State Appropriates $1 million for STEM and Workforce Development
By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College (CAC) has received an additional state appropriation of $750,000 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Workforce Development funding. This brings the total STEM state dollars received by the college to $1,009,300.
CAC will use these new funds for projects to include:
Upgrading science labs and providing equipment for all labs throughout the district.
Implementation of a Culinary Arts program in the spring of 2015 at CAC's newest campus in the San Tan Valley.
Construction of a fabrication laboratory (fab lab) at the Signal Peak Campus that will integrate digital manufacturing system competencies. Students will learn how to design, create, and fabricate products quickly, accurately, and inexpensively. Students in advanced manufacturing, welding, and machining will be able to connect with students in other fab labs around the country and the world.
"We are appreciative for the continued support of our State and Local Legislators," said Doris Helmich, CAC President. "Over the past year, Pinal County has seen tremendous growth with the addition of three new manufacturing companies; Franklin Foods, Inc., Ehrmann Arizona, and Elrus Aggregate Systems. A Tractor Supply Distribution Center also is planned to open in Casa Grande. With these additional dollars, we will continue to provide educational programming in STEM fields and enhance training opportunities in workforce development for the citizens of Pinal County."