Stand Out to Potential Employers — SCC Seminar Series Begins Sept. 15

The 2020 job market is unlike anything experienced before, and while many workers have been furloughed or laid off, those who have not been negatively impacted may be also looking to re-career and grow their own professional skills.

To assist students and the community at large, Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is offering a free Emerging Professionals Seminar Series to help individuals secure employment and thriving careers.

Beginning Sept. 15, the series offers eight weekly sessions based on the topics, trends and skills anyone looking to enter the workforce, advance in their career or build professional competency should know. Lessons will help participants develop interviewing, online job search and various professional development skills.

Topics for the live online sessions include personal branding, job search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, workplace professionalism, LinkedIn do’s and don’ts, networking 101, interviewing strategies and practice interviews.

While participants are not required to attend all eight seminars, those who complete the entire series will receive a certificate of participation.

The series is sponsored by SCC’s Academic and Career Advising Department, Business School and Women Rising Club.

Learn more about the Emerging Professionals Seminar Series and secure a spot by registering for the free seminars:

SCC Online Learning Center Helps Students Get the Most Out of Instruction

Students at most education levels these days — whether K–12 or higher education — are taking part of their required coursework through online instruction. Some excel in this learning environment, and others have never experienced it before or may have reservations.

Responding to the needs of students and the broader community, Scottsdale Community College (SCC) launched the Online Learning Center featuring extensive information, how-to guides, assessments, video resources and more – designed to help students of all levels of experience with online learning improve their potential for success and overall academic outcomes.

“This Fall, most students will be receiving at least some, if not all, of their instruction online,” said Chris Haines, SCC’s interim president. “The new Online Learning Center leverages SCC’s 20 years of success in delivering robust, online higher education to help make the transition to remote learning easier.”

Visitors to the Online Learning Center can access resources on how to be a successful online student, take a short survey assessing their readiness for online learning, discover how to use online learning technology (video and more), tour an actual online course at SCC, learn about SCC’s online low-cost or no-cost textbook options, connect with extensive free tutoring services, and review online course delivery methods to determine the best fit.

Today, SCC offers 37 degree and certificate of completion programs available entirely for remote learning — and that’s in addition to many other courses being available online. View SCC’s entire online program list: To ensure greater student success in the distance-learning format, the College is making many student support services available online as well, including tutoring, library/research, advising, options for testing and counseling. Students who are new to online learning can take advantage of extensive training and assistance.

SCC has been providing online learning for more than 20 years and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer online programs, and was recognized in 2020 for excellence in its online education programs, by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.

Visit the SCC Online Learning Center for complete details:

Photo: Julia M Cameron;

Scottsdale Community College Helps More Than 100 Students Complete Their Dreams

Scottsdale Community College Complete Your Dreams Recognition Ceremony
Photo: Mark Skalny

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) interim president Chris Haines hosted an award ceremony to recognize 115 former students who will receive funding from the Complete Your Dreams initiative in Scottsdale, Jan. 9.

Haines was joined by Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa Community College District (MCCCD) chancellor, to present at the celebration. MCCCD Governing Board members, student recipients and Scottsdale community partners were also in attendance. 

The awards are the result of a fundraising campaign implemented by the college in Sept. 2019, aiming to bring back 100 former students who did not finish their degree program. 

The scholarship will allow students to return to college after having to temporarily withdraw from enrollment due to hardship.

SCC interim president, Chris Haines; Photo: Mark Skalny

Haines said, “We wanted to bring back 100 and we were able to bring back 115! We know students experience hard times and we did this to show them and say to them, ‘No matter what you are experiencing, we want to help you.’ Those on this campus and in the community really do care, people were actually bringing in hands full of change to help these students.”

The SCC Student Success & Retention Department reached out to former students to inform them of the opportunity.

Drew Koch, SCC student services specialist said, “We looked at the data of students who did not enroll for one semester or longer, were in good standing and had not enrolled in any other college.”

Tawni Rachel, student services supervisor said, “Every single student was super grateful and could not believe that we wanted to give them money with no strings attached. I had to get through a barrier with them to show them that this was really going to happen. Overall it is about gratitude, the community, faculty and staff coming together to help these students and the gratitude the students have for receiving this gift.”

The Complete Your Dreams initiative will provide students with one three-credit-hour course free of charge, applicable toward the Spring 2020 academic semester that began Jan. 11. The initiative was designed to get students back onto the path of their chosen degree program at SCC.

Funding for the scholarship was provided by the SCC campus faculty and staff, Advisory Board, and community partners, along with a $12,500 grant by the Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority (SIDA).

Scottsdale Community College is located at 9000 East Chaparral Road. For additional information, call 480.423.6700 or visit

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