As we look forward to a new season in the Valley of the Sun, I am honored to serve the students, faculty, and staff of the Maricopa County Community College District. During the past few months, I have been privileged to meet many inspiring people in this unique community. I have witnessed amazing fine arts performances, concerts, and films. I have seen students harness the power of electricity, build impressive projects from metal, and navigate confusing legal documents. I shook the hands of new graduates as they were the first in their families to earn a diploma. I have reflected on the importance of each person who made these experiences possible: dedicated educators who inspire their students, administrators and advisors who help them formulate goals, and maintenance employees who create a safe learning environment. Everyone, from the Chancellor to the booster volunteer, is part of a team that leads this great college district as it accomplishes one incredible goal: making education a reality. I believe that education truly is for everyone, regardless of background, age, or interest. Learning is not something that stops when a student hangs a diploma on the wall. It continues throughout life, and this is demonstrated by the thousands of women and men who return to take another class, gain a new skill, earn a new degree, and make our state a better place to live. We are fortunate to be led by Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick, who has a vision for our colleges that puts students first. I am inspired by her commitment to empower them with knowledge and opportunity. The strength of the Maricopa County Community College District is its people. Our faculty and employees are second to none and I appreciate your hard work. One of my goals for the coming year is to utilize the wealth of employee talent to increase public awareness about the great programs that are available in our colleges. The ideas and skills we need are right here in our community. You know what we do best and what we can do better, and I will depend on you to share your talents and knowledge. When we attract more students who seek to enrich their own lives, everyone in our great state benefits. I am excited about what the future holds and I am grateful to share it with each of you.
– Laurin Hendrix