CAC students in Wilson electric program

Central Arizona College Named Bellwether Award Finalist

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Central Arizona College has been selected as a 2022 Workforce Development category finalist for the highly coveted Bellwether Award.

As a finalist in this category, CAC will compete with nine other community colleges during a rigorous second and final round of peer review at the 2022 Community Colleges Futures Assembly January 30 to February 1, 2022.

CAC’s innovative project titled Education at the Speed of Industry, highlighting the institutions partnership with Wilson Electric, is recognized for creating strategic alliances that promote community and economic development.

In December of 2018, Wilson Electric approached CAC to explore a partnership in developing a commercial electrical installation program, mirroring the College’s partnership with Sundt Construction. The partnership with Sundt Construction led to a 2020 Bellwether Award win for CAC.

The Bellwether Awards are widely regarded as the nation’s most competitive and prestigious recognition for community colleges and the only award evaluated by experts and practitioners in the field. In its 28 years of celebrating community colleges, the Bellwether College Consortium is proud to identify outstanding and innovative programs or practices which can then be shared and replicated.

The Bellwether Award is proudly sponsored by the Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, Texas.