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CCC campuses closed
New Batch of CCC Nurses Ready for the Workforce
CCC Veterans Scholarship Created
Former CCC Page campus Dean Elected to CCC District Governing Board
2012 Employee Giving Drive Putting Donations to Work
Former Miss Navajo Nation Speaks at CCC
CCC Donates Computers to Flagstaff Elementary School
Celebrating the Holidays, Carnival-style
Calling CCC Artists
Derik Yellowhair Provides Students Guidance
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DID YOU KNOW?

 

CCC serves nearly 10,000 learners annually.

 

CCC generates $15.10 for each taxpayer dollar invested.

 

CCC has invested $12 million into Coconino County through educational grants, since 1991. 

 

Economic Impact - $167 million in annual economic growth.

 

More than $10 million in financial aid and scholarships is distributed to CCC students.

 

When the college was founded in 1991, CCC served 1,000 learners. Today, the College serves 10,000 learners a year!

 

80% of students surveyed say CCC met their individually defined educational goals.

 

 

Filling vital occupations - In Coconino County, CCC graduates make up:  

 

51% of the fire fighters  

 

43% of law enforcement officers

 

42% of registered nurses and paramedics

 

 

CCC tuition is less than one-third the cost of the average four-year state university.



MISSION:

As a learning-centered college, we enrich lives by embracing diversity and transforming the future through quality education.


CORE VALUES:

People

Quality

Ethics

Community

Respect

Sustainability

Learning and Growth

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

CCC serves nearly 10,000 learners annually.

 

CCC generates $15.10 for each taxpayer dollar invested.

 

CCC has invested $12 million into Coconino County through educational grants, since 1991. 

 

Economic Impact - $167 million in annual economic growth.

 

More than $10 million in financial aid and scholarships is distributed to CCC students.

 

When the college was founded in 1991, CCC served 1,000 learners. Today, the College serves 10,000 learners a year!

 

80% of students surveyed say CCC met their individually defined educational goals.

 

 

Filling vital occupations - In Coconino County, CCC graduates make up:  

 

51% of the fire fighters  

 

43% of law enforcement officers

 

42% of registered nurses and paramedics

 

CCC tuition is less than one-third the cost of the average four-year state university.



MISSION:

As a learning-centered college, we enrich lives by embracing diversity and transforming the future through quality education.


CORE VALUES:

People

Quality

Ethics

Community

Respect

Sustainability

Learning and Growth

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

CCC serves nearly 10,000 learners annually.

 

CCC generates $15.10 for each taxpayer dollar invested.

 

CCC has invested $12 million into Coconino County through educational grants, since 1991. 

 

Economic Impact - $167 million in annual economic growth.

 

More than $10 million in financial aid and scholarships is distributed to CCC students.

 

When the college was founded in 1991, CCC served 1,000 learners. Today, the College serves 10,000 learners a year!

 

80% of students surveyed say CCC met their individually defined educational goals.

 

 

Filling vital occupations - In Coconino County, CCC graduates make up:  

 

51% of the fire fighters  

 

43% of law enforcement officers

 

42% of registered nurses and paramedics

 

 

CCC tuition is less than one-third the cost of the average four-year state university.

 

  



 

MISSION:

As a learning-centered college, we enrich lives by embracing diversity and transforming the future through quality education.


CORE VALUES:

People

Quality

Ethics

Community

Respect

Sustainability

Learning and Growth

 

December 2012   

Don't Forget...
CCC closed
 
New Batch of CCC Nurses Ready For the Workforce
Dec. 2012 nurses pinning
The latest cohort of Coconino Community College-trained nurses were pinned at a ceremony Dec. 13 at the Lone Tree campus. Nineteen nurses were pinned by family members and lit a candle as they took their Nightingale Pledge. Congratulations!
CCC Veterans Scholarship Created

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Coconino Community College Foundation would like to thank CCC employees for stepping forward to help fund the new CCC Veterans scholarship. Thanks to your generous support through Employee Payroll Deduction, the scholarship will be funded starting for the fall 2013 semester. Originally, the scholarship was expected to be funded starting in 2014.

If you would still like to participate, through either Employee Payroll Deduction or a one-time gift, please contact Scott Talboom, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at (928) 226-4335.

