Coconino County Career Center Director Carol Curtis is being recognized with the Workforce Practitioner of the Year award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). Curtis was honored by the AAED at their annual conference in Prescott, Arizona.
Curtis has worked for Coconino County for 26 years, with 17 of those years as the Director of the Coconino County Career Center. During her tenure at the Career Center, Curtis was instrumental in providing employment and education opportunities to both adults and teens. In 2010 alone, over 300 individuals took advantage of the Career Center’s Employment Services Program. In addition to employment services, the Career Center’s Independent Learning Center saw 50 students make use of this unique program with a 98% graduation rate. Curtis was nominated for the Workforce Practitioner of the Year by a member of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, Carl Taylor.
“Carol Curtis deserves the honor of Workforce Practitioner of the Year due to her tireless work on behalf of the citizens and businesses of Coconino County, particularly during these tough economic times,” said Carl Taylor, Coconino County Supervisor representing District 1. “Carol is not only successful in obtaining resources for Coconino County, but putting those resources to use in the community.”
In addition to working for Coconino County, Curtis has been an active volunteer in her local community for over 20 years. From holding seats on the Flagstaff, Williams, and Page Chambers of Commerce, to being a founding member of the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative of Northern Arizona, or SEDI, Curtis has demonstrated her ability to bridge the gap between prospective employees and employers within Coconino County.
“The Coconino County Board of Supervisors is honored to have Carol Curtis as a valued member of our leadership team,” said Mandy Metzger, Chair of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. “Carol’s hard work and dedication to workforce development is valued throughout our county.”
### Photo: Coral Evans and Carol Curtis