Enrollment rises at CAC’s Maricopa Campus by more than 60%
MARICOPA, Ariz. - There is little doubt that the Field of Dreams expanded axiom If you build it, they will come has proven true for Central Arizona College's Maricopa Campus.
The unofficial census-day enrollment count for the fall 2013 semester at the Maricopa Campus has witnessed full-time student equivalencies skyrocket 60.40 percent and overall headcount spike 40.50 percent.
The increase is based upon comparisons to 2012 fall enrollment figures that were calculated when CAC was operating out of a pair of small storefront facilities located in a shopping center along John Wayne Parkway.
"When the residents of the city of Maricopa and the Ak-Chin Indian Community requested we explore building a CAC campus in their area, we responded by researching the options and providing the community with a solid plan to grow and to serve students," Dr. Doris Helmich, the president/CEO of CAC, explained. "The city of Maricopa and the Ak-Chin Community provided unwavering support for approval of the 2008 General Obligation Bond initiative and today we have a vibrant campus that epitomizes Western Pinal County."
The support continued on Sept. 17 when more than 200 community leaders attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new campus despite unusually sweltering September temperatures.
On Friday, Oct. 4, more than 1,000 residents attended the Maricopa Campus Science Night/Open House that featured an array of free family activities designed to introduce the community to CAC's new location.
The evidence of a need to build a campus in the city of Maricopa is reflected in the unimpeded historical enrollment growth at the Maricopa Center. From the fall of 2006 through the fall of 2012, enrollment climbed 478 percent while unduplicated headcount rose 411 percent.
The architects and construction firm worked painstakingly to capture and reflect the history and culture in the buildings and landscape, resulting in national recognition for the campus.
The trade publication Metal Architecture selected the Maricopa Campus as a Grand Award Winner during its annual Design Award contest in July of 2013.
The facility is featured on the front cover of the publication and an in-depth photo spread with a story written by the publication's managing editor highlight the annual edition. CAC's Maricopa location is dubbed A New Campus Prototype in the headlines.