TRIO Summer bridge 2017 Participants

Register Today for Summer Bridge 2018 at CAC

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

There is still time to register for Central Arizona College’s 2018 Summer Bridge program. Recent high school graduates, including the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and GED recipients are invited to experience life as a college student this summer. Summer Bridge is a free five-day residential orientation to college program.

Summer Bridge will take place Aug. 12-16 at the CAC Signal Peak Campus (8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ.)

“TRIO Student support services is the door to an amazing college transition experience. Summer Bridge put me in a position where I needed to open up and without it, my transition into college would have been rocky. TRIO is a family, because they will always support you, laugh with you, care for you, and they will remain by your side. Everyone here saw my potential and pushed me to the best of my ability which resulted in me becoming the student I am today,” Skylar Lauria, prior Summer Bridge participant.

For more than 15 years, Summer Bridge at Central Arizona College has provided students an engaging and exciting college orientation. The TRIO Summer Bridge program is the only all-inclusive residential college orientation program held in Arizona.

Among the benefits for students who attend TRIO Summer Bridge, is the Peer Mentor program. Students are assigned a peer mentor and are encouraged to meet with their mentor as often as necessary throughout the fall semester while they adjust to college life.

Other benefits of being enrolled as a TRIO student include:

  • Individualized advising and academic and social support to make college completion a reality
  • Exciting trips throughout the semester
  • Visits to all universities throughout the state of Arizona
  • Application fee waivers for all in-state universities upon transfer
  • Free tutoring, copying, faxing, and the use of laptops in the TRIO office

Students interested in Summer Bridge should log on to to download a fillable application. Certain eligibility requirements are based on federal guidelines. Applications also may be obtained in the “T” Building (T204) on the CAC Signal Peak Campus.

For more information on TRIO and the Summer Bridge program, please call 520-494-5007, email: or log on to or TRIO staff can be contacted by email: Gail Nettles, TRIO Director,; Amanda Ryan, TRIO Advisor,; and Karla Sainz, TRIO Secretary,

TRIO Summer Bridge is jointly funded by Central Arizona College and a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.