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Campus Updates - Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011
HLC Accreditation Update

After two and half years of preparation, the EMCC Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation visit has finally concluded! Although the college will not receive official notification from HLC for a couple of months, the Visiting Team reported to the college prior to their departure that they are recommending a full ten-years of accreditation with no reports and no focus visits. 

Congratulations to all the faculty and staff that helped prepare for the successful visit! 

Check it out: Environmental Scan and Fact Book

Are you planning to develop a new course or program and need industry information? Do you need the latest service area demographic data for a grant proposal?
Do you need background information for your division plan or program review?

Did you know that the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness publishes an Environmental Scan and Fact Book each year? The 2011-12 version includes information on key trends related to: economy, education and workforce. Also included are facts about service area growth, demographics, feeder school information, housing information, job projections, pay rates by job title, major employers in the service area, and Estrella Mountain enrollment facts.

Before your next project, be sure to check out all the latest facts at: http://www.estrellamountain.edu/opie

It's Official! SWSC Practical Nurse Program Receives Notification from AZBON

The Practical Nurse (PN) program at the Southwest Skill Center (SWSC) has received official notification that it has been granted a full five-year approval from the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBON).

Student outcomes for the SWSC PN program indicate impressive results with a 90 percent first-time pass rate on the exam leading to LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) designation. For students continuing into the EMCC Registered Nurse transfer program, there is an 84 percent pass rate for the exam leading to their RN license.

Congratulations to all those faculty and staff who participated in the successful visit with the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Health Awareness & Career Expo – Huge Success!

Last week, the Estrella Mountain Health Awareness & Career Expo provided approximately 400 students and community members with information on educational and career pathways that are essential for future success. During the event, the SWSC Allied Health Lab also provided students the opportunity to showcase their professional skills in an extremely busy lab setting by providing free blood pressure and glucose checks to a record 112 participants.

The Expo also included mini massages, aerobic workouts, information from the career & transfer center, counseling services, and so much more. Thank you to all the amazing community partners, students, staff, and volunteers for their participation in making the event a huge success.

Biology Students Help Owls

On November 17, Rachel Smith’s biology students (BIO182) attended a work day to help local charity Wild at Heart install artificial burrows to house Burrowing Owls that have been displaced by development. Although it wasn’t quite in the middle of nowhere, the students were certain that they could see it from there!  Starting with giant trenches had been pre-dug by machinery, the EMCC student team assembled  burrows and tunnels down in the trenches and then partially re-buried them. The burrow design, involving buckets, zip ties, long bendy pipe, large PVC tubes, rebar, wire, spray paint and expanding foam, has been developed over several years by biologists working for Wild at Heart. Now experts in burrow construction, the student team helped to install approximately 100 artificial burrows at the site northwest of Gila Bend.

In spring, the students will return to the site to construct giant tents over each burrow and release owls into their new homes. The tents will remain up for about a month to allow the owls to move into their new homes and not fly away.

During the experience, the students also got to see the ENORMOUS Solana solar energy site that is under construction just west of Gila Bend and visit the Painted Rock Petroglyph site. It was a beautiful day of learning in the desert!

Computer Science at EMCC

As demand for Computer Science grows, so do Estrella Mountain course offerings.

In Spring 2012, EMCC will begin the Computer Science program by offering courses that articulate to local university requirements. CSC110: Introduction to Computer Science (Java) is a pre-requisite course for Computer Science and other engineering fields. CSC120: Digital Design Fundamentals fulfills Computer Science requirements, but also directly correlates to EEE120 for Electrical Engineering majors.

Students who may be oriented toward technology and math, who are critical and analytical thinkers, or who enjoy a challenge are encouraged to pursue Computer Science. For more information, read Top-5 In Demand Degrees to find Computer Science amongst the top 5 degrees and read  IT Grads in Demand to find job offer statistics for Computer Science majors.

The attached EMCC flyer includes more details and the appropriate contacts, please be sure to forward to interested students.

  • Leadership Council
  • Wednesday, December 14
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    North Community Room

  • All-Employee Holiday Breakfast
  • Friday, December 16
    8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    Community Room