28
Sep
2022
News

CCC students figure out futures with Pipeline AZ

The new website devoted to career services helps CCC advisors make recommendations based on student dreams for their professional careers.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - You just graduated from high school in Coconino County, and you’ve been thinking about college or career training. You know you like working with computers, but you’re unsure of the next move.   CCC’s participation in a new career-orienting service, called Pipeline AZ, can help.   Juanita Tarango, Director of Student Success at CCC, said Pipeline AZ is a statewide effort to help students figure out their [...]
27
Sep
2022
News

Public forums for CCC presidential finalists scheduled for week of Oct. 3

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Coconino Community College District Governing Board is pleased to announce that they have selected three finalists for the presidency of the College. Public forums with each of the finalists are scheduled for the week of Oct., 3, 2022.   "We would like to thank all of the communities served by the College for your continued interest and support in the process to identify our next President," said Dr. Nathaniel White, Board Chair. "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Board Presidential Search Committee for their exceptional work and [...]
13
Sep
2022
Spotlight

Auction sheep helps CCC student cover education

CCC student Andrea Yazzie stands with her prize-winning sheep, Jeff, who will help support her education.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - People of all ages, adorned in cowboy boots, belt buckles and jeans filled the high-commotion area of the barns at this year’s Coconino County fair. The sounds of hair buzzers and vacuums fill the hot, dusty summer air as young people parade their animals in a counter clockwise direction at the best in show event.   Coconino Community College student Andrea Yazzie is at the county fair in hopes of selling Jeff, her prized sheep. [...]
01
Sep
2022
Spotlight

Adult Education learners at CCC take free English course

CCC Adult Education students Montse Rodriguez (left) and Ana Roman, took a free three-credit ENG 101A course at the college after participating in the English Language Acquisition for Adults courses at CCC.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Ana Roman met and became best friends with Montserrat “Montse” Rodriguez when they worked together at a Flagstaff restaurant. Rodriguez needed help studying for her United States citizenship exam that she was preparing for, and Roman was happy to help.   After Rodriguez passed her citizenship test with flying colors, the two [...]
26
Aug
2022
News

Police academy OK'd by CCC governing board

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Coconino Community College District Governing Board approved agreements to begin a police academy and to start working on a partnership among community colleges in northern Arizona to share resources in order to better serve students.   During the Aug. 17 meeting, CCC Provost Dr. Nate Southerland presented an Oct. 3, 2022, start date for the first police academy at the college after possible program approval by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. The police academy will start off as non-credit, but after curriculum approval, the program will give recruits credits to apply toward associate and higher degrees.   Southerland then shared information with the board on [...]
25
Aug
2022
News

CCC Automotive program on hold in search of qualified faculty

Students learn all aspects of inspecting automobiles during the introductory class of Automotive Technician at CCC in partnership with Findlay Honda Flagstaff.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The curriculum is set. The syllabi are prepared. Classroom space is ready, thanks to the generosity of a local auto dealership.   Unfortunately, the cost of living in Flagstaff has made the process of hiring a full-time faculty member for the Coconino Community College Automotive Technology program a challenge. As a result, CCC’s Automotive Technology program is being forced into a holding [...]
23
Aug
2022
News

Students studying trades at CCC get $15K boost from Desert Financial Foundation

Members of CCC, the CCC Foundation, the Flagstaff branch of Desert Financial Credit Union and the Desert Financial Foundation celebrate Desert Financial's generous donation to students studying the trades at the college.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – During a recent tour, Coconino Community College students Nick Bartek and Erika Acuna showed employees of Desert Financial Credit Union and Foundation Board Members around the Fourth Street Campus. This location is where most of the college’s Career and Technical Education courses are taught, which gives students the skills [...]
15
Aug
2022
News

CCC's first Summer Bridge program achieves goals

CCC Summer Bridge student Nevaeh Talkalai shares a bit about herself to fellow students during a team-building exercise at the college’s Lone Tree campus in Flagstaff.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nevaeh Talkalai, gaze strong, spoke to her peers so that they might get to know her and she them.   “I’m urban Native,” she said. “I took pride in being Navajo after a racism event and created an anti-racism coalition. I was born in Fort Defiance and lived mostly in Window Rock growing up.”   She recently graduated from Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff and plans [...]
05
Aug
2022
News

Family of Dr. Nat White establishes fellowship with CCC Foundation

The $100,000 donation is meant to help CCC faculty and staff with professional development to better serve students and the college.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - If it hadn’t been for the caring of a gifted teacher, Dr. Nat White might not have gone to graduate school and ended up an astronomer at Lowell Observatory.   He hadn’t been known for good grades during his educational journey, but his astronomy teacher, after watching White fix a telescope and love doing it, got him to be considered for a graduate program, and if he did all right in his coursework, the graduate program [...]
02
Aug
2022
News

Interim president selected for CCC

Dr. Christal Albrecht will serve as Interim President at Coconino Community College while a search for a permanent president is underway.   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The District Governing Board for Coconino Community College has selected Dr. Christal M. Albrecht to serve as Interim President while the search for a permanent president is underway.     Dr. Albrecht and her husband are in the process of establishing a temporary residence in Flagstaff and will be on campus in the next two weeks. Dr. Albrecht is recently retired after serving seven years as the president of Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas.     “The Board found her experience, educational philosophy and enthusiasm met our exceptionally high expectations set by the legacy of Dr. Colleen Smith,” said Board Chair Dr. Nat White, adding that the [...]
25
Jul
2022
News

