CGCC Campaign Priorities
Preserve ACE (Achieving a College Education). CGCC’s ACE program affords underprepared and/or non- traditional high school students an opportunity to attend a Maricopa Community College. Enrollment is currently capped at 222 students; participation in the program has increased exponentially. While there continues to be high demand, the program will exhaust current Foundation annual campaign support by June 30, 2013. CGCC must secure $55,000 annually for academic achievement and personal professional leadership to sustain, and $75,000 annually to grow the program. Our four-year goal is $300,000. Student Support.
Assess and Expand Allied Health Program. In response to changing community needs, Southeast Valley health care providers are increasingly looking to CGCC to expand our allied health training for respiratory therapists, radiology technicians and other similar positions. Before CGCC can grow, we must first conduct a community needs assessment to identify the areas where help is needed most. Costs will cover a feasibility study, start-up equipment and supplies, simulation equipment, cost of developing simulations and training faculty to use simulators. Student support; faculty and staff innovation.
Formalize Developmental Education Program. More than half of students who enter a Maricopa Community College require some level of developmental (remedial) education. Hiring needs: Director of Developmental Education ($65,000); human resources support ($25,000); staff to monitor open learning spaces ($15,000). Operational needs (e.g., contracted services, materials, professional development and travel - $75,000). Facilities need student computer stations, supplemental learning tools (e.g., tablets, tabletop Smart Boards), and small group learning stations ($100,000). Student support; faculty and staff innovation.
Build Endowed Scholarships. CGCC plans to secure $150,000 in endowment funding to provide 15 students with $500 scholarships annually. Student Support.
Create endowed chair for Academic Innovation in Sustainability. This position will inspire, incubate, manage, institutionalize and evaluate innovative academic initiatives. Projects will include: global and civic engagement; sustainability; Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); learning Communities; and other areas ($200,000). Academic and community innovation; Faculty teaching innovation.
Establish early college dual enrollment scholarship. As all of Arizona focuses on K-12 outcomes, high school completion, and core competencies, especially in the STEM areas, more high school students and families are taking advantage of opportunities to accelerate post-secondary options including dual enrollment. Currently CGCC serves more than 8,000 dual enrollment students in four unified school districts (Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, and Queen Creek) and we could serve more. Free and reduced lunch high school students are eligible for need- based scholarship support to pay tuition. To meet the scholarship needs of all eligible high school students requires $60,000 per semester or $480,000 over four years. Student support; academic and community innovation.