First Friday Chats with Higher Ed

First Friday Chats with Higher Ed
Posted on 06/16/2022
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Thanks for joining us! Check out the recordings of our chats from the 2021-22 school year! We'll begin our First Friday Chats again on September 2, 2022. 


June 3:
 During June's chat, we heard from current Higher Education program participants about their experiences with the program and their college and career pathways. The student panel is always a highlight of our chat series! Follow this link to our YouTube channel where you can find time stamps for the different questions students were asked in the video description.

Special thanks to our student panelists:

  • Samantha Mielkey: Associate in Healthcare Administration, Arizona College
  • Hosteen Smith: Cloud County Community College Associates Degree in Athletic Training and Fine Arts and now ASU Sports Science and Performance
  • Aimee Fonger: Rocky Mountain University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Normalinda Sidney: Bachelor’s in Interior Design from NAU, Master’s in Sustainability Leadership from ASU
  • Deidra Dallas: Master’s in Information and Library Science at University of Arizona


May 6 Chat: Higher Education staff chat with representatives from EVIT. Viewers will learn about EVIT's adult education programs, application information, and funding opportunities. Time stamps for each discussion within this chat can be found by viewing the video on our YouTube page (time stamps are in the video description).

Special note: If you participated in this First Friday Chat after May 6 and are reading this note, we thank you for joining us! As a token of our appreciation, please send an email to the Higher Education Administrator before May 31, 2022, to claim a special prize! All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] and write “Golden Ticket” in the subject line to claim your prize! Thanks again for watching! 


April 1 Chat: Higher Education staff chat with representatives from Grand Canyon University. Viewers will learn about GCU academics, application deadlines, tours, and more. Time stamps for each section of the chat can be found by viewing the video on our YouTube page.

Special note: If you participated in this First Friday Chat after April 4th and are reading this note, we thank you for joining us! As a token of our appreciation, please send an email to the Higher Education Administrator before April 30, 2022, to claim a special prize! All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] and write “Golden Ticket” in the subject line to claim your prize! Thanks again for watching! See you next month.



March 4 Chat: The Higher Education staff chat with Shawna Nelson with the University of Arizona's admissions office and Tashina Machain with Arizona's Indians into Medicine program. This is a recording from the chat session on March 4, 2022. Find the time stamps within the YouTube video description.



Feb. 4 Chat: Facilitated by Davina Leon and Mario West, this session walks students through the FAFSA form. Find time stamps within the YouTube video description.



Jan. 7 Chat: Facilitated by Davina Leon, this session will review the new Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and Casino Arizona Apprenticeship Program. Featuring Jill Smith, C-CAP Program Director, and Chef Andrew Helmandollar, Executive Chef at Casino Arizona. Click the video link for time stamps. 



Dec. 3 Chat: Featuring the Arizona State University MLFTC Community Educator Program. Time stamps can be found in the YouTube video description.




Nov. 5 Chat: Facilitated by Rebeca Ronstadt-Contreras, this session reviews Scottsdale Community College's Community Health Worker program. Click here to review the PDF presentation given by Melanie Burm with SCC's Workforce Development and Community Partnerships.


Oct. 1 Chat: Facilitated by Mario West, this session reviews our Guided Pathways for cosmetology and graphic design. It also discusses career opportunities and earning potential within and outside of the Community. Click here for time stamps.


Sept. 3 ChatThis Friday’s topic discusses an opportunity with ASU Early Childhood Education. Learn about a special partnership ASU has with SRPMIC and other local tribes to complete the last two years of a bachelor’s degree in education. Click here for topic time stamps.




June 4 Chat: The topic is Higher Education application deadlines. Time stamps can be found by following the link to the YouTube video description.

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