Flagstaff Chamber Foundation supports scholarships at CCC

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in collaboration with the Helios Educational Foundation, has awarded $13,500 in scholarships to Coconino Community College students like Grace Abell in the last two years.   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coconino Community College student Grace Abell works at a preschool in Flagstaff, and her goal is to become an elementary school teacher.   “It’s never really been a question,” Abell said. “It’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do.”   She said she remembers turning 5 years old and bringing her younger sister into the [...]
31
May
2022
News

Voters approve tax reset for CCC

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coconino County voters have approved an increase in funding for Coconino Community College.   On Friday, during a special session, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors certified the May 17, 2022, election results for CCC’s request to increase the primary property tax levy to support the college.   “On behalf of Coconino Community College, I would like to thank the voters and the many community members who worked hard to help the ballot initiative be successful,” said CCC President Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D. “Because of them, we can continue our good work moving into a bright future serving students throughout Coconino County.”   The election saw 20,947 [...]
21
Apr
2022
News

Local Business Owner Teaches CCC Students Apartment Maintenance Skills

Maintenance, Remodeling and Construction owner Mark Roanhorse teaches students electrical house wiring in the CCC Fourth Street workshop.   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., - The Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) program at Coconino Community College prepares students by teaching them about performing maintenance tasks, locksmithing, OSHA 10, product repair, customer service and safety in the workplace.    The CAMT program helps students refine their apartment maintenance skills and gets them ready for their future career. Not only do the CAMT program instructors [...]
21
Apr
2022
Spotlight

First-year student finds his path at CCC

Horizon Gillson studying for classes in the Lone Tree Commons.    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – He wants to apply himself to something bigger.   Horizon Gillson, a freshman at Coconino Community College, plans to get his associates at CCC and then transfer to Northern Arizona University. He hopes to get his bachelor’s degree in Physics and is considering a minor in Disability Studies.    Gillson finished high school in Gallup, New Mexico, and decided to give CCC a shot to “see if I was cut out for this,” Gillson said, adding that everything is going well with classes and that CCC has helped him figure out where [...]
15
Apr
2022
Spotlight

CCC2NAU student sees a future in the Grand Canyon and in academia

David Cassidy outside the Foundation office at the Lone Tree Campus.    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- He wants to focus on his education while still being a river guide.    Coconino Community College student David Cassidy has worked as a river guide in the Grand Canyon for the last 13 years. He originally grew up in Yuma, Ariz., but fell in love with the Grand Canyon when he was 17 while visiting with his friends.    “I was pretty blown away by it and determined to come back,” Cassidy said, adding, “I just thought there is so much to see, even if I come back once a year, I’ll never see as much as I want [...]
13
Apr
2022
Spotlight

CCC student sees future at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

CCC student Anna Gottschling outside the Lone Tree Campus.    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., - She wants to help others with the same experience   Coconino Community College student Anna Gottschling has lived in Flagstaff all of her life. At the age of two, she suffered from an injury known as a subdural hematoma, which is a bleed in your brain. She was saved by Dr. Nathan Avery in Flagstaff and then transferred to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for additional surgeries, physical therapy, and her recovery.      Dr. Nathan Avery was a neurosurgeon from Flagstaff who died after an accident at Lake Powell. His positive [...]
07
Apr
2022
Spotlight

CCC2NAU student to become a health psychologist

CCC student Kayla Witzig studying for her classes in the Lone Tree Commons.    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- Coconino Community College student Kayla Witzig moved to Flagstaff from Scottsdale to continue her education and achieve her goal of getting her associate degree in psychology. She chose CCC because of the beautiful weather in Flagstaff and because she was not sure what she wanted to do after high school graduation. She wanted to start slow at a community college.   Witzig is a CCC2NAU student, and she said that “I have my own CCC2NAU advisor,” adding that they help her figure [...]
29
Mar
2022
Spotlight

CCC student sees future working in IT or programming

CCC student, Cameron James, studying for Computer Information Systems classes in the Lone Tree Commons.    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – He loves to learn, especially about computers.    Coconino Community College student Cameron Jones started taking classes at CCC when he was in high school as a student enrolled in the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry, and Technology program, better known as CAVIAT. CAVIAT helps high school students get college credit and hands-on knowledge about job skills required for certain careers, preparing their path after they graduate from high school.    “The CAVIAT [...]
07
Mar
2022
Spotlight

All-Arizona Team scholarship recipient to focus on public mental health

CCC student Frank Stucjus received All-Arizona Team Scholarship.    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – He was tired of chasing after a big paycheck and wanted to do something more for his community.   That’s why Coconino Community College student Frank Stucjus decided to return to school a bit later in life.   “I really like the idea of helping people get the tools to solve their problems,” Stucjus said, adding that he’s had a tumultuous life and would like to help navigate through the tough spots in their own lives as a counselor or a teacher. “I wanted to do something that gives back to the people around me.”   His immediate goal, now that [...]
03
Mar
2022
Spotlight

All-Arizona Team scholarship recipient builds future

CCC student Andrea Clayton received the All-Arizona Academic Scholarship.   FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – What started out as a desire to build a home she could call her own has turned into a career path.   Now that Coconino Community College student Andrea Clayton has received the All-Arizona Academic Scholarship, she will continue her journey toward a bachelor’s degree in Construction Technology Management and, maybe, owning her own business.   “There’s a certain satisfaction in building with my own hands,” Clayton said, adding that she hopes to gain some experience managing projects for a local contractor before [...]