Newsletter 03-2018



Brought to you by
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation
Issue 4, March 2018

Reaching Out To Our Community
This month Investing in Real Heroes features stories highlighting all facets of community involvement. You’ll see a stories ranging from a local nonprofit providing invaluable resources to our veterans, to easing the transition from a military life and exciting news about our Veterans Services Team being nominated as a finalist for a Bellwether Award.

As always, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us what you’d like to hear about, and any other feedback that you may have, so that we can provide you with the information you need in order to refer, engage and invest with the Maricopa Community Colleges, in support of veterans.

Luis Batisa C-MAP Student

VCC Connects Veterans, Spouses and Caregivers With The Greater Community
Transitioning from the military or being transferred can be challenging for veterans, military, and their families.  Having limited networks can make integration into a new community all the more difficult and stressful. VCC (Veterans Community Connection) is working diligently in the community to ensure that Veterans are connected with employment / careers, as well as any wrap-around services needed to support their long term sustainability.

To learn more about VCC, and to find out about their new program “Careers in the Community”, for veterans that want to explore industries for employment, once they leave the college campus, click here.

Save the Date

Helping Veterans With Transition – The Now What Factor
You’ve gone through the transition assistance program, packed your bags, and are ready to slide into your next chapter of life after service to your country. Ready? Probably not, though to no fault of your own. Now What?  
Click here to read more about The Now What Factor – a roadmap from transition to your new civilian life. 

Veterans Services Team Is Finalist For Bellweather Award
The Maricopa Community Colleges Veterans Services Team competed as a finalist at the annual Community College FUTURES Assembly (CCFA) Bellwether Awards competition January 28-30, in Orlando, Florida.  Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Felicia Ganther and Director of Veterans Services Andrea Banks presented their program, “Supporting Veteran Student Success: Dedicated to Serving Those Who Serve,” to a panel of peer experts at the conference. They competed against 10 other finalists in the Planning, Governance, and Finance category. 

The CCFA is an independent national policy forum for opinion leaders to identify critical issues facing community colleges today. The Bellwether Awards recognize innovative, post-secondary programs that are successfully conquering these issues. Selected from 3,000 nominations across the country, 30 finalists were invited to present their programs in three different categories – Instructional Programs and Services, Workforce Development, and Planning, Governance and Finance.

Andrea Banks

GCC Hosts Free Suicide First Aid Training

Glendale Community College (GCC) is providing veterans a free opportunity to receive an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) certification March 7-8th.

ASIST is a two-day training in suicide first aid. Sponsored by GCC Behavioral Health Program and GCC Veterans Services, participants will learn evidence-based skills to identify someone experiencing thoughts of suicide, how to provide immediate safety, and how to help him or her work toward a healthy life. 

For more information about the program and to register, click here.

Save the Date

Save the Date for March Hiring Events
Best Companies AZ is holding a military career hiring event for veterans and their spouses on March 7th.  Registration and more information can be found for employers and job seekers by clicking here.
The Greater Phoenix Job Fair sponsored by is being held March 12th. For registration information for job seekers and employers is available here.
Do you have an upcoming event that we should know about? Tell us all about it!

Your Support Matters
You can make a difference in the lives of our veterans by making a gift to the Veterans Success Project today through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.  Not only will your gift provide veterans with the essentials they need, it will go towards long-lasting assistance towards Veterans Centers and other proposed items within the Project, dependent on raising funds to support them.

Let’s Hear From You
Do you have an interesting veteran’s story you’d like featured? Click here and tell us all about it.

Do you have questions about the Veterans Success Project? Click here.

It’s an honor that U.S. veterans, active reservists, and family members of veterans are among our student body. Both active-duty military personnel and veterans often seek educational support and job training to transition from military service to civilian life, and many will start with a community college.

At Maricopa Community Colleges, services for military personnel and veterans are designed to offer the highest quality assistance. We have a long history of providing education and training, allowing you to enhance existing skills, gain new skills, and translate military training and experience into a rewarding career.

We have an established tradition of providing access to higher education – in other words, we are dedicated to serving those who serve.

All of our colleges have received the Veteran Supportive Campus designation by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Additionally, MCCCD is a partner organization of the Military/Veteran Resource Network.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.

Next Month: Update: The Military and Veterans Success Center at Luke Air Force Base