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1999-2000 Awards & Recognition

Sharon Fagan receives NISOD Excellence Award

The "Excellence Award" is presented by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a consortium of colleges and universities who share a philosophical commitment to support excellence in teaching and learning. Each year at its annual conference, NISOD presents its Excellence Award to further support individual colleges recognizing and celebrating excellent educators.

Sharon Fagan received her award in May, 2000 at the conference in Austin, Texas. President Arnette Ward and Dean of Instruction Maria Hesse also attended the award presentation which included video clips of Sharon in her classroom and with students. Information about and quotes from the recipients are also included in an award publication. Candidates for the Excellence Award are nominated by their Presidents and Deans.


Millennium Photographer for Global Competition

Roy Pope, Photography Instructor, was selected to participate in the "World's largest photo shoot" by Kodak Inc. "It was exhilarating...", said Pope, but it also "...reminded me of an anonymous phrase: 'You're a little bit like a Texas Ranger. You're out there, alone, doing your thing.' The beauty of the project now, is to see the captured light in the form of images that will never ever be seen again except for in the project's materials.

Roy made images of Goldfield Ghost Town located in Apache Junction as well as a photographic documentation which included images made on the grounds of a town founded at the dawn of the last millennium, and recording the light of the sights as they appeared during the twilight of this millennium.


Arizona StRUT Program (Students Recycling Used Technology)

ITI Team Members: Linda Watson, Network Technician, CGCC; Kathy Saucedo, Business/CIS Faculty, CGCC; Rick Spears, Faculty, Gilbert H.S. and Adjunct Faculty, CGCC; Donna Kidwell, Coordinator of Educational Services, Intel; Ken Mystrom, Regional StRUT Manager, Motorola.

Innovation Description: Chandler-Gilbert Community College has developed a partnership with local companies and Gilbert High School to participate in the Arizona StRUT (Students Recycling Used Technology) Program. The program involves three steps: Organizations, such as Intel and Motorola, donate computers that are being replaced with newer technology. CGCC students evaluate, repair and refurbish donated computers. The refurbished computers are then donated by Arizona StRUT to non-profit organizations. CGCC may keep up to 20% of the refurbished computers.

Kathy Saucedo and Linda Watson of CGCC developed a new course, BPC171, Recycling Used Technology. Students can enroll in a structured environment with an instructor in the classroom t o t each troubleshooting techniques for hardware maintenance and repair. Students can apply the credit to their Associate of Applied Science degrees. Students are being placed in hardware maintenance jobs (work experience in hardware maintenance is beneficial in obtaining networking specialist positions).

The StRUT Program would not be possible without the collaboration of local companies and the partnership established with Gilbert High School. Companies benefit from the program as they may use their donations for tax purposes in addition to the reward gained from giving to the community. Students benefit as they get real world experience working with computers, and they have the knowledge that their work is helping the community. CGCC benefits as the y may keep up to 20% of the refurbished computers. And, finally, non-profit organizations benefit as they receive computers at no charge. It is a win-win proposition.


Lois Bartholomew receives Scott Goodnight Award

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators announced that CGCC Dean of Student Services, Lois Bartholomew, received the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean for Region VI. The awards ceremony is in Vancouver, British Columbia in November of this year.


Bashir Khalil named Avionics Technician of the Year

Bashir Khalil, aviation faculty and division chair of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Aviation Division, and holder of CFIIMI, A&P and FCC, and DME certificates was recently named Avionics Technician of the Year in the state of Arizona and the entire Western Region by the Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona, Inc. (ASAG) at the 28th annual Arizona Aviation Safety Awards banquet.

ASAG hosts this annual banquet to recognize outstanding groups and individuals in Arizona that have made significan t contributions to aviation safety. Khalil's named will now be submitted for a national award.

Khalil, who developed the avionics program at CGCC, says it is an honor to be recognized by his peers for this prestigious award."Establishing this program was a long-time dream," says Khalil. "So it's gratifying to know that there are people out there who notice and appreciate our contributions to the field of avionics."

Khalil says the CGCC Avionics Technology program is designed to provide students with training for the entry-level position of line maintenance, trouble-shooting, and repair of aircraft communications and navigation equipment.

In addition to avionics, CGCC offers degrees and certifications in aircraft flight technology, airframe and powerplant maintenance, aircraft construction and technology (and aircraft sheet metal and composite), as well as industry specific short-term training.


CGCC student wins the Terry O'Banion Student Technology Champion Award for 2000

Chandler-Gilbert student Nancy Sullivan is proof that one can successfully re-career in mid-life.

This 50-year-old grandmother of five has won the prestigious Terry O'Banion Student Technology Champion Award for 2000 from the League for Innovation in the Community College. She received $5,000 for her continuing education.

Sullivan was cited for "outstanding dedication to academics and the networking technology field ?? and for the sacrifices she has made to pursue a college education while helping to support her family."

After working as a word processor for nine years, Sullivan became a part-time student, earned a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certificate at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and started a new career as a technical support analyst for a law firm.

"Nancy is a role model for women in technology, for African-American women, and for all students," says Kathy Saucedo, CGCC Information Technology Institute faculty, who nominated Sullivan for the award.

