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Do you want to use your digital camera more effectively?

Do you want to know how to use more of your camera’s features?

Are you baffled by shutter speeds and f-stops?

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Adriana Saavedra returns to Central Arizona College as its new director of library services

Central Arizona College alum Adriana Saavedra has been named as the college’s director of library services.

Saavedra comes from the city of Coolidge where she served as its library manager since 2007. Previously, she was employed as a librarian and technical services supervisor for the Casa Grande Public Library from 2005-07.

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ADE Parent and Education Resources Meeting

Parents frequently face many decisions and have many questions about the challenges and changes their teens are going through.  They are often looking for strategies to help their teens make good choices.  Parents sometimes struggle to prepare for conversations about dating, peer relationships, and cell phone/internet use.

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95 Mountain Vista Middle School Students Promoted

It has been an amazing year for the class of 2016!  Wednesday, May 23, 2012 marked a new chapter in their lives as 95 students were promoted from Mountain Vista Middle School and became Sabercat Freshman.

The Sabercat Percussion Ensemble played while the students entered the San Tan Foothills High School gymnasium.

Our National Anthem was sung by Wolverine Samantha Arrneds.

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92 students honored at Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus student awards ceremony

A total of 29 honors were bestowed upon to 92 different students on Thursday, April 19, during Central Arizona College’s student awards ceremony at its Signal Peak Campus.

Katelyn Roth (Cincinnati, Ohio/Casa Grande Union) headlined the list of winners by taking Student of the Year honors.

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7 Central Arizona College employees graduate from the Hispanic Leadership Institute

Seven Central Arizona College employees who embarked on a 10-week journey to further their education and enhance their understanding through the Hispanic Leadership Institute have successfully graduated from the program.

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6 easy steps will help students jumpstart their education at Central Arizona College

Photo: L-R - Christine Feller, Jennifer Keonavong and Tonya Thompson

Registration for the 2012 fall semester is now underway at all 10 of Central Arizona College's locations in Pinal County.

Central Arizona College has developed six easy steps for anyone to earn college credits, take personal interest classes, pick up non-degree or community classes, or explore the wide range of degree and certificate programs offered by the institution.

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50 students honored at Central Arizona College’s Superstition Mountain Campus student awards ceremony

A total of 58 awards were presented to 50 different students during Central Arizona College’s student awards ceremony on April 12 at its Superstition Mountain Campus.

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Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded to J.O. Combs Unified School District.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to J.O. Combs Unified School District No. 44 by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

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Simonton Elementary Receives Funding For Projects

Mrs. Ramirez, a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Simonton Elementary, recently had two projects totaling nearly $700 fully funded through, an online charity that helps teachers and students in need.

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Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Interscholastic Association Donate 500 Stadium Lights to Florence High School

On April 21, Florence High School received a delivery of 500 stadium lights from the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA). These lights were donated to FHS after the Cardinals and the AIA heard the story of Bill and Stephen McKane.

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Andreas Pasqual, Shirley Gutierrez earn PBL accolades; Gayle Haro claims Outstanding PBL Advisor honors

Central Arizona College’s Andreas Pasqual (Sells, AZ/Baboquivari) and Shirley Gutierrez (Eloy/Santa Cruz) each cracked the national Top 10 at the 2012 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference held June 24-27 in San Antonio, Tex.

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ALA Anthem Campus to Open for 2014-2015 School Year

Below you will find a letter from Glenn Way, President of ALA Schools, to the ALA community regarding their recent approval from the Arizona Board for Charter Schools to open the Anthem Campus for the 2014-2015 school year.

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ALA Anthem Campus not opening for 2013-14 school year

Last week, American Leadership Academy was planning to open their new campus in Florence, across from the Florence Hospital at Anthem.  They appeared shocked to learn that the State Charter School Board denied their occupancy request and students were sent scrambling to find somewhere to go to school.

According to the minutes from the July 8th State Charter School Board meeting however, Janna Day made the motion to deny the request to add a new site to the charter contract of American Leadership Academies, Inc. for the reason that the charter holder has not demonstrated the capacity to implement operational systems that comply with statutory and contractual responsibilities regarding attendance reporting at its current sites as evidenced by the information contained in this report. Further, the Board directs staff to monitor the charter holder’s attendance reporting at least through February of the 2013-2014 school year prior to consideration of expansion by this charter for a subsequent school year. The motion was seconded by Stacey Morley and passed unanimously.

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ALA Anthem Campus Not Opening as Scheduled

The Arizona State Charter School Board voted Wednesday night to deny American Leadership Academy's newest campus located in northern Florence from opening.  The message below is a response from ALA Administration:

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Attention Parents and Students from the 2012 cohorts and below – AIMS retakes will take place on October 23rd, 24th, and 25th at both Coolidge High School and San Tan Foothills High School for all students who have not yet met the standards on one or more of the sections.  In addition, students who have previously met but voluntarily wish to retest to see if they can excel are allowed to participate. Although the testing is primarily for present Juniors and Seniors, there are also some underclassmen included in the testing cohorts.

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After School Enrichment Classes

We have a variety of after school enrichment programs for our K-5 students.

Building Bonanza is an exciting after-school program featuring six weeks of structured play with LEGO bricks. Kids learn communication skills and teamwork and they are encouraged to “think outside the box” when solving problems and mastering building challenges. Students will have fun, take-home projects that build upon and reinforce weekly lessons utilizing the LEGO set provided for each enrolled child.

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After carving out his niche at CAC, Matt Butcher earns first Student of the Month award for 2012-13

A non-traditional student pursuing four associate degrees who is veteran of 10 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Matthew Butcher has been named Central Arizona College’s October Student of the Month.

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After 40 years of service to CAC, President/CEO Dennis Jenkins announces his retirement

Dennis Jenkins

After four decades of outstanding service to Central Arizona College, its students and the residents of Pinal County, President/CEO Dennis Jenkins will step down from his position effective Jan. 3, 2012.

“Today, I announce my retirement as president/CEO of CAC effective the end of the day on Jan. 3, 2012,” Jenkins stated. “Beginning tomorrow (Nov. 2) through Jan. 3, 2012, I will use accumulated leave.”

Jenkins said it has been a tremendous 40 years at CAC.

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Adult Only Program at Combs High School Jan 13th to Help Our Kids

For parents of Combs High School and Jr High Students, the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition in cooperation with notMYkid of Scottsdale, AZ will be presenting our PARENT NIGHT PROGRAM!  This is a Program for Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles – no students please due to program content.  

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