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Heroes of Education Recipient Advocates a Call to Action

News August 1, 2016
Dr. Harper-Marinick with Doug and Rebecca Pruitt

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation sponsored the annual Heroes of Education event on April 21, 2016, at the Sheraton Grand in Downtown Phoenix.  J. Doug Pruitt, Chairman and retired CEO of Sundt Construction, was recognized a champion of higher education in Arizona for his longstanding advocacy for the community, industry and more specifically, education where he has focused upon workforce development and vocational education.

Mr. Pruitt’s leadership has led to the advancement of many programs at the Maricopa Community Colleges that serve local industry.  Upon acceptance of the Heroes recognition, Mr. Pruitt urged that education be a priority within the State of Arizona and encouraged a public and private dialogue to create an educational system that transforms lives and offers opportunities to all students.

“Once again, we are grateful to all who attended the event and to those who generously contributed to the Foundation,” said Christina Schultz, President and CEO of MCCF.  “The support we receive is an investment in our community and the students who will become the leaders of the tomorrow. These gifts ensure that everyone has the opportunity to improve their lives through education.”

This year’s event was attended by over 550 community leaders and raised more than $115,000 in scholarship funds.  Since its inception in 2006, the Heroes of Education event has raised over $1.5 million in scholarship funds to support Maricopa Community College students.