Central Arizona College
|Central Arizona College|
|Motto||"Learn more, earn more."|
3,812 full-time (2008)
|Location||Coolidge, Arizona, United States|
|Campus||Signal Peak Campus, Aravaipa Campus, Superstition Mountain Campus, Corporate Center, Johnson Ranch Center, Maricopa Center|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
|Mascot||Vaqueros and Vaqueras|
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.
Central Arizona College currently has three campuses: Signal Peak campus, located in Coolidge, Arizona, Aravaipa campus, located in Winkelman, Arizona, and Superstition Mountain campus, located in Apache Junction, Arizona. To serve the growing and widespread population of Pinal County, CAC also operates six 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, the Maricopa Center, located in Maricopa, Arizona, and the San Tan/Johnson Ranch Center, located in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Organization and administration
The college president is Doris Helmich.
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.
- Josh Spence, San Diego Padres (MLB baseball player)
- Scott Hairston, New York Mets (MLB baseball player)
- Rich Harden, Texas Rangers (MLB baseball player)
- Mike Hrabak, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (of the Philippine Basketball Association)
- Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers (MLB baseball player; All Star)
- Tom Pagnozzi, (former MLB baseball player; All Star)
- Bridget Pettis, Phoenix Mercury (former WNBA basketball player)
- TJ Shope, Member of the Arizona House of Representatives