• We are fortunate to have Chandler Gilbert Community College in close proximity to many of our schools. The community has access to numerous programs, support, and assistance in credit recovery, dual enrollment, and more.

    Two programs are aimed at local high school students, the Hoop of Learning program and the ACE/PLUS program.  


Hoop of Learning

  • Hoop of  Learning is a high-school-to-college bridge program for Native American students, 9-12th grades.  The program is year-round, but is most active during the summer months (summer session I).  Students begin in a cohort with other Native American students on the campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College. 

    Program Goals

    • Increase high school graduation and retention rates
    • Increase Indian enrollment and participation in college
    • Empower Indian students to reach their goals
    • Enhance Indian culturally relevant curriculum
    • Strengthen partnerships with external Indian communities, school districts, and other agencies

    Program Eligibility

    Students must:
    • Be an enrolled member of a federal/state recognized Tribe (or in the process of obtaining a census number)
    • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA in high school
    • Provide a current copy of their high school transcript
    • Complete the college assessment test in English, reading, and math
    • Show proof of citizenship (CIB or birth certificate)
    • Attend a mandatory orientation with his/her parent or guardian

    Program Funding 

    The Hoop of Learning Scholarship offers full tuition and fees, all textbooks. Monthly bus pass (if needed). Lunch stipend (summer school only). 

    Samples of Offered Classes

    • CPD103BE:  Native American Cultural Pride and Awareness (2 credits)
    • CPD150:  Strategies for College Success
    • English, Reading and Math courses:  dependent on placement test results
    • AIS105:  Introduction to American Indian Studies
    • ENH259:  Native American Literature
    *Total number of credits/classes earned varies by student

    Hoop Contacts & Application

    Carriann Dehiya - Hoop of Learning Program Advisor
    Hoop of Learning is located at the Pecos Campus of CGCC:
    Coyote Center Bldg - CYT 2111
    2626 E. Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225-2499
    Hoop of Learning Website -Applications can be requested at any time.

ACE Plus Program

  • The ACE PLUS Program is an early outreach 2-year scholarship program available to high school sophomore students at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC).  The program is designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school through community college and earn a certificate or degree. If accepted, 21 credits are covered for participating students.   
    Eligibility Questions & How to apply
    • Each Fall, ACE PLUS recruits sophomores who have taken at least 6 high school credits and meet one or more of the following criteria: First generation to attend college, single parent home, underrepresented group, teen parent, foster care/temporary housing, or other economic hardships.

    Applications can be requested at any time, and are only accepted September to December. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA at the time of application. Selections are made in January. ACE students will commit to:
    • Taking 2 classes during the summer (5 weeks) Monday - Thursday.
    • Taking 1 class on Saturdays - Fall (August - December) and Spring (January - May)
    • Arranging their own transportation to/from college either on their own or with their parents or guardians.
    • Purchasing textbooks and/or school supplies.
    • Attending a mandatory college orientation prior to the beginning of classes with their parents or guardians.
    Sophomore students from local high schools are encouraged to apply.  Please contact your high school counselor or Laura Matyas at the Early Outreach Office at CGCC at (480) 857-5142.  Or visit the ACE Plus website at:

Dual Enrollment

  • For 9th-12th graders:
    High school students can complete general education requirements by enrolling in Chandler-Gilbert Community College dual enrollment courses! Courses are offered at CUSD high school sites. The Indigenous Education Program can fund up to 100% of course registration fees for eligible students. Contact Tia for more information on funding assistance.