Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Apply for Spring 2011 Scholarships

 PC Online General Scholarship Application
Deadline to apply:  January 31, 2011

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, organizations and other donors, Phoenix College students have access to hundreds of scholarships that are available to assist both academically deserving students and those who demonstrate financial need. Students attending the Fall and Spring semesters of the 2010-2011 academic year are encouraged to initiate their eligibility assessment for many different scholarships by following the application procedures outlined elsewhere in this website.

Online Application:

  • Have your MEID number, Student ID and/or GPA information available.
  • You will be asked to create a profile and secure username and password on the system.  This will allow you to start your application, save it and complete it later.  Remember to write down your username and password so you don’t forget it.  Note: Once you have SUBMITTED your application, you will not be able to access it to make changes; therefore, be sure to review and proofread your application several times before you are ready to submit the application.
  •  You may access your application 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer with internet access up through the deadline date.  If you do not have access to a computer, you may visit the computers located inside the Fannin Library, the Scholarship Office at Financial Aid (Hannelly Center-ground floor) and Student Life & Leadership lower level.)

Jack Kent Cooke 2011 Undergraduate
Scholarship Application Now Open  
If you are a PC student who wants to be considered for nomination to JKC for this scholarship, you must complete your online application at the JKC website by the Campus Deadline of Wednesday, January 12, 2011.  Phoenix College will review all completed applications and select four students to move forward in nomination to Jack Kent Cooke for scholarship consideration.  For complete instructions on how to complete your application, including what kind of supplemental materials you must include, visit the JKC website.  Please read all information at the site thoroughly before you consider applying, as this is a time consuming and competitive process:

Maricopa on Facebook - Join the Conversation Now!

Join a Conversation. Share Your Interests. Make New Friends.

Phoenix College is piloting Maricopa on Facebook, a social media application developed by Inigral, Inc. to provide an interactive community for ALL Maricopa students, faculty and staff. Members can join in discussion communities and share common interests in specific areas such as sports & outdoors, lifestyle & beliefs, and hobbies & interests. Members can also affiliate with college clubs or other organizations that help to further focus interests. Students can also access their class schedule and locate classmates that have registered in Maricopa on Facebook.

Getting Started
For identification purposes this application requires the use of an MEID as well as a personal Facebook account. The application will connect with the Facebook profile photo but will keep personal wall posts and other private information separate from the Maricopa on Facebook account.

To get started, you use your existing Facebook account. If you don’t have an account, go to www.facebook.com and follow the sign-up instructions.
  1. Log into your existing Facebook account at www.facebook.com
  2. Go to: facebook.maricopa.edu > Enter your MEID and click Sign-Up
  3. On the next screen, click the Allow button
  4. Enter your student email address
  5. Check for confirmation in your student email account accessed through my.maricopa.edu
  6. Follow the prompts to finish the setup
  7. Complete your profile by adding interests and affiliations.
  8. Take it one step further…introduce yourself and tell others what’s on your mind.
Accessing Your Account
Next time you want to access Maricopa on Facebook, just enter facebook.maricopa.edu or access through your personal Facebook account under the Maricopa Community Colleges personalized link.

Application Features
  • Community: Find discussions focused on your stated interests and affiliations and access the Q & A section.
  • Home: Start a discussion, view all wall posts or view only those from your friends or about your interests.
  • People: View new members, make new friends with similar interests, locate classmates and find Facebook friends.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Phoenix College ACE Program Spells Success for Many Students

Through an innovative program designed to alter students’ expectations of what they can achieve academically, Phoenix College is working to increase the number of at-risk students successfully pursuing higher education.

The nationally-recognized Achieving a College Education (ACE) program targets students who may not consider going to college and attaining a bachelor’s degree as an achievable goal.  The program is specifically designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school to an accredited community college, before moving on to a university in order to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Students accepted into the program meet at least one at-risk criterion, including: being the first in their family to attend college, experiencing environmental challenges such as homelessness or a temporary housing situation, being a member of an underrepresented group, coming from a single-parent home, and experiencing economic hardships.

“ACE provides an outstanding opportunity for students who didn’t think they were a candidate for higher education,” said Rody Randon, director of early outreach programs at Phoenix College. “Through this program, they learn that they are capable and worthy of academic success. And because ACE takes place on a college campus, students become more comfortable with navigating through the higher education system while they gain tools for their future success.”

