Tag: Coconino Community College

Local Education Spotlight — CCC&Y Supports Prop. 208. See more local education news here

| September 22, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — CCC&Y Supports Prop. 208. See more local education news here

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth has taken a pro position on Prop 208 for education funding. We are encouraging a yes vote on this ballot item.

A quality education system is crucial for healthy communities and the outcomes society desires. A well- resourced and supported education system helps prevent many costly societal needs including high incidences of criminal justice and law enforcement involvement. Education is a societal tool to prepare our children for healthy, engaged and positive community involvement through their life span. Further, it is a driver of economic growth. Businesses with higher-paying jobs locate in areas where they have access to an educated work force and where they are ensured of a quality education for their employees and their children. Increasing jobs through cheap labor, and low paying wages, is not as beneficial to the Arizona economy as high paying, invested employers.

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Education Spotlight — The 2020 Flagstaff Festival of Science Begins Sept. 18! See more local education news here

| September 15, 2020
Education Spotlight — The 2020 Flagstaff Festival of Science Begins Sept. 18! See more local education news here

The 31st annual Flagstaff Festival of Science is nearly here, and that means it’s time to participate in the “Best 10 Days of the Year.” This year, we celebrate the Superpowers of Science through more than 60 FREE events for all ages from Sept. 18-27!

Each year, the Festival’s all-volunteer Board of Directors works to help you indulge your curiosity. This year has presented a special kind of challenge as we tried to find ways to engage and excite you while observing social distancing, but thanks to our innovative partners and technology, we are thrilled to bring you a wide variety of fun and educational events, including online presentations, virtual workshops, classroom talks and guided tours, led by Flagstaff scientists.

This year’s Festival will look a little different, but we continue to emphasize hands-on learning with free science kits; interaction with scientists through online platforms; and opportunities to explore through self-guided tours, socially distanced walks and outdoor activities.

And, as always, we will kick off the Festival with an exceptional ballet performance. On Friday, Sept. 18, the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy will present “The Caped Crusaders of Science” at 6:45 p.m., followed by our W. L. Gore & Associates Keynote Presentation with Earth scientist Christa Sadler, “Tapping into the Superpowers of Science” at 7 p.m.

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Education Spotlight — CCC’s TRIO program receives $1.3 million grant. See more local education news

| August 11, 2020
Education Spotlight — CCC’s TRIO program receives $1.3 million grant. See more local education news

The Coconino Community College TRIO Student Support Services program received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant, which will be distributed over a five-year period, is the third such grant CCC has received since 2010.

“This is a big deal because our priority is first-generation students, students with disabilities and low-income students,” said Jessica Laessig, TRIO project coordinator at CCC. “This grant is important to be able to help these students who need it the most on our campus.”

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Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

| August 4, 2020
Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

Emily Musta of Flagstaff High School in Flagstaff, Arizona has been selected for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research (Fulbright DA) Program to New Zealand, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Musta is one of approximately 22 U.S. citizens who will travel to 10 countries around the world in spring 2021 on the Fulbright DA Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S government and was created to increase mutual understanding and build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.

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Education Spotlight — Flagstaff STEM City — Highlighting Indigenous Scientists: Aaron Yazzie. See more local education news

| July 28, 2020
Education Spotlight — Flagstaff STEM City — Highlighting Indigenous Scientists: Aaron Yazzie. See more local education news

This week’s featured Indigenous scientist is Aaron Yazzie. Aaron was born in Tuba City, Arizona, and was raised in Holbrook, Arizona, the seat of Navajo County.

Yazzie attended Stanford University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. In September of that year, he started working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. There, he designs mechanical systems for robotic space research systems. He has contributed to the Mars Science Laboratory Rover missions, the Mars InSight Lander Mission, and the Mars 2020 Rover Mission, the latter of which is due to launch on July 30th, 2020. You can check out a 3D visualization of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover here.

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Bilingual update — Flagstaff Unified School District to Start School Year with Remote Learning. See more local education news

| July 21, 2020
Bilingual update — Flagstaff Unified School District to Start School Year with Remote Learning. See more local education news

The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board approved a recommendation to have all students begin the 2020-2021 school year, on August 17, 2020, in Flexible Remote Learning and Distance Learning options only and delay the start of In-Person Learning at school sites at least through the first quarter (October 9, 2020).  The recommendation to move entirely to online remote learning was based on significant levels of spread and positive cases of COVID-19 in local communities and the state of Arizona, and the District’s commitment to the health and safety of students, FUSD staff, and vulnerable members of our communities.

“Making this decision now provides more certainty about the start of the school year, and enables staff to focus solely on preparing for high quality remote and distance learning,” said FUSD Superintendent Michael Penca. “We know this decision impacts our students, families, and community, and we appreciate their understanding and flexibility as we deal with the implications of this global pandemic.”

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Local Education Spotlight: You’re Invited to STEM City’s 8th annual STEMmy’s (June 17). See more local education news

| June 9, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: You’re Invited to STEM City’s 8th annual STEMmy’s (June 17). See more local education news

The STEMmy’s is an annual award given out to organizations and people who are STEAM leaders in our community. Congratulations to this year’s nominees:

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Local Education Spotlight: Coconino Volunteer & Decorated Vietnam War Vet Billy Weldon Wins America’s Favorite Crossing Guard. See more local education news

| June 2, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: Coconino Volunteer & Decorated Vietnam War Vet Billy Weldon Wins America’s Favorite Crossing Guard. See more local education news

Safe Kids Coconino County, led by Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS), and Safe Kids Worldwide are proud to recognize Billy Weldon as the winner of the 2020 America’s Favorite Crossing Guard contest.

After tens of thousands of votes from appreciative supporters that earned him a spot as one of the top five finalists, Weldon was named the winner by a panel of judges because of his exceptional impact on his community and his commitment to the safety of the students. 

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Local Education Spotlight: FUSD High Schools Announce Graduation. Procession on May 29. Grand Canyon, Williams also announce plans. See more local education news

| May 19, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: FUSD High Schools Announce Graduation. Procession on May 29. Grand Canyon, Williams also announce plans. See more local education news

Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) high schools, Coconino High School, Flagstaff High School, and Summit High School, will hold graduation processions on Fourth Street in Flagstaff, Arizona on Friday, May 29, 2020.  The event will include an opportunity for graduates to be recognized while still ensuring necessary social distancing measures. 

 “We are very proud of the accomplishments and efforts of FUSD’s senior students over many years.” said Superintendent Michael Penca. “They are graduating under extraordinary circumstances in which they have demonstrated persistence, patience, and compassion for others.  While we all wish we could hold our traditional ceremony, we know this event will be a special celebration for our seniors, their families, and our entire community.”

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Local Education Spotlight: CCC students receive CARES Act funds. See more local education news

| May 12, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: CCC students receive CARES Act funds. See more local education news

Coconino Community College has begun distributing money to qualified students from the federal CARES Act stimulus package.

About $550,000 is being awarded to qualifying students for the spring and summer semesters.

The current estimate is that 744 students qualify for the $600 CCC CARES Act Grant for the current spring semester because they were impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The remaining $100,000 will be used for CCC CARES Act Grants for summer term students.

“This is an excellent opportunity for qualifying students at Coconino Community College to receive the assistance they desperately need during these challenging times,” said CCC President Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D. “Our Financial Aid Department is running the award process today to get those needed funds granted to our students.”

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