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​Service-Learning Leadership Staff
Alexandra Cannell Wendt
Alexandra Cannell Wendt
Coordinator of Service-Learning
Student Life & Leadership

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Alex has served CGCC’s Service-Learning Program for nearly five years and has a passion for building relationships with community partners and faculty to identify service-learning projects that will empower students in their learning while meeting community-determined needs. Alex frequently designs and facilitates training workshops for faculty, community partners, students and presents at Service-Learning and Civic Engagement conferences. Before leading the Service-Learning Program at CGCC, Alex discovered the power of service and her love of programming for youth in Pisac, Peru during an 8-week internship where she was working with a team of five interns to design and implement a youth camp in 2010. Alex graduated, summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Communication with a minor in Global Studies from ASU as an All-Arizona Academic. Alex has received multiple awards from community partners recognizing her work in building reciprocal relationships with community partners. In addition to serving CGCC as Service-Learning Coordinator, Alex proudly serves as an advisor of the HELP (Hands Enriching Lives Projects) Club, CGCC’s community service club.
Carrie Braaten
Carrie Braaten
Early Childhood Teacher Education Service-Learning Placement Coordinator
Student Life & Leadership

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Carrie Braaten enjoys working with the teachers, principals and administration in schools throughout the East Valley community to provide Early Childhood and Teacher Education (ECTE) students with the opportunities to learn what it is like to be a teacher and lend an extra hand in classrooms. Carrie says, “There is no better way to learn about teaching than to put your learning into action through service-learning in the classroom.” Before coordinating service-learning placements, Carrie earned her Bachelor’s degree from NAU in Elementary Education and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU and has taught for 10 years for Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University, Chandler Unified School District, Madison School District in Phoenix and the YMCA.
Christina  Contreras
Christina Contreras
Secretary of Service-Learning
Student Life & Leadership/Service-Learning

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Christina has been attending Chandler-Gilbert since the fall of 2013. Christina enjoys helping people in need along with making everyone around her happy. The most important thing in Christina's life would have to be spending time with her big, crazy family and making them along with her boyfriend proud. She plans on transferring to NAU after CGCC to complete a Bachelors in Communication. Due to CGCC and NAU's wonderful partnership it will help support Christina's goals by being able to complete her degree online as she continues to work full time in the Service-Learning office. Christina will be going on three years working in the Service-Learning office and she enjoys every minute of it.
Ariana  Sanchez
Ariana Sanchez
Community Service Assistant of Service-Learning
Student Life & Leadership/Service-Learning

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Ariana has been attending Chandler-Gilbert since the fall of 2016. Ariana enjoys giving a hand on anything that is needed and making people around her happy. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones and doesn’t take anything for granted. Ariana’s biggest motivation is her family and making them proud is what drives her. She plans on transferring to ASU to pursue a degree that will help her become a Dermatologist, once she’s done getting her A.S. at CGCC. The opportunity to work with the Service-Learning team has made her communication skills grow and is excited to see how much more she can grow as a person in this position!