Access to educational adventure defines lifelong learning at CAC

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Learning is a lifelong vocation that Central Arizona College fosters through a variety of programs, including community and continuing education, and the Central Arizona Lifelong Learners (C.A.L.L) program.

As Dr. Shirlene Bradford explained during the district's monthly governing board meeting on April 19 at the Aravaipa Campus, CAC offers adult learners in the Pinal County community access to educational adventures.

"Lifelong learning provides personal enrichment and professional development via classes, events and trips," Bradford, who oversees the lifelong learning programs, explained.

Central Arizona College's lifelong learning programs allow students to explore a wide variety of special interest, professional growth and development, and personal enrichment courses offered.

Courses are short-term, non-credit, cost effective, and last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. These courses are taught mostly by community professionals experienced in their chosen field.

Course offerings include, but are not limited to, studies in Arizona history, arts and crafts, gardening skills, photography techniques, financial planning, healthcare issues, finance, health and wellness, technology, test prep, hiking adventures, community service projects, business and literary discussions groups, and are offered if formats such as customized training, seminars and workshops.

Students have the opportunity to learn in a friendly, student-centered and social environment and can participate in diverse study groups, fascinating trips and travel, and social and volunteer services.

Within the past year, CAC's Lifelong Learners program has collaborated with local and tribal organizations to enhance opportunities for its students. Partnerships include working with the city of Maricopa and the Paramount Theater in Casa Grande, as well as the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Gila River Indian Community.

Additionally, Lifelong Learners has reached out to the community, serving the public outside of the classroom with outreach events.

The recurring event Soups On at the Superstition Mountain Campus has raised $14,670 for the Promise for the Future, a scholarship program that helps provide Pinal County high school students access to college.

"We are very proud of what we've been able to accomplish with the Soup's On event," Bradford said. "To see our C.A.L.L. students volunteer their time and energy for a good cause has been very rewarding."

For more information about CAC's Lifelong Learners program, contact Joel Beck at 480-677-7721 or by email at

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