County Supervisor Lena Fowler has been selected as the 2017
recipient of the Coconino Community College Distinguished
Flagstaff, AZ Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler
has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Distinguished
Service Award at Coconino Community College.
Supervisor Fowler was selected for her outstanding contribution
to the mission of CCC.
"It is a great honor to work with Coconino County Supervisor
Lena Fowler and share in her vision," said CCC President Colleen
A. Smith. "She doesn't just talk about issues; she gets things
done. Supervisor Fowler is dedicated to serving Coconino County
and has shown her commitment in bringing forward higher education
opportunities. We at CCC are grateful for all her support."
Supervisor Fowler is now in her third term as supervisor for District
5, which includes Tuba City and the city of Page. Being Navajo and
raised traditionally, Fowler has lived in Tuba City for more than
25 years and has been a part of a wide array of community service
projects. She worked in the Office of Continuing Education and Dine'
College; was a founding member of Tuba City Concerned Citizens,
an organization devoted to cleanup of uranium mine tailings; was
a founding member and vice president of Tuba City Regional Health
Care Corporation Board of Directors; was president of the Association
for Indian Self-Determination in Healthcare; was president of Navajo
United Way, Inc.; and much more.
In recent years, she has been heavily involved in the development
of a Higher Education Consortium Project located at the CCC Page
Instructional Site. The project brings together CCC, Dine' College,
Navajo Technical University and Northern Arizona University to provide
higher education and job training to residents of northern Coconino
"I am greatly humbled and honored to be receiving the Distinguished
Service Award from Coconino Community College," Fowler said.
"Establishing the Page Higher Education Center has been a vision
and a dream for quite some time. With dedication, collaboration
and time, the dream has come true. Being recognized by CCC will
add to our ability to implement this initiative."
Supervisor Fowler has also worked with the CCC Page Instructional
Site student services coordinator to promote success for potential
and current students; helped secure funding for dual enrollment
classes in Page; organized efforts across the Navajo Nation to keep
the Page Instructional Site open; and has been a speaker at several
CCC events in Page, including awards ceremonies.
"Supervisor Fowler has been a tireless advocate for higher
education opportunities for students in Page and surrounding communities,"
said Lloyd Hammonds, CCC District Governing Board Member. "Her
efforts will help many students earn a college education and prepare
for employment that will promote the economic vitality of our region."
The CCC Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service,
leadership and support to the College and to the educational enrichment
of Coconino County. Nominees must be a resident of Coconino County
at the time of nomination, and they must have affected or substantially
contributed a major accomplishment for the benefit of CCC and to
the educational enrichment of district residents. The award is normally
given to one recipient annually, and any resident of the county
may nominate a person for the award. Current members of the CCC
District Governing Board and individuals employed by the College
are exempt from nomination.
The award will be presented during the CCC Foundation Annual Meeting,
Alumni & Awards Breakfast, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 7:30 to 9
a.m., at the CCC Lone Tree Campus Commons, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road
About Coconino Community College
Student success is the heart and purpose of Coconino Community College.
CCC provides affordable tuition and a wide variety of certificates
and degrees including career/technical programs with nearly 50 certificate
programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields including
nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business. The award-winning
CCC2NAU program provides an innovative way to smooth a student's
path toward a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University with
tailored advisement and institutional collaboration, including access
to amenities at NAU.
Since 1991, CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles
of Coconino County. CCC has helped create the region's skilled workforce,
which is improving overall health, safety and the economy in the
region. Today, CCC serves more than 7,500 students per year with
two campuses in Flagstaff.
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 25 percent of CCC's students
are Native American learners.