Central Arizona College

Central Arizona College

Central Arizona College, also referred to as CAC or Central, is a public, coeducational, community college located in Coolidge, Arizona, United States. It was established in 1961 to serve the population of Pinal County in Arizona. Central Arizona College presently grants admission to more than 12,000 students annually.

The departments of CAC include the following:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Computer
  • Education
  • Health Professions
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

The men's and women's sports teams of the collge are known as the Vaqueros and Vaqueras respectively. The official mascots are Vaqueros and Vaqueras. The men's teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, track and field, and rodeo. The women's teams compete in basketball, softball, cross country, track and field, and rodeo.

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Central Arizona College
8470 N Overfield Rd
Coolidge , AZ 85228-9778
General Phone: (520) 494-5444

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Central Arizona Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Family and Social Work564food and nutrition, foodservice management, child development, human development and family studies, family and human sciences
Construction Trades225masonry, carpentry, property management, pipefitting, construction trades
Liberal Arts163liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Security and Law Enforcement126corrections, criminal justice and police, corrections and criminal justice, fire protection tech
Mechanics and Repair71industrial electronics tech, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Production Trades58upholsterer, welding
Business and Management34business, business management, accounting technology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine33registered nursing, various nursing
Computer Science and Engineering31computer and info science, computer programming, computer and media applications
Transportation23construction equipment operation, ground transportation
Medical Administration13medical records tech, medical transcription, medical secretary
Education and Teaching10elementary school teaching
Agricultural Science and Management9agricultural management, agricultural machine tech
Therapy and Counseling9massage therapy
Hospitality6hotel management
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5clinical nutritionist
Engineering5manufacturing engineering
Medical Support and Technology2pharmacy tech
Cooking and Culinary Arts2food prep and kitchen assistant
Office and Administration1administrative assistant

Number of programs and degrees for Central Arizona in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years1,10132
Associate's degree28728
Award of less than 1 academic year21

Central Arizona Student Body

In 2007-2008, Central Arizona had a total enrollment of 4,951 students (3,812 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 95%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 19%
20-21 9%
22-24 9%
25-29 13%
30-34 10%
35-39 9%
40-49 13%
50-64 8%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Central Arizona Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 49 %
Part-Time 31 %

Central Arizona Room and Board (2007)

Central Arizona offers campus housing for 426 of its 3,812 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Coolidge, Arizona for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arizona Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Central Arizona Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,680
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,476
Room and board $ 4,590
Room charge $ 1,870
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,720
Books and supplies $ 1,260
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
Central Arizona participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 728300)

Central Arizona Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankcalendar year12$55,0230*
All faculty totalcalendar year12$55,0230*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year33$54,00850$52,441
All faculty totalacademic year33$54,00850$52,441

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Central Arizona Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports293261

Central Arizona Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Construction Trades
Building/Property Maintenance and Management
Construction Trades, Other
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Manufacturing Engineering

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
Ground Transportation, Other

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What Sets Central Arizona Apart:

% of degrees in family and social work
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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Central Arizona Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 8%Central Arizona Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in construction trades
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Top 9%Central Arizona % of degrees in construction trades
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Central Arizona Number of degree programs
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Central Arizona % students 40 years or older
% students on athletic fin. aid
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 15%Central Arizona % students on athletic fin. aid
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Central Arizona Number of students
Male % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Central Arizona Male % of student body
% of degrees in production trades
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Central Arizona % of degrees in production trades

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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