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Future of Coconino College in Page

February 14
13:34 2014

At Wednesday’s Page City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Diak said that at the next governing board meeting, the future of Coconino College in Page will be discussed. Specifically, the Mayor said the board will convene in Flagstaff on February 25 to decide whether to fund the Page location of Coconino Community College as budgeting is considered.

CCC has been suffering financial difficulties as enrollment grows but funding diminishes. CCC recently sought a property tax increase but failed in their efforts. When CCC first opened its doors, nearly 1,000 students enrolled at the Flagstaff campus in the first semester. Since then, the college has experienced an astounding growth rate and today serves more than 10,000 students per year with two campuses in Flagstaff and one in Page. Unfortunately, funding has not accompanied the growth and many cuts have been implemented. In addition to program cuts and reductions last year, the Williams campus was also shut down. The decision to terminate funding for the Page Campus would be an obvious detrimental blow to the community it has served for so many years.

“CCC is the community’s college. The community has spoken through this vote and the College will now respond. Decisions will be made by the District Governing Board regarding the mission of the College that will allow us to stay in business. This will be one of the most difficult decisions the Board has made and the results will be painful to many throughout our County. As always, we will keep you informed as to the changes that will occur.” – Dr. Leah L. Bornstein, CCC President.

The City of Page also proclaimed the Month of February as Coconino Community College Appreciation Month. The proclamation of appreciation and a letter of support for CCC will be sent to the CCC Governing Board on behalf of the community.

The mayor also encouraged all to discourage the board from closing the campus. Lloyd Hammonds is our area rep on the board. Hammonds served as the CCC Page campus Dean for 14 years before becoming a governing board member in January of 2013. His email address is [email protected] More information including more board contact information can be found at coconino.edu

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