Mirage accepting submissions for 2020 issue

The Mirage Literary and Arts Magazine is accepting submissions for the upcoming 2020 issue through January 31, 2020.  Entries accepted include art, prose, and poetry. The college invites the residents of Cochise and Santa Cruz counties to participate and submit their work for consideration in this new issue.  This is a great opportunity for Cochise College students to showcase their work.

Mirage Literary and Arts Magazine showcases high-quality art and literature produced by students and community members. The works are selected via an anonymous process: Each submission is judged without disclosure of the writer’s or artist’s name.

For submission guidelines and the address to send submissions, visit www.cochise.edu/mirage. Free copies are available at the Cochise College libraries on the Douglas and Sierra Vista campuses.

For more information, email to mirage@cochise.edu.

Public investment to boost workforce development

By J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.

J.D. RottweilerAn important role of any community college is to support the economic development of the region it serves. Cochise has a long history of doing so by granting thousands of degrees and certificates annually to students who now work in healthcare, automotive, construction, cybersecurity, welding, law enforcement, business and more. It also has published economic data and hosted luncheons in a number of Cochise County cities, providing a tool for those seeking to recruit businesses or relocate here.

As the era of the college-hosted economic luncheon comes to a close, I’m pleased to report some new developments aimed at providing more opportunities to support the local workforce. This fiscal year, the state legislature found itself with money to spend. After reviewing historical allocations, community colleges were fortunate enough to receive a one-time allocation of $35 million, with $14.2 million going to rural colleges for various purposes. Sen. David Gowan, chair of the Appropriations Committee, and the entire representation of Legislative District 14, were able to bring needed dollars back to these colleges for the development of new and enhancement of existing programs.

Cochise was the recipient of $3.14 million, which will be used to enhance the agriculture and automotive programs, and to implement a virtual reality developer program.

The college is exploring ways to become a leader in the research and development of industrial and low-water-use crops. To that end, the pad for a new greenhouse is in place on the north end of the Douglas Campus, near the Science Building. Greenhouse parts arrive this month, with the facility expected to be constructed in December.

Later this fall, the college will break ground on a 24,000-square-foot automotive facility on the east side of the Sierra Vista Campus. The facility the college has been renting from Lawley Automotive Group for the last several years has provided much-needed visibility to the program and student numbers and faculty needs have outgrown the current location. The new state-of-the-art automotive facility, planned to open in 2021, will include 18 bays, including two demonstration bays. We appreciate the generosity and willingness of Sean Lawley to allow us to use the Highway 92 property, as the location helped build the automotive program in meaningful ways.

Now, imagine you could take a trip down the Amazon River simply by donning a headset. That’s virtual reality, and according to many experts, it’s the way of the future. Any situation can be created and experienced – everything from driving simulation for law enforcement to training for soldiers. It just takes someone to build the content. Enter Cochise College. We’ve launched a virtual reality technician certificate program and are developing three others – content developer, graphic artist, and instructional design – over the next three years. Some cooperative education credit will be planned through internships on Fort Huachuca, and those earning the certificates will have the opportunity to pursue full associate’s degrees. By 2022, the college will have the internal capacity to stand up a virtual reality content development cell to create its own course content.

We get very excited about opportunities to serve our employers and provide students with skills they can use locally. Our goal, after all, is to increase the percentage of graduating high school seniors who pursue academic or technical training and the percentage of residents who hold an associate’s degree or higher. I want to thank the legislators who visited Cochise College to learn about virtual reality in October for the chance not just to share exciting news about the future, but to also make it a reality.

J.D. ROTTWEILER, Ph.D., is president of Cochise College. Contact him at jdr@cochise.edu.

College closed for Veterans Day

Cochise College will be closed Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The normal class schedule and regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday through Friday will resume Tuesday, November 12 at all campuses and centers.

Men’s Basketball Games LIVE Stream: Watch Online Free

We are live streaming two men’s basketball games. To view the games go to athletics.cochise.edu and click on the “Watch Live!” button in the gray navigation bar at the top of the webpage or subscribe to the Cochise College YouTube Channel.

Tonight, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. (AZ Time) Cochise vs Northern New Mexico at Douglas home court.

Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. (AZ Time) Cochise vs Hillcrest Prep Post Grad at Douglas home court.

Spring registration is now open!

Registration for the Spring 2020 semester has begun. Students can register either online through MyCochise or in person at any campus or center.

Find out what courses are offered this spring by viewing the schedule of classes. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 13. Find out more important dates and deadlines by viewing the Academic Calendar.

For more information, contact Admissions and Registration at (520) 515-5336/ 5412 or (800) 593-9567.

Counseling & Advising Walk-in Hours begin Nov. 1

The Counseling & Advising offices on the Sierra Vista and Douglas campuses will offer walk-in hours starting Friday, Nov. 1. Stop by and meet with your advisor for quick questions or to address any concerns you have to prepare for the Spring 2020 semester.  Regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be observed.

Please note: Counselors & Advisors will be unavailable on December 12 & 13 due to attending the Complete College America’s 2019 Annual Convening.

Scholarships available for high school students

Cochise College is once again offering scholarships to Cochise County high school seniors who will be graduating this year and attending Cochise College the fall semester after they graduate. Homeschool and GED students are eligible.

This $500 scholarship can be combined with financial aid and other awards. We believe this scholarship opportunity is a strong effort to encourage educational attainment, increase college-going rates, and decrease the percentage of youth age 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working.

How to participate:

  • Apply to Cochise College
  • Complete Senior Scholarship application
  • Meet with a Cochise College advisor
  • Register for classes

Scholarship link: Senior Scholarship webpage

Learn more at the Cochise College Scholarship webpage.