Education Spotlight — Leupp mom seeks career with CCC help. See more local, state and national education news here

| January 24, 2023

CCC student Charmayne Yazzie credits the college’s Strengthening Indigenous Student Success program
for helping her confidently begin her educational journey. Courtesy photo.

By Coconino Community College

PAGE —  Coconino Community College student Charmayne Yazzie still remembers walking into the Page Center to take her first class in more than a decade after high school.

“At first, I was a little embarrassed,” Yazzie said. “I was worried I wouldn’t do well.”

From Leupp on the Navajo Nation, Yazzie worked two jobs to help support her partner and their three children. She needed for something to change.

So, she enrolled in CCC’s Summer Bridge courses, which were created with the help of a $2.5 million Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution grant from the U.S. Department of Education. As part of the Strengthening Indigenous Student Success program at CCC, funded by the grant, Native American students are eased into the college experience by taking a foundational English 101A course along with a College Success course.

Yazzie received A’s for her effort, and she’s pretty confident she’ll finish her ENG 102 and Psychology courses with good grades as well. Her plan for this spring is to enroll as a full-time student. On top of that, she has landed a job as a Peer Mentor for the SISS program to help other Native American students find solid footing on their educational journey.

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