2011 January 12 - 12:00 am


  • California’s MiraCosta College student-focused Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Textbook Loan Program has earned the prestigious statewide Academic Senate Board of Governors’ 2010 Exemplary Program Award. The program lends textbooks, equipment and even regalia to students in need and is dependent upon the dedication of faculty, staff, administration, the Board of Trustees, the college foundation, and local businesses and service clubs. The college’s textbook loan program is led by Faculty Director Teresa Cerda and Student Services Coordinator Yesenia Balcazar. It operates on the core belief that every student must have access to textbooks to achieve success in college. The program is now a model to other colleges in the state, and was awarded MiraCosta College’s first-ever Innovation Award, which will be given by the MiraCosta College Foundation this month.

  • Phoenix business consultant Ronnie Lopez was named as the 2011 recipient of Arizona’s Maricopa Community Colleges Heroes of Education Award at the event’s recent kickoff reception. Sponsored by the Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, the Heroes of Education dinner honors those who have a proven personal and professional commitment to support Maricopa Community College students and educational opportunities. Proceeds from the dinner support student scholarships through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. Lopez has been chair of Phoenix International Consultants since 1988. An Arizona corporation, PIC consults with clients in the areas of contract negotiation, and political and marketing strategies. During his long career, Lopez has been chief of staff and executive assistant to former Gov. Bruce Babbitt, president and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa, Justice of the Peace for west Phoenix, and a field representative for the Arizona Civil Rights Commission. Lopez is presently a committee chair and board member of SCF Arizona, which provides workers compensation insurance to businesses in Arizona.

  • Zachary Hodges, president of Houston Community College’s Spring Branch and Katy Campuses, received theDiamond Leadership Award from the West Houston Leadership Institute for his leadership, vision and commitment to West Houston.Hodgeshas been actively leading and serving the West Houston community for many years. He is the current chair ofthe West Houston P-16 Council, and the chairman of the board for the West Houston Medical Center. Additionally, Hodges is active in several boards including the Memorial City TIRZ, American Leadership Forum, West Houston Association-Quality Growth Partner, Katy ARTreach, Partners in Education and Career and Technology boards for the Katy and Spring Branch School Districts, the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum and is a member of the West Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Katy Chamber of Commerce and the Katy Area Economic Development Council.
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