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February news & updates
SMCC Releases Cougar News!
This is SMCC's first digital student newsletter! Cougar News will be sent out monthly to all students to bring you the latest news, events and opportunities available on-and-off campus. Stay tuned to our monthly newsletter!

Cougar News is focused on you as a student. To send student news and updates email

Origins: 40 Years of South Mountain Community College Celebrates the History of the College
South Mountain Community College celebrated its 40th anniversary with the South Phoenix Oral History Project and the SMCC Storytelling Institute. The long-waited premiere of Origins: 40 Years of South Mountain Community College was released January 22, inviting communities from across Phoenix to tune in to experience the history of South Phoenix and the college.

"We are extremely proud and honored to tell the story of our community," said Dr. Summer Cherland, SMCC History Faculty and South Phoenix Oral History Project Founder. "This is the result of years of work for students and our team.”

The student-led initiative captured and documented stories of long-time South Phoenix residents, staff, and faculty to preserve the history of South Phoenix and to tell the story of how SMCC became the beacon of the community. Read full release story here...
To learn about the project, and watch the full-length documentary, you can visit our Origins page:
SMCC Offers Students Laptop and Hotspot Loans
In order to help students succeed during remote learning, South Mountain Community College now offers students the opportunity to borrow laptops and hotspots.

Surveys have gone out to all students in an effort to help those students most in need of access to technology.

Who is eligible?
· Currently enrolled SMCC students without a computer or access to a computer are eligible to check out a laptop.
· Currently enrolled SMCC students without Internet access are eligible to check out a hotspot.
· Technology is available to currently enrolled SMCC students on a first-come, first-served basis.
SMCC American Indian Student Center Launches
Paving the Way Speaker Sessions
The SMCC American Indian Student Center presents Paving the Way Speaker Sessions, bringing indigenous community leaders, elected officials, and professionals to share their stories with students and the South Phoenix community.

The center is focused in helping support and uplift future generations through stories. Join this semester!

What are Fields of Interest (FOI)? Experience the Virtual New Student Orientation!

Find what Field of Interest works for you and your career path! Take the on-demand course to find where your career fits, and everything you need to learn about being a student at SMCC.
There's still time to add a class or two! We have flexible start dates!

If you still need to add a few classes to your schedule, you can enroll in our flexible start courses.

We have open classes until March!
Library Online Resources Available!

The SMCC library offers online support and resources available throughout the semester. Take advantage! Connect with our library to stay up-to-date in your classes. See the list of resources below. Click the item to see more!
· Library Webpage: Home for all your research and information needs. Including library hours and librarian contact information.

· Phoenix Public Library Website: Your MEID is the passport to many additional resources offered by our educational partners, the Phoenix Public Libraries.

· Ask A Librarian: 24/7 live chat service: Have a question? Need research help? Ask A Librarian!
· 85+ Databases: Reliable online resources to help you with your research papers, essays and other class assignments.

· eBooks: over 150,000 eBooks (an electronic version of a printed book) which can be accessed from your computer or handheld device.

· Streaming Media: A variety of films available for research and recreational purposes.
Get Involved!
SMCC Student Life is making it happen in pandemic times! Get involved with clubs, organizations or create your own! Find the perfect spot for you:
Paying for College: FAFSA, Financial Literacy and Scholarships!
Attend a FAFSA Completion Workshop to finish your application for academic year 2020-21.

Attend a Financial Literacy Workshop and earn the opportunity for a $1,000 scholarship!

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship application for Fall 2021 Application Cycle: March 1, 2021 – April 16, 2021.
Planning to transfer? Check out these opportunities!
Attend an Info Session for the American Public University and see if it's the right fit for you! Register for a virtual session.
Looking for transferring opportunities? Connect with NAU!

Learn about the opportunities you have right on campus! Northern Arizona University's extended campus is at SMCC, and representative, Mark Sanders can help you find if your path is NAU.

Sessions are every Wednesday!
The Arizona Community Foundation allows high school seniors and current college students throughout Arizona to apply for more than 100 scholarship awards online with one general application. Once students apply, they are matched to the scholarships they qualify for!
Virtual scholarship workshops are available the following days:

Deadlines vary by scholarship, with most between February and May. Specific award deadlines can be found on the online scholarship application.
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
SMCC Athletic Programs Start Small Group Practices for 2021 Spring Season

South Mountain Community College will resume team activities for several athletic programs on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Cougar baseball, softball, men's golf and women's golf teams will compete in the upcoming 2021 spring semester.

Coaches and administrators have implemented a series of safeguards to help the student-athletes return to competition. Read full story here...
Visit the new Cougar Athletics website to stay updated!
Food, Housing and Financial Resources

St. Mary’s Food Bank (Home Delivery and Mobile Pantries)