Education Spotlight — The Comet: Coconino Community College’s Stellar Newsletter. See more local education news here

| October 20, 2020

By Coconino Community College

Coconino Community College’s Stellar Newsletter
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A quick word from the President
I find it difficult to believe, but we are halfway through the Fall semester here at Coconino Community College.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the way we deliver courses at the college, our students have continued to make progress toward achieving their educational dreams a reality.
Some of our students have also told us, frankly, that as soon as it is safe to do so, they would like to see a return of in-person classes at CCC. We are listening, and we are planning, if it is safe to do so in the Spring semester, to offer a percentage of our courses in-person to help those students who thrive in a face-to-face setting. Social distancing, face coverings and other health measures will continue to protect students and instructors. If all in-person classes that students are interested in fill up, I invite them to take advantage of CCC’s new “waitlist” feature to save a place in line if a seat in an in-person course opens.
We will also continue our remote-learning ways of offering courses: through Zoom interactive videoconferencing and online.
So, it’s time to “Gear Up” and start making plans for the Spring 2021 semester. Advisors are standing by. The spring 2021 schedule will be published on Monday, Nov. 2, and priority registration for continuing students will be available at that time. Then, on Monday, Nov. 9, general registration will begin.
We are not out of the woods yet with the COVID-19 pandemic, but CCC is here, and we’re ready to help everybody who comes to us achieve their goals.
Onward! Let’s gear up for Spring!
Colleen Smith
CCC Students First Celebration Oct. 23
Scholarship recipients are honored during the event hosted by the CCC Foundation
On Friday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m., the CCC Foundation is hosting a “virtual” Students First Celebration, formerly known as the Annual Meeting, Alumni & Awards Breakfast, that focuses on student successes while recognizing the many individuals and businesses providing financial support for CCC scholarships and programs.
Tickets are $30 for general admission and $10 for CCC alumni, students, faculty and staff. Contact the CCC Foundation office at 928-226-4348 or for sponsorship opportunities and more information.
Register today!
Coconino Community College Foundation is hosting a Students First Celebration on Friday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m.
Time to start planning Spring 2021 semester
CCC alum paints Navajo Nation home
Jerrel Singer, CCC alum, shows off some of his work that is on display at the Comet Art Gallery, relocated to the CCC Lone Tree campus.
Artist Jerrel Singer pays homage to his home in powerful work
The deep reds, oranges, purples and blues evoke a taste of dust, a dry feeling, a sense of expansiveness.
The art of Coconino Community College alum Jerrel Singer sings a heartfelt song of his Navajo Nation home of Gray Mountain and Cameron and what home means to him.
“Mostly, they’re places people don’t see much of the time because they’re literally driving by to get somewhere else,” Singer says.
His powerful work and the work of other CCC students and faculty are on display in the Comet Art Gallery, which recently returned home to the CCC Lone Tree campus after an extended exhibition at the Aspen Place. And even though the COVID-19 pandemic has closed the CCC campuses to public visitation, the gallery will still make its way out to the world digitally, with virtual exhibitions via social media, said Alan Petersen, CCC Fine Arts faculty.
“I wanted to continue the programming that we had begun at the Comet Gallery when it was in the Aspen Place,” Petersen says.
He adds that although the public won’t get a face-to-face interaction with the art, students, staff and faculty at CCC will have the opportunity to enjoy art in the Lone Tree Commons to brighten up the space and give it more life and vitality while the majority of students are learning remotely this semester.
Autumn colors come to Flagstaff
Autumn colors return to Flagstaff
Coconino Community College’s Evan Burris, Network Administrator, takes a stroll through the autumnal beauty of aspen groves along the Bear Jaw Trail near Flagstaff.
CCC, nestled in the ponderosa pine forests and big-sky beauty of northern Arizona, offers a stellar educational experience for the outdoor lover in all of us. Remember to “Be Stellar, Be Safe” during these difficult times.
For more videos of students, programs and more at CCC, visit our YouTube channel.
CCC Page student eyes hospitality career
Hotel Restaurant Management student Khadajha Young stresses that education is important to help her find a career path.
Khadajha Young wants to manage a hotel/restaurant in the Page area
Coconino Community College student Khadajha Young moved from her hometown of Kayenta on the Navajo Nation to attend CCC in Page.
She works full time at a local restaurant to support her 4-year-old daughter while she goes to school to study Hotel & Restaurant Management.
“Living in Page, there’s a lot of demand for it,” she said and smiled. “I would like to one day manage a hotel and restaurant.”
She doesn’t want to leave Page. It’s still close enough to her family in Kayenta.
She received the Page/Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce Scholarship and the SRP Navajo Scrubber Scholarship to attend CCC. She wouldn’t have been able to attend CCC without them.
“They are important financially,” Young said. “Going to school and having a job is difficult, and they make budgeting easier.”
CCC2NAU pipeline in 12th year
More than 700 CCC2NAU students have graduated from NAU with degrees
Did you know there are 1,100 students in the popular CCC2NAU program?
CCC2NAU is a “bridge program” that offers students an opportunity to affordably reach their goal of a four-year degree.
“I like to describe the program as having dual citizen ship at both schools,” said Robin Long, CCC2NAU Manager. “You’d be surprised how many times parents and students have said the is program is too good to be true.”
CCC2NAU students can live on the university campus, purchase a meal plan and a recreation center membership. They can join NAU activities while attending CCC, which has smaller class sizes and courses that are more affordable.
Cross-trained advisors meet with students for their initial start at CCC until their transition to NAU. CCC2NAU students are encouraged to earn an associate degree before starting at the university, and both institutions offer dedicated CCC2NAU scholarships.
The CCC2NAU advisors at CCC are (left to right) Kristy Russell, Barry Carpenter, Amanda Gonzalez, Robin Long and Christina Bauer. Schedule an appointment today.
CCC Comet Talk focuses on protecting ecosystems
Learn about orchestral music through CCC
English course geared to veteran needs
To access the event, visit The password is 594590.
Chainsaw course for firefighters begins Oct. 26
CCC can help with applying for financial aid
CCC offers First Aid & CPR classes in Page, online and in Flagstaff
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