Central Arizona College

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Central Arizona College
Central Arizona College logo
Motto "Learn more, earn more."
Established 1961
Type Community College
President Doris Helmich
Students 12,239 total
3,812 full-time (2008)
Location Coolidge, Arizona, United States
Campus Signal Peak Campus, Aravaipa Campus, Superstition Mountain Campus, Maricopa Campus, San Tan Campus, Casa Grande Center, Corporate Center
Colors Green and Gold
Nickname CAC
Mascot Vaqueros and Vaqueras
Website http://www.centralaz.edu

Central Arizona College (CAC) is a public community college located in Coolidge, Arizona. "CAC," as the school is commonly known, serves the population of Pinal County.


The college was founded in 1961. CAC made news in October 2011 when faculty, students and staff voted No Confidence in President Dennis Jenkin's leadership and the board authorized by 5–0 vote, an investigation into his violation of policies.[1]


Central Arizona College currently has five central campuses: Signal Peak, located in Coolidge, Arizona, Aravaipa, located in Winkelman, Arizona, Superstition Mountain, located in Apache Junction, Arizona, Maricopa, located in Maricopa, Arizona, and San Tan, located in San Tan Valley, Arizona. To serve the growing and widespread population of Pinal County, CAC also operates five educational centers: The Casa Grande and Corporate Centers, located in Casa Grande, Arizona, the Coolidge Training and Assessment Center, located in Coolidge, Arizona, the Florence Center, located in Florence, Arizona, and the Saddlebrooke Center, located in Saddlebrooke, Arizona.

Organization and administration[edit]

As of March 2014, the college president is Doris Helmich.[2]

Academic profile[edit]

Central Arizona College offers numerous academic programs leading to the granting of an occupational certificate or the A.A., A.B., A.S., A.A.E.E., A.G.S., or A.A.S. [A.A.C]degrees.

Student life[edit]


The mascot for Central Arizona is the Vaquero/Vaquera for women's teams (vaquero/a is Spanish for cowboy). Their colors are gold and green. They participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association, the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference, and the Western States Football League. CAC competes in division 1 in the NJCAA. The Vaqueros have won 35 National Titles. Currently, CAC fields 10 intercollegiate teams, five for men and five for women. Men's sports at Central Arizona College include baseball, basketball, cross country, track and field and rodeo. The Vaqueras women compete in basketball, softball, and cross country, track and field and rodeo [Zumba].

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2011/10/19/20111019central-arizona-college-look-president-behavior.html
  2. ^ "President's Welcome". Retrieved March 20, 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ "Brent Gaff Stats". baseball-almanac.com. March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Sinai, Allison (July 12, 2012). "Introducing Israel’s Olympians: Donald Sanford". jpost.com. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 32°57′21″N 111°39′10″W / 32.9557438°N 111.6526577°W / 32.9557438; -111.6526577