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Community


CGCC offers LEED, energy audit training, poetry class College encourages service learning


A diverse array of courses, including training in the growing fi eld of “green building” and a poetry-writing class, are set to begin at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Green Associate Exam Prep courses runs from Feb. 28 through April 1, 2011, and Energy Audit Training classes are scheduled for Jan. 10 through April 15, 2011. The classes are offered by the CGCC Center for Workforce Development in conjunction with the Everblue Training Institute and the Building Performance Institute. LEED is a nationally accepted organization for design, operation and construction of high-performance green buildings. LEED Green Associate is part of the LEED professional credentialing system encouraging green building professionals to maintain and advance their knowledge and expertise in using less water, energy and natural resources, creating less waste and fostering a healthy, comfortable environment. Energy Audit Training or a Building Analyst professionals are trained to quickly target, diagnose and solve household performance issues leading to a more sustainable and healthy environment. The CGCC Creative Writing Program offers an Introduction to Poetry Writing class from 7:10 to 9:50


p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9, 2011. The course focuses on prewriting, analyzing and evaluating original student work in a supportive workshop setting; revising to practice manipulating various elements of poetry; and producing a portfolio of fi nished, marketable poems. No prerequisites are required.


CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler, with additional campuses located in Mesa and Sun Lakes. For more information about LEED Green Associate Exam Prep courses or Energy Audit Training, call 480- 857-5500 or visit www.cgc.edu/workforce. For more information about the Introduction to Poetry Writing, contact Creative Writing Program Coordinator Patrick Finn at 480-857-5543 or at patrick.fi nn@cgcmail. maricopa.edu. To register, visit my.maricopa.edu.


Service learning More than 25 local nonprofi t agencies and organizations currently partner with CGCC to offer service learning to students, combining community service with academic instruction. The school’s tradition of service learning goes back nearly 20 years.


CGCC Service Learning Coordinator and


communications instructor Vanessa Sandoval estimates that more than 2,000 CGCC students engage in about 65,000 hours of community service each year, at agencies such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Chandler Senior Center, St. Vincent de Paul, Paz de Cristo Outreach Center, Save the Family, My Sister’s Place, Sunshine Acres and East Valley school districts.


“Students see how the course concepts they are learning in class apply outside of the classroom, and they gain a deeper understanding of the issues impacting others,” says Sandoval. “For example, biology students work with Alzheimer’s patients at a medical facility or senior center, research the condition and then write a research and refl ection paper for their class. The experience is memorable because students are engaged and making a positive impact in their community.” CGCC was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement in the Community, Outreach and Partnerships, and has been listed on the U.S. President’s Community Service Honor Roll for the past four years.


For more information, call 480-732-7030.


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