Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
HIGHER EDUCATION OFFICE
4815 N. Center
(Center & Chaparral)
Mail: 10,005 E. Osborn
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Mission Statement Vision Statement
To provide resources, guidance and advisement as All adults in the SRPMIC Community
SRPMIC Community members will achieve their full educational potential.
make life choices to achieve educational goals.
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2007 VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1
Salt River Scholarship Program
The Salt River Scholarship program is available to any
enrolled Salt River Community member who wants to pur-
sue a higher education. The scholarship program works
with academic programs or skill-based, vocational pro-
grams. Based on eligibility guidelines, the program covers
tuition, books, childcare and a monthly cost of living check
or credit hour payment.
Students should pick up an application at the Higher
Education Office located at 4815 North Center. Advisors
are available to meet with students anytime Monday
through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
If you are interested in applying for the program, please The Milfred (“JR”) Makil Scholarship
come in and meet with an Advisor. The Advisors are able Fund)
to explain the application step by step, and will assist stu- Last year, a scholarship was created for senior high
dents in gathering the correct information throughout the school students from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian
whole application process. For more information, please Community. The scholarship is a one time award of
contact the Higher Education Office. $425.00 to a student who will be studying music or cre-
ative events at an accredited institution.
The following criteria will be followed when selecting a
Scholarship Program Information recipient:
Workshop 1. An SRPMIC member in good standing
The Salt River Post-Secondary & Adult Education 2. Pursuing a degree or certification in music or creative
Program will host a Scholarship information session on arts at an accredited institution
Tuesday, May 1, 2007. This session will be held in the Salt 3. Selection will be based on work, example, and/or educa-
River Education Administration Board Room (at 4815 tional achievement by a senior who demonstrates the
North Center) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. ability to embrace cultural diversity while maintaining
continued on page 2
The session will outline the scholarship application
process for the Salt River Post-Secondary & Adult
Education program. There will be Program Advisors avail- SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INFO. 6
CAREER CENTER PROGRAMS 2
able to address questions concerning the scholarship packet STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 6-8
BRIDGE PROGRAM INFORMATION 2
and related financial aid issues. For more information GED TESTING INFORMATION 5,8
COLLEGE & VOCATIIONAL SCHOOLS 3-4
regarding the Scholarship Program please call 480-850-
MEET THE STAFF 5 MONETARY AWARD INFORMATION 8
4201 or 480-850-4214.
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Other Educational Opportunities...CAREER CENTER PROGRAMS
Apprenticeship Training Program Workforce Investment Act Program
The program offers basic training to individuals interested in
becoming Journeyman Certified in the trades of Computer,
Carpentry and Heavy Equipment. Individuals begin approxi- For the adults we offer:
mately six months of Related Training at the Career Center Academic and interest assessment
in a classroom/lab setting. Outreach, orientation and intake eligibility
Requirements for entrance: Occupational Skills Training
Proof Tribal Enrollment
Short term work experience
Social Security card
Medical Physical Job search assistance
High School Diploma or GED Certificate Work readiness and Life Skills training
Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), Heavy Equipment only
Arizona Driver’s License, Heavy Equipment only Our Youth services include:
Academic and interest assessment
Upon completion of the classroom/lab period the students Outreach, orientation and intake eligibility
are then required to seek employment to begin their On-the-
job training hours as follows:
Occupational Skills Training
Carpentry -- 7,000 hours (approx. 3 ½ years) Summer Youth Employment
Computer -- 2,000 hours (approx. 1 year) Year-round work experience
Heavy Equipment -- 5,000 hours (approx. 2 ½ years) Work readiness and Life Skills
Once OJT hours are completed the apprentice receives a Office Hours: 8 am – 5 pm, Monday thru Friday
Journeyman Certificate from the Bureau of Apprenticeship
Training and the State of Arizona Department of Economic For more information, please call 480-850-4133.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 7 am – 4 pm
Picture: Felipe Miles,
Current GED Student
Monday through Friday, 7 am – 4 pm (Computer)
Monday through Friday, 7 am – 4 pm (Winter)
Monday through Friday, 5 am – 2 pm (Summer)
For more information please call 480-850-8180. continued from page 1
Makil Scholarship Fund
the values and cultural history of the SRPMIC.
