Central Arizona College
About Central Arizona College
Central Arizona College is a 2-year institution located in Coolidge, Arizona. It was originally known as the Pinal County Community College District, and is still the only college in the county. The city is located halfway between Phoenix and Tucson and is considered the commercial center of Arizona's cotton industry. Coolidge Cotton Days is an annual event to celebrate the industry featuring a 10K fun run and bike ride, volleyball, horseshoe tournament and entertainment. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is within the city limits of Coolidge. The Casa Grande is a partially ruined structure built by prehistoric peoples called Hohokam. It represents the height of Hohokam architecture. Around the main building are the remains of a walled village, and evidence of other prehistoric villages can be found nearby. The visitor center features a museum. There are regularly scheduled guided tours from January through April. Special archaeological tours are offered during March, which is Arizona State Archaeology Month. There is also a 300-yard, self-guided walking trail around the ruins with wayside signs provided. During Native American Month in November, special events are held throughout the local area.
Central Arizona College offers two-year AA transfer degrees. These degrees allows students to transfer to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona at junior standing fulfilling requirements for all university general education and university admissions. Within the school's Creative Arts Division, the art department offers foundation courses required to enroll in universities as an art major. Art department courses include two- and three-dimensional design, drawing, and art history. Students interested in studio art can develop skills in painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics and metalsmithing. The mass communications department offers courses in photography and graphic design. The student designers are introduced to professional software such as Adobe InDesign and have access to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The software is used to organize photos, illustrations, type, shapes, color, line and texture into a cohesive whole. The project-driven courses offer practice in creating business cards, flyers, posters, advertising, newsletters, magazines and book covers. Photography courses give students basic comfort with the camera and expand on the basics of camera use. Students will become familiar with the professional photo software Adobe Photoshop. The classes are intended to teach students to see shape, color, line and form as compositional elements and to develop a photographic style.
Within the school's Engineering Technology Division students can earn a Computer Aided Drafting and Design Certificate. Students who complete the one year CADD Certificate are prepared for entry-level employment as a CAD drafter. Students may also choose to pursue additional schooling in the field of architecture design. Within the CADD program, students learn basic drafting techniques and become proficient in the use of computer-aided drafting software.
CAC offers a variety of scholarship programs to recognize students for their academic performance as well as for participation in athletics and other activities. To be considered, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the corresponding scholarship application. Scholarships available include the CAC Academic Scholarship, the CAC Incentive Scholarship, the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, the Faculty Scholarship, the Honors Scholarship, and athletic, activity, and performing arts scholarships.
CAC offers many resources to its students, including tutoring, disability services, a student success program, the College and Career Transition Center, and career and student employment services. Students are encouraged to participate in any of the many athletic teams available, including baseball, cross country, track and field, basketball, softball, and even rodeo. The Student Leadership Organization is an important student organization that deals with issues or concerns relating to the students. It also develops events and activities to increase student involvement on campus and in the community. There are also a variety of opportunities to be involved in leadership, social, service, religious, educational, ethnic, and cultural clubs and organizations.