The scholarship originated earlier this year through CCC science professor Bryan Bates and his wife Barbara. The Bates were searching for a way to help out military veterans who attend CCC. Over the past few years, Coconino Community College professor Bryan Bates has had more and more military veterans show up as students in his classroom.

"Some do well, but many times, some are really struggling," said Bates, who has been a science professor at CCC since the college opened in 1991. "These men and women in the service have done an incredible job serving our country and I just get the sense that they're not getting the support they deserve when they come back."

With that reasoning, Bates and his wife decided to establish a CCC Veterans Scholarship, to benefit military veterans who take classes at the college. "We hope this will encourage others to give and make more scholarships available," Bates said.

A scholarship will go a long way to help veterans cover expenses that Veterans Affairs doesn't, said Reuben Salazar, a CCC financial aid advisor who works with military veterans. "Every veteran has different needs, but if they have to buy a computer to do their school work or other things that will help them successfully balance school, work and family life, this could help them."

Bates gives money through the CCC Foundation's Employee Deduction Plan, where a set amount of money is taken out of his paycheck and deposited into an account set aside for the scholarship. Foundation officials estimate it should take about a year to fund the $1,000 scholarship and made available for the 2014 school year.

""My wife and I talked about what we can do to say thank you for your service to this country," Bates said. "Let's help them lead productive lives and achieve a good, long-term career potential, at least with their associate degree and hopefully their bachelor's degree and beyond."

Bates said he's heard student stories of veteran paychecks not arriving and of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome and trouble holding down jobs and personal relationships.

 "If a scholarship can help one or two of our veterans, maybe they will be able to work out the other stuff. They might tell some of their buddies, 'Hey, CCC has a scholarship available. I can take two classes, hold down a part-time job and still get the help I need to get my life together,' " Bates said. 

Former CCC Page campus Dean Elected to CCC District Governing Board
Hammonds swearing in
Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Robert Kelty (right) swears in Lloyd Hammonds (left) to his position as Coconino Community College District Governing Board member.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  - The former Coconino Community College Page campus Dean has been elected to the College's District Governing Board.

Lloyd Hammonds, who served as Page campus Dean for 14 years, ran unopposed for the seat left vacant by Page resident Val Gleave. Hammonds begins his Governing Board term in January.

"I am delighted to serve as a member of the CCC District Governing Board and look forward to participating in the future growth and success of Coconino Community College and our students," Hammonds said.

The role of the five-member CCC District Governing Board is to govern on behalf of the citizens of Coconino County. Responsibilities include: hiring, evaluating and supporting the College President as the institutional leader, monitoring the fiscal health of the College, setting and monitoring policy direction such as community needs and high quality programs and advocating for the College.

Hammonds retired in October from his position as Dean. Before becoming the Page campus Dean, Hammonds was Vice President at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis.  

As Page Dean, Hammonds' said he felt it was important to get to know the community, forging important relationships with local businesses, community organizations, K-12 school administrators and local government.

Known for his intellect, Hammonds is respected by his peers as a deep thinker that always seemed to be the voice of reason when looking at the College's challenges.  When the Higher Learning Commission self-study and visit were nearing, Hammonds was the obvious choice to lead the steering committee, guiding the College flawlessly through the process, which took more than two years to complete.
2012 Employee Giving Drive Putting Donations to Work
Employee giving luncheon
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Scott Talboom shares a laugh with Jami Van Ess, Vice President of Business and Administrative Services and Kristina Wyse, CCC Foundation Coordinator.
Coconino Community College Employee Payroll Gift participation increased by whopping 230 percent after this year's Annual Fund Drive. More than $8,400 in new donations was raised and two new scholarships were established, including the CCC Veterans Scholarship. 

Employees who donate were thanked in November with a catered lunch at the Lone Tree campus from Big Foot BBQ.  Dee Thompson's name was drawn for a weekend getaway at Las Vegas luxury Polo Towers Resort, Rosa Mendoza-Logan won an overnight stay at the Grand Canyon Maswick Lodge and Jami Van Ess won a $250 Flagstaff Mall gift card. A special thanks goes to all who donated prizes for the drawings.