Bridge Program Information
Salt River and Scottsdale Community College have joined forces to In addition, each senior who applies for the program is
implement a Bridge Program for 11th and 12th grade high school stu- required to submit an essay detailing how they will use
dents who have at least a 2.0 GPA. the scholarship to further their musical or artistic educa-
tion. Included in the essay should be an appreciation for
This program aims to reduce or eliminate the financial barriers that the Community, its values, history and a statement as to
many students face and to help high school students transition from how the student plans to benefit the Community through
high school to college. Students who are participants in the Bridge his/her education.
Program will earn college credits before graduating from high school. The deadline for the scholarship application will be
Junior or Senior level high school students who wish to apply for the
April 30, 2007 and the finalist will receive a voucher at
Bridge Program should contact Gabe Muñoz at the Salt River
the Monetary Award Graduation Ceremony. The money
Scholarship Program for more information. will be disbursed at the time of enrollment for a degree or
certification program at the accredited school of their
Phone: 480-850-4224 choice. For more information, please contact Gabe
Muñoz at 480-850-4224.
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Here is a list of schools that the program has worked with in the past.
If the school you wish to attend is not on this list, we will work with any school that is accredited!
DePaul University University of Oklahoma
ACADEMIC Western Illinois University
Queens University of Charlotte
Arizona Ivy Tech Community College
Arizona State University University of St. Frances South Dakota
Central Arizona College Oglala Lakota College
DeVry University – Phoenix Kansas
Everest College Haskell Indian Nations University Tennessee
Grand Canyon University University of Kansas Middle Tennessee State University
Maricopa County Community Colleges Pellissippi State Technical Community
Maricopa Skills Center Montana College
Northern Arizona University University of Montana
Pima Community College (Tucson) Texas
Remington College New Mexico Southwestern Assemblies of God
Tohono O’odham Community College Central New Mexico Community University
University of Arizona College of Santa Fe
Western International University Institute of the American Indian Arts Utah
Yavapai Community College San Juan College Utah Valley State College
(Prescott) Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Brigham Young University
California University of New Mexico Washington
California State University Art Institute of Seattle
Canada College New York Heritage University
Citrus Community College New York School of Design Seattle Central Community College
College of the Desert New York University University of Washington
College of the Redwoods Parsons School of Design Yakima Valley Community College
Fresno Pacific University
DeVry University – Long Beach North Carolina Wyoming
Glendale Community College University of North Carolina Central Wyoming College
Laguna College of Art & Design
Mt. San Antonio College North Dakota
Pacific Union College Candeska Cikana Community College
Rio Hondo Community College
San Diego State University Oklahoma continued on page 4
San Jose State University Cameron University
University of California Oklahoma City Community College
University of Southern California
Education Administration, Center & Chaparral
Community College of Denver
Fort Lewis College
Honolulu Community College
Columbia College of Chicago
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Cosmetology Business Accounting Technology
VOCATIONAL Toni & Guy Academy Digital Entertainment & Game Design
SCHOOLS Cosmetology Business Administration
High Tech Institute Criminal Justice
Computer/Electronics Technology Construction Management
Computerized Medical Office
Internet Programming & Solutions Health Information Technology
Technology Technical Project Management
Health Information Technology
Computer/Electronics Technology Business Accounting Technology
Medical Assistant Business Administration
Drafting/CAD Technology Criminal Justice
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Drafting/CAD Technology Business Administration– Project
Medical Lab Technician
Medical Assistant Management
Digital Design & Animation Criminal Justice – Cyber Security
Computer Networking & Information Master of Business Administration
Physical Therapists Assistant
