header image

Campus Updates - Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011
Emergency Preparedness

Each of us plays a key role in the safety and security of our students and employees. Please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines to help keep our campus safe.

  • Employees need to wear name badges when on campus.
  • Employees need to be aware of evacuation zones.
  • A quick reference guide should be located next to your phone.
  • Please visit the Office of Public Safety if you don’t have any of the above.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious behavior to the Office of Public Safety at 58911.

For more indepth information, please review the college’s Emergency Preparedness website and video

New Workforce Development Programs

The SouthWest Skill Center (SWSC) is offering new West Valley students Workforce Development training programs in medical and sustainability fields.

New SWSC medical programs prepare students to gain employment as Dialysis Technicians and Dental Assistants. The 60-hour Dialysis Technician Test Preparation program starting February 15, provides students with the knowledge and skills to operate kidney dialysis machine, prepare dialyzer reprocessing and delivery systems as well as maintain and repair equipment. The 80-hour Dental Assisting Program starting April 15, offers familiarization to pre-clinical dental assisting and administrative procedures. 

New SWSC green professional training programs are offered in partnership with Everblue™ Training Institute, which is endorsed by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Building Performance Institute (BPI). The 5-day Solar Photovoltaic Boot Camp starts February 22, and prepares students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners exam. The BPI AC/Heat Pump Specialist training begins March 21, and includes five days of classroom and field training as well as the BPI Heating Professional written and field exams. These green professional training programs may be eligible for a State Energy Sector Partnership grant.

Nursing Students Train for the Worst

EMCC nursing students participated in a Mass Casualty exercise in collaboration with Mountain Ridge High School, John C. Lincoln, Deer Valley hospital, the Glendale Fire Department, Engine 156 – Ladder 157, and Southwest Ambulance.

Approximately 300 high school students were involved. Fifty high school students from the drama department played the part of injured patients from a simulated plane crash with mass casualties. About 250 medical and sports medicine students participated in the mock rescue activities. EMCC nursing students coordinated patient care and guided the high school students in caring for trauma patients. 

EMCC adjunct faculty member, John Fraleigh, who is a flight nurse with Air Evac Services, arrived by helicopter and helped coordinate the event. Faculty members William Forgione and Shirley Brydie guided EMCC nursing students throughout the learning experience, reinforcing the important role registered nurses play in emergency and mass casualty situations.

AJS Student Selected for Prestigious Internship

Congratulations to Administration of Justice student Jamie Scharrer, who was accepted into the United States Marshal’s, District of Arizona, Internship Program for the spring 2011 semester. This is the first time that the United States Marshal’s Service, District of Arizona, has accepted a community college student into their internship program.

Jamie met the Estrella Mountain Administration of Justice Programs eligibility requirements to apply for this internship by completing 24 credits in Administration of Justice coursework and maintaining a 3.00 Grade Point Average. Jamie then successfully completed an intensive background investigation conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service. This is the same background investigation that candidates for employment must successfully pass.

This is an exciting learning opportunity that will expose the intern to the inner daily workings of our country’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. During this intensive 12 week internship, Jamie will be introduced to and perform all administrative and operational tasks that the Marshal’s Service has responsibility for. These responsibilities include Prisoner Services, Judicial Security, Fugitive Investigations and Asset Seizure.

The Administration of Justice Program at Estrella Mountain Community College looks forward to continuing this prestigious internship partnership in the future.

CAD Students Receive Certification

Congratulations to students Harold McNeil, Andrew Gomez and Andrew Garcia!  After completing CAD100 and CAD145 as EMCC online CAD students, all three have successfully passed the rigorous ADDA Mechanical Drafting Certification Exam. These students now have the professional distinction of adding CD after their names (Certified Drafters). Their names have now been added to the national registry as Industry Professionals with the ability to create, interpret and revise Engineering and Mechanical Drawings.

Calling All Golfers

On April 23, Estrella Mountain Community College in partnership with the Hispanic Leadership Forum del Oeste, will co-host a Scholarship Golf Tournament at the beautiful Wigwam Resort. Individual tickets are $125, with foursomes ranging from $500 - $2,000. To sign up to play, please contact Carol Stevens at 58050.

  • Leadership Council
    • Wednesday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the North Community Room