CAC Business Seminar Students Complete Capstone Project to Benefit County
Each year, Central Arizona College students enrolled in the ITV Hybrid/Online, BUS260 Business Applied Seminar class choose a community service project to benefit Pinal County.
Students from the Maricopa, Signal Peak and Superstition Mountain campuses worked as a team to complete their final capstone class. Debra Peterson, Susan Bedwell, Greta Edwards, Brian Lauterbach, James Kimmel, Sierra Evans, Myrna Apodaca, and Timothy Wickert focused their project on the importance of youth finishing high school to further their education.
Arizona has one of the highest high school drop-out rates in the country. With many of these CAC students being parents to high school students themselves, they took on the task of researching challenges high school drop outs face and evaluated the available opportunities in the county.
Students researched high school career and technical schools in Pinal County, including CAVIT, EVIT and RSI. The class also created relationships with Vista Grande High School, Casa Grande Union High School, Coolidge High School, Imagine High School and Desert Winds High School. By working with the Gear Up program, they presented first-year students with options they have to further education while discussing the risks and challenges of dropping out of high school.
As a result, first-year high school students throughout Pinal County are better informed about their options, are educated about how they can reach their goals, comprehend the importance of making one decision at a time and understanding how positive decisions may help.