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Character Counts

The office of the Superintendent Alfredo Velasquez hosted on January 11th a 3-day workshop for educators. The workshop was coordinated by: Janet Annett- Southwest Educational Consultant Agency, Ismael Morales- Virtual Response Program Director, and Denisse Melendez-Office Manager.The workshop “Character Counts”  facilitator was John Forenti from the Josephson Institute. The program basically helps instill a positive learning environment for students. The ... Read More »

Victim Advocacy & Support

An Arizona constitutional amendment in 1990 gave rights to victims of crime. The Victims Services Program started operating 1985. The Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office manages several programs that specifically designed to help victims, and witnesses understand, and navigate the judicial system. Victims and witnesses of crimes often feel unprotected.   As a result, the Santa Cruz County Victim Services ... Read More »

Silent Injuries

On Wednesday October 21st, students and families had an opportunity to attend a special training sponsored by Making Connections 4 U a non-profit organization in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Autism Support Group at 6:30 p.m. at Cochise College. The training “Broken Silence” by Robert Emerick was developed to help healthcare professionals, educators, and community members understand the effects of child sexual abuse has on ... Read More »

Teacher of the Year Awards 2015

The 2015 Santa Cruz Teacher of the Year Awards was hosted at the Esplendor Resort by the Nogales Rotary Club, and the Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office. The major key players in making this event possible are Alfredo I. Velasquez, and Ed Suckley. The main purpose of organizing this event is to acknowledge outstanding educators in Santa Cruz County. The ... Read More »

Boys and Girls of Santa Cruz

The Boys and Girls Club opened its doors to the public on May 23, 1993. The club opened mainly with the support of teachers, community members and the 4-H Young America cares program. The club began with 2 part-time employees with the rest being volunteers. The club later expanded to 4 full-time and 9 part-time employees. The current building they ... Read More »

Inspirational Educational Leader Retires-Sue Neilsen

When we think about our local community college in Santa Cruz County, the first thing that comes to mind is Sue Neilsen Director of Cochise College. She has worked with the college for over 12 years. Unfortunately for our community, she will be retiring June 30, 2015. She will be moving to San Francisco to be with family. Ms. Neilsen ... Read More »

Cochise College Santa Cruz Student Coalition

The Santa Cruz Student Coalition from Cochise College is a coalition dedicated to teaching students leadership skills in a fun healthy and productive way. The group members are Jesus Atondo President, Alma Pina Vice-President, Marcos Espinoza  Treasurer, Alexis Grambs Secretary, Vanessa Montoya Historian, Edna Campos Event Organizer, Josue Flores Coalition Representative and 3 volunteers. The student coalition goal is to ... Read More »

Zaskia Villa of Nogales High School is Arizona’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Champion

By Arizona Commission on the Arts Photos by Alonso Parra, Lamp Left Media Zaskia Villa, a senior at Nogales High School in Nogales, Arizona, will represent Arizona at the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition in Washington, D.C., in April. Zaskia claimed the title of 2015 Arizona State Champion on Thursday, March 12, at the State Finals competition ... Read More »

“Creating Critical Thinkers Rooted In Spirituality”

Sacred Heart Catholic School is a parish school in Nogales, Arizona that began its Catholic educational history in 1910. It was closed in 1998, and was re-established in 2001.Sacred Heart Catholic School is a hidden gem filled with the most amazing teachers, parents and students. Everyone that becomes a member of Sacred Heart Catholic School becomes a member of the ... Read More »

“One of Our Own”

A Cochise College student Nailea Leon of Rio Rico, Arizona was recently nominated as one of the recipients of the 2015-All Arizona Academic Teams. She will receive a tuition waiver to complete her bachelor’s degree at one of the state’s public universities. She is majoring in journalism and media arts at the Santa Cruz Center. She plans to transfer to ... Read More »

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