About Cochise College
Cochise College is a 2-year institution with a main campus in Douglas, Arizona. Douglas is situated along the U.S.-Mexico border, which has made it an international commerce point. Agua Prieta is the small Mexican town right on the other side of the border, full of shopping and restaurants. Visitors should take the opportunity to go across the border and take in the culture. With colorful Mexico at its back door and a host of scenic areas only a few hours away, Douglas has much to offer. For history buffs, Douglas is home to the Gadsden Hotel, listed on the National Historic Register. It is a historic and elegant place that holds many tales of the past. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to visit the Chiricahua Wilderness found in the Chiricahua mountain range in the Coronado National Forest. It offers camping spots and hiking trails. The Chiricahua National Monument is a part of the Chiricahua Mountain Range. The San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge is a place to see beautiful plants and water life. Douglas offers the charm of the Old West combined with the comforts of today.
Cochise offers 1-year certificate programs in computer-aided drafting, digital imagery and animation, digital imagery and video production, Web development, and game design and creation. These certificate programs are designed for direct employment. The Computer-Aided Drafting certificate includes study of technical graphics, spatial relationships, drafting, and written communications. Students may choose between the manufacturing option including engineering design or the computer technology option including essentials of networking. The Digital Imagery and Animation certificate requires courses in two-dimensional digital imaging and animation on both introductory and advanced levels, plus a course on creating multimedia presentations. The Digital Imagery and Video Production certificate requires courses in three-dimensional computer-generated imagery on both the basic and advanced levels, plus three-dimensional computer-generated animation and computer-generated video production. The Web Developer certificate includes foundational coursework in operating systems, programming, communication, and the World Wide Web. Students study logic, technical writing, graphics, and Web development. The Game Design and Creation certificate requires coursework in programming logic, basic and advanced game design and creation, game programming, game level design, two-dimensional digital imagery, and three-dimensional computer-generated imagery. Students interested in this field may also choose to pursue a 2-year AAS degree in Game Design and Creation. This requires additional general education coursework, plus artificial intelligence theory and programming, practical applications in game design, and additional departmentally approved electives of the student's choice.
Cochise also offers two-year Associate's degrees intended for transfer to a four-year university. Transfer degree programs include the AA for fine, theatre, and media arts majors and the AS for information systems majors. These degrees transfer as a block of credits to all Arizona public universities, allowing the student to enter the university as a junior. General education requirements for Associate's degrees include composition, mathematics, laboratory science, the arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. Available fine arts courses include drawing, design fundamentals, photography, three-dimensional design, beginning jewelry, and beginning commercial design. Media arts courses include introductions to video, television and film production, special topics in media, desktop publishing, computer illustration and design, and photography. Theatre arts courses include makeup, stagecraft, and dramatic structure. Information systems courses include computerized digital imaging, computer animation, introduction to operating systems, essentials of networking, and advanced computer applications.
Scholarships to Cochise College are available through the Cochise College Foundation. Recipients are determined by a variety of qualifying factors, as specified by donors, and may include financial need, grade point average, program of study, enrollment status, and leadership or community service. Students may apply online through the Cochise College Web site. Scholarships include departmental, Cochise College programs or clubs, non-traditional student, and general memorial or business-funded scholarships. Available scholarships requiring a separate application process include the Bermingham Scholarship, the Erwin Fry Foundation Scholarship, and the Andrea Cracchiolo Scholarship.
Cochise College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The school is the largest rural community college district in Arizona. The college draws quality athletes from across the southwest to compete in baseball, basketball, rodeo and soccer. A number of clubs are organized around student interests and academic programs, including the Card Club, Dance Club, Entrepreneur Club, and the Social Concerns Club. Groups like Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, gives students a chance to serve the community. The Student Government plans, coordinates, promotes and finances a variety of student activities.