CCC Science Instructor Bryan Bates received emeritus status
from the District Governing Board after serving CCC and students
more than two decades.
Flagstaff, AZ - Coconino Community College students who may
have had difficulties with the rigors of college in the past now
have a chance to "re-boot" their college careers.
A new Re-Boot scholarship is now being offered at CCC through the
CCC Foundation with the generous help of Bryan Bates, emeritus professor
who recently retired from the College.
"Rather than losing students to issues they may or may not
have had control over, let's see if we can give them a little nudge
so they can help themselves," Bates said.
Some students stumble, Bates added. And when they do, they don't
have the resources or support to pull themselves up. Therefore,
they might never try again at gaining a college degree, which puts
them at a disadvantage in the job market.
So, Bates and his wife Barbara, with the help of the Foundation,
are offering matching funds of up to $1,000 a year to help as many
students as they can receive the Re-Boot scholarship. The scholarship
is to help students complete the requirements for an Arizona General
Education Certificate, or receive a passing grade in a course in
their required major. Students must have a minimum 1.5 grade-point
average, and they must create a plan outlining how they will manage
their time and energy so they can pass a class if they take it again.
Additionally, the students have to contact the former instructor
they had when they received a failing grade, share the plan and
ask for a short letter of reference stating that they are a good
candidate for the scholarship. The scholarship will pay for half
the tuition of the class the student is retaking.
"If we can get them through the AGEC, then they're likely to
get through their AA degree," Bates said.
He also said that the scholarship is his way to help move the needle
on the education of people who have grown, or matured, or who have
found direction, and, but for a few dollars and an "F"
on a transcript, don't go back to school to improve their lives.
"I am asking for your gift so that we can reignite the fire
of learning, earning and caring in another human who can then contribute,
yet again, to our community," Bates said.
People interested in donating to the Re-Boot scholarship may do
so by visit www.coconinofoundation.org.
About Coconino Community College
Coconino Community College faculty and staff are dedicated to promoting
an environment of excellence to support students. Since 1991, CCC
has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County.
The College has helped create the region's skilled workforce, with
the goal of improving the lives of our residents through workforce
development and higher education. CCC has served more than 75,000
students countywide, with two campuses in Flagstaff and an instructional
site in Page.
CCC provides affordable tuition and a variety of certificates and
degrees including career/technical programs with more than 50 certificate
programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields. Those
fields include nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business.
Additionally, CCC has programs that ease student transition to any
of the three state universities.
CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County including
Williams, the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Page/Lake Powell, Fredonia,
Tuba City and other remote areas on the Navajo, Hopi and Supai Tribal
Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person
and Interactive Television classes to meet the needs of students
in these rural and remote areas. Nearly 20 percent of CCC's students
are Native American learners.