Alum finds continuing education at CCC

Coconino Community College alum Shawn Davis, Chief Information Officer Information Technology at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, checks on computer hardware at the Navajo Nation-based hospital.

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Shawn Davis was born and raised in the small community of Chinle, Arizona, and he didn’t really have an idea of what he wanted to do with his life after he graduated from high school in 1994 and began attending NAU.

“For me, it was too much at that time because I came from a small community,” Davis said.

He began attending Coconino Community College in 1995 to try his hand at the trades, like welding or automotive repair.

“I thought I’d do that instead,” Davis said. “I was just trying to see where I wanted to go. Time passed and I started to wake up.”

He remembered how much he enjoyed business statistics, calculus and working with his mind.

“I remembered, ‘Hey, I can do this stuff,’” Davis said and laughed.

He received an associate’s degree from CCC in 1998 and returned to NAU to study computer information systems for a bachelor’s degree in 2000. He would eventually go on to get a master’s degree in Information Systems in 2008.

A little more than 20 years later, Davis is the Chief Information Officer of Information Technology for Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation. Even though he’s reached a pinnacle of success in the industry, Davis added that he continues to attend CCC to keep current on his skills and to acquire new ones.

Davis joined the workforce in 2000 working for the Navajo Tribe in Window Rock, and it soon became apparent that he should return to CCC for CISCO networking classes. He drove from Window Rock on the weekends during the summer months to attend the classes at CCC’s Fourth Street Campus. He completed all four semesters of course work that summer.

From there, he went to work for the hospital in Tuba City. In the last 13 years, he has moved up through the ranks from IT specialist, to IT operations manager, to IT director, until finally making it to CIO of IT for the hospital. Throughout that time, he has returned to CCC to stay current on his computer skills in program, server infrastructure and more. His last classes were in 2009.

Davis said he credits CCC for allowing him the freedom to explore his options.

“It was smaller, down-to-earth,” Davis said. “It’s a friendlier atmosphere. The teachers, everybody knew you. You got to know more people there. It was a good opportunity to transition to college life.”

He said he went to CCC to explore the trades and found his calling in computers. He added that he appreciated the hands-on approach to instruction, and the class offerings were relevant and up-to-date with what he wanted to achieve professionally.

Davis has a sister and two brothers who also have degrees and have gone on to successful careers. He added that his parents and grandparents stressed an education.

“It was driven into us when we were younger,” Davis said.

When his cousins tell him they are considering pursuing higher education, Davis said, “I tell them to start out at the community college. It’s a great place to figure out what to do with your life.”

Davis has a wife and three children now. He is in the process of building his own home for his family and plans on taking some electrical classes at CCC in the construction trades department.

“I don’t want to burn the house down,” he said and laughed.

To watch Davis talk about his experiences, click here.


Tuesday, 19th July 2016

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