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International Reading Festival to Focus on Sharing Stories

[Source: Phoenix College email]

The Phoenix College Reading department will celebrate all things literary at the inaugural Crossing Borders, Making Connections: Phoenix College International Reading Festival on November 16-17, 2010. The festival was conceived by Cynthia Ortega, residential faculty in the Reading department, who wrote a grant for the project when she was on sabbatical in 2008-2009. Ortega, who has been teaching at Phoenix College for 12 years, believes that it all comes back to stories.

“Stories bring us together. The whole idea of crossing borders literally and figuratively means that we all come from a different place but we make connections through our stories,” said Ortega.

In conjunction with International Education Week Activities on the campus, the Phoenix College International Reading Festival will feature author visits, book signings, a book shop, storytelling, and more.

Students are the festival’s target audience, but community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no charge to attend any of the festival events, all of which take place on the Phoenix College campus at 1202 W. Thomas Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring a book to donate in support of child care centers and student scholarships.

“Reading allows you to learn about people you may not meet, or places that you might not get to visit,” said Ortega, who cites historical fiction as her favorite genre.

For more information about the Phoenix College International Reading Festival, contact Cynthia Ortega at 602.285.7768.

Opening Reception featuring storyteller Fatimah Halim

Tuesday, November 16th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Willo Room

Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Phoenix College Alumni Association


Book Shop

Wednesday, November 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sophomore Square


Keynote Speaker Marisel Herrera-Anderson

Wednesday, November 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Bulpitt Auditorium

Marisel Herrera-Anderson is a dynamic speaker, author, and life coach who energizes audiences with empowering messages that draw from her rich cultural heritage and passionate belief in the power of education and faith to transform lives. A New York-born Puerto Rican, educator and servant-leader, she speaks to the bilingual and bicultural realities facing Latina/os. Herrera-Anderson is the author of the memoir Puerto Rican Goldilocks and other creative works. [Taken from the author’s website,]


Book Signing at Book Shop

Wednesday, November 17th, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Sophomore Square


“Do Tell” Storytelling Event

Wednesday, November 17th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Campus Vista Room (2nd Floor, Fannin Library)


Crossing Borders:  Stories That Connect Us

Wednesday, November 17th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Bulpitt Auditorium

Join us for an author panel and book signing featuring Bryan Beach, Hershman John, and Rita Maria Magdaleno. Enjoy Cuban dance performed by Fuego Latino – Revista Musical. Light refreshments will be served.

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City of Phoenix Meetings and Events, Nov 1st – 7th

Here’s this week’s list of downtown and central Phoenix related meetings and events hosted by the City of Phoenix:

Monday, Nov. 1

6:15 p.m. Encanto Village Planning Committee

Phoenix College, Willo Conference Room, 3310 N. 10th Ave.

Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405

Tuesday, Nov. 2

5 – 6 p.m. College Depot Workshop, “SAT vs ACT: What is the Difference”

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., second floor

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025

6 p.m. Camelback East Village Planning Committee

Devonshire Senior Center, 2802 E. Devonshire Ave.

Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405

Wednesday, Nov. 3

10 a.m. City Council Downtown, Aviation and Economy Subcommittee

Phoenix City Hall, 12th floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-261-8512

3 p.m. City Council Formal Meeting

City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-262-8512

Thursday, Nov. 4

9 a.m. – noon Fair Housing Workshop

Phoenix City Hall, assembly room D, 200 W. Washington St.

Marcie Colpas, 602-262-6164

10 a.m. City Council Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability Subcommittee

Phoenix City Hall, 12th floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-261-8512

5 p.m. Mayor’s State of the Downtown

CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., (Washington to Jefferson streets on Central Avenue)

Gerardo Higginson, 602-534-9505

Friday, Oct. 22

10 a.m. – noon Grant Writing 101

Neighborhood Services Department West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St., Suite 100

Lisa Honebrink, 602-262-6180

1 – 2:30 p.m. Meet Journalist Terry Green Sterling,

Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N. Central Ave.

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025

The meetings listed in the calendar are accurate as of Friday, Oct. 29.  For possible changes and additional city meetings, visit

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FREE Women’s Economic Forum near Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Marcie Colpas, City of Phoenix]

“Women Talk: Money and More!” is the topic of a Women’s Economic Forum from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Phoenix College, John Paul Theatre, 1202 W. Thomas Road.

The free event will provide a forum for women of all ages to learn about personal and professional growth and development. Panelists will offer presentations on health and wellness, career planning, personal safety, estate planning, debt management and planning your educational and financial goals.

The panel discussion will be from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Panelists include Kyla Johnson, educational counselor and career service advisor, Phoenix College; Tiffany Friedel Broberg, associate, Ridenour, Hienton and Lewis; Catherine Arvizu, assistant vice president, National Bank of Arizona; Jeri Williams, assistant chief, Phoenix Police Department; and Jan Herzfeld, fitness coordinator, Maricopa County.

The panel moderator is Valerie Todorovich, partner, Ridenour, Hienton and Lewis.  Welcoming remarks will be provided by Dr. Anna Solley, president, Phoenix College.

The forum is sponsored by the Phoenix Women’s Commission and the city of Phoenix Equal

Opportunity Department in partnership with Phoenix College.  A complimentary box lunch will be provided to attendees.  Seating is limited.  For more information or reservations, call 602-495-0358 or 602-534-1557/TTY or visit by Oct. 8.

