Since locating in the Apache Junction community, the Superstition Mountain campus offers a wide variety of academic, career training and personal enrichment classes. With easy access from Highway 60, SMC combines the charm of the legendary old west with modern classroom facilities featuring the latest in learning technologies. Our newest building on campus, only three years old, offers top of the line science classrooms and labs, as well as free tutoring and computer access for all students.
With the number of choices available, making a college decision can be difficult. In growing numbers, East Valley residents and residents from around Apache Junction are selecting Superstition Mountain Campus as their choice for a quality, affordable, convenient education.
We offer courses for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree after completing an Associate’s degree at CAC. You can work with our Advisors to make sure that your courses will transfer to your next institution. But we also offer many opportunities for students and community members who are looking for career training or personal development. Our Health Careers Department helps students to go into the fields of Massage Therapy, X-Ray Technician, Emergency Medicine and many others. We help students who want to become paramedics, work on webpages, fight fires or become early childhood educators. And that is not all. Come visit us and find out what opportunities we have for you.
Our SMC campus has something to offer you regardless of your age or interests. Besides our traditional transfer and career training programs, we offer classes all year for personal development. These community education classes include topics such as technology, photography and guitar, just to name a few. Our qualified and dedicated faculty provide individualized attention to each student who chooses to further his or her education with us each semester.
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Travel Reduction Program
Due to high gas prices and environmental concerns, more Central Arizona College faculty, staff, and students are looking for alternatives to commuting alone to college. Although Pinal County lacks a county-wide public transportation system, there are ways to reduce the cost of commuting between home and CAC.
CART Buses provide Intercity Transportation in Pinal County
(11/3/2014 article from the Casa Grande Dispatch by Shane Dale)
A carpool is an arrangement in which two to six people traveling in the same direction ride together in a car. The driver picks up fellow carpoolers at their homes or other locations for the final trip to work. Participants generally agree in advance on schedules, routes, and carpool days. Depending on the type of arrangement, employees may carpool full-time or part-time, depending on their individual needs. Carpools may have members who work at the same work site, at different locations or for different employers.
The benefits of carpooling
•Save money by decreasing automobile expenses either by splitting gasoline and normal maintenance costs among riders or alternating vehicles
•Reduce insurance premiums by eliminating or limiting use of personal vehicle for daily commuting
•Save time & bypass traffic congestion by using carpool lanes within Maricopa County
•Reduces stress—arrive more refreshed, relaxed, and ready to work
•Encourages new friendships with co-workers through ride sharing
•Provides usable time for riders—read, sleep, work, and talk
•Personal car available more often for other uses
•It’s flexible; you can do it even just one day a week
•You don’t need to own a car; you can join a carpool as a passenger
•Regular carpooling may even qualify you for certain commuter tax benefits
Why should I carpool?
You’ll save money on gas by splitting driving costs among two or more commuters and zip past traffic in carpool lanes if they are available along your route.
Do I have to carpool every day?
No. You can carpool anywhere from one day a week to every day—as often as your schedule permits.
What if I don’t have a car?
No problem. You can join a carpool that doesn’t need a driver and pay your share of the gas expense.
Who does the driving?
In most carpools, each person takes turns driving his/her own car. Some carpools have one person who drives every day. This is something you and your fellow passengers will want to address right away.
Cover the basics: In making your carpool arrangements be sure to get answers to some key questions:
•How often will you carpool? If everyone carpooled just once a week, there’d be fewer cars on the road.
•Who has a vehicle? If all passengers have a car, who will do the driving?
•Do all the drivers have full insurance coverage?
•Where will you meet? Carpoolers can pick each other up at home, or meet at a mutually convenient location.
•When will you meet? People’s work schedules are often more flexible than you think.
Decide the dollars: If commuters rotate the driving equally, money doesn’t need to change hands, but if only one person drives, passengers generally chip in to cover the costs of gas.
Establish “Rules of the Road”: Each carpool is unique, but in all successful carpools, each have agreed on:
•food, coffee, smoking & perfume/cologne usage radio choices
•how long drivers will wait for delays
•who is notified if someone is sick
Give it a trial run. Many commuters start carpooling on a trial basis, say for a month or two. Once you try it, you’ll see how much you like it!
Pinal County Trip Reduction Program
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a Travel Reduction Ordinance for Area A of Pinal County on December 13, 2000. This ordinance requires schools of 50 or more driving age students in Area A to provide information to the Pinal County Travel Reduction Program Administrator.
Area A is located North of Arizona Farms Road and approximately 12 miles east of the Maricopa County line (Meridian Road). For a map of Area A:
http://pinalcountyaz.gov/AirQuality/Documents/Air%20Quality%20News/Maps/AreaA.pdf Area A encompasses the Superstition Mountain Campus and San Tan Campus, but not CAC’s other campuses and centers.
CAC began participating in the Travel Reduction program in July 2001. This program offers opportunities to save money, and reduce pollution. Gina Carlock is the Travel Reduction Survey Coordinator. In compliance with the Travel Reduction Ordinance, she coordinates student and employee surveys at Superstition Mountain Campus. Participation in the annual survey process, using an alternative transportation mode (carpool, vanpool, bicycling, walking) will set an example for others to invest into our environment. CAC encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation.