Verl Long takes over community outreach coordinator reins at CAC’s Maricopa Center
July 9, 2009
(This story is part of an ongoing series featuring new and current CAC employees.)
MARICOPA, Ariz. – As Central Arizona College prepares to expand its presence in the city of Maricopa from its current shopping center location on the John Wayne Parkway to a full-service campus, the institution is welcoming a new community outreach coordinator to the region in Oregon native Verl Long.
Long joined the CAC staff in July, replacing Barbara Meyer who retired from Central Arizona College at the end of June after leaving an indelible educational stamp in the burgeoning community.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in psychology, Long earned his master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State University in 2005 and is currently enrolled in the institution’s doctorate program.
He has a community college background both as an undergraduate and as a working professional. He graduated from Florida Community College in Jacksonville with a liberal arts degree in 1998 and worked at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa from 2005 until landing in Arizona.
Prior to accepting his role at Central Arizona College, Long served as the coordinator of student support services for the TRiO grant program at Des Moines Community College. He began that role in February of 2007.
He also served as an instructor at the institution from June of 2005 until arriving at CAC, while from January of 2005 until February of 2007 he was the educational advisor/multicultural liaison at the college’s Urban Campus.
Before starting his tenure at Des Moines Community College, Long was the resident manager in the department of family housing at Iowa State University for one year and a financial aid advisor at the university from August of 2003 until December of 2004.