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Strengthening Families Program

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On February 23rd, 2017, the Strengthening Families Program held its second cohort graduation. The Strengthening Families Program, also known as SFP, is funded through a grant given through the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family. This 14-week program takes ten families through sessions intended to strengthen the family unit through learning communication skills, coping skills and overall healthy family ... Read More »

DCS-Serving Santa Cruz

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The Department of Child Safety formerly known as a Child Protective Services currently serves children and families in Santa Cruz County. The office is located at the Department of Economic Security in Nogales, Arizona on the top floor. The DCS for years have assisted children, youth and families in Santa Cruz County. The role of DCS is to protect children ... Read More »

Art in the Park Call for Entries at Tumacácori

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Over the course of National Park Week, from April 14 through April 23, 2017, Tumacácori will celebrate artistic expression of all kinds with an exhibition on display in the breezeway of its historic visitor center. “Art and national parks have always had a close relationship,” says Superintendent Bob Love, “A celebration of art in all its many forms is a ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Marie Montenegro-Ochoa

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This month of April Border Eco introduces Marie Montenegro-Ochoa Department of Child Safety Program Supervisor. She is a Nogales native who graduated from the Nogales High School in 1986. Ms. Montenegro-Ochoa completed an associate’s degree at Pima Community College and then completing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Northern Arizona University. She has been working for the Department of ... Read More »

“Successful Women”

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The General Consulate of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona held its 2nd series panel of “Successful Women,” on Monday, March 6th at the bicentennial hall in celebration of International Women’s Day. The guest panel was composed of three successful community leaders: Marie Montenegro-Ochoa (DCS supervisor), Claudia Mariz Oroz (business woman), and Mercedes Castro (Our House Shelter case manager). The first panel ... Read More »

Serving Santa Cruz County

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UA South has been offering higher education services in Santa Cruz County since 2008. UA South, or UA Santa Cruz as it was initially known, first started as a collaborative effort between the Outreach College of the U of A and UA South. Commerce was the first major offered, and later, elementary education from there, services transitioned to UA South. It ... Read More »

RRHS Students Achieve Top Results in Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

RRHS Students Achieve Top Results in Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Twenty students from Rio Rico High School (RRHS) received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the May 2016 Cambridge examination series, an exam given to students in over 40 countries around the world. Two students received the highest scores in the United States, scoring above all other US students taking the exam. Receiving the ... Read More »

Tumacácori O’odham Tash

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Tumacácori National Historical Park protects the ruins of a Spanish colonial mission to the native O’odham people. It is the O’odham residents of this community who formed and laid the bricks of the church, tilled the fields, and wrangled the mission livestock. Their culture and traditions live on today, focused in the lands of the Tohono O’odham nation. On March ... Read More »

Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee 2017

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The Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office hosted the 2017 Spelling Bee. The event was held on Friday, February 3, 2017. The event coordinators: Marisol Chiquete-Bolaina, and Julie A. Ulrich. It was held at the Santa Cruz County Complex. The Spelling Bee began with a pledge of allegiance followed with a warm welcome by the Santa Cruz County Superintendent  Alfredo I. ... Read More »

People that “echo”-Alan Aguirre

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This month’s people that “echo” is Alan Aguirre. Mr. Aguirre is not new to the field of education. He has been working in the field for more than 9 years. He first started working in the field of education as a teacher’s aide at Nogales High School teaching mariachi. Mr. Aguirre worked directly with mariachi students, and Mariachi Apache. After ... Read More »

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