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WESTMARC’s Hoffman Receives 2019 Heroes of Education Honor and Recognition for securing EMCC with $31 million for capital improvements

GLENDALE, AZ, Apr. 12, 2019 — WESTMARC President and CEO Sintra Hoffman was recently recognized by Estrella Mountain Community College as their 2019 Education Hero.

Hoffman’s recognition was the result of her involvement and efforts in the WESTMARC led workforce development strategy “West Valley Pipeline.” This initiative helped EMCC secure $31 million in funds for capital improvements that will create more space for nursing programs and reduce the current wait list.

In addition, EMCC President Dr. Ernie Lara stated the importance of Hoffman’s integral role in supporting and hosting interns through the college’s program.

“Sintra promotes the benefits of having internships as a catalyst to shape our future workforce,” Lara said. “As a member of our President’s Community Advisory Council, Sintra also served on the Chancellor’s Maricopa Community Colleges Transformation Task Force in 2017. In this role, she represented the West Valley as a community member by reviewing structural, organizational, policy, and leadership issues related to student access and success, responsiveness to employers and industry needs.”

Of the honor, Hoffman expressed gratitude, extending her appreciation of the collaborative efforts shared by WESTMARC and EMCC.

“Chancellor Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick’s foresight in transforming industry and education partnerships is creating programs and opportunities to support the rapidly changing landscape of workforce development,” Hoffman says.

Moving forward, Hoffman and WESTMARC continue to advocate and fortify collaborative efforts with MCCCD to help propel educational opportunities and economic development throughout the West Valley.


WESTMARC—the Western Maricopa Coalition—is a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community, and the educational sector in the West Valley of Greater Phoenix. WESTMARC membership provides opportunities to interact, learn, and communicate through asset tours, networking, key issue committees, information sessions, and signature events throughout the year. WESTMARC is committed to its members’ success and to its mission of enhancing economic development and promoting quality of life in the West Valley.

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