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Category: Outreach

Jobs are necessities that allow us to live and support our families, and Grand Canyon University (GCU) is committed to supporting business development in the surrounding community. Watch this video to learn about the true story of West Phoenix’s transformation, which we call United by Purpose, and how GCU is supporting job growth in its surrounding neighborhoods.

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By Leigh Critchley
Executive Director, Strategic Educational Alliances

I was recently chatting with a school administrator, Matt Drowne, who I met about a year ago when his school became a participant in the Canyon Educational Participant (CEP) program offered through Grand Canyon University. Matt is the director of education at Gateway Academy, a small, private school for highly functioning autistic students. I work in the Strategic Educational Alliances department at GCU and I connect public charter and private schools to GCU through the benefits available by participating in the CEP program.

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By Cole Bucholc
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Strategic Educational Alliances  

As a 17-year-old, looking up from the field into the high-rising stands and bright lights of the Meadowlands (since replaced by Metlife Stadium), was a once-in-a-lifetime feeling. My high school football team had made it to the state championship game which was to be hosted at the home of my favorite NFL team – the New York Giants.

I don’t remember much about the game other than that we lost. I can’t tell you who we beat to get there, what the score was or even what school we were playing against. But I do remember the electric atmosphere and the feeling of playing the sport I loved on a stage that was far bigger than I ever imagined.

This is the same feeling that Grand Canyon University’s Strategic Educational Alliances (SEA) works to grant school bands and choirs throughout Arizona.

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By Lionel Williams 
CCSC Program Manager, Student Development & Outreach 

There are several different views on what purpose education holds in modern society. It can be argued that schools are designed to support the healthy development of intellect, independent thinking and societal awareness.

However, there is an undeniably strong trend that has been surging worldwide, making a significant impact on American academia over approximately the last 25 years. The ever-evolving growth of industry, and its economic influence on the overall welfare of societies at an international level, has led to schools being the primary system to promote employment skills and readiness for the workplace.

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By Joe Veres, EdD
Director of K-12 Outreach

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)

In June 2013, I left my middle school office as principal and began a new journey at Grand Canyon University with the promise of creating hope and success for high school students within the surrounding area. Within this promise was a commitment from Grand Canyon University to build opportunities for the community, a social responsibility to serve and support. 

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By Jeff Glosser
Director, Strategic Educational Alliances

It is 4 pm, and tonight is going to be a special evening. The 10-year-old boy comes home from school and immediately puts on his soccer uniform – the shiny jersey and knee-high socks. He laces up his cleats and even puts on his shin guards. His parents know that he does not have a game for his school or club team, so what makes this young boy so excited?

Tonight is the night he gets to go to Grand Canyon University and be part of the soccer team. He gets to meet the players on GCU’s Division I team and play on their field at halftime. He gets to eat pizza, celebrate a victory with thousands of people and end the evening with a fireworks show as he sits on the grassy berm with his best friends and family.

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Serve the City at GCU

By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

At Grand Canyon University, serving the surrounding community is a commitment made by both students and staff. Acts of service that impact others on a local, national and global level stem from the university’s Christian worldview and goal to positively impact the surrounding community.

Endless opportunities are available to GCU students and staff to become involved and make a difference. GCU leads a wide variety of volunteer programs and annual events to build connections with the community and serve others.

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