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Former SCC nursing student joins the Nursing faculty

Former SCC nursing student joins the Nursing faculty

Jessica Bruhn’s passion for nursing and teaching came full circle earlier this year when she became the first Scottsdale Community College Concurrent Enrollment nursing alum to become a full-time faculty member at the school. The Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) offers nursing students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree while pursuing their Associate…

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Kathleen Kelly reaches the finish line

Kathleen Kelly reaches the finish line

By Jonathan J. Higuera It took a little longer than expected but Kathleen Kelly reached her goal of getting a college degree this summer. The 78-year old mother of six starting taking classes at Scottsdale Community College in 2011 and persisted until she had degree in hand with her last class this summer. As a…

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SCC Culinary grad leads five-diamond restaurant

SCC Culinary grad leads five-diamond restaurant

On most days, Ryan Swanson can be found running the kitchen at Kai, Arizona’s only five-star, five-diamond restaurant located at the Sherton Grand Resort at Wild Horse Pass. The 2006 graduate of the Scottsdale Community College Culinary program is Chef De Cuisine at Kai, which puts him in charge of kitchen’s day-to-day operations, including creating…

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Ryan Evans revs up DECA

Ryan Evans revs up DECA

Ryan Evans’ competitive spirit made him a good choice to serve as this year’s president of the SCC DECA club. The club’s members enter into business competitions to hone their business and presentation skills. Innovative thinking and well presented solutions to business challenges as  described in case studies are an important part of the judging…

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Miss Indian SCC meets the President

Miss Indian SCC meets the President

Martha Ludlow Martinez fulfilled a dream in September when she performed a song for President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. as part of closing ceremonies at the 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. The SCC student performed a traditional Bird song for the President, along with fellow Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Kelly…

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Diego Leal: Learning to lead

Diego Leal: Learning to lead

Diego Leal thought he was coming to Scottsdale Community College to play baseball but it was his in-class performance and campus club experiences that helped him earn a full-ride scholarship to Arizona State University. After redshirting his first season of baseball, he kept his focus on his studies and got involved in campus life. He…

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Gregory Plaza sets sights on broadcasting career

Gregory Plaza sets sights on broadcasting career

Gregory Plaza has got broadcasting in his blood. His father worked for the NBC network in New York and won several Emmy Awards for his work covering the Seoul Olympics. He also won a regional Emmy for his work with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now the son is aiming to elevate his broadcasting career as he heads to…

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Kiana Flores leads by example

Kiana Flores leads by example

Kiana Flores firmly believes every student has the power to shape their future. The former SCC student’s accomplishments while here reflects that philosophy. The 26-year-old graduated May 13, 2016 with her Associate’s degree and is now moving towards completing a management degree at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, with a minor in…

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SCC Theatre student has standout year

SCC Theatre student has standout year

Kelly Hajek’s busy first year at Scottsdale Community College won’t be slowing down now that the spring semester is ending. In fact, the Theatre major will start an intensive summer conservatory program before heading off to the University of Arizona to continue pursuing her Fine Arts degree in Theatre this fall. While she dreams of…

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Two named to SCC leadership positions

Two named to SCC leadership positions

Scottsdale Community College has selected Colleen Charleston-O’Neill as Vice President of Administrative Services and Vargha Mohebbi as its Chief Information Officer (CIO). They both had been serving as interim leaders in those positions, which are part of the President’s Cabinet. Charleston-O’Neill replaces Carl Couch, who retired in December. She will lead some of the most…

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