Each year Central Arizona College receives more than $275,000 in both federal and state funds from the Arizona Adult Education Grant to provide GED instruction to residents throughout Pinal County. The dollar amounts awarded through this grant program are based on data from the U.S Census Bureau and an identified need for services.
Arizona Adult Education Services provides each grant-funded program access to online learning systems, an integral part of any 21st century educational program. Without the grant, access to the same online learning systems would be cost prohibitive, according to a press release
With these funds, CAC is able to provide students with regular access to technology and offer multiple classes at the Superstition Mountain, San Tan Valley, Maricopa, Signal Peak and Aravaipa campuses as well as the Casa Grande Center.
CAC’s GED curriculum focuses on college and career exploration to prepare students for life after earning a GED. A sampling of topics covered include; Blackboard, Effective Study Habits for College Students, S.M.A.R.T. Goals, learning styles, and My Next Move by O-net.
“By participating in a grant-funded adult education program, CAC’s GED students are provided with an opportunity to further develop skills that will assist them in transitioning to college and/or a career,” Susan Aguilar, acting director of CAC’s adult basic education/GED program, said.
CAC has been one of the five largest funded programs in the state for more than a decade. In the last fiscal year, the GED program offered through CAC served nearly 800 students.
Students enrolled in CAC’s GED program reveal successful impacts in their lives and their communities. Recent GED graduates offered insight into their achievements.
Angelo Corona began attending GED classes at CAC’s Superstition Mountain Campus in the fall of 2010 and passed the GED exam on Dec. 1 that same year. He applied to CAC and became the first GED student accepted into the college’s radiologic technology program.
Mr. Corona graduated in December with his associate’s degree and plans to continue his education to ultimately obtain a master’s degree.
“Education is everything.” Mr. Corona said. He hopes to one day become a radiological technology program director at CAC.
Michael Ciccheli was named Communications Student of the Year for 2014-15. He described the GED program as a place where “people really care and are there to help.”
He had never attended school but became a leader among students, sharing educational resources with his GED classmates and starting a monetary collection for a low income student who was ready to test. Mr. Ciccheli’s goal is to achieve a master’s degree and embark on a career in science.
Gilberte Bussey began taking classes to work toward her GED at CAC’s Casa Grande Center in 2012. She was named Trio Student of the Year for 2013-14 and in spring 2015 was placed on CAC’s dean’s list.
“You can dream big but you have to work hard,” Ms. Bussey said.
She eagerly looks forward to completing her nursing degree in the coming years.
For more information on CAC’s GED program, call Ms. Aguilar at 520-494-5960 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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