NAU and YMCA to unveil college resource center

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ymca2Northern Arizona University and the Flagstaff Family YMCA will unveil the Northern Arizona College Resource Center on Monday, April 19.

The center will offer middle and high school students advising, application assistance, financial aid information workshops and standardized test prep workshops. The center also will have a computer lab. It hopes to guide students toward higher education.

Program coordinator Coral Zayas will oversee daily operations with the center’s programs matching those of well-recognized college access centers around the country.

“We want to use our community’s strengths to become a leader in college access centers, especially those targeting rural populations,” Zayas said.

Erin Grisham, executive director of NAU’s Educational Support Services and member of the Flagstaff YMCA board of directors, said the resource center will enable the university to strengthen its partnerships and collaborations in Flagstaff and throughout northern Arizona.

“The center will provide much needed additional resources for students and their families about the college enrollment process,” Grisham said. “It will be a tremendous service to the community, and I am very pleased the YMCA is partnering with us to meet the needs of students and families in our community.”

The center has received community and statewide support, including start-up funding from the Arizona GEAR UP program, which is administered by NAU. Center staff and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers are finishing moving in time for YMCA grand opening celebration Saturday, April 17.

For information about Northern Arizona College Resource Center visit To get involved or volunteer, contact Coral Zayas.