New MOU Between CAC and PPEP Will Benefit High School Students
By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
Central Arizona College recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Portable Practical Educational Preparation, Inc. & Affiliates (PPEP) to maximize resources available that will assist high school students in transitioning to and successfully completing a post-secondary education.
Both parties are committed to providing high quality educational experiences and pathways for students. As stated in the MOU, training or education arrangements may include dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, traditional enrollment, or customized enrollment. CAC and PPEP will look at the potential to collaborate on grant and resource development as well as added opportunities for scholarships or financial aid assistance. Additionally, there may be possible internship options with PPEP.
Dr. Jackie Elliott, CAC President stated, “CAC strives to be innovative. Unique partnerships such as our agreement with PPEP are one way to grow and expand opportunities and service to students.”
Dr. Keith Greer, Lead Teacher at PPEP TEC High School in Casa Grande added, “We really appreciate the partnership with CAC and options the college provides for students attending alternative or charter schools.”
CAC and PPEP have plans to also explore international exchange program options.
PPEP will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on August 26, 2017 at Tucson Convention Center. Dr. John David Arnold began PPEP with grant funding from the Tucson War on Poverty Program. A 48-passenger school bus, equipped with educational books and supplies became a portable classroom for Bracero farm-workers. He helped prepare them for life in America, by gaining a practical education. Today, PPEP TEC charter high schools serve six communities in southern Arizona along with two on-line high schools (Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Arizona) and provide instruction to over 5,000 students. The legacy of the “La Tortuga” school bus lives on through the over 550 employees in 35 field and job training offices statewide. www.ppep.org