CAC’s GED program at Aravaipa Campus helping ease students into higher education


By Tom Di Camillo

EASTERN PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – In an effort to help students in the eastern region of Pinal County earn their high school equivalency and make the jump into higher education, Central Arizona College is unveiling a plan to offer General Educational Development (GED) preparation classes at the Aravaipa Campus.

The GED classes will be divided into two eight-week periods and are currently provided at no cost for Arizona residents. The classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. in room A18 at the Aravaipa Campus.

The first session begins Aug. 16 with preregistration starting Aug. 2. The second session will begin on Oct. 11 with preregistration starting Sept. 27.

Students who have lived in Arizona for less than a year must pay a $195 out-of-state fee. Students may register at CAC’s Aravaipa Campus and must show proof of legal presence in the United States.

“Although we are offering GED in the southern (Oracle) and northern (Superior) parts of eastern Pinal County,  we wanted to hold a class at the Aravaipa Campus,” Ronny Douglass, who coordinates the GED program districtwide for CAC, explained. “We really wanted to provide a more convenient location for potential students in the nearby communities of Kearny, Hayden, Winkelman, Mammoth and San Manuel.”

Having the classes on the Aravaipa Campus isn’t just about convenience. The goal is to keep the students on a path of higher education – and a future with many more options.

“Holding classes at a CAC campus seems to help GED students feel more at home in a college learning environment,” Douglass explained. “They are able to see themselves pursuing a college degree or certificate.”

Students can benefit from resources available at a college campus, like tutoring, a computer center, and access to a library.

Douglass cites the success of holding GED classes at the Superstition Mountain Campus with helping students transition into college academic programs.

“During the current year, 33 of the 53 GED students at Superstition Mountain Campus registered for college classes after obtaining their GED diploma.”

In fact, 102 people who were GED students during the past year at the Superstition Mountain Campus have passed the GED test.

For more information on GED classes sponsored by CAC, please contact Marcia Iselin by phone at 520-494-5950, or 1-800-237-9814, x5950, or by e-mail at marcia.iselin@centralaz.edu.

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