Pinal County HS students can take first steps toward college degree at CAC this summer

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College will open its doors to Pinal County high school students this summer with its First Step Program.

Through the program, students who aspire to attend college can get an early start on earning college credit while receiving significant cost savings.

"With the continued increase in college tuition rates nationwide and the financial struggles that many families are facing today, the First Step program can provide a quality opportunity for students and their families to save on future college expenses," Luis Sanchez, CAC's assistant director of recruitment, explained.

First Step is a summer program for Pinal County students completing their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school.

The program allows high school students to enroll in college courses before graduating from high school. Students who enroll in this program may take up to seven college credits and receive a tuition waiver.

First Step classes are held during the college's summer sessions. The summer semester begins Tuesday, May 31.
Prior to registering for coursework at Central Arizona College, first time First Step students are expected to complete COMPASS placement testing and attend an advising forum.

Placement testing and advising forums are available by appointment only. Students must contact a CAC campus or center to schedule an appointment for COMPASS testing and advising forums.

In the forum, students will take placement tests, meet with an academic advisor, turn in the First Step form (with signatures) and register for classes.

Participation in the First Step program is a seven-part process:

1. Secure all signatures on the First Step form (available from your high school guidance counselor or the CAC Recruitment Office).

2. Make an appointment to attend a testing and advising forum.

3. Attend your testing and advising forum. Students will start registering for classes at the forum.

4. Turn in the completed First Step form to the CAC Registration Office.

5. Attend orientation.

6. Purchase books at the bookstore.

7. Attend all classes.

First Step students are members of the college community and are expected to adhere to all college rules and regulations, attend all classes, and are responsible for completing the withdrawal process for any courses they do not attend.

For more information regarding First Step, please contact Luis Sanchez at 520-494-5266 or by e-mail at Students and parents also may contact their high school guidance counselor or visit First Step on the web at

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