those whose backgrounds, experience and languages are perceived as different or deficient. “School,” as we have traditionally envisioned it, doesn’t work for all kids. 

Here in the Valley of the Sun a teacher leadership program is changing all that. In three professional learning schools, certified, experienced teachers are working as teacher residents alongside teacher peers to become accomplished teacher leaders for culturally responsive, inclusive schools. Teacher residents pay for their year’s residency through financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. At the end of the year, they receive a Master’s degree in Special Education and are fully qualified to work in general and special education settings using cognitive coaching, group practice and teacher inquiry as tools to create high performing classroom for Tier 1, 2 and 3 interventions, pedagogy and assessment. Faculty in this program are internationally recognized researchers and teacher educators who work in schools each week alongside the teacher residents. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, the MA program is accepting new students to join its professional community learning schools communities beginning July 6. Applications are being accepted.

For more information, contact Lisa Arter or Elizabeth Kozleski at (480) 965-0391 or


Barksdale appointed Dean of Students for GCU’s College of Business

Grand Canyon University (GCU) has appointed Dr. Kevin Barksdale as Dean of the Ken Blanchard College of Business. Barksdale will be the director of the university’s MBA programs and is expected to serve the university by providing leadership for students and reinforcing the University’s mission: to build a cadre of leaders who understand and live within a servant leadership model.


Kahkedjian appointed to Maricopa Community Colleges’ top IT post

George Kahkedjian has been named the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Vice Chancellor of Information Technologies. Kahkedjian comes to the district from the Connecticut State University System where for three years he was Chief Information Officer at the Vice Chancellor rank.


Bustamante named President of Rio Salado College

Chris Bustamante, Ed.D., has been named President of Rio Salado College, the largest in headcount of the 10 colleges within the Maricopa Community College District (MCCD).

Bustamante has been serving as Rio Salado’s Interim President since Feb. 16, 2010, when former Rio Salado President Linda Thor assumed the Chancellorship of California’s Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Bustamante’s prior executive positions at Rio Salado include Vice President for Community Development and Student Services and Dean of Academic Affairs.


ASU named a best buy school in Fiske Guide to Colleges

Arizona State University has been named a “best buy school” in the 2011 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges.

ASU is included as a best buy school in the guide that includes institutions based on academic quality and cost. The Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward B. Fiske features more than 300 of the country’s best colleges and universities. The guide describes schools based on topics such as academics, student life and financial aid.

The guide names 45 institutions - 21 public and 24 private - as best buys this year.


CGCC, NAU partner to offer Business Administration degree

Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Northern Arizona University are expanding their partnership to include a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. This degree program will allow students to complete their first two years of study at CGCC and then transfer to NAU to complete the last two years of their coursework - all without leaving CGCC’s Pecos campus at 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler. The program will be delivered in a hybrid format, in which some classes will be delivered on campus, while others will be offered online. 

CGCC currently partners with NAU to offer a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Bachelor of Science in Special and Elementary Education and a 90/30 program which allows students to take their first 90 credits at CGCC and their final 30 credits through NAU to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.

For more information, contact Deanna Hughes at (480) 732-7243 or


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 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 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.


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 Those interested are invited to call SMCC Program Advisor Christopher Erran at (602) 305-5607 or e-mail him at 

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


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 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

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.


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


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


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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