The student aims for a career as a software developer. She graduates from CGCC this spring and will become a full time student at ASU East where she will pursue a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in computer systems administration.

Information Technology Institute of Chandler-Gilbert prepares students for abundance of jobs

Valerita Kassab had been making $7 an hour as a cashier at her parents' convenience store.

Just 16 months later -- after earning her Microsoft Networking Technology (NT) Product Specialist Certificate from Chandler-Gilbert Community College -- Kassab's income was three times more than when she was a cashier. AlliedSignal contracted her as a software tester through CDI Corp.

This happy student graduated recently with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Microsoft Networking Technology, plus two more certificates in Microsoft Systems Engineering and Microsoft NT. She credits her success to hard work, dedication, and the help and encouragement of instructors and staff at CGCC.

"I never dreamed I would go so far in such a short time," Kassab says.

The Information Technology Institute (ITI) at CGCC began in spring, 1997, with 14 students in a basic course of the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) program.

Now, two years later, more than 900 students are enrolled in ITI program courses. According to Kathy Saucedo, ITI Program coordinator and business/computer information systems faculty, "There is a massive shortage of information tech professionals; the use of NT as the choice of network operating systems for companies has increased dramatically. The pay for students graduating with this training is fantastic." The average salary for an MSCE nationwide is $51,000, says coordinator Mary Frederick.

The college currently offers the AAS degree in Microsoft Networking Technology, with the focus on MSCE, and also in Cisco Network Administration. AAS degrees are planned for two new programs by Fall 2000: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), which focuses on programming, and Oracle Database Administration ?? for a total of four degrees. Also, a certificate of completion in hardware maintenance will be available by Fall 2000.

Degrees and certificates "not only prepare students for industry certification exams, but our programs prepare students for employment. Students get a well-rounded education and hands-on experience," Saucedo notes.

Many of the students are re-careering, expanding their technical skills or need internship opportunities. Half of the students already have bachelors degrees and about 25 percent have masters degrees.

"We strive to be flexible to changing technology and responsive to industry needs," adds Saucedo. "Right now we're on the cutting edge; there are thousands of jobs available right now in information technology."


Mary Day named CGCC Woman of the Year

In April, the Maricopa Women's Leadership Group/American Association of Women in Community Colleges honored these women at a luncheon at Mesa Community College. The winners have demonstrated significant success and achievement during the past year in the areas of leadership, innovation and service. Last year's winners - the first group to be honored - presented medallions to the 2000 winners.

Selected as 2000 Women of Distinction were Kathy Kunath, GateWay Community College; Valerie Akuna, Estrella Mountain; Carol Hale, District Offices; Maria Sutton, Paradise Valley; Mary Day, Chandler-Gilbert; Monica Zontanos, Rio Salado; Deborah Krumtinger, Glendale; Janice Comer, Mesa; Kay Martens, South Mountain, Ginny Stahl, Scottsdale; and Marian Tadano, Phoenix College.


Maricopa Recruiter Team from CGCC Wins Innovation of the Year Award

Maricopa Community Colleges Internet job-search engine builds connections between employers, students and MCCD (District wide). The perfect job -- and the perfect employee -- are now just a mouse-click away for thousands of job-seeking students and for employers in the Valley. Thanks goes to the one-of-a-kind Maricopa Recruiter online job-placement system, which matches a job applicant's skills with an employer's needs. Maricopa Recruiter is the 2000 Innovation of the Year winner.

The Innovation of the Year Award Program is co-sponsored by the Maricopa Community College District and the League for Innovation in the Community College. An average of 363 individuals use the system each day and about 600 jobs are currently posted, according Miguel Corzo, director, Planning and Technology Services, District Offices. Since the project was launched last September, 3,066 employers have registered and 5,245 students and community members have signed up. The number of jobs posted to date: 3,775.

SAVING LEGWORK AND TIME "This great concept, the work, and maintenance of the system have been a true collaboration of all of the colleges, the Maricopa Skill Center, and the District Offices," says Ron Bleed, Vice Chancellor of Information Technologies. "The idea came from members of this team (listed below) who determined the need, had a vision and carried out that vision ?? all for the benefit of the students, employers and even the larger community."

SEARCH ENGINE IS SKILL-BASED "Our job search engine is unique because it is skill-based, unlike others on the Internet," according to Michael Springer, coordinator of Career Services and Scottsdale Community College. "It connects students and employers based on competencies rather than resumes." Also, by request, the system sends e-mails to students indicating a new job match.

Launched in September, the Maricopa Recruiter is available around the clock to register employers and job seekers who have Internet access. Armed with a password and user identification, users can access the website -- -- from school, home and libraries. Students can obtain a free e-mail account from that site. After signing on, students can create their own job profile -- listing their particular skills and level of competency. The computer then matches the applicant's skills with an employer's stated needs. When an applicant meets at least 50 percent of the employer's skill requirements, the computer makes a match and both employer and job seeker are notified by e-mail. "After registering with us, employers create a template or job time folder -- in effect posting their own jobs," Springer explains. "We wanted a system in which employers control all of the employment information and can update it whenever they desire." Employers such as Salt River Project, United Parcel Service and Dial Corp. are among the hundreds of companies that are registered.