06
Oct
2022
News

CCC's Burns takes first in Mesa

CCC Cross Country runner Hayley Burns beats the homefield favorite during the Mesa College XC Jamboree on Oct. 1.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Hayley Burns, runner for the Coconino Community College Cross Country Comets, nabbed first place during the Women 5K Run at the Mesa College XC Jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 1.   Respectable showings among the women’s and men’s teams positioned CCC with a third-place berth for the women’s team and a fifth-place finish for the men’s team, who bested Phoenix College, ranked 20th in the nation. Currently, CCC’s women’s team is ranked [...]
03
Oct
2022
News

Northern AZ community colleges sign historic partnership agreement to benefit students, community

College presidents sign historic partnership agreement to share resources that will benefit students and residents throughout northern Arizona.  In photo (L-R): Northland Pioneer College President Dr. Chato Hazelbaker, Coconino Community College Interim President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht, Yavapai College President Dr. Lisa Rhine, and Mohave Community College President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein.     (Oct. 3, 2022) NORTHERN ARIZONA – The four community college districts covering all northern Arizona have entered into a historic partnership agreement to help better serve students.   [...]
29
Sep
2022
News

Law enforcement partners with CCC for training academy

Flagstaff, Coconino County and Northern Arizona University officials and law enforcement team with Coconino Community College to create the High Country Training Academy to keep the training of recruits local and affordable.     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - They will undergo drills and inspections. They will take classes and be put under extreme stress.   The purpose: To achieve a level of professionalism in policing that meets the needs of the communities of northern Arizona. Beginning Oct. 3, 13 recruits will undergo 21 weeks of training at the newly established High Country [...]
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 [...]