Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Sept. 22

CCC to graduate more than 200

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Coconino Community College will be sending off the Class of 2009 at 1 p.m., Friday, May 8 on the Lone Tree Campus with a quote from President Bill Clinton, "We are living in a world where what we earn is a function of what we learn."

According to CCC Institutional Research Director Dr. Stephen Chambers that piece of wisdom, adopted by CCC as the 2009 commencement theme, certainly rings true in Coconino County. "CCC graduates on average earn $15,000 more annually than the median income for workers in our district."

During these challenging economic times, Chambers also notes that employees in the workforce with the highest educational degrees also have the lowest unemployment rate.

CCC President Dr. Leah Bornstein will be congratulating more than 200 students who are graduating with associate's degrees or certificates. This will be the youngest class in 10 years; the median age is 29.

Commencement speakers include the two faculty members of the year: full-time anatomy and physics instructor Tom Lehman; and, part-time English and psychology instructor Dr. John Linskey. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society President Jacob Diaz will be addressing his classmates.

In addition, the CCC District Governing Board will be announcing the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Service Award, the college's most prestigious honor for an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to Coconino Community College, community service, business and civic leadership.

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