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Summer Bridge helps new CAC students span chasm of first-year fears

Mike Speakman, Family Education Coach

Summer camp may be a thing of the past for most students, but heading off to college starts early at Central Arizona College’s Summer Bridge program.

During the five-day residential program at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus, students will receive an in-depth orientation to college that is designed to help them start the semester on solid footing.

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Students attend Heritage Festival


Harmon Elementary fifth graders recently visited Schnepf Farms for the Heritage Festi­val, according to a press release.

They were able to see reenactments and dramatic por­trayals of famous men and women, musi­cians, artisans, craftsmen, singers, colonists, pioneers, mountain men and soldiers from Colonial times.

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Student Council at Combs . . . ROCKS!

Under the guidance of second-year teacher Katie Paul, the Student Council at Combs High School brings pep sessions and more to campus. With homecoming just 3 weeks away, the student body looks forward to its second pep session.

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Student art exhibit unveiled Feb. 9 at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus

Governor Brewer Speaking at Poston Butte High School

The student artists of Central Arizona College will unveil their latest creations on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the opening of their next exhibit in the CAC Student Art Gallery on the Signal Peak Campus.

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Still time to register for classes at the San Tan Center

Ralph Robert Reese

There is still time to register for the upcoming fall semester at Central Arizona College’s San Tan Center.

The center is located in the Shops at Copper Basin at 2474 East Hunt Highway just behind Barro’s Pizza.

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Still time to register for classes at CAC’s newly-renovated Superstition Mountain Campus

There is still time to register for the upcoming fall semester at Central Arizona College’s Superstition Mountain Campus (SMC).

The newly-renovated facility with its unique, copper-roofed building that is the centerpiece of the burgeoning campus is located just north of Arizona Highway 60 at the intersection of Idaho and Broadway roads.

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The Great Postcard Exchange

Fourth grade students at Ranch Elementary in San Tan Valley are busy learning about the wonderful state of Arizona. In an effort to share this information with others, Ranch Elementary students partnered with a postcard exchange club. Students brought in postcards that represented Arizona and with the help of their teacher, Mrs. Brandy Greene, the students prepared a written message and placed it onto 52 postcards. Students mailed the postcards to every state in the US, including Washington D.C. and Canada.

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The Future of Computer Technology Instruction in Coolidge Unified School District

“In a recent survey by the National Education Association, for example, teachers said that in general, approximately 60% of their students were “disengaged” or “unmotivated.” 

This research is significant when responding to the future of computer technology in the classroom because technology in the classroom is an essential component to engaging students of the 21st Century. Our millennial students, digital natives if you were, are equipped at home with Smartphones, computers, internet access, iPods, iPads and more.

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Technology and school bus safety

The J.O. Combs Unified School District last week took advantage of a Mobile Driving Sim­ulator Program offered by Arizona Risk Reten­tion Trust Inc. The mobile driving simulator is a training device housed in a fifth-wheel trailer. It allows bus drivers to practice skills in a safe, controlled environment.

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Take up quilt making with Helen Kovac and CAC’s community education program

MARICOPA, Ariz. – Multi-talented educator and business consultant Helen Kovac will instruct two courses this fall through Central Arizona College’s Community Education program at the CAC’s Maricopa Center.

Each class costs $25. Students will furnish their own supplies based on a list distributed before the class begins.

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Take Enrichment Classes over the Summer

Does your student want to take enrichment classes over the summer like Art, Musical Theater, Drama, Cooking, Reading and Math and a whole lot more?

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Take Back the Night with CAC March 28

In 2007, the United States was home to more than 248,000 reported sexual assaults. This equates to one assault every two minutes.

Central Arizona College looks to do its part in reducing this statistic by hosting its third annual Take Back the Night even on Wednesday, March 28, in Apache Junction, Ariz.

CAC’s participation joins an international movement that calls for the end of sexual violence and invites the public to join the college in its stand for safety and empowerment.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. at the Pinal County Justice Court in Apache Junction (575 N. Idaho Rd. #200) with a keynote address by Natalie Ehmka, founder of Pretty Feisty.

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Thomas Bagnall Recognized for Dedication to CUSD

At Coolidge Unified School District’s March 6th regular Governing Board meeting, former Governing Board member Thomas Bagnall was recognized for his dedication to the Coolidge Unified School District.

Mr. Bagnall served on the Governing Board from 1991 through 1994 and again from 2009 through 2012.  

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There is still time to register for Weekend College courses at CAC’s Corporate Center in Casa Grande

Registration is underway for Central Arizona College’s Weekend College for the upcoming fall semester.

The college’s Corporate Center, primary home to the Weekend College, is located at the former Palm Center, just off of Interstate 10 at Florence Boulevard.

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The J.O. Combs School District will be hosting “Orientation” and “Meet the Teacher” sessions this week!

J.O. Combs Unified School District Meet the Teacher Information

The J.O. Combs School District will be hosting “Orientation” and “Meet the Teacher” sessions this week!

On Tuesday, July 30, the J.O. Combs Middle School will host a “Meet the Teacher” event from 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm.

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The J.O. Combs Preschool Head Start and Early Head Start programs are now accepting Applications

Preschool Head Start is a program for 3 and 4 year olds.

Priority is given to low income families.

Early Head Start is a home based program for families, starting as early as pregnancy to age 5.

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Walker-Butte K-8 Receives Unexpected Gift

Mr Hatch, the principal at Walker Butte K-8, went to Fry’s to get some cash to purchase water bottles for their students to drink from during testing.

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Walker Butte Accelerated Reading Program Tops in District

The Walker Butte K-8 Accelerated Reading Program is showing high quality results. Recently, they calculated the number of books and words kids are reading in the program and came up with the following results:

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Vendor, exhibitor registration now open for 37th Annual Pinal-Gila Senior Craft & Wellness Fair

Vendor and exhibitor registration is underway for the 37th Annual Pinal-Gila Senior Craft & Wellness Fair.

Registration will close on Mar. 16 with the event taking place on Sat., Mar. 24, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus, which is located between the cities of Casa Grande and Coolidge.

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USA Today Pours a Coca-Cola for Michelle Johnson; 6 CAC Students Claim All-Arizona Academic Honors

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - When USA Today hit the streets on Monday, April 11, Central Arizona College's Michelle Johnson found her name inside the pages under the heading Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.

The Apache Junction resident who attends the Superstition Mountain Campus will receive a $1,500 stipend and a special medallion for claiming her national honor.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze scholars, and providing nearly $187,500 in stipends annually.

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