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Photo of Stephanie CharlesStephanie Charles sees her role as an Adult Education Assistant at Coconino Community College as being a liaison to students.


The CCC alum knows that many times, students without a high school diploma have a lack of certain resources.
“I want to help them understand the importance of getting an education,” Charles said.


While at CCC, Charles was a part of the CCC2NAU program and earned her associate degree in psychology. She went on to graduate from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in psychology and criminal justice and criminology.


She was an active student, serving both on Cardinal Key and the Criminal Justice National Honor Society. As a former student employee for NAU’s Financial Aid Department, she earned Employee of the Year 2012, Employee of the Month of March 2012, and Jack of All Trades Award 2012. In addition, she was voted Miss Congeniality of Cardinal Key and was a Chief Manuelito scholarship recipient.


“I was a young mother who was determined to set an example for my daughter through education, commitment and setting goals for myself,” Charles said.


Her goal now is to earn a master’s degree in higher education.


“I would love to work to recruit more students to attend college,” Charles said. “I see a lot of reasons why Navajo students are dropping out. It’s really important that they see someone as an example that they can relate to.”


Ultimately, Charles would like to travel to rural Native American reservations and show potential students the admissions and financial aid process of college.


"I want to be their guide and speak on their behalf,” she said.
 

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