Phoenix College has been serving students through the ACE program since 2001, and statistics show that an average of 86% of students who complete the program continue their higher education at the university level.

Students in the Phoenix College ACE program can choose from several pathways, including general studies, fire science, crime scene investigation, and interpreter preparation. The model helps prepare students to enter the workforce by providing hands-on training through internships in professional settings. Students also attend success workshops that cover important topics such as career exploration, financing a college education, time management, and leadership skills.

Randon recounted the story of a student who, prior to joining the ACE program, had no aspirations to attend college and did not set a high career goal for herself. Following her involvement in the ACE program and her completion of an associate’s degree at Phoenix College, she transferred to Arizona State University. This month, she will graduate from ASU’s Cronkite School with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an exciting career path ahead of her.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than when one of the ACE students comes back and I get to hear that they are finishing their associate’s degree and preparing to transfer to the university,” said Randon, who has been heading up the ACE program at Phoenix College since 2007. “I love what I do because I can see the results.”

The ACE Program at Phoenix College targets high school students from the Phoenix Union High School District. High school juniors and seniors in the ACE program take college courses Monday through Thursday during the summer and on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters.  Throughout the two years, the students are able to experience and acclimate to the college environment in a real-time setting. The program enables high school students to earn up to 24 college credits by the time they graduate from high school. Upon high school graduation, many ACE students enroll full-time at Phoenix College before eventually transferring to a university to complete their degree.

The success of the ACE program has led to the implementation of the Junior ACE program, which Phoenix College began piloting in 2007 for students entering the 7th grade. Students who participate in Junior ACE take a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) course and a college survival course to develop academic skills needed for college and university success. Junior ACE is a successful pathway to the ACE program, with 85% of Jr. ACE students continuing on. Phoenix College is one of five Maricopa Community Colleges that have implemented the Junior ACE program.

“Junior ACE participation has doubled within one year, and we had 86 students this past summer,” said Randon. “It’s a critical program because it reaches students while they are still so young. It really instills in them the idea that achieving a college education is possible.”

If you would like to help sustain the ACE or Junior ACE programs at Phoenix College, or to request more information, contact Rody Randon at 602.285.7391.

Student Athletes Recognized for Athletic Achievement

More than 40 Phoenix College student athletes who were freshmen last spring were recognized on December 1, 2010 for having a 3.0 or greater grade point average. Way to go Bears!

Sport    Last    First    Sp 10 GPA
BB    Hutchinson    Travis     3.43
BB    Orta    Todd    3.33
BB    Perez    Roy     3

FB    Albertson    Spencer    4
FB    Bennett    Tyler    3.75
FB    Gray    Aaron    3.4
FB    Houston    Keith    3.17
FB    Madrigal    Martin   
FB    McGee    Caleb    3.45
FB    Multhauf    Spencer    3.79
FB    Myers    Jhawonn    3.14
FB    Sellers    Aaron    3.4
FB    Spinell  III    Raymond     3.53
FB    Taylor    Chase    3.18
FB    Villa    Joshua    3.25
FB    Wright    Curtis    3.14

MBKB    Edwards    Jason    4
MBKB    Farr    Darrell    3.07
MBKB    Outland    Chad    3.09

MSOC    Freitas    Kevin    3.18
MSOC    Martinez    Matthew    3.14
MSOC    Robertson    Ivor    3.45
MSOC    Shalongo    Justin    3.5

SB    Kellogg    Kristy    3.77
SB    Renoth    Kharissa    3.25
SB    Rosiewicz    Krista    4
SB    Tarnowski    Lisa    3.6

VB    Cava    Alexa    3
VB    Hoppe    Joelle    3
VB    Morse    Samantha    3.17
VB    Olsen    Cellina    3.43
VB    Robertson    Jenna    3.38
VB    Serrano    Daniella    4
VB    Zeibig    Sarah    3.46

WBKB    Lio    Tamara    3.36
WBKB    Nimes    Francheska    3.53
WBKB    Richey    Heather    3.8
WBKB    Irving    Chelsei    3.59

WSOC    Gorman    Kyna    3.14
WSOC    Landa    Leslie    3.6
WSOC    Sanchez    Viridiana    3