Local Casa Grande Student Graduates from CAC and High School This Month
By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
At the age of 17, Ruth Mountz, a homeschooled student from Casa Grande, AZ will receive her Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice from Central Arizona College on May 12, just prior to receiving her high school diploma.
Mountz gives credit to her mom, who is an instructor at CAC, for introducing her to the college and opportunities to begin her higher education career through the Early College program. She expressed her appreciation to her parents for their support stating, “Even when I wasn’t sure what I was going to study, they supported me. They taught me the importance of finding a career path that I enjoyed. They were patient when I was anxious and struggling. Since middle school, they taught me how to be a good student and how to succeed at CAC. Everything that I know is because of them. Everything that I have and will accomplish is because of their support and encouragement.”
When asked about her time at CAC, Mountz stated, “I loved the CAC instructors. They were always supportive and open to all of my questions. I never felt inferior or too young. I was encouraged to push my boundaries, and I felt like they invested in me as a student. My classes helped me grow as a student.” She added, “One of the most special things about going to CAC is being able to do it with my brother. He’s homeschooled as well. I will always remember being able to take classes with him and being able to support each other and have fun!”
Mountz started classes at CAC as a 14-year-old student and admits she didn’t really know exactly what she wanted to major in. She tried taking various classes before deciding on her final degree path. She will be graduating from both CAC and high school with a 4.0 grade point average.
Mountz gives this advice, “I would like students to know that when they start at CAC, they do not have to have it all figured out. You can enroll in classes that interest you and compliment your homeschool lessons. By taking it slow, I learned more about myself and in the end, this insight was invaluable. We have a really great community college that cares about our community. Enjoy every minute of being a student.”
Following her graduation from CAC, Mountz will begin classes this fall in the W. A. Franke Honors College at the University of Arizona to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Law. Her career goal is to become a paralegal.