Information sessions slated for humanities tour of Spain

Central Arizona College Community Education is offering community members the opportunity to participate in a Humanities Tour of Spain. The tour is scheduled for March 12-21, 2020. The structured program will include sightseeing trips, excursions, walking tours and many exciting local activities that will immerse travelers in the art and architecture, culture, and culinary delights […]

PAC to promote bonds, override for Apache Junction Unified School District

“Yes. Yes. Our Kids. Our Community,” a political action committee, has been formed to promote the Apache Junction Unified School District’s Propositions 432 and 433 bond and override Nov. 5 election. Shirley Ooley of Apache Junction is heading the committee. She can be reached at or 480-868-6584. Voters will consider authorizing the district to […]

Thank your teacher this year

It’s that time of year when students are back in school. This year, the Independent wants to celebrate the great achievements that teachers are doing inside the classroom. The Independent welcomes monthly teacher appreciation submissions from the local school districts, students, parents and the community. The Independent will then publish a photo and write-up about […]

Bill Hazell is the new Apache Junction High School assistant principal

Bill Hazell has been named assistant principal at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Mr. Hazell joins Dr. Chris Lineberry, principal, and Dr. Pat Goolsby, assistant principal, to complete the new high school leadership team, according to a press release. Before joining Apache Junction Unified School District, Mr. Hazell served as assistant principal […]

Employer registration open for CAC Superstition Mountain Campus Job Expo

Employers who have seasonal, part-time or full-time positions available for hire are encouraged to register to be an exhibitor at Central Arizona College’s 11th Annual Job Expo. Central Arizona College and the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce will co-host the Job Expo on Wed., September 11, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the […]

Excalibur Charter Schools marks 20 years of operation

When students fill Avalon Elementary in Apache Junction on the first day of school July 29, they will join the ranks of thousands educated by a charter school company that marked 20 years in 2019. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school is run by Excalibur Charter Schools, which started in 1999. “It’s gone by very quickly. […]

Central Arizona College supports manufacturing industry

As part of a regional consortium of community colleges and industry partners, Central Arizona College will receive $1.2 million in federal funding to develop industry-recognized apprenticeships in manufacturing. Pima Community College will lead the $4.23 million federal grant to develop Arizona’s consortium project, named the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Model in Manufacturing, or i-RAMM. Under i-RAMM, Central […]

Miernicki-Nojunas graduates from Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Marie Miernicki-Nojunas of Apache Junction graduated on May 10 with high distinction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a doctorate in administration and leadership studies, an interdisciplinary combination of sociology and economics. Dr. Miernicki-Nojunas is also a licensed master’s level social worker and works for Arizona state government within the Arizona Early Intervention Program. […]

Google looking at 187 acres in Mesa

The Mesa City Council approved a development agreement with the multinational technology and Internet services giant, Google. That agreement outlines a potential project which would include a data center and accessory office facilities. “Mesa would be pleased to welcome a global leader in innovation like Google to our community. They would be a great match […]

Sheryl Anderson chamber of commerce’s Teacher of the Year

Sheryl Anderson, a government teacher for Apache Junction High School, was selected Teacher of the Year by the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce.   Ms Anderson was one of many individuals, businesses and organizations who were recognized at the chamber’s annual awards banquet hosted by Roadhaven Golf and Tennis Resort in Apache Junction on June 27, […]

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