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| March 28, 2023

CCC2NAU student Justin Martinez plans to head to NAU to continue his studies in Psychological Sciences after his graduation from CCC. Courtesy photo.

By Coconino Community College

FLAGSTAFF — Coconino Community College student Justin Martinez has family members who have suffered from depression their entire lives.

“I really want to help people,” he said. “Particularly men who don’t normally ask for help.”

So, Martinez, a first-generation college student, decided to study Psychology at CCC, and as a CCC2NAU student, he plans to continue his studies at NAU to become a licensed therapist.

Originally from New Mexico, Martinez moved as a child with his family to the Phoenix area. While he attended Thunderbird High School as a teen, he became interested in the idea of college.

“I wanted to gain skills, so I decided to explore my options with community college,” he said, adding that he really didn’t know what he wanted to do at the time, and because community college was more affordable, he felt it would be a better place for him to begin to explore what he might want to do for a career.

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