Tucson Metro Chamber
Nationwide Honor for PCC Student
Adult Education Ambassador Program also recognized for national excellence
Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College’s Ana Chavarin has been named the Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), and the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning’s (AALL’s) Ambassador Program is COABE’s State Innovation Award winner.
[Read COABE’s media release about Ana Chavarin and the Ambassador Program.]
Ms. Chavarin, a married mother of four, started in PCC’s Adult Basic Education and is now only 14 credits shy of an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Psychology. She plans to go to The University of Arizona to earn her Ph.D. in Psychology.
Prior to enrolling in PCC Adult Basic Education, Ms. Chavarin was a victim of a violent crime. When she learned other women had been crime victims but didn’t receive the help they needed because they only spoke Spanish, she decided to return to school to begin a career helping others.
Ms. Chavarin also is a seasoned Ambassador. The Ambassador Program, which began at PCC and went statewide in 2009, provides adult learners an opportunity to publicly speak about their experiences and represent the common interests and needs of Adult Education students. Students develop skills that transfer to other personal, academic and professional pursuits.
“I’m very proud of what I have accomplished,” Ms. Chavarin said. “I love sharing my story to encourage others to achieve their dreams.”
Ms. Chavarin will be honored by COABE, and receive a $10,000 award, at the organization’s National Conference in March in Phoenix.
For more information about Pima Community College’s Adult Basic Education for College and Career classes, call 520-206-3987 or visit Adult Basic Education for College & Career and High School Equivalency at pima.edu.