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American Indian Programs and Services

Ensuring Student Success The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is one of the largest community college districts in the country, known for its quality educational programs and services as well as successful workforce training programs. The Maricopa Community Colleges are proud to be the higher education provider of choice for many American Indian student populations within the State of Arizona and beyond. As a system of colleges, we are committed to ensuring student success and dedicated to meeting the education and workforce development needs of American Indian students and the tribal communities. We are proud to note that many current and recent leaders of local tribes and American Indian-serving organizations are alumni of the Maricopa Community Colleges. We think this is evidence of the critical role we play in assuring the future prosperity, success, and leadership of not only our American Indian students and tribes, but of our communities and the state as a whole. I encourage you to take some time to review the many exciting programs and services we have available to you across our colleges. Thank you for your interest in the Maricopa Community Colleges. We look forward to helping you achieve your dreams! — Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick Chancellor

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) consists of ten colleges, two skill centers, a corporate college, and numerous locations throughout the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area.

Our Mission The Maricopa Community Colleges provide access to higher education for diverse students and communities. We focus on learning through: University Transfer Education Continuing Education General Education Community Education Developmental Education Civic Responsibility Workforce Development Global Engagement Student Development Services

Our Vision A Community of Colleges — Colleges for the Community — working collectively and responsibly to meet the life-long learning needs of our diverse students and communities.

We Value Community Innovation Learning Honesty and Integrity Inclusiveness Stewardship

Excellence Responsibility

Meet Kimberly Concho

Future Public Relations Professional and a Student of a Maricopa Community College

Native American Community Advisory Council As part of the Maricopa Community College system’s commitment to inclusiveness and engagement, the Chancellor established the Native American Community Advisory Council (CAC) in 2003. It is comprised of community members who provide insight and perspective into the needs and interests of Native American students, employees, tribes, and community members.

Native American CAC Goals • Serve as a conduit of information between the colleges and the community • Provide community inspired counsel and advice to the Chancellor • Work with the colleges to strengthen their relationships with the community • Help the colleges identify community issues and proactively address concerns • Work on projects that advance the Chancellor’s objectives

Through these partnerships, Maricopa Community Colleges are better positioned to meet the educational and workforce needs of the community.

Summit Meetings Between Tribes and Community Colleges In 2009, based on suggestions from the Native American CAC, the Chancellor partnered with Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. to host the first of what has become a popular series of statewide meetings between community colleges, universities, and tribes. To date, summits have been held in Flagstaff, Tucson, and Tempe, each building on the themes and recommendations developed in prior summits. Inter-agency work groups have been established to address priority issues identified in the summits, and a video “American Indian Voices on Higher Education” was created to capture the perspectives of students, parents, and tribal leaders on the challenges and opportunities for American Indians seeking higher education.

Meet Kyle Mitchell

Business Owner, Storyteller, U.S. Army Veteran and a Student of a Maricopa Community College

Partnerships Partners play a vital role in the education of American Indian students, which is why the Maricopa Community College system is honored to collaborate with a variety of organizations, educational institutions, and community stakeholders. We pride ourselves on continuing to grow, create, bridge, and nurture our current and future partnerships. Through active participation with these partners, the Maricopa Community Colleges continues to gain insight on ways to improve outreach and services to our students. We use our partnerships as opportunities to offer information on our colleges, programs, services, and other updates pertaining to American Indian students. Most importantly it allows the Maricopa Community Colleges to offer support for the benefit of our American Indian students.

