Central Arizona College to accelerate college for high school students

Central Arizona College, through the First Step and Early College programs, offers an avenue for students to earn college credit while still in high school.
First Step is a summer program for Pinal County high school students. The program allows high school students to enroll in college courses the summer after their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school while Early College allows Pinal County high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses while they are still juniors and seniors according to a press release.
Students in First Step or Early College may enroll in up to five college credits and receive a tuition waiver.
“With the continued increase in college tuition rates nationwide and the financial struggles that many families are facing today, the First Step and Early College programs can provide a quality opportunity for students and their families to save on future college expenses,” says Luis Sanchez, Central Arizona College’s director of recruitment.
In order to be eligible for either program, students must be Pinal County high school students and are required to obtain permission from their parent or guardian and high school guidance counselor. If those criteria have been met, the student then must complete a First Step or Early College form (available from their high school guidance counselor as well as the CAC Recruitment Office) and submit it to Central Arizona College’s Records and Registration Office. Students will then be required to complete placement testing and attend an advising forum and new student orientation prior to registering for classes.
First Step classes are held during the college’s two summer sessions. Each session lasts five to eight weeks. The first summer session begins Monday, June 1. Early College classes are held during the college’s fall and spring semesters. The fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 17.
First Step and Early College students are members of the college community and are expected to adhere to all college rules and regulations. Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for completing the withdrawal process for any courses they do not attend.
For more information call Luis Sanchez at 520-494-5266 or email him at firststep@centralaz.edu or earlycollege@centralaz.edu. Students and parents may also contact their high school guidance counselor or visit First Step and Early College at www.centralaz.edu/firststep and www.centralaz.edu/earlycollege.

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