South Mountain Community College
About South Mountain Community College
South Mountain Community College is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix is a cultural center, offering several art and music venues, performing arts groups, and museums. There are also several smaller theaters in the area to support regular independent musical and theater performances. Notable museums include the Arizona Science Center, Fleischer Museum, Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, Arizona Historical Society Museum, Phoenix Museum of History, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park. The art scene has shown growth in the past decade through the development of the Artlink organization, working with the galleries within the city to launch a First Friday cross-Phoenix gallery opening.
South Mountain Community College is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa Community College District. The college was created in 1978 by the district's governing board. SMCC began offering classes in 1980. Today the college has four campuses in the Phoenix area, serving a mix of rural, urban, and suburban neighborhoods. South Mountain Community College was awarded the maximum 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. As a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, SMCC also serves as a federally-designated Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution.
SMCC offers both a one-year certificate and a two-year AAS degree in information technology with a concentration in Web and graphic design. The certificate of completion is designed to provide students with information technology skills with a focus on the analysis, design, and programming skills required for entry-level Web development support positions. The AAS degree program is intended to give students a more complete educational experience. Both programs contain the same core of required courses, but the AAS degree requires completion of the general education core requirements as well. Required courses include a survey of computer information systems, networking courses, Flash digital animation, computer graphics, Internet and Web development, ActionScript, advanced Photoshop, e-Commerce, and an introduction to business. Students must also choose at least three courses from a list of restricted electives including computer graphic art, drawing, photography, two-dimensional design, digital video editing, Web scripting, and visual basic programming.
Institutionally-funded scholarships at SMCC are awarded based on the completion of a single scholarship application. SMCC provides a general scholarship for which all applying students are considered. Students are also eligible for consideration for scholarships awarded through the Maricopa Community College Foundation. These awards require a separate application, available online through SMCC's Web site. Students are also encouraged to check with college departmental major areas, as they often have their own departmental scholarships. The financial aid office at SMCC provides students with a list of external private donor sites that are highly recommended for awards, including the Dougherty Foundation Scholarships, the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, the City of Phoenix Women's Commission Scholarship, Maricopa Study Abroad Scholarships, and the Ortiz Family Foundation.