Mesa Community College American Indian Institute When the American Indian Center (AIC) was established in 1986 under Student Affairs at Mesa Community College, its mission and purpose was to enable American Indian students to successfully transition into college by providing relevant and culturally responsive support services which developed and enhanced their academic capabilities and interests. In 2012, the AIC transitioned to the American Indian Institute (AII) which encompassed a unique and holistic student support services approach to the education of American Indian students in collaboration with MCC’s Academic Affairs. The strategic priorities include: • Community engagement • University collaboration • Resource development • K-12 collaboration

• Student support services and networks • Building tribal relations • Outreach and recruitment

“MCC has provided me with all of the necessary resources to build my own support system away from home and helped me transition smoothly from high school to college. As a student from the Navajo reservation, the small and welcoming community at MCC, from students to staff, helped me overcome my feelings of fear, cultural shock and displacement.” — Marlinda Haudley, Student Mesa Community College

John Herrington, Retired U.S. Naval Aviator, former NASA Astronaut; Dr. Shouan Pan, President, Mesa Community College

Sherman Alexie Poet, short story writer, novelist, performer

Core Cultural Values Family – the American Indian Institute creates a family environment among students, staff, and faculty Respect – the American Indian Institute recognizes the uniqueness of each tribe and treats all members with dignity and respect Commitment – the American Indian Institute is dedicated to students’ academic excellence, well-being, and cultural balance Community – the American Indian Institute is responsive to the unique needs of Indigenous peoples by creating comprehensive educational pathways

Vision The MCC American Indian Institute strengthens leadership through culturally extensive support, enhances tribal and community relations, and empowers students to become viable citizens. Therefore, the American Indian Institute will be: • The preferred choice for American Indian students who seek specialized programs that are unique to their needs • The lead in partnerships with tribal communities, tribal organizations, and tribal agencies • An environment which fosters life skills and leadership • The leading community college meeting the growing needs of American Indian communities

Mission The American Indian Institute will provide our students with the knowledge to be successful: • Through promotion of leadership skills • Balancing their cultural life • With degree completion and/or university transfer • Through academic and professional growth experience

The American Indian Institute supports American Indian student clubs on campus such as the Inter-Tribal Student Organization (ISO) and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The American Indian Institute continues to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona in support of their Native American Mentoring Initiative. 480.461.7931 •

Scottsdale Community College American Indian Program The American Indian Program (AIP) was created in the 1970’s at Scottsdale Community College to address the constantly changing and highly diverse educational needs of American Indian students and Indian communities. The college is a public community college located on the Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, Arizona. The primary goal of the American Indian Program is to assist American Indian students in achieving academic and personal success by providing a wide variety of programs and services that are designed to assist students in their educational and personal development at Scottsdale Community College.

Services Offered: • Financial Aid Advisement • Student Retention Activities • Personal/Academic Counseling • Scholarship, Grant and Loan Advisement • Club/Cultural Awareness Activities • Administrative Services • Early College Programs

“With the help of the American Indian Program at SCC, I have had the opportunity to network and bond with extraordinary students and amazing teachers, who have left an everlasting imprint upon my academic career and my heart.” — Claudelle Valencia, Student Scottsdale Community College

• American Indian Student Clubs and organizations which include: • SEAIC–Sun Earth Alliance Indian Club; promoting a better understanding of American Indians, and establishing a cooperative relationship among all students, faculty and administration • AIHS–American Indian Honor Society; promoting leadership, scholarship and professional development for students to become greater assets to their communities

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AIP Mission The mission of the American Indian Program at Scottsdale Community College is to provide comprehensive academic and personal support that promotes opportunities for successful and enhanced college experiences for the American Indian student. In addition to excellent support service programs offered through SCC’s American Indian Program, there are other opportunities at SCC for American Indian students including: • Curriculum that includes American Indian art, culture, language, policy, law, and tribal governance • Cultural and community building activities • More than 500 American Indian students representing diverse tribal nations from all over the United States and the Canadian Provinces

Meet Jacob Moore

Former Special Assistant on Congressional and Legislative Affairs, SRPMIC; Former Managing Partner, Seven Generation Strategic Partners, LLC; Assistant Vice President of Tribal Relations, Arizona State University and graduate of a Maricopa Community College

Early College Programs The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) provides an affordable way for high school students to progress toward a bachelor’s degree, by completing a degree or certificate at a Maricopa college and then transferring to a 4-year college or university. Students will save money, learn from highly-qualified instructors, and build knowledge and skills to support successful transfer by starting their college education at a Maricopa Community College.

