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Local Education Spotlight — Free classes at CCC this summer for high school seniors in Coconino County. See more local education news here

| April 4, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — Free classes at CCC this summer for high school seniors in Coconino County. See more local education news here

High school seniors in Coconino County will be able to attend summer classes at Coconino Community College for free.

Thanks to COVID relief funding from the federal government, county high school seniors will be able to get a head start on a college education this summer.

“In keeping with our philosophy of ‘Students First,’ we are using as much of the federal funding as possible to help students get started in college right away,” said CCC President Dr. Colleen A. Smith. “There will also be funding to help students who have needed to take some time away from their college studies due to the many different impacts of the pandemic. Give us a call, or come see us so that you can gear up for summer and fall classes!”

CCC Provost Dr. Nate Southerland said, “This year’s graduating class has really been impacted by COVID, and we want to help them launch their college career successfully. Whether they need to take some remedial classes to catch up on their Math and English skills or get a head start on the classes required for their major, we want our graduating seniors to know that we are here for them.”

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Local Education Spotlight — CCC students receive more COVID relief funds. See more local education news here

| March 16, 2021
Local Education Spotlight —  CCC students receive more COVID relief funds. See more local education news here

Students attending Coconino Community College for the spring semester will receive a new round of federal COVID relief funds to help them with the cost of college.

On Dec. 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief and Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed into law. CCC will be awarding at least $552,365 in financial aid grants to students. The awards will likely range from $100 to $500 depending on the number of applicants. 

“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to continue helping students achieve their education during the pandemic through grants and specialized attention,” said CCC President Dr. Colleen A. Smith. “Through generous help from others, CCC has money to help students go to college, so I encourage you to gear up for summer and fall semester and get started on your future. CCC has both in-person and virtual classes in the schedule.”

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Local Education Spotlight — Page Public Library is a star library. See more local education news here

| February 16, 2021
Local Education Spotlight —  Page Public Library is a star library. See more local education news here

The Library Journal has announced its star libraries for 2020, and yes, the Page Public Library is one of them.  

The Library Journal is pleased to announce the results of the 13th edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service. The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries based on selected per capita output measures.

The 2020 Index derives from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Page Public Library, or the PPL, plays a critical role in connecting community members to vital resources and programs, they are the heart of the Page community. They are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to huge resources of information and knowledge.

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Local Education Spotlight — Canceling the Annual Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Awards Event. See more local education news here

| December 8, 2020
Local Education Spotlight —  Canceling the Annual Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Awards Event. See more local education news here

Each year, the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools office holds a Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors for Excellence Awards Event, but due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 event will not be held. The School Superintendent’s Office hopes to continue the annual tradition in the future.  

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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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Local Education Spotlight — Navajo youth, Alyssa Williams, wins Arizona license plate seal design contest. See more local education news here

| August 25, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Navajo youth, Alyssa Williams, wins Arizona license plate seal design contest. See more local education news here

Flagstaff High School senior Alyssa Williams is just at the beginning of her graphic design career, but already she has notched two big wins — she was part of the pair who won the Vans Custom Culture Contest in 2019, and now her design has won the Code Talker Seal Design Contest that will be featured on an Arizona specialty license plate.

The contest was held in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations to design a seal to reflect the historical and unique contributions made by the Code Talkers of many different tribes across the United States.

The Code Talkers Seal Design Committee selected five designs based on artwork and an essay describing how the design honors all Code Talkers and how it has impacted them personally.

Williams’ design won with 61 percent of the 20,565 votes cast.

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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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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: Madi Olson awarded child abuse prevention scholarship. See more local education news here

| June 30, 2020
Local Education Spotlight:  Madi Olson awarded child abuse prevention scholarship. See more local education news here

Madison Olson, a senior at Williams High School, received a $500 scholarship from the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth (CCC&Y).

The council created the annual Child Abuse Prevention Essay contest so that Williams High School Seniors could describe what the community can do to help prevent and respond to child abuse and childhood trauma.

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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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