International Institute of Americas Lamson College
Arizona Automotive Institute
Justice Administration Administrative Assistant
Medical (Medical Assistant/Clinical, Legal Assistant
HealthTechnician/Medical Assistant, Medical Billing Specialist Office
(Occupational Associate Degree)
Business Accounting Patient Care Technician
Financial Services Office Management
Detention and Security Surgical Technologist
Diesel Technology/Shop Management
Refrigeration School Incorporated
Arizona School of Massage
Refrigeration, Air Conditioning &
Phoenix Therapeutic Massage
Associate of Occupational Studies
Degree in Mechanical
Scottsdale Culinary Institute
Medical Billing & Coding Deanna Torres & Matthew Torres, Culinary Arts
Hospital Unit Coordinator Current GED students
Universal Technical Institute
ITT Technical Institute Automotive Technology
Practical Technologist in Radiology
Computer Network Systems Automotive/Diesel & Industrial
Information Systems Security Technology
Software Applications & Programming Collision Repair & Refinish
Data Communication Systems Technology
Technology Diesel & Industrial Technology
Software Engineering Technology Other Vocational Schools
Computer & Electronics Engineering Academy of Art University
Technology Art Institute of Phoenix
Industrial Automation Art Institute of California – San Diego
Engineering Technology Art Institute of Colorado
Mutimedia Full Sail Media Arts College
Artistic Beauty College
Electronics & Communications Western Iowa Technical School
Engineering Long Technical College
Computer Drafing & Design Pima Medical Institute
Earl’s Academy of Beauty
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The Higher Education Scholarship Program &
Career Center staff look forward to meeting you!!!
Front row, from left to right: Cherilynn Shorty
(Program Advisor), Martina Herron (Program
Advisor), Erica Outcalt (Program Advisor)
Back row, from left to right: Tonya Coakley
(Program Accountant), Tony Ringlero (Program
Advisor), Billy Escue (Program Manager),
Gabe Muñoz (Program Advisor)
Zandra Shorty and Susie Thomas
Higher Education Scholarship Program Support
Erica Litz and Andrew Price, Adult Education Specialists
Examiner Kristina Tisi and Cheryl Armstrong, Employment &
Training Case Managers for WIA program
Not pictured: Raynette Carmen Nahkai, Program Coordinator
GED Testing Times:
The GED test is administered twice per week at the Salt River High School. Students can report to the high
school on Mondays anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m..
Please remember that if you are taking all five parts of the test at once, report as early as possible.
The GED test is given on a walk-in basis. Students do not need an appointment to come and take any part of the test. Salt River enrolled
members should remember to bring two types of identification, including a Salt River Tribal ID card.
This program is open to non-Community members also. Testing is free for Salt River Community members. There is a
$65 fee for non-Community members. This fee covers all five sections of the exam. For more information, please con-
tact Keith Worrell, Chief GED Examiner at 480-850-4236.
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Ernesto Lopez year. I just completed all my coursework and labs. I only have to complete a
three month externship. I will complete my Associates degree after that.
An Accomplished Adult
Education Student Where are you doing your externship?
Ernesto: I am doing my externship at Chelsea’s Kitchen on 40th Street and
When did you pass the GED? Camelback in Phoenix.
Ernesto: I graduated in February
2006. What was your experience like with the Higher Education Department?
Ernesto: My experience was good. They were very helpful.
How did the GED Program benefit
you? What are some of your accomplishments in the Culinary Arts Program?
Ernesto: Because I didn’t graduate
Ernesto: I won 1st Place in the Chili contest. I won 1st Place in the Titanium
from a regular high school, it made
Chef Competition, a contest to see which team can create the best dishes using a
me feel good to get my GED.
secret ingredient. Our secret ingredient was pheasant. The first winning dish was
pan-fried pheasant breast with a coconut curry sauce, risotto rice and grilled
Was your experience in the GED
asparagus. The second dish was grilled pheasant breast with mango chutney
wrapped in crepe. Our sauce was a coconut mint burr blanc with reduced balsam-
Ernesto: Yes. They helped me a lot.
ic vinegar served with rice pilaf. I also won 4th Place in the BBQ rib contest.
