Grant to Draw Engineering Instructors to CGCC for Advanced Technology Training

Engineering instructors from across the United States will flock to Chandler-Gilbert Community College over the next three years to learn state-of-the-art technology thanks to a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CGCC received the Advanced Technology Education grant entitled, ”Developing the Digital Technologist for the New Millennium,” in partnership with the University of New Mexico.

CGCC engineering instructor Bassam Matar co-authored the grant and says that with this grant CGCC, along with Drake State Community College in Alabama, will host two different workshops per year that will allow attendees from community colleges and universities to work towards successful implementation of teaching digital logic with a new technology called Field Programmable Gates Array (FPGA). 


“This is a growing industry that needs technologists who can provide instant support for today’s digital design systems,” Matar said.  “These efforts will allow instructors to understand how this can be accomplished at their schools and provide the necessary resources to ensure success."

Pictured: Engineering instructor Bassam Matar (left) with CGCC engineering student Kevin Reed as he uses digital design software, Xilinx, and Spartan 3E FPGA hardware to create a vending machine.


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 CGCC Students Give Back to the Community

Chandler-Gilbert Community College student Linda Lloyd recently spent the day preparing meals at Paz de Cristo Outreach Center as part of a service-learning assignment for her sociology class.

“This experience gave me the opportunity to get a sense of the challenges faced by a non-profit social service agency in today’s dire economic climate,” Lloyd said. “Paz de Cristo performs an amazing service in feeding the homeless and working poor with a very small staff bolstered by a large number of volunteers who are vital to the success of the agency.”

For nearly 20 years, CGCC students have participated in service-learning, providing thousands of hours of service in the community each year.

Service-learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical and reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility, said Vanessa Sandoval, a communications instructor and Service Learning coordinator at CGCC.

Students see how the course concepts they are learning in class apply outside of the classroom, and they gain a deeper understanding of the issues impacting others,” Sandoval said.  “For example, biology students work with Alzheimer’s patients at a medical facility or senior center, research the condition, and then write a research and reflection paper for their class. The experience is memorable because students are engaged and making a positive impact in their community.”


Pictured: Chandler-Gilbert Community College students recently served at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, clearing bulrushes from the streams to improve water circulation.

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