Former Miss Navajo Nation Speaks at CCC
Radmilla Cody
Radmilla Cody, Native model, singer, actress and former Miss Navajo Nation, spoke at the Lone Tree campus on Nov. 15 as part of Native American Heritage month. She shared her inspirational story to a packed CCC Boardroom. Cody is pictured with Brian Francis, CCC's TRIO Learning Specialist.  

CCC Donates Computers to Flagstaff Elementary School
computer donation to elem. school  
CCC's Doug King (center) helps FUSD employees load 24 computers. The College donates its gently used computers to local elementary schools.


Coconino Community College is cultivating relationships with local elementary schools, putting the college's gently-used equipment to practical educational use beyond the machine's lifecycle at the college.

Manuel De Miguel Elementary School in Flagstaff is the latest school to benefit from Coconino Community College's computer donation program.

"Every year, CCC's IT User Services removes dozens of student and administrative computers and replaces them with newer, faster machines," said Jared Logan, CCC's Director of User Services. "This is done for two reasons: to ensure the applications of the College run smoothly and that the hardware in the computers are fresh and supported under the manufacturer's warranty."

Logan thought there must be a better use than to send the obsolete computers to NAU surplus to be re-sold or sent to the landfill.

"The first school we donated computers to was Northland Preparatory Academy and I wasn't sure what kind of answer I would receive when I asked them if they could use some of our old computer equipment," Logan said.  "I informed them that I had 20 Dell Optiplex Gx270 computers which were rock-solid computers but were considered to be, even at that time, dated.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear NPA was looking at developing a student-use computer lab but didn't have the funds to purchase equipment and that these computers would be perfect for their students."

Recently, Doug King noticed that the computer equipment at DeMiguel School, where his children attend, was outdated. He reached out to Ted Grudniewski, Assistant IT Director for Flagstaff Unified School District to see if they were interested in a donation. The district was and soon, Grudniewski and other FUSD employees were picking up the 24 computers from the Lone Tree campus. Within a week, the students were working on CCC donated computers. The DeMiguel donation marked the 100th computer to be repurposed through the program.
Celebrating the Holidays, Carnival-style
  Holiday party 2012
This year's CCC holiday party had a carnival theme. Party goers were treated to dinner at the Radisson Hotel along with carnival-type games for fabulous prizes. Pictured: Monica Baker, Dean of Career and Technical Education agreed to arm-wrestle any opponent. She took on Leslie Lerma, Enrollment Services Specialist and won.
Calling CCC Artists: Palette to Palate  Seeks Art Submissions
  Coconino Community College is calling for art pieces to be submitted for donation as featured pieces in Palette to Palate, the Fine Arts Department fundraiser, April 26.  All emerging and existing CCC artists are encouraged to submit fine art from all mediums.  If your art is selected for live or silent auction, a professional photo of your donation and an artist biography will be featured in the P2P event program, announced at the event and included in other P2P publicity efforts. This is great portfolio content and exposure for both existing and emerging artists. Submit your artwork and artwork submission form to the CCC Foundation office. All art entries will be evaluated by a selection of panel including artists. Artists whose work is selected for silent auction will receive two P2P tickets, valued at $70. The art piece chosen to be the signature piece will receive two P2P tickets and $250. Deadline to submit is Feb. 20.

HR Corner  

Derik Yellowhair Provides Students Guidance
Derik Yellowhair

Derik Yellowhair was recently hired as Coconino Community College's Student Life and Passages Coordinator.

As the Passages coordinator, Yellowhair works with single parents or displaced placed homemakers to provide guidance as the students work their way through classes.

Yellowhair has experience working in a grant program, which is what Passages is, because before coming to CCC, Yellowhair worked for Yavapai College in Prescott, most recently in the Veterans Upward Bound Trio program.

Yellowhair served in the US Marines Corps from 2000-2004 and did a tour in Iraq in 2003. "It was an interesting time," Yellowhair said.

The other part of Yellowhair's job is working with Student Life and serving as an academic advisor.

"That's the fun part of my position because when I was in college in was always involved in student clubs," he said. "I enjoy working with students as they plan events throughout the year."

Yellowhair is originally from Kayenta and said he looks forward to life in Flagstaff. He holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University and a master's degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.

"Everyone here has been supportive and friendly and willing to help with my transition here," Yellowhair said.

 


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