Partners in Progress Serves Students, Gilbert Business, Community

A dynamic partnership between Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Gilbert is serving to positively impact workforce and economic development, while providing unique educational and service-learning opportunities for CGCC students.

Partners in Progress was formed last spring with the goal of learning the workforce development needs of the Gilbert business community and finding ways to respond to these needs.

"Since it’s beginning, CGCC has had an enduring relationship with the Town of Gilbert, the Gilbert Chamber, and ASU.  We felt it was important to be a founding member of the Partners in Progress Program because of the vital role CGCC plays in the economic development of our communities," CGCC President Dr. Linda Lujan said. "This program not only provides opportunities for our students to serve their community, but as future business and community leaders, it provides them the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in class to their experiences working with Gilbert businesses."

Pictured: CGCC student Skyler Scott with college marketing instructor Aram Chavez, participated in the Partners in Progress Program this spring.

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 NSF Awards 8.7 Million Math-Science Partnership Grant to CGCC, SCC, and GCC

The National Science Foundation has awarded an $8.7 million grant that will fund a project in which three of the Maricopa Community Colleges – Scottsdale (as the lead), Chandler-Gilbert, and Glendale Community Colleges will create and deliver professional development workshops that will support middle school teachers in advancing their knowledge about the teaching and learning of mathematics.

The project, “Promoting Excellence in Arizona Middle School Mathematics: Increasing Student Achievement through Systemic Instructional Change,” will benefit six Valley middle school districts: Deer Valley, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Chandler, Florence, and J.O. Combs school districts, as well as the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community schools. 

The project is a strategic response to the national 2010 Common Core State Standards Initiative in grades K-12 led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.  Arizona has embraced these standards as a way to systematically improve teaching and learning to ensure that students are well prepared for future college mathematics courses and the workforce.

“Middle school students will experience classroom teaching that focuses primarily on the ‘big ideas’ of mathematics and strives to help students make sense and meaning of what they are learning,” said CGCC math faculty Dr. Trey Cox.  “Necessary procedures will be presented in the proper place as part of a problem solving strategy and not the end goal of instruction.”

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 President's Community Advisory Council Member Profile: Dr. Kayong Holston

Members of CGCC's President's Community Advisory Council (PCAC) provide information and ideas to the college that reflect community perspectives.

Each month, we will feature a current member of the PCAC.  This month, we are pleased to introduce Ottawa University
Director of Graduate Business Programs, Dr. Kayong Holston.

1.  What is your current position and what are your primary duties in this position?  I currently serve as the Director of Graduate Business Programs and Tenured Assistant Professor in Business Administration at Ottawa University in Phoenix, AZ.  I am actively involved in university-wide program assessments to meet the Higher Learning Commission’s requirements;  I respond to the academic and administrative needs and concerns of students in a conscientious, appropriate and timely manner; I resolve severe or sensitive student issues such as plagiarism and other academic issues; I teach online and classroom-setting Business courses to undergraduate and graduate students (e.g., Organizational Change, Organizational Change & Theory, Strategy Policy, Public Administration, Human Resources Planning & Administration, Human Resources Administration, Women in Management, Customer Services, Marketing, Industrial Marketing, Trade Fair & Exhibition Techniques, Undergraduate and Graduate Human Resources Capstone Course) and Liberal Arts courses to undergraduate students; and I serve as a lead faculty for the MAHR program.

2.  Why do you feel it's important to serve on this Council? 
I began serving on the PCAC in 2011.  I believe that CGCC is providing quality education to students as well as actively reaching out to the community, so I want to be a part of this excellent institution and do what I can to help advance the college's mission.

3.  What other community boards/councils do you serve on?
  • Maricopa Community College District Chancellor's Community Advisory Council
  • Paradise Valley Community College President's Council
  • VP of Korean Association
  • VP of Korean Women's Association

4.  How have the City of Gilbert and CGCC partnered over the years?
In addition to university transfer partnerships, I believe that Ottawa University and CGCC have a good and solid partnership to support each others needs.

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