CAC’s Early College offers HS students a head start on college

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Pinal County high school students who dream of attending college don't have to wait until they receive their diplomas to realize that dream.

Central Arizona College has opened registration for its spring 2012 offering of Early College, a program that provides high school students an opportunity to get a jump start toward earning credits while still enrolled in high school.

"This is a wonderful opportunity being given to the county's high school students," Luis Sanchez, the college's director of admissions and recruitment, said.

"Every year we have a large number of students who take advantage of this opportunity and we anticipate that number will increase this spring."

Students accepted into the Early College program receive a tuition scholarship from Central Arizona College that covers regular, in-state tuition and fees. Students are responsible for the purchase of textbooks and class materials, as well as transportation to and from campus.

To be eligible for Early College, participants must be a
Pinal County resident and current high school student who has completed their sophomore or junior year at a high school in Pinal County. In addition, students must receive authorization from their high school guidance counselors to attend Early College.

To remain in the program, students must maintain a 2.5 college grade point average. Students also must enroll in and complete the CPD 101 (Student Development Orientation) class, meet with an academic advisor every semester, and register for and attend a CAC orientation.

For more information about CAC's Early College program, please contact Luis Sanchez (520-494-5111 /

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