What were some of the challenges you had to overcome to achieve your educa-
tion goals in GED and Higher Education? What are your future plans after achieving your Associate degree?
Ernesto: Coming everyday was a challenge. Ernesto: I’ll be working for a year and then I will be going back to Scottsdale
Culinary Institute for my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Culinary Arts. Eventually,
How did you overcome that challenge? I’d like to own my own restaurant or catering business.
Ernesto: I just thought about my family and how I don’t want to work in some
job I don’t like. I wanted to work doing something that I like. That’s why I chose What would you like to say to any adult Community Members who are thinking
cooking as a profession. about going back to school?
Ernesto: I would like to say to anyone needing to complete their GED and con-
How did being a WIA (Work Investment Act) Program adult participant benefit tinue their education that they should go to the GED Program and Higher
you? Education. It got me on my feet and on my way to a new career.
Ernesto: They encouraged me to further my education and complete my GED.
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
What degree are you currently pursuing? Ernesto: I’d like to thank Andrew Price and Erica Litz of the GED Program,
Ernesto: I’m getting an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Scottsdale Kristina Tisi of the WIA Program, and Gabe Muñoz, my Higher Education
Culinary Institute. I started there the week after I graduated with my GED last Program Advisor.
Salt River Scholarship Deadlines
All students should stop into the Higher Education office to pick up an applica-
tion packet and to meet briefly with an Advisor to review the required docu-
ments. Students should pick up the application packet well in advance of the
deadline dates, as some of the paperwork takes more than one day to complete.
Applications must be turned in to the Higher Education office by the following
ACADEMIC SCHOOLS VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS
(Continuous start dates)
Spring Semester – November 30 January 31
Summer Semester – April 30 April 30
Fall Semester – June 30 July 31
LIST OF DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO COMPLETE YOUR EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION
* Post Secondary & Adult Education * Transcript from Last Semester * Completed Financial Needs Analysis
Application Attended (FNA)
* Proof of High School Diploma or * Academic Plan of Study signed by * Your letter of Acceptance
G.E.D Advisor * Any other documentation deemed
* Proof of Enrollment (SRID) * Class Schedule necessary for Child Care and Cost of
* Copy of Social Security Card * Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR) Living award.
For more information, please call the Post Secondary staff at (480) 850- 4201/ 4214
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The Junior Ace Program port her in all that she does, and she is very grateful for
The Junior Ace Program was developed as a partnership them.
between Salt River Elementary School and the Maricopa Jessica has said that the most important lesson she has
Community Colleges District as a pilot program designed learned through attending college is to know that if you
to instill the importance of a college education in Salt can dream it, you can do it! As Jessica says, “Hard work
River students beginning at a young age. The program is pays off”! Jessica is applying to the Professional Nursing
designed to work with students at the 5th and 6th grade Program this month! This program is very competitive
level to give students a college experience at a young age, and only one third of all applicants are accepted. Good
even allowing them to receive one college credit as a 5th luck Jessica!
or 6th grader. For more information on how to sign up for
this program, please contact the Salt River Elementary BERNICE COTA
The Higher Education department has decided to high-
light the achievements of two very special students.
Bernice Cota and Jessica Serna are two students who have
had great success and exciting experiences in college, with
the assistance of the Salt River Higher Education
Scholarship Program. We asked these two students to
answer some questions for us so that we are all able to
share in their success! Thank you Bernice and Jessica for
sharing your stories with us.