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Unique Medical Training Partnership Coming to Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Phoenix College / ASU]

Flickr Photograph by Andres Rueda

A unique partnership between the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation and Phoenix College has made earning a bachelor’s degree easier and more affordable. Students can now complete a bachelor’s degree in the Medical Laboratory Science program earning 90 college credits from Phoenix College and 30 through ASU. Except for nine upper division general education credits, which can be completed online, the 30 ASU credits will be taught at Phoenix College and affiliated clinical sites throughout the Phoenix area.

Graduates of this program – medical technicians at the AAS level and medical laboratory scientists at the BAS level – typically perform the laboratory analyses that healthcare providers use to diagnose and treat disease, as well as to evaluate a patient’s health.

Vice Provost for Transfer Partnerships at Arizona State University Dr. Maria Hesse said,

“This unique partnership will provide a seamless, convenient and cost-effective transfer program for students seeking to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Medical Laboratory Science.”

Faculty from Phoenix College and ASU will teach the professional courses on the Phoenix College campus near downtown Phoenix. Julie Stiak heads the AAS program at Phoenix College and Jeff Wolz will direct the ASU BAS program. Both directors are located at the Phoenix College campus as are the state-of-the-art lab facilities that will be used to prepare students.

“This collaborative program is an ideal opportunity for those seeking a meaningful career in the fast-growing medical arena to learn from ASU and Phoenix College faculty while enjoying the advantages of the smaller college environment,” Wolz said.

Program Co-director Stiak added:

“ASU and Phoenix College have long been preparing medical laboratory scientists and technicians to provide vital services to the community. This new partnership will strengthen the program and help students further their education in this field.”

The vital relationships that Phoenix College and ASU have established with healthcare organizations afford a wealth of opportunities for students to achieve their required clinical experience while displaying their skills to some of the state’s top employers. Healthcare partners include Banner Healthcare-Laboratory Sciences of Arizona/Sonora Quest Laboratories, Scottsdale Healthcare, Veterans Administration Medical Center, John C. Lincoln Hospitals, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Maricopa Medical Center, Abrazo Healthcare, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare and Flagstaff Medical Center.

Job opportunities for medical laboratory scientists and medical laboratory technicians are “excellent,” according to U.S. Department of Labor projections. A growth rate of 14 percent is predicted for 2008 – 2018 as the volume of lab tests increases due to population growth, as well as the development of powerful diagnostic tests and advances in genomics. The need for medical laboratory technicians and medical laboratory scientists in Arizona is projected to increase by 34 and 25 percent respectively, according to the Department of Labor.

Careers range from public health disease tracking to managing a hospital lab to helping run a third-world clinic with the Peace Corps. Median annual wages in 2008 for medical laboratory scientists were $53,500 with the mid range from $45,000 to $63,000.

Deadline for applications to enroll in the new program is September 30.

For further information about the new medical laboratory science degree program, contact: Julie Stiak, 602-285-7735, on the AAS offering or Jeff Wolz, (602) 285-7865, regarding the BAS program or go to: or

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Downtown coffee talk with Phoenix’s mayor, Sept. 23

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon will hold a coffee gathering on Wednesday, September 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Phoenix College, 640 N. First Ave.  The mayor will provide an update on federal-stimulus funding, including city projects that have begun and projects that are working to create jobs.  Participants are urged to ask questions about issues of interest or concern to them.  To RSVP, send an e-mail or call 602-261-8983.

Downtown Phoenix residents urged to attend Sept. 23 forums on November ballot initiatives

[Source: Arizona Republic] — Two community forums will be held on Tuesday, September 23 to help Phoenix residents become acquainted with the eight propositions on the November 4 ballot.

  • Valley Citizens League will hold a presentation at noon Tuesday in the Arizona Public Service building, 400 N. 5th St.  Reservations for lunch are required and can be made online or by calling 602-250-3747.
  • The Arizona Secretary of State, Maricopa Community Colleges, and Cox Communications are sponsoring a Town Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium, 1202 W. Thomas Rd.

Click here for a summary of Arizona’s 2008 ballot initiatives.

Community colleges in/near downtown Phoenix seek higher enrollments

[Ron Sanzone, Arizona Republic] — Registration for classes at the Maricopa Community College District’s 10 colleges is well under way and may reverse a downward trend during the 2008-09 school year.  Since higher-education enrollment generally rises when the economy falters, college officials predict that the recent slowdown in the Valley’s economy may translate into more students on college campuses this year.  The district experienced a drop in enrollment of about 3% from spring 2007 to spring 2008.

A few classes begin on Aug. 23, but the majority of classes in the district start Aug. 25.  Students wishing to register online at any district college can do so by [clicking here] or they may register by calling any district college.  Those attending the district’s Phoenix colleges are in store for some changes this year.  Here’s a breakdown of what’s new at [the two colleges in the downtown Phoenix area]:

Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd., 602-285-7777

  • Electronic courtroom at the college’s downtown location created by the legal studies program.
  • Webzine from the journalism department, as well as broadcasting and advertising on the campus radio station.
  • New 330-space covered parking lot on the southeastern corner of 15th Ave. and Catalina Dr.
  • Certificate programs in technical theatre (the technical aspects of stage production) and kitchen and bath (in the interior design program).
  • Student Success Center combining all previous learning centers into one.

Rio Salado, Phoenix and throughout the Valley, 480-517-8540

  • Certificate programs in e-learning design (placing training sessions online), bookkeeping, apartment management, and pharmacy technician.
  • Associate degrees in early childhood administration and management and early childhood education.
  • Online classes in sign language and second-year Chinese.
  • Workforce Development and Community Re-Entry program that offers courses and certificates to inmates needing skills to transition back to the community.