First Step is a summer program that allows Pinal County high school students to enroll in college courses the summer after their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. Students who participate in this program may enroll in up to seven college credits and receive a tuition waiver.
First Step classes are held during the college’s two summer sessions. Each session lasts five to eight weeks with the first summer semester kicking off on Tuesday May 29.
Prior to registering for coursework at Central Arizona College, new First Step students need 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.
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:
- Secure all signatures on the First Step Form (available from your high school guidance counselor or the CAC Recruitment Office).
- Make an appointment to attend a testing and advising forum.
- Attend your testing and advising forum. Students will start registering for classes at the forum.
- Turn in the completed First Step form to the CAC Registration Office.
- Attend New Student Orientation.
- Purchase books at the bookstore.
- Attend all classes.
First Step students are members of the college community and are expected to adhere to all college rules and regulations. Students are expected to attend all classes. Students are responsible for completing the withdrawal process for any courses they do not attend.