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, Maricopa Campus, San Tan Campus, Casa Grande Center, Corporate 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 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
As of March 2014, 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, Miami Marlins (MLB baseball player)
- Scott Hairston, Washington Nationals (MLB baseball player)
- Rich Harden, Free Agent (MLB baseball player)
- Mike Hrabak, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (of the Philippine Basketball Association)
- Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers (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
- Dan Wheeler (former MLB baseball player)