WILLIAMS - Coconino Community College is currently conducting an online survey asking for the opinions of residents of Williams and surrounding areas regarding the college's course offerings and services.
The survey is one part of the college's strategic plan addressing community outreach needs.
At the Jan. 14 Williams Rotary Club meeting, Scott Talboom, director of marketing and public relations for the college, said the survey is also one of the requirements for the college to retain its accreditation for the next 10 years. He went on to say that the survey will also serve as a self-study process.
"It will help us look at what we're doing and determine how we can do it better," Talboom said. "I would like to know exactly what people are interested in so I can best market it. And also it helps our curriculum people develop their curriculum and maybe cancel classes that are not being utilized and ad others that are."
According to Talboom, the Williams campus is currently underutilized but will remain open despite a difficult budget situation.
Overall, unofficial numbers show a 15 percent increase in the number of students attending the community college's campuses since last year said Talboom, with increases over four consecutive semesters.
"It just kind of gives you an idea of the need that is out there for a community college," he said. "It's amazing."
CCC Governing Board member Jack Hadley said the survey is important in order to gain an accurate understanding of the needs of the community.
"I'm kind of the guy that caused this to happen because last year when I started my time on the governing board I started asking a lot of questions," Hadley said. "Well, what do the people of Williams think? What do people in the area think? Where is our market? We had answers but they were six or eight years old and as we all know, things have changed in that time."
The survey will rotate from community to community, starting with Williams and then moving to Page followed by Flagstaff.
To complete the 15 minute survey go to www.coconino.edu/surveys. All surveys must be completed by Jan. 31.