The phrase “in these uncertain times” seems to be used to begin many conversations these days. The times have, indeed, been unimaginable in many ways. For those who have been, and continue to be, impacted as a result of COVID-19, we convey our sincere hope that better days are on the horizon.
At Coconino Community College, COVID-19 has impacted students' education goals. Student instruction has mostly shifted to Zoom and distance learning, which has taken a bit of getting used to by both students and faculty. The college has also instituted all necessary health and safety precautions to protect students, faculty, staff and our community.
As we wrap up 2020, we look forward to 2021 with a renewed sense of anticipation and excitement as solutions to the pandemic get closer and closer to becoming a reality.
At Coconino Community College and the CCC Foundation, we not only want things to be back to normal, we want them to be the best they have ever been! Recently, the CCC District Governing Board adopted “Students First: 2025” the college’s strategic plan for the next 5 years which provides a roadmap on how we will put “Students First” in everything we do. We have renamed our annual fund drive the CCC Comets Caring Campaign to reflect who we are and our commitment to “caring” for our students, faculty, staff and community. Did you know the Comet is the CCC mascot?
WE are here for you when you, a family member or friend is deciding on options for continuing education or certificate/degree.
WE are here for you when unique topics of interest are being presented at monthly Comet Talks.
WE are here for you when an individual decides to change careers and desires to develop a new skill set.
WE are here for you when a student is seeking financial aid or a scholarship that leads to a career.
WE are here for you when parents are providing guidance to their high school graduate on education and career paths.
I am a product of a community college education. Upon graduating from Morenci High School, I enrolled at Eastern Arizona College, and while I did not earn a degree, I used my community college experience to explore degree choices, which I completed at Northern Arizona University (a very long time ago).
So, why am I sharing my story? I share it simply because we all have our own stories of paths that have led us to where we are today. There are so many stories that have yet to be written and Coconino Community College and the CCC Foundation are here to be a part of these stories. Our President, Dr. Colleen Smith, says it best, “the story of our students is the story of Coconino Community College.”
Because of your continued support, this past year the Coconino Community College Foundation was able to award over $150,000 in scholarships to over 110 students! In a year unlike any other, your support will provide the opportunity to help CCC students write their own stories of success in the year ahead and beyond.