Central Arizona College is a dynamic and multifaceted institution of higher education featuring five campuses and three centers strategically located throughout Pinal County for the purpose of educating the diverse population of the region.
It may be the best-kept community college secret in Arizona, even the country, but one the institution fervently is willing to reveal.
From students of Hispanic and Native American descent to participants in Central Arizona’s Lifelong Learners program, the institution’s diverse college community values the power of innovation, continuous quality improvement and the contribution of the individual.
Central’s mission is to provide a vibrant environment centered on learning and learner success for students ranging from teenagers to those 55 and better. The average age of Central’s student population is in the mid-20’s.
In 2006, Central Arizona College established a small education center in the city of Maricopa. Since that date, Maricopa has become a burgeoning community and a desirable suburban location for professional couples who commute into the Greater Phoenix area. Central Arizona College is committed to continued development in this major growth area which lies on the southeastern edge of metro Phoenix serving the surrounding Maricopa, Stanfield and Casa Grande communities. To demonstrate this commitment, Central Arizona College decided to close the small center and build a brand new campus to accommodate the local community. After roughly one year of construction, Central Arizona College’s new campus in the city of Maricopa opened for business on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 with an array of classes. Many classes that meet the general education requirements for all of our degrees are now offered at the Maricopa Campus.
Central Arizona College is the leader of innovative learner success and the center for educational opportunities in our diverse communities.
Central Arizona College engages our diverse communities in quality learning experiences for lifelong success by providing accessible, educational, economic, cultural, and personal growth opportunities.
Academic Involvement K-12
Facilities that Foster Learning
Responsibility to Community
Ensure broad access to high-quality innovative educational programs, services and training opportunities for Pinal County residents
Improve student retention, persistence, completion and job placement
Ensure a safe, sustainable environment that promotes learning, communication, diversity and satisfaction among students, faculty and staff
Enhance our physical and technological infrastructure to support changes in the learning and work environment
Expand partnerships with Universities to provide advanced degrees to Pinal County residents
Optimize fiscal resources that support the needs and expectations of students and the community
Contribute to the economic vitality, workforce development, and job training needs of Pinal County and surrounding region