In December of 2005, Bernice graduated from ASU with
a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with con-
centrations in Business and Social Welfare. She completed
her last semester in London, England! Bernice lived in
London from August through December of 2005 and dur-
ing this time also completed an internship with The
This children’s charity provides clothing, shelter and
education to homeless children throughout England. This
internship gave Bernice international business training, as
well as exposure to different ethics and traditions. Bernice
says she couldn’t have done this without the help from the
SRPMIC Education Department. Bernice also feels that the
Higher Education department walked her through the
Jessica is currently a sophomore at Arizona State approval process, making the application process much
University preparing for entrance into the Nursing pro- easier.
gram. Jessica loves her major, and it shows! She is cur- According to Bernice, the experience, knowledge and
rently maintaining a 4.076 grade point average. exposure she gained because of living abroad is irreplace-
Jessica has some advice for anyone who is unsure able. She would encourage every student to live abroad
whether or not to begin college; take a chance and go for and experience cultures different other than your own;
it! Jessica has put her heart into doing well in school, and because of the central location Bernice was able to visit
is succeeding. The most difficult part of attending college many countries including Spain, France, Netherlands,
is the studying; Jessica is able to spend more time study- Switzerland, Ireland, Italy and Scotland! Bernice says,
ing because of the assistance of the Scholarship Program “Pursuing my education after high school was the best
and makes sure to attend all of her classes, uses study decision I have ever made and was the reason I got to see
groups for exams, and is sure to stay in contact with her the world”.
professors. Jessica also has wonderful parents who sup-
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Did you know… Vocational Program Juris Doctorate - $3,000
(Cert./Diploma) - $350
College, Vocational, High School, GED and Juris Doctorate
SRPMIC Apprenticeship students who have Apprenticeship Program - $350 (CUM GPA 3.85 or above) - $3,500
successfully completed their course of study
or degree/certificate program will receive a Vocational Program Doctorate - $5,000
one-time award based upon the level of the (CUM GPA 3.85 or above) - $650
program they have completed. Any enrolled Doctorate
Community member is eligible to receive Associate Degree - $500 (CUM GPA 3.85 or above) - $5,500
these awards, whether or not they are partic-
Associate Degree The Monetary Awards are given out in June
ipating in the Scholarship program or Career (CUM GPA 3.85 or above) - $800 during the Monetary Award Ceremony.
Center programs. Here is a list of the
Students who have graduated or completed
Monetary Award amounts and levels of Bachelors Degree - $1,500
a program should stop by the Scholarship
GED - $150 Bachelors Degree
Office to pick up the application. Applicants
(CUM GPA 3.85 or above) - $1,800 will also have to submit copies of their degree
High School Graduate - $200 or certificate, social security card and Salt
Masters Degree - $2,000 River ID.
High School Graduate Masters Degree
(CUM GPA 3.5 or above) - $500 (CUM GPA 3.85 or above) - $2,500
Success Can ARE YOU READY TO
Be Yours! PASS THE GED?
Complete If you would like to complete your GED and are 18 years of age or older
and a Community member, please stop by and register for classes
your GED! today! The GED program is located downstairs in the SRPMIC Career
Recent GED Graduate,
Shaun Taylor The GED Program offers adult Community members an opportunity to
prepare for the GED exam with the instruction and guidance of experi-
How did the SRPMIC GED enced adult educators. The program also provides computer-aided
Program help you reach your instruction by the use of the latest software.
Shaun: They worked with me to review what I
needed to study. They really took the time to help What to expect from the GED Program:
me. If it wasn’t for Andrew, Erica, and the GED A placement test that will start you at the appropriate level
Program, I wouldn’t have been able to successfully in math, reading, and language
pass the GED.
-A self-paced, individualized curriculum designed to meet
What were some of the challenges you overcame your specific needs
while studying for the GED?
Shaun: I had to stay focused and never give up. -Different instructional delivery methods to serve a wide vari-
ety of learning styles
What are your plans for the future?
Shaun: I am planning on going forward and pursu -Instructors dedicated to applying the most current educa-
ing a bachelor’s degree. tional techniques
What would you like to say to any Community Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 am – 8 pm
Members thinking about going back to school to
achieve their GED? Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Shaun: Don’t waste time. Hurry up and try hard to
For more information, please call Andrew Price or Erica Litz at 480-
get it done to move on to bigger and better things.
850-8860. There is no fee for this program.
The Career Center can help you reach your GOAL, so stop by today!