CCC student gives back as tutor


Coconino Community College student Brandon works at Tutoring Services on the Lone Tree campus.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – “These students come in and just want to be here, and that’s inspiring,” said Brandon Smith.


Smith is a tutor at Coconino Community College who takes great pride in being able to assist CCC students in reaching their goals of academic success. CCC, much like Smith, holds student outreach to a very high standard, which can be seen through the College’s Tutoring Services program.


Brandon Smith first came to CCC as a student seeking direction for his education.


“I started taking a couple classes, just random classes, fell in love with science, and started studying nursing,” Smith said.


At CCC, Smith thrived through his love for science and his commitment to success. He’d already had a good relationship with CCC’s Learning Support Program Coordinator, Mitch Driebe, who leads the College’s tutoring program. As a CCC student, Smith would often seek advising help from Driebe, which allowed the two to become familiar with one another. When Smith heard that CCC’s Tutoring and Learning Support program was in need of a new team member, he thought he would be the right fit and applied to be a tutor.


“The job posted at CCC, and I figured I could help people with biology because I loved it, so it just kind of fell into my lap,” Smith said.


In addition to biology, Smith also tutors students in English as well as mathematics, making him an asset to many CCC students seeking academic help in those subjects. Smith also works with the TRiO department tutoring students one on one in the higher-level biology courses that CCC offers.


Smith is at CCC as a tutor every Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, and CCC Tutoring Services has walk-in hours Monday through Saturday. On behalf of Tutoring Services, Smith encourages all CCC students to receive tutoring if they are in need of academic help.


As a student, Brandon Smith will be entering CCC's Nursing Program this fall and aspires to enter NAU's Nursing Program in the future.

In his free time, Smith enjoys hiking and exploring Flagstaff with his 6-year-old daughter and practices swimming and yoga as his main stress relievers. He is also a photographer by hobby and trade and uses photography as a job in addition to his position at CCC.


“The light that goes on in peoples’ eyes when they get something … and just seeing the people that come here every single day,” is what inspires Smith the most about the students he tutors at CCC.


“It’s a really rewarding job and it’s honestly really fun…I don’t mind coming to work, that’s for sure,” Smith added.

-- Alec Bodemer

Monday, 20th March 2017

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