Hoop of Learning The Maricopa Hoop of Learning is a scholarship based, high school-tocollege bridge program for American Indian students in high school. It gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while still attending high school. The Hoop program guides students through the college process and provides them with support services to ensure academic success.

Program Goals • Increase high school graduation and retention rates • Increase enrollment and participation in college • Empower students to reach their goals • Enhance culturally relevant curriculum • Increase diversity on campuses

Criteria • 9–12th grade high school student. Students may apply and participate in this program year round, any time after their first semester as a freshman • Registered member of a state or federally recognized tribal nation • 2.0 minimum high school grade point average (GPA)

Program Cost Students accepted into the Hoop of Learning Program receive a scholarship that covers tuition, fees and books. 480.731.8277 •

Dual Enrollment Dual Enrollment is an opportunity for high school students to get an early start on college. Dual Enrollment courses allow students to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously during regular school hours at their high school. Dual Enrollment courses are high school courses taught at a college level for Maricopa Community College credit. The credit earned may be transferred to a community college or university upon high school graduation. Students can: • Complete College Courses • Save Money • Save Time


ACE Program The Maricopa ACE (Achieving a College Education) Program is nationally recognized for its proven success in motivating underrepresented students to complete high school and continue on to complete a college degree by helping students make smooth transitions between three facets of the educational pathway: high school, community college, and university. ACE recruits high school students in their sophomore year to participate in the program during their high school junior and senior years. ACE students are enrolled in concurrent college courses as high school juniors and seniors. Students can earn up to 24 college credits by the time they graduate from high school. Students may attend college classes during the summer, on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters, or online.

Criteria The ACE Program recruits high school sophomores who have taken at least six (6) high school credits at the time of the application submission and who meet two or more of the following criteria: • First generation to attend college • Single parent home • Underrepresented group

• Economic hardship • Foster care/temporary housing • Teen parent

Program Cost Students accepted into the ACE Program receive a scholarship offer that includes tuition. 480.731.8625 • •

Dual Enrollment is open to high school juniors and seniors, and in some instances underclassmen may be eligible to enroll. High schools distribute Dual Enrollment information, including how to apply for admission, testing requirements, and registration forms. Students may ask their high school counselors for more information.

Program Cost Tuition for Dual Enrollment courses is the same as the MCCCD tuition and significantly more affordable than public or private colleges and universities. Qualifying students may receive tuition assistance based on financial need. 480.731.8757 •

Meet Jennifer Jones

Former Dual Enrollment and Hoop of Learning student and a graduate of a Maricopa Community College

Ten Colleges • Corporate College • Communiversity Chandler-Gilbert Community College 2626 E. Pecos Road Chandler, Arizona 85225 480.732.7000

Estrella Mountain Community College

Maricopa Corporate College 275 N. Gateway Drive Phoenix, Arizona 85034 480.377.2700

14350 N. 87th Street, Suite 185 Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 480.377.2700

Rio Salado College 2323 W. 14th Street Tempe, Arizona 85281 480.517.8000

Scottsdale Community College

3000 N. Dysart Road Avondale, Arizona 85392 623.935.8000

Mesa Community College

9000 E. Chaparral Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85256 480.423.6000

GateWay Community College

South Mountain Community College 108 N. 40th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85034 602.286.8000

Glendale Community College 6000 W. Olive Avenue Glendale, Arizona 85302 623.845.3000

1833 W. Southern Avenue Mesa, Arizona 85202 480.461.7000

Paradise Valley Community College 18401 N. 32nd Street Phoenix, Arizona 85032 602.787.PUMA (7862)

7050 S. 24th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85042 602.243.8000


Phoenix College

21740 S. Ellsworth Road Queen Creek, Arizona 85142 480.384.9333

15950 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, Arizona 85374 480.384.9006

1202 W. Thomas Road Phoenix, Arizona 85013 602.285.7800

Maricopa County Community College District Office Student Affairs • 2411 W. 14th Street • Tempe, AZ 85281 480.731.8000 •

American Indian Brochure | 2016  

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