Meet CCC graduate address speaker Leah Norris

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Leah Norris is a non-traditional student that decided to return to school after the job she held for over 10 years as an office administrator in a dental office ended. After a few months of searching for another job, she had time to think about her career.

Although her employment in the dental office paid the bills and the work environment was good, there was something missing. "I had a real desire to make the world a better place, I wanted to make a difference."

When Norris made the decision to go back to school after a several month job search, 2 opportunities were presented to her at the same time. One was a full time position at a medical office and the other was a part time position at retail outlet. Knowing that having a demanding job at a medical office would hinder efforts to return to school she opted for part-time work and full time school.

The result has been induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a place on the All-Arizona Academic team. Norris who is also in the CCC2NAU program earned her Associates degree in two years transitioning to Northern Arizona University, and seeking a degree in Psychology and Sociology, with the goal of pursuing a graduate degree.

Her passion is in the area of sexual assault and domestic violence prevention. Norris was selected for an internship sponsored program by The Soroptimist of Flagstaff club to assist with a program called "inspiring youth empowerment".

The program focuses on Promoting healthy relationships and preventing sexual assaults and domestic violence and has been an important part of her educational experience while at CCC. Norris said, "being a part of something like the Soroptimist project has been really valuable, and will help me as I Pursue my career. " None of this would have happened had I not chosen CCC and I am thrilled to pay it forward as the graduate address speaker at commencement."

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Date
Friday, 1st May 2015
 
 

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