Founded in 1961 as the Pinal County Junior College District, Central Arizona College launched its initial class of students seven years later to become the first - and still the only - college in Pinal County. Central has been committed to act as a catalyst for economic and cultural vibrancy and to inspire individuals to pursue their unique goals.
Today, Central Arizona College is formally known as the Pinal County Community College District, receiving a large portion of its funding from the taxpayers of Pinal County. Because of its successful educational and fiscal management styles, the 2007-08 budget reflects a tax reduction for the fourth consecutive year.
The institution is overseen by the Pinal County Community College Governing Board, a leadership group elected by voters to help guide the institution’s growth. The five-person board is comprised of county residents selected from specific geographic areas with a president annually chosen by the board members to lead the organization.