FLAGSTAFF - APS, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electric utility has brightened the New Year with a $10,000 gift to energize Coconino Community College's Early Childhood Development program. Officials with the utility company based in Phoenix presented a giant check to President Leah L. Bornstein and the CCC Foundation Jan. 17 on the Lone Tree Campus.
The Early Childhood Development program trains and certifies teachers to work with children from toddlers to age 8. It is one of CCC's most popular programs and reaches students in some of the most remote areas of northern Arizona including in the Supai Village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and in isolated communities on the Navajo Reservation.
"This donation will provide the support to develop and deliver much-needed curriculum to an underserved population of the county," said CCC Department Chair of Business, Education and Development Paul Holbrook. "With new federal mandates requiring associate degrees for employees of the child care industry there is a great need that could not be met otherwise. The future is brighter today than it was yesterday and the students of CCC and the community will certainly benefit with these new efforts in workforce development."
"In the spirit of partnership to achieve outstanding economic performance and grow healthy communities we are proud to offer this grant," said APS Community Development Manager Cindy May. "We are confident that the Early Childhood Development program will provide the necessary skills to build a healthy and caring society."
Bornstein said community partners such as APS make a difference in lives and add strength and reach to the programs CCC is able to offer. "We are grateful to the people at APS for their support of our community and education."