CAC, Casa Grande Union High School teaming up for agricultural mechanics course


PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Central Arizona College and Casa Grande Union High School are plowing a connection for the fall semester that will bring a class in agricultural mechanics to the city.

CAC’s class entitled AGS110 Agricultural Mechanics (CRN 10028) is a hands-on course for beginning agriculturalists that will be held at CGUHS beginning Aug. 16.

The class will run Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:40 p.m. and is designed to establish basic mechanical skills for students seeking a degree in agriculture.

Steven Sipes, a veteran in the agricultural education field, will be the instructor. In addition to teaching agricultural mechanics and welding in Casa Grande for 22 years, Sipes - born and raised on a farm in southeastern Arizona - earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona in 1988 and 1998, respectively.

“The way the course is designed, it will be 90 percent hands on,” Sipes said. “If a student takes this course and goes on to graduate with their associate degree or transfers to a university and gets a job in agriculture, they will at least have the skills to do routine maintenance on tractors, plumbing and irrigation while also getting to work with some of the newest GPS guidance systems.”

Anyone interested in taking the course should contact Robert Randall at Central Arizona College by phone at 520-494-5311, or by e-mail at robert.randall@centralaz.edu.

Students who would like to register for the course should speak with their academic advisor.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814