Central Arizona College

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Central Arizona College
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Motto"Learn more, earn more."
Type Community College
President Dr. Jackie Elliott
Students10,231 (total 2015-2016 enrollment)
Location Coolidge , Arizona , United States
CampusSignal Peak Campus, Aravaipa Campus, Superstition Mountain Campus, Maricopa Campus, San Tan Campus, Casa Grande Center, Corporate Center
Colors Green and Gold
Nickname CAC
MascotVaqueros and Vaqueras
Website http://www.centralaz.edu

Central Arizona College (CAC) is a public community college located in Coolidge, Arizona. CAC serves the population of Pinal County.

Community college type of educational institution

A community college is a type of educational institution. The term can have different meanings in different countries: many community colleges have an “open enrollment” for students who have graduated from high school. The term usually refers to a higher educational institution that provides workforce education and college transfer academic programs. Some institutions maintain athletic teams and dormitories similar to their university counterparts.

Coolidge, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Coolidge is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the city's population is 11,825.



For more than 50 years, Central Arizona College has been serving and educating the diverse communities of Pinal County. With five campuses and three centers located strategically throughout the county, CAC provides accessible, educational, economic, cultural, and personal growth opportunities for those of all ages.


Campuses include: 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. The three centers include The Casa Grande and Corporate Centers, located in Casa Grande, Arizona and the Florence Center, located in Florence, Arizona.

Winkelman, Arizona Town in Arizona, United States

Winkelman is a town in Gila and Pinal counties in the U.S. state of Arizona. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 353, all of whom lived in Gila County.

Apache Junction, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Apache Junction is a city in Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state of Arizona. According to the 2017 U.S. Census estimates, the population of the city was 40,358, most of whom lived in Pinal County.

Maricopa, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in Arizona. With an estimated 51,977 residents as of 2018, Maricopa is the second most populous incorporated city in Pinal County and eighteenth most populous in Arizona. Maricopa forms part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Organization and administration

Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott became President/CEO of Central Arizona College on July 1, 2016.

Academic profile

The college offers a full array of academic degrees and certificates, career training and personal enrichment classes. Online and university transfer courses, along with continuing education classes and workshops are also offered, providing multiple learning opportunities for community members.

Student life


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 39 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.

National Junior College Athletic Association

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), founded in 1938, is an association of community college and junior college athletic departments throughout the United States. It is divided into divisions and regions. The current NJCAA holds 24 separate regions across 24 states.

Arizona Community College Athletic Conference

The Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) is a junior college conference in Region I of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Conference championships are held in most sports and individuals can be named to All-Conference and All-Academic teams.

The Western States Football League (WSFL) is a U.S. junior college football league for schools in the states of Arizona and Utah. The league is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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