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Adolfo Gamez

A. Gamez

Adolfo Gamez retired from Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) in April 2014 as director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Development Operations, after 35 years of working in the education system. Born and raised in Tolleson, Ariz., he grew up in a family of nine brothers and sisters.

Dr. Ernest Lara

Ernest Lara

Dr. Ernest Lara, the current president of Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), is originally from Prescott, Arizona. Born the youngest of 10 children, the value of an education was always stressed in his family. His parents had only completed the 6th grade in Mexico, and it was important to them that all their kids graduate from high school. Dr. Lara describes growing up in Prescott as a small-town experience of paper routes, playing baseball, and knowing his neighbors.

Profile: Landis Elliott, Internship Manager

Landis Elliott, Internship Manager

Landis Elliott, Estrella Mountain Community College’s Internship Manager, has a lot on her plate. She helps students gain experience by finding internship opportunities for them that provide valuable career experience while students are still in college.

Elliott attended Northern Arizona University and earned an Undergraduate Degree in Small Business Management as well as a Master’s in Business. She started working at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) with the Workforce Development Department where she saw a need to help students develop their career skills.

Professor Tsoudis Shares Activism and Travel with Students

EMCC Faculty Olga Tsoudis Volunteering in Africa

This summer, Dr. Olga Tsoudis, residential faculty for Sociology at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), traveled to Tanzania to volunteer at an orphanage with the Make a Difference (MAD) NOW organization, a nonprofit using a family and sustainability model to work with a select group of orphaned and vulnerable children by paying their school fees through college in a matching funds partnership with the schools the children attend.

Blomstrand Inspires Students Through Active Learning

EMCC Faculty Erin Blomstrand

Erin Blomstrand’s class offerings at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) include Banned Books and Censorship (ENH 295) and Shakespeare on Film (ENH 256), unique classes for a teacher who has had a unique background herself. 

Blomstrand has taught at EMCC since 2004. In addition to being a teacher, she is a feminist, activist and daughter. She draws on her experiences to help students learn more than what’s inside a college textbook.

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